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Shasta Cascade Fishing Report

Week of: August 16, 2017

(If there is no new reports, the previous report remains)

Please check 2016-17 freshwater sport fishing regulations and recent Trout Plants:

2016 - 2017 Fishing Regulations and info:


 Current Planting:  



Baum Lake -- Trout fishing remain good with stocking from nearby hatchery.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Bucks Lake -- DeWitt Henderson at the marina said warm weather has heated up the lake and trout fishing has been slow.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Eagle Lake -- Trout fishing remains slow with anglers only getting a few bites each day, said guide Ron Beck

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Fall River -- Fly anglers are scoring trout on caddis, may flies, PMDs and calibetis flies.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Feather River -- The Feather River has been producing some nice striped bass.  Using live bait is best bet for these tough fighting fish. They are quite feisty so they are lots of fun to fish for and catch. Weather is great. Lots of fish hitting and brought home some nice fish! Ranging in size from 4 pound to 12 pound bass.  ATTENTION : Salmon fishing will start July 16th, 2017 on the Feather River. 

-Courtesy of Sac River Guide


Hat Creek -- Still lots of water running high and slowing the trout fishing.

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Keswick Lake -- Suspending Bird's Nests, midge patterns and Pseudo Mays under indicators will work well. Suspended your nymphs under an indicator. Use BB shot to sink your nymphs when fishing the edges of the swirly water found in the upper reservoir. Look for the fish in the slower swirls along the edges above Crystal Creek. The key is moving up into the moving water section of Keswick. Fishing the eddies next to the banks, between boulders, where it's shallow can be productive. Stay low Fishing a Deep-7 on a 7-weight fly rod, stripping buggers has been productive. Updated:  02/09/17

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Klamath River -- Iron Gate releases have fallen below 2,000 CFS for the first time since February. We heard from some who fished up above Copco getting grabs on rubberlegs, but the Salmonfly hatch is probably done for the season. You may be able to entice a grab up top, but you'll probably be better off fishing one of our other streams for dry action. Hat Creek and the McCloud are on right now, the Upper Sac is dropping in as I type this.Fishing egg patterns in orange, pink or champagne get's fly rods bent. Suspend your egg patterns under rubber legs, 3-D nymphs should get you into fish. Fly rods from 6wt to 7wt are perfect in lengths of 9' to 9'.5. Switch rods are popular and make casting very easy. Spey rods fit in well on the Klamath river. 

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Lake Almanor -- Slow troll nightcrawlers and Gulp! baits in water between 40 and 55 feet deep for trout action.  Anglers are catching smallmouth, German browns, rainbows and some small salmon.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Lake Oroville -- A few decent 4-5 pound Steelhead have been caught in the high flow section of the Feather River using night crawlers with the additives of Pro-Cure Anise and hot pink bait oil according to Craig Bentley at Huntington’s Sportsman’s Store in Oroville. 

 The Afterbay has been slow but the action is steady at Lake Oroville for bass at around 30 feet using jigs, shaky head, dart head and drop shot worms. Also there has been a wide open bite on 10-12 inch land-locked Coho Salmon on just about any offering with minnows a good bet. With the Coho bite being so active using swimbaits for bass may entice a big one to bite. It just might be worth a try.

-Courtesy of MyOutdoorBuddy.com


Lewiston Lake -- Trout fishing is good with lots of limits taken on Power Baits and trolled spinners, as the lake flow level has dropped a little.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Lower Sacramento River -- Lower Sacramento River trout fishing is good to excellent. We are catching Rainbows and steelhead, incredible numbers. Non- stop action, with several double hook ups. Fishing from the Redding area down to Anderson. For fly fishing, best flies have been Pheasant tails, Birds Nest, Hogans SM, and Blue wing olives. Our spin fisherman have been doing well using small green corky.  

-Courtesy of Sac River Guide


Manzanita Lake –  The lake is fishing well, they aren't too picky right now with the recent ice-out. The Callibaetis will be coming off soon and fish are definitely grabbing leeches and Woolley Buggers. The ramp and park still have snow so be careful getting in and out. Pay attention to the special regulations here, especially where you can and can't fish. Barbless hooks, artificial lures, catch and release. Make sure you inquire at the park entrance. (This report date: 5/20/17)

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


McCloud River - Flows are great up top on the McCloud with a release of about 270 CFS from the lake. Golden Stones are ovipositing up by Ash Camp and daily the caddis hatch continues to pick up steam elsewhere on the river. Look for them to line up their bombing runs late in the day and tie on a big Chubby Chernobyl. Fish the glassy water and pockets. Splat it in there, finesse . Green Drakes further down can be on the fishes' menu on cloudy days. Some large brown trout have been hooked on sculpin patterns. The McCloud will be a great destination through the summer.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Pit River - Areas 4 and 5 are still too high for fishing, but some trout action has been posted in area No. 3, even though this water is a little high too. 

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Shasta Lake  -- Rainbow trout and salmon fishing on Shasta Lake is fantastic! RED HOT FISHING. Limits. Catching Rainbow trout and Landlock King salmon, trolling, using shad pattern lures, 80 ft to 120 ft.deep.  Nice size fish, many over 5 pounds. Water level is excellent. Early mornings and late afternoons are best. Rainbow trout fishing has really taken off this, limits daily. getting into some really large fish, catching some monster fish on Shasta Lake right now. Several huge Brown trout caught, monster fish. Spotted bass fishing and Small mouth bass fishing is excellent. Fishing on Lake Shasta has been producing limits of bass.  The Sacramento Arm has been the best area of the Lake. Using Mud Pie tube worms and Watermelon Tube worms are the best bet to produce the most fish. Sizes range from 1 to 4 pound bass, with occasional 5 pound or larger. Presentation must be very slow, focusing on the coves at 20 to 50 ft..  Sunny weather is a plus for picking up large numbers of bass at Shasta.

-Courtesy of SacRiverGuide.com


Trinity Lake -- Fishing remains about the same as it has been for weeks, with bass action fair on the upper lake rocky areas, and trout action posted on trolled lures 20 to 40 feet deep in the lower lake areas.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Whiskeytown Lake -- Whiskeytown Creek arm is producing good kokanee action on pink Hoochies with a pink RGT inside was the combo working really well.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Guides and Information(Click Name for more info): 


Marble Mountain Guest Ranch

Sac River Guide

The Fly Shop

Phil's Propeller

Ted Fay Fly Shop

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