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Hidden Valley Lake - Fishing Opportunities

Fishing opportunities at Hidden Valley Lake are much improved compared to the late 1990's. Stockings of largemouth, bluegill and northern pike effectively reduced the over-abundance of redbreast sunfish that was a problem in the past. Largemouth bass are increasing in both size and abundance, and are now reproducing in the lake. Bluegill have replaced redbreast sunfish as the dominant sunfish species. Black crappie are very abundant, but stunted at a small size. Most of the crappie collected in samples are less than 8 inches long. A few nice crappie up to 15 inches have been collected, but they are rare. Channel catfish and northern pike are stocked each year. These two species offer anglers some diversity. Overall the fishery appears to be improving.