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Baum Lake

Call for current conditions.

- Courtesy of Shasta Cascade

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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

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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

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Eagle Canyon Lake

Exclusive waters offer unsurpassed private angling for rainbows that consistently rank as California's largest. Approximately 20 miles from Red Bluff, California, spring-fed stillwaters are located in the foothills west of Lassen National Park. Trophy rainbows from 4 to 15 pounds inhabit these intimate ponds and flourish in the fertile 55-degree habitat. It's a perfect home for trophy trout.
For more information please visit www.EagleCanyonTrout.com. Eagle Canyon Lake is open seasonally from December through April. 

Confluence Outfitters
Andrew Harris
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Fall River

The river is in great shape and there are a lot of healthy fish this season on The Fall. PMD hatches will begin to intensify now that the weather is warming up. On the cloudy days, this should be some of the best dry fly fishing you can experience up in the North State. Right now black and olive leeches swung in the deeper sections and stripped through the cuts is a good tactic. Blue Wing Olives are also coming off, midges in the slower sections lower in the system are also a thing. This classic spring creek is amazing in the spring!

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop - May 20th 

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Feather River

Salmon season opens July 16.

- Courtesy of Confluence Outfitters 

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

Hat Creek

The Power House 2 riffle area and Carbon Flat remain accessible. Please remember to be polite to your fellow human anglers and give them a wide berth! The lower river has some salmon fly shucks showing, so a large Chubby Chernobyl makes a great indicator. Up top the PMD hatch hasn't reached it's peak intensity yet, but it is just a matter of time before it does. Cloudy days should see some good Green Drake action.

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop - May 20th 

The Fly Shop
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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
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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

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Klamath River

Fishing for steelhead on the Klamath has wound down. Look for some higher releases from Iron Gate Dam to occur over the next couple of weeks.

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 - April 30th

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800-669-3474
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Klamath Lake temperatures are in the mid to upper 50's and fish are feeding aggressively. After the long haul of winter isolation the redband of Klamath Lake are making up for lost time by savagely attacking minnow and leech patterns that cross their path. Fishing will remain hot for the rest of May on the main lake. For more information visit ConfluenceOutfitters.com.

- Courtesy of Confluence Outfitters - May 4th

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

Lake Almanor

The weather has been all over the place recently ranging from ice forming on the lake and heavy snowfall to warm rain and temperatures in the low 40s and it has the bite very slow for both bass and trout. Boat anglers have struggled immensely to locate eager biters and the few trout being caught are coming from shore fishermen working the coves. Bass anglers report very tough smallmouth action since the last storm system and are hopeful that steady conditions will help the bite evolve.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Lake Oroville

Still kicking out the kings, although it slowed down some this week due to the oppressive heat.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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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 last storm system has brought heavy rainfall and strong winds that have resulted in multiple road closures and mudslides in the Trinity Lake area along Highway 299. The trout fishing at Lewiston Lake has been slow, although there aren’t many anglers out right now with the exception of a few locals finding a fish or two per outing. The steelhead action in the lower river has been hot and heavy and has drawn a lot of focus from the lake.

- 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

McCloMcCloud River: Jun 23, by Dax: Back on the Mac
Leslie and I had a great weekend with some good friends on the historic Bollibokka beat of the famed Lower McCloud.  After fishing and guiding on the Mac for 18 years, this was my first opportunity to fish this private and remote property.  What an amazing stretch of river, with every water type you could ask for in a trout stream.  The upper beat is limited to the six anglers who stay at the Pumphouse cabin, which is an monumental amount of water to explore.  Like every stretch of the McCloud, the catching of fish is totally dependent on if the fish are eating.  If they are, you get em, when they aren't, you don't.  If you are lucky enough to stay overnight on the Mac, take a break in the day to enjoy things other than fishing. Read more: https://confluenceoutfitters.com/Confluence-Fishing-Report.aspx

- Courtesy of Confluence Outfitters 

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


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:

For anglers fishing close to home and following pandemic-mitigation recommendations, the arrival of spring weather has turned on the bass bite at Modoc County lakes on the Devil’s Garden and elsewhere. Just choose your lake, throw a weedless rig and be patient. There are so many great bass and crappie options in Modoc County it is impossible to list them all. The early trout opener at the end of April will let Big Valley residents try their luck on Ash Creek. There is nothing like a walk through the wildlife refuge to a hole that might hold a lunker brown trout. Please do your part to help Modocers stay healthy. Fish in your local community only. Do not travel to rural communities until shelter-in-place orders are lifted. Many of us need to fish, but small rural hospitals just cannot keep up as they can in larger communities. Please do your part and save your trip for later.


Pit River

The canyon has been plagued by high elevation squalls and as of this morning a group of guys went to The Fly Shop in Redding and outfitted themselves before heading to the Pit only to arrive and find blizzard conditions and the river blown out entirely.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Sacramento River

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa: Shad fishing has slowed. Some large resident stripers are being caught in swimbaits and glide baits. Sturgeon are still in the river and have been biting best at night.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Striper fishing has slowed, but a few nice keepers are still around. Shad fishing has slowed. Fishing is very good for catfish near Knights Landing, with fish over 10 pounds common.

- 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

Lower Sac: 7/3/20, by Brian

I had a really fun two days with my guest Jeff, and his father Russell. Yesterday was a half-day float, but we started late afternoon. There wasn’t a lot of action, but the fish they landed were very nice. Today was pretty slow all day. Jeff and Russ hooked into some nice fish, but there were some long dry spells between grabs. The action picked up a little after lunch, but it never really turned on for us. Caddis and PMD nymphs were the flies du jour.

- Courtesy Confluence Outfitters - May 6th

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

The annual closure from Keswick Dam to the Hwy 44 bridge is in effect and runs from April 1st through July 31st. The top section will open again on August 1st. The good news is that most of the river remains open.
The Lower Sac is fishing great! Flows from Keswick have been slowly dropping to an 8,000 CFS target tomorrow. This is a great flow this time of year. We are seeing big PMD hatches continue from the top down past Anderson. Further down river Golden Stones are coming off now too. The rain this weekend has dirtied the river below Cottonwood Creek, but should clear over the next week. Good flies are Peaches n' Cream, UV Sallies, Mercer's Jigged PMD, and Rubberlegs are good flies right now. If you keep your eyes peeled you can see some fish taking dries. If you do, the PMD Challenged in #14 is a good fly for that on a dead drift. Further down the river past Anderson, when it clears, #14 - 16 Amber Wing Princes and Bird's Nests in #14 - 16 are still getting it done.

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop - May 20th

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info@theflyshop.com
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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


John Boitano of Phil’s Propeller reports it’s a great all-methods bass bite in the main lake, with crankbaits very effective along shorelines and mud lines. Swimbaits are also producing – there’s a solid reaction bite going – but anglers who prefer finesse techniques will also clean up on Zman, Senkos, and worms in shad, greens and browns. It takes a little looking, but topwater is effective too. The bass are on a full-on post-spawn tear. The trout have gone deep, 45-60 feet, and the kings are below them at 70-100. For the latter try Speedy Shiners and Optimizers.

- 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.

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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


There has been very little consistency from day to day as a result of unstable high elevation weather conditions. Intermittent snow squalls and frigid winds have dropped the surface temperatures into the high 30’s and low 40’s leaving the bass lethargic. The days that offer a good bite are usually warmer and aligned with a drop in pressure and light winds that make for a good reaction bite.

- 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

Spring salmon season opens July 1. Flows are expected to be down to 450 cfs at Lewiston for the opener. Salmon are expected to be kegged up at the lower river falls. Some drift boaters will target them with MagLip plugs or tuna balls near Lewiston and Junction City.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Whiskeytown Lake

The water is very clear, very cold, and the level is very low, which are the three worst combinations bass fishermen can face on that fishery. The overall bass bite has improved this past week but the size quality of the spotted bass leaves little to be desired.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

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
andrew@confluenceoutfitters.com
www.confluenceoutfitters.com

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