Big Four Lake

This small, bank fishing only lake is located within the Wooten Wildlife Area in the upper Tucannon River drainage. This lake is well stocked in late February or early March with 10-12 inch Rainbow Trout, plus some jumbo (14 inch plus) rainbows.  Big Four Lake is located across the Tucannon River, and hatchery staff must have low enough river flows for them to be able to stock this pond.  Some years stocking is delayed by high river flows.  Anglers must wade the river for access to the lake.  Fishing from any floating device is prohibited.  Caution is required when wading the Tucannon River, especially during snow runoff in March thorough May when the river may be high.  This lake is for flyfishing only and it is the sole flyfishing only water in SE WA.

Lake is also located near Camp Wooten State Park, U.S. Forest Service campgrounds, and Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.

Two-pole fishing is NOT allowed

Special fishing restrictions:

  • Fly fishing only for this lake

Shoreline access: Good - This lake has good, cleared access around about half the lake shore and it has a fishing spit that juts into the pond to increase access

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Columbia
Acreage: 3.30 ac.
Elevation: 2546 ft.
Center: 46.260185, -117.66534
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: BIG FOUR LK (COLU)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Mar 8, 2019 Rainbow 200 0.8 TUCANNON HATCHERY
May 21, 2018 Rainbow 98 0.6 TUCANNON HATCHERY
Mar 27, 2018 Rainbow 2,000 2.5 LYONS FERRY HATCHERY
May 3, 2017 Rainbow 201 0.61 TUCANNON HATCHERY
May 3, 2017 Rainbow 1,957 2.7 TUCANNON HATCHERY
Apr 27, 2016 Rainbow 1,498 2.56 TUCANNON HATCHERY
Apr 27, 2016 Rainbow 100 0.56 TUCANNON HATCHERY
Feb 24, 2015 Rainbow 300 0.73 TUCANNON HATCHERY
Feb 24, 2015 Rainbow 2,000 2.4 LYONS FERRY HATCHERY
Feb 27, 2014 Rainbow 2,000 2.3 LYONS FERRY HATCHERY

Fishing prospects calendar

Rainbow trout

Fishing success for Rainbow Trout is generally best in the spring when thousands of fish are stocked statewide, but they can be caught year-round in most waters with a little patience and persistence. Success remains high into June and gradually declines as water temperatures increase and fish move offshore to stay cool. Fish that escaped the spring harvest return to the nearshore areas in the fall as waters cool off. Some waters may also be stocked again in the fall further boosting catch rates.
Chart showing fishing prospects throughout the calendar year