July 2019 - Trout Return to Lake McClure

More than 150,000 pounds of rainbow and brook trout were planted in Lake McClure in July, marking an immediate step to recovery after the multi-year statewide drought. The stocking is a crucial step in restoring the reservoir to its status as a premiere fishing destination.

The trout stocked in Lake McClure included thousands of pounds of trophy-sized fish reaching up to 18 pounds. More than 6,000 trout were planted weighing more than four pounds and measuring more than 20 inches in length. More than 1,500 were planted weighing at least 8 pounds and measuring up to 30 inches. The average trophy trout size is about 10 pounds and 2 feet in length.
To learn more about the trout recovery effort, please click here.

Tagged prize fish net $1,000
As part of the restoration of the Lake McClure fishery, six (6) trout were planted with tags. Each tag is worth $1,000. Any angler catching one of these tagged trout need to keep the tag and call 209-354-2954 or notify a park ranger/staff member to collect their prize. First prized trout caught on July 9th by Joshua Moua. For more information, please click here

We offer 588 RV and basic campsites in the recreation areas at Lake McClure and immediately adjacent Lake McSwain. All campsites have picnic tables and barbeque grills. RV sites come equipped with electric, water, and sewer hookups.  RV sanitary dumping stations are also available. For more information, please click here.

Support the restoration effort
As you enter Lakes McClure and McSwain, you will be provided with a simple, short survey card requesting information. You may also see these survey cards located at fish cleaning stations or near boat launching facilities. Please take a moment to complete this short survey and return it to the designated box. The information we receive from you will help us as we proceed with the restoration effort and the trout stocking program. Please also share your photos with our rangers or with your online community with the hashtag #FishMcClure


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