The Sierra National Forest provides a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Angling is available on large rivers, nearly 400 lakes, 11 large reservoirs, and countless streams across the Forest. Forest waters are home to five species of trout, kokanne salmon, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, and green sunfish among popular angling species.
All lakes and reservoirs on the Forest are open year around for fishing except where seasonal closures apply, such as Mammoth Pool or for seasonal road closures due to deer migration. Stream fishing on the Sierra National Forest is open from the last weekend in April through November 15.
For information on fishing regulations make sure to check out the California Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations at www.dfg.ca.gov/. Anglers 16 years and older need a California fishing license except during biannual free fishing days. Annual fishing licenses can be obtained at local stores. National Forest offices do not sell fishing licenses.
When you obtain your permit make sure to pick up a copy of the Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulation Book for information on fishing restrictions, the type of hooks and bait you can use, the number of fish you can catch and possess, and how you must display your license.