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Fishing Lake Don Pedro In Central CA

AKA: Don Pedro Lake, Don Pedro Reservoir

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, bluegill, green sunfish, chinook salmon, coho salmon and kokanee salmon at Lake Don Pedro in California.

Don Pedro Lake, CA

Long revered as a great lake for largemouth and spotted bass, Don Pedro Lake, aka Don Pedro Reservoir, is also home to a host of other fish species. This is a 13,000 acre lake, located in central part of the state with a marina, public boat launches, camping, picnic areas, and boat rentals.

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Lake Don Pedro, located in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts. The lake is renowned for its diverse fish species, making it a haven for anglers of all skill levels. One of the prized catches at Lake Don Pedro is the king salmon, also known as Chinook salmon. These powerful and acrobatic fish provide an exhilarating challenge for anglers, and their presence in the lake makes it a hotspot for salmon fishing.

In addition to salmon, Lake Don Pedro is home to a variety of other fish species, including rainbow trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and catfish. The lake's ample size and depth offer abundant habitat for these species, providing ample opportunities for anglers to catch their preferred fish. Trout fishing is particularly popular, with rainbow trout being regularly stocked in the lake to maintain a healthy population.

Aside from fishing, Lake Don Pedro offers a host of other recreational activities for visitors. Boating, water skiing, and jet skiing are popular water sports enjoyed on the lake, providing thrills and excitement for water enthusiasts. The lake's surrounding hills and forests offer opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, and birdwatching, adding to the overall outdoor experience.

With its diverse fish species, ample boating opportunities, camping facilities, and recreational activities, Lake Don Pedro stands as a top-notch destination for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts in California. Whether you're angling for salmon, trout, or bass, or simply looking to enjoy a peaceful camping trip surrounded by nature, Lake Don Pedro has something to offer for everyone.

Popular fish species include bass, trout, salmon, catfish and sunfish. With close to 160 miles of shoreline there is plenty of bank to fish, whether you fish from shore or from a boat. Bass, catfish and salmon weighing over a dozen pounds have come from this lake - with the lake record largemouth over 18 pounds.

Primary fish species residing in Lake Don Pedro.

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish White catfish Black crappie White crappie Rainbow trout Brook trout Brown trout Bluegill Sunfish Chinook salmon Coho salmon Kokanee salmon

Lake Don Pedro Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NO
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Boating is a common activity at Lake Don Pedro, allowing anglers to explore the vast expanse of water and access prime fishing spots. The lake features multiple boat ramps for launching fishing boats, pontoons, and personal watercraft. Anglers can cruise along the lake's scenic shoreline, search for fish, and find their ideal fishing locations.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Lake Don Pedro Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks and pontoons
209 852-2369

Moccasin Point Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks and pontoon boats
209 989-2206


Lake Don Pedro Marina
11500 Bonds Flat Rd
La Grange, CA 95329
209 852-2369

Moccasin Point Marina
11405 Jacksonville Rd
Jamestown, CA 95327
209 989-2206

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Fleming Meadows Boat Launch
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Bonds Flat Road, this is a five-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Lake Don Pedro Boat Launch
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Bonds Flat Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Moccasin Point Boat Launch
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Golden Chain Highway 120, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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For those seeking an extended fishing adventure, Lake Don Pedro offers camping facilities that cater to both tent and RV camping. The lake has several campgrounds equipped with amenities such as picnic tables, fire pits, and restrooms. Camping near the lake allows anglers to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area and maximize their time on the water.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Fleming Meadows Campground - 209 852-2396

Moccasin Campground - 209 852-2396

Lake Don Pedro CA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Don Pedro
Lake Don Pedro Marina
11500 Bonds Flat Rd
La Grange, CA 95329
209 852-2369


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Lake Don Pedro in Central California.

Above average largemouth bass and spotted bass fishing in central CA.

Fishing at Lake Don Pedro, in California.