Photo of Stampede Reservoir, California

Stampede Reservoir Fishing

Stampede Reservoir is where anglers head when they have their minds set on kokanee salmon. Fishing is also great for brown, rainbow, and mackinaw trout. Surprising to some, there is a popular of smallmouth bass in the lake too.

Where to Fish on Stampede Reservoir

Stampede Reservoir has great fly fishing around the creek mouths and off the points. For those trolling, the mouth of Sage Hen Creek or the Little Truckee River inlet are good places to start. The area around the islands near Captain Roberts Boat Ramp and by the dam are other good fishing ground. Up toward Hoke Valley and the Sardine Valley Creek inlet can be rewarding fishing spots.

Ten to fourteen inch kokanee are common, usually hooked at depths anywhere from 15 feet early in the summer to 50 feet when the water warms. Rainbow trout are often up to 15 inches.

Don't forget ice fishing on Stampede Reservoir in the winter.

Map of Stampede Reservoir

Best Bait and Lures

Trout and Salmon: Plugs, Cripplures, Father Murphy's Kokanee Bugs, Rapalas, Hum Dingers, PowerBait, Salmon Eggs, Shasta tackle koke-a-nuts, pee wee hoochies and scorpion spinners mostly in pink, all behind a Shasta tackle sling blades.


Fishing Guides

Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service
Tight Lines Guide Service offers professionally guided fishing trips on the Sacramento River, Lake Tahoe, Stampede Reservoir, Donner Lake, Oroville, and Folsom Lake. "We specialize in King Salmon fishing, Striper fishing, Kokanee, Trout, Land Locked King Salmon, and Mackinaw Trout fishing. James has decades of experience and has two boats for different trips, check out our website or give us a call to book a trip!"
Website: Tight Lines Fishing Guide Service

Christophel's Guide Service
Truckee, CA
(530) 680-1492
Website: Christophel's Guide Service
Marc will take you out in his fully equipped 21-foot North River Seahawk with 4 Scotty electric downriggers, Lowrance Elite 7, and Air Ride captains chairs. The boat has a full canopy and heater. Marc guides on both Stampede Reservoir and Donner Lake. Their moto: “NO FISH, NO PAY”

Four Seasons Fly Fishing
Truckee, CA
(530) 386-0525
Website: Four Seasons Fly Fishing
Fly fishing guide Brian Slusser.

Fish Tales Guide Service
(530) 559-7175
Website: Fish Tales Guide Service
Ed Fisk guides fishing trips in his fully outfitted 19-foot Jetcraft. He has experience fishing in Northern California lakes from Eagle Lake to Stampede Reservoir.

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Website: Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters
Fly fishing guides who know the area waters from Caples Lake to the Truckee River.


Bait and Tackle Shops

Mountain Hardware and Sports
11320 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA
(530) 587-4844
Website: Mountain Hardware and Sports
Fishing tackle

Truckee River Outfitters and Fly Shop
10200 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA
(530) 582-0909

Reel Anglers Fly Shop
760 S. Auburn St.
Grass Valley, CA
(530) 477-5397
Reel Anglers Fly Shop

8650 Boomtown Rd., Verdi, NV
(775) 829-4100
Website: Cabela's

SPD Market
735 Zion St., Nevada City, CA
(530) 265-4596
A Large Selection of Fishing Gear

Chuck's Bait, Tackle, and Guide Service
28545 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, CA
(530) 546-8425

Swigard's True Value Hardware
200 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-3738

Bass Pro Shops
5472 Crossings Dr, Rocklin, CA
(916) 251-3731
Huge new store

Bass Pro Shops


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