You known you’re in a massive state when the list of bodies of water spans high alpine lakes and sea level reservoirs. In California you’ll find over a hundred species of fish and more than 8,700 bodies of water. Fishing here is a daily ritual, a passion, a sport, a way to put food on the table, and accessible no matter where you live in this massive state which is the 3rd largest in the United States. If fishing the rivers and streams tops your list, you’ll be pleased to learn that California has thousands of them. We collected visit data, reports, edits, comments, star ratings, and your opinions to help us identify the best spots to fish in the state. Join us as we share the results of our data deep dive where we’ve sliced and diced things to end up with the list of the 25 Best Fishing Spots in California.
There are fishing spots we’ve seen on the list before such as Moonstone Beach, Bon Tempe Lake, Veeh Reservoir, and Sandy Wool Lake. They have long established themselves as quality fishing spots. And we have some new additions to the list such as Bard Lake, Middle Fork Cosumnes River, Antelope Creek, and Tinemaha Reservoir.
Best Fishing Spots in California
Grab this list, your fishing tackle, grab your California fishing license, and catch your limit of trout, bass, sunfish, catfish, or one of the hundred other fish species found in the waters of California.