Cachuma Lake has just received 4,000 pounds of rainbow, bolstering the lake’s trout population. At this time of year, trout move from deeper waters to the shallower hollows.

This is the first of four scheduled 4,000-pound rainbow trout releases for the 2022-23 stocking season, with fish ranging in size from half-pound “catchables” to eight-pound “trophies.”

The fish come from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms, Inc., in Paynes Creek, California. The next trout plants are tentatively scheduled for December, January and April.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the haunted Hook’d Bar and Grill in the marina will host its first Halloween Costume Contest. There will be food, drinks, and music featuring The Remedies from 4-7 p.m.

For those who plan to bring their own boating vessels to Cachuma, note that due to the 30-day Quagga restrictions at the lake, boats must be inspected and tagged by Cachuma Lake staff at least 30 days prior to your visit. For more boating information, visit

Cachuma Lake Recreation Area is a full-service campground offering year-round cabin, yurt, RV and tent camping, recreational activities, nature programs for all ages, and fishing. For camping reservations and more information, visit

Anglers’ needs are available for rent or purchase at the Cachuma Lake Marina and Boat Rentals, which offers pontoons, outboards and kayak rentals, as well as one-day and annual fishing licenses. Fishing from shore in the recreation area or from a boat is open year-round with a valid fishing license.