Sweetwater Reservoir

Sweetwater Reservoir Shoreline Fishing

In order to focus all efforts and staff resources on our mission to provide safe, reliable water as we adjust operations in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), Sweetwater Authority’s fishing programs at Loveland and Sweetwater Reservoirs will remain closed until further notice.

The Authority is committed to a thoughtful and strategic reopening of the program that prioritizes the health and safety of the public. 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.

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.