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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: 01/20/20

Baum Lake

The Fly Shop recommends you stick with micro flies, nymphs, Wollybuggers and midges this time of year and say it will only continue to improve, but always call in advance due to winter weather. The fishing has been good and will remain so, but snowfall will make accessing the lake difficult due to road closures and hazardous conditions.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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


The Fly Shop recommends you stick with micro flies, nymphs, Whollybuggers and midges this time of year. The fishing has been good and will remain so through the winter but snowfall will make accessing the lake difficult due to road closures and hazardous conditions.

- 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

The season closure came with the New Year holiday and anglers stretched it out to the very end to take advantage of the excellent fishing. Now that the fishing season has closed, locals have turned their sights to waterfowl and there have been some mixed bags of ducks being brought in.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Eagle Canyon Lake

01/02/2020, by Andrew

Here is a report from Peter who fished Eagle Canyon today:"This trip was more difficult than all of our previous trips in the past.  We had to change flies a lot and the normal black wooly buggers, copper johns, and midges did not produce. I don’t think we got a strike or landed a fish until the afternoon. Thankfully, we landed 5 fish by the end of the day.  Three in the large pond and two in the small pond. The flies that produced the fish were purple, maroon, and olive wooly buggers. Thank you again."

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

Feather River: 12-24, 2019 by Ben: Valley Steelhead
Had a fun Feather River steelhead trip with Kevin and his friend Larry yesterday. The crowds that fall can attract have largely departed, we did not have one bank angler in our way and didn't see another boat all day. Kevin and Larry got after it and we put some good looking fish into the net. Nymphing continues to be the top producer and it should continue to stay that way.

-Courtesy of Confluence Outfitters

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

Sturgeon fishing is slow at the mouth of the Bear River. Steelhead fishing has been good up high, but is crowded. Barbless hooks must be used. A few stripers are being caught near Yuba City, but few anglers are fishing. Salmon season is closed.

- 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: 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.

-Courtesy of Confluence Outfitters

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

KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook: Steelhead fishing remains very good near Hornbrook. Few anglers are fishing, helping those who are enjoy good catch rates. MagLip plugs are working well in the colder water. Expect snow this week. Flows at Iron Gate Dam are 1,050 cfs.

KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: Steelhead fishing remains good, with ideal flows and plenty of fish. Flows near Happy Camp are 1,500 cfs, while flows at Orleans are 4,420 cfs. Guides have reported catching up to a dozen adult steelhead between 3 and 6 pounds a day and lots of halfpounders. MagLip plugs, beads and roe are working best.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Lake Almanor

The trout fishing remains quiet with limited boat pressure but a few quality rainbows and an occasional brown are being caught daily while fast trolling hardware. Bank anglers were catching smaller browns from the recent plant in the coves but that bite has fallen off and now larger rainbows are being found while floating bait. Smallmouth bass are biting on main lake points with soft plastics in white color patterns.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Lake Oroville

Both bass and salmon anglers found good fishing early in the week and then watched it drop off as the full moon got brighter. On the bass front, spotted bass to nearly 4 pounds were eating small smelt-colored plastics like drop-shot worms and tubes fished down as deep as 30 feet. Salmon trollers pulled hoochies and Speedy Shiners behind dodgers in the main body of the lake, down 25 to 50 feet for kings to 22 inches.

THERMALITO AFTERBAY: Pretty decent bass bite here for anglers tossing jigs, Ned Rigs and drop-shot. You just have to watch out for wind because the shallow nature of the lake causes it to get whipped up easily.

- 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


More intermittent winter weather conditions are on the way, but the lake is still currently in good shape and despite the dropping temperatures, there are still fish being caught by those that take the time to venture out. Lakeview Terrace across from the marina remains a great spot this time of year and towards the upper dam.

- 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 and 4 haven’t blown out yet but with heavy rainfall it is only a matter of time, so make sure to do plenty of research before attempting to access it. The Fly Shop recommends dark micro flies, midges, dark lord’s, and rubberlegs this time of year.

- 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. -Courtesy of:

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

Lower Sacramento River

1-2-20 by Luke: Get out and fish the Sac!
Good
Fly fishing in northern California during the winter can be mysterious because sometimes you just don't know what you are going to get! Will it be rainy? Sunny? Cold or warm? Will you be wearing waders or shorts and a t-shirt? One simply won't know until you get to the water! At any rate, I spent six days on the Lower Sac in the past two weeks and I'm finally getting a chance to give somewhat of a "river report" for anyone curious how the river is fishing. First, I had two brother-in-laws, Matt and Mark. Matt is from MI and has done a bit of fly fishing and Mark is a resident of northern California and fast becoming a solid angler. We did two days in a row and both days it was pouring rain on us... but that didn't impact the fishing whatsoever. Matt and Mark both caught some great fish and despite the rain, we were able to hook fish on a number of different nymphs, primarily rubber legs and small may fly imitations. I did a quick YouTube river report if you want to see some of the footage (https://youtu.be/6xE-Put_5Kc). Overall the fishing was pretty good (a guide's conservative way of saying "great"). The water was around 7,000cfs. This time of year is less about quantity of fish and more about the quality of fish and on each of these floats, the Sac did not disappoint! A couple of the days were about as warm as you can expect and my guests were shedding layers as the day progressed and as the bugs started coming off the river (i.e., baetis!!!). One day in particular stands out, Dec. 26, because I was able to get out with a friend and we took my 5 year old son, Soren. Soren is totally committed to fly fishing and despite missing about five fish in a row and his guide-dad yelling at him to "Set it!", he finally hooked up with a nice little 'bow. And that's a point I'd like to make for anyone looking to hire a guide. One of the things we really value at Confluence is taking the time to instruct our guests well. Spending a day with a guide is not just about catching fish... I hope that every one of my guests walk away from the trip with a greater appreciation for the fishery, more knowledge about the water and bug life, and more skill as an angler. And it's super fun to take kids out on the water, so if you want to get your daughter or son, or one of your grand children out, hit Confluence up! Anyway, on Saturday I had two guest from Bakersfield and let me tell you, they could cast! They could mend! They were really great anglers and very experienced. In fact, one of the guys, Wayne, has literally fished everywhere! Unfortunately, despite their skill, the fish weren't as cooperative and we would have hoped. Yet they still managed to get a handful of fish to the net but nothing in the 20+ range, which was a bummer. That being said, at the end of the float, Dave hooked what we thought was an absolute HOG of a fish and after we fought it going downstream for awhile, we finally saw that it was a California golden bone fish (i.e., a sucker). The disappointment was heavy but I guess there are worse ways to end a float. -Courtesy of:

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

Winter fishing has settled in to a great rhythm, prolific afternoon may fly hatches have been consistent - bringing big hungry trout to the chow line.  January is one of the best times to target large lower sac rainbows.  Egg patters, tan caddis and BWOs have been the top producers. -Courtesy of:

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

Shasta Lake

Shasta Lake remains the most under utilized water way we fish in nor-cal.  This is a diverse fishery that offers a variety of opportunities.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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


The WWBT tournament series has kicked off for team events and the Pro-Am will follow 2 weeks behind, marking the official start to the tournament season that will follow, with tournaments being held nearly every weekend between now and spring. The trout fishing has slowed significantly and the bass fishing has been good in deep water with soft plastics, jigs, and occasionally swimbaits.

- 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

Rockslides and road closures on 299 have been intermittent and problematic which has kept much of the bass fishing focus in the lower elevations. One local angler reported getting skunked bass fishing one day and catching 20 pounds the next and the only way to know for sure this time of year is to be out there.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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


Rockslides and road closures on 299 have been intermittent and problematic, which has kept much of the bass fishing focus in the lower elevations. The mild weather last week gave a few anglers the opportunity to make the drive and reports were inconsistent between anglers. One would report excellent bass action while another said it was terrible and was fishing nearly the exact same way. The long range forecast has informed residents to batten down the hatches in advance of the largest snow events this season.

- 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

Rain, snow - Snow, rain.  We'll take it!  The fishing remains tough overall but there are great days to be had if you time it right.  On our recent trips dead drifting nymphs has been the most effective.  We also offer gear fishing trips that have been productive.  Your confidence is crucial and you must believe that next drift will produce a fish.  PFA (positive fishing attitude) is essential.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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

1/11/20, by Peter: Weather or Not
Some weather is on its way in the form of rain and snow. A period of winter weather is due on the Trinity this coming week. Rain and snow is a part of winter steelhead fishing on the Trinity. Generally more snow up high and less around the river. Some good fishing can be had on stormy days. Come prepared with Jackets , layers and gloves. We need the moisture and the fish like it. Dont plan your trip around the forecast. Go steelhead fishing weather or not! See you on the river.

1/11/20, by Brian

Kevin Kay and I spent the past three days with a really fun group of guys on the Trinity and the lower Sac. We spent the first day on the Trinity where my guest Jay landed a very nice native steelhead. Both Skip and Jay landed a handful of half-pounders as well, but as a group they decided to fish the Sac, hoping it would be warmer. On Friday, Kevin’s guests Jack and John hooked into some really nice fish while my guests Skip and Jay had to work a little harder for their fish. Today I was with Jack and John and we had a really good day with Jack landing a nice hatchery steelhead towards the end of the day. It was a great time with a great group of friends!

- Courtesy of:

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

Shore access for steelhead is very good near Junction City with low flows. Expect winter weather this week, with heavy snow, then rain. The low flows are challenging boaters in the upper river, but fly fishermen are doing well with beads. Bait fishermen are drifting roe below bobbers. Flows over the weekend at Lewiston were 293 cfs, while flows at Douglas City were 376 cfs and flows at Junction City were 424 cfs. Flows at Hoopa are 2,999 cfs.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Whiskeytown Lake

When weather conditions offer a breeze or mudline to help against gin clear water clarity there can be a good reaction bite with spinnerbaits and smaller A-rigs. During calm conditions, the bite has been tough and requires anglers to fish soft plastics and finesse tackle slowly along main lake and secondary points.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

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