Barrett Lake

San Diego, California

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A good-sized impoundment surrounded by chaparral-covered hills, Barrett Lake is home to the only pure-strain northern largemouth bass in San Diego County. This fact, combined with the reservoir’s strictly limited fishing access (by reservation only), creates the likelihood of a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with bass on the fly. The average catch is between 10 and 25 bass caught and released per day, with a 10-fish day being “just okay” fishing. Types of Fish: Northern largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, and crappie. 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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"A good-sized impoundment surrounded by chaparral-covered hills, Barrett Lake is home to the only pure-strain northern largemouth bass in San Diego County. This fact, combined with the reservoir’s strictly limited fishing access (by reservation only), creates the likelihood of a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with bass on the fly. The average catch is between 10 and 25 bass caught and released per day, with a 10-fish day being “just okay” fishing. Types of Fish: Northern largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, and crappie. 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: San Diego
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: April through September
Local Contacts: Cleveland National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Barrett Lake

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May 2018