Swarts Ponds is The Fly Shop's® latest trophy Bass fishery, located literally just a stones throw from Steiner Lake!
On the southern edge of Redding California you can find Dave Swarts of Swarts Pit. 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, Crappy. 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 Swarts Ponds area was mined for Gold with huge bucket line dredges that moved millions of tons of gravel creating deep holes that today are irregated 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 sutible 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!
Swarts 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.
Swarts' Ponds offers fishing by the day, per rod. Need a place to saty? It's possible to stay next door at Steiner Lake, another Bass fishery, where our comfortable lakeside rental cabin can operate as your base camp for fishing the combined Swarts Ponds and Steiner Lake fisheies. Each are booked individually.
Reservations & Rates
Swarts Ponds can fish well every day of the year for bass ranging from 2 to 8 pounds.
Swarts 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.
Nearby Stener Lake offers a lakeside cabin that is a wonderful option for groups of anglers fishing at Swarts Ponds in addition to Steiner Lake. The Steiner Cabin is booked seprately or in addition to a day or more at Swarts Ponds. The Steiner Cabin is perfect for anglers considering a comfortable rental option on the water while enjoying extended fishing adventures to other local fisheries, including the Lower
Sacramento River, Upper Sacramento River, or Trinity River. The cabin features 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, a kitchen with everything you need to prepare your own meals, barbecues on the wonderful deck and patio overlooking the Steiner Lake. The cabin sleeps up to 6 comfortably.
The best fishing on Swarts Ponds is from boats, and there is a gravel boat ramp for launching float tubes, pontoon boats, or even small prams or drift boats. You will need to bring your own boat, pontoon boat or float tube to Swarts Ponds. There is some limited bankside access for shore-angling.
The cost of the daily fishing (costs shown are per person)
for the Swarts 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 Swarts Ponds is a full day or half day of fishing at beautiful Swarts Ponds.
Non-Inclusions: Not included in your fishing package at Swarts Ponds are fishing license, tackle, rods/reels, and
items of a personal nature.
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Seasons at Swarts Ponds
Swarts Ponds is only minutes from The Fly Shop®! Instant access to some of the very best bass fishing ever!
November through February:
The winter months at Swarts 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.
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.
May and June can be considered the prime months for Swarts Ponds with good water temperatures, consistent topwater action to be found daily.
July through October:
The summer months are about long hot days here in Redding, CA. The fishing remains great at Swarts Ponds early and late in the day. Midday when the sun is high, the bass will attack subsurface patterns, but the best fishing is in the low light conditions when the pugnacious predators of the ponds go on a snoop dog like prowl.
By July and leading into the remainder of the summer months, the ponds will produce hatches of Dragon Flies and Damsel Flies during the late morning and afternoon. When these big insects come to the water, the bass will lose their minds, throwing all caution to the depths of the pond and charge from distances unknown to attack these bugs. Good thing you're a human and in a boat.
Dragonflies, damselflies, and other topwater shanigans sustain the great fishing at Swarts' through early Fall, with subsurface bass flies, crustaceans, and worms generating the fruitful bass fishing Swarts Ponds are developing a reputation for.
Getting To Swarts 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.
Itinerary for Swarts Ponds
Day fisherman are welcome to arrive anytime after sun-up. Fish the lake until dark. Anglers who have the lake reserved for day fishing are welcome to come and go as they please. Especially in the summertime many of our guests will fish in the morning, take a midday break, then return to fish the evening hours. Those fishing just a half day at the lake can fish 4-5 hours, either in the morning, afternoon or early evening.
Making Reservations to Swarts 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.