San Luis Reservoir

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San Luis Reservoir

Location: in the foothills of the western San Joaquin Valley near Pacheco Pass off Highway 152, eight miles west of I-5. 

Size: The main reservoir holds 2,027,840 acre-feet of water when full. The San Luis Joint-Use Complex serves the California State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project (CVP). The state capacity is currently 1,062,180 acre-feet, while the federal capacity is 965,660 acre-feet. The shoreline is 65 miles and the surface area is 12,250 acres. The lake is 274 feet at its deepest.

Boat ramps:  Concrete ramps are available at Dinosaur Pont and the Basalt area on San Luis and at the San Luis Creek area on O’Neill Forebay.


Boating Hours/Conditions: Boats are allowed on the water from sunrise until sunset. The strictly enforced boating pattern here is counter-clockwise. Wind warning lights are located at the Romero Visitor center, Quien Sabe Point and the Basalt entrance. When the winds reach 30 mph and red warning light flashers, GET OFF THE LAKE! Weather and wind condition information: (800) 805-4805.


Lodging and camping: Reservations are recommended for developed campsites at Basalt and San Luis Campgrounds on spring and summer weekends and holidays. Call (800) 444-7275. Two other campgrounds are available first come, first served.

The Basalt Campground: The 79 non-hookup sites each have a table, cupboard and a fire ring with a barbecue. Some sites can accommodate trailers and motor homes up to 30 feet. Water and restrooms with pay showers are nearby.

The San Luis Creek Area Campground: The 53 family sites have electric and water hook-ups and accommodates motor homes and trailers up to 30 feet. A sanitation station is nearby. To reserve the San Luis Creek Group Camp for up to 90 people, call (800) 444-7275. The shaded picnic areas have sandy beaches. Reserve picnic sites by calling (209) 826-1197.

Fishing information: Coyote Bait and Tackle, San Jose, (408) 463-0711.

Fishing guide:  Roger George of Roger George Guide Service, 559-905-2954,

State Park Information: San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, 31426 Gonzaga Road, Gustine CA. 95322-9737, (209) 826-1197,

Articles & Reports
Sanddabs, Crabs, Halibut And Stripers Highlight Recent Fishing

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
February 9, 2014

There has been a fair amount of action for saltwater anglers in the Berkeley area despite the fact that this is traditionally the slowest time of the year.

“We’ve got a couple charter boats running out of the marina right now,” related...


San Luis Reservoir, the Home of Record Class Stripers San Luis Reservoir, the Home of Record Class Stripers

Written By: Dan Bacher,
December 10, 2013

Every trip you make to San Luis Reservoir or the adjacent O’Neill Forebay might be the one that produces a new world record inland striped bass. Hank Ferguson of Soquel set the all tackle International Game Fish Association (IGFA) record...


For Sale 2013 Fish Sniffer Willie Raptor For Sale 2013 Fish Sniffer Willie Raptor

Written By: FishSniffer Staff,
September 16, 2013

Once again, the Fish Sniffer is prowling the waters of Northern California in a beautiful 21’ Willie Raptor.  The Raptor is an extremely versatile boat – big and solid enough for large lakes and the ocean, yet compact enough to...


Sanddabs, Crabs, Halibut And Stripers Highlight Recent Fishing

Written By: Cal Kellogg,

There has been a fair amount of action for saltwater anglers in the Berkeley area despite the fact that this is traditionally the slowest time of the year.

“We’ve got a couple charter boats running out of the marina right now,” related Ray Niford at the Berkeley Marina...


Fred Hall Shows Expand Seminars

Written By: FishSniffer Staff,

Most people don’t realize that at the Fred Hall Shows…The Ultimate Outdoor Experience over 600 seminars take place during a nine-day period.  There are over 400 seminars in five days at Long Beach and over 200 seminars in four days at San Diego.  The Long Beach Show is...


San Luis Oct 1, 2011

Written By: FishSniffer Staff,

"Striper fishing is starting to pick up at San Luis, where guys are using rip baits baits such as the Lucky Craft Pointer in the early mornings," he added.

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o’neill forebay

Written By: Forum Member: DK4885,
August 26, 2013

Hit o'neill yesterday got there a little after 6 and calm beautiful day with a beautiful sunrise. 20 minutes later the winds came.The action was fast by 8:45 we landed 20 fish and by 12:30 we had 60 fish so we decided since the winds settled down lets hit big lake. We get to big lake and...


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Tips & Tactics for San Luis Reservoir
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This is Dave Fowler here from The Headwaters Fishing Team with my review of the new FeelFree lure 11.5. 

With the weight of this kayak at...


Winter, Trophy Time For Cats! Winter, Trophy Time For Cats!

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The hiss of a Coleman lantern, moths fluttering in the yellow light and in the distance you can hear the mournful bellow of bullfrogs....


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Weather Report for San Luis Reservoir

Todays date: Sunday May 24, 2015

San Luis Reservoir Species
  • Catfish
  • Catfish
  • Landlocked Stripers
  • Landlocked Stripers
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Landlocked Stripers

Water Level for San Luis Reservoir

Sorry. We don't have any water level information for San Luis Reservoir. Our information comes from the USGS.

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