San Vicente Reservoir

Ramona, California

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If you have the afternoon off after a morning meeting, check out the black bass fishing at San Vicente Reservoir. In the cool-weather months you can also fly fish for stocked trout. This 1,070-acre lake will challenge almost any angler and is one of nine the city of San Diego manages for freshwater fly fishing. San Vicente Reservoir is known primarily for its big 16- pound bass, two- to three-pound Florida bluegill, and crappie. A sample of records on a day in May when I was there included an 11.8-pound black bass, a 3.2-pound crappie, a 6.2-pound rainbow, and a 15-pound catfish. Not bad. Types of Fish: Largemouth Bass, trout, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish. 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.

San Vicente Reservoir Professional Review and Guide

"If you have the afternoon off after a morning meeting, check out the black bass fishing at San Vicente Reservoir. In the cool-weather months you can also fly fish for stocked trout. This 1,070-acre lake will challenge almost any angler and is one of nine the city of San Diego manages for freshwater fly fishing. San Vicente Reservoir is known primarily for its big 16- pound bass, two- to three-pound Florida bluegill, and crappie. A sample of records on a day in May when I was there included an 11.8-pound black bass, a 3.2-pound crappie, a 6.2-pound rainbow, and a 15-pound catfish. Not bad. Types of Fish: Largemouth Bass, trout, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish. 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: Ramona
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Year-round
Local Contacts: Cleveland National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to San Vicente Reservoir

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May 2018