Tahoe National Forest

Fishing - Foresthill Ranger District
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Foresthill Ranger District offers visitors a great number of opportunities to experience angling for wild and native trout in a remote settings. CDF&G does not plant any of the steams or rivers. Many streams require a day's hike, with no developed facilities available. However, the solitude and the abundance of wild trout streams make it worth the effort.

Foresthill Divide Road
The Foresthill Divide Road extends from Foresthill northeast along the ridge for 35 miles, where it intersects with the Soda Springs Road.

Sugar Pine Reservoir: A California Department of Fish and Game (CDF&G) target fishery for hatchery catchables. Catchable rainbow trout (1,000) are planted each year throughout the season. The lake also supports a warm water fishery, with largemouth bass as the primary species. Srnallmouth bass up to three pounds have also been reported. Boat launching facilities and campgrounds are available.

Big Reservoir: A privately operated lake. Fees are charged for day use. The CDF&G does not stock this water.

New York Canyon; Sailor Canyon; Wildcat Canyon: These are native fisheries, inhabited by small, wild rainbow trout. The creeks are in remote settings with no roaded access, but trails lead into the area.

North Fork American River: A number of wild rainbow and brown trout inhabit the river. Public access is limited. Few developed roads or trails.

El Dorado Canyon, East and West Branches: Native rainbow trout can be caught in this secluded fork of the North Fork of the American River. Access is by trail only.

Secret Canyon; Black Canyon; Lost Canyon; Manilla Canyon: Small wild rainbow trout inhabit reaches of these creeks. This area is more accessible than the previously mentioned canyons, but the experience of angling for wild trout is similar.

Mosquito Ridge Road

Forest Service Road 96
The primary access from Foresthill to French Meadows Reservoir, which is located 36 miles east of Foresthill.

French Meadows Reservoir: A CDF&G target fishery for hatchery catchables. Good boat launching facilities and campgrounds. Rainbow trout (20,000) and brown trout (6,000) are planted throughout the season. Large rainbow and brown trout can be found in the lake and in the river below the dam. The area around the lake is a State Game Refuge and no firearms are permitted.

Oxbow (Ralston Afterbay): Day use picnic area. CDF&G did not receive a return on planted catchables and planting has been discontinued.

Peavine Creek: A small native rainbow trout fishery, accessed by road crossings.

Spruce Creek: A small native rainbow trout fishery with roaded access.

Duncan Canyon: A native rainbow trout fishery. Small numbers of brown trout also inhabit the creek. This stream is crossed by the Western States Equestrian Trail.

Little Duncan Creek: Brown trout up to 14 inches have been reported. Also crossed by the Western States Equestrian Trail.

Middle Fork American River: A good rainbow trout fishery. Accessed near road crossings; however, much of the river can be reached only on foot.

Grayhorse Canyon: Reports indicate rainbow and brook trout up to ten inches have been taken from this secluded canyon.

Cottonwood; Picayune; Dolly; Rice; Talbot Creeks: These native rainbow trout fisheries are also in remote areas, including the Granite Chief Wilderness.


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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