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Columbia River, Dworshak Reservoir Included
in List of Nation's Top Bass Fishing Spots

by Staff
Columbia Basin Bulletin, May 4, 2012

Larry Sherman of Lewiston caught this 7-pound, 3-ounce smallmouth bass while fishing on Dworshak Reservoir. The reservoir was placed on a list of the top 100 bass fishing areas. Of the thousands of fishing holes across the nation, two locations managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Walla Walla District made the Bassmaster Magazine Top-100 list of best places to fish for bass, according to an April 24 release by B.A.S.S. Communications.

The Columbia River in Oregon and Washington ranked number 20 on the list.

Much of the river's recreation opportunities are managed by the Corps' Walla Walla, Portland and Seattle districts. The river runs about 1,200 miles from its headwaters in British Columbia, Canada, through Washington and Oregon to the Pacific Ocean near Astoria, Ore. 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 in Umatilla, Ore., which created Lake Wallula stretching upstream to the Kennewick-Pasco-Richland area in Washington.

Dworshak Reservoir, located near Ahsahka, Idaho, on the North Fork of the 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 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. Dworshak's generator unit number 3 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.

The top 100 are:

1 Falcon Lake, Texas

2 Lake Okeechobee, Florida

3 Lake Guntersville, Alabama

4 Lake Erie, Michigan/Ohio/New York/Pennsylvania

5 Lake Champlain, New York/Vermont

6 Lake Amistad, Texas

7 Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota

8 San Joaquin Delta, California

9 Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

10 Clear Lake, California

11 Rainy Lake, Minnesota

12 Pickwick Lake, Alabama/Mississippi/Tennessee

13 Lake St. Clair, Michigan

14 Oneida Lake, New York

15 Toledo Bend, Texas/Louisiana

16 Kentucky Lake/Barkley Lake, Kentucky/Tennessee

17 Grand Lake, Oklahoma

18 Kezar Lake, Maine

19 Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Texas

20 Columbia River, Washington/Oregon

21 Kissimmee Chain Of Lakes, Florida

22 Candlewood Lake, Connecticut

23 Santee Cooper lakes, South Carolina

24 Roosevelt Lake, Arizona

25 Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin

26 Lake Fork, Texas

27 Louisiana Delta, Louisiana

28 Lake Ouachita, Arkansas

29 Lake Konawa, Oklahoma

30 Lake Of The Ozarks, Missouri

31 Potomac River, Maryland/Virginia

32 Shasta Lake, California

33 Lake Havasu, Arizona

34 Lake Michigan, Wisconsin/Illinois/Indiana/Michigan

35 Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota

36 Florida Everglades, Florida

37 Lake Charlevoix, Michigan

38 Lake Mead, Nevada

39 Choke Canyon Lake, Texas

40 Lake Seminole, Georgia/Florida

41 Congamond Lakes, Massachusetts

42 Table Rock Lake, Missouri

43 Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

44 Falls Lake, North Carolina

45 Umpqua River, Oregon

46 Okoboji Lake, Iowa

47 Red River, Louisiana

48 Pueblo Reservoir, Colorado

49 DeGray Lake, Arkansas

50 Trap Pond, Delaware

51 Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas/Missouri

52 Spirit Lake, Iowa

53 St. Lawrence River, New York

54 Squam Lake, New Hampshire

55 High Rock Lake, North Carolina

56 Arbuckle Lake, Oklahoma

57 Lake Tarpon, Florida

58 Apache Lake, Arizona

59 Lake Powell, Utah/Arizona

60 Perry Reservoir, Kansas

61 Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee

62 Lake Wawasee, Indiana

63 Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

64 Lake Conroe, Texas

65 Noxon Rapids, Montana

66 Diamond Valley Lake, California

67 Summit Reservoir, Nebraska

68 Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey

69 Rend Lake, Illinois

70 Lake Pleasant, Arizona

71 Lake Audubon, North Dakota

72 Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Wyoming

73 Harris Chain Of Lakes, Florida

74 Cobbosseecontee Lake, Maine

75 Ute Lake, New Mexico

76 Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania

77 Wilson Reservoir, Kansas

78 Elephant Butte Lake, New Mexico

79 Lake Oahe, South Dakota

80 Gull Lake, Minnesota

81 Kerr Reservoir/Buggs Isla, N.C./Virginia

82 Dale Hollow Lake, Tennessee/Kentucky

83 Lake Gaston, North Carolina

84 Bullards Bar Reservoir, California

85 Dworshak Reservoir, Idaho

86 Tygart Lake, West Virginia

87 Keith Sebelius Reservoir, Kansas

88 O.H. Ivie, Texas

89 Lake Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania

90 Lake Murray, South Carolina

91 Lake Sammamish, Washington

92 Lake Eufaula, Alabama/Georgia

93 Enid Reservoir, Mississippi

94 Old Hickory Lake, Tennessee

95 Fort Peck Reservoir, Montana

96 Manasquan Reservoir, New Jersey

97 Lake Mohave, Nevada

98 Lake Lanier, Georgia

99 Sebago Lake, Maine

100 McPhee Lake, Colorado 4

Columbia River, Dworshak Reservoir Included in List of Nation's Top Bass Fishing Spots
Columbia Basin Bulletin, May 4, 2012

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