Lake Cuyamaca Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Paddle Notes: Nothing compares to paddling in silence when the whole world is still asleep. If you have never paddled during that time of day, give it a try sometime. Lake Cuyamaca is surrounded by an oak woodland forest, with a sprinkling of pines and lovely meadows with creeks.
Cast a line for trout at this mountain lake set at 4620 feet elevation. Lake Cuyamaca is a popular spot for fishing from your kayak. Fishing from your kayak is permitted from Memorial to Labor Day but you can fish from the shoreline all year.
The lake is stocked with trout year-round. Other species of fish include Florida bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill and sturgeon. The lake is small, more like a large pond, but it is well stocked with trout and has a native population of bluegill to tempt the angler.
Open: The lake is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to sunset for kayaking from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend. The 10 m.p.h. boat speed limit is strictly enforced.
Fees: There is a fee to camp, to fish, to launch and to wash your kayak for quagga mussels.
Lake Facilities: There is a convenience store, bait and tackle, a restaurant, motor boats, a paved launch, boat dock, and a jetty for fishing. The lake also features bird watching, guided nature walks and hiking trails. Canoes and only hard shell kayaks 9’ sit-in or sit-on-tops (or longer) are allowed, no rafts. Float tubes can be used all day during the weekdays but only during the last three hours of daylight on the weekends and holidays. No water body contact, windsurfing, jet or waterskiing. Leashed dogs are permitted on boats but not in the water. All boats including canoes and kayaks must be washed and decontaminated for quagga mussels prior to launching. There's a restaurant overlooking the lake.