The wild-and-scenic Middle Fork of the Feather River flows through a rugged gorge on the northern boundary of Nakoma. If fishing and hiking are your things, then a trek down into the gorge is a must. Lures and flies are the best bets in the many holes found in the gorge where native rainbows and brook trout hide. Access the gorge via Nakoma’s Falling Water Trail.
Lakes are open to fishing year round and the stream season usually opens on the last weekend of April and closes in the middle of November. Some streams are not open until the end of May and close at the end of September. Some waters like Yellow Creek have special barbless catch and release provisions.
The Middle Fork and North Fork make up the Feather River. The Middle Fork is a federally recognized Wild-&-Scenic River from the outflow at Sierra Valley to Lake Oroville in the Sierra foothills. The wild river section downstream from the Quincy-La Porte Road bridge is accessible by steep foot trails and provides excellent fishing for strong hikers. Upstream, in the more easily reached scenic and recreation portion near Highway 70 east of Quincy, the Middle Fork holds some nice, if sometimes angler-shy, rainbows and browns. Fall fishing, when there are fewer vacationers, is particularly good.