Photo of Pine Flat Lake, CA

Pine Flat Lake Fishing

Pine Flat Lake has spotted, smallmouth, and largemouth bass, brown and rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, bluegill, crappie, and catfish. Fishing is best in the spring and early summer when the water levels are high. Pine Flat Lake is known for its record spotted bass, which are feeding year-round. The abundance of crawdads and threadfin shad provide plenty of feed for the bass.

Where to Fish on Pine Flat Lake

If you are after bass, head up the Kings River Arm and try any of the coves and inlets. Particularly good are the Sycamore Creek inlet and Big Creek Inlet. Back closer to the main body of the lake, the little cove at Lefever Creek can provide some good fishing as well as Zebe Creek. The Windy Gap area is another favorite spot with local anglers.

Shore fishing can be rewarding along the bank south of the Deer Creek Recreation Area and in Deer Creek Cove. Another good spot in the inlet at Billy Creek about 2 miles south of the Trimmer Recreation Area. In many places, however, shore access is difficult.

Fishing Map of Pine Flat Lake, CA

Best Baits and Lures

Bass Fishing: Senkos, Robo Worms, Sigi Shallow Diving Crankbaits, swimbaits, Plastic Worms, Small baits, lightweight jigheads, Spinnerbait.
Spotted bass fishermen favor lightweight lines (6 - 8 pound test)
Trout and Salmon: Berkley Powerbait, SpeedyShiners, Nightcrawlers. Rebels, minnow imitations, spoons, and Rapalas are always good for salmon
Crappie: Small Minnows, Spinners
Catfish: Nightcrawlers, Mackerel, Mini-jigs, Anchovies, Chicken Livers, Crayfish, Minnows
Bluegill: Worms, Grubs, Nymphs

Trophy Fish from Pine Flat Lake

Handicapped Fishing Access

Fresno County Parks operates a handicap fishing access park. To reach it take Highway 180 east to Piedra Road, turn left on Piedra to a right oon Pine Flat Road. Pass the Choinumni Park entrance toward the campground (now closed). Take the last right hand turn before crossing the river.
Pine Flat handicap Fishing Access


Fishing Guides

Sierra Sport Fishing

Fly Fishing Guide for Yosemite, Sierra Nevada, Kings River
(209) 599-2023
Website: Sierra Sport Fishing
Bruce Hamby has 40 years experience fishing California's lakes. He uses a 22-foot custom Jet Boat, taking clients on lakes from Shasta to Pine Flat.

Sierra Fly Fisher

Fly Fishing Guide for Yosemite, Sierra Nevada, Kings River
(559) 683-7664
Website: Sierra Fly Fisher
Jimmie Morales has been fly fishing the southern Sierra for over 25 years. The Kings River is one of his specialty areas. Sierra Fly Fishers offers guided trips, classes, and camps.


Bait and Tackle Shops

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

Fishermans Warehouse
4320 W, Shaw Ave.,
Fresno, CA
(559) 225-1838
Website: Fishermans Warehouse

Pro Worms
3055 N. Sunnyside Ave. #104, Fresno, CA
(559) 291-9108

Herb Bauer Sporting Goods
6264 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno, CA
(559) 435-8600
Website: Herb Bauer Sporting Goods

Sports Authority
7477 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno, CA
(559) 261-9438
Website: Sports Authority

Walmart Supercenter
2761 Jensen Ave., Sanger, CA
(559) 875-4268
Website: Walmart Supercenter


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