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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, trout and more in CA.

Big Bear Lake, Castiac Lake, Clear Lake, Don Pedro Lake, Lake Almanor, Lake Berryessa, Lake Camanche, Lake Havasu, Lake Nacimiento, Lake Perris, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, Pyramid Lake, Shasta Lake, and others are very popular places for fishing in California, offering anglers the chance to pursue a wide variety of fish species.

  • Bass Lake
  • Big Bear Lake
  • Canyon Lake
  • Castaic Lake
  • Clear Lake
  • Diamond Valley Lake
  • Don Pedro Lake
  • Donner Lake
  • Eagle Lake
  • Folsom Lake
  • Huntington Lake
  • June Lake
  • Lake Almanor
  • Lake Berryessa
  • Lake Cachuma
  • Lake Elsinore
  • Lake Camanche
  • Lake Havasu
  • Lake Nacimiento
  • Lake Oroville
  • Lake Perris
  • Lake Piru
  • Lake Tahoe
  • New Bullards Bar Reservoir
  • Pyramid Lake
  • Shasta Lake
  • Shaver Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Silverwood Lake
  • Trinity Lake
Bass Lakes

California Delta, Lake Casitas, Clear Lake, Copco Lake, Folsom Lake, H. V. Eastman Lake, Hensley Lake, Jenkensin Lake, Lake Almanor, Lake Berryessa, Lake Camanche, Lake Castaic, Lake Del Valle, Lake Don Pedro, Lake Havasu, Lake Mendocino, Lake Nacimiento, Lake Oroville, Lake Perris, Lower Otay Lake, Pyramid Lake, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, Shasta Lake, Stampede Reservoir and Union Valley Reservoir are considered the best options for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. More...

Catfish Lakes

Big Bear Lake, Canyon Lake, Clear Lake, Folsom Lake, H. V. Eastman Lake, Hensley Lake, Lake Almanor, Lake Camanche, Lake Don Pedro, Lake Berryessa, Lake Combie, Lake Del Valle, Lake Elsinore, Lake Havasu, Lake Hodges, Lake Mendocino, Lake Nacimiento, Lake Oroville, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Lower Otay Lake, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, and The California Delta are favorite options for channel, blue, white and flathead catfish. More...

Crappie Lakes

Big Bear Lake, Clear Lake, Folsom Lake, H. V. Eastman Lake, Hensley Lake, Lake Berryessa, Lake Camanche, Lake Combie, Lake Del Valle, Lake Don Pedro, Lake Elsinore, Lake Mendocino, Lake Nacimiento, Lake Oroville, Lower Otay Lake, New Bullards Bar Reservoir and Shaver Lake are some of the most popular for black and white crappie. More...

Sunfish & Panfish Lakes

Canyon Lake, Copco Lake, Diamond Valley Lake, Folsom Lake, H. V. Eastman Lake, Hensley Lake, Jenkensin Lake, Lake Almanor, Lake Berryessa, Lake Cachuma, Lake Don Pedro, Lake Combie, Lake Del Valle, Lake Mendocino, Lake Nacimiento, Lake Oroville, Lake Perris, Lake Piru, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, Lower Otay Lake, New Melones Lake, Pyramid Lake, Shasta Lake and Shaver Lake are popular lakes for catching bluegill, bream, perch and other sunfish. More...

Trout Lakes

Big Bear Lake, Bass Lake, Boca Reservoir, Castaic Lake, Lake Don Pedro, Eagle Lake, Folsom Lake, Hensley Lake, Ice House Reservoir, Jenkensin Lake, Lake Almanor, Lake Alpine, Lake Berryessa, Lake Cachuma, Lake Combie, Lake Del Valle, Lake Lewiston, Lake Natoma, Lake Oroville, Lake Perris, Lake Pillsbury, Lake Tahoe, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Shasta Lake, Stampede Reservoir, Silver Lake and Union Valley Reservoir are just some of the favorite lakes for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown, lake and golden trout fishing. More...

Striped Bass Lakes

Canyon Lake, Castaic Lake, Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Del Valle, Lake Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Lake Havasu, Lake Perris, Pyramid Lake, Silverwood Lake, Skinner Reservoir and The California Delta are options for striped bass and hybrid striped bass. More...

Salmon Lakes

Bass Lake, Boca Reservoir, California Delta, Cherry Lake, Folsom Lake, Lake Berryessa, Ice House Reservoir, Lake Camanche, Lake Don Pedro, Lake Oroville, Lake Tahoe, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, Shasta Lake, Shaver Lake, Stampede Reservoir, Trinity Lake, Union Valley Reservoir and Whiskeytown Lake are potential lakes for chinook, coho and kokanee salmon fishing. More...

Visit the California fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and destinations in the state. Visit the California map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations. Look to our sister site for additional information about boating in CA at many of the most popular destinations in the state.

 

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