Lake McSwain

Details

Location:
Snelling, CA
United States United States
Coordinates:
37.5149, -120.29
Description:

Located in the Sierra foothills and Mother Lode country rests Lake McSwain, which is actually the forebay of Lake McClure.
Anglers enjoy this terrific fishery, which is enhanced by the cold waters running into it from Lake McClure. The lake receives frequent plantings of trout year round. Both Lake McSwain and Lake McClure deserve their reputations as two of the best fishing lakes in California.
All of the recreation areas have free sanitary dump stations and group areas are available. The recreation areas average 400 to 1,000 feet in elevation, providing a pine and oak woodland setting. Spring and summer air temperatures reach into the 90's to low 100's, with a yearly average base of avout 70 degrees. In fall and winter temperatures are mild, with precipitation ranging between 15" and 20" annually. Rain is almost non-existent from Memorial Day until Labor Day.
Lake McSwain is in the only lake in California that offers 'brook trout' exclusively. Lake McSwain fills from Lake McClure from about 400 feet down. The water temperature stays around 50 degrees year round and is gin-clear. For this reason, trout can be caught from Lake McSwain year round with fish up to 2+ pounds. Trout are planted on a regular basis by the Department of Fish & Game.
Lake McSwain enjoy the reputations of being known as the very best fishing lakes in California. This may be due to the elaborate trout, king salmon and Florida largemouth bass stocking programs. Or perhaps it is because so many fish call our lakes home, including rainbow trout, black bass, spotted bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, salmon and shad.

99 Camping Units
65 Water-Electric Hookups
Concession Store
Groceries
5 Comfort Stations
Fish Cleaning Stations
Washers & Dryers
Hot Showers
48 Picnic Units
Children's Play Apparatus
Swimming Lagoon
Marina
Gas & Oil
2 Boat Launching Lanes
Fishing & Patio Boat Rentals

Recreation Fees
The following fees are effective January 1, 2008. Rates are subject to change without notice. Senior Citizen discounts are applicable to adults 62 years or older.

Per Day Use Price Per Day
Vehicle and/or Motorcycle $6.00
$5.00 Senior Citizen (62+)
Boat $6.00
$5.00 Senior Citizen (62+)
Pet Fee $3.00
Compliance/Collection Fee $20.00

Cover/Structure:

Pine and oak woodland setting.Shallow coves.

Tips/Tactics:

Trollers find good action while fishing nightcrawlers behind flashers or the FT and Perch Rapalas in the #5 series. Bank fishermen often have better luck than trollers using rainbow and chartreuse Powerbait, nightcrawlers, or salmon eggs near the Brush Pile, the Handicap Dock, and the face of the dam.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Swimming Area
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Map

Map for 37.5149, -120.29
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Fishing Reports

There are no reports for this fishing spot.

Fish

Largemouth-240-fw

Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)

Freshwater
Smallmouth-240-fw

Bass, Smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu)

Freshwater
Spottedbass-240-fw

Bass, Spotted (Micropterus punctulatus)

Freshwater
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Bluegill-240-fwsw

Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)

Freshwater
Carpcommon-219-fwsw

Carp, Common (Cyprinus Carpio)

Brooktrout-240-fw

Trout, Brook (Salvelinus fontinalis)

Freshwater
Browntrout-240-fw

Trout, Brown (Salmo trutta)

Freshwater
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Trout, Steelhead (Rainbow) (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

Guides

There are no guides specified for this fishing spot.

Lodges

There are no lodges specified for this fishing spot.

Tournaments

There are no tournaments associated with this fishing spot.