East Sierra Valley
Chamber of Commerce
Frenchmans Lake & Wiggins Trading Post
Head over to Wiggins Trading Post located in Chilcoot, on hwy49 and you will cross the road up to Frenchmans Lake, located on the edge of Sierra Valley Sierra County California.  Richard Wiggins and Shirley will catch you up on the latest Fishing Reports, and stock you up with everything you need to catch a few.. including worms, and a license.   The Wiggins are know for their generous involvement in Sierra Valley, and have also served long and well in Loyalton Rotary.  

Wiggin’s Trading Post at 94139 Highway 70, Chilcoot, California. The Totem has its own story:  This is a fishing totem - at the top is The Eagle - The best of the fishers. Able to spot a fish swimming near the surface, swoop down and snatch it from the water. Next down the pole is The Owl Spirit - The spirit of good luck and success, and the Guardian of the night. Spirit ofThe Manitou (teepee) it is believed to ward off evil spirits and protect the village that it guarded.

10 minutes away is the Golden West Saloon & Hotel.  A historic business, located on Main Street in Loyalton (hwy 49) is now owned by Sierra Valley Ranchers and Locals, meals are good and rooms are clean.  The service is friendly.  Com’on over an get a bite!
08/06/12  “Fishing from boat or shore continues to be good at Frenchman Lake. It has been hot and windy later in the day, so it is best to try your luck early morning or early evening. The standard bait at Frenchman – PowerBait© (rainbow works best) and worms – are still the ticket for catching nice sized rainbows from shore. Trollers do well going several colors out using flashers and night-crawlers. Mario Jaquez from Loyalton caught some nice German Browns at Little Last Chance Creek using rainbow or brown colored floating Rapalas. He said he also has good results with yellow or red Panther Martins.  We would appreciate hearing from any fly fishermen who may have some good tips on where to fish and what is working at Frenchman Lake. Come on in to the store and share some of your secrets.  Call us for updates Wiggins Trading Post (530) 993-4683.”
“Whether it’s from the bank or from the shore, the fishing has been great at Frenchman Lake this past week. Early morning bank fishermen are catching rainbows up to 18″ using bright green powerbait or worms. On Saturday, Frankie and Mike from Reno, NV were fishing at the dam approximately 18″ down and caught their limits within an hour. Josh from Reno, NV caught 3 rainbows that were between 8 and 14 inches long as well as one BIG catfish using worms between 10:00 am and noon today. The fishing is great, the weather is warm.”Frenchman Lake is located on Little Last Chance Creek, a tributary of the Middle Fork Feather River, about 37 miles northwest of Reno and 26 miles northeast of Portola. The lake is part of the Upper Feather River Project within the Plumas National Forest, and was constructed to provide recreation opportunities, to maintain the natural beauty of the area, and to enhance fish habitat in the creek. Frenchman Lake also supplies irrigation water for Sierra Valley.

Directions: Go north for 8.3 miles on Highway 284 from Highway 70 at Chilcoot.

Activities: camping, fishing, picnicking, swimming, water skiing, boating, hiking, hunting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

More Information: Frenchman Lake Recreation Area is operated by a private concessionaire and administered by the U.S. Forest Service; Plumas National Forest; Beckworth Ranger District; P.O. Box 7; Blairsden, CA 96103, (530) 836-2575.

Frenchman Lake typifies the beauty of the Plumas County region with its forested lands. Rainbow trout, including Eagle Lake strain, are stocked in Frenchman Lake. Mule deer are the area’s most common big game. Fishing and hunting are regulated by the California Department of Fish and Game.
Camping is permitted in Chilcoot, Cottonwood Springs, Frenchman, Spring Creek, and Big Cove Campgrounds, totaling 199 campsites with 5 walk-ins. All campgrounds have tables, stoves, water, and toilets, Some units can accommodate trailers up to 22 feet.

Two concrete boat ramp launching sites accommodate the variety of water sports enjoyed on the lake’s more than 1,500-acre surface. Canoeing, water skiing and other forms of boating are popular warm weather sports. Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing dominate in the winter.

At Cottonwood and Chilcoot Campgrounds, the area — including restrooms — was modified to accommodate people with disabilities. Chilcoot has a new hardened pathway to the creekside with some accessible tentpads and tables. Big Cove Campground has several accessible campsites and a paved pathway to the lakeshore. Cottonwood has an accessible group campground.

The campgrounds, including two group campsites, are usually open from May through October. Also available are a trailer dump station, drinking water, sanitary facilities, and two concrete boat launching sites.