Fishing

Fishing Lakes and Reservoirs

photo of a boy holding a fish

[Photo: Boy Holding a Fish] 

The lakes capable of supporting fisheries on the Forest primarily contain coldwater fish, such as trout. About one quarter of the lakes provide fishing for warm water game fish.

Each lake on the Forest is managed for its own fishery. California department of  Fish and Game and Forest biologists check the lakes and the fish to determine whether management plans need to be changed. Planting can be discontinued if fish are found to be reproducing naturally.


Many of the lakes within the Forest boundaries are privately owned. Ownership of  private land and access to lake shores can change from year to year. Permission may be denied to fish a lake that was once open to the public. Trout are stocked by California Department of Fish and Game only in waters affording free public access and free public fishing from shore. Check with our Ranger Stations for updated information on access to the lakes on private land and please respect the rights of private land owners. Be sure to check California Department of Fish and Game fishing regulations for state license requirements and any special regulations for the waters you fish.
Here's some information about just a few of our better known lakes and
reservoirs:

Sugar Pine reservoir

 Species  Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass
 Access The reservoir is located northeast of the town of Foresthill. Follow the Foresthill Divide Road approximately 10 miles past the town of Foresthill and turn left onto FS Road 10. Follow the signs to the reservoir. Boat launching facilities as well as day use recreational areas with shore access can be found along this road and are clearly marked by signs.
 Camping Camping facilities can be found on the north shore at Giant 
Gap and Shirttail Creek campgrounds, with two group sites at the Forbes Group Campground on the south shore. A boat ramp and RV dump station are also available. Reservations can be made through www.reserveusa.com.
 Comments  This reservoir is easily accessible from Foresthill, making it a favorite for fishing, swimming and camping.

French Meadows reservoir

Species  Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout
 Access From Foresthill Divide Road, turn onto FS Road 96 (Mosquito Ridge Road) and continue for approximately 41 miles.
 Camping A number of designated campgrounds are located near the reservoir, including Poppy, Lewis and French Meadows Campgrounds. Several group sites are also available. Two boat ramps are available. Reservations can be made through www.reserveusa.com.
 Comments Access to French Meadows is via a twisty road, so please drive carefully. The French Meadows area is remote and lacks any grocery, gasoline or telephone services. Please be sure to stock up on all supplies before heading to the reservoir.

Fuller Lake

Species  Rainbow Trout
 Access Highway 20 for twenty-five miles northeast of Nevada City to the Bowman Road  (FS Road 18). Fuller Lake is 3.5 miles north on the Bowman road.
 Camping Fuller Lake is a day use area, and no overnight camping is available on-site. Camping is allowed at nearby Rucker and Blue Lakes.
 Comments Shore access is very good at this lake, making it a popular  fishing site. Day use facilities are available at the Fuller Lake Picnic Area, which provides good fishing access for kids. A boat ramp is available.

Rucker Lake

Species  Redband Rainbow Trout, Rainbow Trout
 Access Highway 20 for twenty-five miles northeast of Nevada City to the Bowman Road  (FS Road 18). The turnoff is approximately four miles in. The roads are poorly signed, so a map is recommended.
 Camping Camping is permitted at the lake
 Comments Shore access is very good at this lake.

Bullards Bar reservoir

Species Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Largemouth Bass, sunfish, white crappie and bullhead catfish.
 Access This reservoir can be accessed from Highway 49, north of Nevada City.
 Camping Campgrounds exist nearby at Schoolhouse and Dark Day Campgrounds. Reservations are required. Contact Emerald Cove Marina at 530-692-3210.
 Comments This reservoir is popular for boating, fishing and camping. Over 20 miles of trails exist in areas for easy hiking and mountain biking.

Packer Lake

 Species Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout
 Access Take Highway 49 east of Camptonville, turn onto Gold Lake Highway and follow signs to lake.
 Camping Several campgrounds exist around the lake.
 Comments Easy access to the lake shore make this a popular place to take children fishing.

Stampede reservoir

Species Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Mackinaw Trout
 Access Stampede Reservoir is easily accessed from State Road 270, north of Truckee
 Camping Numerous campgrounds are available around Stampede Reservoir, including Logger, Emigrant and Davies Campgrounds. Some sites are reservable.
 Comments A paved trail at the Logger campground provides easy fishing access to the reservoir.

Boca reservoir

Species Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Mackinaw Trout
 Access Boca Reservoir is easily accessed from State Road 270, east of Truckee at the Hirschdale exit.
 Camping Two campgrounds are available at Boca. Some sites are reservable.
 Comments Wheelchair accessible fishing locations can be found at the dam, as well as the nearby Boca townsite interpretive trail, just below the dam.

Jackson Meadows reservoir

Species Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout
 Access Take Highway 89 north of Truckee to FS Road 07 to access  Jackson Meadows Reservoir.
 Camping Numerous campgrounds are available around Jackson Meadows Reservoir, including Pass Creek, East Meadow and Woodcamp Campgrounds.
 Comments Boat launching facilities as well as a self-guided nature trail can be found at the Woodcamp Campground. Low water levels in the late summer and fall may make fishing access difficult.




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