Fishing Information & Rules
Barrett Reservoir is located in a remote area approximately 35 miles east of San Diego. It is open for fishing on a limited basis (25 parties per day with each party consisting of no more than four people, including children). Fishing days are Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Schedule is subject to change depending on lake level and patron participation.
Patrons must comply with all State and City regulations as follows:
California State Regulations for Barrett Lake
Lures allowed: Artificial lures with barbless hooks only. See Fish and Wildlife regulations for details. ABSOLUTELY NO BAIT OF ANY KIND!
All artificial lures must be equipped with barbless hooks only. Barbs can be bent down or broken off. It is not necessary to do your entire tackle box, only the hooks you are using.
Fish limits: Bag limit is zero for all species of fish (catch and release only).
Each person 16 or older is required to have a valid California fishing license in their possession. License must be worn and visible at angler's waist or above. The lake does NOT sell fishing licenses.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will strictly enforce rules and regulations.
City of San Diego Requirements
Reservation holder and his/her entire party must enter the lake at the same time and be escorted to the lake. No stopping between the gate and parking area. Reservation holder must show photo identification which must match the name we have on the list from Ticketmaster.
Boats: No motorized private boats are allowed. Float tubes, canoes, and kayaks are permitted, but you still need a reservation. Reservation includes a rental boat and outboard motor. Boats are 14 feet long and come with 8.0 HP motors. Maximum capacity is four people. If you wish to bring your own motor, there is a 25 HP maximum size limit.
There is minimal shore fishing, however, parties wishing to shore fish still need a reservation made through Ticketmaster.
Fish Permits: Each person must purchase (cash only) daily use permit ($20.00 per person regardless of age) and keep it in their possession while at Barrett Lake to avoid being cited for trespass. Any angler picking up a non-permit holder from shore may be ejected from the lake.
There are no concession facilities at Barrett. ANGLERS MUST BRING THEIR OWN WATER, FOOD, LURES, ETC., with them. Glass beverage containers are prohibited. There is NO drinking water at the lake.
Patrons are limited to two vehicles per reservation. Also, NO motorhomes are permitted due to limited parking and low overhead on the entrance road. NO Pets are allowed.
Trash cans are provided next to shoreline toilets only. Please keep all trash in boat and dispose of it in trash cans provided on dock. HELP US KEEP THE LAKE CLEAN.
Regulation of Entry: Anglers will be met at the gate and those possessing a ticket will be allowed to enter with the rest of their party. The gate will be opened at 5:00 AM (except for September when it will be opened at 5:30 AM) Anglers there at that time will be escorted to the boat dock. The attendant will make one additional trip to the gate (on the hour at 7:00 AM) to let in late arrivals. After 7:00 AM no anglers will be allowed to enter. There will be no first come, first served entry at this time. Entry by permit only!
Departure: The property owners in the area of the gate have asked that we escort anglers through the property. As a result, there may be some delay when leaving the lake. For your convenience and planning purposes, escorted departures are scheduled at 12:00 noon, 2:00, 4:00, 6:00 PM and sunset.
Rules and Regulations for Use of Float Tubes and Waders
Waders or hip boots must be worn at all times while wading for the purpose of fishing.
Waders (or hip boots) must be in sound condition and completely cover the immersed portion of an angler's body so as to prevent sustained, direct body contact with the water. No wetsuits.
Waders must be worn at all times while float tube fishing. Use of float tubes restricted to within 150 feet or less from shore.
A U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD (personal flotation device) must be readily available at all times while float tube fishing. All float tube anglers must possess a readily available horn or whistle to warn approaching craft.
At least 144 square inches of international orange material must be displayed or worn at least 12 inches above the water line at all times while float tube fishing.
Directions to Lake Entrance
The gate is located approximately 1.7 miles east of Honey Springs Road on Lyons Valley Road, just west of milepost #12. The road from Barrett Junction/Highway 94 is CLOSED!
From Interstate 8 take Japatul Valley Road 5.6 miles south to Lyons Valley Road. After turning on Lyons Valley Road, watch for descending numbers on green milepost markers. The gate is located just past milepost #12 (6.0 miles) from this direction.
Or from Highway 94 turn left on Honey Springs Road, 7.7 miles to Lyons Valley Road. Turn right on Lyons Valley Road, 1.7 miles to gate.
Call the City Lakes Fish Line (465-FISH) or check out our updated fishing reports and lake information.