Big Four Lake

This small, bank fishing only lake is located within the Wooten Wildlife Area in the upper Tucannon River drainage. This lake is well stocked in late February or early March with 10-12 inch Rainbow Trout, plus some jumbo (14 inch plus) rainbows.  Big Four Lake is located across the Tucannon River, and hatchery staff must have low enough river flows for them to be able to stock this pond.  Some years stocking is delayed by high river flows.  Anglers must wade the river for acess to the lake.  Fishing from any floating device is prohibited.  Caution is required when wading the Tucannon River, especially during snow runoff in March thorough May when the river may be high.  This lake is for flyfishing only and it is the sole flyfishing only water in SE WA.

Lake is also located near Camp Wooten State Park, U.S. Forest Service campgrounds, and Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.

Fishing Prospects Calendar

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Lake Information

Columbia County
Lake Acreage: 3.3
Elevation: 2,546 feet
Eastside Washington

Lake Management Type
Mixed species - Trout emphasis

Sport Fishing Regulations & Seasons

Emergency Rule Updates
Fishing closures and openings happen constantly throughout the year. The E-Rules keep you up-to-date.

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Two-Pole Fishing NOT allowed

Special Fishing Restrictions

  • Fly Fishing Only for this lake

Access Sites / Boat Ramps on this Lake

WDFW Water Access Sites

Fish Plants & Stocking Reports