Fresno County, Northern California

Lake Edison Fishing

Fishing at Lake Thomas A. Edison

Anglers make the long drive to Lake Thomas A. Edison in search of trophy size German brown trout. A record brown weighing 23 pounds 4 ounces was caught in Edison in 1972. The lake also has good size rainbow and brook trout. Some fishermen like to snowmobile into the lake to be there for early fishing when the ice first begins to break up. Others swear that the fall offers equally as good fishing.

Where to Fish on
Lake Thomas A. Edison

Among the best places to fish, whether from bank or boat, are around the inlets of Cold Creek on the north shore and Mono Creek at the east end. The ferry can carry you up to the Mono Creek inlet in the morning and pick you up again about 4:45 PM. Float tubes work well there, too; but be prepared for cold water.

Both north and south banks drop off quickly. Trollers like to work in a large loop around the lake and in the area around the dam. The little point of land just east of the campground is a great place to fish from the shore as well as in the Warm Creek inlet.

Much More Below

Best Baits and Lures   Fishing Supplies
Vermilion Valley Resort Fishing Services

Fishing Map of Lake Thomas A. Edison

DFG Fish Plantings

DFG regularly plants trout in nearby Ward Lake, Portal Forebay, and Mono Creek.

Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish at
Lake Thomas A. Edison?

Trout: A lot of success has been reported for Acme's 1/8 ounce Kastmaster Brook Trout for Sierra lakes. Anglers at Edison have had good success with Berkley Powerbait, Kastmaster, Rapalas Countdowns, Rebels, Needlefish, Tube Jig.

For deep water trolling you may want to consider using downriggers or weighted lines.

Vermilion Valley Resort Fishing Services

Fly Fishing Guides

Vermilion Valley Resort Fishing Guides
Experienced guides will take you to Lake Edison, Mono Creek, Bear Creek, or the San Joaquin River. Pick the type of trip that best fits you - drive-in day trips, walk-in day trips, horse assisted trips, float tubes.

Quad Fishing Trips

In the past Vermilion Valley Resort has offered Quad fishing adventures. Check their websites to see if they will be offered this year. Quad Fishing Trips at VVR

  • Vermilion Valley Resort offers 4-Day Fishing Adventure Trips to Edison Lake over snowbound roads on 4x4 Quads (You must provide your own Quad).
  • 29 Mile Adventure, limited to 12-14 people
  • Fish for monster brown trout at Lake Edison as the ice breaks up
  • $389* price includes three days and two nights lodging, meals, and boat.
  • (*2013 price shown above - subject to change )


Fall Fishing

Discounted lodging in the fall from September 9 through October 13.
Check with the resort for other special offers that may come up.

High Sierra Fly Fishing Clinics

2-Day Clinics offered in the summer through Vermilion Valley Resort.
Special Women's Clinic
Open Flyfishing Clinics

Fishing Boat Rentals

12' and 14' fishing boats available for rent at the Vermilion Valley Resort.
$45 for half day (afternoons only), $65 for full day (7AM to dusk)

Lake Thomas A. Edison
Fishing Tackle and Bait

Vermilion Valley Resort
Lake Thomas A. Edison, CA
Website: Vermilion Valley Resort

Florence Lake Resort
Florence Lake, CA
Florence Lake Resort

Mono Hot Springs Resort
Mono Hot Springs, off Kaiser Pass Road, CA
Mono Hot Springs Resort

Rancheria Enterprises
Huntington Lake Rd., Lakeshore, CA
Located at the east end of the lake.
(559) 893-3224

Website: Rancheria Enterprises

Sierra Marina
45795 Tollhouse Rd., Shaver Lake, CA
(559) 841-3324

Website: Sierra Marina

Shaver Lake Sports
41698 Tollhouse Rd., Shaver Lake, CA
(559) 841-2740

Website: Shaver Lake Sports

Valley Rod & Gun
2704 Clovis Ave., Clovis, CA
(559) 292-3474

California Bait & Tackle
4516 E. Belmont Ave., Fresno, CA
(559) 454-1155