Lake Sonoma

Cloverdale, California

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Located in the lovely coastal foothills north of Santa Rosa, this gem is known for sizzling bass fly fishing. There’s plenty of structure and cover such as timber stick-ups and submerged vegetation—classic bass habitat where the fish breed and feed. This is all by design. Lake Sonoma, behind Warm Springs Dam, finished filling a two-creek drainage in 1985. Much of the brush and vegetation was left, creating an excellent warm-water environment for fish and fly fishers. Types of Fish: Smallmouth and largemouth bass, landlocked steelhead, and panfish. 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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"Located in the lovely coastal foothills north of Santa Rosa, this gem is known for sizzling bass fly fishing. There’s plenty of structure and cover such as timber stick-ups and submerged vegetation—classic bass habitat where the fish breed and feed. This is all by design. Lake Sonoma, behind Warm Springs Dam, finished filling a two-creek drainage in 1985. Much of the brush and vegetation was left, creating an excellent warm-water environment for fish and fly fishers. Types of Fish: Smallmouth and largemouth bass, landlocked steelhead, and panfish. 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."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Cloverdale
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Best April, May and September
Local Contacts: Mendocino National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Sonoma

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May 2018