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McDowell Lake
Photo of McDowell Lake

Located about 11 miles southeast of Colville on the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge at 2300 feet elevation. This lake opens the 4th Saturday in April and runs through October 31st. Fly-fishing only and catch-and-release are the rules here, and motorized boats are prohibited. McDowell was rehabilitated in the fall of 2006 to eliminate tench, an undesirable exotic species. Large rainbow provide good angling in the spring and again in the fall when water temperatures are cool.

Public access is walk-in only.


Fishing Prospects Calendar

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Brook troutNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityExcellent fishing - 2nd half of monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - 1st half of monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Rainbow troutNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityExcellent fishing - 2nd half of monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - 1st half of monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
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Fishing Expectation

Excellent

Excellent Good Good Fair Fair Poor Poor
Type of Opportunity Full Month Full month 1st half of month only 1st half only 2nd half of month only 2nd half only No opportunity No opportunity

Lake Information

Stevens County
Lake Acreage: 10.8
Elevation: 2,306 feet
Eastside Washington

Lake Management Type
Trout emphasis

Sport Fishing Regulations & Seasons

Emergency Rule Updates
Fishing closures and openings happen constantly throughout the year. The E-Rules keep you up-to-date.


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Two-Pole Fishing Allowed

Special Fishing Restrictions

  • Fly Fishing Only for this lake

Access Sites / Boat Ramps on this Lake

No site or ramp information available.

Fish Plants & Stocking Reports