Managed as a trophy bass fishery -- the state record smallmouth
was caught here -- Trinity Lake is one of the
largest in California. Its remote location keeps
the traffic light, allowing anglers to fishing
in peace and tranquility. It's not uncommon for
our only "competition" for the morning's catch
to be a family of osprey and a lone bald eagle.
Angling features include minimal aquatic vegetation,
deep, clear, cold waters, and substantial submerged
rock and stump cover.
The North end of Trinity Lake is a 15 minute
drive from Eagle
Creek Ranch, making it a very convenient fishery
for ranch guests. The lake's 26 square miles of
surface water area and 145 miles of shoreline
provide a plethora of excellent fishing spots.
Best times of the
year to fish Trinity Lake
Mid-March to Mid-July
The bass bite is best from mid-March to mid-June
during the pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn. Evening
top water fishing can be very impressive during
this time period. Trout are catchable using bait,
spinners and flies, particularly where streams
enter the lake. King salmon can be taken trolling
deep with downriggers.
September to Mid-November
The bass fishing heats up again as the warm summer
months yield to cooler weather, and the bass again
move into shallow water to fatten up before the
cold winter water temperatures turn off the bite.
Trout are catchable using bait, spinners and flies,
particularly where streams enter the lake. King
salmon can be taken trolling deep with downriggers.
The Summer Months
Bass can be taken throughout the summer using
deep-worked jigs, drop shotted worms, as well
as deep running crank baits and spoons. Rainbows,
browns and king salmon can be caught throughout
the summer months trolling deep with downriggers.
Considered the off-season, although some die-hards
continue to have luck with deep vertical jigging
for bass around the rocky ledges and stumps.
Largemouth up to 14 lbs Largemouth can be caught up to 14 pounds on
bait, flies, spinners, surface, shallow and deep
running plugs, and on a variety of soft and plastic
Smallmouth Bass up to 9 lbs.
The California state record smallmouth was taken
out of Trinity Lake. Smallmouth will respond to
many of the same fishing techniques as largemouth.
Rainbow Trout up to 10 lbs.
Both wild and stocked rainbow populations thrive
in the lake, with anglers taking them on bait, spinners
German Brown Trout up to 20 lbs. Browns can be caught using the same methods
successful for rainbows. Many anglers target them
with deep trolled minnow shaped plugs and flies,
or by deep stripping streamer flies. The old state
record brown (22 lbs.) was caught on Lewiston Lake,
which serves as Trinity's forebay.
King Salmon up to 14 lbs.
King Salmon were stocked in the mid-nineties, in
order to control excessive populations of stunted
kokanees. They can be caught trolling using downriggers.