Fishing License Requirements
Washington State fishing regulations and licensing requirements apply when fishing on Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. Anyone age 15 and older must have a personal use, recreational license valid for freshwater in their possession while engaged in fishing.
Anyone fishing from shore adjacent to either of the tribal reservations should contact them to determine whether a tribal license is also required.
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?
Fort Spokane (1880 - 1898) was established in part to protect the rights of local Native American tribes from newly arrived settlers who wanted to settle, poach, or illegally mine on the Spokane and Colville Reservations.