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Sierra Fishing at Its Most Spectacular

Dave's Sierra Fishing takes you to some of the best fishing destinations to be found in California's Sierra, places most people have never visited.

The featured Sierra fishing trips in this guide have been divided by counties and then by fishing destinations. (Yosemite has its own separate category.) Each Featured Trip has its own individual page with all the information to plan your Sierra fishing outing.

Choose any of the counties listed under Sierra Fishing Destinations to learn more about that area and to find a list of my Featured Trips. Or pick the County Overview to see a map of all Sierra Nevada counties and a menu of all the Featured Trips.

Some of the best fishing spots in the Sierra include at least a short walk away from the most heavily fished waters. The adventure of seeking out forgotten or overlooked places has kept me happily afoot in the Sierra for decades. I have always found the rewards of tramping in leaves no step had trodden black, along those less traveled paths, well worth the effort; and the morning walk as important a part of the experience as the time spent fishing.

2018 Should be Another Great Year for Fishing

With lower than average snow this year, Sierra streams are likely to be more accessible than last year. 2017 was a fabulous year for fishing, and 2018 should be just as rewarding. Last year a 6.3 pound rainbow was pulled from the Stanislaus River at Kennedy Meadows early in May. Across Carson Pass in Hope Valley anglers had great success in the East Carson River. And a 5-pound cutthroat was landed along Rush Creek in the Eastern Sierra.

New in 2018, we added Bubbs Creek, a delighful stream in Kings Canyon National Park, Marble Fork Kaweah River, running upstream from Lodgepole Campground in Sequoia National Park, and Twin Lakes, a great weekend backpack fishing trip in Sequoia. Look for even more new destinations in 2019.

Eastern Sierra Fishing Maps

One of the most popular features here on Dave's Sierra Fishing is our collection of Eastern Sierra Fishing and Camping Maps showing the major fishing waters in the Eastern Sierra. Not only do the maps detail the most popular fishing places along the Eastern Sierra, they provide information about camping, fishing supplies, and state fishing regulations.

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Little Lakes Valley

Even if fishing is not the main thing that draws you to the Sierra, Dave's Sierra Fishing offers great mountain trips for day hikes, backpacking, photography, bird watching, wildflower viewing, and a myriad of similar interests. Dave's Sierra Fishing is as much a Sierra hiking guide as it is a fishing guide.

Each fishing trip described on Dave's Sierra Fishing has been selected because it offers a rewarding experience in the mountains beginning with an interesting approach hike through spectacular scenery and always culminating with great fishing at a magnificent destination. You'll return from every one of these Sierra fishing outings telling yourself, I can't wait to go back there again!

Some of Our Favorite Books and Magazines for Fishing the Sierra

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Evolution Valley, Kings Canyon National Park

Recently Added Trips

Visit this site again soon since new fishing destinations are being added regularly.

Last updated, October 2018