Kayak fishing in California

Kayak fishing in California is a wonderful mixed bag. There are excellent opportunities for cold water fish like trout and there are also good spots for warm water species. Remember that California is a coastal state so old salts can hit the beach. Here are some places to go kayaking in California, with many more in between.

In Northern California, check out Lewiston Lake. Trout fishing is excellent all year round. One hot spot is below Trinity Dam, where the rivers flow into Lewiston Lake. There are four campsites around the lake that accommodate tents and campers.

In central California, try South Lake in the Eastern Sierras, about four hours from Los Angeles. While rainbows are heavily stocked, there are also brown and brown trout. It’s been a while since the browns were in stock, so they’re as wild as possible. South Lake also has a trout trout restocking program that stores fish over 10 pounds annually.

If freshwater isn’t your thing, head to Ventura and visit Channel Islands State Park. There are a number of coastal islands where yellowtail, white sea bass, bonito, sheephead and calico bass are caught. Camping is allowed in the park so pack your tent and put your fish on.

There are many people kayak fishing in California. Kayak fishing safety is important. So watch out for your weather, wear a PFD, pack plenty of water and sunscreen, and catch them up. If you don’t know how to kayak fish, go with a friend and give it a try. You will not regret it.

Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Take Me Fishing program of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, a Fly Fishers Guide to the New England Coast, was published in January 2011. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or www.thekeergroup.com.

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