Location: Northeast of Loon Lake
Directions: Drive north from Spokane on U.S.395 for 26 miles and turn right (east) on Deer Lake Loop Road. Follow it about 2 miles to the lake.
Facilities: The lake has a public access area with a boat ramp, as well as two private resorts.
Species: Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Lake Trout, Kokanee, Smallmouth, Largemouth, Yellow Perch, Crappie, and Brown Bullhead Catfish
Fishing Deer Lake:
Whether your fishing for trout of kokanee turns your crank, or bass or panfish, Deer Lake is worthy. There is fish here from the beginning of the year all the way to the end. Lake Trout, or Mackinaw, are a big draw when the season opens, especially if the spring has been cool and the water temperatures are down far enough to keep the big lakers near the surface. Trolling with big plugs and spoons, like those used for salt water salmon, will do the job if the big Mac’s are on the bite. If April weather is warm and the fish go deep, you’ll have to use leaded line or downriggers to take your plugs or spoons down deep enough to locate the fish. Use your fish finder to find the fish.
Kokanee fishing has also been a big draw at Deer Lake for many years. The lake, in fact, gave up several record-class kokanee during the 1970’s, and still offers the chance for a koke in the 3-lb range or larger. Trolling Kokanee Killers, Triple Teazers, Wedding Ring Spinners just remember to lance those hooks with a single piece of white corn. Corn and maggots are also popular for still fishing, which becomes the method of choice in the summertime kokanee fishing. Many anglers concentrate their efforts during the night, when Glo Hooks are an important part of the arsenal.
Brook trout can be found throughout much of the lake, especially around the edges where their easy to get with fly-rods, spinning outfits, or trolling gear. You can even catch brookies from the banks at the resorts. Rainbow trout are planted/stocked every year at Deer Lake and their caught on many varieties of trolled or stillfish offerings. Triple Teazers and Wedding Rings that work for kokanee will certainly work for rainbows, as well as Kwikfish, Flatfish in metallic finishes. Rooster Tails, or plain old gang troll with a worm egg combination. Salmon eggs, marshmellows, power bait, and yellow corn will also do the job.
Largemouth and Smallmouth bass are fairly abundant, especially around the narrow arm to the north end of the lake and in the shallow flats near the southeast corner.