Fishing At Lake Umatilla
AKA: Umatilla Reservoir
What to fish for...
Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, chinook salmon, coho salmon, steelhead and sturgeon at Lake Umatilla in Washington.
Stretching for 110 miles along the WA/OR border, between John Day Dam and McNary Dam, Lake Umatilla is an excellent fishery with a wide variety of fish species. Residing in this 48,000-acre lake are bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, sunfish, perch, salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and others.
Lake Umatilla in Washington offers anglers a scenic and productive fishing experience in the heart of the Columbia River. The lake is known for its diverse fish population, attracting fishing enthusiasts from near and far. Popular fish species found in Lake Umatilla include smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, rainbow trout, and salmon. Anglers can enjoy casting their lines from the shore or venturing out onto the water in boats to target these sought-after fish species.
Over 220 miles of shoreline give anglers plenty of places to wet a line for bass, crappie and sunfish. The deeper river channel, ledges and humps are favorite hangouts of most the other species. The elevation is 268 ft above sea level. This section of the Columbia River is accessible from both Oregon and Washington with numerous boat launch ramps in each state. No boat rentals are available here so bring a canoe, kayak, family boat or fishing boat and enjoy this great fishing in southern Washington.
Boating is a favored activity at Lake Umatilla, providing anglers with the opportunity to explore the expansive waters and access prime fishing spots. The lake permits both motorized and non-motorized boats, giving anglers the freedom to choose their preferred boating method. From powerboats to kayaks and canoes, boaters can navigate the calm waters, explore different fishing areas, and find optimal spots to cast their lines. The panoramic views and tranquil atmosphere of Lake Umatilla make boating a delightful experience.
Camping options are available near Lake Umatilla, offering visitors the chance to extend their outdoor adventure. There are nearby campgrounds and camping facilities that provide various amenities, including campsites, picnic areas, and restroom facilities. Camping near Lake Umatilla allows anglers to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area, enjoy peaceful evenings by the water, and have convenient access to fishing opportunities throughout their stay.
Lake Umatilla in Washington offers a rewarding fishing experience, complemented by boating and camping opportunities. Whether you're angling for bass, trout, or salmon, cruising the calm waters by boat, or spending a night under the starry sky at a lakeside campground, Lake Umatilla provides ample recreational opportunities for visitors to relax, appreciate the natural beauty, and create lasting memories.
Primary fish species residing in Lake Umatilla
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Lake Umatilla Amenities
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
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Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings
Crow Butte Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Crow Butte State Park Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
Plymouth Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off Christy Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
Railroad Island Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located on the west end of the lake, north side, off John Day Dam Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.
Rock Creek Boat Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Highway 14, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.
Sundale Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Sundale Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
Crowe Butte Park Campground - 509 875-2644
Agate Acres RV Park - 509 735-8642
Plymouth Park Campground - 541 506-4807
Driftwood RV Resort & Campground - 541 481-3262
US Army Corps of Engineers Campground - 541 739-2713
Roosevelt Park Recreation Area Campground - 541 506-7819
Oregon Trail RV Park - 541 571-0661
Umatilla Marina RV Park - 541 922-3939
Green Acres RV Park - 541 481-2205
Lake Umatilla WA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
Crowe Butte Park
1 Crow Butte State Park Rd
Paterson, WA 99345
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Lake Umatilla in Washington.
General Fishing Info
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Lake Umatilla offers crappie, walleye, sunfish, perch, bass, catfish, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing along the Washington-Oregon border.