Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area


For good fishing, cast your line into Laurance Lake, Drano Lake, Goose Lake, Lost Lake, or the mouth of Eagle Creek. River trout, salmon, and steelhead will fight the rapids (and you) in Wind River, HoodRiver, White Salmon, Deschutes, or Klickitat rivers. The Sandy is one of the top ten steelhead rivers in Oregon. Worms will attract the smallmouth bass in ponds along the Columbia River or you can bankfish for sturgeon near Bonneville Dam. Check current regulations by calling state departments of fish and wildlife. Some good fishing sites in the Washington section of the Gorge are:

Little White Salmon River - 5 miles west of Big Salmon, flows into Drano lake - salmon and steelhead.

Upper Little White Salmon - rainbow and brook trout.

Wind River - 4 miles east of Stevenson - spring salmon, summer steelhead.

Klickitat River - 8 miles east of White Salmon - summer steelhead, trout, spring and fall chinook.

Spearfish Lake - East of the Dalles bridge - rainbow trout.

Horsethief Lake - Adjacent to Horsethief State Park - rainbow, bass, and crappie.

Northwestern Lake - Reservoir behind Condit Dam on Lower White Salmon - rainbow trout.

Swith Creek Reservoir - 4,590-acre site approximately 50 miles north of Columbia River - rainbow and bull trout.

Goose Lake - On the northern edge of Big Lava Bed - brook and brown trout.

Some good fishing sites in the Oregon section of the Gorge are:

Lost Lake - Between Columbia and Mt. Hood Wilderness, southwest of Hood River - brown, rainbow, and brook trout, kokanee.

Laurance Lake - Southwest of Parkdale, near Cooper Spur - rainbow, bull, and cutthroat trout.

Benson Lake - 1.5 miles west of Multnomah Falls - trout.

Wahtum Lake - Approximately 15 miles south of Columbia River in Wilderness Area.

Deschutes River - Excellent for Rainbow, brown trout, Steelhead, and spring chinook.

Hood River - Good fishing for trout, steelhead, spring and fall chinook.

Mainstream Columbia - There are countless sites for fishing along the Gorge section of the Columbia. Fish that can be caught include smallmouth and largemouth bass, panfish, walleye, and shad.

Sturgeon Fishing - Sturgeon are commonly found above and below Bonneville Dam and throughout the entire Columbia/Snake system. The fish like deep, cavernous areas and feed on the bottoms of rivers. Year-round sturgeon fishing is available below Bonneville Dam but is subject to current licensing and catch limit regulations.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication



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