Directions: From downtown Quincy, on Hwy 70-89: go West 16 miles on Bucks Lake Road to lake. Beyond Meadow Valley, road becomes steep and winding for about 3 miles; the grade and turns are easier on the logging road to the left about a mile past Meadow Valley.
Bucks Lake contains Rainbows, Browns and Brookies along with Mackinaw Trout and Kokanee. Flyfishing is generally during the spring and fall when the fish are in the shallower areas along shore. Float Tubing is best working the inlets where Mill Creek, Bucks Creek, Haskins Creek, and Right Hand Creek come in. Large nymph patterns as well as streamers and woolly buggers work well in the Spring. The trout will cruise in 3-8 feet of water. There is a small callibaetis mayfly and midge hatch that occurs near the springs. Use a number of Callibaetis patterns or midge pupa patterns with an indicator. In the Fall, the browns move into these areas to spawn. During the Fall, there is also a dark caddis hatch in which dark-bodied caddis are very effective.
Lower Bucks Lake can be a good alternative during the mid-summer months as this water remains cooler from the diversion of Buck's water to the powerplant at Grizzly Forebay. The levels can fluctuate quite a bit due to the powerhouse draw. Look for structure near the large cove at the boat ramp to hold large Browns. Midges are a primary food source in Lower Bucks Lake. Griffith's Gnats and Midge pupa patterns work well. Another good spot to try is the north side of the lake where a pip empties near the dam. In Spring and early Summer, large Browns will wait in these areas for food. Use large streamers.