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Calaveras Fishing That Can’t Be Beat

Calaveras is home to lakes and streams like no other. From the boat or the shore, on one of the several gorgeous lakes or on the Stanislaus River, there is something for every angler. Read on for places all over Calaveras County to go fishing and who the experts are to make your fishing dreams come true!

Lake Fishing

California Fishing, New Melones Lake, Calaveras County

New Hogan Lake

LOCATION: Part one of the Valley Springs tri-lake area, 30 miles east of Stockton.

ACTIVITIES: New Hogan Lake is the perfect place for camping, water sports, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Note: there is no marina or fuel service, so come fueled and ready to go.

LOCALS TIPS: Grab a bite at one of Valley Spring’s killer restaurants including craft beer and burgers at Brew’Gers or Hawg Dawgs Bar and Grill. Work up a sweat at La Contenta Golf Club, before you cool down at this luscious lake. Boat-in camping is available at Deer Flat Campground—just one of New Hogan’s three idyllic campgrounds.

DOG FRIENDLY: Yes, while on a leash no longer than 6′ and attended at all times.

WHAT’S BITING: Stripers, Bass, Trout, Crappie, Catfish, Bluegill.

Lake Camanche

LOCATION: Part two of the Valley Springs tri-lake area, Lake Camanche has 54 miles of shoreline and 7,700 surface acres of water.

ACTIVITIES: Camping at Lake Camanche can be done all kinds of ways. There is tent, RV, group, equestrian, cottages, and vacation home rentals.  Fishing, boating, and even weddings all happen at this beautiful lake.

LOCALS TIPS: Get your boat and gear rental at the Marina Stores located on both the North Shore and South Shore of Lake Camanche. Load up on grub in Valley Springs at The Parlour Pub or La Contenta Golf Club Bar & Grill.

DOG FRIENDLY: Dogs are welcome on a 6′ leash and must be attended at all times.

WHAT’S BITING: Rainbow trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, and Spotted Bass

New Melones

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LOCATION: Glory Hole Recreation Area or Tuttletown Recreation Area off of Highway 49 three to five miles south of Angels Camp, CA

ACTIVITIES: Boat launches, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Swimming

LOCALS TIPS: Rent any and all sizes of boat and watercraft at New Melones Lake Marina. Grab a sandwich to go at The Pickled Porch Cafe or Glory Hole Sports

DOG FRIENDLY: Yes!

WHAT’S BITING: Rainbow and Brown Trout, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Kokanee Salmon, and Channel Catfish

White Pines Lake

Attractions: White Pines Lake | Lisa Boulton
White Pines Lake Photo Courtesy of Lisa Boulton

LOCATION: Located of Blagen Road in Arnold, CA, this sweet little mountain lake is a great place to bring the whole family to fish, picnic, and swim.  

ACTIVITIES: Fishing, non-motorized watercraft, swimming, beach picnics

LOCALS TIPS: In the summer, check out the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum and let the kids play on the playground by the lake. The Arnold Rim Trail is right here for great hiking, mountain biking, and equestrians. Check out Bistro Espresso for coffee to go or head to Giant Burger for a to-go lunch at the lake.

DOG FRIENDLY: Yes!

WHAT’S BITING: Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass

Lake Alpine

Kayaking Lake Alpine
Kayaking on Lake Alpine | SNAC-Arnold

LOCATION:  Highway 4 just past Bear Valley

FEATURES: Shoreline fishing, non-motorized, small watercraft like canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. These can be rented at the Lake Alpine Resort right on the lake or at Sierra Nevada Adventure Company in Arnold.

DOG FRIENDLY: Yes, on a leash no longer than 6′ and attended at all times

WHAT’S BITING: Rainbow Trout

Spicer, Union, and Utica Reservoirs

Spicer Reservoir | Jill Seale
Photo Courtesy of Jill Seale

LOCATION:  Each reservoir is located about an hour and a half from Angels Camp. Take highway 4 east from Angels Camp for each reservoir and each reservoir is about a half hour off the highway.  There are plenty of small streams along the way you might want to check out, as well.

FEATURES: Great for camping, boating, swimming, and fishing. Spicer has the best options for boat ramps, Union has a small, unimproved boat ramp for small boats, and while Utica does not have a boat ramp, it is popular for small water crafts like canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. Small watercraft can be rented at Sierra Nevada Adventure Company in Arnold, CA.

DOG FRIENDLY: Yes.

WHAT’S BITING: Rainbow and Brown trout and bull-head catfish

Salt Spring Valley Reservoir

Salt Spring Valley Reservoir
Fishing from the dock

LOCATIONS: Sometimes called the best secret fishing spot, Salt Spring Valley Reservoir near Copperopolis is a local favorite. Across from O’Byrne’s Ferry Road in Copperopolis, take Rock Creek Rd. for about 9 miles to get to this great little place.

FEATURES: Boat and shoreline fishing, camping, and several tournaments throughout the year.

DOG FRIENDLY: Let us get back to you on this one.

WHAT’S BITING: From the Salt Spring Valley Reservoir website, here is what they say is swimming in their waters: Florida strain Largemouth Bass (catch and release) Crappie, Red Ear Perch, Bluegill and Catfish (Limited take).

Stanislaus River

Stanislaus River
Fly fishing on the North Fork of the Stan | Rick E Martin

Calaveras Big Trees State Park – Drive into the park to the South Grove that crosses the Stanislaus River. Great place to fish for Rainbow Trout. 

Board’s Crossing and Sourgrass –  About 4 1/2 miles past Big Trees State Park, turn right onto Board’s Crossing Road to get to the North Fork of the river. Another great place for Rainbow Trout. There is a day use and camping area available at this scenic river. Watch for rapidly moving water, especially in the spring, and by late summer and early fall the river tends to slow down a little bit.

Outfitters and Experts

Arnold, Bear Valley, Camp Connell, Dorrington: Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods

Angels Camp: Glory Hole Sports

Valley Springs: Lake Camanche Resort and Marina

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