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 will plant fish here during the early and mid-spring months (perhaps March and again in April).
The agency also has often scheduled another nice stocking after the water cools, in about the October time frame.
Trout fishing will be excellent in the days after a 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, when fishing here will be on the slower side anyway for the survivors from the fall stocking.
Like other ponds along the Columbia River, Bikini may also be home to some of the warmwater fish species found in the big river, possibly 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 warmwater fishing.