little grass valley reservoir

Little Grass Valley Reservoir

June 9, 2012

Getting to Little Grass Valley

Little Grass Valley Reservoir is not easy to get to. But once you arrive, you’ll find outstanding cold water fishing, extensive camping and launching facilities, on a good-sized lake high up in the Sierras. Little Grass Valley is located just north of the small town of La Porte.

You get to the reservoir by taking Hwy. 20 from Marysville or Grass Valley to the Collins Lake turnoff (12 miles east of Marysville) and then proceed about 50 miles up Quincy-La Porte Road (E-21).

Little Grass Valley has 1,600 surface acres of water at an elevation of 5,040 feet. There are over 300 developed campsites in 4 lakeside campgrounds, with a paved launch ramp in the vicinity of each campground.

Little Grass Valley Reservoir Fishing

Big fish are the rule at Little Grass Valley. Brown trout go up to 20 pounds! Rainbows in the 4 to 6 pound class are not unusual. And kokanee salmon run up to 15 to 17 inches. Large browns are most often taken by trollers dragging minnow-style plugs way out behind the boat.

Work the shallower points and banks in the spring and then move out into deeper water in the summertime. But bank fishing is also very good, especially in spring and early summer. Bait, spoons and plus all work. Little Grass Valley Road provides access to good shore fishing locations all around the lake. Stream inlets are particularly good areas to concentrate on.

Information: Plumas National Forest, Challenge, CA 95925, (916)

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