Plumas County is in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. This area is well known for its outdoor recreation with numerous lakes, rivers and creeks. There are 5 main lakes surrounding Quincy California which is located in the middle of Plumas County.
Antelope Lake: Antelope Lake is north east of Quincy. This lake is located at about 5000 feet and has 15 miles of shoreline. Both boat and bank fishing is successful here. Trolling, night crawlers, and minnow lures often provide the best results. In addition to the stocked rainbow and brook trout, large and small mouth bass can be caught as well as channel catfish.
Bucks Lake: Bucks Lake is to the west of Quincy on Highway 70. Bucks Lake is known for its’ brown, Brook and rainbow trout as well as kokanee, lake trout and mackinaw. Trophy trout are often caught here with lake records including a 16 pound brown trout and an 18 pound mackinaw trout. The lake is located at about 5,000 feet. Opening day is usually sometime in late April to around Memorial Day. Boat fishing is common although bank fishing does well also.
Trolling with minnows and plugs often does well on Bucks Lake, but the lake is also known for some excellent fly fishing.
Frenchman Lake: Frenchman Lake is southeast of Quincy. Frenchman lake is primarily a known for its rainbow trout and occasional browns. Ice fishing is available in the winter using bait and spoons. For the rest of the year in addition to bait and spoons good success if found with imitation minnow lures.
Lake Almanor: Lake Almanor is located north of Quincy on Highway 89. Lake Almanor is known for its trout (both rainbows and browns) and Land Locked King Salmon. This lake is located at an elevation of about 4500 feet and offers year round fishing from its 52 miles of shoreline it is also Plumas Counties’ largest lake. Both trolling and bank fishing are popular on this lake and it is common to catch your limit (10 fish) each day. Bait fishing includes black grubs, and night crawlers, also ripping trolling flies, meal worms and pin minnows are often successful.
Lake Davis: Lake Davis is south east of Quincy. Lake Davis is primarily for its rainbow trout and some browns. Lake Davis provides some great ice fishing with one of the favorite baits being chartreuse power bait. In addition many anglers use rainbow power bait and night crawlers or jigs with a little power bait on the hook
In addition to these lakes are many other reservoirs like Butt Valley Reservoir and Little Grass Valley reservoir that are popular for fishing.
Each area has its own fishing regulations, so it is best to check before throwing in a line. Fishing at these lakes provides only a few of the activities available in the area. The Sierra Nevada Mountains is a great place for a family vacation providing a wide range of summer outdoor activities.