Fishing the High Sierra

The Sierra Mountains are home to some great western fishing. It does not matter if you prefer Fly or Spincasting, or if you prefer river or lake fishing. You will not have to look far for some fantastic results and a peaceful setting.

In The Sierra Mountains there are 24 Watershed areas which feed over 20 major rivers in the Sierra Mountains:  The Pit, Sacramento, Feather, Yuba, Bear, American, Cosumnes, Truckee, Carson, Walker, Owens, Mokelumne, Stanislaus,Tuolumne, Merced, Fresno, San Joaquin, Kings, Kaweah,Tule and Kern.

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The Sierra Mountains are also home to world class fishing lakes with over 1400 lakes and approximately 60% of them filled with lake trout.

Here are a few facts we found at http://stevenojai.tripod.com/

Some interesting facts about fishing and the Sierra:

  • There are 20 major Rivers, 14 on the West Side and 6 on the East Side. These are within over 24 watershed areas.
  • Historically, there were no trout in the Sierra above 6000 feet. Except for Goldens in the Upper Kern and Lahontan Cutthroats within the Carson, Walker, and Truckee River Drainage.
  • Starting in the mid 1800’s, trout have been stocked into 85% of all the lakes in the Sierra over 2 acres in size.
  • There are 649 lakes in Inyo, Sierra, and Toiyabe National Forests of at least 25 acres between 10660′ and 11,480′ elevation. 85% of these lakes contain trout: (Christenson 1977)
    • 60% Brooks
    • 36% Rainbows
    • 32% Goldens
    • 5% Browns
  • There are 1,404 lakes above 7,900′ elevation within the Sierras. Of these lakes, trout are in 63%, the rest fishless: (Jenkins 1994)
    • Goldens are in 36% of all lakes
    • Rainbows are in 33% of all lakes
    • Brookies are in 16% of all lakes
    • Browns are in 8% of all lakes
    • Lahontan Cutthroats are in 1/2% of all lakes
  • Fish Planting ended within most of the Sierran National Parks beginning in 1970. Today, Sierra National Forests have 85% of their lakes with fish and the National Parks have 40%.

Top Fishing Lakes in Northern Sierra

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  • Lake Almanor
  • Eagle Lake
  • Lake Davis
  • Butt Valley Reservoir
  • Bucks Lake
  • Antelope Lake
  • Frenchmans Reservoir
  • Gold Lake
  • Bowman Lake
  • Fuller Lake
  • Manzanita Lake
  • Independence Lake
  • Jackson Meadows
  • Bullards Bar reservoir
  • Little Grass Valley reservoir

Top Fishing Lakes in Central Sierra

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  • Blue Lakes (Upper and Lower)
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Donner Lake
  • Caples Lake
  • Bear Valley
  • Topaz Lake
  • Indian creek reservoir
  • Kinney Reservoir
  • Red Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Highland Lakes
  • Lake Alpina
  • Spicer reservoir
  • Donnell Lake

Top Fishing Lakes in the Southern Sierra

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East Side of the Sierra

Kirman lake

Lundy Lake

Convict Lake

Mammoth Lake Loop

  • Twin Lakes (Upper and Lower)
  • George
  • Mamie
  • Mary

June Lake Loop

  • Grant
  • Gull
  • June
  • Silver

 

Virginia Lakes

  • Big Virginia
  • Blue
  • Cooney
  • Frog
  • Little Virginia
  • Moat
  • Trumbull
  • Red

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