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Lake Sonoma is 451 feet above sea level. It has 3,600 surface acres and 53 miles of shoreline. Liberty Glen campground, with 113 tent/RV sites, sits in the hills above the lake. There is a 5-lane main launch ramp with a $3 fee.

The Lake Sonoma Marina has a 2-lane ramp with a $10 fee.

At the upper lake is Yorty Creek which is limited to cartop launching only, $3 launch fee.

For more information contact Lake Sonoma Recreation Area (707)433-9483 or Lake Sonoma Marina (707)433-2200

More Lake Sonoma Information

California Dept. of Water Resources has lake levels for Warm Springs(Sonoma)

Lake Sonoma is a highland reservior with the majority of shoreline dropping off steeply. There is a lot of standing and fallen timber along the main lake and in the coves. Both upper arms of the lake have no-ski and no wake zones so fishing can be quiet and enjoyable. But the main lake areas are narrow and boat wakes seem to eventually find you.

Sonoma Lake, Elevation: 440ft. Daily Statistics
Date Res. Elevation (ft.) Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Evaporation (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.)
Aug 18 413.2 158200 118 13 ??? 0

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Name: M3AN Bass Date: 2014-02-01
Location: Santa Rosa
Water Temp: 49-50 Water Clarity: 3
Report: Launched around 8am and headed to the southwest arm. Caught 1 LMB (2lb 6oz) next to island view campsite. Then hit the main body of the lake with no success. Had a first on the water experience in seeing a DEER several hundred yards from shore in the main body. It was almost hit by another boater and turned around. I knew deer could swim but hadn't seen it in person before and wouldn't have thought it would try to cross the whole lake.

Tips: Slow down. Drop shot is the only thing that has produced for us so far this year.

Name: M3AN Bass Date: 2014-01-26
Location: Santa Rosa
Water Temp: 48-50 Water Clarity: 3
Report: Four fishermen on two boats, launched at 8am off the water at 2pm. My partner and I headed north from the main ramp, slow day. My partner boated 2 smallmouth, best went 1lb 15oz. I had one follower and that was it. The fishermen on the other boat fish Sonoma pretty often and had a better day. They boated 7, all largemouth nothing over 2lbs. All fish from both boats were caught is dropshot.

Tips: It's a grind, if you go fish slow. Fish seem to be holding in 15-30 feet of water.

Name: Pinole Retiree Date: 2013-11-06
Location: Pinole
Water Temp: 63 - 65 Water Clarity: 2
Report: Wednesday, 11/6/13, it was our goal to find bass chasing shad. Again, as was the case about 2 weeks ago, we didn’t find any. During the day, we fished Cherry Creek, the Warm Spring Branch and Smith Creek. Several different top-water baits, hard and soft body jerk baits, rattle traps, swim baits and drop-shot worms were tried. Of these, only drop-shotting 4½ and 6 inch RoboWorms caught fish. We did manage, off and on during the day, to catch 10 fish. Several fish were between 3 and 3½ lbs. The others were between 1 and 3 lbs. Two trout were also hook on RoboWorms but lost at the boat. This was good as there was no need to handle them for release.

Tips: Hooking two trout in near shore and trees could be an indication that shad are schooling in close to shore. It should be just a matter of being in the right place and time of getting into a school of bass chasing shad and having real fun time catching many fish.

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