Outdoors

Wannacut Lake

A slightly saline water chemistry (from magnesium sulfate) can create a dead zone (no oxygen) in the lower reaches of its 158-foot depths, but the grown-in-lake rainbow trout still do fairly well in the top-water. Anglers also might still dredge up a leftover Lahontan.

Angler notes: Opening day catch was 3.2 trout per angler. Last years fingerlings are 11-12 inches with carryovers (2005 plants) to 15 inches.

Open water: 414 acres.

Season: last Saturday in April to October 31.

Angling quarry here: Rainbow and Lahontan cutthroat trout.

Stocking for 2008: 58,895 fingerling rainbows.

Special rules: Season only, otherwise statewide size and bag limits apply.

Boat launches: WDFW (south end) and private resort east side mid-way up.

Getting there: Take Highway 20 to the Okanogan River valley. At Tonasket drive north on the west valley highway, turn left on the Loomis-Oroville Road drive to Enterprise. Turn right on Wannacut Lake Road and drive to south end of lake.

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