Top California Bass Fishing Lakes

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Shasta Lake

Closest Town: Redding, California

Lake Size: 29,500 Acres

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

Public Boat Ramps: Many located around Shasta Lake including:

Jones Valley – On Pit Arm at confluence with Squaw Creek Arm. Exit I-5 at Oasis Road or Mountain Gate then east to Bear Mountain Road in Redding.

Packers Bay – On the Lower Pit Arm adjacent to Packers Bay Marina on Packers Bay Rd. in Lakehead

Bailey Cove – On lower McCloud Arm in Bailey Cove Campground area on Bailey Cove Rd. in O’Brien

Hirz Bay – On Upper McCloud Arm adjacent to Hirz Bay Campground in Redding

Antlers – On Upper Sacramento Arm adjacent to Antlers Campground in Lakehead

Lake Notes: Shasta Lake is located at the Northern tip of the Sacramento valley at an elevation of 1,067 feet. Shasta Lake has a max. depth of 517 ft. Largest man made lake in California. Shasta Lake has four arms (Pit River Arm, Squaw Creek Arm, McCloud River Arm, and Sacramento River Arm). Over 370 miles of shoreline.

Clear Lake

Closest Town: Lakeport, California

Lake Size: 43,785 Acres

Fishing Species: Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish

Public Boat Ramps: Many located around Clear Lake including:

Redbud Park – Off Lakeshore Dr. in Clearlake

Lakeside County Park – Off Park Dr. in Kelseyville

Lucerne Harbor County Park – Off E. Hwy 20 in Lucerne

H.V. Keeling County Park – Off Lakeshore Blvd. in Nice

Lakeport Public Ramps

1 off First St. in Lakeport

1 off Third St. in Lakeport

1 off Fifth St. in Lakeport

1 off Clearlake Ave. in Lakeport

1 off Lakeshore Blvd. at Crystal Lake Way in Lakeport

Lake Notes: Clear Lake has a max. depth of 60 ft. Largest natural freshwater lake entirely in California. Known as the Bass Capital of the West. The largemouth bass record at Clear Lake is 17.52 pounds.

Lake Oroville

Closest Town: Oroville, California

Lake Size: 15,500 Acres

Fishing Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Crappie

Public Boat Ramps: Many located around Lake Oroville including:

Spillway Launch Area – North end of Oroville Dam, off Oro Dam Blvd. on Canyon Dr. in Oroville

Lime Saddle – West Branch of Feather River, 1-1/2 miles off Hwy. 70 on Pentz Rd. in Paradise

Bidwell Canyon – Near the junction of Royal Oaks Dr. and Kelly Ridge Rd. in Oroville

Loafer Creek – Adjacent to Loafer Creek Campground, Forbestown Rd. off Olive Hwy. 162 in Oroville

Lake Notes: Lake Oroville has a max. depth of 695 ft. The main body of the lake with its four major arms ( North, Middle, South, and West Forks of the Feather River ) has 167 miles of shoreline creating a wide variety of fishing opportunity.

Trinity Lake

Closest Town:  Trinity Center, California

Lake Size:  16,000 Acres

Fishing Species:  Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Catfish

Public Boat Ramps:  Many located around Trinity Lake including:

Bowerman Boat Ramp –  Located on Hwy. 160 south of Covington Mill

Fairview Boat Ramp – Located on Knoxville Rd. in Napa

Stuart Fork Boat Ramp – Located on Hwy. 3 in the far western corner of Stuarts Fork Arm

Clark Springs Campground – Located off Hwy. 3 on Stuarts Fork Arm

Lake Notes:  Trinity Lake is the third largest man-made lake in California.  The lake consists of three arms (Stuart Fork Arm, Main Arm, North Lake Area).  Trinity Lake has 147 miles of pine, cedar, and oak covered shoreline.  Dredger piles at the head of Lake Trinity, as well as other structures found in the coves and points throughout the lake provide excellent bass fishing for most of the year.

San Diego Fishing

Top San Diego Fishing Lakes

 

· Dixon Lake – 70 Acres Dixon Lake California

Located near Escondido, Dixon Lake is open year-round. Night fishing is available during the summer months. Great Bass fishing along with Catfish and Trout fishing. 3 record size bass have been caught in Dixon Lake.

 

· Lake El Capitan – 1,574 Acres

Lake El Capitan is open Friday through Sunday for fishing and water contact sports. From San Diego take I-8 east to Jennings Park Road, turn left onto Jennings Park Road. Lake El Capitan is known as a premier Bass and Crappie fishery. Minimum size limit for bass is 15 inches and 10 inches for crappie . Fish limits are five bass, five catfish, 25 crappie. The lake has a maximum water depth of 197 feet, and 22 miles of shoreline.

 

· Lake Hodges – 1,234 Acres

Maximum water depth of 115 feet, and 27 shoreline miles. Lake Hodges is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays sunrise to sunset, March through October. Located in Del Mar, from Interstate 15, exit on Via Rancho Parkway, go west to Lake Drive, then south to the lake entrance. Lake Hodges is know for a strong Largemouth Bass population. Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish, and Carp also caught in Lake Hodges.

 

· Lower Otay Lake – 1,266 Acres

The lake is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday for fishing bass, bullhead, and trout. From Interstate 805 take Telegraph Canyon Road exit east to Wueste Road south to the reservoir entrance. Lower Otay Lake is known for great Largemouth Bass fishing. Crappie, Bluegill, and Catfish also caught in Lower Otay. Try crankbaits and spinner baits along rocky points and drop-offs. Minimum size limit for bass is 12 inches. Fish limits are five bass, five catfish and 25 crappie. The lake has a maximum depth of 137 feet, and 25 shoreline miles.

 

· Lake Miramar – 162 Acres

1 months a year, closed in October. From Interstate 15 proceed east on Mira Mesa Boulevard, turn south on Scripps Ranch Boulevard, then east on Scripps Lake Drive to the resevoir entrance. Lake Miramar is known as a strong Largemouth Bass lake. Bluegill, Catfish, and Rainbow Trout also caught.

 

· Lake San Vicente – 1,069 Acres

The lake is open from March to early October on Friday through Sunday. From mid-October to mid-May weekends are for fishing only. From Highway 67 go east on Vigilante Road, turn left on Moreno, and follow the signs to the entrance. Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, and Catfish caught in San Vicente. Trout are stocked in the winter. There is an island in the middle of the lake that provides prime fishing territory.

 

· Lake Sutherland – 557 Acres Lake Sutherland California

Located near Julian, Lake Sutherland has a max. depth of 145 ft. Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, and Catfish caught in Lake Sutherland.

Lake Nacimiento

Closest Town: Bradley, California

Lake Size: 5,370 Acres

Fishing Species: White Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish

Public Boat Ramp: Located at Lake Nacimiento Resort

Lake Notes: Lake Nacimiento has a healthy population of White Bass. Over 167 miles of shoreline.