Tuolumne County, Northern California

Pinecrest Lake Fishing

Fishing at Pinecrest Lake

Pinecrest Lake is planted with rainbow trout every week during the summer. The lake also has brown trout, catfish, and some Kokanee salmon. There is a fish cleaning station near the launch ramp.

Where to Fish on Pinecrest Lake

Fishing is good both from the shore and from boats. The public fishing pier south of the beach area has plenty of room for casting and is a good place for children to fish. Other good fishing locations from shore include the rocky point southwest of the dam and the rocks at the far end of the lake near the stream inlet. Shore fishermen also have good luck near the dam. By taking the 4-mile round-trip trail to the east end of the lake you can fish in waters untouched by 90% of Pinecrest's anglers.

Trollers do well working the deep portion of the lake from about 15 to 30 feet down. One of the more productive areas is to troll along the drop-off that parallels the south shore near the middle of the lake. Anglers in float tubes do well near the dam, along the eastern shore, and outside the swim area buoys.

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Which Baits and Lures Work the Best?

Pinecrest Lake Fishing Guide Services

Pinecrest Lake Area Fishing Supplies

Fishing Map of Pinecrest Lake

Fish Finder

Fishing Boat Rentals

Pinecrest Lake Marina rents motorboats that seat up to five.
Pinecrest Lake Boating

Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish at Pinecrest Lake?

Trout: Nightcrawlers, Needlefish, Kastmasters, Rooster Trail, Mepps, Super Dupers, Panther Martins
Catfish: Nightcrawlers, Mackerel, Anchovies, Chicken Livers, Clams


Pinecrest Lake Renovations

Pacific Gas and Electric Company along with the Stanislaus National Forest are in the process of upgrading facilities at Pinecrest Lake. Target areas for improvements include the day use area and the campgrounds. Water and sewer lines will be upgraded, new restrooms will be installed, and a new fish cleaning station will be added.

Dock replacement was completed in 2011 along with the installation of restrooms at the east end of the lake. Boat and trailer parking lots and the fishing pier were upgraded in 2013. All work at Pinecrest Lake is expected to be completed by 2017.

Pinecrest Lake Area Guide Services

Mark Cottrell Guide Service - Fly Fishing

Sonora, CA
(209) 536-9364
Mark guides fly fishing trips in the streams and rivers in the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus Rivers.

Pinecrest Lake
Fishing Tackle and Bait

Pinecrest Sport Shop
Pinecrest Lake, CA
(209) 965-3637

Website: Pinecrest Sport Shop

Pinecrest Lake Marina
Pinecrest Lake, CA
(209) 965-3333

Website: Pinecrest Lake Marina
Limited fishing supplies

Mountain Liquors
18711 Tiffeni Dr. Twain Harte, CA
(209) 586-1515

Big 5 Sporting Goods
1051 Sanguinetti Road, Sonora CA
(209) 536-9257

Website: Big 5 Sporting Goods

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

Bass Pro Shops

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