Rainbow trout are stocked from early Fall through early Summer by the DFG. There are also Largemouth Bass, Catfish, Crappie, and Red Ear Sunfish here. There are lots of coves and structure here mostly accesible only by boat. Fish-cleaning facilities are located at the day use area. The dam area has been closed to anglers since the 9/11 disaster. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.
- Largemouth Bass: 15-pounds
- Catfish: 32-pounds
- Crappie: 3.5-pounds
- Red-eared sunfish: 2-pounds, 4-ounces
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Comments and Tips:
Evening - most of the shore fishing is futile until the boats disappear and the water cools down. They start biting around 6:30pm.
Morning Ė daybreak is the best time and get your line in there before the boats come.
There are some excellent areas from shoreline about 500 yards up from the dam, although Iím not sure if itís legal to drop a line.
To Whom it May Concern:
When fishing from shore around Piru Lake all but the coldest months
watch out for rattlesnakes. In May of 2004, I parked one day around
4:00 at a road which becomes a trail just past the dam because it
looked like a fairly deep part of the lake. As I was walking down I
jumped the first rattlesnake next to the trail. After setting up a
portable chair and rigging up a Mexican boy came by with a dead baby
rattler on a stick that was about 20 inches long. His father
approached and warned me that he had killed a large one in the same
place I had set up my chair about an hour earlier. He said they like to
approach the water to drink in the heat and like to coil near the
shore. Three rattlesnakes encountered in a quarter mile of walking. I
broke down my rod and hiked back to the car not wanting to wade through
snakes after dark. I would only fish from shore while wearing boots
and snake chaps. I would never bring children to fish from shore.
Next time I will rent a boat.
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FNN member "crappiemike" with a couple of nice crappie caught during a recent trip to Piru lake.>>>Report
FN Angler Brian_GSC with a nice stringer of trout from Piru.