Sweetwater Reservoir Shoreline Fishing:
Only shoreline fishing is allowed along a 2.5-mile stretch on the south side of Sweetwater Reservoir.
Fishing access is open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Times are adjusted seasonally.
Hours for Sweetwater Reservoir Fishing are as follows:
• 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. from October through February
• 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from March through September
Sweetwater Reservoir fishing is open Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and is closed for major holidays (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas)
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note: fishing feeS are in effect
$5 per adult
$2 per child under 16 (must be with an adult)
$3 per car for non-fishing visitors
Cash only, no change or checks. The pay station is located next to the parking lot kiosk.
Anglers must comply with California Fish and Game regulations for licensing and catch limits, as well as rules posted at the site. Facilities include parking, portable rest rooms and trash facilities. Access to the reservoir is via San Miguel Road in Bonita, near Sweetwater Summit Park, which is owned and operated by the County of San Diego. Adult supervision is required for children under 16.
Quagga Mussel Prevention
No Live Freshwater Bait (including shiners, crawdads, etc.)
To prevent the further spread of Quagga Mussels, Sweetwater Authority has banned the use of live bait from freshwater sources at Loveland and Sweetwater Reservoirs. The ban does not apply to mealworms, redworms, crickets, etc.
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