Trinity Lake

Species Present: Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow and Brown Trout, Kokanee and Chinook Salmon (Chinook are landlocked), White Catfish and Brown Bullhead, as well as Sunfish.

Seasons: Open all year. Bag limit for trout and salmon: 5 per day, 10 in possession. Trinity Lake has special regulations relating to bass. California Department of Fish and Wildlife Fishing Regulations

Comments: The state record smallmouth bass and brown bullhead were caught in Trinity Lake. This lake is designated by the Department of Fish and Game as a trophy Black Bass lake. Trout fishing is good at the mouths of large tributaries in the Spring and Summer.

Fishing opportunities are excellent throughout the area for smallmouth and largemouth bass, catfish, kokanee, rainbow and brown trout. Just below Lewiston Dam is the Fly stretch of the Trinity River, a world class flyfishing area. The Pine Cove boat ramp provides quality wheelchair fishing access with decks build out over prime trout fishing water.

Several of the larger Forest Service campgrounds near Trinity Lake have resident campground hosts. These people are volunteers who spend all or part of the summer helping take care of their campground and assisting campers.

Camping outside of a developed campground is permitted on Trinity Lake. Since there are a few areas along Lewiston and Trinity Lakes that are closed to lakeshore camping, please check first with Forest Service personnel.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Check for current conditions during winter months (530) 623-2121


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