Overabundant Fish Lakes

Stunted Brookies out of Anderson LakeBrook trout, cutthroat and some strains of rainbow are adaptable and prolific in their spawning habits, sometimes using springs to spawn in high lakes. Uncontrolled reproduction in high lakes can lead to overpopulation. Such trout lakes are characterized by dense populations of slow growing trout with large heads and skinny bodies. Essentially, they are eating themselves out of house and home.

WDFW allows for a more liberal harvest in some of these over-populated lakes and stocks  others with predator species to bring these populations under control. The agency encourages anglers to fish these lakes and has identified where over-populated lakes exist through the high lakes mapping tools. Anglers are strongly encouraged to seek out these lakes and remove the legal number of trout each day they fish. Reducing the over-abundance of trout in these lakes lessens the impact these populations are having on lake ecology and native aquatic fauna.


Chelan County

ChiwaukumLat: 47.725050
Long: -120.887102
TRS: T26R16E SEC30
County5,214 feet68.5 acresOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Brook trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
MerrittLat: 47.805934
Long: -120.913651
TRS: T27R15E SEC25
County5,027 feet5.5 acresOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Brook trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
Rainbow - LowerLat: 48.402384
Long: -120.739547
TRS: T34R17E SEC33
County5,634 feet14.6 acresLake Chelan National Recreation Area
Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
RockLat: 47.797634
Long: -120.963897
TRS: T27R15E SEC34
County5,862 feet2.7 acresOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Golden trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
*DIRECTIONS: Google and Bing mapping applications show the location of the lake and provide general driving directions. Research trails and trail conditions before going.

Grays Harbor County

Klone Lake 1Lat: 47.472160
Long: -123.543874
TRS: T23R07W SEC23
County3,184 feet7.8 acresOlympic National Forest
Cutthroat trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
Klone Lake 2Lat: 47.475640
Long: -123.541312
TRS: T23R07W SEC14
County3,183 feet4.5 acresOlympic National Forest
Cutthroat trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
*DIRECTIONS: Google and Bing mapping applications show the location of the lake and provide general driving directions. Research trails and trail conditions before going.

Jefferson County

Charlia Lakes 1Lat: 47.800254
Long: -123.125579
TRS: T27R04W SEC25
County5,504 feet7.7 acresOlympic National Forest
Cutthroat trout, Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
*DIRECTIONS: Google and Bing mapping applications show the location of the lake and provide general driving directions. Research trails and trail conditions before going.

King County

Hardscrabble - LowerLat: 47.527074
Long: -121.351076
TRS: T24R11E SEC36
County4,063 feet10.4 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
Hardscrabble - UpperLat: 47.531792
Long: -121.341529
TRS: T24R11E SEC36
County4,589 feet6.7 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
KaleetanLat: 47.466207
Long: -121.494398
TRS: T23R10E SEC23
County3,864 feet41.6 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Brook trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
MyrtleLat: 47.549148
Long: -121.383380
TRS: T24R11E SEC22
County3,781 feet14.4 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
*DIRECTIONS: Google and Bing mapping applications show the location of the lake and provide general driving directions. Research trails and trail conditions before going.

Kittitas County

Baker (Thetis)Lat: 47.351427
Long: -121.301709
TRS: T22R12E SEC35
County4,434 feet4.7 acresOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Brook trout, Golden trout, Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
*DIRECTIONS: Google and Bing mapping applications show the location of the lake and provide general driving directions. Research trails and trail conditions before going.

Lewis County

Chambers LakeLat: 46.466595
Long: -121.534791
TRS: T11R10E SEC2
County4,442 feet10.8 acresGifford Pinchot National Forest
Brook trout, Brown trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
GreenwoodLat: 46.658701
Long: -121.908596
TRS: T14R07E SEC34
County4,465 feet5.9 acresGifford Pinchot National Forest
Brook trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
*DIRECTIONS: Google and Bing mapping applications show the location of the lake and provide general driving directions. Research trails and trail conditions before going.

Okanogan County

CutthroatLat: 48.540542
Long: -120.680343
TRS: T35R17E SEC13
County4,940 feet8.8 acresOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Cutthroat trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
Eagle - LowerLat: 48.208538
Long: -120.333846
TRS: T31R20E SEC3
County6,507 feet7.9 acresOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Cutthroat trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
Martin - LowerLat: 48.189721
Long: -120.334929
TRS: T31R20E SEC15
County6,744 feet6.0 acresOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Cutthroat trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
MosquitoLat: 48.408319
Long: -120.633846
TRS: T34R18E SEC32
County5,288 feet5.8 acresOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Cutthroat trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
SouthLat: 48.427620
Long: -120.637862
TRS: T34R18E SEC20
County6,171 feet2.2 acresOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Cutthroat trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
*DIRECTIONS: Google and Bing mapping applications show the location of the lake and provide general driving directions. Research trails and trail conditions before going.

Pierce County

CedarLat: 47.074207
Long: -121.838999
TRS: T18R08E SEC6
County4,206 feet34.4 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Brook trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
CoundlyLat: 47.050260
Long: -121.838885
TRS: T18R08E SEC18
County4,126 feet13.3 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Brook trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
EchoLat: 47.041233
Long: -121.424106
TRS: T18R11E SEC16
County3,823 feet51.2 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Cutthroat trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
LostLat: 47.046379
Long: -121.460530
TRS: T18R11E SEC18
County3,989 feet17.2 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Brook trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
LyleLat: 47.070524
Long: -121.820775
TRS: T18R08E SEC5
County4,151 feet7.8 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Brook trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
*DIRECTIONS: Google and Bing mapping applications show the location of the lake and provide general driving directions. Research trails and trail conditions before going.

Skagit County

Gee - LittleLat: 48.419248
Long: -121.812553
TRS: T34R08E SEC19
County4,186 feet2.0 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Brook trout, Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
*DIRECTIONS: Google and Bing mapping applications show the location of the lake and provide general driving directions. Research trails and trail conditions before going.

Snohomish County

BearLat: 48.058358
Long: -121.742891
TRS: T30R08E SEC26
County2,780 feet18.9 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Brook trout, Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
BlancaLat: 47.940573
Long: -121.341060
TRS: T28R11E SEC1
County3,976 feet160.1 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
EagleLat: 47.795729
Long: -121.413636
TRS: T27R11E SEC29
County3,892 feet18.6 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Cutthroat trout, Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
East BoardmanLat: 48.010446
Long: -121.663193
TRS: T29R09E SEC9
County3,365 feet21.9 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Brook trout, Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
GoatLat: 48.017787
Long: -121.350916
TRS: T29R11E SEC11
County3,165 feet58.4 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Brook trout, Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
JoanLat: 47.792052
Long: -121.193917
TRS: T27R13E SEC31
County5,040 feet2.6 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Brook trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
*DIRECTIONS: Google and Bing mapping applications show the location of the lake and provide general driving directions. Research trails and trail conditions before going.

Whatcom County

Bearpaw MtnLat: 48.951348
Long: -121.841096
TRS: T40R07E SEC13
County4,425 feet5.9 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Cutthroat trout, Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
BerdeenLat: 48.715930
Long: -121.464573
TRS: T37R10E SEC2
County5,018 feet125.6 acresNorth Cascades National Park
Cutthroat trout, Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
Jerry No. 1Lat: 48.760643
Long: -120.919749
TRS: T38R14E SEC24
County5,904 feet26.9 acresOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Cutthroat trout, Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
MaidenLat: 48.799895
Long: -121.664967
TRS: T38R09E SEC8
County3,923 feet18.3 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Cutthroat trout, Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
ShuksanLat: 48.773767
Long: -121.573469
TRS: T38R09E SEC13
County3,698 feet29.0 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Brook trout, Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
SkymoLat: 48.836288
Long: -121.103291
TRS: T39R13E SEC27
County5,281 feet10.7 acresNorth Cascades National Park
Cutthroat trout, Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
SourdoughLat: 48.759094
Long: -121.124668
TRS: T38R13E SEC21
County4,617 feet26.6 acresNorth Cascades National Park
Brook trout, Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
TomyhoiLat: 48.974521
Long: -121.681236
TRS: T40R09E SEC7
County3,726 feet61.9 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Brook trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
*DIRECTIONS: Google and Bing mapping applications show the location of the lake and provide general driving directions. Research trails and trail conditions before going.

Yakima County

DeweyLat: 46.855944
Long: -121.482124
TRS: T16R11E SEC19
County5,116 feet50.6 acresMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Brook trout, Rainbow trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
PlacerLat: 46.904563
Long: -121.481431
TRS: T16R11E SEC6
County5,380 feet3.0 acresOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Cutthroat trout*DIRECTIONS Google   Bing
*DIRECTIONS: Google and Bing mapping applications show the location of the lake and provide general driving directions. Research trails and trail conditions before going.