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Old 10-09-2019, 3:53 PM
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Default Camping with bass fishing near Socal?

I want to go camping near a lake/river/pond where I can do some bank fishing and maybe hook some donkeys (or dinks even). Anything like that exist near Socal? Maybe up to a 5-6 hour drive? I was looking at Glass Lake but it's a 8+ hour drive. Any suggestions are appreciated!

I do like alpine lakes and camping at high elevations but trout fishing lake bottoms is so damn boring.
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Old 10-09-2019, 3:58 PM
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Castaic? Pyrimid? Cachuma?
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Old 10-09-2019, 4:11 PM
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I like Kern River/Lake Isabella and its camping surrounding. I believe there's even a shooting range there. However, I never caught a bass, just bunch of trouts. Maybe the locals know some spots for good catfish if you ask them with little purchase of baits at the tackle shops.
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I like Kern River/Lake Isabella and its camping surrounding. I believe there's even a shooting range there. However, I never caught a bass, just bunch of trouts. Maybe the locals know some spots for good catfish if you ask them with little purchase of baits at the tackle shops.
lake isabella does have some nice bass, but you have to be willing to work and wait for bites that don't come often.

https://bassnman.com/lake-isabella-c...-bass-fishing/
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Bishop, Mammoth
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Old 10-09-2019, 9:26 PM
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Castaic? Pyrimid? Cachuma?
Castaic seems like a place I would need a boat. Not sure how much available bank fishing there is (and if it's even good?). Also, the campground is a couple miles from the water which is too far for the kids to walk. I'll research the other two. Cachuma looks promising, thanks!

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Old 10-09-2019, 9:27 PM
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lake isabella does have some nice bass, but you have to be willing to work and wait for bites that don't come often.



https://bassnman.com/lake-isabella-c...-bass-fishing/
Isabella was on my list but it's always packed as far as camping. If I had a boat I would definitely try it out though.
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Bishop, Mammoth
Where in Bishop? Been all over Coyote flat and Mammoth all around the June lake loop and the millions of creeks in that area.. Nothing but trout around there.
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Old 10-09-2019, 9:33 PM
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I like Kern River/Lake Isabella and its camping surrounding. I believe there's even a shooting range there. However, I never caught a bass, just bunch of trouts. Maybe the locals know some spots for good catfish if you ask them with little purchase of baits at the tackle shops.
We've been camping up Kern river all the way up into Sequoia NF, all over Inyo NF, and Sierra NF. All great for camping and trout fishing but I'm looking for LMB.
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I have a secret spot pm me.
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Lake Skinner. Good campground facilities, decent bass and striper fishing, and close to the Temecula wineries... win win.
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Castaic seems like a place I would need a boat. Not sure how much available bank fishing there is (and if it's even good?). Also, the campground is a couple miles from the water which is too far for the kids to walk. I'll research the other two. Cachuma looks promising, thanks!
Castaic has a lagoon mere feet from the campsites. I've been told "there's fish in there", although the guys in boats up at the top of the dam seem to do much better.
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Lake henshaw.. they also have a good bbq joint within walking distance too..
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Castaic seems like a place I would need a boat. Not sure how much available bank fishing there is (and if it's even good?). Also, the campground is a couple miles from the water which is too far for the kids to walk. I'll research the other two. Cachuma looks promising, thanks!
My cousin takes his kids to Cachuma with the school and scouts.
There is a lagoon at Castaic with fish and walking distance to campsites, ou can rent an aluminium boat with outboard for the lake, find a cove and shore fish with the kids.
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Old 10-10-2019, 7:51 PM
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No camping at Castaic or Pyramid. Buena Vista lakes
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Cachuma.


Used to call it Lake CatchEm’Up when I was a Kid

Have not fished their since the late 90’s
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We've been camping up Kern river all the way up into Sequoia NF, all over Inyo NF, and Sierra NF. All great for camping and trout fishing but I'm looking for LMB.
There are some places off 395 before getting to Bishop, but I am not sure about camping. If I recall correctly, there was a place or two with camping and fishing not far off the highway. Small lakes or ponds, so maybe bass there. Check out the AAA maps if you have them.
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Isabella was on my list but it's always packed as far as camping. If I had a boat I would definitely try it out though.
Iíve been fishing Lake Isabella since the late 70ís.Ive never seen it packed.Ive probably caught 3-5 bass in all those years.PLENTY of cats,trout or blue gills though.By boat or shore fishing.
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Casitas is a pretty lake nice campgrounds. Cachuma nice great campgrounds lots of oaks. Close to Solvang nice town to wander around. Have a great breaksfast. Go to Casino and make your donation.

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Lake Skinner. Good campground facilities, decent bass and striper fishing, and close to the Temecula wineries... win win.
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Castaic has a lagoon mere feet from the campsites. I've been told "there's fish in there", although the guys in boats up at the top of the dam seem to do much better.
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Lake henshaw.. they also have a good bbq joint within walking distance too..
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My cousin takes his kids to Cachuma with the school and scouts.
There is a lagoon at Castaic with fish and walking distance to campsites, ou can rent an aluminium boat with outboard for the lake, find a cove and shore fish with the kids.
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Cachuma.


Used to call it Lake CatchEmíUp when I was a Kid

Have not fished their since the late 90ís
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There are some places off 395 before getting to Bishop, but I am not sure about camping. If I recall correctly, there was a place or two with camping and fishing not far off the highway. Small lakes or ponds, so maybe bass there. Check out the AAA maps if you have them.
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Iíve been fishing Lake Isabella since the late 70ís.Ive never seen it packed.Ive probably caught 3-5 bass in all those years.PLENTY of cats,trout or blue gills though.By boat or shore fishing.
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Casitas is a pretty lake nice campgrounds. Cachuma nice great campgrounds lots of oaks. Close to Solvang nice town to wander around. Have a great breaksfast. Go to Casino and make your donation.
Thanks for all the help! Time to do some digging on all of these suggestions!
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Old 10-11-2019, 3:09 PM
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PM me I might be putting my boat up at Cachuma more convenient for my partner. Might work a trip out I like Cachuma beautiful campground and I have a 17' deep v aluminum boat with 2 4 strokes.
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