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Shasta Cascade Fishing Report

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Week of: 11/12/18

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(Our fishing report is updated as new information becomes available)

Please check 2017-18 freshwater sport fishing regulations and recent Trout Plants:

2017 - 2018 Fishing Regulations and info:

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Baum Lake-- The colder weather gets, the better the fishing will get!  Fly fishing with leeches, zebra midges, and midge dry flies.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Bucks Lake - Bucks lake marina is closed for the season.  No fishing report.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Eagle Lake-- Fish are starting to scatter, but when you find them, they are still biting.  Surface trolling Jay Fair flies in orange is working.  Morning lows are much colder and have been in the single digits, the dock remains in, but they can pull it any day.  Fishing pressure has been light for both boats and bankies.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Fall River-- Fly gear on the flats and edges of deep holes works well using water boatman, Baetis, callibaetis, and leeches are all good.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Feather River-- Highs 80º -- Lows 50º

-Courtesy of Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

Hat Creek -- Season Closed.

- Courtesy of Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association


Keswick Lake -- Keswick is fishing well.  The area is not damaged by the Carr Fire.  Check with Shasta Trinity National forest for information and hazards. 

-Courtesy of Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association


Lake Almanor -- Focus on pond smelt patterns.  Trolling Speedy Shiners, 'crawlers and Gulps! in shallow water.  Most of the fish have been smallies, so stay persistent, and sort through them until you find larger fish.  Fly fishing and bank fishing from the coves is picking up, but yields smaller fish.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Lake Oroville -- Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 - Tom Gronwall

Decent fishing today. Got launched at 5:30 am, stopped fishing right at 9:30 am. Fished the point at the end of the boat dock first, and picked up 14 spots, spent 1 1/4 hours working back and forth. No giants, but all decent 13 to 13 1/2" fish. Remember, catch a fish, stay on the location, working it, as so many times the spots are schooled up. Second stop, nothing!! held fish last week. Third location gave up 9 fish, and a little better size with one 15", one 14 1/2", one 14" and the rest 13 1/2" for a total of 23 spots. Seems better fish are coming around as the water cooled down to 78.5 degrees. Just about all fish hooked right at 30-35 foot mark. Hardly any breeze this am, making for easy boat holding on location. Wild guess, but figure Lime Saddle has 7 weeks left before running out of ramp water. Lake dropped 25 feet last month, only 48.39 feet of water left before ramp closes at 712 feet.

-Courtesy of Western Bass 


Lewiston Lake -- Drifting 'crawlers, or trolling hardware has been good for the boat anglers.  The fish are in big pods, so you want to find them and stay on them. Fly fishermen have been using leeches, Wolly Buggers, midges, and Mercers Midgling.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Lower Sacramento River -- 

Trout fishing is very productive on the Lower Sacramento River. The salmon have shown up in the best numbers we have seen in several years which makes the egg bite good and consistent.  The target locations right now are from Keswick down to Anderson. Below Anderson the egg bite has been sporadic but in addition there has been some good dry dropper fishing as well as nymph fishing. A fun twist to the Sacramento River this time of year is that the steelhead have shown up and you have the opportunity of hooking into a few of them. This river can not be beat for your next destination trout fishing trip.

-Courtesy of Harvest Wild


Manzanita Lake–  The park expects snow on the 21st.  Access will soon be closed for the year.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


McCloud Reservoir -- No current report.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

McCloud River - The Fly Shop reported good fly fishing in the Nature Conservatory section for giant brown trout coming out of Shasta Lake to spawn.  The best action was on streamers, Possie Buggers, AP and Dark Lord nymphs in the deeper runs and pools.  Dry fly anglers can score on Missing Links and maybe the October Caddis, which should be turning on soon as the weather cools.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop / Western Outdoor News

Pit River - Pits 3 and 4 are still very high, but pit #5 is fishing great! Amber prince nymphs, tungsten bead pheasant tail prince, dark lord, zebra midge and rubber legs flies are all working great.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Sacramento River - Fall is here !  And so are the King Salmon. King salmon fishing on the Sacramento River is going great, starting to pick up some nice steelhead, too. Now is the time to get a date set, we still have a few days available in October.
November and December will bring a few needed rain drops and BIG salmon. Some of the largest salmon we have ever caught have been in the month of November.  The salmon season is open until December 16, 2018.  Let's go catch some fish!  Celebrate Fall with some smoked salmon. Book your trip today. (530) 515-5951 text or call

-Courtesy of

Shasta Lake -- Fishing is still going good for bass.  5.8 Jackall worms in green pumpkin pepper, 6 inch worms in green, brown, blue and morning dawn.  Use swim baits when the wind is blowing.  There is still a lot of bait fish around the lake, so focus on the arms of the lake instead of the main body, and look for whatever fresh water you can.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Siskiyou Lake -- The weather is High 70s and Low 40s for the next week and a half.  Cloudy and calm. 

-Courtesy of Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

Trinity Lake -- Trinity center ramp is closed for the season.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Trinity River -- The Steelhead have arrived! They are distributed from Lewiston all the way down to the confluence of the Klamath River. The water is extremely low and clear so the fishing is technical. Small flies and long drifts are the key to hooking fish. If you are swinging flies single handed or switch rods are all that is needed. The fishing will likely peak in December so there is still time to plan a trip. HarvestWild guides have availability from Mid-November on and are looking forward to taking you out on the water.

-Courtesy of Harvest Wild

Whiskeytown Lake -- There has been some reports of a few solid swimbait fish caught by anglers that know the right points at the right time.  Downsize swimbait to mid-size and smaller Keitech swimbaits for smallmouth.  Fish very slow.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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