Amador County is the perfect region for outdoor activities. It’s hillsides, mountains, green lands and waterways unite to make the perfect combination for any outdoor enthusiast, including the angler.

Let’s take a tour of five great places you should visit if you want to cast your reel and hook something very special.


Lake Amador Resort

We start with Lake Amador Resort. The facility is complete with launching and docking, RV hook-up sites, showers, flush restrooms and campgrounds — just right for a weekend fishing getaway.

Please note that only small motors are allowed on the peaceful waters of Lake Amador, which boasts 13.5 miles of shoreline on 400 acres.

During the season, about 5,000 pounds of trout plants are placed into the water weekly, each one averaging about 2-6 pounds each. As a result, the lake touts one of the best trout ratios in the country.

Lake Amador holds the record for largemouth bass, too!


Bear River Park

This waterway is part of a large network of streams that drain from the majestic Sierra Nevada peaks. Those very same rivers and streams that ushered in the Gold Rush era, continue to provide other resources and recreational opportunities, like fishing.

With an average elevation of about 1,800 feet, the park features a diversity of plant life, trees, pines, Douglas firs, animals of all sizes (including fish) and hiking trails.

On Bear River, anglers can catch rainbow trout, which is most frequently caught, along with German brown, smallmouth bass and blue gill.


Lake Tabeaud

For a quieter fishing experience, Lake Tabeaud is the place to go.

The lake provides a relaxing and quieter escape from city life, where park-goers can walk, jog, birdwatch, canoe, kayak and fish.

Anglers can cast their reels from a small, non-motorized boat or settle underneath the canopy of oaks trees for shaded fishing. Looking upon the lake, which contains rainbow and brown trout, you’ll notice the long line of trees sparkling in the lake’s reflection.

Frequenters of this lake offer this secret: use a bottom bouncing lure or night crawler just below the inlet to the lake to maximize your haul.


Lower Blue Lakes

Lower Blue Lake is a cluster of lakes about 12 miles south of Highway 88 at Hope Valley.

This lake is operated by Pacific Gas and Electric. It uses the lakes as water storage for its downstream hydro-electric plant.

The lake is open for boating, swimming, picnicking and mostly rainbow trout fishing. But other fish you may encounter include bass, blue gill, pan fish and even catfish. The cold waters allow for year-round fishing.

The larger of the lakes is 103 acres, with deep, crisp and clear waters. The steep, heavily tree-lined shore is excellent for bird watching, too.


New Melones

Looking for a little competition? Then you found your spot at New Melones, which is open year-round and hosts multiple fishing tournaments and derbies!

The versatile lake offers four boat ramps in Tuttletown, Glory Hole, Angels Cove and Old Highway 49.

Along with trout, Kokanee Salmon were introduced to the lake about two decades ago and continue to thrive. Anglers can also go for catfish, perch and crappie.