There’s no better place to find great fishing spots than those found in California’s Sierra. Fishing in Sierra offers a lot of challenges and experiences for beginner and pro anglers alike. Here, you can enjoy a bountiful catch, from huge rainbow trout to steelhead and even the rare California golden trout.

Whether you’re trying out a new hobby or looking for challenges to up your fishing game, the fishing spots in and near the Sierra Nevada offer wide access to wild, fantastic fish that may soon be in your prized possession.

Listed below are some of the best fishing destinations in the Sierra region:

Caples Lake, Alpine County

The two-mile-long Capes Lake is where you could fish and boat with your colleagues and family. It provides hefty trout species, including Mackinaw, brook, brown, and rainbow. If you want to squeeze in another activity, you can enjoy a night or two in The Woods Lake Recreational Area where you can camp, hike, and kayak with the whole family.

Tenaya Lake, Yosemite

The breathtaking Tenaya Lake can be accessed via the Yosemite National Park, home to premier lodging and excellent attractions, including its waterfalls. Fishing is permitted year-round in Tenaya Lake, where a vast species of trout can take a bite from your bait. While Yosemite National Park is best known for its hiking trails, other water activities such as sailing, kayaking, and canoeing are must-try.

Wrights Lake, El Dorado County

For a more relaxing, tranquil weekend trip, you’ll never go wrong with Wrights Lake. It may not be as famous as other mountain lakes, but it makes this destination unique. No water boats can access the lake, making it a serene destination for anglers and their families to be one with nature. You can fish for rainbow, brown, and brook trout with the rocky peaks of Desolation Wilderness and Sierra Nevadas as your backdrop. A nearby campground also offers campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents should you wish to stay for a day or two.

Crowley Lake, Mono County

This quaint, incredible fishing lake is teeming with trout species that will give you a challenging fight with them. Located in the Eastern Sierra is Crowley Lake: a 12-mile long and 5-mile-wide fishing and boating destination. Access the beautiful lake through Crowley Lake Fish Camp, which offers a marina with over 200 private slips, a fleet of 90 boats, RV sites, rental cabins, camping sites, Pelican Point Grill, and more. Although most known for trout fishing, Crowley Lake is also a fun place to try kayaking, wakeboarding, jet skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, and more.

Kings Canyon National Park, Fresco County

For more of a wilderness vibe, head over to Kings Canyon National Park, where a number of fishing spots are waiting for you! With its clear blue skies, towering Sequoia trees, rock outcroppings, and plenty of activities to do, a visit will be worth it.

The lakes and rivers of Kings Canyon are filled with trout species, including the California golden trout. Higher altitude lakes are crystal clear and contain non-native trout species stocked by the California Department of Fish and Game yearly. Inside the park, there’s Kings River, Evolution Lake, South Fork San Joaquin River, and Lake 10315.


Fishing is more enjoyable and relaxing with an excellent view of the Sierra Nevada and its surrounding natural treasures. So head over to any of the mentioned fishing destinations with your family to have an angling experience of a lifetime.

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