Did you know that these popular fishing spots are all less than a short drive from Fresno and Clovis? Grab your bait and start your next summer fishing trip in Fresno County! From bass, to trout, to catfish, these lakes are filled with great catches to find all summer long. Here are a couple of spots to reel your way into this season: 

Pine Flat Lake

Pine Flat Lake

Pine Flat Lake is a scenic spot that overlooks the Sierra Nevada foothills and located 45 minutes east of Fresno. Multiple boat ramps can also be found here to launch your boats for boat fishing, kayaking, and even waterskiing! Fish you can find here include spotted bass, crappie, and trout, and plenty of other gamefish. The best bait to bring at this stop include Powerbait, worms, and small jigs. When fishing for crappie, use lighter line and rods. 

Shaver Lake

Shaver Lake

Nestled within the Sierra Nevada is Shaver Lake, a popular fishing and recreation spot located one hour away from Fresno and Clovis. Anglers can find trout, kokanee salmon, and smallmouth bass in the lake. The best bait to bring along include Powerbait, worms, and lures. 

Courtright Reservoir

Courtright Reservoir

This beautiful lake can be found high up in the Sierra Nevada at a whopping 8,000 feet in elevation. Courtright Reservoir is a stunning spot that overlooks grant domes and the Sierra Nevada Forest. The altitude of this lake does bring down the temperature to about 25 degrees so be sure to wear light layers! The German brown, rainbow, or Eastern Brook trout are all popular catches to find all summer long. The best bait to bring along include Powerbait, nightcrawlers, and small lures. 

Wishon Reservoir 

Wishon Reservoir

Sitting below Courtright Reservoir is the Wishon Reservoir, offering a beautiful view of the high sierra lake. This spot offers great opportunities for hiking, camping, and, of course, fishing enthusiasts! Similar to the Courtright Reservoir, you can catch German brown, Eastern Brook, or rainbow trout at this beautiful lake. A boat launch is also available to those who wish to fish by boat. The best bait to bring along include lures, Powerbait, and worms. 

Huntington Lake

sunset view of lake by canoe

Whether you're sitting by the shoreline admiring the stunning views or fishing by boat, Huntington Lake has it all. Huntington Lake is a popular stop with plenty of fishing. The fish you'll find here this summer include brown trout, rainbow trout, or kokanne salmon. Fish by the shoreline or by boat at their public boat launching ramp. The best bait to bring would be Powerbait, lures, and worms.

Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen for your trip, as most of these lakes tend to get pretty sunny over the summer! If interested in swimming, watersports, or any other activities that take place in the water, always practice the buddy system and wear a life jacket. For more information on purchasing a fishing license and learning about fishing regulations, visit here

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