Alder Lake

Stocking Information:Over 250,000 fish planted yearly
Location:Southeast of La Grande in the southeast corner of Thurston County
Facilities:Alder Park, near the north end of the lake, has a two-lane boat ramp, tent and RV sites, picnic tables, showers and restrooms, a moorage float, covered cooking areas, and a nearby store with groceries and bait. There’s a public boat ramp and access ramp on the northeast side of the lake, just off of the highway, and another on the south side, off of Pleasant Valley Road. There is a gas station in Elbe, at the east end of the lake.

Rainbow Trout: Good
Black Crappie: Good
Cutthroat Trout:Fair
Largemouth Bass:Good
Smallmouth Bass:Good
White Crappie:Good
Yellow Perch:Excellent

Fishing Information:Kokanee are the biggest draw, providing plenty excitement and fine eating for Alder Lake anglers. May, June, and July are the top months to fish for them. Kokanee are caught by trollers using various methods, trolling blades and spinners. Most Kokanee average 9″-12″ in length. The lake is also planted with legal-sized rainbows in the spring, some are caught by the people fishing for Kokanee. If you want rainbows instead of Kokanee, try small Kwikfish, Dick Nite Spoons, Triple Teasers, Rooster Tails, or Mepp Spinners near or at the surface. You might also pick up an occasional Cutthroat this way. Alder Lake doesn’t get a lot of recognition as a bass lake, but does have a fair amount of population of largemouths, which can be caught by brushy shoreline areas, rocky points, and submerged stumps and other woody structures. Some peole travel to Alder Lake just for the persistent Perch fishing, especially in the spring and summer. A bobber-and-worm rig or a plastic skirted Mini Jig with a piece of worm on its hook is all it takes once you locate a school. Some of the perch grow rather large.

Alder Reservoir is open year-round and offers good harvest opportunity for stocked kokanee. The reservoir also supports naturally reproducing populations of coastal cutthroat, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, white crappie, and brown bullhead catfish. Anglers are allowed to retain up to 10 kokanee and 5 cutthroat per day.


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