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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, rainbow trout, bluegill, bream, green sunfish and kokanee salmon at Folsom Lake in California.

Folsom Lake, CA

Not far from the Folsom Prison made famous by Johnny Cash, is the great fishery Folsom Lake. This is an 11,400 acre lake, intersecting El Dorado, Placer, and Sacramento County. Nine boat launch locations make lake access easy for visitors with boats of all types and horsepower.

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Folsom Lake, located in Northern California, is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts of all ages. The lake offers a diverse range of fish species, making it an exciting fishing spot. Anglers can target species such as bass, including largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, known for their aggressive strikes and strong fights. Folsom Lake also holds populations of catfish, such as channel catfish and blue catfish, providing anglers with opportunities for thrilling catfish fishing adventures.

Folsom Lake not only offers great fishing and boating opportunities but also provides a variety of recreational activities. The lake's shoreline is perfect for hiking and nature walks, allowing visitors to explore the scenic trails and observe the local flora and fauna. Additionally, the lake is a popular destination for swimming, water sports, and picnicking, making it a great choice for families and outdoor enthusiasts.

With its abundant fish species, boating options, camping facilities, and diverse recreational activities, Folsom Lake is a top-tier fishing destination in California. Whether you're a passionate angler looking to reel in some trophy bass or a nature lover seeking a peaceful camping experience, Folsom Lake offers a memorable outdoor adventure for all.

Primarily reputed as a bass fishing lake, Folsom also offers good catfish, crappie, trout, sunfish and salmon fishing. Although the lake levels vary a lot, the lake recovers quickly and predictions are for high water levels extend into the future. Fishing from shore and kayak fishing are quite popular here.

Primary fish species residing in Folsom Lake.

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie Rainbow trout Bluegill Sunfish Kokanee salmon

Folsom Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a popular activity at Folsom Lake, allowing anglers to explore the expansive waters and access prime fishing locations. The lake permits both motorized and non-motorized boats, providing flexibility for different types of watercraft. With multiple boat ramps available, launching a fishing boat, kayak, or pontoon is convenient and hassle-free.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Folsom Lake Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats and kayaks
916 933-1300


Folsom Lake Marina
661 Green Valley Rd
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
916 933-1300

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Browns Ravine Boat Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off Green Valley Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Folsom Lake Boat Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off Green Valley Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Folsom Point Boat Ramp
Located at the southern end of the lake, off Folsom Point Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Granite Bay Boat Ramp
Located mid lake, on the west side of the lake, off Park Road, this is a multi-lane, concrete ramp with docks and plenty of paved parking.

Peninsula Campground Boat Launch
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off State Park Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Rattlesnake Bar Boat Launch
Located at the northern tip of the lake, west side, off Rattlesnake Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Camping facilities are available near Folsom Lake, allowing visitors to extend their fishing trips and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the surroundings. The lake offers several campgrounds equipped with amenities such as picnic areas, restrooms, and fire pits. Camping near Folsom Lake provides anglers with a tranquil setting, allowing them to fully enjoy the fishing experience and appreciate the picturesque views.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area - 916 988-0205

Peninsula Campground - 916 988-0205

Loomis RV Park Campground - 916 652-6737

Folsom Lake CA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Folsom Lake
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
1416 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916 653-6995


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