Wallowa Lake Fishing

If you’ve never spent a day fishing at Wallowa Lake you are sure to find it a most enjoyable and productive experience. Wallowa Lake is one of the only places I’ve never been skunked. Whether you fish from a boat or from shore seems to make no difference- if all you want to do is catch fish. For three years running, ending in 2002, State Kokanee Records have been caught right here in Wallowa Lake (6.7 pounds and 26″). A 38 pound Mackinaw has even been landed!!

Fishing for Kokanee really requires a boat. Fortunately there are small motorboats or canoes for rent at the Marina if you don’t have one. Trolling is the preferred
method and the Marina can fix you up with the right gear. The hottest time for Kokanee is around Mothers Day, and usually runs till mid-June.
Trolling at a depth of 60′ or more with flashers and wedding rings work for Kokanee. The last couple of years the Kokanee have grown smaller, this is a normal cyclical occurrence. As of June 2006, anglers are reporting success at the inlet for trout as big as 19″.

Shore access is impossible on the west side without a boat, but some of the best trout fishing is on the north end near the dam. Another good place to park and access the shore is along the southeast side- you’ll see a road there that ducks down and runs parallel to the highway on the lake side. Getting to the shore from there is short, but steep and slippery. The trout fishing here can be real good. The traditional lake inlet is always a safe bet. Power Bait,
worms or eggs seem to do the best for trout.

Be sure to contact the Marina at 541-432-9115 to get their take on weather, boat rentals, etc. As Wallowa Lake is at an elevation of about 4400′, the weather can be severe, even in early summer.

Links: Wallowa Lake Marina

Joseph Fly Shop

Wallowa Lake Photo Gallery

Wallowa Lake fishing Map

When you’ve lived this it’s hard to go back.
Please give us a try if you decide to do something more permanent.
We’d be glad to help!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email