CDFW and PG&E to provide additional angling opportunities in Plumas County

Part of Lower Bucks Lake Dam upgrade work

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company are working together to offset effects anglers may experience as a result of dam upgrade work scheduled for the summer of 2020 at Lower Bucks Lake in Plumas County.

To offset lost fishing opportunity in the area due to the project, CDFW and PG&E evaluated several options. A fish rescue will not be feasible during the lake’s drawdown due to steep terrain, safety concerns and limited access.

CDFW and PG&E instead will focus efforts on providing additional fishing opportunity at Bucks Lake during the dam work. Bucks Lake will receive double the number of catchable-sized rainbow trout stocked in addition to the normal number of brown trout and brook trout planted.

Once the upgrade project is complete, CDFW and PG&E will work together to rebuild the fishery at Lower Bucks Lake through substantial fish stocking in 2021 and 2022, which will include planting kokanee salmon, and rainbow and brown trout.

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In addition to catchable, sub-catchable and fingerling-sized fish provided by both CDFW and PG&E, PG&E has committed to stocking trophy-sized rainbow trout into Lower Bucks Lake to jump-start the fishery for the 2021 fishing and camping season.

“With the number and size of fish we’ll be planting in Lower Bucks Lake after the project, it should provide a fast-action fishery and a great fishing opportunity for quite awhile,” said Amber Mouser, CDFW’s district fisheries biologist for Plumas County.

In the meantime, anglers are encouraged to pay a visit to Lower Bucks Lake this summer and fall, enjoy the beautiful setting and — if skilled and lucky enough — a delicious, healthy meal of trout or kokanee salmon. All fishing regulations and daily bag and possession limits still apply.