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Northern California fishing offers a wide variety of opportunities on rivers, streams and lakes. Some of the best fishing in California is located in the Shasta Cascade Region and whether it’s fly fishing for trout, seeking out the best cove for bass, or spin fishing on a mountain river, virtually anyone can enjoy casting a line.

Lakes dominate the Northstate and are full of a variety of species to include bass, trout, catfish, kokanee, salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and sunfish. Bass fishermen love Shasta Lake as it’s the largest man-made lake in the state and has plenty of natural and planted structures for the game fish to prosper. Trinity Lake is known for its smallmouth bass and has even produced a state record fish. The region is also home to some of the best fly fishing in California, including a 9 mile stretch of the McCloud River below Lake McCloud, a 3.5 mile stretch of Lower Hat Creek east of Burney, and a 23 mile section of Fall River near Fall River Mills. The region is home to some of the best fly fishing in California, including the world renown Sacramento River, which is now rated one of the top 5 tail water trout fisheries in the world, as it goes through Redding. Trout and salmon prosper on the cool waters of Shasta Lake, causing fishermen to do extremely well. The Upper Sacramento River, known as a blue ribbon trout fishery, draws flyfishermen from all over the west. Almost 40 miles of river are available from Box Canyon to Shasta Lake and produce trout up to 18 inches. 

The Trinity River is known for its excellent fly fishing for both trout and steelhead. In season, the salmon fishing is unbelievable and there are many times when it’s hard to not catch a salmon in the Trinity River. Lewiston Lake and Trinity Lake each afford numerous opportunities for both bank fishing and trolling, while numerous high alpine lakes in the Trinity Alps provide the fishermen willing to take a hike with the opportunity to catch an elusive brook trout or rainbow. The Klamath River is world renown for trout, steelhead, and salmon fishing. There are numerous spots to stop from Willow Creek north on Highway 96, all the way up to Happy Camp and eventually off the Interstate 5. Several quality guide services using drift boats can take the dedicated fisherman out for an experience of a lifetime. 

Other fishing experiences worth noting are in the eastern portion of the Shasta Cascade Region. They include Eagle Lake with its world famous Eagle Lake trout. This trout is found nowhere else, and because of the unusual chemistry of the water in Eagle Lake, it is the only trout that can survive there.

Further south, Lake Almanor, Antelope Lake, Frenchman Reservoir, and Bucks Lake are just a few of the mountain lakes which will provide unforgettable fishing experiences. Several of these lakes have marinas or resorts which rent fishing boats. It’s best to check locally or with the Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association for information on fishing any of these lakes, or view an up-to-date weekly fishing report at www.shastacascade.com/fishing.

Whether it’s fishing close to the freeway such as the conveniently close Whiskeytown Lake or Shasta Lake, the remote reaches of Ruth Lake, or the ever popular Lake Oroville, there is a fishing experience awaiting you in the Shasta Cascade Region.


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Forever Resorts
P.O. Box 40
Whiskeytown, CA 96095
530-359-2240
www.foreverresorts.com
Forever Resorts manages four marinas and a campground on three lakes in the Shasta Cascade: Lake Oroville, Trinity Lake, and Whiskeytown Lake. Each marina is...more
 
The Fly Shop
4140 Churn Creek Road
Redding, CA 96002
530-222-3555
http://www.theflyshop.com
The largest fly fishing specialty shop in America, catering exclusively to fly fisherman's tackle, guide service and travel needs. Open all year.
 
Cockrell's High Desert Lodging
Star Route 11-A
Cedarville, CA 96104
530-279-2209
http://www.highdesertlodging.com
Have a pure Country Stay with a beautiful, fully furnished 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Two lodges serving your lodging needs. Very affordable by the night, weekend...more
 
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
3207 Rutherford Rd.
Gridley, CA 95948
530-846-7505
• 9,100-acre wildlife refuge, one of the most intensively managed waterfowl marshlands in the United States • Excellent opportunities for hunting, fishing, photographing, and nature viewing • Educational programs,...more
 
Marble Mountain Guest Ranch
92520 Hwy. 96
Somes Bar, CA 95568
530-469-3322
http://www.marblemountainranch.com/fly_fishing/fly_fishing.html

Marble Mountain Ranch is the only Klamath River fly fishing lodge with complete lodging, meals, and guide packages.  We specialize in steelhead on the...more

 
Maverick Outfitters
PO Box 347
Cottonwood, CA 96022
530-949-1136
http://www.maverickoutfitter.com
Pack service offering options from day trips, dunnage packs, drop camps and all inclusive trips. All ages welcome. Gentle people-friendly stock for your camping adventure....more
 
Modoc National Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 1610
Alturas, CA 96101
530-233-3572
http://www.fws.gov/modoc/wildlife.htm
The 6,280 acre Modoc Wildlife Refuge was established in 1960 to manage and protect migratory waterfowl. Funds available under the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act...more
 
MyOutdoorBuddy.com
3304 Shasta Dam Blvd. #113
Shasta Lake City, CA 96019
530-215-3487
www.myoutdoorbuddy.com
Award winning Northern California and Southern Oregon hunting, fishing and outdoor news, outdoor columnists and authors, destination information and photo galleries focused on this region....more
 
Phil's Propeller
3037 Twin View Blvd.
Shasta Lake, CA 96019
530-275-4939
http://www.philsprop.com
Marine propeller repairs and sales. Shasta Lake headquarters for fishing tackle. Live bait available. Call us for the latest fishing information. ...more
 
Plumas Pines Resort
3000 Almanor Dr West
Canyon Dam, CA 95923
530-864-3328
http://www.plumaspinesresort.com
A seasonal lakefront resort on beautiful Lake Almanor. A perfect place for summertime fun. Amenities include; cabins, marina, restaurant and bar, RV park & boat...more

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