Lake McClure is renowned for their excellent bass, trout and salmon and Lake McSwain hosts a large variety of native and other trout species. Both Lakes offer excellent opportunities to catch daily bag limits and large trophy fish. Trolling and shore fishing are popular successful methods for pursuing fish species.
Fishing General Information
CA.GOV | FREE FISHING DAY
Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feeling the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line? If you are new to the sport of fishing, and not sure if you will enjoy it, a great opportunity awaits you. CDFW offers two Free Fishing Days each year. On these days, you can fish without a sport fishing license. Park admission fee applies.
2016 CDFW Free Fishing Days: July 2 and September 3
Annual Spring & Fall Trout Derby
Lake McSwain is the home of our annual spring & fall Trout Fishing Derby. The spring derby is in April and the fall derby is in October. This event is family frendly and sells out quickly.
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Great Spots to Fish
It is well known amongst the Bass fishermen community that the Merced River Arm offers reliable good fishing most of the year. The rocky points are likely habitat for bass. Salmon & trout trollers do well in the deep water in the main body of the lake, especially near the dam. Other popular trolling areas are from Horseshoe Bend down the narrows to Barrett Cove and east of the dam in the Cotton Creek Branch.
Fishing from the bank in places like McClure Point and the inlets south of Barrett Cove can produce some great catches. Also some of the best creek inlets are Cotton Creek Branch, Rancho Del Oro Gulch, Piney Creek, and Temperance Creek.