Shasta Cascade Fishing Report

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Baum Lake

There is snow in the area, but if you can get to it, Baum Lake is fishing well. Midges in the morning are always a good bet, fish some Zebras or Smoke Jumpers under an indicator. Soft Hackles work great here too. 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!

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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
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Eagle Lake

The guides have vacated the lake for the most part, but the trout action should remain good as long as the weather holds with orange trolling flies or spoons in the shallows from Eagles Nest, Pykes Point, and the area between Wildcat Point and the Christie Day Use Area. The dock at the launch ramp may be removed at the end of November. The morning temperatures are below freezing, and boaters should empty their bilge and drain their boats before heading up the launch ramp.

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Eagle Canyon Lake

Guest report from Tony who fished Eagle Canyon today: "Eagle Canyon this year was a little tougher than in previous years. We  fished right before a storm was going to move in so I don’t know if that  had an effect on the fishing. Regardless, we still hooked about 25 fish  in our group and landed 17. Considering  the fish we hooked are around  6-10 lbs. that is a banner day in most other fisheries. The fish seemed  to be especially hot this year. We had one fish that made multiple runs  and took our angler down to the backing 3 times before becoming  unbuttoned. This type of fishing makes Eagle Canyon a truly special venue."

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Fall River

There is still significant amounts of snow in the Fall River Valley. Travel should be much easier, so it might be worth a look see to get up there and see what's going on. More than likely it will be a midge and Baetis show. Scuds and leeches would be good patterns as well. The larger fish will be moving up into the springs area to spawn, so make sure you give them a wide berth.

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Feather River

I had a great time with Jason on the Feather. Fish were chowing and we got them on eggs and a wide variety of bugs. October is go time...more and more salmon are showing up and dropping eggs and more steelhead will keep coming up the system. I have not seen another fishing boat in the last two days out there. Primary tactics have been indicator nymphing and we are also getting into fish doing hopper dropper. Only a 2.5 hour drive from SF, the Lower Feather is a highly underrated river and a great place for someone to catch their first steelhead. Numbers are looking good for this season and should only get better from here.

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River levels have risen considerably with the flows at Gridley holding steady at 793 cfs. The conditions should continue to improve throughout the week as water levels become more stable.

- 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.

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Most of the snow has melted in the Hat Creek valley, the highway is clear down to the 299 bridge at the county park. Not sure about the road down into the Powerhouse 2 Riffle area or down towards Lake Britton. With great weather in store this weekend you could have a banner day up there. During this time of year on cloudy days you can see some midges and Baetis hatching. When that does happen, look for fish to be sipping spinners in the mornings down on the flats. The Powerhouse Riffle will begin to see some larger fish stacking in, don't forget to use a Rubberlegs as this section regularly has Salmonfly larvae moving around in it.

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

Iron Canyon Reservoir

If the visibility is decent, this could be a good destination to hook a ton of rainbows. We have not had any recent reports, most anglers are chasing steelhead right now. We'll keep you posted when we do get eyes on the lake.

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(Image: Nor Cal Fish Reports)

Keswick Lake

No recent reports on Keswick, the clarity should be much improved from the past two months. Keep an eye out for the submerged bedrock as this will eat your lower end up. A dark Olive Woolly Bugger is a good fly. San Juan Worms under an indicator or your favorite Baetis nymph pattern. if you are dead drifting for fish works wonders.

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.

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Klamath River

Current unseasonal low river flows have made fishing access easier than in typical winter higher flows. The middle Klamath continues to hold large numbers of steelhead that are responsive to all fishing tactics.  The first half of December may be an opportunity to visit the area during a season of low fishing pressure, decent weather, and with good numbers of fish in the system and easier access.  

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The lower Klamath was green and in great shape over the weekend. There hasn’t been much fishing pressure, but powerboats side-drifting have caught a few winter steelhead. Is predicted for a big rise beginning Monday morning that will likely keep it high and dirty all week. Flows on Sunday were 10,000 cfs at the mouth of the Klamath, 3,600 cfs at Orleans, and 1,380 cfs further upstream in the Seiad Valley.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Cold in the morning, warming in the afternoon, the fishing remains pretty good on the upper Klamath. The storms and runoff will eventually blow the river out above Interstate 5 though. Rubberlegs and smaller nymphs are getting the job done. There are still plenty of fish and some larger ones showing up. If you are swinging flies, think slow and deep. Try fishing intruders with sink tips, orange and purple are good colors besides the standard black and blue. Hartwick's Hosers are great patterns, and Bret's Klamath Intruders are tailor made for this river. Don't forget your chains!

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Lake Almanor

John Crotty of the Almanor Fishing Association reported there has been little change since last week’s report. He said, “We will see spring like conditions for at least the next seven days with cold morning and daytime highs reaching into the low 40’s. The USFS has plowed both the Canyon Dam boat ramp and the over flow parking lot, there were eight or ten vehicles there today, half with trailers. As is typical for this time of year, fishing pressure is concentrated to the south end of the lake. Shore fishermen are picking up some quality fish around the dam using crawlers and power bait. Trollers are targeting fish in water 30 to 50 feet deep, slow trolling plastics and crawlers at one mile an hour will catch fish. Find bait to find fish.”

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Lake Oroville

The reaction bite for spotted bass to 2.5 pounds has improved with Bass Union custom umbrella rigs loaded with 3.5-inch Keitech swimbaits in Pro Blue, Red Pearl, or Arkansas Shine. Heavier weights on the inside live hooks keep the larger swimbaits toward the bottom, enticing more strikes. The reaction bite is best first thing in the morning. It is still very early for king salmon, but the diehards are still out there trying with hoochie/green Sling Blade combinations, but the best salmon action will start towards the end of February when the bait starts to school. The lake continues to rise, jumping up from 38 to 41 percent, and there is floating and submerged debris on the lake. Boaters have to be cautious. Three club tournaments scheduled in January and another four in February in addition to the American Bass Association tournament on February 12th and the Wild West Bass Trails two-day event on February 19/20th.

THERMALITO AFTERBAY: No Current report.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Lewiston Lake

Lewiston Lake is fishing well right now, and with most anglers heading further downstream to chase steelhead on the Trinity, you should find some elbow room to chase the rainbows on this lake. This time of year you should always plan to fish midges and Blue Wing Olive patterns. Stripped slowly, or under an indicator, this will be you go to method to hook up. Bring your Bugger Box with plenty of black, brown and olive patterns too, and Balanced Leeches are very effective here as well. If you have a motor, head up and fish the dam outflow, it can be spectacular.

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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 lake is frozen over and there is quite a bit of snow in the area. We'll update the report in the spring when it is open again. Meanwhile, if you would like to fish a stillwater for trout, you should check out one of our Private Waters like Sugar Creek Ranch, Luk Lake, or Rock Creek Lake.

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.

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McCloud Reservoir

No recent reports from this mountain lake. There is a lot of snow in the area, so launching a boat may be tricky if you can make it to the ramp.

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McCloud River

The river continues to clear and drop after the storms. No idea if the roads into Ash Camp or Ah-Di-Na are passable. There are a few options if you would like to wade, the Upper Sac, although a little high and off color, should be fishing above Pollard Flat. And the Lower Sacramento is doing pretty well too. Or, the Trinity has some nice fish in right now.

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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:

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Pit River

Large flows continue to be the story on the Pit. It is also pretty turbid. With all of the snow in the area, we would recommend finding somewhere else to fish for the time being. Keep an eye on the gages and when it drops back in those fish will be ready to eat your fly.
As always, the flows on the Pit can and will change without notice, so definitely check before you go! And be prepared to get out when the river begins to rise.

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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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Sacramento River - Lower

Keswick Reservoir to Red Bluff —The flows have come down on the upper section from Keswick to Anderson at 3300 cfs, but the river is blown out down below Anderson. The water quality is starting to improve, but visibility is still limited to a few feet or less. Guides working the Sacramento during the middle of the week near Redding reported a decent trout bite with fish being taken on egg patterns or spoons. Guides Kirk Portocarrero and Justin Thompson have been seeing a mix of both trout and steelhead with up to a dozen fish per day. Both guides posted a mix of trout, including browns up to 22 inches along with some nice steelhead. Fly fishermen in the drift boats are seeing improved catches using roe or small nymphs under a bobber but most are fishing the Trinity, Eel, Klamath, or Smith where conditions are better, and the catch rate is much higher.

Red Bluff to Chico —Water levels are high, but conditions are improving, and it could be fishable this week.

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Today begins a new year and I can’t think of a better way to ring in 2022 than going fishing!  Fishing the lower Sac on New Year’s Day is how my guests Ron and Steve planned to kick off their 2022. This time of year, the Sac is more about quality than quantity, so you need to know that from the start. They both hooked nice fish before Steve landed a beautiful 18” fish. Then it happened - Steve hooked into a fish that did whatever it wanted, and he could only hang on and hope for the best. Once it was in the net, we realized this was the fish of a lifetime! The photos don’t show just how large this fish is. It taped right at 26” and was one of the fattest fish I’ve seen on the Sac!  What are your goals for 2022? My goal is to fish more. I hope everyone has that same goal and we would love to take you fishing!

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The river continues to clear and the great news is the clarity down below Anderson is improving daily. All of the gages are showing improving conditions daily. We have some beautiful weather coming up this weekend, the Lower Sac should be on your radar. We have some large fish up by the Sundial right now, there is no go-to best fly right now. Rubberlegs, Black Alt Rockers, Sweet Peas and Olive Hotspots will all work at one time or another. We are keeping our eyes open with these warm, sunny days happening it won't be long before the little Black Caddis begin coming off in force. Maybe this weekend?

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Sacramento River - Upper

The flows are beginning to draw down throughout the system, but the river is still pretty dirty down by the lake. We would recommend fishing higher in the system. With great weather in store, you could have a great day. It will be higher, so find spots if your normal hole is difficult to fish. Try your sculpin patterns near the bottom. At this point in the season the insects that will be hatching will be Blue Wing Olives and midges, Sweet Peas, Zebra Midges, S&Ms will continue to be the best producers for those dead drifting or high sticking nymphs.

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Shasta Lake

The water levels continue to rise, and the bass bite has slowed to dropping water temperatures, especially in the arms. The main body has been better for bass anglers using Hula Grubs and jigs in slow mode between 10 and 50 feet. Rainbow and brown trout up to 7 pounds are being caught long trolling Speedy Shiners, Trinidad Tackle’s Optimizer Juniors, or Needlefish on light line. There are two large tournaments this coming weekend with the Wild West Teams on Saturday and Phil’s Propellers on Sunday, both launching out of Bridge Bay. The lake rose to 32 percent.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Shasta has had consist, good bass fishing the past month. The fish are coming to Float 'N Flies fished towards shore. And keep your eyes peeled for shad balls, the fish will have them corralled near the surface. With reduced visibility you can get much closer than under clear conditions. The trout will be in the mix as well, so multi species days are common. Large, dark orange or rust crayfish patterns will also bring the bass fished back towards the banks and bounced along the bottom.

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Siskiyou Lake

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

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Trinity Lake

No current report.

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Cold water has pushed the fish into deeper water from to 40 to 45 feet with finesse techniques. The lake rose slightly to 30 percent.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Trinity River

I escaped the office today and spent a really nice day on the water with guests Steve and Ron.  These guys have been fishing the Trinity River for a long time and have seen it all: great fishing, slow fishing, big fish, no fish, and everything in between.  Today started slow but by the end of the day we had connected with a lot of adult steelhead.  The numbers of fish and quality of fish were definitely on the plus side of "average".  The fish today ate pretty much every fly we tried, from rubberlegs to eggs to tiny mayflies.  If you're contemplating a trip, don't hesitate to book one soon!  There are plenty of fish in the river, some quality fish, and they are on the grab!

- Courtesy Confluence Outfitters

Confluence Outfitters
Andrew Harris
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Nothing new to report other than The Trinity is fishing great. The recent storm was warmer and has caused some increased runoff, all of the tributaries are flowing, but the river has just the right amount of color to really get after it. We are likewise seeing the larger fish appearing up top from Junction City to Lewiston. Of course, the National Forest is still closed below Pigeon Point, but there is plenty of good spots to fish from there all the way up to Lewiston. Golden Stones are a solid choice of fly right now. Keep your eyes peeled for any hatches, yes they can happen this time of year, and change up accordingly. Psycho Princes, Pheasant Tails and all of the Euronymph jobbers are working too. Some people are picking fish up on egg patterns. We have some stellar weather forecst over the next week and a half, but remember to check the forecast and keep some chains in your vehicle when you head out. January through March is when we see the big boys show up. If you would like to get a trip scheduled, give Bryan or Chris a shout in Outfitters!

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The lower Trinity was fishable all week but not many anglers are fishing the lower end. There are some adults around and fishing for winter steelhead should only get better the next few weeks. Predicted to rise starting Monday night and may be off color for a few days. As of Sunday, flows were down to 3,100 cfs on the Hoopa gauge. Predicted to reach 9,400 cfs by Wednesday evening.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Whiskeytown Lake

The bass bite remains decent, but colder water temperatures have pushed the fish into deep water. Hula Grubs, Senkos, or reaction style baits worked slowly over the shoals and the points have been the best bass baits. Shallow-rolling Wedding Rings or similar spinners, Needlefish, Optimizer Juniors, or Speedy Shiners are the best bets for the holdover trout. The lake rose slightly to 86 percent.

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