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Guide to fishing for smallmouth bass, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, yellow perch and kokanee salmon at Rufus Woods Lake in Washington.

Rufus Woods Lake, WA

Synonymous with big trout, Rufus Woods Lake is a year-round fishery at an elevation of 950 ft above sea level. It is home to a nice variety of fish species, including trout, walleye, smallmouth bass, perch and salmon all of which are here in good numbers.

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Rufus Woods Lake, in Washington, is a renowned fishing destination that offers anglers a unique and productive fishing experience. The lake is formed by the Chief Joseph Dam on the Columbia River and is known for its abundant fish population. Popular fish species found in Rufus Woods Lake include rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, walleye, and smallmouth bass. Anglers can enjoy casting their lines from the shore or from boats to target these sought-after fish species.

If you're after a trophy, trout in the double-digit range could bite at any time. The lake has 6,400 surface acres, covering a 51 mile section of the Columbia River in north-central Washington. Well over 100 miles of shoreline invite anglers to cast for their favorite species while enjoying the beauty and serenity of the great outdoors. Boat launch ramps can be found at Bridgeport State Park, the Army Corps of Engineers access area, and other locations around the lake. A WA license is required when fishing from the Douglas County shoreline. In marked areas on the Colville Reservation shoreline, either a tribal permit or Washington State fishing license is required. The Bridgeport State Park Campground is the only camping facilities at the lake.

Rufus Woods Lake in Washington offers a rewarding fishing experience, complemented by boating and camping opportunities. Whether you're angling for trout, salmon, or bass, cruising the calm waters by boat, or spending a night under the starry sky at a lakeside campground, Rufus Woods Lake provides ample recreational opportunities for visitors to relax, appreciate the natural beauty, and create lasting memories.

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Primary fish species residing in Rufus Woods Lake

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Smallmouth bass Walleye Rainbow trout Brown trout Yellow Perch Kokanee salmon

Rufus Woods Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: NO

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Boating is a favored activity at Rufus Woods Lake, allowing visitors to explore the expansive waters and access prime fishing spots. The lake permits both motorized and non-motorized boats, providing anglers with versatility in their boating choices. Whether you prefer the speed and convenience of a powerboat or the tranquility of a kayak or canoe, boaters can navigate the calm waters, uncover hidden coves, and find optimal locations to cast their lines. The panoramic views and serene atmosphere make boating on Rufus Woods Lake a truly enjoyable experience.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Martin Olbricht Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, east side, off Spirit Ridge Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Click here for a Washington fishing license.

Camping options are available near Rufus Woods Lake, providing an opportunity to extend the outdoor adventure and fully immerse oneself in the natural beauty of the area. Nearby campgrounds offer campsites equipped with various amenities, including picnic areas, restrooms, and shower facilities. Camping near Rufus Woods Lake allows anglers to appreciate the tranquil surroundings, enjoy peaceful evenings by the water's edge, and have convenient access to fishing opportunities throughout their stay.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Bridgeport State Park Campground - 509 686-7231

Rufus Woods Lake WA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Rufus Woods Lake
Bridgeport State Park Campground
235A Half Sun Way
Bridgeport, WA 98813
509 686-7231


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Rufus Woods Lake in Washington.

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Rufus Woods Lake provides anglers to opportunity to fish for trout, walleye, smallmouth bass, perch and salmon in north-central Washington.

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