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Fishing Hot Spots

Get the inside scoop on where the fish are biting by reading these two local outdoor columns. In the Lake County Record-Bee, read Terry Knight's column at www.record-bee.com or The Rider Report in Lake County News by Bob Rider at www.lakeconews.com
Blue Lakes
Blue Lakes Wind Surfer Because the use of power boats is limited to 5 mph on Blue Lakes, the pair of lakes offers a quiet environment for relaxation. Sitting at an elevation of 1,357 feet, the two lakes known as Upper Blue Lake and Lower Blue Lake cover 73 acres and 52 acres, respectively. Day use access and fees can be found at www.lakecounty.com/Accommodations/Area/BlueLakes
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Trout
  • Beaches
  • Hiking trails
  • Sailing
  • RV/camping
  • Windsurfing
  • Catfish
  • Boat launch
  • Lodging
  • Boat rentals
  • Rowing
  • Bluegill
  • Largemouth bass
  • Picnic areas

 

Cache Creek
This secluded, hilly expanse of oak woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral is a combination of over 70,000 acres of BLM managed lands and 4,700 acres of State and County lands.  The Natural Area is traversed by Cache Creek, with its year-round water flow. Elevation ranges from 3200 feet atop Brushy Sky High, down to 600 feet in the eastern end of Cache Creek along State Route 16. Showcasing the area is about 35 miles of the main fork of Cache Creek and 2.5 miles of the north fork. Also present are several tributary creeks that contain permanent water.

The Cache Creek Natural Area is a primitive area, closed to motorized vehicles. There are no developed campgrounds or facilities. Non-hunting (target) shooting is not allowed.  Instead, the area is managed to improve habitat for wildlife and rare plants, to protect cultural resource values, and to offer primitive recreation opportunities, including wildlife viewing, river running, hiking, equestrian use, hunting and fishing.
 
Clear Lake
ClearLake Known as the "Bass Capital of the West," with more than 43,000 surface acres and 100 miles of shoreline, Clear Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake completely within California. Ample space for fishing, swimming, sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, and other water sports.
  • 11 Public ramps
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Carp
  • Crappie
  • Fishing guides
  • Boat rentals
Clear Lake State Park
Clear Lake State Park 5300 Soda Bay Road
Kelseyville, CA  95451
(707) 279-4293
(800) 444-7275
www.parks.ca.gov
$
147 RV and camp sites and rustic cabins. Open all year.  A check list of the birds of Clear Lake State Park is available at the entrance gate or the Park's Visitor Center. Well-marked hiking paths throughout the park also afford good birdwatching. Day use fee if not camping.
  • Mini-store
  • Killdeer
  • California Quail
  • Osprey
  • Red-tailed Hawks
  • Hiking trails
  • Towhees
  • Flickers
  • Thrasher
  • Woodpeckers
  • Scrub Jays
  • Herons
  • Visitor center
  • Grebes
  • Kingfishers
  • Crappie
  • Bass
  • Catfish
RV site tent site RV dump Handicap Accessible pet policy Has lake access Has boat dock 
Clearlake Oaks Keys Area
Along Highway 20 on the east shore.
  • Crappie
  • Catfish

 

Highland Springs Recreation Area
Highland Springs 3600 E Highland Springs Road
Lakeport, CA  95453
(707) 263-2341
www.co.lake.ca.us

Warm water fishing, swimming, and non-powered boating are enjoyed at Highland Springs Reservoir, a small lake south of Lakeport. The reservoir covers 146 acres of land and is fed by Highland Creek. Catfish, bass, crappie, and bluegill are found in the lake. A large grassy area, picnic facilities, and restrooms are located next to the reservoir. There are horseshoe pits and a basketball court. A disc golf course just off Highland Springs Road is available for public use.

  • Disc/frisbee golf
  • Restrooms
  • Swimming
  • Hunting
  • Sparrows
  • Buffleheads
  • Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic area
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Shooting range
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Coots
  • Bass
  • Horse trails
  • Beach
  • Fishing
  • BBQ
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Mallards
  • Crappie
Horseshoe Bend
Soda Bay Road, between Soda Bay and Buckingham Park outside Kelseyville.
  • Catfish

 

 

Indian Valley Reservoir

Access is via Walker Ridge Road off Highway 20. The reservoir is under the jurisdiction of the Yolo County Flood Control District. It sits at an elevation of 1,475 feet. Six miles long and a mile wide, the reservoir has approximately 39 miles of shoreline. The 3,700-acre reservoir is open to all boating, with a 10 mph speed limit. Two launch ramps are available to the public. An office and store is located at the south end of the reservoir. Visitors enjoy camping at tent and RV sties, picnicking, swimming, hiking, birding, other nature study, and hunting for waterfowl, quail, dove, turkey, pigs, and bear.

  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Store
  • Catfish
  • Camping/RV
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Trout
  • Kokanee
  • Swimming
  • Boat ramps
  • Bass
  • Crappie
Kelsey Creek
At the mouth of Kelsey Creek, where it empties into Clear Lake off of Soda Bay Road; near Clear Lake State Park.

Lake Pillsbury

Lake Pillsbury, at an elevation of 1,832 feet in the north Lake County area, is open to all boating. Boat camping is allowed in designated areas. The lake's 2,280 surface acres and 31 miles of shoreline provide plenty of room for boating, fishing, and swimming. Visitors to the area can also enjoy picnicking, hiking, backpacking, riding along U.S. Forest Service trails including the Back Country Discovery Trail, and hang gliding from Hull Mountain (elevation 6,873 feet) near the lake.

  • Boat rental
  • Boat launch
  • Swimming
  • Black bass
  • Fishing
  • Marina
  • Slips
  • Trout
  • Canoe rental
  • Camping
  • Seasonal resort
  • Sunfish
Lakeside County Park
Lakeside park 1985 Park Drive, Lakeport, CA  95453
(707) 262-1618
www.co.lake.ca.us
Located west of Clear Lake State Park (towards Lakeport) and also off of Soda Bay Road, the County Park is the place to visit in early and middle spring. Park is 53 acres.
  • Fishing
  • Softball fields
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • American coots
  • Western Grebes
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Boat launch
  • Swimming
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Herons
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic area
  • Pied-billed Grebes
  • Clark's Grebes
Library Park & Marina
Library Park 222 Park Street, Lakeport, CA  95453
(707) 263-5615
  • Boat launch
  • Swimming
  • Restrooms
  • Docks
  • Picnic area
  • Gazebo
  • Playground
Rattlesnake Island
Off Sulphur Bank Point, east of Clearlake Oaks.
  • Catfish

 

 

Redbud Park and Thompson Harbor Marina
Redbud Park 14655 Lakeshore Dr., Clearlake, CA  95422
(707) 994-8201
www.clearlake.ca.us
  • Boat ramp
  • Restrooms
  • Pier
  • BBQ/picnic area
  • Parking
  • Ballfield
Rodman Slough County Park
Rodman Slough Nice/Lucerne Cutoff
Lakeport, CA 95453
(707) 262-1618
www.co.lake.ca.us
40-acre park on the shore of Clear Lake at the mouth of Rodman Slough.
  • Bird watching
  • Picnic tables
  • Canoeing
  • Bass
  • Fishing
  • Catfish

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