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