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


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Daily fishing permit fees are $5.00 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
Oct. 3, 2014
Fred Dorman, Staff Writer
Vol 14-34

Due to decreasing water levels in the Lake, the Park will suspend all services currently provided at the Marina and move that facility to deeper water off Blue Herron Point. The Marina move and closure will become effective on Tuesday October 7th.

Fishing from shore or boat will still be available until the scheduled Pardee Lake season closure on Sunday, November 2nd. We are sorry for the inconvenience but the current drought conditions dictate these unusual measures.  

Not much to report on about bank fishing lately, warm water and lower levels have forced all the fish out into the Lake proper where it’s deeper and cooler. Woodpile would be the only area worth a try, only fish reported caught from the bank recently were caught there.

Trolling for Kokanee has slowed a bit as well. The fish have broken up once again and are moving around the Lake, not congregating in any one spot. Still at 50 to 100 feet in upriver locations and apex lures still the favored teaser.

Still some catfish activity in coves and inlets from Mel’s to Rattlesnake, chicken livers are unresistable.

This will be this season’s last fishing report, hope we have a wet winter and all the Sierra lakes in our area are full to the brim by next season. Good luck, good fishing, tight lines!!

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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