Fishing

River and Stream Fishing

The great majority of these streams do not receive plantings of trout, but support limited "natural" trout fisheries. Historical uses of many of the rivers and streams have affected the quality of fish habitat and reduced fish populations. The Tahoe National Forest is committed to protecting and maintaining all existing fish habitat and to improving that habitat through rehabilitation and improvement projects.

Several rivers and streams on the Forest flow through sections of private land. Please respect the rights of private land owners when accessing these streams. Forest rivers and streams with difficult access and year round cool stream flows support good fisheries. Some of the rivers that we feel are worth visiting are listed below.

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.

North Fork American River

Species Present  Rainbow Trout
 Access  The River may be accessed from the following trails located on Foresthill Divide Road: Mumford Bar Trail, Italian Bar Trail and Beacroft Trail. Access is on foot or by horseback. Motorized access is not allowed on this Wild & Scenic river.
 Camping  No developed campgrounds are located near the river. Campers  need a California Campfire permit for open fires or stoves, and may be subject to fire restrictions. Please "pack in, pack out".
 Comments  Access to this river in other areas is limited by steep canyons. Trails leading to the river are steep and difficult hikes Please use caution and bring plenty of water. The difficult access to this river results in isolated fishing sites with few visitors.

Middle Fork American River

Species Present  Rainbow Trout
 Access From Foresthill Divide Road, turn southeast onto FS Road 96 (Mosquito Ridge Road). The river is most easily accessed at Circle Bridge, Oxbow Reservoir and Ralston Reservoir.
 Camping No developed campgrounds are located near the river. Dispersed camping is allowed with a California Campfire Permit.
 Comments Access to this river in other areas is limited by steep canyons.

North Yuba River

Species Present  Rainbow Trout
 Access Various locations along Highway 49.
 Camping Numerous campgrounds are located adjacent to the North Yuba  River along Highway 49. They include Carlton, Indian Valley, Ramshorn, Rocky Rest, Union Flat, Loganville, Sierra and Chapman Campgrounds. Most campgrounds have toilets and piped water.
 Comments The California Department of Fish and Game plants catchable  rainbow trout at approximately 10 sites along this river. The North Yuba from Sierra City downstream to Ladies Canyon Creek is a special regulation area and is designated by signs. Anglers may use only artificial lures or flies with single barbless hooks. A two fish limit applies, and all fish must be over 10 inches.

Middle Yuba River

 Species Present  Rainbow and Brown Trout
 Access Highway 49 north of Nevada City.
 Camping No developed campgrounds are located near the river. Dispersed camping is allowed with a California Campfire Permit.
 Comments Access to the Middle Yuba in other areas is extremely varied. Native rainbows and trophy brown can be found on various reaches of the river.

South Yuba River

Species Present  Rainbow and Brown Trout
 Access The South Yuba can be easily accessed from the town of  Washington on Highway 20 east of Nevada City. Fishing access, as well as Forest information, can also be found at Big Bend Visitor Center at the Big Bend Exit on Interstate 80.
 Camping Pine Aire and River Rest campgrounds are located near the South Yuba River in the town of Washington. Indian Springs Campground is located off of Interstate 80 at the Eagle Lakes exit, and Hampshire Rocks Campground is along the river at the Rainbow road exit. Both campgrounds are near the Big Bend Visitor Center, another popular fishing hole.
 Comments Be sure to join us each June at the Big Bend Visitor Center for Kids Fishing Day on the South Yuba River!

Truckee River

Species Present  Rainbow and Brown Trout
 Access Very little public land exists along the stretch of river running east from the City of Truckee to the California-Nevada border. The river can be easily accessed from Interstate 80 between Truckee and Grey Creek, making it a popular angling site. A portion of this area is closed to the public and special regulations apply
Much of the river upstream is located on National Forest lands, but there is some private property as well, and you should watch for "No Trespassing" signs.
 Camping Granite Flat Campground on Highway 89 provides easy access to the Truckee River as well as 75 campsites (16 of which are wheelchair accessible), restroom facilities and piped water. Other campgrounds along the river in this area include Goose Meadow and Silver Creek.
 Comments From the confluence of Trout Creek to the Boca Bridge, only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. There is a two fish limit with a maximum length of 15 inches. From Boca Bridge to the confluence of Grey Creek, there is a two fish limit.

Little Truckee River

Species Present  Rainbow and Brown Trout
 Access The stretch of river between Boca and Stampede Reservoirs is easily accessed from State Road 270. The portions of the river upstream of Stampede can be accessed from Highway 89.
 Camping Numerous campgrounds are available nearby at Boca and Stampede Reservoirs.
 Comments Special regulations exist for the portion of the river between Boca and Stampede Reservoirs.




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