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Scooteney Reservoir

Situated about nine miles southeast of Othello, west of Highway SR-17, this body of water has a year-round open fishing season. Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Bluegill sunfish, crappie, and Yellow Perch produce good action throughout the year. The lake has a large population of Lake Whitefish that largely goes unfished. This lake is popular for ice fishing  when conditions allow.

The Bureau of Reclamation campground has a developed access area with boat launch, a small dock, and toilets.

Scooteney Reservoir is one of the waters on which we conduct our annual Fall Walleye Index Netting (FWIN) surveys. The FWIN methodology was developed in Ontario, Canada as a means of monitoring a wide variety of biological parameters in Walleye populations in a standardized fashion using gill nets. Our latest report can be found here. http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01600/


Fishing Prospects Calendar

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WalleyeNo OpportunityPoor fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthNo Opportunity
Yellow perchNo OpportunityNo OpportunityFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
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Fishing Expectation

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Type of Opportunity Full Month Full month 1st half of month only 1st half only 2nd half of month only 2nd half only No opportunity No opportunity

Species you might catch

Carp
Channel catfish
Largemouth bass
Smallmouth bass
Yellow bullhead

Lake Information

Franklin County
Lake Acreage: 710.7
Elevation: 925 feet
Eastside Washington

Lake Management Type
Warmwater emphasis

Sport Fishing Regulations & Seasons

Emergency Rule Updates
Fishing closures and openings happen constantly throughout the year. The E-Rules keep you up-to-date.


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Two-Pole Fishing Allowed

Access Sites / Boat Ramps on this Lake

Other Lake Access

  • Scooteney Park

Fish Plants & Stocking Reports