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Baum Lake

Baum Lake is the bomb right now! Relatively light pressure has been the norm with fish coming up to eat up top on the warmer days. Look for Blue Wing Olives and midges in the mornings, fish your nymphs under a dry/dropper rig or tight line them in the seams. Definitely bring your dry rod and throw some small Adams, #18 and smaller, or your favorite BWO dry. 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. Our guides have this place wired if you are looking for some tactical advice on fishing a great spring creek fishery with an expert!
Hot Flies:
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

No Current Report available. Here is some information about Plumas County lakes and current contact information.

https://plumascounty.org/Camping-Bucks-Lake

Plumas County
info@plumascounty.org | 530-927-5180

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

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Eagle Canyon Lake

Here is a report from the group that fished Eagle Canyon today: "On our annual return trip to the Eagle Canyon, we had another  great time chasing those huge rainbows that populate the two lakes. The  best bite took place from the time we arrived at 8:30 am to around 11:00  am. Both lakes were producing. The fish were taking leech patterns in  black or purple (size 6-10) and copper johns in sizes 10- 14 stripped in  slowly behind an intermediate line. The bite slowed down during midday  (perfect for our lunch break) but then picked up again in the evening.  Dark leech patterns and hares ear nymphs were the ticket during the  early evening bite. The fish caught yesterday ranged from 5-12 pounds  with several in the 7-9 pounds range. They were very fresh and put up a  very good battle when hooked. We look forward to another return  trip to Eagle Canyon in the future."

- Courtesy of:

Confluence Outfitters
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Fall River

It is early season on the Fall River and that means cool mornings, variable weather and sparse hatches. There are some midges coming off and you can expect to pick up a lot of fish swinging and stripping leeches and scud patterns. The bigger hatches are a ways out, but with the right weather and some warmth you can have a full-up hatch.

Hot Flies:  TB Drowned Rusty Spinner, PMD's, Norman's Wiggletails, Pheasant Tails, Mercer's Missing Link, Zug Bugs, and Leeches.

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Feather River

The salmon smolts released last week have moved out of the river due to the increase in flows from Lake Oroville, and flows dropped slightly from 1930 to 1889 cfs. The low flows are keeping all but the most experienced boaters with jet engines off of the river with most striped bass fishermen working the Sacramento River or in the Feather from the mouth at Verona to East Nicolaus by drifting minnows or casting swimbaits. American shad males are starting to show up around Verona.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Hat Creek

The California Dept of Fish & Wildlife has adopted the statewide changes to the fishing regulations. Hat Creek from the Powerhouse 2 Riffle down to Lake Britton is open to fishing all year, catch and release. We have not fished it, but there were some nice mayfly hatches yesterday. br< If you do go and fish, please keep an eye out of the spawning fish in the Power House 2 Riffle area. That is the only place they can spawn.


This is a solid option as we are beginning to see some good Salmonfly hatching down by Lake Britton. Check out the Powerhouse 2 Riffle area towards dark on warmer days for a good Caddis hatch. Of course, this is the primordial soup of insect species so to speak, Green Drakes, Yellow Sallies, Pale Morning Duns, Baetis, Callibaetis and all other types of aquatic insects can hatch on any given day. About the only notable hatch we have not seen as of yet has been the Trico emergence, we are a couple of months away from that. Be kind to your neighbors when you go and enjoy the fun!

Hot Flies:  TB Drowned Rusty Spinner, Rubberlegs, Sweet Pea Jigged Baetis, Pheasant Tails, Mercer's Missing Link, and Green Drakes

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

Iron Canyon Reservoir

Report: Iron Canyon Reservoir is usually a good option if you want to get away from crowds. Fish the areas around the water release and you will have current to make a drift in. San waun worms and small nymphs like pheasant tails and zebra midges will always produce a strike as well.

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

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(Image: Nor Cal Fish Reports)

Keswick Lake

Report: Not much has changed here since the last report. Keswick is in good shape and fishing well. Look for smaller offerings up in the faster water towards the dam with S&Ms, Two Bit Hookers in black and olive producing well. Olive Wooly and Crystal Buggers work well too on sinking lines.

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.
Hot Flies:
Dry Flies:
Mercer's Missing Link #16-18, Adams #14-16, Mercer's Parachute Profile Spinners #16

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Bubbleback Caddis - #14, Mercer's Glo-Bubble Caddis - Tan #14, Chromie - #16-18, Mercer's Gidget, GB San Juan Worm - #12, Mercer's Biot Epoxy Golden Stones - #8-12, Chironomid Bomber - Any color #12, Mercer's CB Micro Mayfly - Brown #16-18, Pats Rubberlegs - Brown #6-8, CB Birds Nest - #10-14

Streamers & Leeches:
Crystal Buggers, Freshwater Clousers - #6, Zonkers - Natural #4, BH Halebopp Leech - Olive/Dark Olive #8

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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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

Klamath River

The lower Klamath remains open for steelhead fishing, but flows will be on the rise this week. As of Sunday, flows increased from 9,500 cfs up to 10,750 cfs and will remain above 10,000 cfs until mid-week. The river should remain fishable, and will likely see a good push of spawned out steelhead making their way downriver. River flows on Sunday were 10,700 cfs at the mouth of the Klamath, 5,800 cfs at Orleans, and 2,175 cfs further upstream in the Seiad Valley.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

The steelhead season on the Klamath is probably on the way out. We'll be keeping our eyes open for the Salmonfly hatch later this spring. Good flies are always Rubberlegs, look to throw some smaller offerings like Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns and Psycho Princes. You can still get your Spey on in the winter. While most runs are not deep, a Skagit and sink tip combo will help you slow down your flies to give the fish a long look. Brett's Klamath Intruder is a great fly, if there is color or the visibility is lower the Black & Purple variation is perfect. Give us a call here at The Fly Shop if you would like to a great trip on the upper Klamath!
Hot Flies:
Eggs:
• Clown Egg
• M.C. Redd Reaper - Champagne
• Micro Spawn - Shrimp Pink or Salmon Egg
• Boles Bazookas

Nymphs:
• Pat's Rubberlegs - #4-8
• 3-D Nymphs - #8-10
• Red Copper Johns - #14-18
• Gordon's Amber Wing Prince - #14-18
• Articulated Marabou Leech

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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Lake Almanor

Trollers at Almanor are picking up rainbows and browns with an occasional salmon in the mix, but the bite has been inconsistent at best with the fish difficult to find. Arctic Trolling Flies at 1.7 mph, hardware at 2.5 mph, or slow-trolling nightcrawlers or Gulp! grubs are your best shot. The insect hatches are off the charts, and the trout are beginning to migrate to the northwest side of the lake. The best shore action remains in the Hamilton Branch or the causeway. The Canyon Dam continues to be the only usable public boat launch. A bass tournament produced a winning limit over 19 pounds, and the bass will be on the beds by this weekend’s three-day Wild West Bass Trails event.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Lake Oroville

The king salmon action at Oroville continues to have slowed down, and there is a concern over the numbers of salmon taken out of the lake over the past few years. There is some angler interest in lowering the daily bag limit to 2 salmon, similar to ocean and river limits. It is a matter of quality over quantity right now, and experienced trollers are struggling for a few quality kings at depths from 60 to 80 feet with white hoochies behind a dodger. Spotted bass are there for the taking on plastics on a variety of presentations, and there is a window for a reaction bite early or late or when the wind is blowing. The water level has risen slightly to 42 percent, but the houseboats out of Lime Saddle will need to be removed by May15th at the lake will drop below the 707- foot mark at the ramp. No additional boats will be allowed at the marina. Angler’s Press event on Saturday followed the pattern of one big largemouth in the winning limit with a 7.89 kicker as part of a 17.57-pound limit. The Bidwell Canyon, the Spillway, and Lime Saddle ramps are currently open with Loafer Creek remaining closed. Updated information available at 530-538-2200.


THERMALITO AFTERBAY: According to Sorensen, this shallow impoundment is very cold, causing the largemouth here to be lethargic and hard to catch. He doesn’t expect it will be worth the effort to fish it until the warmer temperatures of spring arrive.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Lewiston Lake

Report: With the Trinity and Lower Sacramento Rivers fishing well we haven't received any reports from this lake recently. However, this is the time of year Lewiston will fish really well, and with good weather in store and warming days, you should definitely give it a look. Callibaetis will begin to come off in the shallower sections. Bring your #14 Adams and look for the fish to chase down hatching insects at the intersection of the old stream bed. To keep yourself busy waiting for that action, throw a black or brown Crystal Bugger, stripped in you can have a stellar day. Midges fished under an indicator or stripped slowly with an I-Line is always an effective method.
Hot Flies:
Dry Flies:
Hackle Stackers - BWO #18, Parachute Adams - #14-18, Mayfly Cripples

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Ultra Scuds - #16, Chromies - #18-20, Mercer's CB Micro May - Black #18, Flashback Pheasant Tail - #16-18, Beaded Zebra Midges - #18-20, Mercer's Gidgets

Streamers & Leeches:
JGF Translucent Wiggle Tail, Woolly Bugger - Any, Beadhead Crystal Buggers - #8, Zack's Swimming Leech - #8, Zack's Damseleech - Orange/Olive

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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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/

Manzanita Lake

The webcam is still on the fritz, but the lake is now open. It is way early to chase trout in this great mountain lake, the water is somewhat cloudy for now. Look for the lake to clear and insect life to begin waking up over the next month. If you do go, we'd suggest throwing some leeches or Wooly Buggers. Stripped slowly. The water is cold.

Pay attention to the special regulations here, especially where you can and can't fish. Barbless hooks, artificial lures, catch and release. Make sure you inquire at the park entrance.

Dry Flies:
Harrop's Last Chance - #16-20, Adams - #14-18, Mayfly Cripple - #18, Last Chance Cripple - Callibaetis or Baetis, Mercer's Missing Link - #14-16, Mercer's Parachute Profile Spinner

Nymphs/Wet Flies:

The Fly Shop
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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

Report: The forest is open again and McCloud is one of the good places to chase trout in a stillwater. Go up to the river inlet and fish a Balanced Leech under an indicator and you will be hooked up quickly. Stripping streamers near log rafts can be effective this time of year. It's a popular place, but worth it!

Harrop's Last Chance - #16-20, Adams - #14-18, Mayfly Cripple - #18, Last Chance Cripple - Callibaetis or Baetis, Mercer's Missing Link - #14-16, Mercer's Parachute Profile Dun Spinner

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Zack's Attack Damsel, Burk's Sierra Damsel, Black A.P. - #14-16, Hogan's S&M - Olive #16-18, Beaded Zebra Midge - Black #18-20, Mercer's Gidgets

Steamers & Leeches:
Beaded Micro Bugger - Black, Zonkers - #4, Beaded Micro Buggers - Any

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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McCloud River

The California Dept of Fish & Wildlife has adopted the statewide changes to the fishing regulations. The McCloud River is open to fishing year round, catch and release. The river is fishing well, fish are eating anything you put in front of them, they aren't picky right now. Good bets would be Rubberlegs, Green Drake and PMD nymphs. Take some Missing Links in the #14-16 sizes, fish are eating up top when the hatches are strong.

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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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.


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

Pit River

Pit 3 through 5 are now in shape and fishing very well. PMDs are the main deal right now, but some Salmonflies are making their appearance. The Goldens should be just around the corner. Daily hatches include Baetis, the larger Hydropsyche Caddis, and Pale Morning Duns. Great flies are any of the small Euronymph jobbers, Mercer's Jigster nymphs, Rubberlegs and #14 Cinnamon Poopahs. Highsticked or on a Dry-Dropper rig, or using an indicator. Find those seams and pockets and you will have as much catching as you can handle.

Here are some useful links to monitor the flows:

Pit 3 - Below Pit 3 Dam
Pit 5 - Through Big Bend
Hot Flies:  Dry Flies:
• Stimulator - Orange
• Foam October Caddis
• Potter's October Caddis
• Mercer's Skating October Caddis
• Chernobyl Ant
• Fat Albert
• Adams - #14-18
• Elk Hair Caddis - Tan #12-16
• Mayfly Cripples - #12-16

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• Mercer's Tungsten October Pupa
• Morrish October Pupa
• Skip’s TB October Caddis
• Black A.P. - #12
• Dark Lords - #12-16
• Flashback Pheasant Tail - #14-16
• Beaded Zebra Midge - #18
• BH Hellgrammite - #6
• Mercer's Poxyback Dark Stone - #6
• GB Black A.P. - #10-12
• CB Micro Mayflies - #14-18
• Red Copper Johns - #16-18
• Pat's Brown Rubberleg - #6-8
• Gordon's Amber Wing Prince - #14-18
• GB Bird's Nest - #10-16

Streamers & Leeches:
• Zack's Swimming Leech - #8

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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

Private Waters

Privately owned waters represent an appreciable portion of California’s fishable waters. This includes flowing waters, privately owned lakes, and ponds. California’s private waters provide a great amount of fishing opportunity, produces quality fisheries and are important habitats for native wildlife species. Book with one of our amazing members here:

The Fly Shop

There are several hundred miles of rivers, creeks, lakes and streams within easy striking distance of The Fly Shop® in Redding. To book a guided trip on one of our private waters or regional lakes or streams you can call or send a message at info@theflyshop.com. 

https://www.theflyshop.com/adventures/private.html

Reports from The Fly Shop Private Waters:

https://www.theflyshop.com/streamreport.html

Confluence Outfitters

We guide the best trout and steelhead destinations in northern California and southern Oregon. The guide team at Confluence Outfitters has the expertise, local knowledge and versatility to make your next fly fishing trip a trip to remember!

https://confluenceoutfitters.com/destination-map.aspx

HarvestWild

HarvestWild offers guided fly fishing, gear fishing and instructor led clinics. HarvestWild is based in the heart of the west coasts most abundant fishing. In Northern California, we have bountiful rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and streams which collectively offer fishing 365 days a year in some of the most picturesque settings.

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Sacramento River - Lower

Spring is here and the Lower Sacramento River is firing off. Fishing is great! These warmer days are making it good for caddis hatches with fish getting up into the riffles and holding in the tail outs and snacking on hatching bugs. For the PMD (Pale Morning Dun) , the go-to flies are size 16-18 Flashback PT, Brown X-May, Brown S&M.  Yellow Sallys are getting fish and the Mercers Epoxy Back Stone in size 14 and 12 has been generating bites.   Crane flies are around so Peaches and Cream will pick up some fish.  Also, try small Tan Birds Nest, and Rubberlegs. Send us an email or call to book!

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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


The. Fishing. Is. On. Fire.
Big PMDs have been coming off with some small black Caddis emerging up near the Sundial Bridge. A lot of good nymphs are working, Mercer's jigged nymphs, the PMD Jigster in particular. Peaches n' Cream, Sweet Peas, Yellow Sucker Spawn, and at times the smaller Jigged Bird's Nest. I don't think it matters too much as long as you put your flies in front of the fish, they are hungry and on the chow. We are feeling a little bit ill as we type this, may have to call in sick tomorrow. If you see heads poking up taking emerging PMDs make sure you have a cripple pattern, the PMD Challenged in #14 & #16 work wonders. Baetis patterns still in the mix are Two Bit Hookers. We expect to see stonefly shucks on the pilings soon. Give us a call if you would like to practice some social distancing on our favorite river!

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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The Lower Sac fished really well for my guests Steve and Tami today. Flows bumped up to 7600cfs overnight but that did not seem to bother the fish!  Today was Tami's first day of drift boat fly fishing. She figured out the casting and mending drill right away and had an incredible day of hooking and landing big Lower Sac rainbows.  By the end of the day Steve and Tami had boated a lot of wild rainbows up to 19". We had a good PMD hatch mid-morning. I saw a big salmonfly on the water today, too. I'm seeing more big tan caddis every day - they will be getting more numerous with the warmer weather.We're booking a lot of walk/wade trips on the Upper Sac, McCloud, and Hat Creek for May and June. I highly recommend adding a day on the Lower Sac on the front or back-end of one of these trips. The river is fishing great!

- Courtesy of:

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

Sacramento River - Upper

The Upper Sac is so fun right now. The water level is great and the fish are giving us a good time. We love being able to take the raft out and enjoy rafting the smaller water and getting after these acrobatic rainbow and brown trout. Come visit this Northern California gem.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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

The Delta Fire ran through the lower end of the Sacramento River drainage above Shasta Lake in 2018. Any time there is any rain in the forecast be extra cautious if you go to stay upstream of the Slate Creek drainage as heavy downpours could cause slides and debris flows.

The heightened temperatures have begun some spring runoff in the upper end of the Sacramento River drainage causing the river to become somewhat cloudy. There are still some fishing opportunities, but you will be dealing with some colored up water for a while. Salmonflies and Golden Stones are beginning to come off in the lower stretches around Lamoine and the hatch will progress upstream daily. Big Rubberlegs in brown and black will be good flies to throw in the cloudy water. Some fish will chase sculpin patterns too. The river should gradually clear after this weekend's storms are through.

Upper Sacramento Flows at Delta
Hot Flies:
Dry Flies:
• D&D Cripple - March Brown
• Low Water Baetis - #18
• Adams - #12-20
• Mercer's Missing Link - Dark #14-16
• Parachute Adams - #14-18

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• Mercer's Tungsten October Pupa
• Morrish October Pupa
• Skip's TB October Caddis
• CB Birds Nest - #10-14
• Red Copper John - #16-18
• Zebra Midge - #18-20
• Mercury Black Beauty
• Mercer's Glass Bead Micro May - #22
• Mercer's GB Dark Stone - #8
• Mercer's Dark Stone - #6
• Pat's Rubber Legs - Brown #6-8
• GB Birds Nest - #12-14
• Gordon's Amber Wing Prince - #12-18
• Swink's BTS
• Mercer's CB Micro Mayfly - #14-16

Streamers & Leeches:
• Sheila Sculpin
• Woolly Buggers
• Muddler Minnows - #10

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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

Shasta Lake

There is a pause in the brown trout, king salmon, and rainbow trout action as the water temperatures are on the rise, starting at 60 degrees. Plankton blooms, flying ant hatches, and the presence of lots of shad are making for a really tough bite right now, but the bite will improve by mid-May. The best bet right now is to look high in the arms for rainbows or hit the lower lake for big browns and salmon. There are a number of bass on beds, and although there are no tournaments scheduled, anglers have been picking the trophy largemouths to 12 pounds off of the beds. Plastics on the drop-shot or Senkos along the banks in the backs of the coves are producing numbers of spotted bass at depths above 20 feet. The public docks of Centimudi, Sugar Loaf, Jones Valley, and Packer’s Bay are open. The lake dropped slightly to 53 percent.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Bass, it's whats for dinner!  Shasta Lake is an amazing fishery. Year around! The temps are cool in the mornings and warming up throughout the day.  For all you trout anglers, give bass fishing a shot, we have never had someone disappointed in their experience on the lake.  Fly fishing and Spin fishing are both available. Give these line rippers a chance to wear you out.

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

Report: The bass bite is on right now with the shad colored Float 'n Fly bin emptied on a regular basis. This is also a great fly for the trout in the lake. The lake is low, if you are on foot you should find good places to fish near Jones Valley if you would like to get away from the crowds. Stripping Wooly Buggers and suspending Float 'n Flies under an indicator are good techniques for now. If you are lucky and in a boat, watch for the birds and go investigate. There are some nice trout being caught right now in Shasta!

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The Fly Shop
800-669-3474
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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.

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Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

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(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.

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The Fly Shop
800-669-3474
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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.

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Trinity River

Trinity River has been picking up after this past storm, getting the winter-run moving.  There are adults and half pounders throught the system and the March Brown hatch is just begining so its a great time to enjoy this breath taking river.  We do expect to see a push of fish in the coming weeks with the weather changes. Similar to other drought years this place will fish best late February through early April.  If you miss the Trinity and want to visit this picturesque river, we would love to take you out. Our go-to flies are Black or Brown Rubberlegs with a may fly nymph below it.  Contact us for a guided trip. Group trips welcome!

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

4/10/21 - This last Saturday I wrapped up my Trinity season. I had the pleasure of guiding Nicholas and David on a beautiful day on the Trinity. We floated the Junction City area. Nicholas started out with a nice blue back steelhead in the first run. He managed to get several bites through the day and ending up 3 for 6 on adult steelhead and a couple half pounders. We lost a short battle with a pretty big fish that got us into some wood and game over. The river fished fairly good with no other boats on the water. The flows are scheduled to ramp up on the 16th for the spring flush. I will be guiding the Lower Sac and Tahoe area trout options now for spring and summer. Get out and play!
Thanks and good fishing

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

The spring releases from Lewiston have begun. Flows will fluctuate over the next couple of months. We look forward to this summer when we will be looking for the early returning fish to chase. If you are looking for some great fishing right now you should take a look at the Lower Sacramento.Dry Flies:
• Harrop's Last Chance Cripple - #18

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• Pat's RubberlegsBrown and Black, #4-8
• Mercer's Poxyback GB Hares Ears - #8-14
• TB Solitude Stone - #8
• Lance's X-May - #16, Brown
• Mercer's Gold Bead Biot Epoxy Golden Stone - #8-10

Eggs:
• Clown Egg - #4-10
• M.C. Redd Reapers
• Micro Spawn Eggs - Pink & Salmon Egg
• Boles Bazookas - #8

Streamers & Leeches:
• Beadhead Crystal Buggers - Any
• CH Kiwi Muddlers
• Freshwater Clouser - Any

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The Fly Shop
800-669-3474
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Boats fishing the Willow Creek area before the latest flow increase were reporting a good number of adult steelhead per trip and some half-pounders. That will likely change as flows went from 2,400 cfs to 3,600 cfs on Saturday. The river will likely be a little off color for a few days, but should be in shape for the weekend. The pulse flows should push a good number of spawners downriver. The CA Department of Water Resources has declared 2021 a “Critically Dry” water year. More information and the complete flow schedule can be found at www.usbr.gov/newsroom/#/news-release/3809

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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.

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