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.
Did You Know?
A common rumor at Lake Roosevelt is that the National Park Service controls the lake level. This is not true. The lake level is controlled by Bureau of Reclamation computers that optimize lake levels for only five things: flood control, power production, irrigation, dam repairs, and salmon runs.