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Mokelumne River

Suggested Flies for the NF and MF Mokelumne area:
Westside Sierra Hatch Selection

Dry Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis #14-18
PMD #14-18
BWO #16-20
Royal Stimulator #6-14

Nymph Flies:
Kaufmann Golden Stone #6-10
Black A.P. Nymph #12-16
Olive Bird's Nest #14-18
GR Hare's Ear #10-14
Pheasant Tail Nymph #14-18

Streamer Flies:
Woolly Bugger #6-8
Marabou Muddler #6-8
Matuku #6-10


Tyndell Creek Directions

North Fork Mokelumne: Take Hwy 88 (Carson Pass Highway) from Jackson. Go 18 miles to Tiger Creek Powerhouse Road. Proceed one mile to Tiger Creek Afterbay. Tiger Creek is a good access hike from it's Reservoir near Amador Ranger Station. Another access point is taking Hwy 88, past the Ranger Station, to Ellis Road which will take you 11 miles down to Mokelumne River Camp.

Notes:Mokelumne River
The name "Mokelumne" is a Native American term from the Miwok tribe meaning people of the fishnet. Most of the Mokelumne above Hwy 49 at Jackson contains small Browns and Rainbows in the 8" to 14" class. The area has numerous logging roads, many which have locked gates. Usually, the landowners do allow access to fish the many small creeks of the area. This region can have a lot of snow run-off until July. After July, the pools show up well and it is quite fishable. Rainbows are planted within streams near campgrounds but large wild browns come up the river and hold within the pools. Below Salt Spring Reservoir, the NF Mokelumne is controlled by hydropower needs. Flows can vary from 20 to 210 cfs depending on the year. During the low flow months of June-November, insect populations can be quite limited. The resulting trout are small and few. The NF Mokelumne is a designated Wild and Scenic River from the Tiger Creek Afterbay to the Hwy 26 bridge, a three mile distance. It is heavily used for white water rafting in the late Spring and Early Summer.

Tiger Creek Afterbay: (70 acres) at 2400' elevation. Open Year-round. Does not allow float tubes or boats. The Afterbay is stocked with 2,600 10-11" rainbows that are only about a half pound but there are resident Browns that feed on these plants that are in the 1-4 lb range. A trail parallels the creek for about a quarter mile.

Schaads Reservoir: (55 acres) Stocked with about 9,000 pan-size Rainbow trout each year. Can use float tubes or canoes. From Jackson, go soiuth on Hwy 49 to Mokelumne Hill. Turn left on Highway 26 and drive 14 miles to Associate Office Road. Continue 1.1 miles onto Blue Mouintain Road and continue for3.2 miles to Schaad Road going 1.6 miles to the reservoir.

Lower Bear River Reservoir: (746 acres) at 5,800 feet elevation. Planted anually with 7,000 Brown trout and 13,000 Rainbows. The resort adds over 2,000 lbs of trout in the 3-9 lb. range for it's derbies.

Fishing Regulations

North Fork and Middle Fork Mokelumne River:

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. No restrictions. 5 trout per day. 10 trout in possession.

Lakes and Reservoirs:

Open all year. No restrictions. 5 trout per day. 10 trout in possession.

All creeks and tributaries:

Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15. No restrictions. 5 trout per day. 10 trout in possession.


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