Photo of Pinecrest Lake, CA

Pinecrest Lake Fishing


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

Where to Fish on Pinecrest Lake

Fishing is good both from the shore and from boats. The wheelchair accessible 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.

Fishing Map of Pinecrest Lake


Best Baits and Lures


Trout: Nightcrawlers, Needlefish, Kastmasters, Rooster Trail, Mepps, Super Dupers, Panther Martins
Catfish: Nightcrawlers, Mackerel, Anchovies, Chicken Livers, Clams



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Fishing Guide


Mark Cottrell Guide Service - Fly Fishing

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

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Bait and Tackle Shops


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

Pinecrest Sport Shop

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

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

Big 5 Sporting Goods

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

Bass Pro Shops

Oakdale Bait and Tackle
1181 E. F St. Oakdale, CA
(209) 847-1058


Escalon Bait and Tackle
2043 Jackson Ave., Suite 1
Escalon, CA
(209) 838-6722

Complete line of fishing tackle and bait

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Annual Pinecrest Fish Fair


The annual Pinecrest Fish Faire is usually held on the second Saturday in June. The fair is an opportunity for children and adults to discover the joys of fishing and to develop an appreciation for National Forest lands. Among the happenings at the free event are fishing and casting contests, activities and displays, lunch with entertainment at the amphitheater, and the presentation of awards. A regular participant in the event is local musician and humorist Bill Roberson. Activities begin at 7:30 AM.
Stanislaus National Forest - Annual Fish Faire

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