View Full Version : Where to Take 2 Young Kids Trout Fishing Somewhat Close to Sacramento

06-01-2012, 01:17 PM
Any suggestions on where to take my 2 young daughters trout fishing, would prefer something somewhat close to Sacramento and we would be bank fishing. Any suggestions on where and what methods to use would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Jlew

06-01-2012, 02:34 PM
It really depends on when you are planning on going. Right now the weather is pretty warm in the valley and the "close" lakes could also be fairly miserable. The warmer the water gets the less likely you are to catch fish from shore. If it was the spring time I would say Amador, The pond at Comanche, Ranch Seco could all be pretty good.

Since we are in early summer I am thinking Ice House where the water comes in the back of the lake would give you your best shot and is an easy drive. I have found the fish seem to congregate back there and I almost always catch something or see somone catching fish with just powerbait. There is also a nice area for the kids to play incase they bored. IMO this is the best place to go to find "the spot" where you can catch some nice planters.

06-01-2012, 04:21 PM
ya i agree with ragen. its probably too hot around here now locally for trout. most lakes have stopped planting. im sure u can find some bluegills at rancho seco. theres plenty of lakes within an hour of you up hwy 80 or 50. most all the mountain lakes were planted last week before the holiday.

06-01-2012, 05:15 PM
The weather is going to cool a lot in the next few days; at Icehouse (https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=38.825099,-120.331793&spn=0.025477,0.038581&sll=38.825099,-120.33999&sspn=0.025477,0.054932&t=h&z=15)it will be in the 50's for a high (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.82758375118502&lon=-120.34561157226562&site=sto&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text) by Tuesday (and 30's Monday night!).

I agree that it's a good place to take young people; it's not too far from Sac, less than 2 hours; there's a store right near the lake; and it's a beautiful drive too! Strawberry Point is a good place on the shore - it has more amenities than the back end - which might be handier with a couple of children.


06-01-2012, 05:59 PM
Halsey Forebay just out of Auburn was just planted this week. Cold water from the aqueduct spill into this lake. Close to Sacramento and great for kids.

Here is a link for the Google Map to the lake:


Have fun!


06-02-2012, 12:55 AM
Like some that were mentioned amador or halsey forebay. amdaor has been slow your best bet if you go there is the spill way or the corner of the dam closest to the docks. halsey the road side has a dirt point that seems to do well. But there is rollins lake and it might be cooler up that way.

06-02-2012, 07:56 AM
Sly park beautiful scenery clean water an been stocked latley pb 4 litter ... but like any lake the lake lice r out in full force.

06-02-2012, 08:14 AM
Donner Lake isn't too far away...I've taken my young boys up there and caught quite a few fish with power bait. Donner has great shore access from the state park side.