At a Glance
About the Lake
Resorts and Marinas
R.V. Parks and
Public Boat Ramps
Fishing the Lake
State Park Offices
Fish and Game
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Fishing regulations change annually, check in the California
Sport Fishing Regulations for current changes.
Trout: (rainbow & brown trout)
- Trout: Open season all year. Limit: five trout
- Bass: Open season all year. Limit: five bass. Minimum length:
- Catfish: Open season all year. Limit: no limit
Lake Record: 14 pounds
You'll find the trout in the cooler, deeper water offshore in the earlier morning hours and in the evenings. From shore use shiny subsurface lures such as Mepps, Little Cleos, and RoosterTails. Also try floating salmon eggs or nightcrawlers off the bottom, (use an egg sinker to get it down to the bottom). Trollers will find using minnow imitating lures or nightcrawlers behind flashers in the top 40 ft. of the lake to be most productive. Some of the better known places to try are in the north fork of the Yuba at Rice's crossing bridge, and between the marina and the dam.
Bass: (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted)
Lake Record: Largemouth - 7.5 lbs.
Lake Record: Smallmouth - 4.5 lbs.
Lake Record: Spotted - 4.5 lbs.
Bass fishing can be exceptional. Anglers use a variety of lures including spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and plastic baits. A top choice of bait for shore fishermen and boaters alike are minnows, crickets, and nightcrawlers. Fish back in the shallows of the coves where streams enter the lake. Another good place to find bass is at the large sandbar where the two forks of the lake join together.
Lake Record: 14 lbs.
The catfish can be found in the shallow, warm areas of the lake. Cats are usually found in the backs of coves near the bottom. Fishing at night with strong smelling baits such as liver, anchovies, nightcrawlers and processed catfish baits will produce fish.
Panfish: (bluegill, red-ear sunfish, green sunfish)
Lake Record: Bluegill - 1 lb.
Lake Record: Red-ear sunfish - 1.5 lbs.
Lake Record: Green sunfish - 1 lbs.
The panfish are usually found in shallow, warm water areas with cover. These fish can usually be taken with subsurface oriented gear (Roostertails, jigs, Kastmasters, etc.). Live baits such as worms, crickets, and grasshoppers near the bottom will usually produce fish.