California Trout Lakes Part 2


These lovely isolated reservoirs offer solid trout action, a batch of nice campsites and decent camping at about 5,000 feet. The best spots to troll in Little Grass Valley Lake run down the north side and up into the cove near Black Rock. Bank fish right near camp at Peninsula Campground. Limited public access at Lost Creek on the north side makes this lake a prime choice for belly boaters and canoeists who don't mind snaking their craft down the bank to this small reservoir. Sly Creek fishing off the West Points and the north side bank at the inlet creek. Note: If you like creek fishing, don't miss nearby local waters.

Most visitors drive to Marysville, take Highway 20 towards Grass Valley, turn north on E-21 past Collins Lake (good black bass action, fine campground, lots of planted trout) to Challenge and follow the La Porte Road past La Porte. Cartop boaters often take Barton Hill Road that winds down to Lost Creek and Sly Creek Reservoirs from Gold Cup Lodge. Paved access and nice ramps suit Little Grass Valley Lake to large RVs or trailer boats.


Lower elevation waters warm first. Englebright Reservoir off Highway 20 between Marysville and Grass Valley doesn't offer huge trout, but it's "boater's only" campsites east of Boston Bar where water skiing isn't allowed let visitors catch limits of planters from in front of their tents. Better trout action clusters at the headwaters of this nine mile long,exceptionally narrow lake for bait and lure fishermen. Trolling worms and flashers takes 10 to 14 inch rainbows, bass and a few larger brown trout too.

Bullards Bar, either from Highway 49 north of Grass Valley or from Marysville Road via Highway 20 and E 21 from Marysville has solid brown and rainbow trout action in the North Yuba Arm, but may be better known for its kokanee that hit small spinners.

Add lots of bass, crappie and other panfish and good FREE campsites at Dark Day(bring your own water) to our favorite boater's only sites at Garden and Frenchy Point and you have a solid opening day choice. Rather crowded, but productive action on the Middle and North Yuba Rivers isn't far either.

Gold Country towns like Nevada City and Grass Valley offer solid alternatives to fill the rest of the day after limits.