Rainbow/redband trout are present in Big Creek in addition to brook trout. Brook trout are generally small, with large fish in the 10-12 inch range. Fishing is generally good upstream and downstream of the 52 road. Fly fishing is the preferred method here due to the size of the stream, but all methods will work prior to late summer low flows when the fish are very skittish. A developed campground downstream of the 52 road and dispersed, unimproved sites upstream of the 52 road along Forest Road 5226 provide an opportunity to camp out. The Tower Fire of 1996 burned much of the area surrounding Big Creek. The fire area can be viewed from the 52 road on the way to Big Creek.
Map + Directions
This stream is located approximately 20 miles southeast of Ukiah on Forest Road 52.