Top 5 California Kokanee Fishing Lakes

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Lake McClure

Closest Town: Coulterville, California

Lake Size: 7,100 Acres

Fishing Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish

Public Boat Ramps: Many located around Lake McClure including:

McClure Point Recreation Area – Located 7 miles north of Merced Falls

Horseshoe Bend Recreation Area – Located on North end of lake off State Hwy. 132

Bagby Recreation Area – Located on State Hwy. 49, 15 miles from Mariposa

Lake Notes: Located in the scenic Sierra Nevada foothills. Over 82 miles of oak and pine covered shoreline.

Donner Lake

Closest Town:  Truckee, California

Fishing Species:  Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee Salmon

Public Boat Ramp:  West End Beach – Located on West shore on Southshore Dr.

Lake Notes:  Donner Lake has a max. depth of 328 ft.  Located within the Tahoe National Forest.

New Melones Lake

Closest Town: Sonora, California

Lake Size: 12,500 Acres

Fishing Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Crappie, Catfish

Public Boat Ramps: Many located around New Melones Lake including:

Glory Hole Recreation Area – Located off Hwy. 49 on Glory Hole Access Rd. in Angels Camp

Tuttletown Recreation Area – Located off Hwy. 49 on Tuttletown Access Rd. in Sonora

Lake Notes: New Melones Lake has a max. depth of 565 ft. Over 100 miles of shoreline covered with trees and brushlands.

Lake Berryessa

Closest Town: Napa, California

Lake Size: 17,000 Acres

Fishing Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, King Salmon, Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish

Public Boat Ramp: Located 1 mile off Hwy. 128 on Knoxville Rd. in Napa

Lake Notes: Lake Berryessa is located in the beautiful wine country of the Napa Valley at an elevation of 440 feet. Lake Berryessa is one of the largest manmade lakes in California with 175 miles of shoreline and a max. depth of 275 ft. The north end of the lake is fairly shallow with a grassy shoreline formed on sloping banks. In contrast, the south end is often steep and rocky with manzanita and oak trees dotting the terrain.

Lake Tahoe

Closest Town: Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Size: 122,200 Acres

Fishing Species: Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Brown Trout

Public Boat Ramps: Many located around Lake Tahoe including:

El Dorado Boat Ramp – Lakeview Ave. at Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe

Coon Street Boat Ramp – Off Hwy. 28 on Coon Street in Kings Beach

Lake Forest Boat Ramp – Hwy. 28 at Lake Forest Rd.

Tahoe Vista Recreation Area – Hwy. 28 (N. Lake Blvd.) across from National Ave.

Lake Notes: Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the border of California/Nevada. Lake Tahoe is approximately 22 miles at its longest point and 12 miles at its widest. It has 72 miles of shoreline and approximately two-thirds of its 191 square mile surface area is in California, one-third in Nevada. Lake Tahoe is the 2nd deepest lake in the U.S. with a max. depth of 1,645 ft.