Shiner Lake

Shiner Lake is located within the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge (CNWR) south of Potholes Reservoir.   WDFW fishing regulations and licenses apply to all lakes within this federal refuge.  Vehicle or walk-in access to these lakes is managed by the USFWS.  WDFW recommends that anglers review access and other regulations on the CNWR website.  Shiner Lake is a very good warmwater fishery for Largemouth Bass and in certain years panfish.  Anglers should know that during the summertime aquatic vegetation growth can affect shoreline and boat angling success.  WDFW recommends anglers fish Hutchinson Lake as well to maximize their opportunity.  Hutchinson Lake has a boat ramp and is attached to Shiner Lake via a small waterway which is navigable by a small boat.  Shiner Lake is best fished from a small boat; however, please note that internal combustion motors are prohibited.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - There is some shoreline access on Shiner Lake if anglers are willing to hike. Hutchinson Lake has more shore access near the boat ramp and there is a dock next to the ramp.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Adams
Acreage: 81.10 ac.
Elevation: 713 ft.
Center: 46.878383, -119.300263
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Fishing prospects calendar

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

Black crappie

Fishing improves throughout the Spring, peaking during the spawn. Summer is a slight lull, while Fall sees an improvement as waters cool, vegetation dies back, and prey becomes more available. During winter, the bite is slower, but anglers can have great success fishing through the ice when conditions are safe.

Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

Bluegill

Bluegill can be caught year-round, but fishing is best in the warm months of Summer. Fishing improves throughout the spring, peaking during the spawn in early-Summer. 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 in which to catch Bluegill, but persistent anglers can find them in schools of like-sized fish offshore.

Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

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