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Please check 2018-19 freshwater sport fishing regulations and recent planting

2018 - 2019 Fishing Regulations and infowildlife.ca.gov/regulations

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Weekly Updates 

Week of: 10/14/19

Baum Lake

Baum Lake is a lake with a current so it fishes like a spring creek.  With great fishing through the winter months, it is a fun trouty destination. If nothing else, Baum Lake is a fantastic fall back plan if calling your trip off due to muddy rivers is not an option.  Though the average trout in Baum Lake is 13” this lake is home to some very large trout. It is a location to think of when targeting trophy trout.  This is a put and take fishery so it’s a great location to grab dinner.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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


Fishing is good on Baum Lake with some good Baetis & PMD hatches. Caddis are beginning to become more and more prominent. In the early morning midges are a staple for these fish, so make sure you have a good selection of Zebra Midges or other midge pupa patterns. Swinging a Bird's Nest or Poopah on an intermediate line next to the weed beds will get you hooked up. Watch for those few Callibaetis coming off, the fish will chase down the emergers and duns, a plain old Pheasant Tail and a Parachute Adams will take care of this. Balanced leeches in various colors will work wonders when everything else seems to fail you, fish them on the swing, strip or under an indicator.

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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

The cold weather is helping the bite and as the cooler months approach Midges and leeches are 

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.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 lake has turned over and the fish are actively feeding on the native tule chub minnows on the surface in the shallow areas around the lake. Many anglers from this weekend reported a tougher bite and struggled to lacate fish or a pattern. The anglers that are catching limits of big rainbows say to abandon the deep water completely and focus on surface trolling flies in 10 to 12 feet of water.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Eagle Canyon Lake

By Andrew: Announcing our 2019-20 Season

We have just set our dates and are now taking bookings for the 2019-20 season at Eagle Canyon. Opening Day will be Saturday Dec 7th and our last day will be April 8th.  As is our custom, we will auction off our Opening Day on eBay.  The auction will start Oct 13th and ending Oct 20th.  We look forward to seeing you this year at Eagle Canyon!  Reserve your dates soon - they usually go quickly once we set our schedule.

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

Fall River

Increased temperatures last week made the bite good for some and tough for others, but there are still quality fish being caught. Wolly Buggers, midges, baetis, callibaetis, and leeches.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Feather River

The Feather is unique in that two of its tributaries, the East Branch and Middle Fork, originate east of the Sierra Nevada in the Diamond Mountains and breach the crest of the Sierra as they flow west.  It is known for its fantastic shad, Chinook salmon and steelhead fishing.

- Courtesy of Shasta Cascade

Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

https://www.shastacascade.com/

(800)474-2782

Hat Creek

The afternoon bite has been teh best with the recent weather changes and there are still some small insect hatches going on that will require a variety of smaller flies like dark lords, rubberlegs, small midges, leeches, and baetis.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/


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

9/30/19 Klamath River Report by Dax Messett:


A good time was had by all at our past weekend Spey Camp. Our camp is one of the best venues in the world of Pacific Northwest steelhead fishing. We offer excellent food prepared by a professional chef, amazing camping infrastructure, Spey instruction, modern jet boats, and the best home water on the Klamath. Floating lines with meddlers was a top producing rig this weekend, which is epic. This is an experience every steelheader should have on their List. You’ll want to book early to secure your spot for next year.

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

Lake Almanor

Cold weather continues to force the overall lake temperature down a couple more degrees each week. The pond smelt are scattered throughout the lake and many of the fish found on sonar are reluctant to bite. Very few anglers have been hitting the water and the few that have report a totally inconsistent bite and pattern.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Lake Oroville

The fishing is starting to pick up as more insects continue to hatch.  The lake saw a lot of pressure this weekend with the veterans fishing event, but there were good numbers of trout and salmon caught from shore and by boat.  There are reports that the hex hatch is finally starting and things will bust wide open any time.

- 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


Big trout are being caught daily from boats and on shore. There has been a good lure bite mid lake to the lower dam. The upper dam is still producing nice sized fish for fly anglers and with the cooler weather in the forecast they are expecting the bite to only get better.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

McCloud River

McCloud is fishing well though the water is still a bit high. Rubber leg stone fly, prince nymphs and small may fly patterns are working well fished under a Jaydacator.  HarvestWild is looking forward to walking you in to some great fishing on the McCloud in June.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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

McCloud Reservoir

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

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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


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

- Courtesy of Shasta Cascade

Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

https://www.shastacascade.com/

(800)474-2782

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

Pit River

Pits 1 and 2 aren't fishing due to warm summer water temperatures. Pits 3 through 5 are all fishing ok but you have to find areas with faster, turbulent water that is aerated to hold fish. The hot weather this past week makes conditions much tougher for anglers and the bite will improve into the fall as temperatures drop. 

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Sacramento River

The fish posted to the here was 23 pounds caught by Tavis from Arizona visiting Redding for the Sierra Pacific annual get-together. Fished in the Corning area with guide Kirk Portocarrero with SacRiverGuide. Having very productive days everyday in the area with all his clients catching fish! Take a look at this link for one monster of a fish: 

https://krcrtv.com/news/local/man-catches-giant-32-pound-king-salmon-on-the-sacramento-river-near-corning

Sac River Guide
Kirk Portocarrero
530-515-5951
kirk@sacriverguide.com
www.sacriverguide.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.

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


10/11/19 Lower Sac Report by Kevin Kay:
Lower Sac Fishing Image
Steve and Gary made a return trip to fish the Lower Sac in October after fishing with me the in the spring. The famed egg-bite is still not in full swing but the fish are eating lots of bugs in the usual places. If and when more salmon show up we should see more action on the spherical plastic “fly”. The weather and the fishing have been great so come get some!

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

Shasta Lake

One word to sum up Shasta Lakes fly fishing opportunity is immense.  With 365 miles of shoreline and 30,000 acres of surface area, you could get lost out there.  The lake is home to a plethora of game species including Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Spotted Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Small Mouth Bass, a variety of sun fish and Carp.  To say this is the least tapped fly fishing resource in the state would be fair.  The fishing here can be astounding at times and good most days. There are bait fish (threadfin shad) along with a host of juvenile fish that larger fish feed on.  Other forage includes terrestrials and crawdads.  If interested in fishing Shasta Lake please feel free to email, call or text to get a fishing report.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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


Shasta Lake trout fishing finally turned on this week.  We caught limits in the McCloud Arm.  Fish are biting at 50 to 75 feet deep using triple teasers and shad pattern lures.

- Courtesy of Sac River Guide

Sac River Guide
Kirk Portocarrero
530-515-5951
kirk@sacriverguide.com
www.sacriverguide.com


Bass are sitting on main lake points in deep water and can be caught with jigs and finesse baits. The fish are sitting on main lake points and there have been multiple big bass caught the past few days.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Note: Shasta Lake is nearly completly full with levels about 9' from the crest of the dam. Shasta fishes well all year and the bass bite is great right now!

Siskiyou Lake

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

- Courtesy of Shasta Cascade

Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

https://www.shastacascade.com/

(800)474-2782

Trinity Lake

Trinity Lake is an incredible Small Mouth Bass fishery. There are other fish here like Large Mouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, and land locked King Salmon.  This fly fishery is best for targeting strong aggressive Small Mouth Bass.  The mouths of the many tributaries can offer some great trout fishing in the summer months when hatches concentrate the fish. Top water fishing can be stellar as well so if you like to see bass blow up on top this could be the place for you.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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


Big bass are still on the chew on main lake points out to 25 feet deep with soft plastics, drop-shot rigs, big swimbaits, glidebaits, and there has been some early morning and late afternoon top water action.  There hasn't been much for trolling action seen the past couple of weeks around the lake. 

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Note: Trinity is way up this year especially compared to the last 5 years or more. 

Trinity River

10/13/19 Trinity River Report by Andreas Fuhrmann:
Trinity River Fishing Image
One of the things I appreciate about guiding is meeting inspirational people. I got to spend two days with Dick, who at 80, is living right and charging rivers. The Trinity only gave up a half pounder on the swing, and a few grabs, but the weather, scenery and company made for a great weekend. Warm weather keeps skating flies an option. The fish have been sporadic, but putting in time is part of the game. The rain forecasted for later this week is a welcoming sign.

10/12/19 Trinity River Report by Brian Kohlman:
Trinity River Fishing Image
Peter Santley and I spent the last two days guiding our guest Ted and his family. Ted and his crew are long time clients of ours and have become very good friends over the years! The fishing has been on the tough side, but if you work for them you will be rewarded. There seem to be plenty of half-pounders throughout the river, but the adults are spread pretty thin at this time. With Peter, Tommy landed one small adult on Friday and everyone else settled for half-pounders. The fish gods were on our side today as Garth hooked three adults and landed two - the fish he lost was by far the largest. Ted landed one nice hatchery adult and was briefly hooked into another. Frank landed a nice adult with Peter and both boats landed quite a few half-pounders. It was a great trip as always and the weather was amazing!

- Courtesy of Confluence Outfitters

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


The Trinity River is one of those rivers that once you’ve been there you will be longing to go back.  Breathtaking scenery and wildlife abound coupled with bountiful steelhead make the Trinity River one of our most popular destinations.  Images of the big one that got away or your new personal best will linger in your mind making the experience unforgettable.  The Steelhead in the Trinity River runs on average 4-8lb but fish up to 14lb are boated every year.  Steelhead season on the Trinity River runs from August through March with the peak of the season in December.  This part of the country can get cold so layering is recommended, waders and a rain jacket are essential.  Nymphing is the most productive way of fishing here, though swinging can be very effective in the early season when the warmer water temperatures make the fish more aggressive.  Trinity River has a healthy hatchery program so keeping hatchery Steelhead is encouraged.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

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

Whiskeytown Lake

Whiskeytown Lake is fantastic right now. We are getting limits of Kokanee Salmon daily.  The entire lake is fishing well at depths of 30 to 50 feet. The best colors right now are pink and orange.  The best time of day for us has been around 8 am.

-Courtesy of Sac River Guide

Sac River Guide
Kirk Portocarrero
530-515-5951
kirk@sacriverguide.com
www.sacriverguide.com


The bass fishing has improved and there are some larger fish being caught while throwing reaction baits, soft plastics, jigs, and large top water baits like a Lunker Punker. There are still nice kokanee being caught, although they have made the change and are turinging their focus towards the spawn.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Note: This lake stays full through summer and into mid fall because it is a National Recreation Area.

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