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OMAK

Located in north central Washington, seven miles SE of the town of Omak on the Colville Indian Reservation in the Okanogan region, Omak Lake is a seldom-visited jem of a lake that holds a healthy population of Lahontan Cutthroat trout.

Indeed, this lake holds the state record for a Lahontan cutthroat caught by Dan Beardslee on July 1, 1993 – a whopping 18.04 pounds!

Omak Lake is big, 3,244 acres and over seven miles long. It sits at 950 feet elevation and is 325 feet deep. The scenery is spectacular with rugged rocky hills and steep cliffs along the shoreline. Pine trees spot the hills, and wildlife is frequently seen from your boat. There is good shoreline access and several rough, but manageable, boat launches. Camping is limited but available to the general public.

The Lake is planted by the Colville tribe and non-tribal members are required to have a tribal license which can be obtained in the town of Omak. Be sure to review the specific regulations for the lake, as it is managed as a quality fishery and there are size and numbers limits.
If you visit Omak Lake be prepared for some fantastic cutthroat fishing with 12-18” fish common, 4-6 pound fish not unusual, and that elusive trophy fish just a bite away!

Mike Carey