Englebright Reservoir

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Englebright Reservoir

Location And Size: Englebright Reservoir, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is located at an elevation of 527 feet off of Hwy 20 just west of Penn Valley, California.  The lake has a surface area of 815 acres with a shoreline of 24 miles that snakes 9 miles long above the dam. 

Seasons: Fishing is open year round for rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee salmon, largemouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, bluegill and other species. 

History: Englebright Dam, a concrete arch structure on the Yuba River in Yuba and Nevada counties that is 1,142 feet across and 260 feet high, was put into service in 1941 by the Army Corp of Engineers. The dam was constructed for the primary purpose of trapping sediment derived from hydraulic mining operations in the Yuba River watershed.

Hydraulic mining in the Sierra Nevada was halted in 1884 but resumed on a limited basis until the 1930s during the Great Depression under the regulation of the California Debris Commission. Although no hydraulic mining in the upper Yuba River watershed resumed after the construction of the dam, the historical mine sites continued to contribute sediment to the river.

Today, Englebright Lake is used primarily for recreation and hydropower.  A new flow bypass system was installed in 2006 by the Yuba County Water Agency and Mitchell Engineering so that river flow requirements can be met during shut-downs of the Narrows II Powerhouse at the base of the dam.

Boat launching and rentals: Boats can be launched at the Park Headquarters, or at Skippers Cove Marina, where boats can also be rented. You can then proceed up the lake to a campsite, or stay on a houseboat if you have rented one.

Camping: 100 developed boat-in sites only are available.

Guide Service: Rick Kennedy of Tight Lines Guide Service, 530-263-0990, http://www.fishtightlines.com

Information: US Army Corps of Engineering, (530) 639-2342, Skippers Cove, (530) 639-2272 

Articles & Reports
Englebright Trout Pen Program A Success

Written By: Garry Erck,
March 3, 2015

(Dobbins) Trout angling at Englebright Reservoir just received a huge boost with the release of over 5,000 pounds of rainbow trout from the trout pens into the lake.

“They went into the trout pens as half-pounders and came out weighing...

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Englebright Better Bet for Trollers

Written By: Garry Erck,
February 18, 2015

(Dobbins) “Trolling for rainbow trout at Englebright seems to be decent right now,” reported Lisa Rogers at Skippers Cove Marina. “The lack of rain has made it a challenge for anglers, as the normal food chain coming into the lake isn’t...

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Trollers Find Action Upstream And In Marina Area

Written By: Garry Erck,
February 2, 2015

(Dobbins) “Most Englebright anglers are reporting about two rainbow trout per rod for their efforts,” reported Lisa Rogers at Skippers Cove Marina. “Trolling in the top fifteen feet in the marina area is what most are doing for their...

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Englebright Trout Pen Program A Success

Written By: Garry Erck,

(Dobbins) Trout angling at Englebright Reservoir just received a huge boost with the release of over 5,000 pounds of rainbow trout from the trout pens into the lake.

“They went into the trout pens as half-pounders and came out weighing over two pounds,” reported Lisa...

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Englebright Better Bet for Trollers

Written By: Garry Erck,

(Dobbins) “Trolling for rainbow trout at Englebright seems to be decent right now,” reported Lisa Rogers at Skippers Cove Marina. “The lack of rain has made it a challenge for anglers, as the normal food chain coming into the lake isn’t doing what it normally does.”

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Trollers Find Action Upstream And In Marina Area

Written By: Garry Erck,

(Dobbins) “Most Englebright anglers are reporting about two rainbow trout per rod for their efforts,” reported Lisa Rogers at Skippers Cove Marina. “Trolling in the top fifteen feet in the marina area is what most are doing for their fish. Flashers and nightcrawlers...

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Kokanee on fire at Little grass valley.

Written By: H2F Guide Service,
July 29, 2014

Went up for the weekend to chase Kokanee and wasent disipoanted, limited the boat every time we went out the best trip was saturday morning hooking 35 and putting 20 in the boat in 1 1/2 hr, ranging from 11.5in to 13.5in, Lots of fun and some great eating also. Happy fishing everyone...

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Englebright Kokes

Written By: Rick Kennedy, Tightlines Guide Service,
June 23, 2014

We fished Lake Englebright today, with Al and Jerry Silva. We started just outside the houseboats and trolled up river. It wasn’t long before we started landing nice rainbows up to 15”. After putting a half dozen in the box, we decided to take a ride up river. We dropped in and once...
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During the winter and early spring month bank anglers often compete with boaters and at times surpass boaters success when it comes to...

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Artificial softbaits are deadly weapons for bass of all stripes, including largemouths and smallmouths. Always a threat, their combination...

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Bank Fishing: Hooking Reservoir Trout When The Water Turns Murky Or Cold Bank Fishing: Hooking Reservoir Trout When The Water Turns Murky Or Cold

Written By: Cal Kellogg

In terms of rain and snow the 2014/15 winter is off to a rip roaring start. If things keep going the way they have been, trouters and...

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Weather Report for Englebright Reservoir

Todays date: Friday March 06, 2015

Englebright Reservoir Species
  • Trout
  • Trout
  • Bass
  • Bass
Whats Biting?

Trout

Bass



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