San Joaquin River

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Location:
Antioch, CA
United States United States
Coordinates:
38.067, -121.85
Description:

The North Fork of the San Joaquin River is generally a high gradient stream with alternating pools, riffles, and pocket water. The headwaters of the river are at nearly 13,000 feet in elevation, thus there is a prolonged spring runoff that typically subsides by mid/late June. This segment of the river has limited brush along the streambanks, thus provides better opportunity for fly-fishing than lower elevation streams on the Forest. The North Fork has limited access and is somewhat difficult to traverse. Several of the tributary streams in the vicinity of Stevenson Meadow contain golden trout. It is possible to catch four species of trout from a single pool in this fork of the river.

Fishing Season and Regulations: The North Fork of the San Joaquin River is in the California Department of Fish and Game's Sierra District. Fishing season is open the last Saturday in April through November 15, with limits of 5 fish per day and a possession limit of 10 fish.
The South Fork of the San Joaquin River is generally a high gradient stream with alternating pools, riffles, and pocket water. The headwaters of the river are at nearly 13,000 feet in elevation in the Kings Canyon National Park (This link takes you to a National Park Service website). The South Fork flows into Florence Lake. Below Florence, the river travels down to almost 5,000 feet were it merges with the North Fork of the San Joaquin River just above Mammoth Pool Reservoir. There is a prolonged spring runoff that typically subsides by mid/late June.
The upper San Joaquin River segment includes the main stem of the river above Mammoth Pool Reservoir, to the confluence of the Middle and North Forks of the San Joaquin. The river is generally high gradient, with alternating pools, riffles, and pocket water. The headwaters of the river are at nearly 13,000 feet in elevation, thus there is a prolonged spring runoff that typically subsides by mid/late June. This segment of the river has limited brush along the streambanks, thus provides better opportunity for fly-fishing than lower elevation streams on the Forest. This river segment has limited access and is difficult to traverse, but can reward anglers who persevere with 1-2 pound trout.

Spot Access:
Picnic Area, Swimming Area
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Fishing Reports

San Joaquin River Fishing Report 05.13.13

The road to Red Meadow will be opening by Memorial Day, this is very early.  The SJ will be very fishable early on this year and not blown out by heavy run-off.  Fish will be eager to hit most dry fly attractor patterns like Trudes, Royal Wolfes, Humpies, Stimulators, Sofa Pillows, para chute hi-vis mayfly adults-#14-16.  There remains more downed tree removal to be done again this year so be aware of the INFS postings near campgrounds. (Tom Loe is permitted by the Inyo Natio...

San Joaquin River Fishing Report 08.22.11

Howdy friends and Sierra Drifters. I hope you are all having a wonderful summer and have had several opportunities to come visit us here in the Sierra. We have been enjoying a prolonged period of warm stable weather with no significant changes in the mid-range forecasts. Please click on www.sierradrifters.com/fish.htm to view all the great photos for this report.         Fish’N conditions are pretty good in most areas with the majority of the run-off behind us. T...

San Joaquin River Fishing Report 08.30.10

  Howdy friends and Sierra Drifters. Best fishes to all for this September Fish’N Conditions update. The fall season is approaching as the days shorten and evenings become cooler. The magical changes that trigger trout to feed more often and to become more aggressive begin to occur. The browns begin to stage closer to creek mouths and inlets in lakes and reservoirs and will become increasingly active even during peak sun periods. The fall run rainbows in some areas will also begin t...

San Joaquin River Fishing Report 08.01.10

Howdy friends and Sierra Drifters. I hope you are having a great summer and have had a few opportunities to get up to the Eastern Sierra by now.     Please click on www.sierradrifters.com/fish.htm to view all the great pictures for this report. Looking forward to fishing with you soon.       Summer is in full swing and the weather has become seasonal with sustained periods of significant T-storm activity. If you observe “cotton ball” shaped clouds over...

San Joaquin River Fishing Report 07.14.10

Howdy friends and Sierra Drifters. Hope you are well and getting a few opportunities to come fish the Eastern Sierra this summer.         Please click on www.sierradrifters.com/fish.htm to view all the great pictures for this report.       As expected, the run-off continues and appears to be peaking at this time. Thunderstorm activity in the upper elevations could increase flows dramatically in the freestone creeks instantly, but until now t...

San Joaquin River Fishing Report 02.01.10

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER Forest Service Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500 Water Conditions: The road is closed until next season usually opening by July 4 weekend.   Troutfitter Guide Service www.thetroutfitter.com info@thetroutfitter.com 760-924-3676...

San Joaquin River Fishing Report 10.06.09

Dirk “Dirky” Westfall remembered: On a warm March day a decade ago I had the pleasure of fishing with Dirky for the first time. He was on his way up to Pyramid Lake to fish for trophy cutts and wanted to drift the Lower Owens in his lifelong quest for big trout. I will never forget that day, nor shall I ever forget Dirk and the friendship and great fishing we enjoyed since. Dirky passed on recently from a sudden heart attack after surfing. Dirky was an exceptional human being,...
Sierra Drifters Guide Service / Tom Loe
almost 5 years ago (09/15/2009)

San Joaquin River Fishing Report 09.15.09

Howdy friends and Sierra Drifters. Here are the late September Fish’n Conditions from the Eastern High Sierra.   The fall spectacle is well underway. The amazing colors and lighting contrasts that one can encounter this time of year are portrayed everywhere. It is perhaps the most beautiful time of year to visit the Sierra and see how nature transforms itself in preparation for winter.   The weather has become very seasonable with just a few minor disturbances making th...

San Joaquin River Fishing Report 07.23.09

Howdy friends and Sierra Drifters. I have some significant changes to report for several of the fisheries here in the Eastern Sierra.   The weather has become very hot in most regions and the afternoon T-storms are once again becoming a major part of your daily fly fishing equation. Some of the recent storms have been severe, with numerous lighting fires occurring in both Inyo and Mono Counties. Expect a wide range of weather on a daily basis while we have this type of condition and b...

San Joaquin River Fishing Report 06.15.09

San Joaquin: The road to Red’s Meadow is now open and the river is running clear and high. Fish the slower water and deeper pools with a dry/dropper rig or some weighted nymphs to get into these fish. Stoneflies and larger mayflies are a good bet too, pay attention to where you are casting and observe where the fish are holding as not to spook them. Small midges, PT’s, and Copper John’s in size 18-22 are hot here. Sierra Drifters Guide Service Driftfish@qnet.com760-935-4250...

Fish

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Trout, Brown (Salmo trutta)

Freshwater
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Trout, Golden (Oncorhynchus aguabonita)

Freshwater
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Trout, Steelhead (Rainbow) (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

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