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I-82 Pond 3

One of seven gravel pit ponds that stretch from Union Gap to Zillah along Highway I-82. The ponds are open to fishing year-round, but parking and access is subject to seasonal closure.  Internal combustion motors prohibited by county ordinace. 

Ponds 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 are stocked with catchable sized rainbow trout (10--13 inches) beginning in early March.  These ponds were also stocked with fingerling channel catfish in 2011.  Anglers can now expect good fishing for channel cats by bottom fishing with bait during the spring / summer months.  Other species present in the ponds include sunfish, black crappie, yellow perch and largemouth bass.  Largemouth bass up to eight pounds have been caught in the I-82 Ponds

Ponds 1 and 2, located between Mellis Road and Donald Road, also support largemouth bass, yellow perch and pumpkinseed sunfish.  Expect fair fishing for small pan-sized perch and sunfish with some bass up to 3+ pounds.  Fishing for stocked rainbow trout should be excellent in early spring (March, April)! 

Pond 3 which is east of Donald Road, provides fair fishing for channel catfish, sunfish and yellow perch.  Fishing for stocked rainbow trout should be excellent in early spring (March, April)! 

Moving further east, Ponds 4 and 5 (accessed from Flint Lane) has fair fishing for sunfish, bass, black crappie and channel catfish.  Fishing for stocked rainbow trout should be excellent in Pond 4 in early spring (March, April, May)! 

Buena or Pond 6 is located off Buena Loop Road, has fair fishing for sunfish, bass, black crappie and channel catfish [Note:  state record channel cat, 36.2 pounds came from Pond 6 in 1999].  Fishing for stocked rainbow trout should be excellent in early spring (March, April, May)! 

Pond 7 is east of Buena, has a fair population of largemouth bass & black crappie. 

Access to all ponds except Ponds 4 and 6 is by walk-in. However, there is a new access road that borders Highway I-82 that allows much closer access to Ponds 1 and 2.


Fishing Prospects Calendar

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Yellow perchPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All month
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Species you might catch

Brown bullhead
Carp
Channel catfish
Largemouth bass
Sucker, General

Lake Information

Yakima County
Lake Acreage: 17.4
Elevation: 849 feet
Eastside Washington

Lake Management Type
Mixed species - Warmwater 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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