Fishing Pardee Lake 4900 Stony Creek Road
Ione, CA 95640-9439


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Daily fishing permit fees are $4.00 each day for each individual 16 years of age and better.  A valid California fishing license is also required for all persons fishing who are age 16 and better.


Approximately 90% of Pardee Lake anglers fish for trout, both from the shore and from boats. For that reason, we manage mostly as a put-and-take trout fishery. For years, about 70,000 catch-able, in addition to regular plants of 1½ to 5 pound rainbow trout have been stocked annually.  Some by the Department of Fish and Game, but over 90% by the concessionaire.  We purchase these fish using fishing access permit funds.

100% of the access permit funds are used to re-stock the lake with fish. Pardee pioneered this program in 1975 and many others use this system now.


The Brown Trout population within Pardee Lake  has always been known but during the spring of 2010 it became very apparent there is an abundance of this trout species as record catch numbers were reported. They are a very elusive species and you have to look long and deep for them.


Fishing for Catfish is also surprisingly good with blues, channels, and whites all available.



For many years thousands of Kokanee Salmon (landlocked sockeye salmon) fry were air dropped into Pardee waters by the Department of Fish and Game.  The last few years the stocking of Kokanee has been accomplished by California Inland Fisheries Foundations, Inc., PROJECT KOKANEE, a private non-profit organization working with the Department of Fish and Game.

Koakee are silver with blueish color backs and very soft mouths in the early season. When they are old enough to spawn (approx. 3 years old) they turn a vivid orange-red color on their bodies with a parrot green head. Their jaws become very hooked and hard and like any other salmon species, after they spawn their life span is over.


Local bass anglers consider Pardee a well kept secret in their own back yard.


also abide within the waters of Pardee Lake and will keep the kids busy providing a fast paced fishing experience.

Our state-of-the-art fish cleaning station is a plus to Pardee Lake anglers.  It is an automated  system where you simply approach the station and the grinder turns on automatically. You control your own flow of rinse water, clean your fish, and then just walk away.  The grinder shuts itself off automatically.  Also, it is ADA designed for the disabled.  It's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Weekly Fishing Report
April 18, 2014
Fred Dorman, Staff Writer
Vol 14-10

Great Weather Again This Weekend. Some
High Clouds, Gentle Breezes & Pleasant Temperatures.

Lots of anglers working the banks all around the Recreation Area this morning. Most have gravitated towards the old tryed and true spots namely Rainbow Point the Mud Hole, the Launch Ramp, Blue Herron Point and Porcupine Point. The catch was great just after the plant and earlier this morning. White Power Bait, Chartreuse with sparkles, eggs with garlic, orange mouse tails along with night crawlers on a sliding sinker or a half full water bubble all continue to be effective combos thus far.

Lots of boaters working the Sugar Bowl and the Narrows. Word is the trolling has been good there recently, even before the plant. Noticed a few boats working the face of the Dam and the Rock Wall and the South end again this morning, the remainder have headed upstream. Columbia Gulch, Twin Coves and beyond continue to be the destinations.  Three to five colors of lead core, trolling with beaded spinners, Uncle Larry’s pinkies and white/pink hoochies all behind a medium dodger are a good bet; German Browns still around out there, try broken back Rapalas, and gold or rainbow minnow. Red needle fish have been working very well in the Narrows and Sugar Bowl for trout during the week and this morning.

Current Success Stories: Pete Massoni of Valley Springs (no picture) got a nice Bluegill, 1.78lbs and 12 inches long, off Blue Herron Point using a night crawler. There are lots of them in the lake but they are seldom caught. Nice job Peter, Congratulations-well done!!!

Present lake level is 18-20 feet below capacity and has been fluctuating up or down depending upon rain fall and releases. The current water temperature has warmed since last report and is currently 52 degrees at 20 feet and 56 at the surface; water clarity is good to 16 ft.

Lake Pardee Recreation has planted again this week for a total of 14,000 pounds of fish to date.

Fred Dorman, Staff Writer                                           <*(((---<                                              Good Luck & Tight Lines




Pardee Lake Recreation
4900 Stony Creek Road, Ione, CA 95640-9439
office: 209-772-1472  |  fax: 209-772-0985
Owners: Richard & Kerry Cooper
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