Fishing

A climate moderated by a wide range of elevations makes fishing possible throughout the year. Depending on when and where you go, species range from rainbow or German trout (with some steelhead, brook and mackinaw), to bass, Kokanee salmon, and pan fish.

Popular spots in the higher elevation include Boca and Stampede Reservoirs and the Truckee River. Favorite foothill locales include the Yuba River, Scotts Flat, Bowman Lake, and the Grouse Lakes Area. Fly-fishing is popular and ice fishing is available. Mountain Hardware in Truckee offers current conditions, tips, maps and gear.

Alder Creek / Prosser Creek

Off Hwy. 89, north of I-80. Best in spring, small numbers of…

Bear River

Hwy. 20 near Bowman Road - a few catchable rainbow trout planted…

Boca Reservoir

Located in the Tahoe National Forest just East of Truckee, Boca…

Bowman Lake Recreation Area

Bowman Lake, a large and beautiful lake surrounded by cliffs…

Forest Road 18,
Nevada City, CA 95959

Bullards Bar

Centrally located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Bullards Bar…

Buzzard Roost Lake

Brook trout planted every two years.

Donner Lake

Donner Lake is a mecca for swimmers, boaters, anglers, picnickers,…

Donner Lake,
Truckee, CA

Englebright Lake

Englebright Lake is a man-made reservoir formed along the Yuba…

13104 Marina,
Smartville, CA 95977

Fordyce Lake

Fordyce Lake offers brown or rainbow trout that are planted annually.…

Fuller Lake

Off Bowman Road, catchable rainbow trout planted yearly, some…

Grouse Lakes

The Grouse Lakes area is truly the "land-o-the-lakes.” A long…

Jackson Lake

From Hwy 89 north, take Weber, Independence, Jackson turnoff…

Kid's Fishing Derby at Malakoff Diggins

This annual event is held each year in May at beautiful Blair…

23579 North Bloomfield Rd.,
Nevada City, CA 95959

Lake Spaulding

Off Hwy 20 near I-80 at Spaulding Road. Fingerling rainbow and…

Lake Sterling

Brook and rainbow trout fishery, fingerling trout planted every…

Little Truckee River

Fish in a section between Stampede and Boca Reservoirs. Brown…

Martis Creek Lake

Located close to Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Reno, Martis has a beautiful,…

Paradise Lake

Rainbow trout in lake and brook trout in meadow pools.

Prosser Reservoir

Off Hwy 89, north of Truckee. Fingerling and catchable rainbow…

Rollins Lake

This lake is at an elevation of 2,100 feet in the Gold Country…