Year Round Fishing in Lakes, Rivers and Streams - An Angler’s Paradise


With a full-service boat dock, launch ramp and rentals, Skippers Cove at Englebright Lake is an ideal location from which to start your early morning or multi-day fishing outing.

Bring your kids to the Fishing Derby at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

If you’re staying in (or passing through) Grass Valley, stop at Mountain Recreation for outdoor equipment and expert local advice on fishing!

Jackson Meadows Reservoir is a great place to cast your line!


Download these comprehensive Fish Advisories for fishing areas in Nevada County. Fish Advisories are guidelines that recommend how often you can safely eat fish caught from water bodies in California.

Check out Matt Heron Fly Fishing Guides in Truckee

Can I bring my dog fishing? Official advice from the US Forest Service so you and your pup can get the most out of your fishing trip.

Make sure you have the right license! Everything you  need to know about getting a fishing license.

Find blogs, tips, tricks, and an interactive map of all the hottest fishing spots near your lodging or campsite.

Explore Nevada County’s lakes and rivers, where fishing is a favorite pastime!

Read more about fishing in the Sierra

What is being done to protect native species? Learn more about the Yuba Salmon Now campaign and efforts being made by the community-supported South Yuba River Citizens League to restore native fisheries.

Mine Legacy. Gold mining in the Sierra Nevada left a toxic legacy of mercury and other heavy metals in our waterways. Get educated before you eat your catch!

Year Round Fishing in Lakes, Rivers and Streams – An Angler’s Paradise

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 panfish. Included in and out of the forest boundaries is the Yuba River system with its three forks, and the Truckee and Bear Rivers along with their many tributaries. The entire area is dotted with numerous lakes with all levels of access ranging from boat ramped to walk-in wilderness area lakes. You can beat the summer crowds by planning  a springtime fishing trip among the wildflowers, or visit in the winter for some classic ice fishing

Many of our lakes are planted with fresh fish annually so you’re sure to catch something whether you’re fly-fishing, casting off-shore, or boating into the lake. You can even bring your kids to the Fishing Derby at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. If you’re new to fishing or would like to try fly fishing, hire a guide from Reel Anglers Fly Shop to take you to the most prime spots and show you their pro tips.  Stay right on the water in a houseboat at Englebright Lake, where you can immediately set off for fishing in the morning!