Lake Wallula

Lake Wallula stretches from McNary Dam upstream to Priest Rapids Dam on the Columbia River and upstream to Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River.  Salmon and Steelhead fisheries are listed in the Washington and Oregon Fishing Regulations but may be opened or closed by emergency regulation changes. See Washington and Oregon Fish & Wildlife websites for updates before fishing for these species.

There are numerous well maintained boat launch facilities in the Columbia River from McNary Dam upstream to Richland. Above Richland, primitive launch sites are located at Ringold, Parking Lot 7 (Hanford National Monument), and Highway SR-240 (Vernita Bridge). There is one developed (concrete) launch at Wahluke (Hanford National Monument). 

Two-pole fishing is NOT allowed

Shoreline access: Good
Shoreline fishing areas are scattered throughout the lake.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Benton
Acreage: 26273.90 ac.
Elevation: 343 ft.
Center: 45.93606, -119.106598
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Fishing prospects calendar

Rainbow trout
  • January: Good fishing - All month
  • February: Good fishing - All month
  • March: Good fishing - All month
  • August: Fair fishing - All month
  • September: Good fishing - All month
  • October: Good fishing - All month
  • November: Good fishing - All month
  • December: Good fishing - All month
Walleye
  • February: Fair fishing - All month
  • March: Fair fishing - All month
  • April: Fair fishing - All month
  • May: Good fishing - All month
  • June: Good fishing - All month
  • July: Good fishing - All month
  • August: Good fishing - All month
  • September: Good fishing - All month
  • October: Fair fishing - All month
Sockeye salmon
  • June: Fair fishing - All month
  • July: Fair fishing - All month
Smallmouth bass
  • March: Fair fishing - All month
  • April: Good fishing - All month
  • May: Excellent fishing - All month
  • June: Excellent fishing - All month
  • July: Good fishing - All month
  • August: Good fishing - All month
  • September: Fair fishing - All month
  • October: Fair fishing - All month
Mountain whitefish
  • October: Excellent fishing - All month
  • November: Excellent fishing - All month
Largemouth bass
  • May: Fair fishing - All month
  • June: Fair fishing - All month
  • July: Fair fishing - All month
Coho salmon
  • August: Poor fishing - All month
  • September: Poor fishing - All month
  • October: Poor fishing - All month
Chinook salmon
  • June: Fair fishing - Second half of month
  • July: Fair fishing - All month
  • August: Fair fishing - All month
  • September: Excellent fishing - All month
  • October: Excellent fishing - First half of month
Channel catfish
  • March: Good fishing - All month
  • April: Good fishing - All month
  • May: Good fishing - All month
  • June: Good fishing - All month
  • July: Fair fishing - All month
  • August: Fair fishing - All month
  • September: Fair fishing - All month
American shad
  • May: Fair fishing - Second half of month
  • June: Good fishing - All month
  • July: Good fishing - First half of month