Rainbow and Brook Trout, Large and Small Mouth Bass, and Tiger Muskie
Curlew Lake is a 921-acre lake located in the glacier-carved Curlew Valley northeast of Republic, Washington
Take Highway 20 or Highway 21 to Republic and continue north on Highway 21 which parallels the east side of the lake. To reach the west side of the lake, turn left (west) on West Curlew Lake Road about six miles north of the town of Republic.
Four private resorts and a state park provide a wealth of facilities for visiting anglers, including boat ramps, moorage, boat rentals, fishing docks, cabins, RV and tent sites, restrooms with showers, and small stores with groceries and tackle. Other services are available in Republic.
Rules and Regulations:
Located four miles northeast of Republic, along Highway SR-21, this body of water has a year-round open season. Spring and early summer fishing for fry planted and net-pen reared rainbow trout should be good. Largemouth bass are caught in summer and fall. Tiger muskies are planted annually to help control the northern pikeminnow population and provide an additional angling opportunity.
Fishing Curlew Lake:
Curlew Lake is stocked with 300,000 trout annually.The term “fish factory” probably applies here as well as anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Curlew has long been a favorite to Washington trout anglers, and the addition of bass has added a new dimension to the fishery without causing any noticeable problems for the trout populations. But rainbows still rule the roost in this lake bordered by pine-covered hills around much of its perimeter. The trout grow quickly in this food-rich lake. Ten to 14 inch trout provide much of the angling action, but potbellied lunkers in the 18-22 inch range are common enough to be a realistic possibility for anyone fishing here. Try trolling a small Flatfish or Kwikfish, preferably one with a shade of green, or try gang trolling with worms or my favorite the Wedding Ring trailed by a nightcrawler. Although Curlew is open year-round to fishing and provides great trout fishing, the bass fishery is pretty much a late spring and summer affair. The limited amount of docks and other man-made structures usually have trout anglers on them, so bass anglers have to confine most of their efforts to natural cover around the edges of the lake. Luckily, such cover is abundant, taking the form of submerged logs and trees, overhanging and submerged brush, and some fairly thick patches of grass and scattered weeds. There are smaller bass but some lunkers are out there to make it worth your time. Washington Curlew Lake tops North America list for tiger muskies. Curlew Lake in Washington produced nine of the top 25 tiger muskies recorded by Muskies Inc. across North America this year (2012). Not making the list was the biggest fish of all: a 10-year old, 49-inch, 40-pounder landed by Washington Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries biologists doing a survey in (2012) at Curlew Lake in Ferry County.
Ed Walzer with a nice Tiger Muskie