About Us

Kelsey Reservoir is a 125 acre lake located on the beautiful 7,000 acre Kelsey Ranch in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Located close to Merced, Modesto, and Turlock, California. The ranch has been in the Kelsey family since 1852. The lake is over 70 years old, originally built by the Yuba Dredging Company, and enlarged later by the Kelsey family to supply irrigation water for farming activities on this working cattle ranch. Today the lake holds over 1000 acre feet and is fed by both the local watershed in the winter and the Merced River in the summer. 

Over a decade ago, the lake was drained and refilled. Then for the next three years, the Kelsey family stocked 5,000 Florida Bass each year for a total of 15,000 Florida Bass planted. Along with the hard fighting Florida Bass, Bluegill, Catfish, and Trout were planted as well.

Today, the lake is filled with a large number of beautiful, healthy Florida Bass. The Lake has proved itself to be a wonderful fishery with great bass spawns each year.  Fish in the 3 to 5 pound class are common.  The current lake record is 16 pounds 12 ounces caught in January of 2014.

Several 25 to 35 pound channel cats have been caught over the years, sometimes these monsters go for bass lures too, so watch out!  

Besides being an excellent fishery, you'll also find the Kelsey Bass Ranch a wonderful place to watch a wide variety of waterfowl. In the winter months, Bald Eagles can be seen, perched, waiting for the unsuspecting Coot or fish. Ospreys fish from above. Canadian geese are resident, and many types of ducks and shoreline birds dot the lake and it's shores. Cattle graze in the adjacent fields.  You might witness cowboys working the cattle on horseback as the Kelsey Ranch is a working cattle ranch with up to 2,000 head of cattle. 

In addition to the outstanding fishing and wildlife, there is a barbeque, a half-acre lawn with plenty of shade trees, and picnic tables for your use.  

There is a lot to see and do at the Kelsey Bass Ranch, but the main attraction is the Superb Bass Fishing! Anglers like Bub Tosh, Don Payne, Dee Thomas, Bobby Barrack, Gary Dobyns, Kent Brown, Norval Pimentel and Mike Reynolds have fished the lake and all have good things to say about Kelsey Bass Ranch.

Become part of the Kelsey Bass Ranch family of serious bass anglers. 

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Kelsey Bass Ranch is located at:

7400 Merced Falls Road in Snelling, CA.

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