Fishing

On Saturday, August 1, 2020, Sweetwater Authority (Authority) will reopen recreational fishing programs at Loveland and Sweetwater Reservoirs. Here are the details:

Loveland Reservoir 
Open Friday through Sunday 
6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Sweetwater Reservoir 
Open Saturday through Monday 
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

COVID-19 Health Warning: Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; please stop the spread of COVID-19 by following these rules:

  • Please follow and obey all other fishing program rules posted 
  • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet from other people (except those who reside in the same household)
  • Face coverings are required
  • (Per CDPH Guidance on California Department of Public Health Face Covering Guidance)
  • Patrons are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol and use it frequently 
  • Please pack out what you pack in 
  • Port-a-potties are open

The details of Sweetwater Authority Safe re-opening plan can be found here.

Please note that fishing programs are subject to closure at any time due to elevated fire conditions, inclement weather or any other safety concerns. Please check the website or the Authority’s Facebook or Twitter pages for updated closure information


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.

Helpful Resources


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.