Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Bassmasters Magazine ranks Columbia River and Dworshak Reservoir in Top 100 best bass fishing spots
Columbia River in and Oregon ranked number 20 on the list. Much of the
river’s natural resources recreation opportunities are managed by the Corps’ Washington , Walla Walla and Portland districts. The river runs about 1,200 miles
from its headwaters in Seattle , British Columbia , through Canada and Washington to the Oregon Pacific Ocean near . Astoria, OR
The Corps operates five dams on the
Columbia River main stem, each forming a lake and water
recreation opportunities including fishing. The Walla Walla District operates
McNary Lock and Dam in Umatilla, OR, which created stretching upstream to the Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
area in Lake Wallula . Washington
Dworshak Reservoir located near
, on the north fork of the Ahsahka, ID Clearwater River, ranked number 85 on the Bassmaster
Top-100. The reservoir extends 53 miles upstream of Dworshak Dam, with dozens
of secluded inlets and streams creating ideal bass-fishing conditions. The
state-record smallmouth bass record, weighing in at 9.72 pounds, was caught on
Dworshak Reservoir by Dan Steigers of on Juliaetta, ID Oct. 28, 2006.
Dworshak Dam is a large straight-axis concrete gravity dam 717 feet high and 3,287 feet long. Its construction created various marinas, boat launches and camping facilities on the reservoir. Dworshak’s generator unit number three is the largest hydroelectric generator in the Corps of Engineers’ inventory, capable of producing up to 220 megawatts of electricity.
Bass club and other outdoor recreation groups frequently choose Dworshak for group events and tournaments, according to Corps park rangers at the dam. If your group is interested in scheduling an event at Dworshak, call the visitor center at
208-476-1255 to find out how to apply for a special use
Recreation information for the Walla Walla District’s McNary Lock and Dam area is available from the McNary Natural Resources Management Office in Umatilla, OR at
541-922-2268; Upper Lake Wallula information
upstream of McNary is available from Ice Harbor Natural Resources Management in
Burbank, WA at 509-547-2048.