Hood Park Ponds

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Hood Park Pond is located just south of the Snake River and upstream of the Hwy 12 Bridge (near the mouth of the Snake River).  It is in an Army Corps of Engineers Park that has both day use and overnight camping.

The pond is actually 3 ponds connected together with channels.  It is stocked several times each spring with 10-12 inch rainbow trout, plus some jumbo trout that are about 14-16 inches (1.5 lbs each).  This pond is good for trout in early spring but it gets warm by late May or June so it becomes more of a warmwater fishing experience then.

Hood Park does not open for camping and most of the roadways and parking areas are closed until April 1 each year.  However, there are parking areas and access to the pond for fishing or wildlife viewing is open for public use year round.

 

 

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - This is in an Army Corps of Engineers campground with very good shoreline access all around the 3 ponds.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Walla Walla
Acreage: 9.70 ac.
Elevation: 350 ft.
Center: 46.214731, -119.010788
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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

Yellow perch

Yellow Perch can be caught year-round. Fishing is best in the summer after they finish spawning in April-May. Fish can be readily angled through the summer from both the shore and boat. Catch begins to decline in the fall as water temperatures cool and fish move offshore forcing anglers to pursue them in boats. Successful fishing for Yellow Perch in the winter involves either targeting schools in deep water from boats or through the ice.

Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year