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
2022/07/12 Channel Catfish 1,485 Greater than 6 inches
2021/07/07 Channel Catfish 1,503 Greater than 6 inches
2020/07/16 Channel Catfish 1,190 Greater than 6 inches
2019/07/23 Channel Catfish 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
2018/07/11 Channel Catfish 1,502 Greater than 6 inches
2017/07/19 Channel Catfish 3,010 Greater than 6 inches
2016/07/13 Channel Catfish 1,499 Greater than 6 inches
2015/06/24 Channel Catfish 1,508 Greater than 6 inches
2014/07/16 Channel Catfish 1,499 Greater than 6 inches
2013/07/17 Channel Catfish 2,940 Greater than 6 inches
2011/07/20 Channel Catfish 2,997 Greater than 6 inches
2010/07/14 Channel Catfish 2,997 Greater than 6 inches
2009/07/15 Channel Catfish 2,988 Greater than 6 inches
2008/07/23 Channel Catfish 2,495 Greater than 6 inches
2007/07/11 Channel Catfish 4,880 Greater than 6 inches
2006/07/26 Channel Catfish 2,584 Less than 6 inches
2005/07/13 Channel Catfish 3,912 Greater than 6 inches
2004/07/07 Channel Catfish 3,900 Greater than 6 inches
2003/08/25 Channel Catfish 2,500 Greater than 6 inches
2003/08/20 Channel Catfish 2,500 Greater than 6 inches
2000/08/22 Channel Catfish 4,503 Greater than 6 inches
1999/09/21 Channel Catfish 5,350 Less than 6 inches
1990/09/19 Bluegill 14,000 Unknown size
1982/07/19 Fall Chinook 1,020 Less than 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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