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Alpine County Fishing

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Mosquito Lake


Outfit Yourself for Fishing Adventures




Carson Pass Information

For complete information about fishing, camping, and other recreation along Highway 88 over Carson Pass, see Up and Over Carson Pass.

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Ebbetts Pass Information

For complete information about fishing, camping, and other recreation along Highway 4 over Ebbetts Pass, see Ebbetts Pass Adventures.

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Alpine County is almost hidden away in the Sierra Nevada. Located a few miles south of Lake Tahoe, Alpine County has the smallest population of any California county. Its largest towns are Markleeville and the resort communities of Bear Valley on Highway 4 and Kirkwood along Highway 88.

The county abounds with popular fishing lakes such as Caples Lake, Red Lake, and the cluster of superb lakes south of Hope Valley around Upper Blue Lake and Lower Blue Lake. On the slopes of Monitor Pass is Heenan Lake. Near Markleeville anglers seek out Indian Springs Reservoir. Along Highway 4 are the popular Lake Alpine (shown above), Mosquito Lakes, and Highland and Kinney lakes.

The rivers and streams of Alpine County are equally as renowned for fishing. The Carson River and Wolf Creek flow eastward. On the west slope the Mokelumne River rushes down from one of the Highland lakes and then glides through Hermit Valley.



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Highland Lakes

  • Easy access along open shorelines in alpine setting
  • Best fishing mid and late summer
  • Campground next to the lake
  • A great place for families, trails to explore, meadows, vistas

Lower Kinney Lake

  • Beautiful mountain lake, lightly fishing despite fairly easy access
  • Fish for Lahontan cutthroat trout, especially great spot for spin casting
  • Fish nearby sister lakes, Upper Kinney Lake and Kinney Reservoir

Silver Creek

  • Lively stream, best mid to late summer after snow melt
  • Fish for rainbow, brook, and cutthroat trout
  • Camp at nearby Silver Creek Campground or park your RV along the creek

Wild Trout Waters

The lower portion of the East Carson River from Hangman's Bridge to the Nevada state line has been designated Wild Trout Waters and is subject to special fishing regulations. Only barbless hooks on artificial lures may be used. It is a catch and release area.

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East Carson River

Special Regulations at Heenan Lake

Heenan Lake is subject to a number of special regulations. The season at Heenan Lake is from Friday before Labor Day to last Sunday in October, with fishing only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Barbless hooks, catch and release only.

Closed to Fishing

Above Carson Falls the East Carson River and its tributaries are closed to all fishing at all times as wildlife personnel attempt to expand the habitat for the threatened Paiute trout. This includes Silver King Creek.

Other streams closed to fishing in Alpine County are Corral Valley Creek, Coyote Valley Creek, Milk Ranch Creek, and Murry Canyon Creek. Meiss Lake is closed to fishing.

Check current California Department of Fish and Wildlife for any updates to fishing regulations in these waters.


Recommended Lures, Books and Maps for Fishing Alpine County