A Lake Called the Fourth of July
Washington State’s Lincoln County is an ideal spot for people who love the great outdoors. It has boating, camping, hiking, geocaching, hunting—and lots of wildlife just for viewing. Lincoln County is also home to a variety of really good fishing lakes.
Fishing Lakes in Washington State’s Lincoln County
There’s Crab Lake, which has good trout fishing; Fishtrap Lake and Sprague Lake, which are just outside the town of Sprague; Deer Lake and Coffeepot Lake, both near the town of Odessa; Roosevelt Lake, which has two marinas and several boat launches; the upper and lower Twin Lakes near Davenport; and Fourth of July Lake.
Trout Fishing at Fourth of July Lake
Fourth of July Lake is a relatively small lake of about 110 acres located off Highway 23, just a couple of miles south of Sprague and about 40 miles from Spokane.
Unlike many of the other lakes in Lincoln County, Fourth of July Lake offers no camping or hiking trails, no fancy marinas and no motorized boating. Its amenities are few: bathrooms and a low-bank gravel boat launch.
Fourth of July is simply a fishing lake, and it’s particularly popular with fly fishers.
Despite its name, Fourth of July is a winter fishing lake. In fact, it’s among Lincoln County, Washington’s best public lakes for winter trout fishing, with conditions at their best during the months of December, January, February and March.
Each year, Fourth of July Lake is stocked with hatchery-raised rainbow trout, so the fish population is consistently robust, with many anglers regularly catch 20-inch and up rainbows.
As noted above, boats with combustion engines are prohibited on Fourth of July Lake, making it an ideal fishing hole for those who want a bit of peace and quiet and few good trout.