Type of Water
Freshwater Lake (Reservoir)
Morgan Hill, CA
Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish, Carp
Launch ramp, day use facility only
Anderson Reservoir is the largest man-made lake in Santa Clara County, Northern
California. The reservoir can store 90,373 acre-feet of water. Its surface area
is 1,271 acres. This lake while modest in size compared to most well known lakes offers
plenty of fishing opportunities from shore, but the prime fishing points and coves
are best accessed by boat.
Anderson is a popular lake among both anglers
and waterskiers so the lake can be somewhat busy during the warmer months.
Luckily for anglers there are protected slow zones on both sides of the lake, as
well as in the largest coves. There is a 35 mph speed limit on the main lake as
has the potential to be a big bass lake, but fluctuating water levels always
seem to hurt the spawn. There is also currently no stocking program in Anderson,
unlike some of the other regional lakes. The lake is well known for holding
large numbers of small bass (12 inches and under), crappie, catfish, and carp.
While not the best lake to go for lunker bass, Anderson offers anglers plenty of
fishable water on both ends of the lake, making it a great place to practice
TT Tip: While Anderson doesn't hold many large bass, anglers can be
rewarded with huge numbers of fish in the spring and summer. There is also the
outside chance to catch a 4+ lb fish if you are lucky. The south portion the
lake near the bridge is popular among both shore anglers and boaters that spend
time working the edges and rock wall. In the north
end of the lake the coves
also hold fish,
and working plastics down the
structure lined outcroppings can
throughout the year. In the Summertime
Crappie fishing with tube jigs can
be downright unstoppable.
Anderson dam and
was named for Leroy Anderson, the key founder and first president of the Santa
Clara Valley Water Conservation District. It was built in 1950, on a 500-acre
dairy and cattle ranch along Coyote Creek purchased from the estate of John
Cochran and his wife, Aphelia Farmington.