One of seven gravel pit ponds that stretch from Union Gap to Zillah along Highway I-82. The ponds are open to fishing year-round, but parking and access is subject to seasonal closure. Internal combustion motors prohibited by county ordinance.
Ponds 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 are stocked with catchable sized rainbow trout (10--13 inches) beginning in early March. These ponds were also stocked with fingerling channel catfish in 2011. Anglers can now expect good fishing for channels cats by concentrating their efforts on bottom fishing with bait during the spring / summer months! Other species present in the ponds include sunfish, black crappie, yellow perch and largemouth bass. Largemouth bass up to eight pounds have been caught in the I-82 Ponds.
Ponds 1 and 2, located between Mellis Road and Donald Road, also support largemouth bass, yellow perch and pumpkinseed sunfish. Expect fair fishing for small pan-sized perch and sunfish, with some bass up to 3+ pounds. Fishing for stocked rainbow trout should be excellent in early spring (March, April)!
Pond 3 which is east of Donald Road, provides fair fishing for channel catfish, sunfish and yellow perch. Fishing for stocked rainbow trout should be excellent in early spring (March, April)!
Moving further east, Ponds 4 and 5 (accessed from Flint Lane) has fair fishing for sunfish, bass, black crappie and channel catfish. Fishing for stocked rainbow trout should be excellent in Pond 4 in early spring (March, April, May)!
Buena or Pond 6 is located off Buena Loop Road, has fair fishing for sunfish, bass, black crappie and channel catfish [Note: state record channel cat, 36.2 pounds came from Pond 6 in 1999]. Fishing for stocked rainbow trout should be excellent in early spring (March, April, May)!
Pond 7 is east of Buena, has a fair population of largemouth bass & black crappie.
Access to all ponds except Ponds 4 and 6 is by walk-in. However, there is a new access road that borders Highway I-82 that allows much closer access to Ponds 1 and 2.
Two-pole fishing is allowed
Shoreline access: Good - Pond 1 & 2 have good shoreline access on WDFW land, 1/3 mile walk in from designated parking area.
Species you might catch
- Brown bullhead
- Channel catfish
- Common carp
- Largemouth bass
- Pumpkinseed Sunfish
- Rainbow trout
- Yellow perch
Acreage: 13.30 ac.
Elevation: 869 ft.
Center: 46.483178, -120.408652
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Fishing prospects calendar
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.
Fishing improves throughout the spring as waters warm and fish move onshore, peaking during the spawn. Summer is a slight lull though dawn/dusk hours can be very good. Catch improves in Fall as waters cool, vegetation begins to die back, and prey becomes more available. Winter is the hardest time because fish are offshore and slow moving.
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.
Pumpkinseed Sunfish are ubiquitous in most lowland lakes and readily caught year-round. Fishing is best in the spring and summer, peaking during the spawn in June. Fish move offshore into deeper waters through the fall as water temperatures cool making it more difficult to target them. Winter is the most difficult season to catch Pumpkinseed, but persistent anglers can find nice-sized schools offshore.
Fishing improves throughout the spring, peaking before the spawning period in June and July. Fishing may pick up in early Fall, followed by a decrease in action as waters cool. Winter is a difficult time to target this species.
Fishing improves throughout the spring, peaking before the spawning period in May and June. Fishing may pick up in early Fall, followed by a decrease in action as waters cool. Winter is a difficult time to target this species.