Puddingstone Lake

Location and Directions:

120 Via Verde Ave.
San Dimas, CA 91773
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     Puddingstone Lake is located in Los Angeles County near the city of San Dimas, CA. From Los Angeles take I-10 East to Hwy 57 North. Exit Via Verde Rd. and go East to the Bonelli Entrance.

General Info:

    The lake consists of approx. 253 surface acres at capacity and rests at an elevation of 940 feet above sea level. The lake is open year round, sunrise to 10 pm in the summer, sunrise to 7 pm in the winter. Entrance fee is $10.00 per car. There is a very nice picnic area and RV and tent camping are available. For more information visit Bonelli Park web site. (909) 599-8411

Other lakes and rivers in the area:
Santa Fe Dam
San Gabriel River
Cucamonga Guasti Park Lakes
Prado Lake

Boating Info:

     The lake has two excellent launch facilities for $11 per day. Boats must be 8 feet min. and 26 feet max. Float-tubing is allowed ($7 launch fee). From April 1st to September 30th, the lake use is divided for powerboat and personal watercraft use. On even days of the month, powerboats are allowed to make their wakes. On odd number days the lake is open for personal watercraft and boats with the intention of only fishing.

Fishing Info:

    The lake is stocked with Trout in the winter and Catfish in the summer. There are also largemouth bass, bluegill and carp in here. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.

Comments and Tips:

     Having been raised in Azusa and attending Covina High School. , I will always remember Puddingstone as my learning experience in fishing. My family, mom, dad, two twin sisters and two brothers would all pile in the old 28 Dodge, drive to Puddingstone and get the old cane poles out baited with worms. We caught Catfish, Perch, Sun Perch, a few Blue Gill and yes, even some carp. We drove through San Dimas on Bonita Avenue and went up a hill and then down a very steep incline to the lake, Dad parking the old Dodge near the waters edge. We would spend the day, Mom having packed a big lunch and drive home early evening. This was in the Early 30s to 1950.
After looking at some the the sites on the computer, I can't believe it is the same place. Thanks for letting me go back a little in time to remember the "Old Days".

Don Canada

     Last Sunday while kayaking I caught 25 + Crappie throughtout the lake and kept the largest, which were about 15. Light line and "Trout Teasers" (small size and white) are the best plastics. Clyde Ito- Diamond Bar.

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» Photos

  • FNN member "fishfrenzy" took his son fishing at Puddingstone Lake and hooked a few nice fish like this one. >>>Report

  • Brad Gomez caught this 9lb largemouth on 10/13/12 using a drop shot with a plastic shad on the east shore.

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