A great little (20 acre} 10 miles/15 min from Joseph. It is much easier to fly fish from the shore, and is more fertile than Wallowa Lake. Although it is privately owned, the public is allowed to fish from shore or from small water craft (there is no boat launch - you must drag your water craft a short distance to the lake). THANK YOU TRIPLE CREEK RANCH FOR LETTING US FISH!
ODFW manages the fishery. In 2015 they poisoned the lake in order to kill the "bullheads" who were competing with the trout. They then stocked the lake with fast growing "triploid" trout - in order to turn it into a "trophy" trout fishery. So far so good! This early spring and summer produced some nice 16" - 20" trout.
The only problem was some heavy algea growth in August that colored the water. By September fishing remained good despite the algea. Keep in touch to find out how big the fish are next year. For the Wallowa Valley this little lake offers a great opportunity to flex your rod while the rivers are too high to fish. Kinney Lake is open year around.
Kinney Lake Fishing Reports
10/28/17: Just got some great reports of fly fishing Kinney. I sent one new flyfisher up there and he reported hooking twenty fish - including some of the big boys. Use a floating line with a black beadhead bugger with a trailing soft hackle.
10/10/17: No recent reports. Late summer the lake hadalot of algae. Don't know if cold weather has changed that. Lake open year-round. Normally isn't ice fished but(?). Lake fishes great in the spring.
9/25/17: This report site was just put up, so this is the first report of the year.
Following some great early spring and summer fishing, the lake continues to fish well this fall from shore or from boats - despite the algea. Unlike Wallowa Lake, Kinney is very fertile and more traditional lake patterns are used including olive damsel fly nymphs, chironomids, may fly spinners, and may fly emergers. You can't go too wrong with a green bead head woolly bugger or a hare's ear soft hackle - or match the hatch with a small, size 16 dry. Be careful to observe if the rising fish are feeding on emergers (looking down with only their back coming out of the water) or dries (looking up with their heads coming out of the water).