Bass fishing is an exciting sport that requires discovering the most ideal places to find active populations year-round. Some things to consider include water conditions, depth, clarity, seasonal patterns and temperature. There are many ponds, creeks, lakes and rivers in Washington state that abound with quality bass.
Lake Wallula is recommended by Aa-fishing.com and is ranked by ESPN's Outdoor Freshwater as one of Washington's five best bass lakes. The lake is situated behind the McNary Lock and Dam and extends upstream to Columbia River. Anglers looking to catch bass can take advantage of its 242 miles of shoreline and almost 40,000 acres of water surface area. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass are present at the lake although the latter is more dominant. Smallmouth bass is productive all the way down the river to the coast. Lake Wallula is also listed in the book America's Best Bass Fishing: The Fifty Best Places to Catch Bass by Steve Price. Seventeen public boat launching sites are available along the shoreline.
Lake Washington is recommended by Aa-fishing.com as one of the most productive bass fishing lakes in the state. The lake is fed by the Sammamish River and the Cedar River and is the second largest lake in Washington. It has 22,138 surface acres and is 20 miles long, providing anglers' access to many bass hotspots. There is a five-bass limit regulation at the lake. Boat ramps are located at Coal Creek, Kenmore, Gene Coulon Park, Mercer Island and Sand Point.
Banks Lake is featured at the Washington and Oregon Game & Fish as an excellent bass fishing location. This 27,000-acre lake has 90 miles of shoreline and produces some of the state's best smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing. As of March 2010, Banks Lake holds the record of the heaviest largemouth bass (11.57 pounds) caught in Washington. A public boat access is available at the lake and also at Big Wally's, which is located at the south end near Coulee City. Another access site is at the Steamboat Rock State Park, where anglers can take advantage of the park's camping areas, boat launch and docks.
Article Written By Rona Aquino
Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.