With more than 60 lakes and streams, Alpine County is a fisherman’s delight. On the east slope, the East and West Forks of the Carson River offer miles of angling, while the Mokelumne River dominates the west slope. In between, dozens of creeks and streams offer catchable and trophy sized Rainbow, Brook, and Brown Trout.
For lake fishing, Indian Creek Reservoir and Caples Lake produce large Mackinaw and Rainbows, while Lake Alpine, Union & Utica Reservoirs and Spicer meadow Reservoir are popular in the Bear Valley area. Many smaller alpine lakes in the County offer great angling for Golden, Brookies and Rainbows.
The Alpine County Fish and Wildlife Commission along with the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce plant fish throughout the counties rivers, streams and lakes throughout the fishing season (last weekend in April thru November 15th).
Heenan Lake, California’s only source of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, offers outstanding catch & release angling in the Fall.
For fishing licenses, please click here.
To download the California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations adopted March, 2020, click here.
River Stocking: As of June 11, 2020, the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission, the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, and the State of California have planted approximately 4,100 lb. of fish in the Alpine County waterways. Check our Facebook page for updates and images of recent catches!