Caples Lake - Kirkwood, CA

Lake Information

Caples Lake is a picturesque freshwater lake located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. It is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts due to the abundance of trout in its waters, including rainbow, brown, and mackinaw trout. Visitors can fish from the shore or rent a boat to access deeper waters. Ice fishing is also a popular activity during the winter months when the lake is frozen over. Caples Lake is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, making it a great location for camping, hiking, and wildlife watching.
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Mackinaw Trout



Latest Photos

8-18-2022
5-21-2022
4 lbs. 8 oz.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mitch Ditton
Micah Ditton
2-1-2020
Photo Credit: Courtesy od Chris Leake
1-7-2020

Caples Lake Whoppers

Species Weight Date Report
Brown Trout 6 lbs. 7-07-2017 View Report
Rainbow Trout 6 lbs. 6-06-2016 View Report
Brown Trout 5 lbs. 7-07-2017 View Report
Rainbow Trout 5 lbs. 7-04-2018 View Report
Brown Trout 4 lbs. 8 oz. 2-01-2020 View Report
Brown Trout 4 lbs. 7-07-2017 View Report
Rainbow Trout 3 lbs. 2 oz. 6-10-2017 View Report
Rainbow Trout 2 lbs. 6-22-2016 View Report

Latest Fish Plants

Plant DateSpeciesSourceTotal Pounds
10-30-2023Rainbow TroutCDFW 
7-23-2023Rainbow TroutCDFW 
9-12-2022Rainbow TroutCDFW 
5-23-2021Rainbow TroutCDFW 
9-06-2020Rainbow TroutCDFW 


Latest Fish Reports

Date Report Author
6-6-2024 Caples Lake Fishing Report
The lake level is up and the KGID... more »
Doug Busey
6-5-2024 Father's Day is Coming & the Fish are Biting!
These warm summer days are what it's all... more »
Caples Lake Resort
5-28-2024 Come On In, We're Open for Summer!
Opening weekend was a huge success! Thank you... more »
Caples Lake Resort
5-23-2024 The lake has thawed out 85% as of last Wednesday
The lake has thawed out 85% as of... more »
Doug Busey
5-9-2024 The lake is now showing some open waters along the edges
The lake is now showing some open waters... more »
Doug Busey

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