Photo of Shaver Lake, California

Shaver Lake Fishing

Anglers will find good fishing for smallmouth bass, brown and rainbow trout, and Kokanee salmon at Shaver Lake. Fishing is good for all kinds of fish in the spring and fall. During the summer most fishermen concentrate on rainbow trout and Kokanee salmon.

Since the 2011 draw down of Shaver Lake for dam maintenance, the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project, the Department of Fish and Game, and others have worked hard to restore the fish populations. Spectacular catches in 2012 show that their efforts were successful. See more below.

Where to Fish on Shaver Lake

The bass are often found lurking around rocky points, although most of the bass caught are generally small. Around the dam is a popular spot for anyone after Kokanee. Trollers do well working the area from Boy Scout Cove over to Black Rock.

Good places to seek out rainbow trout are around any of the creek inlets and in the coves near Camp Edison. As cool weather sets in fishing from the shore for trout is more productive than from boats. Among the good spots are The Point and around Dorabelle Cove.

Fishing Map of Shaver Lake, California

Best Baits and Lures

Trout and Salmon: Dick's Trout Busters behind Shaver Lake Dodgers, SpeedyShiners, Red Salmon Eggs. Rebels, Green Hoochies, Minnow Imitations, Spoons, and orange or silver/black Rapalas, Berkley Powerbait

Bass Fishing: Crayfish Imitations, Swimbaits, Plastic Worms, Crankbaits

Catfish: Nightcrawlers, Mackerel, Mini-jigs, Crayfish, Anchovies, Chicken Livers, Clams

Bluegill: Worms, Grubs, Nymphs


Shaver Lake Trophy Fish Project

In order to install a geomembrane liner to the face of the dam, Southern California Edison drew down the water level in Shaver Lake in 2011. Most of the fish were relocated or lost.

Since then, the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project and others have been working to restore the fish populations. During 2012 Fish and Game released 70-80,000 fingerling trout and 80,000 kokanee salmon into the lake. The Trophy Trout Project added another 40,000, with about 2,500 at trophy size. In 2012 a 15-pound trout was landed, evidence that Shaver Lake has returned to its status as one of the best fishing lakes in California.

Shaver Lake Fishing Club

Shaver Lake Fishing Club was established in 1902.
Shaver Lake Fishing Club


Fishing Guides

Dick's Fishing Charters

Shaver Lake, CA
(559) 841-2740
Website: Dick's Fishing Charters
Dick Nichols is known as one of the leading guides at Shaver Lake. He takes clients out in his 22-foot Bayliner. If you are looking for a lure for Shaver Lake, you would do well to try Dick's Trout Busters.

Captain Jack

Shaver Lake, CA
(559) 841-2522
Jack Yandell specializes in Kokanee fishing at Shaver Lake. He fishes from a 21-foot pontoon boat with 4 electric Cannon Downriggers. Jack also has a line of fine fishing lures.


Bait and Tackle Shops

Sierra Marina
45795 Tollhouse Rd.,
Shaver Lake
(559) 841-3324
Website: Sierra Marina

Shaver Lake Marina
Located in Camp Edison on the west side of the lake.
(559) 841-5331    
Website: Shaver Lake Marina

Shaver Lake Sports
41698 Tollhouse Rd.,
Shaver Lake, CA
(559) 841-2740
Website: Shaver Lake Sports

Rancheria Enterprises
Huntington Lake Rd., Lakeshore, CA
Located at the east end of the lake.
(559) 893-3224
Website: Rancheria Enterprises

Yosemite Rivers
40827 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst, CA
(559) 641-7788

Valley Rod & Gun
2704 Clovis Ave., Clovis, CA
(559) 292-3474

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

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

Bass Pro Shops


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