Bass Lake is a great fishing lake for a 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 Fishing Guides
There are many different fishing guides that offer guided fishing trips on Lake Almanor. FishingBooker is a service of local guides that you can choose from and schedule your next guided fishing trip. If you would like to learn the fishing secrets and tips from a local fishing guide, Book A Fishing Guide On Bass Lake Today!
Bass Lake Details
Lake Size: 1,170 Surface Acres Max Depth: 98 Feet Length: 4 Miles Shoreline: 14 Miles Maximum Lake Elevation: 3,376 Feet Managed By: PG&E Average High Air Temp: Spring: 62 Degrees Summer: 82 Degrees Fall: 68 Degrees Winter: 48 Degrees Average Summer Surface Water Temp: 75 to 78 Degrees
You 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 Fishing At Bass Lake
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 Trout Fishing At Bass Lake
Rainbow 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 downrigger with 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.
Panfish Fishing At Bass Lake
Bluegill, 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.
Catfish Fishing At Bass Lake
Catfish 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.
Cottages and Vacation Home Rentals At Bass Lake, CA
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