Bikini Pond Fishing (2024 Stocking)

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This 4-acre pond in the eastern Columbia River Gorge is popularly fished during the spring and fall when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks it with hatchery-raised rainbow trout.

The state typically plants fish here during the early and mid-spring months (perhaps in March and again in April).

The agency has often scheduled another nice stocking after the water cools, in about late September or October.

Trout fishing will be excellent in the days after stocking and decent for a few weeks afterward.

The fishing may hold up better after the fall stocking as cooling weather sometimes reduces angling pressure.

Don’t expect the trout fishing here to be very good (and maybe nonexistent) during the hot summer months, when occasional fishing restrictions have been imposed.

Also, there sometimes will be ice during the winter season, and fishing here will be on the slower side for the survivors from the fall stocking.

Like other ponds along the Columbia River, Bikini may also be home to some warm water fish species in the big river, including smallmouth bass, bullhead catfish, and assorted panfish.

Bikini Pond is located in Mayer State Park off Interstate 84 between Hood River and The Dalles, just east of Mosier. It’s less than a 20-minute drive from either Hood River or The Dalles on I-84, taking Exit 76 into the park.

Taylor Lake, a few miles east toward The Dalles, is a heavily stocked option for trout and also has pretty good warm water fishing.

2024 Bikini Pond Trout Stocking

Stocking ScheduleTotal
Mar 18 – 22510*
Apr 1 – 5510*
Sep 23 – 27650
*These stocking dates include 10 very large brood trout.
Stocked fish are legal-sized rainbow trout unless otherwise noted. Stocking schedules are subject to change for a variety of reasons. The ODFW Weekly Fishing Report linked under Oregon Resources below may provide updated information.

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Oregon Resources

ODFW Weekly Fishing Report
ODFW Trout Stocking Schedule
Oregon Fishing Regulations
National Weather Service

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