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Shasta Cascade Fishing Report

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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

Fly fishing is over until mid-October, but trollers are finding the best action from Shrimp Island to Wildcat Point at depths from 18 to 25 feet in water at 30 to 45 feet deep with bright-colored lures in red/gold, red/white, red dot frog, and orange colors. Thomas Buoyants, Speedy Shiners, and # Needlefish are productive lures. Repairs on the launch ramp have made the lake more accessible as large rock has been placed at the end of the ramp and the dock was extended by 20 feet. Boats as large as 21 feet are able to access the lake.

- 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

Fishing on the Fall has been consistent with PMD hatches beginning to wane, the Hex Hatch has come to a close. Tricos are also beginning to become a prominent occurrence with fish lining up for the spinners in the morning. Try the Drowned Trico under a small dropper. Swinging for fish is a good option as there are a ton of scuds and leeches in this system. For the PMD hatches, any crippled or emerger pattern will get it done during the hatch. Getting out early on the spinner fall it is tough to beat a Rusty Spinner, bring #14s and #16s. For the Hex, finding the X is the toughest part, fish the nymphs on the strip until you begin seeing adults, then throw a crippled pattern or the adult. Mercer's Hex Rag is a great nymph, the Hex Profile Dun is good for the adults. Big mayflies - Big trout!

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

A couple of salmon here and there. Most caught by boats using roe and Flatfish. Very few shoreside catches with using Flying C’s, spoons, or beads. Mostly holdovers but a few chromers. The flows dropped from 3199 to 2890 cfs at Boyd’s Pump. Near Live Oak, there are still a few stripers here and there, but no salmon were reported in the 70-degree water temperatures.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Hat Creek

My guests Mike and Jeff have never fished Hat Creek, so today was all about showing them some different sections of this beautiful river. Our morning started at the Powerhouse Riffle – of course. We had some fish feeding on the surface and had lots of grabs, but only landed some small fish on dries. We switched over to nymphs and started getting some grabs and landed one decent fish. After lunch we fished the lower river and hooked some on a hopper-dropper rig. After a few nymph grabs, Mike hooked a nice fish on a dry, but it managed to elude the net and Jeff landed a few small fish. They had a fun day even though the fish were not very grabby.

- Courtesy of:

Confluence Outfitters
Andrew Harris
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Report: The summer heat has put a damper on mid day fishing. Early Mornings and late evenings are the key here. There are still some tricos hanging around in the mornings near the Power House 2 riffle. Look for micro caddis in the late evening just before dark. The riffle section below 299 has had some fish still eating little yellow sallies, but the stoneflies are all but finished for the year.

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
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Klamath River

Salmon fishing at the mouth of the Klamath is slow as the spring run is pretty much wrapped up. Most of the fish being caught now are fall fish and we should start to see bigger numbers moving into the estuary in the next couple weeks. Anchovies rigged with a spinner blade have been the top producer so far, but some are being caught on Kastmasters and Cut Plugs. The best fishing has been on the incoming and a couple hours after the high. The bag limit is one salmon per day any size, with two in possession. The fall run salmon quota, which will start Aug. 15, has been set at 1,221 adults. River flows on Sunday were 1,725 cfs at the mouth of the Klamath, 1,300 cfs at Orleans, and 840 cfs further upstream in the Seiad Valley.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Report: There are some reports of adult steelhead and kings entering the lower system in the past week. The numbers should continue to build over the coming weeks. These fish will boogie up to the cold seeps and hold. The half pounders should be showing up in force soon. With the river temps in the 70s make sure to play your fish quickly, keep them in the water and unhook them as soon as you can!

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

John Crotty of Quail Lodge said, “The Dixie Fire is currently wreaking havoc on Plumas and Butte Counties. As it approaches 200,000 acres burned, most of the Lake Almanor Basin is under mandatory evacuation orders or warning. Homes and livelihoods are being threatened along the Feather River Canyon, in Quincy, Indian Valley, Crescent Mills, Greenville, Canyon Dam, and Prattville and beyond as more than 4,000 heroes are risking their lives to protect ours. What was important last week, month or year seem insignificant today. We have no control over the fate of our homes, businesses and personal belongings, the Dixie Fire for most of us will be permanently etched in our memories. It has changed our lives, I can only pray it doesn’t define who we are, dictate our future or diminish our love for the lives we have chosen. As of Sunday, our small lodge has survived the fire as have our neighbor’s homes and properties. The Almanor Fishing Association will play a role in the healing and rebuilding of Lake Almanor.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Lake Oroville

Only the Bidwell Canyon and Spillway launch ramps are available, but the status of the ramps may change within a day. Information is available at (530) 538-2200. Bidwell is expected to be out of the water within a week, and the Spillway requires 4xD tow vehicle to launch with the gate opening at 5:00 a.m. A few trollers continue to brave the low water conditions with the constant threat of donating gear to the submerged trees to troll for huge king salmon to 10 pounds by rolling anchovies on a harness rig behind a green 8-inch TopCoat or Tornado 360 flasher. Few bass fishermen are launching their expensive boats, but those on the water are finding good action for numbers with topwater lures, plastics, jigs, or tubes, but finding consistent quality is a challenge. The lake dropped from 28 to 26 percent.

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

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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:

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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
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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

I've been on the McCloud, Upper Sac, Trinity, and my bread and butter, the Lower Sac. First things first... the Trinity was really fun and we caught a fair amount of half-pounders as well as hooking a few adults. The Trinity will only get better, so put a date on the books with me. The Upper Sac and McCloud have fished great and despite the smoke, my trips up there have been really fun. So how's the Lower Sac, you ask? It's picking up! We hooked and landed a bunch of fish today in the famed "upper section" (of the Lower Sac) as the river above Hwy 44 opened up. I've also see a few salmon on drifts here and there and, correspondingly, have caught fish on eggs. I mean... why not? Also done well on your usual suspects (rubber legs and caddis and top-secret-you-have-to-be-in-my-boat-to-know flies). Overall the river is fish good to great and the while the heat continues to fire off on all cylinders, the fishing is also picking up with each passing day!

- Courtesy of:

Confluence Outfitters
Andrew Harris
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The river is blown out from the confluence of Mud Creek downstream. There is still some opportunities on the upper river around the falls. This is a beautiful stretch of river that is ideal for wet wading in the summer months. Small water and dry dropper paradise. Try fishing a euro style jig under a large caddis this time of year.

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Modoc County Fisheries

Report provided by Modoc Outdoor Recreation and Tourism:

The drought is hitting Modoc hard. Some lakes that are at the basis for great fishing in Modoc County are low enough to challenge boaters at the launch and the river has not run high all year. Surprisingly though, the fishing has not suffered… yet. As a mater of fact, low lake levels have made targeting bass and other warm water species like, well, shooting fish in a barrel. A fly angler recently landed a 5.5 pound largemouth from shore on a Devil’s Garden lake. Kids get hooked on the lifestyle when 20-fish days are common, as they are right now. Trout are kegged up in deeper holes in rivers and streams making them almost too easy to target. All in all, it is a great time to be an angler in Modoc County. Just pray for rain before it all goes away…

Here are a few tips for low-water fishing:

•Please remember fish do not do as well when released in warmer water, especially trout and other cold water species.


•Play fish intended for release as quickly as possible, wet hands and keep fish in the water to maximize survival after release.


•Think about keeping a few smaller fish where regulations allow to lessen the drought’s impact on others left behind.


•Remember fuels are dry! Don’t start a wildfire that could impact all kinds of habitat, including already-stressed fisheries.


•Always leave an area better than you found it. Increased visitation means increased trash and other waste. Public servants cannot always keep up due to declining budgets and soaring demands. Please do your part!


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
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Pit River

Report: The water temps on the Pit are rising, this means you will need to look for the fish in the cooler and more oxygenated water. Think white, frothy stuff in the dropoffs and pockets. If you are not finding fish add more weight. Euro tactics in the fast water is key this time of year. The water up in Pit 3 below the dam remains pretty cool. Evening caddis hatches are pretty common, fish Bird's Nests and Poopahs in the day, swing soft hackles in the evening and tie on a Missing Link or Elk Hair Caddis when the fish are finally coming up top.

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

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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!

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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.

https://www.harvestwild.com/guided-fishing

Sacramento River - Lower

The Sacramento River in Redding is in prime shape, and rainbow trout action has been very good. Water flows are currently holding at 9,200 cfs, but it’s rumored the flows will drop next month and we will see a little less water to work with, probably until next spring. The section of the Sacramento River in Redding above the SR 44 Bridge opens August 1st and the trout fishing can be amazing.  That section of the river has been closed to angling pressure for the last 4 months.  When it opens, the wild rainbow trout are as easy to catch as any other time of the year, and then some.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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I've been on the McCloud, Upper Sac, Trinity, and my bread and butter, the Lower Sac. First things first... the Trinity was really fun and we caught a fair amount of half-pounders as well as hooking a few adults. The Trinity will only get better, so put a date on the books with me. The Upper Sac and McCloud have fished great and despite the smoke, my trips up there have been really fun. So how's the Lower Sac, you ask? It's picking up! We hooked and landed a bunch of fish today in the famed "upper section" (of the Lower Sac) as the river above Hwy 44 opened up. I've also see a few salmon on drifts here and there and, correspondingly, have caught fish on eggs. I mean... why not? Also done well on your usual suspects (rubber legs and caddis and top-secret-you-have-to-be-in-my-boat-to-know flies). Overall the river is fish good to great and the while the heat continues to fire off on all cylinders, the fishing is also picking up with each passing day!

- Courtesy of:

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

We are looking forward to the top section opening up again on August 1st. Right now there are a bunch of Winter Run Chinook spawning in the Sundial Bridge area. We are keeping our fingers crossed they are successful.

The flows are holding steady at 9,250 CFS from Keswick, the water is cold and the skies are smoke free. The river continues to fish well through the heat. While the different hatches have changed up as the seasons progress, the river has continued to fish dependably well since early spring. If you are fishing below Bonnyview, tie on a Rubberlegs and a Bird's Nest, you will be into fish most of the day. In the mornings you may have to fish a Sweet Pea or other Baetis pattern, but be prepared to change out. We have seen some small PMD's hatching near dark along with a decent Caddis hatch most evenings, it is only a half hour emergence, but swinging soft hackles to aggressive fish is one of the top ten things you can experience. Remember, it is always 10 degrees cooler on the river!

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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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

I've been on the McCloud, Upper Sac, Trinity, and my bread and butter, the Lower Sac. First things first... the Trinity was really fun and we caught a fair amount of half-pounders as well as hooking a few adults. The Trinity will only get better, so put a date on the books with me. The Upper Sac and McCloud have fished great and despite the smoke, my trips up there have been really fun. So how's the Lower Sac, you ask? It's picking up! We hooked and landed a bunch of fish today in the famed "upper section" (of the Lower Sac) as the river above Hwy 44 opened up. I've also see a few salmon on drifts here and there and, correspondingly, have caught fish on eggs. I mean... why not? Also done well on your usual suspects (rubber legs and caddis and top-secret-you-have-to-be-in-my-boat-to-know flies). Overall the river is fish good to great and the while the heat continues to fire off on all cylinders, the fishing is also picking up with each passing day!

- Courtesy of:

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

Report: The Salt fire is under control and the closures have been lifted. The lower stretches of the river are regularly topping 75 degrees now. Be sure to limit your fishing during the heat of the day. Fish up around Dunsmuir or higher in the system where you will find cooler temperatures.
If you do go, October Caddis pupas are moving around with fish grabbing them off of rocks and in faster water. Small black flies, Sweet Peas, Zebra Midges, S&Ms are working well in the mornings. Some fish will chase sculpin patterns too. Your best chances for the dry bite comes towards evening. With caddis beginning to show in numbers at dark, dark #14 & #16 Missing Links along with Chubby Chernobyls, and yellow Stimulators in #8 & #6 for the stonefly bite.

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

Jeff Goodwin at Jeff Goodwin Guide Services reported good action for rainbow trout with small spoons and spinners on the downrigger at depths from 45 to 65 feet at speeds between 2.0 and 2.4 mph. An occasional king salmon, kokanee salmon, and brown trout are still being caught. The fishing is getting increasingly more difficult as the water drops. King salmon are taken on anchovies with a flasher/squid or flasher/fly combo in white, green, or blue squid skirts at 80 feet or below. With the low lake levels, trolling is best in the main river channel in the main body of the lake between the I5 bridge, the Dry Fork Inlet, and Shasta Dam. Catfish remain good in the flat areas around the I5 bridge. Sugar Loaf ramp is still open, but the Sacramento River Arm is very low and muddy. Bass fishing is still good, but areas on the main lake are limited with little structure due to low water. The Pit or Squaw Arm have been best. Bass are still hitting reaction baits such as crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or topwater lures such as Whopper Ploppers, or Spook. The topwater and swimbait bite is best in the early mornings or late evenings, and anglers are switching over to finesse presentations of plastics on a shakey head and Senkos below any incoming water. The lake has dropped from 35 to 33 percent with the public docks of Centimudi, Sugar Loaf, and Jones Valley remaining open. The Antlers Resort Marina now moved to the Centimudi boat ramp due to low water.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

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!

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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

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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/

Trout still being caught on the troll and with bass on reaction baits. The river mouths of the East Fork, North end, Swift Creek and Stuart’s Fork remain best with small hoochies, Dick Nite’s spoons, or small spinners. The bass are holding around the piles at the head of the lake, and the points, and reaction baits, Senkos, and dropshots have all been working. Smallmouth still hitting jerk baits, curly-tails and tube jigs. The lake dropped slightly to 43 percent.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

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!

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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

I've been on the McCloud, Upper Sac, Trinity, and my bread and butter, the Lower Sac. First things first... the Trinity was really fun and we caught a fair amount of half-pounders as well as hooking a few adults. The Trinity will only get better, so put a date on the books with me. The Upper Sac and McCloud have fished great and despite the smoke, my trips up there have been really fun. So how's the Lower Sac, you ask? It's picking up! We hooked and landed a bunch of fish today in the famed "upper section" (of the Lower Sac) as the river above Hwy 44 opened up. I've also see a few salmon on drifts here and there and, correspondingly, have caught fish on eggs. I mean... why not? Also done well on your usual suspects (rubber legs and caddis and top-secret-you-have-to-be-in-my-boat-to-know flies). Overall the river is fish good to great and the while the heat continues to fire off on all cylinders, the fishing is also picking up with each passing day!

- Courtesy Confluence Outfitters

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

There are a few adult fish now in the upper reaches of the system in and around Lewiston. The water temps remain pretty good down to Douglas City, at the North Fork they are rising to near 70 degrees in the evening, so it would be a good idea to fish above Douglas City for now. We'll keep tabs on the numbers of fish and keep you in the loop.

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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

The number of spring salmon reaching the weir in Junction City has slowed the past couple weeks. As of July 15, 577 springers have passed through the Junction City weir. Only 411 total were counted in 2020. Temperatures are still warm out; your best bet is fishing first light in some of the deep holes. Once the sun is on the water, the bite slows down quickly. The season is open upstream of the confluence with the South Fork. As of Sunday, flows were down to 600 cfs on the Hoopa gauge.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Whiskeytown Lake

John Boitano of JB’s Guide Service reported the bass bite has slowed this week with the full moon and high air temperatures. He did boat 8 bass up to 4 pounds and missed a few more on a recent trip. The lake held at 98 percent.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

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