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Posted on: June 29, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Shoreline fishing at Sweetwater Reservoir now open Fridays

Aerial of Sweetwater Reservoir with text Fishing open Fridays

San Diego County residents invited to enjoy recreational activities—including fishing, hiking and bird watching

Sweetwater Authority’s (Authority) Shoreline Fishing Program will now be open on Fridays at the Sweetwater Reservoir in Spring Valley. San Diego County residents can soak up the sun, enjoy fishing, hiking, biking and bird watching Friday through Monday, 7 am to 5 pm.

Previously open Saturdays through Mondays, the Authority expanded operations to include Fridays to give residents more opportunities to get outside and experience nature this summer. 

“Our Fishing Program provides cost-effective, fun and educational recreational opportunities for San Diego County residents of all ages,” said Authority Board Chair Hector Martinez. “We’re pleased to expand this program to include Fridays and welcome residents to enjoy the beauty of our water and the environment .” 

In addition to the Sweetwater Reservoir, shoreline fishing is also available at the Authority’s Loveland Reservoir near Alpine. Both lakes host a healthy population of bass, catfish, bullhead, bluegill, perch, rock bass and more. Catch and release is encouraged to avoid overfishing, and anglers must comply with California Fish and Game regulations. 

Sweetwater Reservoir
The Sweetwater Reservoir provides shoreline fishing along a 2.5-mile stretch on the south side of the reservoir. Access is via San Miguel Road in Bonita near Sweetwater Summit Park. Click here for directions. 

Hours of Operation: 
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays
7 am to 5 pm, March – September
7 am to 4 pm, October – February 

Daily Fees:  
$5 per adult
$2 per child under 16 (must be with an adult)
$3 per car for non-fishing visitors

Loveland Reservoir
The Loveland Reservoir provides fishing along a five-mile portion of the shoreline. Access is via the Interstate 8 East to Tavern Road/Alpine off-ramp. Click here for directions.  

Hours of Operation: 
Open Daily
6 am to 6 pm, March – September
6 am to 5 pm, October – February 

Daily Fees:
There are no fees to access Loveland Reservoir. 

A California State Fishing License is required at both reservoirs for those 16 and older, and adult supervision is required for children under the age of 16.  

For more information about Sweetwater Authority’s Fishing Program, visit

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