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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, rainbow trout, bluegill and striped bass at San Luis Reservoir in California.

San Luis Reservoir, CA

Bragging size striped bass are caught with regularity at San Luis Reservoir, a 12,700 acre lake, located in the west central part of the state, 10 miles west of Los Banos. Just five miles off Interstate 5, this is an easy getaway for a weekend of boating, camping and fishing.

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San Luis Reservoir, located in central California, is a popular fishing destination for anglers of all skill levels. The reservoir is renowned for its excellent fishing opportunities and diverse range of fish species. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish, including striped bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie, and bluegill.

One of the highlights of fishing at San Luis Reservoir is the abundance of striped bass. Known for their strong fight and impressive size, striped bass are a favorite among anglers. The reservoir's deep waters provide an ideal habitat for these fish, and catching a trophy-sized striped bass is not uncommon. The striped bass population in San Luis Reservoir is well-managed, ensuring a sustainable fishery for years to come.

It's important to note that San Luis Reservoir is a regulated water source for agricultural purposes, which can affect water levels and fishing conditions. It's advisable to check the water conditions and any fishing restrictions or advisories before planning your fishing trip. Additionally, anglers should be aware of the local fishing regulations and obtain the necessary fishing licenses and permits.

San Luis Reservoir in California offers a fantastic fishing experience with its diverse range of fish species, including striped bass, largemouth bass, and more. Boating on the reservoir allows anglers to explore different fishing spots and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. Camping near the reservoir provides an opportunity to relax and immerse oneself in the beauty of the area. When planning a fishing trip to San Luis Reservoir, it's important to stay informed about any fishing regulations, water conditions, and safety guidelines to ensure an enjoyable and successful fishing experience.

Bass, crappie, trout, catfish and bluegill inhabit the relative shallows of the fourteen miles of shoreline wrapping the lake. Stripers roam the deeper channels and ledges, many growing to trophy size. Lake levels drop and rise often, and the area can be excessively windy at times. Primary boating access is via the nice boat launch ramp and facilities at the Dinosaur Point State Park Entrance Station, on the west side of the lake on Dinosaur Point. A second boat landing is located at the Basalt Day Use Area in the southeast corner of the lake.

Primary fish species residing in San Luis Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Rainbow Trout Bluegill Striped bass

San Luis Reservoir Amenities

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

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Boating is a popular activity at San Luis Reservoir, as it allows anglers to explore the vast expanse of the reservoir and access prime fishing spots. Anglers can bring their own boats or rent them from the marina, which offers a range of boat rentals suitable for different preferences. The reservoir's calm waters and ample space make it an ideal location for boating and fishing adventures.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Dinosaur Point State Park Boat Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, off Dinosaur Point Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Camping is available near San Luis Reservoir, providing anglers and outdoor enthusiasts with the opportunity to extend their fishing trip and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. There are designated camping areas with amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and restroom facilities. Whether you prefer tent camping or RV camping, there are options available to suit different camping preferences.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Basalt Campground - 209 826-9709

San Luis Creek Campground - 209 826-1197

Medeiros Campground - 209 826-1197

Los Banos Creek Campground - 209 826-1197

Santa Nella RV Park - 209 826-3105

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Contact Information

San Luis Reservoir
San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area
31426 Gonzaga Road
Gustine, CA 95322
209 826-1197


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