There: Follow Hwy 82 from La Grande through Joseph to Wallowa Lake.
- Oregon Fish and Wildlife-
Fisheries: The lake contains naturally reproducing populations of kokanee and lake trout. Legal-sized and sometimes larger rainbow trout are stocked from May through early September. Kokanee average 9 inches with some to 12 inches; lake trout range from a few pounds up to 25 lbs. Rainbow trout average 10 inches with occasional holdover fish to 5 lbs. Occasionally bull trout are caught but must be released.
Information: Kokanee angler
success is highest from May
through early July when kokanee
are available near the surface
in shallower water. Later in
the season fish move off shore
and into deeper water. Lake
trout are generally found at
depths over 50 feet and are
associated with the bottom.
Hatchery rainbow are generally
available near shore and in
the southern portion of the
lake during the spring.
Tackle & Techniques: Kokanee and rainbow trout are caught from boats using a variety of methods, but the tried-and-true method of a gang spinner trailed with a wedding ring or other small, baited spinner (try worm, maggot or corn) seems most effective. Bank angling with bobber and bait, or pitching spinners is effective for trout. Successful lake trout angling requires patience and the use of large diving plugs fished near the bottom.
Facilities: Public boat ramps and restroom facilities are available at the north and south ends of the lake. An ADA-access jetty is available for use at the north end. Wallowa Lake State Recreation Area offers camping and opportunities to observe nesting bald eagles. Reservations are a good idea in the summer.
Additional Activities: Horseback riding, camping, hiking and riding the nearby Wallowa Lake Gondola.
ODFW Enterprise Office — (541) 426-3279
Wallowa Lake State Recreation Area — (800) 452-5687