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
Calif. State Map
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: twelve
- Striped bass: Open season all year. Limit: five. Minimum size: no size
- Catfish: Open season all year. Limit: twenty (except Bullheads no limit.)
- Crappie: Open season all year. Limit: twenty-five
- Other species,: Other species of fish may be taken in any number and at any
time of the year by angling.
Trout fishing is best in the late winter and early spring months. Even
though trout are no longer planted, some pretty good fish can still be found at
the lake. Greatest concentrations of trout can be found further up in the
Calaveras arm. Floating night crawlers off the bottom, salmon eggs, and minnows
produce the best.
Bass: (largemouth, smallmouth)
Look for largemouth in the coves. Both the north and south ends of the lake
have good largemouth cover. You'll find smallmouth on the rocky points and
islands throughout the lake.
Stripers can be found just about anywhere on the lake. Trolling, vertical
jigging and even shore fishing will all prove productive. Best shore fishing for
stripers is probably the Wrinkle Cove and Fiddleneck areas. Look for schools of
stripers feeding on minnows at the surface. Diving birds will show where the
minnows are. Cast surface plugs across the turbulance caused by feeding bass.
Fall months tend to be good striped bass fishing months.
Crappie - Panfish:
Fish around the rocky points and in the coves where there is vegetation.
Mini jigs, live minnows and nightcrawlers all work well.
Catfish are caught by anglers using anchovies, chicken livers, and packaged
catfish bait. Try the Observation area, Wrinkle Cove, Deer Flat, and the south
end of the lake.