I don't really have one "favorite" spot, but my top three are Hensley Lake, Blackhawk Lake, and Blue Heron Lake, all in Madera County, California. Blue heron is within an exclusive (Technically not "Gated", but may as well be) community, Blackhawk is private property, and Hensley is just ugly. However there are some monsters in all of them. Here's my list.
20lb Catfish (I'm pretty sure it was a Channel, but I'm not positive)
11lb Largemouth Bass
7lb Rainbow Trout
15lb Catfish (Channel, for sure)
12lb Largemouth Bass
10lb Largemouth Bass
I'm pretty proud of all of them!