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Rollins Lake Resorts
Fantastic Fishing & Water Sports, 26 Miles of Wooded Shoreline, 4 Launch Ramps & Gas Dock, 4 General Stores / 2 Restaurants 250+ Campsites / Full Hook-ups Available, 4 Unique Family-Owned Campgrounds to Serve your Needs...Conveniently Located Just off I-80 Between Sacramento and Reno.

Scott's Flat Lake
Off Hwy. 20 east of Nevada City. Catchable Brown Trout planted yearly, repopulating Kokanee Salmon. Brown Trout, large and small mouth Bass, Bullhead, Perch, Sunfish, shore fishing, boat rentals. 18848 State Hwy. 20, Nevada City, Ca 95959; (916) 265-5302.

Peninsula Camping and Boating Resort
Family tent and RV camping resort on Rollins Lake. Boat launch and boat rentals, day use, store, restrooms with hot showers. 78 spacious wooded sites on and off the lake.

Stampede Reservoir
Off I-80 seven miles east of Truckee. Catchable Rainbow Trout planted yearly. Also Brown Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Lake Trout.

Boca Reservoir
Off I-80 seven miles east of Truckee. Catchable Rainbow Trout planted yearly. Also Brown Trout, Kokanee Salmon.

Truckee River
From Truckee to Grey Creek, accessible from I-80. Large Brown Trout, small population of Rainbow Trout. Restrictions.

Little Truckee River
Section between Stampede and Boca Reservoirs. Brown Trout reproducing naturally, also Rainbow Trout.

Prosser Reservoir
Off Hwy. 89 north of I-80 from Truckee. Fingerling and catchable Rainbow Trout planted yearly. Brown Trout reproducing naturally.

Alder Creek/Prosser Creek
Off Hwy. 89 north of I-80. Best in Spring, small numbers of native Brook and Rainbow Trout.

Sagehen Creek
Off Hwy. 89 north of I-80. Small, wild Rainbow, Brook and Brown Trout in reaches of creek. Above Hwy. 89 bridge, regulations.

Martis Reservoir
State Hwy. 267 south of Truckee. Catch and release, only artificial lures with single barbless hooks.

Donner Lake
I-80, two miles west of Truckee. Catchabe Rainbow Trout planted yearly. Some Mackinaw, Kokanee, popular with anglers, several piers, boat launching.

Soda Springs/Norden Area
Accessed north of I-80. Warren Lake, Lahontan Cutthroat Trout planted yearly, accessible by hiking trail only.

Summit Lake
Fingerling Brook Trout planted yearly, accessible by hiking trail or very rough 4-WD road.

Negro Canyon Creek
Small population of Brook Trout.

Cisco Grove
Off I-80 to the north. Lake Sterling, Brook and Rainbow Trout fishery, Fingerling Trout planted every year.

Fordyce Lake
Brown or Rainbow Trout planted yearly, public access limited, no boat launching facilities.

Mossy Ponds
Small number of Brook Trout, series of granite pools.

Grouse Lakes Area
Hwy. 20 from either I-80 or Nevada City to Bowman Road.

Paradise Lake
Rainbow Trout in lake, Brook Trout in meadow pools.

Following lakes are in area closed to motor vehicles.

Big Island Lake
Lake Trout planted in past reproducing naturally, difficult to catch from bank, also stocked with Rainbow and/or Brown Trout Fingerlings, popular.

Little Island Lake
Brook Trout reproducing naturally, Rainbow Trout fingerlings planted yearly, popular.

Glacier Lake
Golden Trout planted yearly.

Hidden Lake
Self-sustaining Brook Trout.

Bowman Lake
Bowman Road, 16 miles north of Hwy. 20. Fingerling Rainbow and Brown Trout planted yearly, larger Browns found, boat angling better.

Fuller Lake
Off Bowman Road. Catchable Rainbow Trout planted yearly, some Brown Trout, good access for bank fishing.

Rucker Lake
Off Bowman Road. Contains special strain of Rainbow called Redband Trout, popular.

Lake Spaulding
Off Hwy. 20 near I-80 at Spaulding Road. Fingerling Rainbow and Brown Trout planted. Native Rainbows, Browns and Brook Trout, Carp and Pond Smelt.

Bear River
Hwy. 20 near Bowman Road. A few catchable Rainbow Trout planted yearly, some Native Brown and Rainbow Trout.

South Fork Yuba River
Hwy. 20 to Washington Road. Catchable Rainbow Trout planted yearly, easily accessed near town of Washington.

Fingerling Rainbow Trout planted every year or every two years in Penner Lake, Shotgun Lake, Culbertson Lake, Round Lake, Milk Lake, Long Lake, Five Lakes Basin, and Sandford Lake

For more information:
"Sierra Fishing Map & Guide" available at: Will's Wildsports 231 E. Main Grass Valley, CA 95945 (916) 273-8324 Tahoe National Forest maps and information available at: Headquarters 631 Coyote St. Nevada City, CA 95959 (916) 265-4531

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