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Weekly Updates 

Week of: 03/16/20

Baum Lake

The steady trout action continues with quality fish being caught daily despite the weather. For standard spinning gear a simple Cleo, Kastmaster, or nightcrawler will all catch fish. Flies have been dominating with insect hatches taking place mid-morning. The top choices are midges, zebra midges, leeches, balanced leaches and damsels.

- 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
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The Fly Shop reports that after the last storm system there have been very few trout reports due to variable weather conditions but this is the time of year that Baum Lake shines. The top choices for winter trout will be zebra midges, leeches, balanced leaches and damsels.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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

3/16/20, by Andrew: Cancellation March 17th

We just had a cancellation for Tuesday March 17th.  This is currently the ONLY DAY left in our 2019-20 season.  First come first serve!

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

Fall River

No current report

- Shasta Cascade 

shastacascade.com

Feather River

3/13/20, by Ben: Spring Steelhead on the Feather

Spring steelhead is in full swing on the Feather River. We have been having some awesome days lately and some really good times. I have included a few pictures from recent trips. The sucker spawn is on and the fish are eating eggs, caddis, and a variety of other nymphs. This can also be a good time of year to swing and we have gotten some vicious grabs, though we will not have the same numbers as nymphing. Many of the runs on the Feather are spread out and a boat is by far the most efficient way to fish it.

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

Stripers are being caught from Star Bend down. A mix of larger resident fish and new spring-run stripers are staging just up from Verona. Swimbaits, topwater lures and plugs are working better than bait. The water is very low, even for jet boats.

- 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: Flows at Iron Gate Dam are 1,010 cfs, perfect for driftboaters. Steelhead fishing has been very good, with guide Scott Caldwell of SC Guide Service reporting steady action on adult and halfpounder steelhead. The hot action from February carried over to early March.

KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp: Flows are back down to 1,600 cfs on the Middle Klamath. Steelhead fishing has been good, but pressure is very light. Expect good fishing in March.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Lake Almanor

Trout are still being caught, but with the shifting weather pattern and high winds the fish have scattered throughout the lake and anglers are working for their bites. Slow trolling bait early in the morning before the sun hits the water and fast trolling when the wind kicks up have been the top producing methods for boat anglers.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Lake Oroville

Kings and spots were both chewing last week. Bass anglers fished reaction baits early and then dropped down with finesse gear 12 to 40 feet down after the sun crested the hills. Kings to 5 pounds were on tap for trollers fishing 40 to 70 feet down in the main lake with Brad’s Cut Plugs and green/white hoochies.

THERMALITO AFTERBAY: Bass fishing is heating up with the warm days as the fish move into the banks. Old school Carolina rigs have been working as have jigs and some jerkbaits.

- 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


The bite collapsed as a result of the weather system that pushed through bringing heavy winds that kept both shore and boat action to the bare minimum. Water clarity is still optimal and once the weather stabilizes the bite is expected to bust wide open.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

McCloud Reservoir

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

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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


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

- Courtesy of Shasta Cascade

Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

https://www.shastacascade.com/

(800)474-2782

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

McCloud River

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

Modoc County Fisheries

Report provided by Modoc Outdoor Recreation and Tourism:

Pit River headwater streams remain closed, but there is still good opportunity at area lakes and reservoirs. Recent weather has allowed roads to dry out enough for safe travel without causing too much damage. Best bet is to get out early in the day while mud is still frozen and make sure to head home before things thaw and get too muddy for safe travel.

Lack of heavy snowfall so far this winter means reservoirs on the Modoc Plateau such as F, C, Janes and Big Sage are accessible at the right times. Most are planted in Spring with rainbow trout from the Chrystal Lake Hatchery. Fish that survived the summer angling season have grown large, offering good sport and tasty meals. A worm floated with some power bait is a good bet, or just let it sit on the bottom for a chance at some of the area’s many catfish. Most catfish caught in Modoc County are brown bullheads up to three pounds, but there is also the occasional flathead up to 18 pounds.

The best winter fishing in Modoc is West Valley Reservoir, 10 miles east of Likely, Calif. Catfishing holds up well all winter as long as ice allows, but there are also stocker rainbows, brown trout, crappie, bass and who knows what else there for anglers who try their luck. Other good bets as road conditions allow access include Ballard Reservoir south of Canby, Blue Lake in the South Warners, and multiple ponds in the Cal Pines area. Do not leave Surprise Valley off your list either, with Lake Annie and Fee Reservoir among the fisheries that can hold up well in winter on the east side of the Warner Mountains.

Of course many Modocers await the spring openers for trout fishing in the South Fork Pit River and other streams draining the Warner Mountains, but also await chances for warm water species at places like Dorris Reservoir. Warming weather not only brings on bass and crappie bites, it also allows access to high-elevation Warner Mountain fisheries such as Clear, Patterson, Lost, Cave and Lily lakes.

Whatever your timing or targeted species, chances are good in Modoc County you’ll find what you’re looking for. And chances are even better you’ll have the whole place to yourself.

- Courtesy of:

Ken Sandusky
Public Affairs Officer
530-233-8713
ken.sandusky@usda.gov
www.fs.usda.gov/modoc

Pit River

Pits 3 and 4 have been clean and were fishing well prior to the storm system that passed through.The Fly shop recommends using micro flies in dark brown and black color patterns. Dark Lord, rubberlegs, midges, zebra midges and small nymphs are top producing flies when conditions are amicable.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Sacramento River

Red Bluff to Colusa: A few trophy-size stripers are being caught on swimbaits and glide baits in the Chico and Colusa areas. Early spring-run stripers also have moved in from the delta. Sturgeon are being caught above Colusa on eel and pile worm combos.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

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

Mar 9, by Andrew

I had a fun day on the Lower Sac today with buddies Mark and Kirby.  They wanted a spey casting lesson so they got a full morning of spey instruction.  The double spey was looking pretty good and we just got into the snap-T when the fish started rising.  The risers didn't much care for nymphs fished on the swing so we switched over to dry fly rods and had a blast.  The fish were eager risers and ate every fly we tied on.  We hooked dozens of fish in the 10 inch range and then several larger fish.  The best was about 17" and put up a great battle.  The hatch lasted from 1pm to 4pm and was a mix of PMDs, caddisflies, and smaller mayflies.  This is a great time of year for a trout-spey/dry-fly combo trip.  Flows are very wading-friendly and the shallow water is where the best dry fly fishing happens!

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

The time to get on the water is Now. The fishing on the Lower Sac is excellent. March is going to be fantastic with these drought conditions. The spring hatches have started and the BIG BOYS are coming out to play. Nymphing the classic 5-7' under a Jaydacator is the ticket, though some fish are eating drys and swung soft hackles. This is a great time of year to explore the “Lower Sac” as with the low water, wading is effective in many areas. Get out and fish this place - it’s a trout factory.  Size 12-16 tan poopahs, peaches and cream, size 16-18 black micro mays, various May flies. On top the Mercer’s missing link in black size 16 has been great. Sacramento River Trout will be spawning in a couple months so they're eager to eat. BOOK TODAY!
HarvestWild
Aaron Grabiel
530-356-2189
info@harvestwild.com
www.harvestwild.com

Shasta Lake

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

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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


Bass action continues to improve despite the sudden shift in weather as fish continue to push their way into shallower water to stage for the spring spawn. Anglers are finding success both deep and shallow with a variety of finesse and reaction techniques. Fishing Guide Jeff Goodwin reported that the trout action continues to improve now that the trout have moved back into the top 10 feet of the water column with the best action can be found while trolling spoons on the McCloud and Pit arms of the lake.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Siskiyou Lake

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

- Courtesy of Shasta Cascade

Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

https://www.shastacascade.com/

(800)474-2782

Trinity Lake

Rain and a bump in the flows early this week made fishing pick up. This may be the best fishing of the year so if you have been waiting for a glimmer of hope, this is likely it.  Eggs and Legs got'm in the green water but with the river dropping Legs and a small may will be the ticket soon.  With this beautiful week ahead it's time to fish.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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


Reports have been limited as a result of heavy winds, precipitation, and brief snow flurries brought on by the recent storm system. More weather is expected throughout the week until the following weekend and although recent bass reports have been limited, there have been more reports of quality smallmouth limits.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Trinity River

The Trinity River is low and clear, you don't say... and the warm weather has the fish eating! There are a lot of 17-22” half-pounders around, as well as some very respectable adults in the 23-28” range.  If you haven't made the Trinity voyage yet March is the month to do it.  The low water levels makes the fish stack up in the holding water so we can target large numbers of fish in key locations.  Black rubber legs and size 12-14 pts are working well.  We recommend bringing a dry fly rod in a 4 or 5wt with some 14-12 Parachute Adams for the afternoon hatch.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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


3/15/20, by Peter: Fly Only Water Opener
On April 1st the Fly Fishing Only section opens on the upper Trinity. If conditions are right this can be a lot of fun. Primarily walk and wade fishing in a bit smaller water than down river. With good hatches of BWOs , March browns, calibaetis, on the right day the steelhead will eat dries. You can also swing or nymph the area. Last year I spent part of two days there sight fishing with March brows and had a blast. I was fishing a 5wt with 4x leader and size 14 parachute Adam's and other March brown patterns. Over two days I hooked 6 adults and landed 4 all on dries. This section has a short window before the spring flush in later April.I have openings and would love to guide the first half of April there if interested I have available dates. The Trinity is currently fishing well with very little pressure. Get outside away from crowds and do some fishing with us. Book your trip soon. Peter Santley

- Courtesy of:

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

Low, clear water has slowed fishing river wide. The best fishing is near Lewiston. Fishing has been poor on the lower end. Flows at Lewiston are 301 cfs, while flows at Douglas City area 376 cfs and flows at Junction City are 398 cfs. The lower flows have many guides using their rafts instead of driftboats. Flows at Hoopa are 1,730 cfs.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Whiskeytown Lake

Phil’s Tackle Shop reported the spotted bass action has been improving and there have been some better quality fish in the 3- to 4-pound range being caught. Guide Jeff Goodwin reported the kokanee bite is starting to kick off and a few anglers have found success while trolling.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Northern California: Feb 18, 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 now, in the spring! The insect hatches start to get pretty crazy and there are still plenty of big fish to be caught. In fact, in the past few days I've had guests on a number of fisheries and we've 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. And today we were catching big 22+ inch fish on size 18 zebra midges and other small nymphs. 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

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