Fishing in Northern California
Plumas County offers some of the best fishing in Northern California. With over 1,000 miles of streams and a 100 lakes, there’s a lot of water to fish. Plumas County is located in the Feather River Watershed, the largest watershed in the Sierra Nevada.
Several lakes in the county are known for trophy fishing. Some lakes are easy to get to and have many amenities, while others require hiking and have no amenities other than peace, solitude, and amazing scenery. The most common fish in the area are rainbow trout, but you can also find German browns and brook trout in many of the lakes.
Whether you are an avid fly fisherman or a family wanting to catch your supper, you can find the perfect lake or stream for your style of fishing. There are also numerous experienced local guides for both lake and stream fishing in the region. Time to plan your next fishing trip!
Native rainbow trout are the predominant game fish throughout the lakes in Plumas County. German Browns and Brook Trout are both well-established in many of the waterways.
Once only found in Eagle Lake in Lassen County, a special strain of Eagle Lake Trout is now found in many of the major lakes. Eagle Lake trout make for great fishing and are extremely tasty. Other common game fish include Mackinaw, Kokanee, and King Salmon, large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, catfish, and in a few lakes pumpkin seed.
Lakes are open to fishing year-round, while stream fishing usually opens the last weekend in April and closes in the middle of November.
Certain tributaries to Lake Almanor and Bucks Lake are not open until the end of May and close at the end of September. Some waters have special barbless catch and release provisions.
During the winter months, you can try your hand at ice fishing without having to travel out of California.
Check the current Department of Fish & Game regulations for specific dates and limits.
Best Fishing Lakes
- Lake Almanor -the largest lake in Plumas County, hex hatch in June
- Bucks Lake – noted for trophy size Mackinaw. The current lake record is over 30 pounds
- Antelope Lake – popular for trout, catfish, and Bass Fishing
- Butt Valley Reservoir– noted for huge rainbow and brown trout
- Lake Davis & Frenchman Lake – Excellent trophy rainbow trout
- Little Grass Valley Reservoir – great for rainbow & brown trout
- Round Valley Lake – a small lake with big bass, a great lake for children to fish
Best Stream Fishing
- Deer Creek – natural flowing stream – special fishing regulations for parts of the stream.
- Feather River North Fork – near Belden, great stream fishing option, heavily stocked early summer
- Feather River Middle Fork – Fly fishermen consider this area one of the best trout streams in California. Federally designated Wild Scenic River
- Jamison Creek – easy access from Plumas Eureka State Park – regularly planted by Department of Fish and Game
- Little Chance Creek- flows out of Frenchman Lake
- Nelson Creek– near East Quincy
- Spanish Creek– small but exceptional brown trout – uncrowded trout fishing
- Wolf Creek – near Greenville
- Yellow Creek– easy access, close to Yellow Creek campground, special fishing regulations
Fishing Guides in Plumas County
Mike Pease is an Orvis endorsed fly-fishing guide, owner of Mike Pease Adventures and founder of the Feather River Fly Fishing School.