Coyote Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Coyote Lake provides opportunities for sailing, canoeing, kayaking, power boating, jet and waterskiing, and kayak fishing.
Located along Coyote Reservoir Road in the foothills northeast of Gilroy, lies Courtright Reservoir. Landscaped with oak, chaparral and pine trees, this small woodsy enchanting lake rests between two foothills in the Mt. Hamilton Mountain Range.
A special feature of this picturesque lake is the abundance of wildlife that can be seen throughout the wooded area along the access road towards the end of the lake before the dam. Within moments after my arrival, I saw two bobcats, a number of deer and a tall dark assisting me with information regarding the lake. The terrain at Coyote Lake was a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t expecting to find such a wilderness atmosphere here due to the close proximity of a residential community.
Coyote Lake provides superb kayak angling opportunities for bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, and trout. Largemouth bass and rainbow trout are the most popular species of fish taken here. Florida-strain bass weighing up to 13 pounds were reported caught at Coyote Lake in recent years. Fishing for bass provides the best action during the spring and early summer, but the because the lake is often drawn down in the fall, bass action slows way down to a dribble. The southern end of the lake is a good location for bass. The lake is stocked in the spring with rainbow trout. The lake contains bluegill, black crappie, trout, channel catfish, carp and black bass.
Open: Day use vehicle entry fees are collected year-round. There are fees for boating and boating inspections. The fees are posted at the entrance kiosk. The park is open for general day use from 8 am to sunset. The lake closes to boating each day one-half hour before sunset. The park is open for "shoreline fishing only" 24-hours a day.
Facilities: Harvey Bear Ranch County Park consists of 4,595 acres. It is nestled in the Diablo Range east of the City of Gilroy. The park offers camping and boat launch facilities, showers, 19 miles of horse, bicycle and hiking trails.