Patterson Lake

On the road to Sun Mountain Lodge, Patterson is an often-overlooked "locals" lake that produces fair catches for spring anglers, but it warms quickly. Planted trout have to compete directly with its perch.

Angler notes: A resort provides access and boats here. Fish early for rainbows and try the weedy months for largemouth bass.

Season: Last Saturday in April to October 31.

Open water: 131 acres.

Angling quarry here: Largemouth bass, yellow perch, rainbow trout and tiger trout.

Special rules: None, statewide size and bag limits apply.

Stocking for 2008: 3,000 catchable and 360 triploid rainbows. 11,769 fingerling rainbows plus 29,500 tiger fry last fall.

Boat launch: WDFW gravel ramp for small-trailered boats about half way up the east shore.

Getting there: Take Highway 20 to Winthrop, after crossing the Methow River eastbound on Highway 20 turn right on Twin Lakes Road and drive 2.5 miles to Patterson Lake Road. Turn right and drive two miles to Patterson Lake.