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Shasta Cascade Fishing Report

Week of: 8/9/18

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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:

 Current Planting:

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Baum Lake-- Trout fishing is good despite smoky conditions.  Fly anglers scoring with nymphs and damsels.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Bucks Lake - Kokanee anglers are getting limits on trolled squid lures behind flashers, down as deep as 50 feet.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Eagle Lake-- Closed all week due to fires.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Fall River-- Trout action is good with hex hatch on, but slowing a little.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Feather River-- Sacramento River, in the Redding area, fishing for Rainbow trout is excellent for both fly fishing and spin fishing. Drifting roe is best bet for catching lots of fish.  We are producing nice size Rainbows, 16 to 20 inches,  with 15 to 35 fish days. Weather in the 70's.  For fly fishing, PMD's and Egg patterns are working well.  Some dry fly fishing in late afternoons. Weather has been prime for catching these beautiful Rainbows, water low and clear.

-Courtesy of Sac River Guide

Frenchman Lake -- Lake is open.  No current report.

 - Courtesy of Goodwin's General Store 

Hat Creek --  I have been fishing the rifle portions of hat creek. Czech Nymphing with a small soft tackle, size 16-18 as my top fly and the dropper has been a small jig style fly with a tungsten bead, size 14. This has been producing incredible action for 6-12 inch fish with the occasional large trout, 14-20 inch. If early morning fishing is your thing don’t forget the Trico Spinner Fall. 

- Courtesy of HarvestWild


Keswick Lake -- Keswick Reservoir is open to fishing year round, and fishes well throughout the year. That said, we've found that the best times of year on Keswick are the winter, spring, and early summer, from November through June. Access on this stretch of water is very limited; our guides utilize jet boats to motor upstream and drift back down.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Lake Almanor -- Fish are migrating around the lake searching for feed and cooler water.  There has been a substantial amount of boat traffic between Big Cove and Rec #1 in water 60 feet deep.  Most boats are slow trolling Gulp! baits and nightcrawlers with a mixture of naked/dodgers on size 6 to 8 hooks.  Salmon and rainbows are being caught 35-plus feet down.  The bite dies early, and fishing can be tough with long lulls between fish.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Lake Britton --  Producing fast action crappie fishing, with anglers getting easy limits.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Lake Oroville -- Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
By Tom Gronwall
Water Temp: 73-74, elevation 815.92

Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

Report: Launched about 5:30 am at Lime Saddle and fished till 9:30 am. Tried the drop off again, not nearly as super as last trip, picked up just 8 fish, then went to N. Fork and got another 18 for 26 fish today. Size kind of sucked, just 2 14", with about half the rest 13- to just shy of 14", the other half 11-12" tiny ones. Surprised at how much algae is in the water, and so soon in the season. Some areas cloudy, with clump like algae, other areas clear as can be. Guess the algae is good for the hatch this year, as fry need food!! Water 73-74 range and with warmer water, so many runts along the shore line. Surprised again at how calm and no winds.

-Courtesy of Western Bass 


Lewiston Lake -- No fishing report due to the #CarrFire limiting access to the lake.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Lower Sacramento River -- 

Summertime hatches are in full swing with Yellow Sallies, PMD’s and Caddis coming off in big numbers. Park Marina to Anderson is fishing well.  We have been finding fish in the shallow rifles which makes using the boat, anchoring and wading to these spots effective. A fun twist from targeting Trout on the Lower Sac is tying on a Woolly Bugger and getting some bass to the net. The Lower Sac holds a healthy population of small and large mouth bass.  While floating this river I love seeing all of the wildlife too. It’s not uncommon to come across, hawks, eagles, blacktail deer, ducks, geese and an occasional coyote.

-Courtesy of HarvestWild


Manzanita Lake–  No current report.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


McCloud Reservoir -- No current report.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

McCloud River - No current report.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop

Medicine Lake -- No current report.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Pit River - Caddis flies working well for rainbows.  

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Shasta Lake -- 

Bass fishing remains good on plastics, jigs and crank plugs fished off points.  Trout fishing is very good in the dam area on baits and trolled lures.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Siskiyou Lake -- Massive wildfires are sweeping through much of the area. The best fishing is anywhere else!

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Trinity Lake -- Fires raging in the area, especially on the east side of the lake, and few anglers are on the water.  Some bass action posted off points.  Not many anglers out.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Trinity River -- The season is done. The BOR is releasing the pulse flows and will taper them off over the next month. We are looking forward to this fall when the summer run begins to show up and we can swing for some steel. Check back in August and we'll give you an update on what we expect to see happening this fall.

Trinity River Flows:
Trinity River Releases from Lewiston
Trinity River Flow at Pigeon Point

Shuttle Services:
• Bill & Caryl Dickens (Gold Coast Shuttle) at 530-623-1905 or through their website at 

Dry Flies:
Harrop's Last Chance Cripple - #18

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Pat's RubberlegsBrown and Black, #4-8
Mercer's Poxyback GB Hares Ears - #8-14,
TB Solitude Stone - #8,
Lance's X-May - #16, Brown,
Mercer's Gold Bead Biot Epoxy Golden Stone - #8-10

Clown Egg - #4-10,
M.C. Redd Reapers
Micro Spawn Eggs - Pink & Salmon Egg,
Boles Bazookas - #8

Streamers & Leeches:
Beadhead Crystal Buggers - Any,
CH Kiwi Muddlers, Freshwater Clouser - Any

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Whiskeytown Lake-- Fires have burned all around the lake.  We will update you on any opening areas as they happen.  Click our link below for more #CarrFire information:

-Courtesy of Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

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