Fourteen miles north of Colville this lake has an elevation of 1950 feet. The fishing season is open from the first Friday after Thanksgiving through March 31. This "winter-only" lake normally produces rainbow trout in the 10- to 13-inch range, with carryovers in excess of 14 inches.
Williams Lake is highly productive and an aerator must be operated during winter months (November - March) to prevent winter-kill. An open-water area is maintained by the aerator in the center of the lake during periods of ice cover. Anglers should stay well away from the thin ice and open water at all times. In rare instances when the aerator malfunctions (power outages, mechanical failure), a thin layer of ice quickly forms over the open-water area. This thin layer of ice cannot support human weight, and snow cover can make it difficult to tell accurately where the ice is thin. Therefore, anglers should avoid the center of the lake at all times. Although every effort is made to regularly check and maintain the aerator, breakdowns occasionally occur. WDFW requests that anglers call 509-563-5490 if the Williams Lake aerator is not functioning during winter.
Two-pole fishing is allowed
Good for ice fishing
Shoreline access: Good - Due to winter-only season, lake is usually ice-covered, so walk-in access is good.
Species you might catch
Acreage: 34.30 ac.
Elevation: 1954 ft.
Center: 48.755139, -117.967317
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Catchable fish plants
|Stock Date||Species||Number Released||Number of Fish Per Pound||Facility|
|Sep 22, 2022||Rainbow||1,631||1.3||FORD HATCHERY|
|Sep 29, 2021||Rainbow||1,500||1.9||FORD HATCHERY|
|Apr 30, 2018||Rainbow||2,500||3||FORD HATCHERY|
|Nov 4, 2015||Rainbow||2,100||3||COLVILLE HATCHERY|
|Sep 28, 2014||Rainbow||500||1.5||COLVILLE HATCHERY|
|Apr 15, 2010||Rainbow||1,400||0.7||TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL|