View Full Version : My Favorite Year-Round Kayak Fishing Hole in California

03-07-2008, 01:00 PM
If a quiet, gorgeous setting is what you’re searching for, while trolling for trout, take a paddle around Lewiston Lake. It is guaranteed to provide you with eye-popping scenery and an abundance of trout, bigger than you could ever imagine.

The diversity of topography from dense forests to marshlands provides commanding views of the surrounding terrain at this "must see", one-of-a-kind kayak fishing destination. The colorful low foothills in the backdrop and the consistent year-round fishing action make Lewiston Lake one of the prettiest all-season kayak fishing getaways in the state of California.

Lewiston Lake’s shape reminds me of a river: long, narrow and winding. It is about five miles long and averages around one-half mile in width, and has about 15 miles of shoreline. The lake is known for its trophy size Rainbow and Eagle Lake Rainbow trout and it also holds a healthy population of brook and brown trout as well.

Fishermen, who fly-fish from their kayaks, have a field day at this paddling paradise. It is 65 feet deep at the southern end, but the majority of the lake is 10 feet deep or less. The reason why fly-fishermen have a lot of success at this lake is due to the ideal water conditions and the hordes of aquatic insects that trout thrive upon. Trolling for trout is also another method frequently used at Lewiston Lake by kayak anglers.

The lake is stocked annually with around 10,000 rainbows, (in the 10” to 12” class), 3000 brown, and 6000 brook trout by the Department of Fish and Game, in addition to the fish planted by the local marina and resort. The best location for trout fishing is from Lakeview Terrace Resort on upstream or for larger size Eagle Lake Rainbow trout, at the base of Trinity Dam where the water enters into Lewiston Lake.

Kayak fishing is permitted year-round from sunrise to sunset. There is a 10 m.p.h. boat speed limit on the entire lake which cuts down on the noise, boat wake and crowds since jet and water-skiing are not allowed. Boat rentals are available at the marina as well as fuel, bait and tackle.

Lewiston Lake lays nestled just beneath Trinity Lake. The water temperature is ice-cold year-round and rarely fluctuates more than a foot and a half even in drought years. The mild 50 to 60 degree daytime high air temperature in the spring, winter and fall, allows paddling throughout the entire year. The daytime high air temperature averages a comfortable 85 degrees during the summer with breezy afternoon wind conditions.

There are plenty of camping facilities located around the lake that accommodate tents and RV's. Four United States Forest Service campgrounds, situated on the western shore, provide panoramic views from wilderness campsite settings and hand launch accesses. They all are available on a first-come, first-served basis and have a maximum stay of 14 days. Some of the campgrounds are open all year.

Lewiston Lake is located approximately forty miles west of the city of Redding, in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The winding highway with hairpin turns, out of the city of Redding may test your nerves, but it sure helps cut down on the crowds.

03-07-2008, 01:07 PM
Great read thanks....did a houseboat trip to Trinity and caught tons of smallies and some of the most beautiful trout I have ever seen. Gonna hafta try lewiston now I guess! Thanks for sharing your favorite spot.