Fishing in the Central Sierra Nevada 

The Shaver Lake Basin is located in the Sierra National Forest where a wide variety of fishing opportunities abound. Angling is available on large rivers, nearly 400 lakes, several large reservoirs, and countless streams.  These waters are home to five species of trout and kokanne salmon.

For information on fishing regulations make sure to check out the California Department of Fish and Game regulations.

Fresh water stream fishing on the Sierra National Forest is open from the last weekend in April through November 15.

All lakes are open year around, though access may be limited due to seasonal closure of roads due to snow.

All lakes and reservoirs on the Forest are open year around for fishing except were seasonal closures apply.

Anglers, 16 years and older, who plan to fish in creeks, streams, rivers and lakes on the Forest will need to obtain a California fishing license. The fee for an annual license is $32.80 and can be obtained at local stores.

National Forest offices do not sell fishing licenses.

When you obtain your permit make sure to pick up a copy of the Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulation Book, as it provides information on fishing restrictions, the type of hooks and bait you can use, the amount of trout you can catch and possess, and how you must display your license.


Popular regions in the Shaver Lake Basin provide excellent fishing opportunities:

River and Stream Fishing Locations

  • Billy Creek, Lower Campground
  • Billy Creek, Upper Campground
  • Black Rock Campground
  • Coolidge Meadow Fishing Site
  • Dinkey Creek Campground
  • Dorabelle Campground
  • Jackass Meadow Campground
  • Mono Hot Springs Campground
  • Short Hair Fishing Site
  • Spillway Fishing Site
  • Vermillion Campground
  • Wishon Dam Fishing Site


Netting a trout is one of the most satisfying feelings for a fisherman.
Catch and release is no always mandatory, but it is a very good idea.
Pack a lunch, take along some water and hit the trail to watch birds.