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Hilltop Lake Bass Fishing

Hilltop Lake - "The Disneyland" of Largemouth Bass fishing!

While we offer trips for both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass in Central and Eastern Washington, our main focus and the "bread and butter" of our Bass program is Hilltop Lake.  Hilltop Lake is a private fly fishing only lake located about 45 minutes east of our shop near the Gorge amphitheatre. The high population of Largemouth bass in the lake along with the respectable size of these fish have led many to refer to Hilltop Lake as "The Disneyland of Largemouth fishing."  At 35 acres in size, Hilltop is just the right size for a small craft Do It Yourself fishery.  The lake itself is long and relatively skinny with great Bass habitat including cattails, Russian olive trees, and weed beds surrounding the entire shoreline.  This creates an unlimited number of pockets and undercuts to probe with a variety of flies as you work the edges from a drift boat, pontoon, or float tube.  Hilltop Lake provides a quality Largemouth experience and offers a legitimate opportunity to land a 5+ pound trophy Bucketmouth on the fly.

While fishing is fishing, and they can inexplicably become lock-jawed at anytime, the fact that we restrict angler days and allow fly fishing only on Hilltop Lake gives anglers a "better than average" chance at experiencing something special.  Most days the fishing is anything but technical.  Largemouth bass are predators and when they set their sights on eating something, they're going to get it done!  Given the dense riparian foliage surrounding the entire lake and soft mud bottom throughout, bank angling is simply not an option.  Pontoon boats, drift boats,prams,  float tubes, and even small rowable sleds work well and are necessary to effectively fish the lake.

Anglers wishing to fish Hilltop Lake have 2 options:

Do It Yourself Hilltop Lake rod fee:  All appropriate intel and directions are provided in advance.  We'll discuss areas of the lake, flies, gear, and techniques.  Bring your own gear including boat and flies and have at it!  $150 per rod per day.  To maintain a quality fishing experience, mixed groups (anglers who don't know each other in advance) are limited to 4 anglers per day, and exclusive groups (all anglers in one party) to 6, which is the maximum group size allowed.

Red's Guided Hilltop Lake trip:  We offer half day guided trips on Hilltop Lake.  Included in this package is appropriate rods, reels, lines and flies as well as non alcoholic drinks and a meal.  Fishing is done from drift boats and trip times are scheduled around the most productive fishing window that your schedule will allow.  This often means the afternoon in the Spring months or evening in the Summer months.  $495 per day (1 or 2 clients).


Limited Space on Hilltop Lake:

To ensure the quality of fishing at Hilltop Lake remains great, it is restricted to fly fishing only with barbless hooks, half day guided trips on the lake, and it gets fished a maximum of 3 days per week.  With opening day set for Saturday April 15, the fishing days available are Saturday and Sunday, then 1 midweek day (Tuesday, Wednesday, OR Thursday).  An outhouse is located near the boat launch, as well as a picnic table to assist in the gearing up process.












Available Dates on Hilltop Lake for 2017 (Call Red's to Schedule or submit request below):  

April: 15th, 16th (OPENING WEEKEND!!!), 19th, 26th

May:  6th, 7th, 16th, 27th, 28th, 30th

June:  7th, 10th, 11th, 21st

July:  4th,15th, 16th, 25th, 29th, 30th



  


Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass Trips

While Hilltop Lake is our main Bass fishery, we do guide Largemouth Bass trips on numerous other lakes in the Columbia River Basin. The lakes are scenic, quiet, and perfect for row boats like we have.

Our Smallmouth Bass river trips typically take place on the Lower Yakima River near Tri-Cities. This is about 90 minutes southeast of Red's Fly Shop and Canyon River Ranch Lodge. Because of the uniqueness of this trip, we typically need the guests to drive separately from the lodge to aid with shuttle service.  May and June are the best times to do this trip.  

Bluegill - The fun factor.  While we take our fishing quite serious at Red's, it is supposed to be fun right?!  The panfish that we catch on our Largemouth trips during the mid-day hours provide a fun alternative to targeting Largemouth Bass.  We like to fish hard, but we haven't forgotten how to have a great time on the water. Bring a lightweight rod like a 3-4 weight and we'll hook Bluegill all afternoon and become a kid again!




The Ultimate Largemouth Bass and Yakima River Trout Combo Trip!

This is for the hard core angler that wants to do it all in a single day and fish the prime time for each species!  Your trip either starts early or you'll stay out late.  Usually we'll hit the morning bite and fish Poppers along the shore for Largemouth Bass.  As the sun creeps up the Bass tend to hunker down.  After fishing a few hours for bucketmouths, you will head back to the Yakima where a river guide will be ready to take you for 
a mid day of float on the Yakima River!  You will have lunch on the water to make good use of time while living out every angler's dream trip.  Catching a Largemouth Bass on a popper and a wild trout on a dry fly in the same day!  This is about a 10 hour day and you'll be fished out!



Cost for Guided Bass Fishing Adventures

  • Guided Largemouth Bass on the exclusive Hilltop Lake $495 per boat- 4-5 hours of fishing with guide. 
  • Largemouth Bass/Yakima River Trout Combo, $595 per day - 10+ hour day including drive times. 
  • Trips are based on Double Occupancy


Deposit and Cancellation Policy:

Our goal is to make scheduling adventures with Red's stress free and fair for everyone involved.  Cancellations made by the customer less than 24 hours from the start time, or failure to show, will forfeit 50% of the total cost.  If you cancel more than 24 hours from the start time, you may reschedule or request a refund - 5% to cover processing fees and labor.  If Red's decides to cancel the event due to adverse conditions the customer may request a full refund.  


Guided Trips Include

  • All Bass Flies and Accessories (leader, tippet, etc.)
  • Any Needed Equipment (7-8 weight rods, bass taper lines, waders, etc.)
  • Lunch on the water
  • Non-alcoholic Drinks