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.
Fishing report 06/03/16
Water Temp: 76 degrees at the Marina
Weather: Hot…just plain hot. Looks like summer temps have arrived.
Trout: From the bank the trout are getting harder to find. They are moving more out into the deeper water where it is cooler. However, we did get one report of several being caught at the Stoney Creek spillway. The bright colors (chartreuse, etc) and strong scents (garlic, anise) have been working well. Two separate reports of some nice German Browns being caught yesterday by fishermen up river who were going for kokanee. One was 2.5 lbs and the other was 4.9 lbs. One was caught using a silver rapala.
Bass: No specific info but we were told by a regular local angler that they are everywhere.
Kokanee: These guys are off the charts! You will find the between 30-45 ft down. The favorite lures have been spinners, spinner hoochies and cha cha’s. Pink as always is the best color, but blue, orange and yellow have been working also.
Catfish: The best place to find them has been Stoney Creek landing using chicken livers or anchovies.
Success Story of the week: Andre Fontenot of San Bruno was out again on June 1st and caught his limit of kokanee. He found some of them off the east shoreline, south of the river mouth and the others on the main body of the lake between the dam and river mouth. He used homemade spinner hoochies in pink and spinners in blue/pink and yellow/orange. Well done once again!