Mariposa County, Northern California

Lake McClure Fishing

Fishing at Lake McClure


Lake McClure is home to a wide variety of fish - kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, black bass, spotted bass, crappie, bluegill, shad, and catfish. The lake is stocked regularly. Plenty of underwater structure and rocky points provide great habitat for the bass. There is a slot limit for bass on Lake McClure. Bass that measure between 12" and 15" must be released back into the lake.

Where to Fish on Lake McClure


Bass fishermen know the Merced River Arm offers reliable, productive fishing most of the year. Any of the rocky points are likely habitat for bass. Trollers do well in the deep water in the main body of the lake, especially down near the dam. Other popular trolling areas are to work the area from Horseshoe Bend down the narrows to Barrett Cove and east of the dam in the Cotton Arm.

Fishing from the bank in places like McClure Point and the little inlets south of Barrett Cove can produce some great catches. Some of the best creek inlets are Cotton Creek, Rancho Del Oro Gulch, Piney Creek, and Temperance Creek.

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Which Baits and Lures Work the Best?

Lake McClure Fishing Guide Services

Lake McClure Area Fishing Supplies



Fishing Map of Lake McClure




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 Lake McClure.

Trophy Fish from Lake McClure


  • Spotted Bass - 9 lbs. 5 oz., caught by Stanley Webb July 7, 1993
  • Largemouth Bass 10 lbs., caught by Jimmy Fault on August 29, 2009

Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish at Lake McClure?


Bass Fishing: Crickets, Crankbaits, Shallow Diving Sigi Swimbaits, Green Weenies, Yo-Zuri Ripbait, Spinnerbaits, Power Worms, Crawdads
Trout and Salmon: Minnow Imitations, Ex-Cells, Sparklefish, Kastmasters, Needlefish, Rapalas, PowerBait, Nightcrawlers, Slim Fins
Crappie: Nightcrawlers, Small Minnows
Catfish: Mackerel, chicken Liver, Nightcrawlers
Bluegill: Worms


Lake McClure Guide Services


TW Fishing Guide Service
(415) 259-7071
Website: TW Fishing Guide Service
Rich Crispi has 20 years fishing experience. His specialty is deep water trolling with downriggers and ultra light gear. Rich includes Lake McClure as one of his favorite destinations.

Sierra Guide Service
Sonora, CA
(209) 482-2903
Website: Sierra Guide Service
Ed Burlarley studies the lakes in his area and knows where the fish are hiding and which lures to use. With 29 years of experience he knows the area lakes, including Lake McClure. He fishes for salmon and trout from his fully outfitted 21-foot Jetcraft boat.

Fish'n Dan's Guide Service
Sonora, CA
(209) 586-2383
Website: Fish'n Dan's Guide Service
Veteran guide Danny Layne likes to fish Lake McClure for king salmon, rainbow trout, and brook trout. Dan fishes from his 2004 Design Concepts 22' Pacific Angler.

Sierra Sportfishing
Ripon, CA
(209) 599-2023
Website: Sierra Sportfishing
Bruce Hamby has 40 years of fishing experience. Lake McClure is one of the lakes he fishes regularly. Fish from his fully-equipped 22-foot custom built Jet Boat.

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Lake McClure
Fishing Tackle and Bait


P H Jigs Bait and Tackle
3191 El Prado Rd., Suite C
La Grange, CA
(209) 852-2777

A-1 Bait & Tackle
6710 Merced Falls Rd., Snelling, CA
(209) 563-6505

Bait Barn
12505 Yosemite Blvd., Waterford, CA
(209) 874-3011
Website: Bait Barn
Complete stock of fishing gear; anything you would need for Lake McClure fishing

Valley Sporting Goods, Inc.
1700 McHenry Ave., Suite D50
Modesto CA
(209) 523-5681

Stop N Shop Bait and Tackle
1914 Crows Landing Rd., Modesto, CA
(209) 537-8221

Bass Pro Shops
1356 Bass Pro Drive, Manteca, CA
(209) 825-8400
Huge new store

Bass Pro Shops

Lucky Logger Liquors
5188 Highway 49, Mariposa, CA
(209) 966-5125

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