Pedrotti Ponds

Pedrotti Ponds is one of The Fly Shop’s latest trophy Bass fisheries, located literally just a stones throw from The Fly Shop®!

On the southern edge of Redding California you can find Pedrotti Ponds. Dave loves rocks, dirt, loaders, dump trucks, dredges and has a certain flare for finding big bass. He’s an industrious, energetic, astute individual who owns the rock quarry where ponds as large a 25 acres and as deep as 40 feet, full of cool water, are loaded with bass, bluegil, and crappie. Fish that are in a way just like him. Fish that are healthy, strong, crafty and in their element. One difference to note, you won’t be able to fool Dave with a frog pattern, jig or worm. Not going to happen.

In the 1940’s, the Pedrotti Ponds area was mined for Gold with huge bucket line dredges that moved millions of tons of gravel creating deep holes that today are irrigated with cold clean water straight from the Lower Sacramento River. Thanks to Dave and the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act, it’s Dave’s job to turn these old gravel pits into wetlands that offer suitable habitat for waterfowl and fish. Dave has done an amazing job.

Today anglers enjoy a pond setting complete with floating aquatic plant life that bass love! Add to that submerged structure that supports a healthy thriving bass fishery and what do we have? Awesome bass fishing!

Pedrotti Ponds can fish well every day of the year for bass ranging from 2 to 8 pounds. The famous top-water action in the lake that peaks from April through October is the most popular time for anglers to cast frogs and poppers for explosive strikes from the lake’s resident bass. Big Bluegill and Crappy are also abundant, more often than not these ancillary fish provide a scrumptious meal for the big, aggressive bass found in Swarts’ Ponds.

Pedrotti Ponds offers fishing by the day, per rod.

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Reservations and Rates

The cost of the daily fishing (costs shown are per person) for the Pedrotti Ponds package are:
• Full Day Fishing: $95 per day/per person
• Half Day Fishing: $55 per day/per person

Included in your fishing package at Pedrotti Ponds is a full day or half day of fishing at beautiful Pedrotti Ponds.

Not included in your fishing package at Pedrotti Ponds are fishing license, tackle, rods/reels, and items of a personal nature.

The Fly Shop® is not in the insurance business, but we recommend Travel Guard coverage as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected. It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur. However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses.

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Seasons at Pedrotti Ponds

Pedrotti Ponds is open to fishing for day anglers every day of the year, with the most popular fishing in the spring, summer and fall. We limit the number of anglers on the ponds to a maximum of 6 anglers, although groups of 2 anglers or more will have the lake to themselves.

March through June:
Springtime produces warmer surface water temperatures at Swarts. Just warm the edges of the ponds a few degrees and the bass start moving towards the shallows. It's along the edges of the ponds were anglers find aggressive bass feeding during the spring months. It along these edges of the ponds where streamers, worms, and crayfish patterns can cause you to become very, very happy. Well, happier than you where just a minute ago fishing, and that was pretty happy.

The best of the topwater action usually begins in early April, when frogs, mice, and various poppers fished along the weedbeds can produce ruthless strikes. Subsurface patterns almost always out-produce topwater fly patterns though. We can't resist fishing on the top and watching Swarts' barbarian bucket-mouths break-out on the surface to devour our frog patterns and poppers.

July through August:
The summer months are about long hot days and topwater explosions. July and August are the two best months of the year to catch bass on topwater at Wilk’s pond. Fishing early and late is the key to success this time of year, and mornings are usually best. The bigger the frog pattern the better; if you have a hard time throwing it on an 8 weight, it’s probably going to work. Cast, strip and hold on.

September through October:
The topwater fishing will continue into the early fall when the bass begin to focus more on schooling baitfish as they begin to feed to fatten up for the winter months. This is also a great time to throw small bass fry and other baitfish fry patterns that resemble the fry that have hatched the previous spring.

November through February:
The winter months at Pedrotti Ponds may not be considered prime time by most, but that does not mean the bass won't attack a leech pattern stripped through the depths. The fish do in fact feed all winter long, and true bass maniacs can enjoy epic bass fishing even in the dead of winter.

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Lodging at Pedrotti Ponds

There is not lodging at Pedrotti Ponds as it is a day use only fishery. However, with it being so close to Redding and Anderson there are many wonderful motels and hotels to choose from. The following list of hotels/motels have been used for years by anglers fishing with The Fly Shop® for both guide trips as well as daily fishing adventures.

Best Western Plus Hilltop Inn
2300 Hilltop Drive
Redding CA 96002
Phone: 530-221-6100
Website: www.thehilltopinn.com/redding-hotel-fishing-package.aspx
• The Best Western Hilltop Inn is a long-time standby for fly fishers staying in Redding, and one of our favorites. It has one of the best restaurants in town - CR Gibbs Restaurant & Bar - and a great Angler's Package specially catering to guests of The Fly Shop®.

Gaia Hotel & Spa
4125 Riverside Place
Anderson, CA 96007
Phone: 530-365-7077
Website: www.gaiahotelspa.com
• The Gaia Hotel and Spa is located just 3 miles south of Redding and The Fly Shop® directly off of Interstate 5. We are a contemporary hotel with 120 guestrooms and suites and are located on the Sacramento River. We have an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness Center, Living Waters Spa and a Full service Woodsidegrille and Lounge open 7 days a week. We offer discounted guest room rates for Guests of the Fly Shop.

Oxford Suites
1967 Hilltop Dr
Redding, CA 96002
Phone: 530-221-0100
Website: www.oxfordsuitesredding.com
• Oxford Suites offers discounted rates for guests of The Fly Shop®, has big, clean, comfortable rooms for a good price, along with complimentary buffet breakfast, central location, and a short walk to some great Redding restaurants.

Red Lion
1830 Hilltop Dr
Redding, CA 96002
Phone: 530-221-8700
Website: www.redlion.rdln.com
• The Red Lion has been hosting fly rodders in Redding for decades. They offer a discounted rate for guests of The Fly Shop®, and they also have airport shuttles, a good restaurant and popular lounge, and a central location within walking distance to many great local eateries.

Hilton Garden Inn
5050 Bechelli Lane
Redding, CA 96002
Phone: 530-226-5111
Website: www.hiltongardeninn.com
• The Hilton Garden Inn is conveniently located near The Fly Shop® and Bonnyview Boat Ramp, and even have rooms with views of the river.

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Getting to Pedrotti Ponds

From Interstate 5 in Redding take the South Bonneyview Rd exit (#675 and the same exit as The Fly Shop®). If you are traveling south on Hwy I-5 you will exit the freeway and turn right onto South Bonnyview Rd; heading northbound on I-5 you will turn left at the off-ramp onto South Bonnyview Rd over the overpass. Travel approximately 2 miles west on South Bonnyview Rd, across the railroad tracks, and turn left (south) onto Hwy 273. Go south about 1 mile on Hwy 273 until you see the sign for Clear Creek Road. Turn right (west) onto Clear Creek Road.

Travel almost exactly 1 mile down Clear Creek Rd and start looking for the gated entrance to Swarts Ponds to the right (north). There will be a BLM access sign on the left side of the road and an open area for the entrance to the neighboring gravel plant just prior to the Swarts Ponds entrance. The address is 17702 Clear Creek Rd. and you will turn in, take the right fork and follow this driveway for about 100 yds staying to the left. Park at the gravel boat ramp and enjoy the fishing.

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Making Reservations to Pedrotti Ponds

To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week, or email us at nick@theflyshop.com or bryan@theflyshop.com anytime. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.