If chugging big shad patterns or Dahlberg Divers along the edge of a fishy-looking stick-up sounds like a good time, try this lake. Mr. Bucketmouth will be waiting. A deep impoundment surrounded by very steep, chaparralcovered hills, Loveland Reservoir is San Diego County’s only no fee fishery. Here you’ll find lots of bassy-looking water, particularly at the east end of the reservoir, where the Sweetwater River enters. During high water periods, this treecovered meadow often becomes flooded, creating almost ideal warmwater habitat where you’ll find hot fly rod action for bass over five pounds, as well as trophy panfish.
Types of Fish: Largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish, and red-ear sunfish. Known Hatches & Baitfish Dragonflies, damselflies, and shad. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping.
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