Lake Sutherland is a very popular paddling and fishing destination located in Ramona, California. The rolling hills covered in spotted shrubs that run along the shore make this a very scenic paddling location. The grassy hills surrounding the lake and solitude of the area make Sutherland quite unique amongst some of the busier bodies of water in Southern California. Lake Sutherland is a great place for photography on the water during the spring when flowers bloom along the hillsides.
Unfortunately due to the drought in California, the lake is at record low levels, making the paddling areas much lower than they otherwise would be. There is a mandatory inspection for quagga mussels on all watercraft, so make sure your kayak is clean and dry, inside and out.
Virtually all of California's fresh water species can be found here. Bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish are common catches here. Being on a kayak gives anglers a huge advantage when fishing the rock piles in the lake, as you are able to get very close to them. Plastic worms are a popular lure as are spoons and jerkbaits. Trolling zoom flukes and jerk shad type baits can also be very effective.
Air temperature in Sutherland Reservoir ranges from the 50s to mid 60s in the winter and the 70s to low 80s in the summer. Conditions usually remain pretty calm throughout the year,
Sutherland Reservoir Launch Ramp (Sutherland Reservoir)