Martis Creek Lake

Truckee, California

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At minimum pool, Martis is 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 mandate 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. Located only about four miles south of Truckee, California, Martis is an extremely easy lake to get to and enjoy. In recent years fluctuating water levels and unknown factors have affected trout growth and survival here. We hope that ongoing efforts by the California Department of Fish & Game will reverse this trend in the near future. Nevertheless this is a convenient “after work” fly fishing outing for many Reno, Truckee, and Lake Tahoe area locals. Type of Fish: Primarily rainbow and brown trout. There are probably still some cutthroat left from the reservoir’s initial population. Also, illegally introduced green sunfish. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use.

Martis Creek Lake Professional Review and Guide

"At minimum pool, Martis is 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 mandate 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. Located only about four miles south of Truckee, California, Martis is an extremely easy lake to get to and enjoy. In recent years fluctuating water levels and unknown factors have affected trout growth and survival here. We hope that ongoing efforts by the California Department of Fish & Game will reverse this trend in the near future. Nevertheless this is a convenient “after work” fly fishing outing for many Reno, Truckee, and Lake Tahoe area locals. Type of Fish: Primarily rainbow and brown trout. There are probably still some cutthroat left from the reservoir’s initial population. Also, illegally introduced green sunfish. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Truckee
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: May through October
Driving Directions: Directions to Martis Creek Lake

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May 2018