Williams Lake

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Williams Lake is a popular lowland trout lake.  WDFW will be stocking the lake annually with Rainbow and Cutthroat trout fry which will drive the fishery from this point forward.  Modest numbers of Tiger Trout are also stocked annually.  Williams is a great family fishing water, and current improvements to the WDFW access site will make launching a boat a lot easier.  This lake typically fishes well all spring long and again in September.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Limited shoreline access at the WDFW access. Anglers typically fish this lake from boats or from the docks at the resorts on the lake.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Spokane
Acreage: 317.10 ac.
Elevation: 2056 ft.
Center: 47.325655, -117.687958
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: WILLIAMS LK (SPOK)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Mar 16, 2020 Rainbow 735 2.7 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Mar 12, 2020 Rainbow 400 0.33 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 2, 2019 Rainbow 5,001 3 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Mar 27, 2019 Rainbow 300 0.3 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Mar 22, 2018 Rainbow 7,002 2.5 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Mar 20, 2018 Rainbow 300 0.3 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 6, 2017 Rainbow 200 0.3 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 5, 2017 Rainbow 594 0.25 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL
Mar 15, 2017 Rainbow 7,500 2.5 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 25, 2016 Rainbow 182 0.25 SPOKANE HATCHERY

Fishing prospects calendar

Rainbow trout

Fishing success for Rainbow Trout is generally best in the spring when thousands of fish are stocked statewide, but they can be caught year-round in most waters with a little patience and persistence. Success remains high into June and gradually declines as water temperatures increase and fish move offshore to stay cool. Fish that escaped the spring harvest return to the nearshore areas in the fall as waters cool off. Some waters may also be stocked again in the fall further boosting catch rates.
Chart showing fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

Westslope cutthroat trout

See chart for details.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


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