Cachuma Lake Trout Release for President's Weekend

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Cachuma Lake Trout Release for President's Weekend
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Source: County of Santa Barbara

It’s a great time to plan a day of recreation or overnight stay at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, especially with Presidents’ Day weekend coming up on February 16-18. The recent accumulation of rain and runoff is benefiting lake levels and the park is looking extra vibrant. The larger lake will soon have a fresh supply of Rainbow Trout and anglers can expect wider coves, deeper channels and better access to shoreline areas for an ultimate fishing experience. 

NOTE: State Route 154 is temporarily closed at Paradise Road. For visitors from the Santa Barbara area to reach Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, take north Hwy 101 through Buellton to Exit 146 (CA-154) toward Los Olivos/Lake Cachuma.

The season’s first release of triploid rainbow trout arrived mid-December. Another 4,000-pound release will arrive this month with fish ranging in size from half-pound “catchables” to eight-pound trophies. As in the past, the fish come from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms, Inc., in Paynes Creek, Calif. An additional release is tentatively set for spring 2019.

By planting fish in the lake, Santa Barbara County Parks hopes to encourage outdoor activity when people tend to spend less time outdoors. Plus, during winter months cooler water temperatures are ideal for releasing rainbow trout; while spending time outdoors is ideal for us and has its benefits. Exercise and physical activity produces endorphins that may improve one’s ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. You can thank us later!

Everything a fisherman needs is available for rent or purchase at the Cachuma Lake Marina and Boat Rentals, which also offers pontoons, outboards and kayak rentals, as well as one-day and annual fishing licenses. Fishing from the shore in the recreation area or from a boat is open year-round with a valid fishing license.

Visitors are advised to check Recreation Area hours, and road and weather conditions in advance. For up-to-date fishing tips and summaries, check out the Cachuma Lake Weekly Fishing Report at For more information, contact the marina at (805) 688-4040.

For those who plan to bring their own boating vessels, note that due to the 30 day Quagga restrictions at the lake, boats must be inspected and tagged by Cachuma Lake staff at least 30 days prior to your visit.

Cachuma Lake Recreation Area is a full-service campground offering year-round cabin, yurt, RV and tent camping, recreational activities, nature programs for all ages and of course, rainbow trout fishing! For camping reservations and more information, go to

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a-1558617679 Feb 16, 2019 11:54 AM
Cachuma Lake Trout Release for President's Weekend

True, but it is important to keep in mind that Lake Cachuma also has a secondary purpose of public enjoyment. It was interesting to hear that before the rains raised the level, the amount sent via our expensive State Water agreement was equal to the amount evaporated. I am not sure it makes a great deal of sense to urge conserving water at this time; better to save the admonition to when it is really needed, the next time of low rainfall. (Gibraltar and Jameson are 100% full, so water will continue flowing into Cachuma, now at 56.9%, even as it is dry this coming week.)

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