Loch Lomond Reservoir
100 Loch Lomond Way, Felton, CA
Phone: (831) 335-7424
Open March 1 through September 15
Map: Mapquest Map
Size: ~400-500 acres?
Water Level: N/A, normally drawn down 10-20 feet a year
Depth: Appx 120'
Species: trout(stocked Mar-Jul), largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, catfish, carp
Fees: $4 to park in the lot, launch fee
Boating: electric-powered boats, no float tubes
Pros: scenic, great shoreline cover, great trout trolling, good bluegill fishing, big bass
Cons: bass bite is tough, weekend crowds, long drive, no float tubes
Description: Loch Lomond Reservoir is my favorite water to fish that I ever have come by. It's a bit further away than the other waters I've mentioned so far so I end up fishing it much less frequently than most. Why is it my favorite water? What makes it special to me is it's scenic quality, it's tranquility, and the type of fishing it offers.
Like most reservoirs, it's long and narrow with deep cuts in the shoreline. It's about 500 acres and 120 feet deep at the deepest point. UNLIKE most drinking water reservoirs around the bay area, the water level does not drop to frightening levels each year.
The surrounding hills and the lake itself is absolutely gorgeous by Bay Area standards. The area from the dam to the marina is mostly steep rock cliffs and boulders with occasional blowdowns and tree stumps. It is also the very deepest and maybe widest part of the reservoir. Shoreline access is restricted to a very small path by the marina. If you want to fish the part near the dam you're going to want a boat.
Speaking of boats, having a boat is really going to improve the amount of fish you catch and enjoyment you get out of this water. I often use their rental boats which they rent out at a reasonable rate. On crowded weekends in the summer they can run out of boats so go early. It is an electric motor only water which I like very much. It makes it oh so peaceful to be out on the water there.
The middle section of the reservoir has good shoreline access one side, and none on the other. The accessible shoreline can get crowded with trout fishermen so plan ahead. There is also a small island in the middle section. You are allowed to dock a boat there. It's a neat place to eat lunch or do some more shore fishing.
Shoreline cover in the middle section is less rocky and more wood based. There are a lot of stumps, branches, trees (alive and dead) piled up in shallow water. You can fish the whole day just around all the shoreline structure. It may not be the most productive way to fish but it is my favorite.
The very end of the reservoir is really neat. The primary structure here is weed beds. Lots of them too. You have these cabbage like looking plants growing in up to about 15 feet of water making all sorts of pockets and edges and then rows of cattails in some areas for even more fun. All this with about the same amount of fallen wood too. For someone who usually fishes stark bare shorelines I go nuts over this stuff.
The Fish: The bass fishing can vary quite a bit here. The first year I fished it the bass fishing seemed great. I could go out there and catch a lot of bass. Thing is though, I never caught one over 3 pounds. Nearly all were barely legal. Lately it has been very, very slow. I think it has been fished out enough to reduce numbers.
My all time favorite technique to catch bass here is a split shotted Power Finesse Worm made by Berkely. The best colors are Pumpkinseed and Black/Chartreuse. I will just toss this rig around any visible structure I see and SLOWLY inch it back. The average sized bass just can't resist this.
For larger fish try a big white spinnerbait around any kind of structure, or a black/red jig. There's a good population of crawdads here.
This is also a perfect lake to throw a Castaic Trout or other big trout imitation. The bass here can eat trout all year round, and do.
All of this shallow structure makes for an ideal place to use a flyrod. I've caught many bass on wooly buggers and muddlers fishing around stumps and weeds.
Rainbow Trout: So many trout get stocked here it's a joke. Limits are the norm from April to June. The opener is normally very bad though. Power bait, nightcrawlers, whatever. They all work.
My favorite technique is trolling out of a rental boat. Foggy mornings can produce some great topwater trolling with kastmasters or flashers. In April and may you can have 40+ fish days trolling small needlefish (bikini is my fav).
Other Fish:Bluegills. This is the greatest bluegill factory I've seen. Go on a summer day and you can't fail to catch as many bluegills as you will ever want. I usually just have to throw out a bare hook and jiggle it a bit before one of them is on. No kidding. For this reason try not to use nightcrawlers for bait when trout fishing as the bluegills will drive you out of your mind.
There are also green sunfish here. If you catch a bluegill with a unusually large mouth, and faint bluish lines on the sides, it's probably a green sunfish.