Monterey County, Central California

Lake San Antonio Fishing

Fishing at Lake San Antonio

Lake San Antonio offers great fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass, redear sunfish, channel catfish, crappie, and bluegill.

Where to Fish on Lake San Antonio

Those going after stripers usually have the best luck at the south end of the lake around the dam and around the Pleyto Launch Ramp. Other favorite haunts for stripers are around Twin Creek, Three Fingers Creek, Laguna Creek and Harris Creek. Trollers like working the area from the South Shore Marina down to the mouth of Harris Creel. Largemouth bass can be caught off the rocky points of the lake, especially along the north shore opposite Cemetery Cove.

Crappie are found in the shallows at the north end of the lake where the San Antonio River enters the lake and in Cemetery Cove. You'll often find them around brush or other kinds of cover. For catfish, anglers like the southwest side of the lake, especially Bee Rock Cove, Harris Cove, and Cemetery Cove.

Much More Below

Lake San Antonio Record Catches
Best San Antonio Baits and Lures
Fishing Guide Services   Area Fishing Supplies

Fishing Map of Lake San Antonio

Fishing Boat Rentals

Lake San Antonio Marina rents 15-foot aluminum fishing boats.
Lake San Antonio Boating

Lake San Antonio Record Fish

  • Largemouth Bass - 9 pounds, 4 ounces
  • Smallmouth Bass - 3 pounds, 14 ounces
  • Striped Bass - 36 pounds, 4 ounces
  • Channel Catfish - 25 pounds
  • Crappie - 3 pounds, 8 ounces
  • Bluegill - 1 pounds, 12 ounces

Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish at
Lake San Antonio?

Bass: Plastic Worms, Crank Baits, South Bend Spinners, Fly-fish with Streamers, Hurricane Bucktail Jigs in white, Shad , Anchovies, Top-water Poppers, Sardines, BassTrix Paddle Tail Swimbait in Shad
Catfish: Nightcrawlers, Chicken Livers, Clams, Anchovies
Crappie: Minnow Lures, Rat-L-Traps
Bluegill: Meal Worms, Dry Flies,

Lake San Antonio Fishing Guide Services

Central Coast Bass Fishing
4625 San Vicente, Atascadero, CA
(866) 606-2223
Website: Central Coast Bass Fishing
Will Hesch has been guiding anglers on the central coast lakes for 20 years. He will take you out in his fully equipped 20-foot Triton X-Boat.

Fishing at Nearby Beaches

Within easy driving distance of Lake San Antonio are all the great fishing opportunies along the San Luis Obispo Coast:
Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Avila Beach, Cayucos Beach, Hearst Beach, and many more. Find them all at California's Best Beaches


Lake San Antonio Area
Fishing Tackle and Bait

Jim's Pro Bass Tackle
1034 17th Street
Paso Robles, CA
(805) 237-0549

Website: Jim's Pro Bass Tackle

Baima's Tackle Sales and Service
Las Tablas Road
Templeton, CA
(805) 434-1945

Oldfield Rod & Reel
3450 Sacrament, Suite A
San Luis Obispo, CA
(559) 746-0313

Fly fishing

Hollister Bait and Tackle
139 4th Street, Hollister, CA
(831) 638-9383

Fishing Boat Rentals

Lake San Antonio Marina
Aluminum Fishing Boats and Pontoon Boats
Hourly Rates, Half Day and Full Day
See Lake San Antonio Boating