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

Trout fishing has remained good here with the unseasonably cool start to summer. Bass fishing has been fair but should start to improve with 90’s filling the extended forecasts. Trout fishing will taper off but until then, damsel and midge remain some of the better flies. Small spinners are finding both bass and trout and can be lots of fun on the right day this time of year. Surface fishing for bass around structure and along the shoreline can be excellent during low light periods.


Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
1501Rainbow Trout10.103-22-20221501
805Brown Trout10.306-15-2022805
702Brown Trout9.906-15-20221507
507Rainbow Trout10.306-15-20222005

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.