Fishing

In order to focus all efforts on our mission to provide safe, reliable water during the national emergency due to coronavirus (COVID-19), Sweetwater Authority’s fishing programs at Loveland and Sweetwater Reservoirs will be closed at until further notice. We appreciate your understanding.

Violators will be prosecuted for trespassing and/or poaching under penal codes 554, 555, and FGC 2000 and 2002.

Please note that fishing programs are subject to closure at any time due to elevated fire conditions, inclement weather or any other safety concerns.


Sweetwater Authority owns and operates Loveland Reservoir near Alpine and Sweetwater Reservoir in Spring Valley. Currently, shoreline fishing is allowed at both Loveland and Sweetwater Reservoirs.

Please note: Fishing programs are subject to close at any time due to elevated fire conditions, inclement weather or any other safety concerns.

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California State fishing licenses are required for those 16 and older.

Quagga Mussel Prevention


We do not allow 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.

Quagga mussels have made their way to California, and if they continue to spread throughout the state's water supply, they could result in an environmental and economic disaster.

Quagga mussels cause a shift in the native species and disrupt the ecology of fresh bodies of water. The mussels clog water pipes, coat piers and can ruin motor boats. If you are an angler or a boater, please take precautions to remove lake water and clean all equipment and items before transporting them elsewhere.