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In the state of California you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, golden trout, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redear sunfish, tilapia, warmouth, white bass, coho salmon, chinook salmon, kokanee salmon and stripers in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams. Visit each CA lake page for details on species within that lake.

Major California Lakes

The state of California offers a variety of fishing including lakes, ponds, streams and rivers. The state is divided into three primary areas, with a list of lakes and species of fish in each lake. Individual lake pages privide details about each lake, including fish species, camping, marinas and other amenities.

Lake & Fish Species Charts

Northern CA Fishing Lakes, Sizes Locations & Fish Species

Central CA Fishing Lakes, Sizes Locations & Fish Species

Southern CA Fishing Lakes, Sizes Locations & Fish Species

State of CA Fishing Information

Contact the California Department of Fish & Game for additional details about fishing in California. Visit our sections on each species of fish for specific techniques for California fishing.

Click here for a California Fishing License.

Visit to find information about fishing boats in California and other boating information.

Additionally, our goal is to provide specific information about major California lakes, streams, ponds and rivers. This information includes California fishing maps, fishing tips and camping information.

For fishing gear, tackle and boat storage options, visit the California home improvement section of our sister site.

There is a section dedicated to fishing activities for kids in CA. It is devoted to information about kids fishing with stories, fish photos and tips for where and how to take a kid fishing in California. Please send us your recommendations and we will be happy to consider them for publication.

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Fish for big bass in California

Excellent largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in CA.

Fish Species in California

Fishing for bass in California

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

CA State Record: 21 lbs 12 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

CA State Record: 9 lbs 13 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

CA State Record: 10 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for catfish in California

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

CA State Record: 53 lbs 8 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

CA State Record: 72 lbs 14 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

CA State Record: 113 lbs 5 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

CA State Record: 22 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for crappie in California

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

CA State Record: 4 lbs 1 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

CA State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for steelhead in California

Steelhead Fishing


World record: 42 lbs 0 oz

CA State Record: 27 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for trout in California

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

CA State Record: 27 lbs 0 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

CA State Record: 31 lbs 8 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

CA State Record: 9 lbs 12 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

CA State Record: 26 lbs 8 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

CA State Record: 37 lbs 6 oz

Golden Trout

Golden trout

World record: 11 lbs 4 oz

CA State Record: 9 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for panfish in California



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

CA State Record: 3 lbs 14 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

CA State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

CA State Record: 1 lbs 0 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

CA State Record: 5 lbs 3 oz



World record: 4.4 lbs

CA State Record: 6 lbs 0 oz



World record: 2.4 lbs

CA State Record: 0 lbs 15 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

CA State Record: 5 lbs 5 oz

Fishing for salmon in California

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

Inland State Record: 20 lbs 15 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

Inland State Record: 8 lbs 1 oz

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon

World record: 9 lbs 10 oz

CA State Record: 5 lbs 2 oz

Fishing for striped bass in California

Striped Bass


Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

CA State Record: 67 lbs 8 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.

All about fishing in California