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Moses Lake

Located in its namesake City, this body of water has a year-round fishing opportunities for warmwater fish and Rainbow Trout.  WDFW fish surveys indicate a high abundance of Walleye and Smallmouth Bass.  Walleye in Moses Lake can reach and exceed the 10 pound mark.  Smallmouth Bass can reach and exceed the 5 pound mark.  Largemouth Bass fishing can be excellent in select areas of Moses Lake.  During certain times of the year anglers also catch Rainbow Trout up to 20 inches.  Bluegill Sunfish and Black Crappie fishng at times can be very good, but is usually not consistent year-to-year.  Yellow Perch fishing is usually very good during the fall through winter when they bunch up into large schools.  During certain winters, Moses Lake freezes over offering a good ice fishery for Yellow Perch and Rainbow Trout.  The most popular ice fishng location is near Blue Heron Park. 

Moses Lake 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/

In April, shore fishing at the Alder Street Fill can be evcellent for Walleye.  For more information on this great opportunity please watch the following video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__X_P-HVdIY

 


Fishing Prospects Calendar

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Largemouth bassNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Smallmouth bassNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
WalleyeNo OpportunityNo OpportunityGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Yellow perchGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All month
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Species you might catch

Black crappie
Bluegill
Carp
Channel catfish
Lake Whitefish
Rainbow trout

Lake Information

Grant County
Lake Acreage: 6,727.9
Elevation: 1,050 feet
Eastside Washington

Lake Management Type
Mixed species - 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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