Fishing

Sweetwater Authority owns and operates Loveland Reservoir near Alpine and Sweetwater Reservoir in Spring Valley. Currently, shore fishing is allowed at both Loveland and Sweetwater Reservoirs.

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California State fishing licenses are required for those 16 and older.

Quagga Mussel Prevention


We do not allow 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.

Quagga mussels have made their way to California, and if they continue to spread throughout the state's water supply, they could result in an environmental and economic disaster.

Quagga mussels cause a shift in the native species and disrupt the ecology of fresh bodies of water. The mussels clog water pipes, coat piers and can ruin motor boats. If you are an angler or a boater, please take precautions to remove lake water and clean all equipment and items before transporting them elsewhere.

Please Note: Sweetwater Reservoir's Fishing Program may have limited vehicle access due to weather and road conditions. Occasionally, fishing access may be closed in inclement weather.