Williams Lake

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. Rehabilitated in the fall of 2018 to eliminate illegally introduced Goldfish and Smallmouth Bass. The lake received catchable-sized trout to support the fishery this winter, and will be regularly stocked with fry.

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

Lake information

County: Stevens
Acreage: 34.30 ac.
Elevation: 1954 ft.
Center: 48.755139, -117.967317
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: WILLIAMS LK (STEV)
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

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


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