Are you looking for a fishing getaway but don’t want to worry about paying for a bad experience?
We’ve got you covered. We reached out to anglers in our network to see which they considered the best fishing lodges. As we continue to get more feedback, we’ll continue to add them to the list.
If you know of a lodge that should have been mentioned here, let us know at [email protected].
Tikchik Narrows Lodge – This is a serious fishing lodge. If you’re looking to catch King Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Chum Salmon, Pink Salmon, Silver Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Dolly Varden, Arctic Grayling, Northern Pike, or Lake Trout…this is your lodge. Many of these species can be caught between June through September so plan accordingly.
Below are the best fishing lodges in California according to our readers.
Collins Lake – With 12 miles of shoreline and 1600 acres, this is a gem of a place to catch fish. It’s not uncommon to pull big bass, trout, crappie, and other picture-perfect catches. Bring your boat or head out on the kayaks for an experience you’ll cherish forever.
Gold Mountain Manor – Located near Big Bear Lake. You’re legitimately next to the National Forest and only 1.5 miles from the lake itself. There is plenty of fishing, hiking, biking, skiing, boating, and horseback riding for you to enjoy.
Indian Creek Lodge – If you’re looking for world-class Chinook salmon, steelhead, and German brown trout, this is your lodge. During fall and winter, the steelhead fishing is the name of the game. This lodge is worth a visit!
Marble Mountain Ranch – If you’re looking for a fly fishing getaway and want a guide to putting you on fish, you’ll need to check out MMR. They’ll provide you a guide, drift boat dory, shuttles, tippet, fly patterns, lunch, and beverages. If you need gear, they have that too. Get your steelhead fishing on with these folks!
The Alisal – If you have a family who might not just want to fish, then you need to take them here. Outside of fishing, there’s golf, tennis, shooting, archery, horseback riding, and that’s just scratching the surface. A true luxurious getaway.
Bailey Creek Lodge – With lake fishing available all year round and creek fishing between April and November, this is an angler’s dream spot to relax. Bring your float tube and fly fish for large trout.
Lake Alpine Lodge – Lake Alpine has been a popular fishing lake for generations. This lake is stocked with rainbow trout and has loads of rivers nearby for plenty of fly fishing fun.
Shore Acres Lodge – If you’re looking for a luxurious getaway near Big Bear Lake to do some fishing, then check out this popular spot. We recommend that if you want a private rendezvous with your significant other, this might be a way to get some fishing in between other activities.
Salmon Lake Lodge – Salmon Lake is a stocked lake, but there are plenty of other high country lakes and streams nearby for fly fishing. You can catch hatchery hybrid rainbows in the lake, but the native population includes Eastern Brook, German Brown, and Rainbow Trout.
The North Shore Inn – Plenty of fun activities to do with the family including fly fishing, rock climbing, hiking, archery, and zip-lining. If you come in the winter, there are plenty of fun snow sports to do as well.
Tamarack Lodge – If you’re in California, then you need to visit Mammoth Lakes for some fishing. Whether you grab your chair and fish from shore, trolling from a boat, or do some nymphing from the float tube, there’s plenty of large fish to catch!
Zepher Cover Resort – Tahoe has a bunch of sportfishing opportunities for you to enjoy. No need to bring your gear, everything can be rented. Perfect for the family.
Tsasdi Resort – This would be a great place to hold a corporate retreat while getting some fishing in on the side. There are plenty of guides that you can bring in to ensure your entire group gets on fish.
Quail Lodge Lake Almanor – If you’re going to be close to Lake Almanor than you need to check out Quail Lodge. They plant over 50,000 rainbow trout in the spring and take care of them from fall through winter.
Gold River Lodge – A Redding Fly Shop destination, this is the place to head if you want to fly on the Klamath River. Go after the steelhead during summer and hit the Smith and Chetco Rivers during winter.
Taylor River Lodge – It doesn’t matter your skill level, there’s an adventure waiting for you in Colorado to catch some beautiful wild trout. Go after native cutthroat in small creeks and even venture into private waterways. Pair up with a skillful guide for even more fun!
Bahia Honda Sporting Club – If you’re looking to catch tarpon, then this is the ONLY lodge that you need to visit today. Whether you want to catch them on the fly, spinning rod, or by any means necessary, the guides they supply will put you on this magnificent fish.
It’s important to take some rest and relaxation from time to time. What better way than to do that with your friends and family and a little fishing?
We highly recommend that you do at least one day with a guide if you’re going to a new area. Guides help put you on fish because they know the water and conditions best. It doesn’t matter what level your angling is, it’s good to have someone to talk to and learn from.
We can always learn something new every day!
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