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The Mendocino National Forest supports an extensive resident trout fishery as well as anadromous and warm-water fisheries. Rainbow trout are found in over 300 miles of streams and 2,000 acres of lakes and ponds.

The Eel River below Lake Pillsbury and the Middle Fork of the Eel from where it joins the Eel upstream to Bar Creek are known for their steelhead fishing. Please note that because of low steelhead runs, the Middle Fork Eel River is currently closed to fishing from the confluence of Bar Creek upstream to the confluence of the North Fork of the Middle Eel River. Letts Lake, Plaskett Lakes, and Lake Pillsbury are popular bass and trout fishing areas.

The Forest Service works closely with other agencies and universities in conducting fish surveys on lakes and rivers throughout the Forest. The purpose of surveys is to monitor the effects of management activities on the fisheries.

Please note: If accessing the Sacramento River from the Red Bluff Recreation Area, a boat launch pass is required.

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