Sonoma County, Northern California

Lake Sonoma Fishing


Fishing at Lake Sonoma


Lake Sonoma has perfect conditions for largemouth bass. Other fish sought after by Lake Sonoma anglers include crappie, steelhead trout, sunfish, catfish, and spotted bass.

Where to Fish on Lake Sonoma

Many anglers prefer the quiet of the upper reaches of the arms and inlets where there are no water skiing and no wake zones.

Trout hold out in the deep water near the dam during the summer months, while in the spring they migrate up to the feeder streams.

Largemouth bass are usually found up the forks of the lake along the Dry Creek Arm, Cherry Creek, Warm Springs, and Yorty Creek.

Catfish are found in shallow inlets and coves. Night fishing seems to produce the best results. Many anglers do well fishing from the shore around the Yorty Creek Recreation Area.


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Best Baits and Lures   Fishing Guide Services Fishing Supplies   Steelhead Festival



map of Lake Sonoma, CA


Lake Sonoma Water Level

Current Lake Sonoma Water Level

Which Baits and Lures are the Locals Using at Lake Sonoma?


Trolling: Rainbow Raiders, Ford fenders with rainbow needlefish, hard and soft body jerk baits, rattle traps, swim baits and drop-shot worms, Triple Teasers
Bass Fishing: Buzz-baits, Spinner Baits, Sara Spooks, Pop Rs
Bait: Drop shotting RoboWorms, nightcrawlers, mealworms, Power Worms, anchovies, chicken liver
Spin Casting: Spinners and spoons, Hopkins spoons, Mepps, Panther Martin, Kastmaster Fly Fishing: Silvey's Steelhead Caddis, Hexagenia spinner, Woolly Bugger, Simulator, Krystal Bugger, Swimming Frog, Swimming Baitfish Shad




Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival


February 11, 2017
Free activities at the Visitor Center, 10 AM to 4 PM
Trout Pond, Bird Rescue, Fish Ladder, Fish Sorting, Live Steelhead Display, Archery, Kids' Button Making, Music and Food.
Sponsored by Friends of Lake Sonoma
Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival

Lake Sonoma Fishing Guides


Bass 'n Boars Guide Service
(707) 463-1034
Website: Bass 'n Boars Guide Service
Tony Giorgi, a former tournament fisherman, has been bass fishing local lakes for 20 years. He'll take you out in his fully tournament rigged Champion 191, a 19-foot bass boat.

TW fishing Guide Service
(415) 259-7071
Website: TW Fishing Guide Service
Pro guide Rich Crispi has 20 years of experience on Lake Sonoma and neighboring lakes. He will take you out in his fully-outfitted 19-foot Alumaweld Stryker to some of the best spots on the lake.

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Lake Sonoma Area Fishing Tackle


King's Sport
16258 Main St., Guerneville, CA
(707) 869-2156
King's Sport

Dry Creek General Store
3495 Dry Creek Road,
Healdsburg, CA
(707) 433-4171
Dry Creek General Store

Pacific Sportsmen
5519 Old Redwood Highway
Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 542-4867
Pacific Sportsmen

Wiggle Worm Bait
6162 Gabrielle Dr., Windsor, CA
(707) 837-9616

Outdoor Pro Shop
412 Houser St., Cotati, CA
(707) 588-8033
Outdoor Pro Shop

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