Fishing Season: Wide open starting in May to July

Lake Henshaw - CA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Alex Cady's Tip of the Week

The lake is open along with the campground, Restaurant and RV park. The water is cold and the lake level is still rising but there are a few fish looking to feed.

Directions open in app

Map of Lake Henshaw

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Bowman Bluewater Guides and Outfitters

5-Day Outlook as of 7/19/21

Warm weather has been making the fishing a little tougher but there are still some fish to be had.

Techniques & Tips as of 7/19/21

Look for more tailing and cruising fish then fish feeding on the surface.

Current Conditions as of 7/19/21

Warm weather has been making the fishing a little tougher but there are still some fish to be had.

Local Species Available Wide open starting in May to July

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Alex Cady's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Foam Park Hopper N/A 10-14
Adams N/A
Josh's Wiggle Hellgrammite N/A
Atomic Worm N/A
San Juan Worm Orange or Red 10-18
Spork Brown or yellow 2
Schultzy's Low Water Crayfish N/A
Schroeder's Parachute Hopper N/A 10-14
Foam Adams Yellow or Red 14-10
Carp Crack Orange 6

Foam Park Hopper

An effective Yellowstone area grasshopper fly pattern that will work well for you locally, too.

Alex Cady's Recommended Gear

Description: About Lake Henshaw

Lake Henshaw is located 35 miles north east of downtown San Diego. It is a shallow lake with vast sand and mud flats. Once known as one of the finest largemouth bass fisheries in the nation Henshaw is now know for its outstanding flats style fly rodding for carp! Yes carp! With its clear water, hard sand bottom and huge volume of carp, Henshaw is a sight casters dream! Carp ranging from 5 to 20 pounds are common and these great gamefish can be caught on the surface with dry flies or by casting bonefish style patterns to big schools of tailing carp on the flats. June is the time for the annual " Yellow Hopper" hatch which brings some of the finest Hopper action fishing anywhere.

Nearest Airport:

San Diego Int. airport


Hoppers, Midges, Leeches and Crayfish

Best Time to Fish:

Morning and Late Afternoon

Best Stretch:

Big fish Bay, Max Flats, South End Flats

Best Access:

Off hwy 78