Fishing in the Region

Fishing opportunities in the Eastern Fresno County's Big Backyard is considered by many to be excellent. Angling is available on large rivers, nearly 400 lakes, several large reservoirs, and countless streams. These waters are home to five species of trout and Kokanee Salmon.

For information on fishing regulations make sure to check out the California Department of Fish and Game regulations.

Fresh water stream fishing on the Sierra National Forest is open from the last weekend in April through November 15.

All lakes are open year around, though access may be limited due to seasonal closure of roads due to snow.

All lakes and reservoirs on the Forest are open year around for fishing except were seasonal closures apply.

Anglers, 16 years and older, who plan to fish in creeks, streams, rivers and lakes on the Forest will need to obtain a California fishing license. The fee for an annual license is $61.82 and can be obtained at local stores.

National Forest offices do not sell fishing licenses.

Fishing Locations
Jackass Meadow Campground
Mono Hot Springs Campground
Short Hair Fishing Site
Spillway Fishing Site
Vermillion Campground
Wishon Dam Fishing Site
Courtright/Wishon Reservoirs
Florence Reservoirs
Huntington Lake
Kings River
Shaver Lake
Regional Rivers and Streams
Billy Creek, Lower Campground
Billy Creek, Upper Campground

  • Black Rock Campground
    Nestled under Cedar and Pine trees, the campground is located near Black Rock Reservoir.  Some sites offer canyon views. Each site has a table, grill and fire ring.  Road not recommended for large RV's; winding one lane road (road 11S12).

    Coolidge Meadow Fishing Site
    Dinkey Creek Campground
    Located adjacent to Dinkey Creek, the campground is spread out along the banks of its namesake creek in a thick forest of Ponderosa pines and cedars. The facility's high country setting with trees, streams and open space, make it a scenic destination for all types of visitors. There is a group site that can accommodate up to 50 people. The rest are a mix of standard or tent-only single sites. All sites have paved spurs, picnic tables and fire grills; accessible sites are available. Drinking water and both vault and flush toilets are provided. There is a Campground host on site and a picnic area located on large sandy flat above the creek at the north end of the campground.

    An on-site amphitheater offers educational programs on summer weekends. Throughout the summer, California Land Management sponsors a variety of interpretive programs on weekends at the amphitheatre. Presentations by knowledgeable local experts cover topics on the history, constellations, wildflowers, forestry and others. The scheduled programs are posted at the campground, and the Host can provide additional information.  


    Dorabelle Campground
    When you obtain your permit make sure to pick up a copy of the Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulation Book, as it provides information on fishing restrictions, the type of hooks and bait you can use, the amount of trout you can catch and possess, and how you must display your license.