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Please check 2018-19 freshwater sport fishing regulations and recent planting

2018 - 2019 Fishing Regulations and infowildlife.ca.gov/regulations

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Weekly Updates 

Week of: 12/09/19

Baum Lake

Baum Lake is a lake with a current so it fishes like a spring creek.  With great fishing through the winter months, it is a fun trouty destination. If nothing else, Baum Lake is a fantastic fall back plan if calling your trip off due to muddy rivers is not an option.  Though the average trout in Baum Lake is 13” this lake is home to some very large trout. It is a location to think of when targeting trophy trout.  This is a put and take fishery so it’s a great location to grab dinner.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

HarvestWild
Aaron Grabiel
530-356-2189
info@harvestwild.com
www.harvestwild.com


Not a lot of anglers out on the water, but the fishing is good with the fall weather. Fly guys particularly love this time of year, although spinners, spoons and bait also work well.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/


Fishing is good on Baum Lake with some good Baetis & PMD hatches. Caddis are beginning to become more and more prominent. In the early morning midges are a staple for these fish, so make sure you have a good selection of Zebra Midges or other midge pupa patterns. Swinging a Bird's Nest or Poopah on an intermediate line next to the weed beds will get you hooked up. Watch for those few Callibaetis coming off, the fish will chase down the emergers and duns, a plain old Pheasant Tail and a Parachute Adams will take care of this. Balanced leeches in various colors will work wonders when everything else seems to fail you, fish them on the swing, strip or under an indicator.

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

The Fly Shop
800-669-3474
info@theflyshop.com
https://www.theflyshop.com/

Bucks Lake

The bite has been better in the late evening when the insect hatches are thickest. Leeches, zebra midges, and small emergers like caddis flies, midges, nymphs, and golden stones are still producing best.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Eagle Lake

It’s off limits during windy days that churn the lake to a froth, but on the nice days, the fish are moving up onto the shelves and back into deep water depending on the time of day. Lures always work well, as do big flies and streamers. John Reynolds of Quail Lodge said he fished it twice and caught fish on trolling flies. Bite has been best early, but slows with the sun. 

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Eagle Canyon Lake

By Andrew: Announcing our 2019-20 Season

We have just set our dates and are now taking bookings for the 2019-20 season at Eagle Canyon. Opening Day will be Saturday Dec 7th and our last day will be April 8th.  Eagle Canyon is a private trophy trout destination located just 30 minutes east of Red Bluff in the foothills of Mt. Lassen. Wade, float tube, or fish from the shore for rainbow trout from 3-15 pounds. Eagle Canyon is open from January through mid-April and is the perfect place for groups of 2-8 anglers. Reserve your dates soon - they usually go quickly once we set our schedule.

Confluence Outfitters
Andrew Harris
888-481-1650
andrew@confluenceoutfitters.com
www.confluenceoutfitters.com

Fall River

Closed for the season 

- Courtesy of Shasta Cascade

Feather River

Salmon fishing closed above the Live Oak Diversion Dam on Oct. 31. A mix of dark and bright kings are being caught from Yuba City to Live Oak on plugs and roe. Limits are being caught by guides. Flows are around 3,500 cfs.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Hat Creek

Closed for the season 

- Courtesy of Shasta Cascade

Note: Hat Creek is a world renown fishery. Wild trout are large and abundant!

Keswick Lake

Keswick Reservoir is known by the locals to be challenging, different and quite special.  It warrants a guided trip for the eager angler ready to catch trophy wild Rainbow and Brown Trout.  It consists of 9 miles of water and is located between Shasta Dam and Keswick Dam where its purpose lies in moderating the conditions in Shasta Lake and the Sacramento River as well as its demands to downstream irrigation and power commitments.  Due to the important role it plays in Sacramento River water management, the lake level can fluctuate throughout the day presenting challenging yet exciting fishing conditions. It is safe to say that this fishery gets very little fishing pressure due to its limited access.  Being a capable caster is essential to success, 30ft+ is recommended. Small Midges are the go-to here but we also fish leaches, caddis, small mayflies and bait fish imitations. The average trout is 16” and 25 inchers are not uncommon. Keswick Reservoir looks like a spring creek up on the top and a lake at the bottom. The season to fish this year-round fishery is best from February through July.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

HarvestWild
Aaron Grabiel
530-356-2189
info@harvestwild.com
www.harvestwild.com


With higher flows, Keswick is much like a river up top. Find the seams and fish small, dark patterns like Zebra Midges and Dark Lords are the ticket. Water clarity is perfect, not too clear, not too cloudy. Stripping leeches has been a good tactic, olive Wooley Buggers can do the trick. If you are looking for big browns, fish the big stuff deep, Dali Lamas, Sculpzillas and other similar big patterns on full sinking lines are what's required.

Stripping leeches and buggers on a type VII full sink line works great here. Fish going over 20" happen! Releases out of Shasta Dam have been stable. Good place to hire a guide though. Finding these fish requires some special knowledge and a boat.

Indicator suspended Birds Nests, Midges, PT Nymphs should work along the edges of the fast water near the Dam. Suspend your flies about 2-3 feet below the indicator. These fish like to come up to the fly. Fish the shallow edges. Stay low!! You will need a motorized boat to get to where the good fishing exists.

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

The Fly Shop
800-669-3474
info@theflyshop.com
https://www.theflyshop.com/

Cold-water fish species found in the reservoir include rainbow and brown trout. Warm-water species include the same species as found at Shasta Dam. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife occasionally plants hatchery-reared fish. The reservoir is accessible from the shore and by boat. Keswick Dam is the uppermost barrier to anadromous fish migrating up the Sacramento River.

- Courtesy of Shasta Cascade

Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

https://www.shastacascade.com/

(800)474-2782

Klamath River

We have had a great time every day we have made the trek North.  The fish are in the 10-20 inch class for the most part but there are some fish in the 20-25 inch range being hooked every day.  This is a beautiful river and a fun one to fish.  These fish love the swing so mixing up tactics here is great.  

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

HarvestWild
Aaron Grabiel
530-356-2189
info@harvestwild.com
www.harvestwild.com


Klamath River: Dec 3, by Andrew: Announcing our 2020 Klamath Spey Camp Schedule!


We have just finalized our 2020 Klamath Spey Camp schedule.  Like last year, we will be offering two camps each week.  One is a 2-night weekend camp that starts mid-day Friday and ends mid-day Sunday.  The other is a 3-night camp that starts mid-day Monday and ends mid-day Thursday.  Our camps start in mid-September and go through mid-October.  Come join us for great instruction, meals, camaraderie, and fishing!  For more information on exact dates and pricing please visit www.SpeyCamp.com.

Confluence Outfitters
Andrew Harris
888-481-1650
andrew@confluenceoutfitters.com
www.confluenceoutfitters.com


KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: Steelhead fishing continues to be very good on the Upper Klamath between Iron Gate Hatchery and Interstate 5, as they key on eggs from spawning salmon. Rapala plugs are working well. Guides are reporting several adults per rod. Flows of 1,308 cfs are ideal for steelhead fishing. Salmon fishing has slowed in the upper river.

KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: Salmon fishing is now slow, but steelhead fishing is good near Happy Camp. Guides are finding adult steelhead and halfpounders on side-drifted roe or beads. MagLip plugs also are working well. Flows Sunday at Seiad Valley were 1,650 cfs.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Lake Almanor

The bite heats up as the water cools down, and both bank anglers and boaters are finding improved action on rainbows and browns. Fast trolling is working with hardware, and slow-trolling a nightcrawler also works, while bankies are dunking Power Bait or ‘crawlers. Float tubers are doing well with black woolly buggers. Light fishing pressure, and trolling hardware is the best bet around Hamilton Branch, Big Springs, East Shore or Rec. No. 1 to the A Frame, according to guide John Reynolds of Quail Lodge.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Lake Oroville

The North Valley Tackle Tournament brought 58 boats to the lake over the weekend, and the tournament was taken by the team of Shane Robertson and Mike Osborne. Bass Union Finesse Football Jig in the Signature Matte Brown color or plastics on the drop-shot were working best at 40 to 60 feet of water off of main lake points and structure. The lake is releasing water, and it dropped to 57 percent.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Lewiston Lake

Lewiston Lake is one of California’s best kept secrets. It offers a gorgeous, quiet and peaceful setting. It starts at the base of Trinity Dam and holds cold water year-round. The portion below Trinity Dam has a slight current.  Boats are limited to a 10mph speed limit on this lake making it a smooth ride and a great year-round fishery. Lewiston Lake is home to Rainbow Trout ranging from 12” to 16” with the ever common 18+ incher.  There are many ways to fish on this lake which keeps it exciting. We often will sight fish for cruising trout, go for a dry dropper, strip leaches or use bait fish patterns.  We start targeting Lewiston Lake in March.  March through late summer offers some of the best Mayfly hatches.  Some days we can fish top water and set the hook on rising trout. Also, a bonus, if you are looking to book a place to stay nearby we have a vacation rental cabin within a 10-minute drive.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

HarvestWild
Aaron Grabiel
530-356-2189
info@harvestwild.com
www.harvestwild.com


Good action on the quality trout this lake is known for, and the bigger the fly or lure the bigger the likely fish. Of course, the Lewiston Cocktail of two red and one white Berkley Power Eggs are good producers, as well as spoons or ‘crawlers.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

McCloud River

McCloud is fishing well though the water is still a bit high. Rubber leg stone fly, prince nymphs and small may fly patterns are working well fished under a Jaydacator.  HarvestWild is looking forward to walking you in to some great fishing on the McCloud in June.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

HarvestWild
Aaron Grabiel
530-356-2189
info@harvestwild.com
www.harvestwild.com

McCloud Reservoir

This gem of a lake is full of opportunity and trout, both Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout call this river home.  There is a strong hatchery program for Rainbow Trout and a healthy wild population.  Sight cast to cruising trout or stripping streamers while blind casting to the bank can produce both trout species that McCloud Reservoir homes.  Nymphing can be productive as well as dry fly fishing Callibaetis and terrestrials.  This river fishes well year-round and can be a great fall back option as well as a destination all to itself.  The Lake has a beautiful blue green hue that takes your breath away.  The mouth of the McCloud can be very good and fishes like a spring creek.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

HarvestWild
Aaron Grabiel
530-356-2189
info@harvestwild.com
www.harvestwild.com


Lake McCloud is a reservoir on the McCloud River in Northern California. The lake forms behind an earthen dam finished in 1965 by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company to control water flows and for generating hydro-electric power.

- Courtesy of Shasta Cascade

Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

https://www.shastacascade.com/

(800)474-2782

Note: Lake McCloud has a large population of rainbow and brown trout, due to the fact that the temperature stays relatively cold all year.

Pit River

Pits 3 through 5 are all fishing really well right now with small micro-sized flies or dark colored flies like PMD’s, darklords, rubberlegs, baetis, callibaetis, and a few anglers have had great results with isonychia mayfly nymphs, although as temperatures drop that will phase out until temperatures rise again.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Sacramento River

Upper Sacramento River

The Upper Sacramento is a great fishery with a variety of water that will keep even the expert intrigued as to what the next bend in the river might hold. The “Upper Sac” as it is known to the locals is a freestone river with pocket water, riffles, runs, huge pools, undercuts and small holes. This diversity of water types and the plethora of food sources make this river fishable year-round and with every style of fly-fishing a person could want. Dry fly fishing, dead drifting nymphs, swinging wet flies and streamers are all effective on the Upper Sacramento River. This river is a lot of fun in the early to mid-summer.  When it is hot out wet wading, the river can offer relief.   There are some put and take areas for anglers that would like to take their catch home.

HarvestWild
Aaron Grabiel
530-356-2189
info@harvestwild.com
www.harvestwild.com


Lower Sacramento River


This fall is bringing some trout of a lifetime to the net. They are fighting hard and are fat and happy. The afternoon bite has been the best lately and we have been getting them on caddis, baetis and midge patterns. Also, some hatchery steelhead are in as well. We have been landing clip fin steelhead all the way up to the Sundial bridge!

HarvestWild
Aaron Grabiel
530-356-2189
info@harvestwild.com
www.harvestwild.com


12/5/19 Lower Sac Report by Kevin Kay:
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Did a morning half-day with my buddy Larry. We’re finally getting some rain and it’s a welcome change. The morning started off great right off the bat with some nice fish coming to hand. Then we had quite a lull but finished strong with a nice 20” buck. It’s supposed to really rain this weekend so we’ll see how that affects the fishing, hopefully for the better!

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11/30/19 Lower Sac Report by Luke Geraty:

Steve and I floated the Lower Sac yesterday in search of a few #troutpigs. I wasn't sure how the fishing would go as it was pretty cold when we started (35 degrees). You know something is wrong when you can't wait to stick your hands in the water to release a fish simply because you want to warm your hands up! The fishing was actually pretty good and we had action throughout the day on your typical caddis and BWO offerings. The highlight of the day was our hour and a half "distraction" of casting at what I'd call a "pod" of rising fish sipping BWO's and caddis. It's hard not to absolutely love the double dry fly system! There's nothing like watching 18 to 22inch 'bows crashing on some top water bugs! All in all it was a good day.

- Courtesy of Confluence Outfitters

Confluence Outfitters
Andrew Harris
888-481-1650
andrew@confluenceoutfitters.com
www.confluenceoutfitters.com


SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Salmon fishing remains slow from Colusa to Verona. Fish continue to move through, but the run has tapered off. A few large stripers were caught near Verona on grass shrimp.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento: Salmon fishing is fair from Miller Park to Garcia Bend, where trollers are using Silvertron spinners or Pro Troll flashers and Brad’s Super Baits. With lower flows, downstream trolled M2 FlatFish and K14 Kwikfish also are working. Schools of bright fish moved through last week.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Shasta Lake

I'll keep this one short....monster trout, crushing bait on the surface, why aren't you fishing here?

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

HarvestWild
Aaron Grabiel
530-356-2189
info@harvestwild.com
www.harvestwild.com


Bass action is great when you find the bait schools. Anglers are catching fish on soft plastics and jigs when the topwater bite slows. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, Alabama rigs, and spoons have been dominating with current weather conditions. Although the trout fishing had improved again one more time it has really dropped off, especially with high wind conditions.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Note: Shasta fishes well all year and the bass bite is great right now!

Siskiyou Lake

Lake Siskiyou is a reservoir formed by Box Canyon Dam on the Sacramento River, in far northern California, near the town of Azalea, California. It is the site of local recreation, as well as being used for watershed protection and flood control.

- Courtesy of Shasta Cascade

Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

https://www.shastacascade.com/

(800)474-2782

Trinity Lake

Trinity Lake is an incredible Small Mouth Bass fishery. There are other fish here like Large Mouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, and land locked King Salmon.  This fly fishery is best for targeting strong aggressive Small Mouth Bass.  The mouths of the many tributaries can offer some great trout fishing in the summer months when hatches concentrate the fish. Top water fishing can be stellar as well so if you like to see bass blow up on top this could be the place for you.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

HarvestWild
Aaron Grabiel
530-356-2189
info@harvestwild.com
www.harvestwild.com


The bass bite is still excellent around the lake for both smallmouth and largemouth bass. Down-baits have been a top producer fished slowly on the bottom on deep flats and anglers are seeing a 50/50 mix of both large and smallmouth bass feeding in large schools.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Note: Trinity is way up this year especially compared to the last 5 years or more. 

Trinity River

Snow! Well it didn't rain but we will take whatever we can get.  As this storm progresses it is setting the stage for a big push of fish.  Now, if I only had a crystal ball so I knew when it would happen. The fishing remains tough but there are enough fish to have a chance.  On our recent trips dead drifting nymphs has been the most effective.  Your confidence is crucial and you must believe that next drift will produce a fish.  With our raft and drift boat we have the tools to be out there with the water levels changing and are equipped to get after those steelhead wherever they lurk.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

HarvestWild
Aaron Grabiel
530-356-2189
info@harvestwild.com
www.harvestwild.com


12/7/19 Trinity River Report by Brian Kohlman:

Boy was it wet today! Heavy rains overnight increased the flows and added quite a bit of color. My guests Jeff and Bill were game for another day of steelheading even with the steady rain. Both hooked into some half-pounders and Jeff came up empty handed after a great battle with a really nice adult. I’m encouraged by seeing fresh fish and expect fishing conditions will continue to improve with this latest storm. Looking forward, the forecast is calling for more rain this week.

12/6/19 Trinity River Report by Brian Kohlman:

I had a really fun day with my guests Jeff and Lowell. The forecast was calling for a lot of rain, but fortunately it held off until late morning before the soaking commenced. Both are dedicated trout anglers, but this was their first time fishing for steelhead. Lowell had the hot rod today - hooking into two very nice adults and landing one of them. This storm is bringing some heavy rain tonight and it is forecast to continue tomorrow and into Sunday. Hooray!

Trinity River: Dec 2, by Peter: Winter Steelhead Time

Its time to book your winter steelhead trip on the Trinity River. Storms are bringing much needed moisture to bring fresh fish into the system. Once the creeks get flowing the winter run will filter in. Snowmelt and rain due later this week should get fish moving. I will be back on the river this weekend. I have available dates and are other guides too.Confluence Outfitters specializes in steelhead fishing in the Fly. Various western locations. Get some dates on the books and let's go fishing!Peter Santley

- Courtesy of Confluence Outfitters

Confluence Outfitters
Andrew Harris
888-481-1650
andrew@confluenceoutfitters.com
www.confluenceoutfitters.com


Low, clear water is keeping most anglers away from the Trinity. Fishing is slow as rain is needed to move fish around and draw in fresh steelhead from the Klamath. Flows from Trinity Lake are 293 cfs, while flows at Douglas City are 320 cfs and flows at Junction City are 373 cfs. Flows at Hoopa are 665 cfs.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Whiskeytown Lake

The bass fishing has improved and there are some larger fish being caught while throwing reaction baits, soft plastics, jigs, and large topwater baits like a Lunker Plunker. Current weather conditions have caused the salmon bite to drop off completely.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Note: This lake stays full through summer and into mid fall because it is a National Recreation Area.

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