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
July 25, 2014
Fred Dorman, Staff Writer
Vol 14-23

Forecast is predicting century mark temperatures for the weekend and into mid-week.

Expect gentle breezes and the possibility of some high clouds. Pardee Lake water level is presently at 89% capacity (within 8 foot of spill) with ALL launch ramp facilities and Park services available.

If there were any anglers in the Recreation Area this morning they were in full camo and face paint ‘cause I didn’t see them. The Woodpile continues to be the best bet lately; some anglers do well there early in the morning before it really heats up. 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 continues to be good in the coves upriver. Mixed limits of Trout and Kokanee are still being caught in these areas but it’s taking longer and fish are on the move day to day and keeping to deeper water. Twin Coves, Columbia and Deer Island have been active with the larger Kokanee congregating there. Trolling has been a bit slower in the main body of the Lake but Trollers have begun picking up some larger Rainbows along the intake buoy line in the Southern end. Fish have remained at the same depths as last report, 60 to 90 foot levels seeking cooler surroundings. Tying off in upstream coves and bait fishing for Trout remains popular. 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. Apex and Sling Blades are getting the nod as well for Kokes. Those Trout caught lately have been partial to needle fish, primarily reds and tiger patterns.

Bass fishermen have been doing well lately in the coves and rocky points all along the eastern banks and upstream. Red and darker plastic worms swim baits and large night crawlers all working well.

Continued good catfishing in 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 Vienna sausage are all popular with our whiskered friends.

Lake Level is currently at 89% of capacity and holding. Water temperature is currently 66 degrees at 20 feet and 68 at the surface; clarity is good to 15 feet plus.

Lake Pardee Recreation has planted a total of 22,000 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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