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Rainbow trout

Lakes by County

Adams County

  • Cow Lake
  • Fourth Of July Lake
  • Herman Lake
  • Quail Lake
  • Sprague Lake
  • Asotin County

  • Asotin Headgate County Park Pond
  • Golf Course Pond
  • Silcott Pond
  • West Evans Pond
  • Benton County

  • Columbia Park Pond
  • Chelan County

  • Beehive Reservoir
  • Black Lake
  • Blackbird Island Pond
  • Chelan Golf Course Pond West
  • Clear Lake
  • Domke Lake
  • Fish Lake
  • Lake Chelan
  • Lilly Lake
  • Roses Lake
  • Wapato Lake
  • Clallam County

  • Dickey Lake
  • Lake Pleasant
  • Lake Sutherland
  • Lincoln Park Pond 1
  • Wentworth Lake
  • Clark County

  • Battle Ground Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Klineline Pond
  • Lacamas Lake
  • Vancouver Lake
  • Columbia County

  • Beaver Lake
  • Big Four Lake
  • Blue Lake
  • Curl Lake
  • Dam Pond
  • Dayton Pond
  • Deer Lake
  • Donnie Lake
  • Orchard Pond
  • Rainbow Lake
  • Spring Lake
  • Watson Lake
  • Cowlitz County

  • Castle Lake
  • Kress Lake
  • Lake Sacajawea
  • Merrill Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Douglas County

  • Big Bow Lake
  • Hammond Lake
  • Jameson Lake
  • Lake Entiat
  • Lake Pateros
  • Pit Lake
  • Putters Lake
  • Ferry County

  • Curlew Lake
  • Ferry Lake
  • Fish Lake
  • Lake Ellen
  • Swan Lake
  • Trout Lake
  • Franklin County

  • Dalton Lake
  • Marmes Pond
  • Powerline Lake
  • Garfield County

  • Casey Pond
  • Grant County

  • Ancient Lake South
  • Banks Lake
  • Beda Lake
  • Billy Clapp Lake
  • Blue Lake
  • Blythe Lake
  • Burke Lake
  • Canal Lake
  • Cattail Lake
  • Chukar Lake
  • Cliff Lake
  • Columbia Basin Hatchery Cr
  • Coot Lake
  • Corral Lake
  • Crystal Lake
  • Cup Lake
  • Deep Lake
  • Desert Lake Chain
  • Dry Falls Lake
  • Dusty Lake
  • Falcon - East Lake
  • Falcon - West Lake
  • Gadwall Lake
  • Hampton Lake - Lower
  • Hampton Lake - Upper
  • Heart Lake
  • Heron - Lower Lake
  • Heron - Upper Lake
  • Homestead Lake
  • Hourglass Lake
  • Janet Lake
  • June Lake
  • Lemna Lake
  • Lenice Lake
  • Lois Lake
  • Long Lake
  • Martha Lake
  • Moses Lake
  • North Teal Lake
  • North Windmill Lake
  • Northup Lake
  • Park Lake
  • Perch Lake
  • Pillar Lake
  • Poacher Lake
  • Potholes Reservoir
  • Quincy Lake
  • Rainbow Lake
  • Sage Lake - East
  • Sage Lake - West
  • Sago Lake
  • Shoveler Lake
  • Snipe Lake
  • Soda Lake
  • South Teal Lake
  • Upper Caliche Lake
  • Upper Goose Lake
  • Warden Lake
  • Widgeon Lake
  • Windmill Lake
  • Grays Harbor County

  • Duck Lake
  • Failor Lake
  • Lake Aberdeen
  • Sylvia Lake
  • Vance Creek Pond 1 (Bowers Lake)
  • Vance Creek Pond 2 (Inez Lake)
  • Island County

  • Cranberry Lake
  • Deer Lake
  • Lake Goss
  • Lone Lake
  • Jefferson County

  • Anderson Lake
  • Gibbs Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Leland Lake
  • Ludlow Lake
  • Sandy Shore Lake
  • Silent Lake
  • Tarboo Lake
  • Teal Lake
  • King County

  • Angle Lake
  • Beaver Lake - Sammamish
  • Bitter Lake
  • Cottage Lake
  • Deep Lake
  • Drunken Charlie Lake
  • Echo Lake
  • Fish Lake
  • Fivemile Lake
  • Green Lake
  • Haller Lake
  • Holm Lake
  • Lake Alice
  • Lake Boren
  • Lake Desire
  • Lake Dolloff
  • Lake Fenwick
  • Lake Geneva
  • Lake Killarney
  • Lake Margaret
  • Lake Meridian
  • Lake Morton
  • Lake Number 12
  • Lake Sawyer
  • Langlois Lake
  • North Lake
  • Pine Lake
  • Rattlesnake Lake
  • Shadow Lake
  • Shady Lake
  • Spring Lake
  • Star Lake
  • Steele Lake
  • Trout Lake
  • Trout Lake
  • Walker Lake
  • Wilderness Lake
  • Kitsap County

  • Buck Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Island Lake
  • Kitsap Lake
  • Mission Lake
  • Panther Lake
  • Wildcat Lake
  • Wye Lake
  • Kittitas County

  • Cle Elum Lake
  • Cooper Lake
  • Easton Ponds
  • Fio Rito N
  • Fio Rito S
  • Hanson - Lower Pond
  • Hanson - Upper Pond
  • Hyas Lake
  • Kachess Lake
  • Keechelus Lake
  • Kiwanis Pond
  • Lake Easton
  • Lavender Lake
  • Lost Lake
  • Manastash Lake
  • Mattoon Lake
  • McCabe Pond
  • Naneum Pond
  • Quartz Cr Pond
  • Woodhouse Pond
  • Klickitat County

  • Horsethief Lake
  • Rowland Lake
  • Spearfish Lake
  • Lewis County

  • Carlisle Lake
  • Davis Lake
  • Fort Borst Lake
  • Lake Scanewa
  • Mayfield Lake
  • Mineral Lake
  • Plummer Lake
  • South Lewis County Park Pond
  • Swofford Pond
  • Lincoln County

  • Coffee Pot Lake
  • Deer Springs Lake
  • Fishtrap Lake
  • Twin Lakes - Lower
  • Twin Lakes - Upper
  • Z Lake
  • Mason County

  • Aldrich Lake
  • Benson Lake
  • Cady Lake
  • Clara Lake
  • Devereaux Lake
  • Haven Lake
  • Howell Lake
  • Island Lake
  • Lake Kokanee
  • Lake Limerick
  • Lake Maggie
  • Lake Wooten
  • Lost Lake
  • Nahwatzel Lake
  • Phillips Lake
  • Price Lake
  • Robbins Lake
  • Spencer Lake
  • Tee Lake
  • Tiger Lake
  • Trails End Lake
  • Twin Lake - Big
  • Wood Lake
  • Okanogan County

  • Aeneas Lake
  • Alta Lake
  • Beaver Lake
  • Big Buck Lake
  • Big Twin Lake
  • Blue Lake
  • Bonaparte Lake
  • Buck Lake
  • Buzzard Lake
  • Campbell Lake
  • Chopaka Lake
  • Conconully Lake
  • Conconully Reservoir
  • Conners Lake
  • Cougar Lake
  • Crawfish Lake
  • Davis Lake
  • Dibble Lake
  • Ell Lake
  • Fanchers Dam Reservoir
  • Fish Lake
  • Forde Lake
  • Green Lake
  • Hess Lake
  • Lake Beth
  • Leader Lake
  • Little Green Lake
  • Little Twin Lake
  • Long Lake
  • Lost Lake
  • Molson Lake
  • Palmer Lake
  • Patterson Lake
  • Pearrygin Lake
  • Rat Lake
  • Round Lake
  • Rufus Woods Lake
  • Sidley Lake
  • Silver Nail Lake
  • Smith Lake
  • Spectacle Lake
  • Starzman Lake Middle
  • Starzman Lake Upper
  • Sugarloaf Lake
  • Turner Lake
  • Wannacut Lake
  • Pacific County

  • Black Lake
  • Loomis Lake
  • Snag Lake (Radar Hill Ponds)
  • South Bend Mill Pond
  • Western Lake (Radar Hill Ponds)
  • Pend Oreille County

  • Big Meadow Lake
  • Boundary Reservoir
  • Box Canyon Reservoir
  • Browns Lake
  • Carls Lake
  • Conger Pond 1
  • Conger Pond 2
  • Cooks Lake
  • Crescent Lake
  • Davis Lake
  • Deception Lake
  • Diamond Lake
  • Fan Lake
  • Frater Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Lake Leo
  • Leadbetter Lake
  • Little Lost Lake
  • Nile Lake
  • North Skookum Lake
  • Parker Lake
  • Sacheen Lake
  • South Skookum Lake
  • Sullivan Lake
  • Upper Lead King Lake
  • Pierce County

  • American Lake
  • Bay Lake
  • Bonney Lake
  • Carney Lake
  • Clear Lake
  • Crescent Lake
  • Decoursey Pond
  • Florence Lake
  • Harts Lake
  • Jackson Lake
  • Lake Bradley
  • Lake Kapowsin
  • Lake Louise
  • Lake Whitman
  • Ohop Lake
  • Rapjohn Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Spanaway Lake
  • Steilacoom Lake
  • Tanwax Lake
  • Wapato Lake
  • Waughop Lake
  • San Juan County

  • Cascade Lake
  • Egg Lake
  • Hummel Lake
  • Mountain Lake
  • Skagit County

  • Clear Lake
  • Grandy Lake
  • Heart Lake
  • Lake Campbell
  • Lake Cavanaugh
  • Lake Erie
  • Lake McMurray
  • Pass Lake
  • Sixteen Lake
  • Vogler Lake
  • Whistle Lake
  • Skamania County

  • Coldwater Lake
  • Council Lake
  • Goose Lake
  • Ice House Lake
  • Kidney Lake
  • Little Ash Lake
  • Swift Power Canal
  • Swift Reservoir
  • Takhlakh Lake
  • Tunnel Lake
  • Snohomish County

  • Ballinger Lake
  • Barclay Lake
  • Blackmans Lake
  • Bosworth Lake
  • Cassidy Lake
  • Chain Lake
  • Crabapple Lake
  • Echo Lake
  • Echo Lake
  • Flowing Lake
  • Gissburg Ponds
  • Lake Armstrong
  • Lake Goodwin
  • Lake Howard
  • Lake Ketchum
  • Lake Ki
  • Lake Loma
  • Lake Roesiger
  • Lake Serene
  • Lake Shoecraft
  • Lake Stevens
  • Lost (Devil’s) Lake
  • Lost Lake (near Lake Chaplain)
  • Martha Alderwood Manor
  • Martha Warm Beach
  • Panther Lake
  • Riley Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Spada Lake
  • Stickney Lake
  • Storm Lake
  • Tye Lake
  • Wagner Lake
  • Wallace Lake
  • Spokane County

  • Amber Lake
  • Badger Lake
  • Bear Lake
  • Bonnie Lake
  • Chapman Lake
  • Clear Lake
  • Downs Lake
  • Fish Lake
  • Hog Canyon Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Liberty Lake
  • Medical Lake
  • West Medical Lake
  • Williams Lake
  • Stevens County

  • Bayley Lake
  • Cedar Lake
  • Coffin Lake
  • Deep Lake
  • Deer Lake
  • First Thought Lake
  • Franklin Roosevelt Lake
  • Hatch Lake
  • Heritage Lake
  • Jumpoff Joe Lake
  • Lake Gillette
  • Lake Sherry
  • Lake Spokane
  • Lake Thomas
  • Loon Lake
  • McDowell Lake
  • Mudgett Lake
  • Pepoon Lake
  • Pierre Lake
  • Potter's Pond
  • Rigley Lake
  • Rocky Lake
  • Springdale City Pond
  • Starvation Lake
  • Summit Lake
  • Waitts Lake
  • Williams Lake
  • Thurston County

  • Black Lake
  • Clear Lake
  • Deep Lake
  • Hicks Lake
  • Lake Lawrence
  • Long Lake
  • Long's Pond
  • McIntosh Lake
  • Munn Lake
  • Offutt Lake
  • Pattison Lake
  • Skookum Reservoir
  • St. Clair Lake
  • Summit Lake
  • Ward Lake
  • Wahkiakum County

  • Burns Pond
  • Walla Walla County

  • Bennington Lake
  • Fish Hook Pond
  • Hood Park Ponds
  • Jefferson Park Pond
  • Lions Park Pond
  • Quarry Pond
  • Whatcom County

  • Cain Lake
  • Depression Lake
  • Diablo Lake
  • Gorge Lake
  • Lake Padden
  • Lake Terrell
  • Ross Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Squalicum Lake
  • Toad Lake
  • Whitman County

  • Garfield Pond
  • Gilcrest Pond
  • Pampa Pond
  • Riparia Pond
  • Rock Lake
  • Yakima County

  • Bumping Lake
  • Clear Lake
  • Dog Lake
  • Elton Pond North
  • Firing Center Pond 1
  • Granger Pond
  • I-82 Pond 1
  • I-82 Pond 2
  • I-82 Pond 3
  • I-82 Pond 4
  • I-82 Pond 6
  • Indian Flat Pond
  • Leech Lake
  • Lost Lake
  • McDaniel Lake
  • Mud Lake
  • Myron Lake
  • Naches Pk - Sportsmen Day Pond
  • Reflection Pond
  • Rimrock Lake
  • Rotary Lake
  • Tieton Ranger Pond
  • Tims Ponds
  • Yakima Sportsmens Pond
  • Zillah Winery Pond
  • Information & Facts

    Rainbow trout - Duane Raver.jpgSpecies Name
    Rainbow trout
    (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

    Common Names
    Bow, Redband, Silver Trout, Redsides

    Size Range
    Average 11-18 inches. Rainbow trout can grow to 20+ inches in quality populations.

    State Record
    29.6 lbs; Norm Butler; Rufus Woods Lake, Okanogan County; November 11, 2002

    Description
    Rainbow trout are the most common and hence most popular species of trout in Washington.  There are thousands of wild populations statewide but the main reason for their popularity is that the Washington Department of fish and Wildlife stocks millions of rainbow trout in hundreds of waters annually across the state for the specific purpose of providing recreational angling opportunity.  Rainbow trout are an excellent game fish reputed for their willingness to bite bait and lures, scrappy nature when on the end of a fishing line and the fact that they are excellent table fare. Rainbow trout can be identified by their bluish-green back, silver sides and belly, and black spots on the body and on the caudal, dorsal, and adipose fins.  Another characteristic of rainbow trout, and a characteristic that it gets its name from is the presence of a reddish stripe along its sides that is often, but not always present.

    There are three subspecies of rainbow trout that occur in Washington, but only two are native; the coastal rainbow trout (Onchorhynchus mykiss irideus) and the Columbia Basin redband trout (O. mykiss gairdneri).  The coastal rainbow trout occurs in western Washington and in the lower Columbia River.  There is a unique form of the coastal rainbow trout that is only found in Crescent Lake and it is known as the Beardslee rainbow trout. All of the hatchery rainbow trout stocked into waters of the state of Washington are of coastal rainbow trout genetic origin. The Columbia Basin redband trout occurs in the Columbia River drainage from the Klickitat River upstream.

    Generally people think of rainbow trout as only inhabiting cold clear rivers, streams and lakes but both of the subspecies can be anadromous (sea going).  Anadromous rainbow trout are commonly known as steelhead. Steelhead are also highly regarded game fish and it is he state of fish of Washington.

    Where to fish for Rainbow trout
    Rainbow trout can be caught in every county in Washington and so are in a lake or stream near you. They prefer cool, clean water (less than 70°F) that is well oxygenated.

    How to fish for Rainbow trout
    Rainbow trout prefer to eat small aquatic and terrestrial insects, but larger adults will also prey on other fishes.  Part of their popularity as a game fish is because they are so willing to take a variety of baits, both natural and artificial, including but not limited to: corn, salmon eggs, dough, cheese, night crawlers and powerbait.  Artificial lures such as spinners, spoons, jigs, flies, wedding rings and plugs are also very effective.  When fishing lakes during the spring and fall, the water is cooler and the rainbow trout will often be found near the surface and also more active.  Trolling with spinners, flies, and spoons is a common tactic as well as suspending bait from the surface.  When the water warms during the summer months, the rainbow trout become a little more sluggish and seek deeper, cooler water, so fishing will need to occur at or near the bottom.  To catch the bottom dwellers you will want to fish with bait slightly suspended off the bottom, or troll with your lure near the bottom as well.

    Remember, when handling any fish you intend to release, wet your hands first so you don’t take off the fish’s protective slippery coating.  Dry hands will remove the protective coating and make the fish vulnerable to bacterial or fungal infections, which can kill them.