Florence Lake, CA

Florence Lake Fishing


Trout love the clear cold water of Florence Lake. Fishermen have been pulling large German browns out of the water for years. Rainbow and brook trout are also found there. Fishing boats can be rented at the Florence Lake store.

Where to Fish on Florence Lake


Those seeking the deepest part of the lake work around the face of the dam, especially near Arch 53 where the water is 142 feet deep. (The dam is composed of 58 concrete arches.) Other anglers head out along the shoreline, working their way toward the inlet from the South Fork of the San Joaquin River on the southern end of the lake. Float tubes are seen at times on the lake, but afternoon winds can pose a danger.

As the water levels drop in the fall, granite islands begin to appear around the southeastern bay around Mackenzie Island. Working among those islands and fishing near underwater ledges can produce some good results.

Fishing Map of Florence Lake


Best Baits and Lures


For fly fishing Wooly Buggers are always a good bet, along with the reliable Adams. A Blue Wing Olive sometimes is exactly the right fly on high mountain lakes.

There's nothing like the excitement of using Mepps Ultra Lites on a light outfit for Sierra trout. For casters and trollers, you will also do well with Panther Martins, Colorado spinners, rainbow trout pattern Thomas Bouyant, pink or orange Gulp! trout worms, small minnow plugs.

Many anglers swear by Acme's 1/8 ounce Kastmaster Brook Trout for Sierra lakes. You can't go wrong with reliable salmon eggs or nightcrawlers dropped in a likely spot.

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Fishing Nearby Lakes & Streams


South Fork San Joaquin River

Catch the early ferry to the south end of the lake and head up the South Fork of the San Joaquin River. You'll find excellent fishing all along the river whether you a casting flies or dropping salmon eggs.

Below the dam around Jackass Meadow Campground the river spreads out in a meandering pool that makes for some interesting fishing. You can work your way quite a distance down the river, fishing the whole way.

Ward Lake

Ward Lake is located a few miles back along the road leading into Florence Lake. This little 3-acre lake offers good fishing for brown, brook, and rainbow trout. With a campground close by it tends to get a lot of casual fishing from the shore, but by taking to a float tube you can access the best parts of the lake and areas not easily reached from shore. Small boats that can be hand launched would work well there also.

Bait and Tackle Shops


Florence Lake Resort
Florence Lake, CA
Florence Lake Resort

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

Rancheria Enterprises

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

Sierra Marina

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

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


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