For the third year in a row, two water recreation
locations managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District
made the nationwide Bassmaster Magazine Top-100 list of best places to fish for
That’s according to information released April
23 by B.A.S.S. Communications at http://www.bassmaster.com/news/introducing-100-best-bass-lakes-2014
The third annual list ranking the country’s
best bass lakes found Dworshak Reservoir, located near Ahsahka, Idaho, on the
north fork of the Clearwater River, rated as number 47 the 2014 Top-100 chart.
It was ranked number 26 in 2013 and number 85 in 2012.
The Columbia River in Oregon and Washington
jumped up to number 14 on the Bassmaster Top-100 list from number 21 last year.
It was number 20 in the Bassmaster 2012 list. Much of the river’s natural
resources recreation opportunities are managed by the Corps’ Walla Walla,
Portland and Seattle districts.
“We’re pleased to consistently offer some of
the best bass fishing in the nation,” said Paul Pence, natural resources
manager for Dworshak Dam and Reservoir. “Combined with our campgrounds, marinas
and boat launches, it makes for a great outdoors recreation experience.”
Bass club and other outdoor recreation groups
frequently choose Dworshak for group events and tournaments, according to Corps
park rangers at the dam.
“Recognition of excellent Columbia River bass
fishing three years in a row is good to see,” said David McDermott, natural
resources manager for the Walla Walla District’s McNary Lock and Dam in
Umatilla, Ore. “We invite everyone to enjoy the fishing and recreation
Dworshak reservoir extends 53 miles upstream
of Dworshak Dam, with dozens of secluded inlets, streams, rocky points, stumps
and long bars 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 Juliaetta, Idaho, on 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.
The Columbia River runs about 1,200 miles from
its headwaters in British Columbia, Canada, through Washington and Oregon to
the Pacific Ocean near Astoria, Oregon. The Corps operates five dams on the
Columbia River mainstem, each forming a lake and water recreation opportunities
including fishing. The Walla Walla District operates McNary Lock and Dam,which
created Lake Wallula stretching upstream to the Kennewick-Pasco-Richland area
A photographic slide show of all Top-100
locations and their rankings is available on the Bassmaster Magazine website at