Desolation Wilderness area is the most visited wilderness area in the state. The greater El Dorado County area features ten major reservoirs and 11,640 acres of lakes. There are family campgrounds, plus several additional picnic areas and boat ramps. In addition to the abundance of lakes, 575 miles of rivers and streams provide habitat for over 20 known fish species.
Fishing spots in El Dorado County include the American River (Silver Fork Riverton), Stumpy Meadows, American River South Fork Coloma, El Dorado Forebay, Kirkwood Lake, Consumnes River, Ice House Reservoir, Kirkwood Lake, Loon Lake, and Union Valley Reservoir. Be sure to check out the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s interactive fishing map.
Trout Unlimited also offers a downloadable fishing map.