Frequently Asked Questions: Fishing
What are the limits on catches?
Largemouth Bass: 5 fish, must be over 15 inches
Smallmouth Bass: 0 possession, must be caught and released
Trout: 5 fish
Catfish: 10 fish
What kinds of fish are in the lake?
Largemouth, smallmouth and black bass, channel and blue catfish, rainbow trout, bluegill, redear sunfish, tule perch, inland silverside, prickly sculpin, green sunfish and threadfin shad.
Catch and keep or catch and release?
Except for smallmouth bass, as long as the fish meet the size and limit requirements you can keep them. Smallmouth bass are catch and release only. We do urge people to catch and release the warm water species.
How long have they been stocking the lake?
Florida Largemouth - stocked 1999
Smallmouth Bass - stocked 2000
Rainbow Trout - stocked 2000
Northern Bluegill - stocked 1998
Southern Bluegill - stocked 1998
Redear Sunfish - stocked 1998
Channel catfish - stocked 2001
Blue catfish - stocked 2001
Tule perch - stocked 2000
Inland silverside - introduced with water
Prickly sculpin - introduced with water
Green sunfish - introduced with water
Threadfin Shad - introduced with water
Do I need a fishing license?
All anglers age 16 and over need to have and display a valid California Department of Fish and Game license.
Do my kids need a fishing license?
Children under the age of 16 can fish under their parent's or guardian's license. Limits apply to a single license.
What is the Fishing Access Fee? Who needs it?
The $3 Fishing Access Pass is required for everyone fishing, both adults and children. Fees collected are used to stock trout and maintain the fisheries.
Can I fish from the shore?
Shore fishing is allowed in designated areas only. There are approximately 5 ½ miles of shoreline accessible. The area is ¼ mile from the parking lot and is a moderate to difficult hike on an unpaved fire road.
What kind of bait is allowed at Diamond Valley Lake?
Lures, dough baits, cut bait and nightcrawlers/red worms and crickets are all allowed. No live bait is allowed, i.e. fish, frogs, etc.
Are there fish cleaning stations?
No. Currently we do not have running water at the marina area, preventing fish cleaning stations from being installed.