Tuolumne County, Northern California

Don Pedro Lake Fishing

Fishing at Don Pedro Lake

The waters of Don Pedro Lake hold both king salmon and kokanee along with rainbow and brown trout. Bass fishermen will find both largemouth and smallmouth bass. There is a 12 inch minimum length for bass. Catfish, bluegill, and crappie are also pulled from the lake by anglers.

Where to Fish on Don Pedro Lake

The Fleming Meadows area is among the most popular fishing spots on the lake. Trollers like to work the area among several of the points there. Other productive locations are the narrows between Middle Bay and Upper Bay and then again from Upper Bay to Woods Creek. Anglers report lots of action in the water off Jenkins Point.

Bass fishermen have the best luck in the coves, searching for the natural cover where bass like to hide. Moccasin Point is another hot spot in the lake as well us up the Moccasin Creek arm where some big bass have been caught. The face of the dam has produced some big rainbows. Graveyard Bay is ranked among the better fishing spots on the lake.

Much More Below

Best Baits and Lures   Fishing Guide Services
Don Pedro Area Fishing Supplies

Fishing Map of Don Pedro Lake or Don Pedro Reservoir

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 Don Pedro.

Record Fish from Don Pedro Lake

  • Largemouth Bass - 18 lbs. 9 oz., caught by Rod Martin on April 9, 2003
  • King Salmon 11+ lbs.
  • Bass Tournament - 4 bass caught by Paul Prunchak of Sonora weighed in at 31.86 lbs.
  • Catfish - Reports of fish weighing 20 lbs.

Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish at
Don Pedro Lake?

Bass: For the big bass, try swimbaits like Mr. Twister Sassy Shad or the Huddleston trout. Crankbaits work well at Don Pedro, as well as plastic worms, spinnerbait.
Trout and Salmon: Trout go for Berkley Powerbait, small Ex-Cels, lures such as Vance's Little Slim Willie. Rebels, crawlers, minnow imitations, spoons, and Rapalas are always good for salmon
Crappie: Small Minnows
Catfish: Nightcrawlers, Mackerel, Mini-jigs, Chicken Livers, Crayfish, Minnows
Bluegill: Worms

Don Pedro Lake Guide Services

Toads Only, Inc.
Tracy, CA
(209) 839-1991
Website: Toads Only, Inc.
Nathan Chandler makes sure that each trip is specifically catered to his client's needs and desires. He specializes in bass fishing in a 21' Triton X2. Don Pedro Lake is among his favorites.

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 Don Pedro. He fishes for salmon and trout from his fully outfitted 21-foot Jetcraft boat.

TW Fishing Guide Service
(415) 259-7071
Website: TW Fishing Guide Service
Rich Crispi has 20 years fishing experience. He says," Lakes are my primary targets for fishing, but my specialty is deep water trolling with downriggers and ultra light gear to maximize your pleasures battling Trout & Salmon. Don Pedro Lake is among his favorites.

Sierra Sportfishing
Ripon, CA
(209) 599-2023
Website: Sierra Sportfishing
Bruce Hamby has 40 years of fishing experience. Don Pedro Lake is among his favorite fishing destinations. Fish from his fully-equipped 22-foot custom built Jet Boat.

Fish'n Dan's Guide Service
Sonora, CA
(209) 586-2383
Veteran guide Danny Layne counts New Melones Reservoir as one of his favorite fishing grounds. A specialist in trolling for trout and Kokanee, Dan fishes from his 2004 Design Concepts 22' Pacific Angler.

Take It to the Limit Fishing Guide Service
Angels Camp, CA
(209) 736-9557 or (209) 559-3349
Take It to the Limit Fishing Guide Service
Gary Burns has been fishing New Melones and Don Pedro Lakes for 20 years. Gary fishes from his 2008 Alumaweld equipped with Scotty down riggers.


Don Pedro Lake
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 Don Pedro Lake fishing

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

Bass Pro Shops

Fishermans Warehouse
2201 E. Yosemite Ave., Manteca, CA
(800) 237-3511 or (209) 239-2248
Website: Fishermans Warehouse

Oakdale Bait and Tackle
1181 E. F St. Oakdale, CA
(209) 847-1058

Escalon Bait and Tackle
2043 Jackson Ave., suite 1, Escalon, CA
(209) 838-6722
Complete line of fishing tackle and bait

Glory Hole Sports
Highway 49 at the entrance to Glory Hole Recreation Area, a couple of miles south of Angels Camp
(209) 736-4333
Website: Glory Hole Sports