The Best Fishing Spots for Bluegill in Central California

The Best Fishing Spots for Bluegill in Central California
Commonly referred to as pan fish and sunfish, bluegill fish are known as "everybody's fish" as they are easy and fun to catch for amateurs and experienced anglers alike. In central California, most bluegill fishing locations are open year-round. There is also no limit for the daily amount of bluegill you can catch in California. There is no need for expensive fishing equipment when you are looking to catch bluegill, as they have been known to be caught with a simple stick, string and hook.

$1- $8

Lake Don Pedro is located approximately an hour north of Merced in La Grange.
Park fees are $1 a person on foot or bicycle and $7 per vehicle and boat ($1 per person with vehicles with eight or more) Fishing is year-round and allowed from 5 p.m. to 10 a.m.
Don Pedro Recreation Agency
31 Bonds Flat Road
La Grange, CA 95329
(209)852 2396

Lake McClure is 40 miles east of Modesto in Snelling. Park fees are $6 per vehicle, motorcycle and boat, $5 for senior citizens 62 and older and $4 for pets. Reservations can be made Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at (800) 468 8889.
Merced Irrigation District Parks Department
9090 Lake McClure Road
Snelling, CA 95369
(209)378 2521

New Melones Lake is 19.5 miles away from San Andreas. Day fee is $6 per person and boat docking fee is $8 per day. Fishing is available year-round and park hours are:
Oct. 1-Nov. 8: close 10 p.m.; open 4 a.m.
Nov. 2-March 7: close 9 p.m.; open 4 a.m.
March 8-April 31: close 10 p.m.; open 4 a.m.
May 1-Sept. 30: close 11 p.m.; open 4 a.m.
Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region
2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento CA 95825
(916) 978 5100


Millerton Lake State Recreation Area can be found 40 miles northeast of Fresno. Park fee is $10 per vehicle and $7 for boat launch. Call for park hours.
California State Parks
San Joaquin District
P.O. Box 205
Friant, CA 93626-0205
(559) 822-2332 ext 109

Lake Nacimiento is 46 miles north of San Luis Obispo. Summer rates run from March 1 to Oct. 31 and are as follows: day use north shore is $12; day use south shore is $15; dogs $10; and, dogs with seniors (anyone 60 years of age or older) $3. Winter rates run from Nov. 1 to 28 and are the same except during the winter, south shore fishing is $10 and the north shore is closed.
Montery County Parks Dept.
P.O.Box 5249
Salinas, CA 93915
(831) 755 4899

Above $15

Pine Flat Lake is 35 miles east of Fresno. Fourteen-foot fishing boats are available for rental from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Boats hold up to four people and cost $45 for up to four hours with a $20 deposit.
Pine Flat Lake Marina
P.O. Box 345
Piedra, CA 93649
(559)787 2506

Article Written By Dionna Harding

Based in St. Louis, Dionna Harding has been writing professionally since 2009, penning articles and information for various websites. Harding holds a Master of Educational Administration from the University of Missouri-St.Louis.

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