The reservoirs around Mt. Tamalpais have long lured folks from Marin and surrounding areas to try their luck at catching a fish or two. The popular fishing holes offer a scenic and quiet getaway just minutes from home for many.
All seven lakes operated by MMWD, including Nicasio Reservoir and Soulajule Reservoir, are open for fishing year round. At all of the lakes, except Lake Lagunitas, you can catch warm water fish such as bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. You can catch rainbow trout at Lagunitas and Bon Tempe lakes, both of which are stocked annually by the California Department of Fish and Game between the months of October and May.
Lake Lagunitas is managed under a special program for trout and therefore has different fishing regulations than the other reservoirs. These regulations require the use of artificial lures with barbless hooks and putting back any trout over 14 inches in total length. There is also a bag limit of two fish per person per day. At the other lakes, you can use any type of bait and gear, and the bag limit is five fish with no size limit.
Contact with the water in the reservoirs is not allowed, so please fish from the shoreline without entering the water. Also, please do not release any animals, plants or water from aquariums or other sources into the reservoirs or streams.
The lakes are open to visitors and fishing seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. All California fishing and MMWD regulations apply, and there is a daily parking fee of $8.00 per vehicle. Lagunitas Creek between Alpine Lake and Kent Lake is open for fishing from the last Saturday in April through November 15. All other streams on MMWD lands are closed to fishing year round. For a recorded message with the most current fishing information, please call (415) 945-1194. In addition, you can contact the Department of Fish and Game at (707) 945-1237 or at www.dfg.ca.gov/fish.