For a unique fishing experience, head to Ruby Lake. Located in a closed basin with more than 9,000 acres of waterways, lakes, and ponds, you’re sure to find the perfect fishing spot. Ruby Lake sits at an elevation of 6,000 feet with depths that range from a few inches to 12 feet. This is a great location to target game fish, including largemouth bass, rainbow trout, tiger trout, brown trout, and brook trout. The largemouth bass here tend to grow to about 11 inches and the trout are generally more than 15 inches. The state-record tiger trout and rainbow trout were both caught in the Ruby Lake Refuge. When targeting the bass, head out from the spring through fall and use crankbaits, rubber worms, topwater, spinner baits and bass flies. If you’re targeting the trout, visit in the spring through early summer or fall and use baits like salmon eggs, PowerBait® and nightcrawlers. You can also try small spinners, flies, and spoons. Ruby Lake has two boat ramps for getting out on the water. There’s also a Forest Service campground available with primitive campsites for those who want to spend the night.
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