Cocolalla Lake, located approximately 10 miles south of Sandpoint, just off of Highway 95, provides an easy access year around fishery. Total size of Cocolalla Lake is about 800 acres, with an average depth of nearly 26 feet. Feeding the lake is Cocolalla Creek which also provides spawning habitat for brown, rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout.
Fishing access to Cocolalla for the shoreline angler is primarily limited to the northeast end and the east shoreline. Private ownership limits access on the southern end and west side. Boat access is available on the northeast end adjacent to the campground.
Although the primary fishing pressure on Cocolalla Lake has been for trout, opportunities for other warm water species really sets this lake apart from other north Idaho lakes. Particularly unique is the chance to catch very nice channel catfish. Channel catfish were stocked into the lake by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and have done very well. The average size is about 4 pounds, with official reports of 11 pounds, and numerous unofficial reports of catches even larger. Other warm water species present are largemouth bass, crappie and an abundance of perch.