Fulmor Lake: A Hidden Gem for Trout and Bass in the San Jacinto Mountains

Nestled amidst towering pines and granite boulders, Fulmor Lake offers a serene escape for anglers seeking a taste of the wild, just a short drive from Los Angeles. While it may not be the most well-known fishing spot, its tranquility and diverse fish population make it a hidden gem waiting to be explored.

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How To Read Fish Plant Graphs

To interpret fish plant graphs effectively, consider the following key elements:

  1. Blue Vertical Bars and Numbers:
    • Representation: The blue vertical bars on the graph represent individual fish plants.
    • Weight Measurement: The associated numbers indicate the total weight of the plants in pounds (lbs.) that occurred during a specific week.
    • Significance: Monitoring these bars helps identify weeks with higher planting activity, aiding anglers in selecting optimal times for fishing near recent plantings.
  2. Orange Trend Line:
    • Purpose: The orange trend line represents the moving average of all fish plant activities at the specified location.
    • Indicator of Activity: A rising trend line suggests a consistent increase in planting activity over the designated period. This indicates the potential for more catch opportunities and signifies a growing fish population over the weeks.
  3. Interpreting the Moving Average:
    • Upward Trend: A rising moving average implies an upward trajectory in planting activity, indicating an increasing number of fish being introduced into the area. This suggests a positive outlook for anglers, as it implies a larger and potentially more accessible fish population.
    • Downward Trend (Not Specified): The description does not provide information on the interpretation of a decreasing trend in the moving average. It might be beneficial to include information on what a decreasing trend could signify in terms of fishing prospects.
  4. No Data Present:
    • Possible Explanations: If no data is visible on the graph, it may indicate that the location had no fish plants in the last three months. Alternatively, the absence of data could be due to non-disclosure of fish plants for that location.
    • Natural Population: Some fishing areas in California rely on the natural growth of fish populations, and graphs may not show plants if this is the case.
  5. Graph Disclaimer:
    • Data Source: The graphs reflect a combination of publicly disclosed data and estimates. Some locations may disclose fish plants without specifying exact amounts.
    • Not Universal: Not all fishing areas have fish plants, and the natural growth of fish populations plays a significant role in many California fishing locations.

Understanding these elements will empower anglers to make informed decisions about when and where to fish based on historical fish plant data.

Note: If no data is present in the graph above, this location may not have had any plants the last 3 months, or may not have publicly disclosed plants. Graphs reflect both publicly disclosed data and estimates, as some locations disclose plants, but not exact amount.

Map & Fishing Location

Fish You Can Expect to Catch:

  • Rainbow Trout:
    • The stars of the show, stocked regularly from spring through fall. Early mornings and evenings near the dam and inlets are prime times. Spoons, spinners, and flies that mimic insects will entice them. Be prepared for spirited fights!
  • Largemouth Bass:
    • These feisty residents lurk around rocky outcrops and submerged logs. Jigs, crankbaits, and plastic worms are their kryptonite, especially during mornings and evenings in the warmer months. Get ready for acrobatic leaps!
  • Bluegill and Sunfish:
    • These panfish love the shallows and structures like fallen trees. Worms and small jigs are their irresistible invitations for a tug-of-war. Kids will have a blast reeling these feisty friends in.
  • Bonus Beauties:
    • Keep an eye out for the occasional carp or even the rare native arroyo chub. They add an element of excitement and surprise to your catch.

Locals’ Insights:

  • Early Risers Rule:
    • The golden hours after sunrise and before sunset are magic, especially for trout and bass. Match the hatch for fly fishing, and use live bait for sunfish.
  • Shore or Boat?:
    • Both options are viable. The shoreline offers easy access and stunning scenery, while a small boat allows you to explore deeper areas and hidden coves.
  • Family-Friendly Fun:
    • The area boasts picnic tables and a hiking trail, making it perfect for a day outing. Let the kids enjoy catch-and-release fishing for sunfish while you cast your line for the bigger ones.
  • Respect the Wilderness:
    • This is a fragile ecosystem, so practice Leave No Trace principles. Pack out your trash, avoid disturbing wildlife, and be mindful of fire restrictions.

Unique to Fulmor Lake:

  • Scenic Backdrop:
    • Towering granite cliffs, lush greenery, and the mirrored surface of the lake create a postcard-perfect setting. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and soak in the tranquility.
  • Hidden Gem:
    • Despite its proximity to the city, Fulmor Lake feels remote and untouched. You might even encounter deer, birds of prey, or the occasional curious fox.
  • Challenge Accepted:
    • This lake requires patience and finesse. The fish can be wary, so light tackle and stealthy approaches are key. But the reward of landing a beautiful trout or bass in this pristine setting is unmatched.

Top Fishing Spots:

  • Dam Area:
    • Cast your line near the dam wall for potential trophy trout, especially during trout stocking months.
  • Rocky Outcrops:
    • Look for submerged logs and fish around these structures for bass hiding in the shadows.
  • Shallow Coves:
    • Target sunfish and crappie in the mornings and evenings when they come out to feed near the surface.
  • Deep Center (Boat Only):
    • If you have a boat, venture towards the deeper areas for a chance at larger bass or even the elusive carp.

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Bonus Tip:

  • Be mindful of seasonal closures and regulations. Obtain a fishing license, practice catch-and-release for specific fish (check regulations), and dispose of trash properly.

Fulmor Lake is more than just a fishing spot; it’s a portal to a simpler time. So grab your rod, embrace the fresh mountain air, and cast your line into an experience that will reel you in with its beauty, tranquility, and the thrill of the catch.