Rose Lake

Spokane River Drainage

  • Recommended Fishing Water
  • Family Fishing Water

Rose Lake in Kootenai County is 370.9 acres.

A quiet and scenic lake that appeals to anglers of all levels. Fishing docks are available at two locations and boat fishing is popular. A few primitive campsites exist along with resort rentals.


Motor Restriction
Boat Ramp
Handicap Accessible
ADA Access
Handicap Accessible


Take Interstate 90 east of Coeur d'Alene to State Hwy 3 south (Rose Lake exit). Drive south about 1.6 miles and turn west on S Watson Rd. Turn left after about 0.25 mile to reach the boat ramp and docks. Another fishing access is about 0.4 mile further down Watson Rd past the first access turnoff.

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
2023/07/11 Channel Catfish 1,418 Catchable (6+ inches)
2022/07/12 Channel Catfish 1,485 Catchable (6+ inches)
2021/07/07 Channel Catfish 1,503 Catchable (6+ inches)
2020/07/16 Channel Catfish 1,190 Catchable (6+ inches)
2019/07/23 Channel Catfish 1,500 Catchable (6+ inches)
2018/07/11 Channel Catfish 1,502 Catchable (6+ inches)
2017/07/19 Channel Catfish 3,010 Catchable (6+ inches)
2016/07/13 Channel Catfish 1,499 Catchable (6+ inches)
2015/06/24 Channel Catfish 1,508 Catchable (6+ inches)
2014/07/16 Channel Catfish 1,499 Catchable (6+ inches)
2013/07/17 Channel Catfish 2,940 Catchable (6+ inches)
2011/07/20 Channel Catfish 2,997 Catchable (6+ inches)
2010/07/14 Channel Catfish 2,997 Catchable (6+ inches)
2009/07/15 Channel Catfish 2,988 Catchable (6+ inches)
2008/07/23 Channel Catfish 2,495 Catchable (6+ inches)
2007/07/11 Channel Catfish 4,880 Catchable (6+ inches)
2006/07/26 Channel Catfish 2,584 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
2005/07/13 Channel Catfish 3,912 Catchable (6+ inches)
2004/07/07 Channel Catfish 3,900 Catchable (6+ inches)
2003/08/25 Channel Catfish 2,500 Catchable (6+ inches)
2003/08/20 Channel Catfish 2,500 Catchable (6+ inches)
2000/08/22 Channel Catfish 4,503 Catchable (6+ inches)
1999/09/21 Channel Catfish 5,350 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1990/09/19 Bluegill 14,000 Unknown Size
1982/07/19 Chinook Fall 1,020 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

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Public drinking water may not be available.

Fishing Rules, 2022 - 2024

All Waters Open All Year

Except as modified in Special Rules
Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.

Daily Bag Limits

The following daily bag limits apply to all waters within each region except as modified in the Special Rules. The possession limit is 3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season.

Special Rules

No Special Rules for Rose Lake.
Panhandle Region Bag Limits
Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)

  • Bass limit is 6, both species combined

Brook Trout

  • Brook Trout limit is 25

Bull Trout

  • Bull Trout limit is 0, catch-and-release


  • Burbot limit is 6

Chinook Salmon (land-locked)

  • Chinook Salmon limit is 2, none under 20 inches


  • Kokanee limit is 15


  • Fishing for or targeting sturgeon in the Kootenai River is illegal
  • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release

Tiger Muskie

  • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches

Trout includes Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Golden Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Splake, Arctic Grayling, trout hybrids (e.g. Tiger Trout)

  • Trout limit is 6, all species combined
  • Does not include Bull Trout and Brook Trout which are listed separately


  • Whitefish limit is 25

All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish

  • No bag, size or possession limit
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