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Baum Lake

The fish are still biting, although there haven’t been as many anglers going up to fish the past week. Small and large pmd’s, woollybuggers, midges, baetis, and leeches are working.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Baum Lake is back open and fishing well. Sinking lines with Wooly Buggers and ZT's Balanced Swimming Leeches are a great choice to get some big fish. Small nymphs under a dry dropper is the best way to get a high number of fish without scaring the trout in there. Go to dry's are the Parachute Adams, Mercers Missing Link, and Griffith's Gnat. As a dropper put on a small pheasant tail or zebra midge.

Dry Flies:

Adams - #18-20, Hackle Winged May - BWO, Harrop's Last Chance - All, Griffith's Gnat, Mercer's Missing Link - #14-18, Light Cahill - #18


Nymphs/Wet Flies:

Red Copper John - #18, Ultra Scuds, GB Flashback PT - #14-20, Black A.P. - #14-16, Beaded Zebra Midge - #18-20, Mercer's Gidget, Mercer's CB Micro Mays - Ruby Red #16-18, GB Flashback PT - Olive #18, Beaded Zebra Midge - #16-20, Chromie - #18


Steamers & Leeches:

JGF Translucent Wiggle Tail - #10, Beaded Micro Buggers - #12, Zack's Damseleech - #14

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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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

Anglers are getting ready for the lake to turn over and the fish are still in deep water feeding on tule chubs in 25-40 feet of water while hanging on structured bottom and rockpiles.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Eagle Canyon Lake

Exclusive waters offer unsurpassed private angling for rainbows that consistently rank as California's largest. Approximately 20 miles from Red Bluff, California, spring-fed stillwaters are located in the foothills west of Lassen National Park. Trophy rainbows from 4 to 15 pounds inhabit these intimate ponds and flourish in the fertile 55-degree habitat. It's a perfect home for trophy trout.
For more information please visit www.EagleCanyonTrout.com. Eagle Canyon Lake is open seasonally from December through April. 

- Courtesy of:

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

Fall River

The bite has been great this past week for fly anglers with a variety of flies. Woolybuggers, midges, baetis, callibaetis, and leeches all work.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Feather River

Salmon fishing improved over the weekend at the Outlet Hole, with most guides getting a fish per rod or better. A major slide near Live Oak has the river muddy in the Yuba City area. Stripers are biting well near Beercan Beach, where pile worms or cut bait are working best.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Hat Creek

The afternoon bite has been the best with the recent weather changes and there are still some small insect hatches going on that will require a variety of smaller flies like dark lords, rubberlegs, small midges, leeches and baetis.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

The Power House 2 riffle area and Carbon Flat have been fishing well. Nymphing in the riffle is always good if you don't mind company. Sunny summer days require a bit of finesse when fishing dries so make sure to pick up some 5 or 6x fluorocarbon tippet before heading out. Spinner falls in the morning has made searching the flats below a great option in the morning. With the heat of Summer upon us it's best to go back to the air conditioning for the afternoon, or head over to the Pit and return for the late evening caddis hatch just before dark.
Hot Flies:  TB Drowned Rusty Spinner, Rubberlegs, Sweet Pea Jigged Baetis, Pheasant Tails, Mercer's Missing Link, and Green Drakes

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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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


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

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(800)474-2782

Klamath River

Hornbrook: The first salmon of the season are expected soon as fresh kings move up from the mouth. So far no kings have been reported at Iron Gate Hatchery. Flows Sunday at Iron Gate Dam were 1,053 cfs.

Happy Camp: Salmon fishing is fair near Happy Camp, with new fish arriving daily. Most anglers are back-bouncing roe. Flows Sunday at Iron Gate were 1,053 cfs, while flows at Happy Camp were 1,302 cfs. Flows at Orleans were 1,333 cfs.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Lake Almanor

Temperatures are getting cooler at night and in the morning, which is causing the surface temps to drop fast. Trout continue to hold on the natural springs and can be caught on bait, trolling, flies and hardware.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Lake Oroville

Jamey Sorensen of North Valley Tackle said bass numbers are starting to climb and the quality is improving too, with fish up to 2 pounds taking topwater baits in the mornings and evenings along shade lines. Deep diving crankbaits have been effective too, on main lake points where bait has been stacking up, but the staple is drop-shot on those same points. As far as the landlocked kings are concerned, customers of Will Fish Tackle told Craig Newton  fish from 17 to 22 inches can be found from Bidwell Point to the dam in 65 to 85 feet of water.

THERMALITO AFTERBAY: Jamey Sorensen of North Valley Tackle said it just figures that the week the shop’s Tuesday night informal bass-off ends for the year, a customer would find a hot frog bite at this notoriously inconsistent water.

- 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

Flows have stabilized and the fishing has really begun to pick up around the lake for boat, bank and fly anglers. The lower dam has been producing some kokanee while trolling along the face of the dam. The upper dam has been producing for trout anglers trolling ‘crawlers and hardware.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.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.

McCloud River

Today was an amazing day on the McCloud for my guest and his son. We started our day fishing a dry-dropper and both hooked a lot of fish on both flies. He and his son both landed some small, but beautiful brookies!  After lunch they only fished dries and what an afternoon they had.  The fish weren't very big, but the action was non-stop all day.  At the end of the day, he hooked into a very nice 12-14 inch fish, but it managed to spit the hook after giving him the "middle fin" while jumping. 

- Courtesy of Confluence Outfitters 

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

Flows have been good on the McCloud. Sallies are starting to pop off and you'll still see some Golden Stones around. Many of the fish are looking up right now, so don't be afraid to throw on a dry fly. If you aren't seeing any top water action, don't be afraid to throw on a Sculpin pattern and fish the depths. You can also drop a Jigged Green Drake or Mercer's Jigged PMD under a Chubby Chernobyl and put it in the juice. They will come back in the evening to oviposit, don't leave too soon or you'll miss out. For highsticking the pockets and drop offs, nothing beats a Black Rubberlegs with a Copper John. Or, a Jigged Green Drake. PMDs, Baetis and all the other mayflies in this system will also be coming off if it gets cloudy. You should be seeing some Caddis dries coming off, so make sure you have a few of those in your fly box as well.

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

The Fly Shop
800-669-3474
info@theflyshop.com
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Modoc County Fisheries

Report provided by Modoc Outdoor Recreation and Tourism:

For anglers fishing close to home and following pandemic-mitigation recommendations, the arrival of spring weather has turned on the bass bite at Modoc County lakes on the Devil’s Garden and elsewhere. Just choose your lake, throw a weedless rig and be patient. There are so many great bass and crappie options in Modoc County it is impossible to list them all. The early trout opener at the end of April will let Big Valley residents try their luck on Ash Creek. There is nothing like a walk through the wildlife refuge to a hole that might hold a lunker brown trout. Please do your part to help Modocers stay healthy. Fish in your local community only. Do not travel to rural communities until shelter-in-place orders are lifted. Many of us need to fish, but small rural hospitals just cannot keep up as they can in larger communities. Please do your part and save your trip for later.


Pit River

With the heat showing up here in the North State, it's time the the Pit river rainbows start their migration into the highly oxiginated waters of the riffles and pocket water. Break out those long Euro stick and drop a dark colored jig fly of choice into some white water and hold on! There will still be some good dry fly action in the evening is you haven't already wore your self out or headed to the flats at Hat Creek, but going deep is the name of the game under the mid day sun.

Here is some useful info to monitor the flows:

Pit 3 - Below Pit 3 Dam
Pit 5 - Through Big Bend

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

The Fly Shop
800-669-3474
info@theflyshop.com
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Pits 1 and 2 aren’t fishing due to warm summer water temperatures. Pits 3 through 5 are all fishing okay but you have to find areas with faster, turbulent water that is aerated to hold fish, especially with the hot weather this past week it makes conditions much tougher for anglers. The bite will improve into the fall as temperatures drop.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Sacramento River

Redding to Red Bluff: Salmon fishing was good early last week at the Barge Hole before slowing over the weekend. T55 FlatFish are working best at first light. Flows from Keswick Dam dropped from 9,910 cfs to 8,80 cfs. Trout fishing remains very good near Redding.

Red Bluff to Colusa: The Woodson Bridge area is now crowded, with guides reporting a few fish per boat. Fishing is slower near Chico and Corning, but salmon are being caught. Schools of salmon reported near Freeport and Verona have anglers hopeful more fish are on their way.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Upper Sacramento River


The Lower Sac is fishing great! Flows from Keswick have been steady at 12,500 CFS the last few days with little change expected. This is a normal flow for this time of year which the bugs and especially fish are appreciating. We are seeing big PMD hatches continue from the top down past Anderson. Further down river Golden Stones are coming off now too. We've had beautiful, warm weather the past few weeks and the bugs are everywhere. Good flies are Peaches n' Cream, UV Sallies, Mercer's Jigged PMD, Caddis Poopah, and Rubberlegs right now. If you keep your eyes peeled you can see some fish taking dries. As the sun goes down in the evening the fish are gorging on Caddis and PMD's. When you see these hatches starting, take off your indicators and put on a PMD Challenged in #14, a natural colored Birdsnest, or an emerging caddis to closely match the hatch.

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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800-669-3474
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8/28/20, by Andrew

I just spent a highly productive morning session on the Lower Sac with Confluence Outfitters guide Kevin Kay.  I can't remember the last time I hooked so many fish in 3 hours!  The size of fish was impressive, with many in the 18-20" range.  Get in touch with Kevin or check his schedule online to book a trip!

8/1/20, by Brian: Learn To Fly Fish!

I had a really fun day with my guest on the upper Sac.  This was her first time fly fishing and she did amazing!  We were fishing a dry-dropper and it was the ticket.  She got lots of grabs on both, but the nymph was most successful.  She landed a nice 12 inch fish which capped off our time together!

Lower Sacramento River

8/23/20 by Kevin: Good Friends & Trout Pigs

Luke and I hosted a great group of guys who came to sample the fishing on the Lower Sacramento. First we did an evening drift from 4 until dark. Fish were hooked, landed, lost, and broken off, all in preparation for the second day, which was an all-day float. In between giving each other a hard time these guys hooked and landed some great fish. We played musical drift boats so by the end of the second day everybody had fished with everybody else. These are great buddy trips, no experience necessary, so grab your friends and book a trip or two!

- Courtesy Confluence Outfitters

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

Shasta Lake

Trout anglers are still catching fish scattered in deep water targeting schools of baitfish. Bass have been chasing bait and there has been intermittent topwater action throughout the day. Alabama rigs on main lake points are being bit along with finesse tackle and soft plastics.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

The lake of great possibilities. Such a fun change of pace and incredible surroundings.  You have a chance to get some hogs out of this lake. We can fly fish or spin fish and something to note, a great place to perfect your casting, learn different techniques and enjoy your day in this beautiful location full of hungry fish. As a bonus, spotted bass make great meals. If you want to go mix it up, this is the place. We hold that 'special' permit to be able to guide these waters and our team is ready to go.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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

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

There are a few Summer fish adults hanging around the Douglas City area as well as some reports of the elusive Trinity River brown trout being caught around Lewiston. The Fly water below the dam is a great spot to find juveniles ready to make their migration down stream. Every day the reports have been slowly getting better so give Chris or Bryan a call to book a trip with the Trinity River Experts.

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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

Small swimbaits and soft plastics are still dominating and there have been good numbers of quality largemouth and smallmouth bass being caught consistently through the past week.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Trinity River

Anglers are now catching a mix of darker spring-run salmon and chrome-bright fall kings. Back-bouncing roe is working best. The fall quota is now in effect, and the daily limits has increased to two salmon a day, with one over 22 inches. Flows at Lewiston are back to 457 cfs, the normal summer flows. At Douglas City, flows are 481 cfs, and 492 cfs at Junction City. Flows at Hoopa are 792 cfs.

- Courtesy of My Outdoor Buddy

http://www.myoutdoorbuddy.com/

Whiskeytown Lake

Anglers working the weed lines are catching bass. Topwater is effective early and late according to John Boitano of Phil’s Propeller. He said anglers who know the weed lines are doing well with finesse baits, cranks and spinners.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Northern California: by Luke: Walk & Wade Options in Northern California

Of the many things I love about fly fishing in northern California, the diversity of both fisheries and techniques has to be two of the stand outs. Dry fly? No problem. You want to use a spey rod and swing flies? Sure thing. Tight line nymphing? We got you covered. Indicator nymphing? Of course. The opportunities abound and no matter what technique gets you excited or what type of water you want to fish, there are plenty of options to make it happen. From tailwaters to spring creeks to freestones, you can find the perfect escape. And what's more is that there are options throughout the year, with some of the *best* fly fishing happening in the spring! The insect hatches start to get pretty crazy and there are still plenty of big fish to be caught. Guests on a number of fisheries have had chances to catch some great fish on just about every method available. One day due to the massive caddis hatch, we were able to throw double dries for a couple of hours and caught a bunch of fish up top. On another day we were swinging soft hackles and hooking nice trout using trout spey tactics. Northern California has incredible options and you just can't beat the weather right now! Book a trip today on one of our many options and don't forget that walk and wade trips can be extremely effective and you can catch some really big fish.

- Courtesy of:

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

Manzanita Lake

Learn to Fly Fish!

Today was pretty special as it started out with a Learn to Fly Fish trip with my guest and his son. We started on Burney Creek and then moved to Baum Lake where his son caught his first trout! We then drove up to Manzanita Lake where they were camping, and his son got to cast to a lot of rising fish throughout the afternoon. After a few missed grabs, he landed a couple of nice fish before he decided to call it a day. We managed to avoid the man-eating river otters but did see a pack of four.

- Courtesy of Confluence Outfitters 

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

Iron Canyon Reservoir

The lake is fishing great and the road going in is good shape. Fish are keying on midges, small ones. Size #18 and smaller, TB Tube Midges will get you down fast if you are fishing the swirl. Stripped leeches in black and brown also are the ticket, nothing is a fun as that grab on the strip! Midges hatching will have the fish keying on that, try a Griffith's Gnat, Skittering Midge or a Midge Hanger. You'll need something small for these guys. Keep your eyes open in the shallows at this time of year, Callibaetis will be emerging with fish cruising to eat the emergers, and later in the morning the spinners. When you find the fish rising, watch for the cruisers and put a Pheasant Tail or a Callibaetis in front of it and strip it in slowly.

Hot Flies:

Dry Flies:

Harrop's Last Chance - Callibaetis


Nymphs/Wet Flies:

San Juan Worm - Fire #8-14, Chromies - #16-18, Beaded Zebra Midge - #16-20, Mercer's CB Micro Mayfly - #14-18, GB Half-Flashback PT - #16-20


Streamers & Leeches:

Beaded Micro Buggers, Freshwater Clouser - Olive/White, Zonkers - #4

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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

(Image: Nor Cal Fish Reports)

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