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."
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.
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
Central Coast Bass Fishing 4625 San Vicente, Atascadero, CA
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.