Rotary Lake

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Rotary Lake is located near the Greenway Trail in Yakima.  It is approximately one-third mile hike from the parking lot near Harlan Landing (Selah Gap) or the parking lot behind the old Boise-Cascade Mill (next to Interstate Hwy I-82). 

It has a year-round open season and is stocked with catchable and jumbo size (10-13 inch) rainbow trout.  The lake is also stocked with 3-12 pound broodstock in the fall.  

Largemouth bass up to seven pounds have been caught and channel catfish up to 20 pounds. Anglers should try bottom fishing with bait during the spring\summer months for cats!  Sunfish and yellow perch are commonly caught in the pond as well. 

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Good shoreline access, hike in on Greenway Trail from nearby parking lots.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Yakima
Acreage: 19.90 ac.
Elevation: 1082 ft.
Center: 46.628322, -120.509264
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: ROTARY LK (YAKI)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Feb 25, 2020 Rainbow 2,500 2.5 NACHES HATCHERY
Jan 28, 2020 Rainbow 150 0.2 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Apr 30, 2019 Rainbow 2,040 2.4 NACHES HATCHERY
Mar 27, 2019 Rainbow 300 0.8 NACHES HATCHERY
Mar 26, 2019 Rainbow 3,120 2.47 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Mar 19, 2019 Rainbow 2,520 2.4 NACHES HATCHERY
Jan 7, 2019 Rainbow 121 0.2 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jan 7, 2019 Rainbow 29 0.1 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
May 1, 2018 Rainbow 2,000 2.5 NACHES HATCHERY
Apr 5, 2018 Rainbow 300 0.8 NACHES 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

Largemouth bass

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.
Chart of 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

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

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.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

Channel catfish

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.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year