Fishing at Union Valley ReservoirGame Fish SpeciesRainbow TroutSmallmouth BassLake Trout MackinawLandlocked Kokanee SalmonBrown TroutFishing at Union Valley ReservoirUnion Valley Reservoir is an excellent lake for those anglers that would like to try their luck at nice sized rainbows, trophy mackinaws, kokanee, brown trout, and even smallmouth bass. Union Valley Reservoir is located at 4,900 feet of elevation in El Dorado National Forest. The lake is a popular camping and fishing spot for anglers from the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay areas.Trophy Kokanee LuresThe California Department of Fish and Game regularly plants the lake with Mackinaw fingerlings, and nice sized catchable rainbow trout. The Mackinaws in the lake can reach 10 to 20 pounds or more for those anglers who are able to unlock the secrets on how to catch the highly elusive predators.If you would like to try your luck at catching a big trophy Mackinaw your best bet would be to fish from about 12:00 in the afternoon until about 6:00 in the evening. You should troll an M-2 Flatfish for the trophy mackinaws. Another good bet would be to troll nightcrawlers behind flashers at about 100 feet. Sometimes a Rebel will work good as well. The key is to fish as slow as you can. The fish can be found all over the lake, with the higher concentrations of fish being found in the fingers.Trophy Mackinaw FlatfishIf you are like me, and you can't wait until noon to begin your fishing, Union Valley Reservoir has more than just mackinaw. I like to get up early and fish for rainbow trout and kokanee. The best area on the lake for rainbow trout is up by the lake's powerhouse. The best way to hook up with a good rainbow is to troll a nightcrawler behind a set of flashers. The depth to troll will vary throughout the year, but I can usually find fish at about 15 feet deep. Apex Lures and Needlefish usually work good at Union Valley also.If you are looking for smallmouth bass, you have come to the right place. The lake is very clear so it is hard to sneak up on the big smallmouth that are lurking in the lake, but they are there. Four inch rubber worms work best for smallmouth.If your fishing from shore, your best bet is an inflated worm with a sliding sinker to allow the fish to bite without feeling any resistance. The worm should be floated about eighteen inches off the bottom. You can also do well along the shoreline with lures. Pick a lure that puts off a good shine, or looks like a small rainbow trout or minnow. Kastmasters, spinners, small jointed Rapalas, small jointed Rebels, needlefish, and spoons are a good choice. The lure should be retrieved at a medium speed. These fish are predatory, and the speed and movement will entice a strike. These same lures are also great for trolling, with my top favorites being anything that resembles the small rainbow trout, or a minnow. Fly fishing works great at Union Valley Reservoir as well. The best spots for fly fishing would be up towards the creek arms. The best types of flies would be anything that has recently hatched, or any type of land insects (ants, grasshoppers, beetles, worms, mayfly nymphs, and caddis nymphs, and the best colors are the dark brown and olive colors. The fish can be challenging to catch, until you find what works best for you.Trophy Trout SpoonsCampingCamping at Union Valley Reservoir is a great experience. High up in the mountains, surrounded by the smell of pine trees, and campfires. There are campgrounds at the lake at the Fashoda, Jones Fork, Sunset, Wench Creek, Yellowjacket, and Wolf Creek campgrounds. There are four boat ramps on the lake and they are located at Jones Fork, Peninsula, Yellowjacket, and West Point. There is not a store or a marina located at the lake but the Icehouse Resort is nearby and it does have groceries and fishing tackle available. For camping and other information you can call the El Dorado National Forest Pacific Ranger District at, (530) 644-6048. If you would like fishing information on Union Valley and other Crystal Basin lakes you can call the Icehouse Resort at (530) 293-3321.All sites are shaded by groves of towering Ponderosa pine, fir, oak, and cedar trees. The campground is in Eldorado National forest, which boasts over 400 miles of hiking trails, an abundance of lakes and rivers for fishing and swimming, and incredible scenery. Here, the climate is similar to that of the Mediterranean with warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters.Nearby Attractions:Take a drive on the El Dorado County Scenic Highway or visit the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Lake Tahoe is about an hour drive up Highway 50 with lots of gambling, restaurants, hiking, additional fishing, and other sightseeing opportunities. US Forest Service - https://www.fs.fed.usEldorado National Forest - https://www.fs.usda.gov/eldoradoGeorgetown Ranger StationCA Department of Fish and Wildlife https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/FishingThe main fish planting schedule can be found here.Stumpy Meadows fish planting schedule is here.CA Department of Parks and Recreationhttps://www.parks.ca.govUnion Valley Reservoir Fishing Guides and Fishing Charter BoatsThere are many different fishing guides that offer guided fishing trips at Union Valley Reservoir. 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