Lake Ramona is a small, deep, clear water reservoir 37 miles northeast of downtown San Diego between Poway and Ramona. Access to the lake requires a 3 mile hike (up hill), so the lake receives very little fishing pressure.
Most anglers who visit Lake Ramona are after bass, and there is a large population of mostly small largemouth here that are very bite-friendly. Because the lake receives little pressure, and harvest rates are small and the bass are over populated and stunted.
It is open daily from sunrise to sunset, but closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. There are no fees to fish at Lake Ramona, but a valid California Sport Fishing License is required for all anglers 16 years of age or older.
Access is available through the Blue Sky Ecological Preserve. You can park at 16313 Espola Road, Poway, CA and from there hike 3 miles up to the top of the lake’s dam. Please be prepared for the hike, pack lightly and bring more water than you think you’d need. The last 1/4 mile of the hike is steep as you climb the back of the dam, and anglers often run out of water.
Boats, float tubes, kayaks and canoes are not permitted, and there is no water contact allowed.
Water Level Trend
The following chart shows measured water level elevation (feet) at Lake Ramona over the previous 12 months.