Fishing supplies and licenses may be obtained at our General store.
Lake Nacimiento is the only lake in California stocked with white bass. Anglers also find just about every other native warm water fish in the lake — largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill and crappie, carp and catfish. The state record carp was caught in Lake Nacimiento back in 1968. Twisting inlets punctuate the 165-mile shoreline providing lots of quiet places for fishermen to cast their lines.
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 Las Tablas Creek. They are found all the way up the Nacimiento River channel. Black bass 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 hide where there is cover, often in Dip Creek, Las Tablas, Snake Creek, and Cantinas Creek.
Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish at Lake Nacimiento?
- White Bass: Kastmasters, Roostertails, Storm Chug Bug, Luhr Jensen Crippled Herring, Rebel Pop-Rs, Zara Puppies
- Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass: Shad imitations, Plastic Worms, Topwater Lures, Senko, Crankbaits, Spinnerbaits
- Catfish: Nightcrawlers, Minnows, Chicken Livers, Anchovies
- Crappie: Minnows
- Bluegill: Meal Worms, Nightcrawlers
- White Bass: 4 pounds, 2 ounces
- Largemouth Bass:9 pounds, 14 ounces
- Smallmouth Bass:4 pounds, 10 ounces
- Channel Catfish:20 pounds, 2 ounces
- Spotted Bass: 5 pounds, 3 ounces, caught in 1994
- Crappie: 3 pounds, 8 ounces
- Bluegill: 1 pounds, 12 ounces
- Carp: 52 pounds, a California state record, caught by Lee Bryant in 1968
Fishing Tournament Calendar
Date Start Sponsor Name 5/20/2016 JIMS PRO BASS TACKLE 5/21/2016 TRI VALLEY BASS CLUB INC 6/4/2016 BEST BASS TOURNAMENT 6/17/2016 JIMS PRO BASS TACKLE 6/18/2016 TRI VALLEY BASS CLUB INC 7/15/2016 JIMS PRO BASS TACKLE 7/16/2016 SLO COUNTY BASS AMBUSHERS 7/23/2016 TAFT BASS CLUB 8/6/2016 GOLDEN EMPIRE BASS CLUB 8/19/2016 JIMS PRO BASS TACKLE 8/20/2016 SLO COUNTY BASS AMBUSHERS 9/10/2016 GOLDEN EMPIRE BASS CLUB 9/16/2016 JIMS PRO BASS TACKLE 9/24/2016 SLO COUNTY BASS AMBUSHERS 10/8/2016 SLO COUNTY BASS AMBUSHERS 11/5/2016 GOLDEN EMPIRE BASS CLUB 11/12/2016 TAFT BASS CLUB 11/12/2016 POINT SEEKERS BASS CLUB 11/12/2016 BASS N TUBES