Fish this Friday and stay out until midnight! Friday Night Fishing is now on a regular schedule. The lake opens at 3 p.m. and you can fish until midnight. Entrance to the lake closes at 10 p.m. Full-size lanterns are required for each boat after 8 p.m.
Try Fishing this Saturday
Saturday, September 5, is the California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s FREE fishing day. You can fish without a California state fishing license for the day. This is a great chance to bring a rod, reel and try a new sport. Fees for lake entrance and fishing permits still apply.
We are Open Monday, too
We are open this Monday for Labor Day. This is one extra day for boating, hiking, fishing, picnicking or bird watching. The lake opens Monday at 6 a.m. and will close at 3 p.m.
Low-Cost Fishing Fees for Children
Share fishing with the next generation. We have free or low-cost fishing fees for children. Children under the age of eight fish free with a paid adult fishing permit. Children 8 to 15 years old fish for $5. An adult must accompany children under age 16 at all times. Any person fishing who is 16 and over must have a California state fishing license.
We’re Stocking Extra Fish
We stocked the lake with a total of 5,000 pounds of catfish this summer. We’re adding another 1,000 pounds the week after Labor Day.
Last weekend, catfish were biting on mackerel and chicken livers in Eagle and Half Moon Coves. Catfish are biting during the day in deeper waters accessible by boat. If fishing from the shoreline, our rangers recommend fishing in areas where there is cover, or if possible, cast to deeper waters. Visitors caught bass in Sentry Cove this weekend. Anglers reported they were biting on Brush Hog green pumpkin and watermelon candy. Anglers also caught Bluegill in Hermits Cove this weekend using wax worms and half a night crawler. The water temperature is over 80 degrees and isn’t on a cooling trend yet. For an up-to-date weather forecast in Lakeside, click HERE.
Lake COVID-19 Regulations
Only one family unit in the bait shop at a time and everyone must wear a mask both in line and inside the bait shop. Handwashing facilities are available at the restrooms adjoining the bait shop. Please maintain social distancing at all times. Card payment is preferred. Please help us stay open by complying with these simple measures to keep our staff and the public safe.