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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

Lake Casitas, Clear Lake, Copco Lake, Folsom Lake, Lake Almanor, Lake Berryessa, Lake Camanche, Lake Castaic, Lake Don Pedro, Lake Havasu, Lake Mendocino, Lake Nacimiento, Lake Oroville, Lake Perris, Pyramid Lake, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, Shasta Lake are considered the best options for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. More...

Catfish

Big Bear Lake, Canyon Lake, Clear Lake, Folsom Lake, Lake Almanor, Lake Camanche, Lake Don Pedro, Lake Berryessa, Lake Combie, Lake Elsinore, Lake Havasu, Lake Hodges, Lake Mendocino, Lake Nacimiento, Lake Oroville, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, New Bullards Bar Reservoir are favorite options for channel, blue, white and flathead catfish. More...

Crappie

Big Bear Lake, Clear Lake, Folsom Lake, Lake Berryessa, Lake Camanche, Lake Combie, Lake Don Pedro, Lake Elsinore, Lake Mendocino, Lake Nacimiento, Lake Oroville, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, Shaver Lake are the most popular for black and white crappie. More...

Sunfish & Panfish

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

Trout

Big Bear Lake, Bass Lake, Castaic Lake, Lake Don Pedro, Eagle Lake, Folsom Lake, Lake Almanor, Lake Alpine, Lake Berryessa, Lake Cachuma, Lake Combie, Lake Lewiston, Lake Natoma, Lake Oroville, Lake Perris, Lake Pillsbury, Lake Tahoe, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Shasta Lake and Silver Lakeare the favorite lakes for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown, lake and golden trout fishing. More...

Striped Bass

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

Salmon

Bass Lake, Cherry Lake, Folsom Lake, Lake Berryessa, Lake Camanche, Lake Don Pedro, Lake Oroville, Lake Tahoe, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, Shasta Lake, Shaver Lake, The Delta, Trinity Lake 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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