Hinkson Slough

– Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area (MVWMA) was purchased by the state in 1955 to develop wetlands for waterfowl. As the wetlands expanded, ponds and sloughs were created, which became ideal for warmwater fish such as largemouth bass and catfish. With the completion of the Mason Valley Hatchery in 1990, a constant supply of water was ensured and led to the expansion of the Fish Series ponds.


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Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

Hinkson Slough was slow on the opener for some and pretty good for others.  Those able to get out into the fingers caught more fish than those stuck on the shore. Spin fisherman using large spinner caught a few really nice fish to 16 inches. The best flies for retrieving on the opening weekend seemed to be dark buggers and leech patterns. Large dark nymphs under a strike indicator was also productive.


Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
2790Rainbow Trout1102-07-20232790
257Rainbow Trout11.902-07-20233047

Pertinent Information

The Fish Series Ponds include Hinkson Slough, Bass Pond, Crappie Pond, and North Pond and are the primary ponds that anglers fish. The ponds range from 15 to 200 acres and depths are generally less than five to eight feet deep, although North Pond is 13 feet deep. Management emphasis is generally toward quality largemouth bass angling, however, trout are stocked in North Pond and Hinkson Slough. Trout include bowcutt (rainbow trout x cutthroat trout hybrid), rainbow trout, brown rout, and tiger trout, with Hinkson Slough producing trophy-sizes. Channel catfish and bluegill are also present, with bluegill reaching over one pound. North Pond has an improved boat ramp, and paved parking, and Bass Pond and Hinson Slough have a padded and gravel boat ramp, respectively. Restrooms are placed throughout the management area and at North Pond and Hinkson Slough. Camping is only allowed at Sandridge and North Pond campground on the management area.