Ruby Lake NWR

Ruby Lake is a natural, spring fed, high elevation marsh, located entirely in the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The refuge is divided into the North Dike units and the South Lake.

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Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

Trout fishing should be fair to good in the pond behind the hatchery and near the main boat landing. Panther Martins, Kastmasters and spinners are recommended. Try small spinner baits or soft plastics. Fly anglers are having luck stripping dark-colored wooly buggers near Brown Dike. Fishing from the dike around Unit 21 has also been good for bass. Dark-colored soft plastics are working midday, while topwater lures are getting hit in the morning and evening. Special Regulation: Minimum size for black bass is 10 inches.

Ruby Lake NWR Angler Guide Information


Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
403Rainbow Trout10.304-12-202415219
1446Rainbow Trout 10.104-09-202414816
1069Rainbow Trout8.110-13-202313370
707Rainbow Trout8.110-12-202312301
7170Rainbow Trout8.110-04-202311594
1404Rainbow Trout9.305-02-20234424
1538Tiger Trout8.905-02-20231538
3020Rainbow Trout9.404-21-20233020

Pertinent Information

Ruby Lake lies at an elevation of 6,000 feet in a closed basin and the refuge contains over 9,000 acres of lakes, ponds, and waterways intermixed with islands and bulrush stands to the south and manmade dike units to the north. Depths vary from several inches to 12 feet deep and game fish are comprised of largemouth bass, rainbow trout, tiger trout, brown trout, and brook trout. The average size for largemouth bass is around 11 inches and trout typically surpassed 15 inches. The normal bass fishing lures include crankbaits, topwater, rubber worms, and spinner baits as well as bass flies. Most forms of bait such as salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, and Power Bait work for trout as well as small spinners, spoons, and flies. Spring through early summer or fall is the best time to fish for trout, while bass fishing is usually good in spring through fall. A Forest Service campground is situated adjacent to Ruby Lake and there are several primitive camping sites scattered in the foothills along the west side. There are two boat ramps for South Lake, the Main Boat Landing and Narciss Boat landing.