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  Lake Nacimiento

Location and Directions:

     Lake Nacimiento is located in San Luis Obispo County, approx. 16 miles north of Paso Robles near the town of Bradley. From Hwy. 101 take the 46 East to Paso Robles. Turn left on 24th St. - Turns into Nacimiento Lake Rd. Follow to the lake.

Lake Nacimiento Map
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General Info:

    The lake consists of 5,370 surface acres and 167 miles of shoreline set at an elevation of 800 feet. RV and tent camping is available and there is a lake restaurant and store for supplies. Swimming and picnicing are allowed. For more information contact: Lake Nacimiento-Monterey County Parks Dept (805) 238-2376 or (805) 472-2311. Lake Nacimiento Resort Website

Other lakes in the area:
San Antonio Lake
Santa Margarita Res.
Lopez Lake

Boating Info:

    There are two public launch ramps located on the east end. Private boaters must display a boating permit available for $5/day or $55/year. A full service marina has fishing boats, pontoons, canoes, kayaks and jet-skis for rent. Over-night slips are also available. Float-tubing is permitted.

Fishing Info:

     White bass are the prime attraction here, as this is the only lake in the state with a healthy population of these scrappy fish. There are also large, spotted and smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill here. Fish cleaning facilities are available.

Lake Records:

  • Spotted Bass - 5.2 pounds, taken in 1994
  • Crappie - 3.8 pounds
  • Carp - 52 pounds (Calif. State Record)
  • Read and Post Lake Nacimiento Fishing Reports Here

Comments and Tips:

This is a very good bass lake. Although most are small (under 4 pounds) they are plentiful. The numerous coves, points and underwater structure make excellent habitat for these fish.


Took a trip on 4/1/06 for white bass excursion, Found a few 1-1/2 lbs fish in 20-25 feet of water up in the narrows past Las Tables arm of a mile or so on live minnows, also caught several nice small mouth bass 1-1/2 to 2 lbs and a good handful of crappie next to the banks. Heavy Fog in the morning suggest to go straight across from the boat doc as there is a cove with a floating restroom for a land marker in this kind of weather, turn to the left and follow the shore line, The first set of houses on the right is at the mouth of Bee Rock cove fishermen can find a map at the Lake Naciemento website. Also small motor oil colored paddle tail worms with split shot make a good small mouth bait.

Good success!

Bakersfield, Ca Boys

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