Stevens County, Washington is located in the northeast corner of the state, bordering Canada on the north end. The county has many fishing opportunities due to a large river flowing along its western edge as well as its proximity to national forests. Other outdoor recreation in the area includes camping, hiking and rafting. If you prefer less crowds, you will like this area of the state.
Washington fishing regulations state that all fresh water fisherman must have a state fishing license. Washington regulations also state that unless you are on a device floating in the water, such as a boat, you can only fish with a single hook. If you are out on the water in a vessel, then you are allowed two hooks.
The standard fishing season for rivers and streams is June through October unless otherwise stated. Lake fishing is year-round unless otherwise posted. There might be limits or season variations based on a certain type of fish, as well. For example, the Roosevelt Lake area of the Columbia River has a trout limit of five, while sturgeon cannot be kept.
Fish in the area include trout such as brown and rainbow trout as well as bluegill and walleye. Walleye are not native to the area and first showed up in the Columbia River in the 1960s. They are now stocked in certain lakes and have become a popular fish to catch.
Spring is a good time to fish for both trout and walleyes. Walleye spawn in the spring and tend to move upsteam like salmon. In the summer you can find them heading back to the more open areas of the lakes. Trout are also active in spring and summer, when the waters are warmer.
The two main places to fish within the county are Loon Lake and the Columbia River. You can fish along the banks of either, or use one of the boat access points at various campgrounds. The Columbia River has 22 boat ramps at the Lake Roosevelt National Recreational Area, which is on the edge of a lake formed along the river. A small fee of $6, as of March 2010, will grant you access for seven days.
Loon Lake is about 1,100 acres near the southern end of the county, 30 miles from Spokane. Public access to the lake can be found at the town of Loon Lake on the north end.
Article Written By Keith Dooley
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.