Susan River is a little known trout stream that combines good rainbow and brown trout fishing with history, scenery and easy hiking. Trout here go for #12 Royal Coachman, Captain, Western Bee, hardware and bait (especially when the water is up). The Susan runs from west to east towards Susanville. Paralleling this gentle stream for most of its way is the Buzz Johnson Trail, a reclaimed railroad bed.
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The 25 miles of trail are used mostly by hikers and mountain bikers, but anglers are finding it a great way to find trout in the Susan Canyon. Main access points are at Goumaz, Devil’s Corral and one upstream from Hobo Camp. Fishing pressure is heavy only in the spring at the lower end of the trail near Susanville. For a map, you may contact the Bureau of Land Management.