San Luis Obispo County, Central California

Lake Nacimiento Fishing

Fishing at Lake Nacimiento

Lake Nacimiento is best known as the only lake in California that is stocked with white bass. Anglers will also find largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, carp, bluegill, and channel catfish. There is no limit on white bass, but DFG regulations state that, "at Lake Nacimiento (San Luis Obispo County) where any white bass taken must immediately be released into the water or killed by removing the head or cutting through the gills."

Where to Fish on Lake Nacimiento

Anglers seeking white bass do the best in the spring and fall. The white bass favor the main channel of Lake Nacimiento between the marina and Bee Rock, the narrows, Oak Shores, Town Creek, and Los Tablas Creek. They are found all the way up the Nacimiento River channel. Black bass are congregate around brush, rocks, and off the points.

Catfish are found most often in shallow areas of the lake, often at the heads of coves. Many fishermen go after them in Los Tablas, just south of the resort. Prolific bluegills are caught nearly everywhere on the lake along the shores, especially in the inlets. Crappie are hide where there is cover, often in Dip Creek, Las Tablas, Snake Creek, and Cantinas Creek.

Much More Below

Lake Records   Best Lures  
Guide Services   Fishing Supplies

Fishing Map of Lake Nacimiento

Fishing Boat Rentals

Rent fishing and pontoon boats from the Lake Nacimiento Marina,
Lake Nacimiento Boating

Lake Nacimiento Record Fish

  • White Bass - 4 pounds, 2 ounces
  • Largemouth Bass - 9 pounds, 14 ounces
  • Smallmouth Bass - 4 pounds, 10 ounces
  • Spotted Bass - 5 pounds, 3 ounces, caught in 1994
  • Channel Catfish - 20 pounds, 2 ounces
  • Crappie - 3 pounds, 8 ounces
  • Bluegill - 1 pounds, 12 ounces
  • Carp - 52 pounds, a California state record, caught by Lee Bryant in 1968

Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish at Lake Nacimiento?

White Bass: Kastmasters, Roostertails, Storm Chug Bug,
Luhr Jensen Crippled Herring, Rebel Pop-Rs, Zara Puppies
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass: Shad imitations, Plastic Worms, Topwater Lures, Senko, Crankbaits, Spinnerbaits
Catfish: Nightcrawlers, Minnows, Chicken Livers, Anchovies
Crappie: Minnows
Bluegill: Meal Worms, Nightcrawlers

Lake Nacimiento Fishing Guide Services

Central Coast Bass Fishing
4625 San Vicente, Atascadero, CA
(866) 606-2223
Website: Central Coast Bass Fishing
Will Hesch has been guiding anglers on the central coast lakes for 20 years. He will take you out in his fully equipped 20-foot Triton X-Boat.


Lake Nacimiento Area
Fishing Tackle and Bait

Jim's Pro Bass Tackle
1034 17th Street
Paso Robles, CA
(805) 237-0549

Website: Jim's Pro Bass Tackle

Baima's Tackle Sales and Service
Las Tablas Road
Templeton, CA
(805) 434-1945

Oldfield Rod & Reel
3450 Sacrament, Suite A
San Luis Obispo, CA
(559) 746-0313

Website: Oldfield Rod and Reel
Fly fishing

Hollister Bait and Tackle
139 4th Street, Hollister, CA
(831) 638-9383

Fishing Boat Rentals

Lake Nacimiento Marina
Aluminum Fishing Boats and Pontoon Boats
Hourly Rates, Half Day and Full Day
See Lake Nacimiento Boating