About Bass LakeBass Lake is a great retreat for a nice fishing vacation for the family. The lake is located less than 20 miles south of Yosemite National Park, and directly east of the town of Merced. The lake has Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Landlocked Kokanee Salmon, Catfish, Crappie, and Bluegill. You can rent boats on the lake for fishing and for fun. Families like to enjoy Water Skiing, Wake Boarding, Tubing, and Personal Watercraft. From a few of the marinas you can rent Patio Boats (even ones with a water slide that is fun for the kids), Fishing Boats, Pleasure Cruisers, Kayaks, Canoes, Row Boats, and even Rafts. If you are into having a great meal, Ducey’s on the Lake, a part of The Pines Resort, has a nice restaurant over looking the lake for a nice Filet Mignon. They also have an upstairs laid back bar with great drinks. It’s worth a stop after a big day of fishing, hiking, or playing on the water. Bass Lake DetailsLake Size: 1,170 Surface AcresMax Depth: 98 FeetLength: 4 MilesShoreline: 14 MilesMaximum Lake Elevation: 3,376 FeetManaged By: PG&EAverage High Air Temp: Spring: 62 DegreesSummer:82 DegreesFall: 68 DegreesWinter: 48 DegreesAverage Summer Surface Water Temp: 75 to 78 DegreesFishing RegulationsCalifornia Freshwater Sport Fishing RegulationsBass Lake VideoTrophy Trout SpoonsFishing at Bass LakeFishing is great from a boat, trolling, or toplining, as well as from shore.Fish Species at Bass LakeLandlocked Kokanee SalmonLargemouth BassRainbow TroutCrappieBluegillCatfishLandlocked Kokanee SalmonYou can usually find Kokanee scattered throughout the lake, so they are not easy to find from day to day as they may not be in the same spot from day to day. A good fish finder sonar is a must when Kokanee as you have to find the fish and where they are schooling in order to be successful at catching them. Kokanee do swim in schools, which does make them easier to locate when you cross over the top of a school of Kokanee. The best places to find Kokanee in the lake are areas with currents, wind blown points, large points that come out into the main lake, and tight narrow contour lines. You will find Kokanee in these areas because their food source is pushed into these areas and the Kokanee will follow the food source. Largemouth Bass.In the spring and summer time the Largemouth Bass action picks up on Bass Lake. The bass will get super hungry after their early summer spawn and will attack just about anything you throw at them. The best bets are spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, soft baits, and crankbaits. Best fishing areas would be around the boat docks, submerged structures, rocks, and submerged vegetation, and off the points. Rainbow TroutRainbow Trout fishing is really great in Bass Lake. The best way to target nice trout is to find them on your fishfinder, and start trolling on a downriggerwith a Kastmaster’s, needlefish, wedding ring’s tipped with a minnow or a worm, trout spoons, small apex, small stickbaits that are silver or rainbow trout pattern, and small flatfish. If your fishing from shore, you will do great fishing with a slip bobber setup with powerbait or live bait at about 18 feet. PanfishBluegill, and Crappie, can be caught around the docks, rocky areas, weeds, and submerged vegetation, as well as around under water structures using worms, crickets, live minnows, jigs, fly’s, small soft plastics, and small spinners and spinnerbaits will work best. CatfishCatfish are best fished in the summer. Catfish can be found in the coves and the rocks. Chicken livers, sardines, clams, catfish bait, and mini crawlers will do the trick. Catfish will bite during the day, and at night. Great Lures for Largemouth BassBass Lake Boat Launch RampsAll vessels using the lake are required to display a current Lake use permit, which can be purchased at either of the two public launch ramps. Bass Lake Boat Ramp39900 Road 222 Bass LakeBass Lake, CA 93604Phone: (559) 877-2218Bass Lake Water Sports and MarinaBass LakeBass Lake, CA 93604Phone: (559) 642-3200Forks Resort39150 Road 222Bass Lake, CA 93604Phone: (559) 642-3737Millers Landing Resort and Marina37976 Road 222Wishon, CA 93669Phone: (559) 642-3633The Pines Resort and Marina54432 Road 432Bass Lake, CA 93604Phone: (559) 642-3121Soft Bait Lures for Fishing at Bass LakeBass Lake Fishing Guides and Fishing Charter BoatsThere are many different fishing guides that offer guided fishing trips on Bass Lake. FishingBooker is a service of local guides that you can choose from and schedule your next guided fishing trip. 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