what do u think is best lake in california to fish in

Discussion in 'CALIFORNIA LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by melstangman1967, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. melstangman1967

    melstangman1967 New Member

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    what does everybody think the best lake in california is and where u have had the best luck?
     
  2. shania

    shania New Member

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    As for the best all around lake for fishing for me would be: "Clear Lake".

    But for the best River, I would have to say it's the: "California Delta". :0a23:
    (at lease for me anyway)
    :wink:
     

  3. plumbertom1

    plumbertom1 Well-Known Member

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    Depends on what you wish to fish for.
    Nacimiento on the central coast is one of my favorite lakes when the white bass are active. I've had days there that produced more than 100 fish.
    It also has a good population of spotted and Smallmouth along with Largemouth bass.
    A healthy crappie population doesn't hurt, neither does the channel catfish numbers.
    Not far away is San Antonio that has stripers, catfish, largemouth, small mouth and big crappie.
    For monster blue cats you wont beat Lake San Vicente in San Diego Co.
    Around L.A. Castaic for your best shot at a world record Largemouth.
    It's hard to pick one lake. California is a big state with a wide verity of fishing opportunities.
     
  4. tofish

    tofish New Member

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    that is a loaded question. depends on what part of state you live in i'm sure. either you think lake near you is best, or that one far away some MAY have caught the record fish on.
    gary
     
  5. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

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    I'd agree with Bert, Plumbertom1 and to fish....... my only concern is "The best Lake"? what is best?

    Cachuma is closing down boat usage because of the agguga muscles....Casatas is also limiting folks at fishing.....Pyramid is up a long hill on the grapevine to get to it........Lake Shasta is a good lake... but it way up in the top of the state.....Don Pedro is a great lake..... only fished it once....

    Diamond valley lake is restrictive for 2 stroke motors....Lake skinner is restrictive.....SanDiego lakes are not open for my boat, or they are not open ... just certain days of the week...

    The best All arround lakes are.....Nacimento, San Antonio, Clear Lake, and lake Havasu and Lake Mojave on the colorado river....All of these lakes are $.50 cents a mile for me to get to them, and it does get expensive to get to them with the RV..

    Irvine Lake is the cheepest to get to, there and back....no camping....

    California is starting to S U C K

    Bayrunner Ray
     
  6. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Hey Mel, Welcome to the BOC. Everyone post is accurate. I like to add in my local "kneck of the woods": Highlighted ones are the ones I personally had good luck.
    1. San Luis Res
    2. Pine Flat lake
    3. Eastmen lake

    4. New Melones lake
    5. Amador lake
    6. Hensley lake
    7. Success lake
     
  7. KnotGillty

    KnotGillty New Member

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    Best lake in California to fish in? There isn't one. There are many.

    Some lakes are better for quantity, some are better for quality. Some lakes have stripers or sturgeon or other fish that are not commonly found in other lakes. You could probably come up with a top 5 list for each fish species, but not just one best lake in general.

    Actually, the best lake in California happens to be whichever one I'm fishing at the moment. As long as I'm on the water, my soul is happy. . .
     
  8. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    Welcome to the BOC :0a23:
     
  9. fshnutz

    fshnutz New Member

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    For all around numbers, variety and size.....I would have to say Clearlake. However, like the other guys said, it's not just about the fish. You pretty much have to have a boat for Clearlake and it gets really windy! I prefer East Park reservoir because it is free to camp and fish.
    Linz.
     
  10. sag12

    sag12 New Member

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    Clearlake is where I caught the biggest fish in my 51 years. So I have to go with Clearlake also!!!



     
  11. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    :big_smile:Welcome to the BOC brother
     
  12. plumbertom1

    plumbertom1 Well-Known Member

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    Marv, glad you joined us.
     
  13. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

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    Marv, Welcome to the BOC..... been by Clearlake several times heading north to fish in Oregon.....need to stop off and get into some of the local action, as several BOC brothers are quite regular here and have posted on its success.

    Bayrunner Ray
     
  14. badams

    badams New Member

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    I kinda like Lake Pacific Ocean. Well it aint really a lake but the fishings good.
     
  15. katkiller77

    katkiller77 New Member

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    welcome to the boc
     
  16. Steelyhead

    Steelyhead New Member

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    Favorite lake I have to go with Eagle Lake or Lake Almanor up near Chester. I don't get up there as much anymore since I moved back to the Bay Area but you can't beat the trout fishing there :smile2:

    Catfishing, have to say the Delta but I haven't caught any real big ones, just a lot of little ones (do giant sturgeon count :tounge_out:). Biggest Cat I caught was at Lake Oroville.

    Could use some pointers of good area I can take my boys to catch big cats in the Delta region.

    Oh yeah... glad I found this board!
     
  17. Tyrone Stewart

    Tyrone Stewart New Member

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    lake Berryessa in Napa
     
  18. plumbertom1

    plumbertom1 Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the BOC, Tyrone.
     
  19. Joe4BigCats

    Joe4BigCats New Member

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    I Grew up fishing in Whittier, Ca.. I Fished the ocean when I could... But, when it came to cat's or Bass.. I alway's had my favorite little spot where I alway's had seen the same 7 to 8 face's... There was a pond in a golf course..lol.. it was right across from another pond in La Mirada regional park.. Can't remember the name of the course.. But, I'll tell you what.. I alway's caught fish there Big and small.. I did get to see a 3 and ahalf pound bullgill get caught once out of there... the guy thought he had a Big Bass...:smile2:
     
  20. Joe4BigCats

    Joe4BigCats New Member

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    not a bullgill..... lol.... a bluegill