San Gabriel River
The DFG has halted all rainbow trout plants here due to the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog which lives here. There are still some wild trout here along with some bass and panfish.
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Title=re:San Gabriel river
Message=when going to the san gabriel river stay on the west fork, do not cross the bridge on the left a little ways pass the bridge there is a service road park in the little lot just before the gate right below that spot at the river is my favorite hole its deep and wide. also up the road a little ways is a big rock formation it usally holds fish .i usally use a flyrod but i bring powerbait and eggs and a light spinning reel in case the wind comes up good luck scott
Title=Response to San Gab. River
Message=I've fished the river - but up at the head waters in Azusa
Cyn. If you go up Azusa Ave it goes up into the front range of the San Gab.
mountains. Follow the road up past both dams, past the first bridge that
takes you across the river to "East Fork", up to where the bridge crosses
"West Fork". You can park your car on either side of the road and either
side of the bridge.
I fish the second dam (san gabriel resrvior) and the DFG & W&P allows
you to fish it.
Right know they have a proplem with poching and it's the illegal
immigrants with no ID
or fishing license. I had a 73 fish day here in the mid summer of 98'
it really depends on the water level. If it's high you will see the
water under the
east fork bridge. Cross it and head to the barrow shooting range and
park across from it
there will be some pine trees and a trail to the
lake.....WARNING.....WATCH YOUR CAR AND
AND LEAVE NOTHING IN YOUR CAR THEY WILL TAKE EVERYTHING BUT THE PEDALS.
THIS GO'S FOR THE
WHOLE AZUSA CANYON (EAST,WEST,NORTH & CRYSTAL LAKE) the lower lake IS
CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC.
It use to be a Naval base and would test torpedos at the bottom and
that is what that big
concrete thing on the first lake is (some where between 1950-1985) in
98 the naval lease was
up and the city of azusa and the county took back contorl. And drain
the reservior which dropped the upper lake dramaticly which made
good fishing but almost impossible to reach the
lake..........IF YOU GO TO SGD (SAN GABRIEL DAMN) PLEASE CATCH & RELEASE
ALL FISH THIS LAKE HAS. ((((((IT IS NOT STOCKED))))) AND
HOLDS TROUT THAT HAVE BEEN WASH DOWN FROM THE STREAMS FROM THE WEAST &
NORTH FORK WHEN THE DFG stocks those CREEKS.(TROUT HERE ARE ANY WHERE FROM
10 TO 18 INC WITH FULL FINS AND THE MALES HAVE HOOK JAWS) I have never
caught a cat fish here but I have seen fillet corpses up to 23 inc
caught by pochers that leave the corpses on the lake.
San Gabriel River, hints
San Gabriel Hints
Posted by fongster on May 16, 2000 at 18:32:12:
Walk up the stream not down. They face into the current, walking from below spooks them less. Fish the edges of quiet pools that are fringed with moving water. Shadows are cool too. It doesn't take much water to hold trout--you'll be amazed. Cast upstream and lightly swing on any 'tick' as the bait tumbles down or across the riffles. I like straight 4# with a #12 gold salmon egg hook flylined or with a BB sized shot. Premium Pautzkes (red label) work best for me. Also, a #10 bait holder hook with a jumbo meal worm threaded on fished on the same line as above works well, too. Please carefully release the little wild rainbows there if you catch any.
I was amazed at how many trout were present before we even hit the one mile mark on the west fork trail. Just before the marker I looked down into this pool and saw about 15-20 trout huddled by a rock. I couldn't believe it. All were rainbow. At one point my friend was standing in the water as I walked down to him and about 20 trout scattered down stream and actually tried to hide next to my friends legs. I recommend trying fly fishing as its the best way to test your skill at catching those suckers. Walmart ($20 includes pole, tapered line, reel and tippets and a handful of flies) I caught two fish within 5 minutes of each other using a #14 hook and a synthetic salmon egg fly. After I lost my only two eggs I was unable to catch any other fish. I did have one hit a nymph and then fall off the hook when I went to set it. All in all a very productive day. This stream kicks the hell out of Piru creek and Deep creek for trout. I would like to see this place designated as part of the Wild Trout Heritage protection program. (fly-fish only with a barbless hook). Have fun!
About the West Fork of the San Gabriel. For those who want catch and release it is already there, a bit above the bridge on the access road. The area even includes some sites for people to fish from wheel chairs. The river as a whole, as well as the East Fork is a good place for fly fishing novices.
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