Washington Resevior

Five Washington Reservoirs – Five Types of Fish

No matter what you are searching for…you are likely to find it at a Washington reservoir

By Jai Colvin

Washington Reservoir fishing is a different type of angling. It isn’t fly fishing, it isn’t marine fishing, reservoir fishing offers laid back, easy going fishing that draws in families. Some reservoirs offer boat fishing; some offer bank fishing…most offer both. No matter what you are searching for…you are likely to find it at a Washington reservoir. Here are five reservoirs that offer the chance to catch fish and bragging rights.

Beehive Reservoir – Tiger Trout

Washington reservoirThis lake is located eight miles southwest of Wenatchee in Chelan County, about a mile northwest of Squilchuck State Park.  This small lake usually has a fair carry-over of Rainbow Trout. Anglers can also expect to catch an occasional Tiger Trout.

Yale Reservoir – Black Crappie

Vancouver Lake in spite of the name is another Washington reservoir. It is a shallow water body that is popular for warm water fishing. The lake is affected by the tide and can fluctuate as much as two feet. The lake is located on the northwest side of Vancouver and it is a backwater area of the Columbia River. Yale offers Black and White Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Yellow Perch and Common Carp. There is a boat ramp on the south end of the

Scooteney Reservoir – Walleye

Scooteney Reservoir is located approximately nine miles southeast of Othello, west of Highway SR-17. Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Bluegill sunfish, crappie, and Yellow Perch produce good action throughout the year here. The lake has a large population of Lake Whitefish that largely goes unfished. This lake is popular for ice fishing when conditions allow.

Potholes Reservoir – Largemouth Bass

Potholes Reservoir is located about seven miles south of the City of Moses Lake. This body of water is open year-round and offers a variety of fishing opportunities for warm water fish and trout.  Most anglers fish for Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and Largemouth Bass.  Pan fishing can be very good.  During the winter, early-spring, and fall months, trout fishing is good for rainbows up to and exceeding 20 inches.  The reservoir freezes over providing an ice fishery for Yellow Perch, Walleye, and Rainbow Trout.

Conconully Reservoir – Kokanee

Conconully Reservoir is a popular Washington reservoir and opening day lake.  There are docks and boat launch sites on this reservoir.  The town of Conconully is very close so there are a lot in the way of facilities.  Expect Rainbow in the 10-12-inch range with holdover fish to 15 inches.  Kokanee up to 12 inches can also be caught.

These are just a few of the Washington State reservoirs; if you have others we should try please, share them with us … Leave a comment.

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2 thoughts on “Five Washington Reservoirs – Five Types of Fish”

  1. Stacie Kelsey says:

    Yale Reservoir does not have channel catfish. And I’ve never seen any of the other fish listed in there.

  2. Nate Barnhart says:

    Conconully is one of my favorite places to go! You can catch some nice holdover rainbow trout that are anywhere from 1lb to 5 lbs and catch Kokanee up to 13-14 inches….very fun place to go, lots of water to explore