AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Twin Lakes (Bridgeport) is where the state-record brown trout was caught, and although the number of trophy brown trout hooked has decreased since the early ’90s, anglers can bet that a state-record fish still lives here. Twin Lakes is likely the most heavily fished brown-trout water in the state. It gets fished from California and Nevada residents and receives national exposure. Edison Lake is one of those waters that many of the trophy brown trout hunters know about – but they don’t tell their friends. A long, winding, dirt road keeps many anglers from heading to this high mountain lake in the Sierra National Forest, roughly a two-hour drive from Fresno. Edison has yielded browns greater than 25 pounds in the past, but no enormous catches have been reported recently. Bridgeport Reservoir receives heavy fishing pressure from rainbow-trout and brown-trout anglers. It doesn’t yield huge browns, but it affords anglers a good opportunity to catch 3- to 6-pounders. This could be the most user-friendly brown-trout water in the state. You don’t need to be an expert to fish here. Sometimes rainbow-trout anglers catch browns soaking night crawlers from shore. South Lake is the wild card. It’s no secret that trophy browns live here, but few are caught. Some years, hardly any browns are hooked. This is likely because a small number of anglers target them, although they would if they considered the stocking schedule. South is one of the few waters that has seen heavy brown-trout stockings in the past 10 years. This year, with South Lake remaining open through Nov. 15, there’s a good chance a trophy brown – or several – will be caught. This also is the closest water to Southern California. Rounding out the top five would be Edison Lake on the western slope, Bridgeport Reservoir along Highway 395 and South Lake near Bishop. Lake Tahoe has a staggering number of browns. These fish aren’t stocked and haven’t been for decades. They are a self-sustaining population that can be caught in the shallows during the fall at Lake Tahoe. Tahoe’s browns can’t seem to break the 15-pound mark, but the number of browns between 5 and 10 pounds outnumbers all other lakes in the state. Many lakes in the Sierra harbor trophy brown trout. Narrowing your search to a handful of waters that maintain stable populations of browns is a sure way to maximize your chance of catching fish. Although many anglers believe that Twin Lakes (Bridgeport) is the best brown-trout water in the state, it’s foolish to overlook Lake Tahoe. Tahoe is a top fishery that isn’t harassed by brown-trout anglers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!