Fishing License Requirements
Washington State fishing regulations and licensing requirements apply when fishing on Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.
When in waters adjoining the Colville Reservation a Washington State or Colville fishing license may be used. If you are fishing from shore on the Colville Reservation you must have a Colville Tribal fishing license. Check out the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation website or call (509) 634-2110 for more information.
The Spokane Tribe also requires a Spokane Tribal fishing license when fishing from shore on the Spokane Reservation. Call (509) 625-3511 for information.
Please do not put fish remains back into the lake. They take a long time to decompose in fresh water, resulting in littered and polluted water.
Before You Go:
Check out the updated fish consumption advisory from Washington Department of Public Health.
What to Fish For:
More than 30 species of fish inhabit this waters. Some common ones that you may encounter are:
In past years more than 90 perscent of all fish causth have been walleye, one of Lake Roosevelt's prized game fish. If you catch one, you can be sure others are around, because walleye travel in schools. Average weight 1-4 lbs.
Other fish found in these waters include cutthroat traout, bass, sunfish, carp, perch, pike, and bullhead.
Fishing for Walleye on Lake Roosevelt
One of the most popular sport fish in the northern and central United states has developed a similar reputation in Washington, and specifically at Lake Roosevelt national Recreation Area, in the last couple of decades. Known for its exquisite flavor and large size, this newcomer called “walleye” is providing additional excitement and opportunity in a state already rich with fishing resources.
The walleye’s appeal is certainly not its lethargic fight, although fish get so big here they can generate intense interest and excitement. Rather, it is their performance at the dinner table that keeps anglers returning, trip after trip. Many people consider walleyes to be the best-flavored white-fleshed fish in freshwater. Aficionados of yellow perch (a close relative of the walleye) might disagree, but not vociferously. Both are superb in a number of recipes with the walleye’s larger size contributing bigger portions.
Did You Know?
The park offers a variety of engaging activites for school groups. These include A River Mile, where students adopt and study a mile of the river. Duty, Discipline, and Devotion allow classes to experience what it was like to be a student or soldier at Fort Spokane. Contact us for information.