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Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

Weekly Fishing Report 12/15/14 -12/22/14

Please check the 2014-2015 freshwater sport fishing regulations and recent Trout Plants

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Upper Sacramento -- The Winter Months on the Upper Sac provides some great late-season opportunities for die-hard trout anglers. The mornings and evenings are often cold in the narrow river canyon, but midday sunshine can warm the river up and provide some good action on nymphs and streamers for some of the river's bigger fish holding in the deeper pools. And anglers fishing the Upper Sac in the winter months should always be prepared with a few blue-winged olive dry flies, as overcast afternoons can have some memorable Baetis mayfly hatches.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Keswick Reservoir -- Fishing has been good! This spot is sort of a secret spot. Not too many anglers venture up into the top of this reservoir where moving water is found, just like a river. In fact, it is a river! Big rainbow trout are caught here. These fish will eat #12 Birds Nests, Midge patterns in black ranging in size from #12-18. Stripping buggers on fast sinking lines near the very end of the moving water can get you tight to the elusive, giant brown trout that are found here. 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


Feather River -- There are some kings being caught here at the bottom, middle and upper ends of the river. Down low, the anchor crowd at the color line at Verona has been seeing slow to decent fishing, deepening on the day while fishing K15’s and spinners. Anchor anglers fishing plugs above Shanghai Falls are also seeing a few spurts of fish moving at first light. Up around Thermalito, there are some dark springers and a few moderately bright fall fish but the flows are low, warm and grassy and it’s mostly a crack of dawn type of deal. 

-Courtesy of fishwithjd.com


Trinity River -- The winter run of steelhead start to show as early as Thanksgiving, with fresh fish migrating upriver throughout the rest of the winter season. The majority of these winter fish are wild, and the average size of the steelhead generally gets progressively larger later into the winter months. Water temperatures are considerably colder, so the steelhead are less likely to move for traditional fly patterns and dead-drifting nymphs is the preferred method for hooking Trinity River Steelhead from November through February.  

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Frenchmen Lake --  Fall fishing is getting off to a great start here at Frenchman Lake. A man from Graeagle caught two 18 to 20 inch rainbows from his kayak while trolling flashers and powerbait. While he was fishing he saw 3 fly fishermen catching some nice sized rainbows near Frenchman boat launch. Another man from Reno, a regular at Frenchman Lake and often mentioned in this fishing report, caught 4 rainbows totaling 9 lbs (1 fish weighed 3.07 lbs!). He was bank fishing from the dam with nightcrawlers.

-Courtesy of Wiggin's Trading Post

 

Lower Sacramento River -- Fall is a special time of year on the Lower Sacramento River. The nights begin to cool, the colors start to change, and the fishing for trout and steelhead is at its peak. Starting in September, the water starts to recede from the high flows of summer, and shortly thereafter first of the Fall run of Chinook Salmon begin to arrive. As salmon begin to lay their eggs in the tailouts - usually by the first week in October - fat hungry Rainbow Trout move into the shallows as well to gorge themselves on the eggs and aquatic insects kicked up by the spawning Salmon. There are still caddis hatching in the evenings, and on slightly overcast days in October and November we can see some good Baetis hatches, too.

One of the biggest highlights of the fall season is the arrival of Steelhead in the lower reaches of the river, from Anderson down to Los Molinos. These lower floats take you through some beautiful, rural countryside decorated by monstrous valley oaks and pock-marked by molten rock left over from the region's volcanic past. When our guides drift this lower river they will frequently hook into one or two of these angry brutes in a day (although landing them is often an entirely different story!), along with the healthy resident rainbows that the Lower Sac is famous for.

-Courtesy of the Fly Shop

 

Hat Creek -- The Fall Season on Hat Creek is a favorite time of year on the creek for locals. Other North State Rivers get most of the attention and angling traffic, so it's not uncommon to have Hat Creek entirely to yourself to enjoy the morning Trico Hatches. Caddisflies are common during the evening rise, and there are even a few of the giant October Caddis to get the bigger fish in the creek excited. Dry fly opportunities abound, while dead-drifting nymphs – or even suspending dropper nymphs below big attractor dry flies – can also be quite productive.

On overcast days, there can be some phenomenal blue-winged olive hatches. These tiny mayflies respond to changes in barometric pressure, and hatch whenever a storm front moves through the area, stimulating some great midday dry fly action on all of our regional streams, including Hat Creek. For a real challenge, try to trick the finicky trout that live in Hat Creek's most demanding section of technical water: the clear, smooth micro-currents of Carbon Flats.

-Courtesy of the Fly Shop


Lake Almanor --  In between storms, check out Lake Cove since it has been providing some great trolling slow action on nighcrawler rigs.  Rec. 2 has been a good spot for suspending roe and throwing jigs. 

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Klamath River -- The so-called "middle Klamath" is the rugged, remote section of the river starting at Weitchpec and running upstream through Somes Bar, Orleans, Happy Camp, and the Seiad Valley. Highway 96 paralells the river through much of this section. There's a lot of fantastic steelhead water in this section of the Klamath, and not much angling traffic. In fact, our friends at the Marble Mountain Ranch are located smack dab in the middle of all of it, and usually have the river to themselves from early October through November.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Baum Lake -- This will continue to be a good option, especially since other bodies of water have closed.  Try to fish early and late when the sun is not high. More rain will also bring more hatches and consistent fishing.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Eagle Lake -- Fishing here should continue to be a good until the close of the season on Dec. 31, but the shallow bite close in has a smaller window now.  The dock at the south end has been pulled, so only smaller boats can get in and out. 

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Fall River -- Closed for the season.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Lewiston Lake -- Fishing has been fair to good. Best reports are generated by anglers fishing early in the mornings. Fishing #16 Pheasant Tail Nymphs or #16 Black A.P.s has been the most productive techniques. Retrieving leeches on full sinking on a sinking line is also a productive method of angling with a fly rod on Lewiston. Lewiston is known for it's big, bad bows. Best fishing happens mid day.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Whiskeytown Reservoir -- The lake and ramps are in great shape and the kokanee fishing has been good for fish from 13 to 16 inches.  Troll a pink Apex behind a Sling Blade in the channel at the bridge or the coldwater curtain.  Try an Uncle Larrys spinner, with pink and white beads, tipped with shoepeg sweet corn, the long kernel corn you can get in the grocery store.  You have to keep the hooks tipped with corn, so if you aren't getting a hit, check to see if your corn is gone.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Shasta Lake -- You'll find bass scattered throughout the lake chasing the scattered bait.  Bass fishing has been good on reaction baits in the top 15 feet.  Trout are also on top, so toplining has also been good.  Waters are warmer than usual, so expect a good bite until the temperatures drop to 55 degrees and then just fish a little deeper.  Due to rain, the water is a little more off colored.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Pit River -- This is another food option as fishing continues to be consistent, but rains muddy up numbers 4 and 5, so try No. 3 first.  Fishing has been good, but usual, you'll need to move around to find the cleaner water.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


McCloud River -- Closed for the season.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Upper Hat Creek -- Closed for the season.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Boca Lake -- The lake is at 21.8 percent capacity.  The inlet was holding browns staging for the spawn and some nice Macks.  Mountain Hardware and Sports recommended using a bobber/worm or a nymph/indicator.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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