California Bass Fishing
All about fishing for spotted, smallmouth and largemouth bass in California lakes.
Bass are one of the most sought after of all the game fish. Its appeal spans cultures, age groups and genders to tap on the heart strings of anglers everywhere. Join us in our endeavor to offer information about bass fishing on your favorite bass lake in California.
Bass Fishing Lakes In California
In Northern California be sure to try your luck for bass at Lake Almanor, Lake Berryessa, Bullards Bar Reservoir, Clear Lake, Folsom Lake, Lake Oroville, Lake Shasta and Trinity Lake. You'll find bass in plenty other waters in the area as well including private ponds, creeks and smaller lakes.
Lake Camanche, The Delta, Lake Don Pedro, Lake McClure, Millerton Lake, Lake Nacimiento, New Melones Lake and Pine Flat Lake are the larger bodies of water that hold bass. Check the tributaries leading into and away from these lakes for potential bass fishing hot spots.
Andrew Kotnik with a nice 12 1/2 pound bass from Lake Mission Viejo.
The larger bodies of water in Southern California that hold populations of bass include Big Bear Lake, Lake Cahuilla, Lake Castaic, El Capitan Lake, Lake Elsinore, Lake Hodges, Laguna Niguel Lake, Lower Otay Lake, Pyramid Lake, San Vicente Lake, Lake Silverwood, Lake Skinner and Lake Sutherland. Lake Castaic served up the record for largemouth bass in California. Other monster bass have also come from Castaic.
Catch big bass!
The California state record smallmouth bass was caught out of Clair Engle Lake. Lake Castaic holds the CA record for largemouth bass. Pine Flat Reservoir was home to the state record spotted bass.
World record: 22 lbs 4 oz
CA State Record: 21 lbs 12 oz
World record: 11 lbs 15 oz
CA State Record: 9 lbs 13 oz
World record: 9 lbs 8 oz
CA State Record: 10 lbs 4 oz
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Bass fishing information, by state.
Learn the lifecycle of a bass
The more you know about the seasonal migration of bass, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit California bass fishing lakes. Bass become active in spring and begin the spawning process in shallow water. As summer arrives they move to deeper, cooler water. In fall they migrate into the shallows again and feed heavily preparing for their move to deeper water to wait out winter. Visit the bass fishing page for more in-depth information about bass activities.
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