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

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

Current Planting: nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/

Looking for a fishing or hunting guide?: shastacascade.com/fishing-and-hunting

Weekly Updates 

Week of: 9/16/19

Baum Lake

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/

Weeds are growing around the edge of the lake making access more difficult, but there are still plenty of fish being caught on small PMDs, Woolly Buggers, and PMDs. Nighttime temperatures are cooling and the bite should begin to improve after the holiday weekend.

- 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

Anglers are getting ready for the lake to turn over, the fish are still in deep water feeding on tui chubs in 25 to 40 feet of water while hanging on structured bottom and rock piles.

- 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.

Fall River

There are quality fish being caught the bite overall remains tough. Caddisflies and PMDs in the early morning but most of the local fisherman report having to cover a lot of water to find quality fish.

- 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 fishing remains great for anglers of all skill levels and there are a lot of nice healthy trout being caught. Downsized tackle has been working Kastmaster, Cleo, Rooster Tail, and bait.  Fly anglers are using dark lords, rubber legs, PMDs, and caddisflies.

- 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

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

Note: Keswick can fluctuate 1-3 feet in a day, and up to 6 feet summer to winter.  It is currently at 89% capacity. There have been some releases, but levels will return.

Klamath River

Klamath River: Aug 13, by Andrew Harris

Our Klamath River Spey Camps begin one month from today!  We are down to 3 open spots, all of them in our 2-night Friday-Sunday weekend camps, which cost $1495.  We have two spots open September 20-22 and 1 spot open September 27-29.  For those of you who are enrolled already, watch your inbox for a more detailed itinerary and pack list coming in the next day or so.  We are really looking forward to hosting all of you in this amazing wilderness venue!

Just 3 Spots Left for Spey Camp 2019!

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

Lake Almanor

Warm surface temperatures continue to keep the fish in deeper water and relating to natural springs in the lake.  Slow trolling nightcrawlers has been the most consistent for trout anglers this past week. The bass remain in deep water also and are relating to mail lake points and offshore structure.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Lewiston Lake

A lot of smaller fish are being caught near Pine Cove Marina after the most recent plant just before the holiday weekend. The nightcrawler marshmallow combination, PowerBait, Kastmaster, and spinners have been the top producing baits.

- 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

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 incredible snow pack has the Upper Sac high but fishable. We are now booking float trips the lower reaches of the river. There have been some very big fish being caught. On the Upper Sac float we will target trout and bass on the same day.  Giving you the ability to take some delicious Spotted Bass home.  Rubber Legs, Gordin's prince, Caddis pupa, Yellow Sally's and Pheasant Tails.

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


Lower Sac: Sept 10, by Brian Kohlman

Today I had a late afternoon ½-day trip with my guest. The day started off pretty warm, but quickly cooled off and was very pleasant. Even though we didn’t fish very long, he landed some really nice fish! I’m starting to see salmon in the upper river, so that means the “egg bite” is right around the corner! October is one of my favorite months on the Sac, and a great time to book your next trip.

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

Shasta Lake

Shasta lake is fishing very well and one of our go-to locations for Spring.  There are many eager bass and trout here waiting for your fly. We have been landing 50-100 bass a day making for hot action.  A type 2 or 3 sinking line with a shad pattern or small brown or olive wooly bugger is effective.  We have also been getting a good top water bite in the early twilight hours.  The Spotted Bass this time of year are great eating and its time for a fish fry.  Get out and enjoy this NorCal gem and take some fish home for fish tacos.  The lake will be full this Spring and this will mean beautiful coves and a lot of structure to cast your fly to. We offer guided fly fishing and spin fishing on the lake.

- 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

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

The current storm has the river blown but it should be in shape quickly once the rain stops. The Winter Steelhead are in and we are having good fishing. The fish are distributed from Junction City area up river to Lewiston where there are some lingering hatchery fish. The rubber leg stone flies, large golden stones and mid sized copper johns continue to dominate but definitely have some eggs ready if you get a little color in the water. March Browns are hatching so having a dry fly rod rigged and ready is advisable. If you are swinging, black and purple are great with the water temp we have right now. HarvestWild guides have availability from March on and are looking forward to taking you out on the water.

- 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 bite has gotten tough with many of the fish being smaller.  There has been a good topwater bite throughout the day. Kokanee fishing is wide open and anglers are doing the best from the 299 bridge down to the Oak Bottom Marina.

- 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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