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
August 29, 2014
Fred Dorman, Staff Writer
Vol 14-29

If you liked the weather last week you’re in luck.

The Holiday Weekend and beyond will be a repeat of the same forecast. You can expect temps in the upper 80’s to low 90’s, gentle breezes and some high clouds. Pardee Lake water level looks about the same at 86% capacity (within 10 to 12 foot of spill) with ALL launch ramp facilities and Park services available.

The Marina reports very few anglers in and around the Recreation Area last week so not much information available to share. Woodpile may be the best bet once again, cooler temps and deeper water are the primary advantages in this area. Power Bait, chartreuse with sparkles, eggs with garlic, orange and pink mouse tails along with night crawlers on a sliding sinker or a half full water bubble all continue to be effective combos thus far for Trout.

Trolling has gotten tougher lately as well. Lots of fish are showing up on fish finders all over the Lake but not many are biting.  Fish remain in deeper water and are now at the 50 to 100 feet levels where it’s cooler. Those tying off in upstream coves and bait fishing have had some success. Trollers are using Hoochies, (green and pink) along with the standard beaded spinners, Uncle Larry’s pinkies and white/pink hoochies, all behind medium size silver and gold dodgers. Those Trout caught bait fishing from boats lately have been partial to night crawlers and power bait/eggs.

The Catfish bite remains decent. Try the warmer cove areas from Mel’s all the way down to Rattlesnake and upstream as well. Power bait, night crawlers, stinky chicken livers and peperoni pizza are all popular with our whiskered friends.

Bass fishing has also been good around coves and rocky points all along the eastern side of the Lake. Sounds like plastic worms, especially red ones are working well.

Lake Level is currently at 86% of capacity and holding. Water temperature is currently 72 degrees at 20 feet and 78 at the surface; clarity is good to 17 feet plus.

Lake Pardee Recreation has planted a total of 24,000 pounds of fish for the season so far.

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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