Fishing in the Mother Lode
Motherlode is surrounded by dozens of pristine lakes and reservoirs with relaxing fishing opportunities. Recreational fishing in the Motherlode is fun for beginners and professionals alike.
With such an abundance and variety of fishing experiences awaiting you in Mother Lode California, we highly recommend contacting one of the fly shops or guide services listed here.
Phil Johnson Memorial Derby Held at Lake Don Pedro near the Blue Oak Campground at the end of May. The chairperson is Randy Bergquist, contact 916-833-1722
New Melones Kokanee Derby The chairperson is Al Millan, contact 415-279-7875
A valid California state fishing license is needed if you are 16 or older to fish in California. Licenses are sold at sporting good outlets in many department and other retail stores. See the California Department of Fish and Game for more information.
Lake Don Pedro
Middle Fork Stanislaus River (lower)
Middle Fork Stanislaus River (upper)
North Fork Stanislaus River
Salt Springs Valley Reservoir