Fisherman’s Cove

The Lake is open for Registered Boats and Small Watercraft only.
The Beaches and Picnic Areas are open 


The Best Kept Secret in Pine Mountain Lake
Explore, fish and picnic at the peaceful and private Fisherman's Cove located off of Rock Canyon Road in Unit 3. Spot countless species of birds throughout the landscape. Best of all, you'll find new meaning in the spectacular sunsets that paint the lake aglow.

Fisherman's Cove is a non-swimming area perfect for fishing, relaxing and a great place for the kids to play. Dogs are allowed and must be on a leash at all times.

The cove is surrounded by a peaceful shoreline and whispering pine and oak trees as well as the beautiful mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Park your car at Fisherman's Cove and ride one of our two custom 18-passenger seasonal water Taxis around the lake. Stop by the Marina for lunch and a swim or tour the lake for fun.

Fishing on Pine Mountain Lake is governed by California State law and requires a California State fishing license. Fish limits are governed by California Fish & Game laws. NO LIVE BAIT is permitted other than worms. Fishing licenses are available year around at the Main Gate and seasonally at the Marina.

Fishing off water taxi docks during water taxi operating hours is prohibited. Trespassing on private property is not allowed. No fishing within 25 feet of designated swim areas.

Boat registration, launching, docking, and gas dock are all controlled from the Marina Store. Fishing Licenses are available at the Marina and the Main Gate.

FISH PLANT   Rainbow Trout is planned to be planted in Pine Mountain Lake in mid May.

There is no fishing in the area surrounding the Marina for twenty-four hours after the plant to allow the fish to disperse into the lake.

For kids of all ages! Be sure to sign up at the Marina Store for the Fishing Derby. There is a $5 entry fee and it runs from May to Oct.  A prize will be given for the heaviest fish caught. You must sign up before catching your fish to qualify. Call the Marina Store at 1(209) 962-8631 for details.

California's free fishing days for 2024 are Saturday, July 6th and Saturday, August 31st. While all fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect; there are two days each year where anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license.


Unlimited day pass Adults  Free
The Water Taxi Departures :
Marina Dock on the Hour
Lake Lodge on the Quarter Hour
Fisherman's Cove on the Half Hour
Dunn Court on the 3 Quarter Hour

Check out the photo gallery for big fish caught in Pine Mountain Lake.

by: California Fish & Game

Follow these five points to release fish unharmed:

1. Land your fish as carefully and quickly as possible.
2. Try to avoid removing the fish from the water. Underwater unhooking and release is preferred.
3. Do not squeeze the fish, or touch its eyes or gills.
4. Remove only those hooks that you can see and remove easily, otherwise clip the line near the mouth on deep hooked fish.
5. Use artificial lures (no bait) to minimize deep hooking. Barbless hooks or hooks with flattened barbs make unhooking easier and less stressful on the fish.