Sweetwater Reservoir

Sweetwater Reservoir Shoreline Fishing

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

On Saturday, August 1, 2020, Sweetwater Authority reopened the recreational fishing program at Sweetwater Reservoir. Here are the details:

Sweetwater Reservoir 
Open Saturday through Monday 
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 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.

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.


October through February
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March through September
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sweetwater Reservoir fishing is open Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and is closed for the following major holidays:
  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • The day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas

Daily Fees

  • $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.

Note: fishing fees are in effect

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.