Madera County, Central California

Bass Lake Fishing

Fishing at Bass Lake

Bass Lake is been stocked with trout, kokanee salmon, bluegill, catfish, and crappie. Fishing with downriggers is popular at the lake. Many trophy size bass and kokanee have been pulled from Bass Lake. A 5 MPH speed limit is in effect until 8:00 AM and usually the lake doesn't get busy with water skiers and jet boats before 10:00 AM.

Where to Fish on Bass Lake

Those fishing with downriggers like to work the deep parts of the lake, especially by the dam, around the Wishon Boat Ramp, Miller's Landing, and up to Fawn Point. Shallower sections of the lake are found up by The Forks and along the straight from the Sheriff's Tower to Fawn Point. Kokanee angers have good luck in the jet ski area near the dam where many trees are still standing underwater.

Bass fishermen go after Spotted Bass and Black Bass work the shoreline in the fall and spring. Trout fishing is good by Brown's Ditch, around the day use areas, and by the Falls.

Much More Below

Best Baits and Lures   Fishing Guide Services   Fishing Supplies   Bass Lake Fishing Derby

Fishing Map of Bass Lake

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon are raised by the DFG at the San Joaquin Hatchery. At about 6 months they are released into area lakes, including Bass Lake.

Trophy Fish from Bass Lake

  • Black Bass - 15.17 lbs., caught by Alan Bordan in 2004
  • Kokanee salmon 21 1/8 inches, caught by Mark Sobel in 2005
  • Catfish - 22 lbs.

Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish at Bass Lake?

Bass Fishing: swimbaits, Plastic Worms, Crankbaits, Spinnerbait. For the biggest bass try swimbaits like the Huddleston trout or Mr. Twister Sassy Shad.
Trout and Salmon: Berkley Powerbait, SpeedyShiners, Nightcrawlers, lures such as Vance's Little Slim Willie. Rebels, crawlers, minnow imitations, spoons, and Rapalas are always good for salmon
Crappie: Small Minnows, Spinners
Catfish: Nightcrawlers, Mackerel, Mini-jigs, Anchovies, Chicken Livers, Crayfish, Minnows
Bluegill: Worms, Grubs, Nymphs

Bass Lake Fishing Derby

May 5-6, 2018
Here's your chance to land a $25,000 Rainbow Trout.

A $25 entrance fee (or $60 per family) is required to enter.

One fish worth $25,000, two trout worth $10,000 each, one worth $5,000. Also 150 tagged trout worth $100 each will be released into the lake along with another 847 trout worth $20 each. For information about the Derby and how to register, see
Bass Lake Fishing Derby

Bass Lake Guide Service Guide Service
Bass Lake, CA
(559) 288-8100
Website: Guide Service
Todd Wittwer has been fishing for trout and kokanee at Bass Lake for more than 20 years. His goal is to provide our customers with all of the tools and personal instruction necessary to make for a fun and successful trip. He fishes from a 22-foot custom JC Tri-Toon Boat equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.


Bass Lake
Fishing Tackle and Bait

The Forks Resort
39150 Road 222, Bass lake, CA
(559) 642-3737

Website: The Forks Resort

Old Corral Grocery & Tackle
41872 Road 222, Oakhurst, CA
(559) 683-7414

Sportsmen's Den
40396 Hwy. 41, #E, Oakhurst, CA
(559) 683-2900

Yosemite Rivers
40827 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst, CA
(559) 641-7788

Valley Rod & Gun
2704 Clovis Ave., Clovis, CA
(559) 292-3474

California Bait & Tackle
4516 E. Belmont Ave., Fresno, CA
(559) 454-1155

Fishermans Warehouse
4320 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA
(559) 225-1838

Website: Fishermans Warehouse