Turn at Bassetts on to Lakes basin Road, 1.2 miles to the Sardine/Packer Lakes turn off. Drive .2 miles, turn right to Packer Lake. Drive 2.5 miles, take the Tamarack Lakes turn off across from the Tamarack lakes trailhead parking. This is a four wheel drive rocky road .7 to lower Tamarack and .2 to upper Tamarack. There are big Brook trout in upper Tamarack, early in the morning or late in afternoon, just get there when the sun is off of it. Nice hike from the trailhead or Sardine Lake. Lower Tamarack has no fish near as I can tell.
Turn at Bassetts on to Lakes basin Road, 1.2 miles to the Sardine/Packer Lakes turn off, about .5 to the parking lot. Great place for kids to swim and catch pollywogs. Good fishing in the creek from Sardine Lake that flows down the spillway into Sand pond.
Turn on to Lakes Basin Road at Bassetts, 1.2 miles to Sardine/Packer Lakes turn off, .2 miles turn right to Packer lake. Drive 2.4 miles, follow signed road to right and drive in to Packer Lake. It is full of fish, has a lodge and restuarant and a nice day use area. Paved road all the way.
Turn at Bassetts on to Lakes basin Road, 1.2 miles to the Sardine/Packer Lakes turn off, about .7 miles to the parking lot. Nice lake, rents boats and has a lodge and restuarant. Full of trout and probably the most photographed lake in the area.
Turn at Bassetts on to Lakes Basin Road. Drive 1.2 miles to the Sardine/Packer Lake turn. Drive.2 miles and look for the dirt road on your left almost across from the Packer Lake turn off. Follow the dirt road, cross the stream, 1.2 miles and turn right uphill. There are two right turns, take the second one. It is about.2 miles to the lake and dead end. This is a four wheel drive dirt road with lots of brush. Full of small rainbow and very quiet.
Turn on to Lakes Basin Road at Bassetts, drive 3.6 miles, turn left on Salmon Lake Road. About .5 miles, ends at the lake, all paved roads. Full of fish and has a lodge across the lake accessed by boat. Great fishing with lime green power bait via boat or from the bank. I think they rent boats.
Big Bear Lake
Turn at Bassetts on to Lakes Basin Road. Drive about 6 miles to the Gold lake Summit/Round Lake Trailhead. Turn left into the parking lot for the trail. Take the marked trail and when you come to the fork, stay to the right. Going left will take you to round lake. Another .5 miles or so you will come to Big Bear, Little Bear and Cub Lakes. This trail is a nice loop that will take you to Long, Round, Silver and other lakes in the area.
Turn at Bassetts and drive 5.8 miles to the left turn, .5 miles to the boat ramp. Biggest lake we have, has lots of fish including lake trout, with a nice cement boat ramp. You can water ski on this lake.
Turn at Bassetts on to Lakes Basin Road, drive 5.3 miles, it will be on your left. Fairly large lake with good fish and camping.
Turn at Bassetts on to Lakes Basin Road, drive 5.1 miles it will be on your left. A few nice camp sites, not known to have any fish.
Turn on to Lakes Basin at Bassetts, drive 4.9 miles and it is on your left. Nice lake with a dirt boat launch, good fish and some camp sites.
This lake is above Johnsville. Drive lakes basin Road to Highway 89, turn left to Graeagle, turn left at the Frostie Stand to Mohawk. Continue up the hill to Johnsville and Plumas-Eureka State Park. Nice town, good museum. Continue thru town and up the hill to the ski area parking lot. Follow the sign up the dirt road 1.3 miles to the lake. Full of Brook trout. The road says 4 wheel drive but a car can make it.
Drive up the paved road to Packer Saddle, turn right at the sign and follow the dirt road about 2 miles to the rim that overlooks Deer Lake. The PCT passes right there and you can hike down. There is an OHV road just to the north requiring 4 wheel drive that takes you down to the lake, or about 150 feet above it. Nice fish.
Take the road to Packer Saddle, turn right and follow the dirt road to Deer Lake. Continue past Deer lake and follow the 4 wheel drive road until you see Summit Lake on your right. It is small and probably has no fish.
Little Deer Lake
Take the route outlined to get to Summit Lake. Continue past, cross the creek and you will come to an intersection. The road to the left marked as OHV will take you to Little Deer Lake. 100% 4 wheel drive road needing clearance and climbing capabilities. The lake is a treat, has a camp site and nice fish. You can also access this lake via the road past the Gold lake boat ramp that goes to the west end OHV camp grounds. Once again 4 wheel drive.
Turn into the Gold Lake boat ramp access. Instead of turning down to the camp and boat ramp continue west on the rough rock road. About 1 mile you will see the sign, turn left and .5 miles to the lake. Very nice lake, looks fishy and a good swim.
This lake is hike accessible from either the Lakes basin Campground or the Round Lake Trail, both off the lakes basin Road about 7 miles from Bassetts. Good swimming and fishing.
This lake is off Highway 49 at Yuba Pass. Take the 12 road south about 4 miles to the second Lincoln Valley intersection. Turn left or south on the dirt road, take the uphill fork drive about 1 mile to the lake. You will need four wheel drive to get there and catch nice rainbows.
This lake is about 1 mile in on the Long Lake trail coming from the Lakes Basin Campground. Just pretty, no fish.