Pinecrest Lake Fishing

Tuolumne County

Pinecrest Lake, Tuolumne County, California
Pinecrest Lake, Tuolumne County, California

Pinecrest Lake Fishing

Tuolumne County

Fishing at Pinecrest Lake

Pinecrest Lake is planted with rainbow trout every week during the summer. The lake also has brown trout, catfish, and some Kokanee salmon. A fish cleaning station is located near the launch ramp.

Where to Fish on Pinecrest Lake

Fishing is good both from the shore and from boats. The public fishing pier south of the beach area has plenty of room for casting and is a good place for children to fish. Other good fishing locations from shore include the rocky point southwest of the dam and the rocks at the far end of the lake near the stream inlet. Shore fishermen also have good luck near the dam. By taking the 4-mile round-trip trail to the east end of the lake you can fish in waters untouched by 90% of Pinecrest's anglers.

Trollers do well working the deep portion of the lake from about 15 to 30 feet down. One of the more productive areas is to troll along the drop-off that parallels the south shore near the middle of the lake. Anglers in float tubes do well near the dam, along the eastern shore, and outside the swim area buoys.

Pinecrest Lake fishing map, CA

Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish at Pinecrest Lake?


Nightcrawlers, Needlefish, Kastmasters, Rooster Trail, Mepps, Super Dupers, Panther Martins


Nightcrawlers, Mackerel, Anchovies, Chicken Livers, Clams

Pinecrest Lake Fish Fair

The Pinecrest Lake Fish Fair is usually held in June, conditions permitting. Children up to 16-years of age accompanied by an adult are invited to the annual free Pinecrest Lake Fish Fair. Fishing and casting contests, activities and displays, lunch and awards.
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Fishing dock, Pinecrest Lake, Tuolumne County, California

Pinecrest Lake Fishing Dock

Pinecrest Lake Area Guide Services

Mark Cottrell Guide Service - Fly Fishing

Sonora, CA
(209) 536-9364
Mark guides fly fishing trips in the streams and rivers in the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus Rivers.

Pinecrest Lake
Fishing Tackle and Bait

Pinecrest Sport Shop
Pinecrest Lake, CA
(209) 965-3637

Website: Pinecrest Sport Shop

Pinecrest Lake Marina
Pinecrest Lake, CA
(209) 965-3333

Website: Pinecrest Lake Marina
Limited fishing supplies

Mountain Liquors
18711 Tiffeni Dr. Twain Harte, CA
(209) 586-1515

Big 5 Sporting Goods
1051 Sanguinetti Road, Sonora CA
(209) 536-9257

Website: Big 5 Sporting Goods

Bass Pro Shops
1356 Bass Pro Drive, Manteca, CA
(209) 825-8400