Martis Creek Lake

Truckee, California

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It began as a basic 70-acre lake built by the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control. Then it was selected as the first still water for California’s Wild Trout Program. Since 1979 no boat motors (either gas or electric) and strict catch and release rules have helped grow fine trout in this lake. Regulations also include the use of single barbless hooks. Cutthroat trout, which flourished in the 1980s, are now all but gone, replaced by good populations of rainbows and browns. At the Reno Fly Shop we have observed over the years that fluctuating water levels and other unknown factors have affected trout growth and survival here. Ongoing efforts by the California Department of Fish & Game will, we hope, reverse this trend in the near future. Types of Fish: Primarily rainbow and brown trout. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping.

Martis Creek Lake Professional Review and Guide

"It began as a basic 70-acre lake built by the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control. Then it was selected as the first still water for California’s Wild Trout Program. Since 1979 no boat motors (either gas or electric) and strict catch and release rules have helped grow fine trout in this lake. Regulations also include the use of single barbless hooks. Cutthroat trout, which flourished in the 1980s, are now all but gone, replaced by good populations of rainbows and browns. At the Reno Fly Shop we have observed over the years that fluctuating water levels and other unknown factors have affected trout growth and survival here. Ongoing efforts by the California Department of Fish & Game will, we hope, reverse this trend in the near future. Types of Fish: Primarily rainbow and brown trout. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Truckee
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Best Spring and Fall
Local Contacts: Eldorado National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Martis Creek Lake

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May 2018