By: Anton Jones

North central Washington offers wonderful fishing opportunities. My family has been able to run a successful guide service chasing Lake Chelan’s kokanee and lake trout for many years. That downrigging pays the bills. Meanwhile, to entertain grandkids and return to my roots as a bait fisherman I migrate to Mason, Washington, to catch trout at Wapato Lake.

At 195.2 acres, it’s too big to call a pond. I call it a small lake that’s perfect for a small rowboat or inflatable. Fortunately, Wapato has a maintained concrete slab ramp with a small dock to assist in launching boats. It’s on the traditional Lowland Lake Opener list and opens the last Saturday of April. Trout can’t be kept after July 31st.

Wapato is managed as a multi species fishery with an emphasis on rainbow trout. In addition to the mostly 12-16-inch foo