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Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

Weekly Fishing Report 05/25/14 -06/01/15

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

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Battle Creek Reservior -- Kastmasters and worms always do well here, so these would be good choices to start out your day.  Check special regulations here. Make sure to check the weather.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Baum Lake -- Expect more good fishing here with some cloud cover, which will help with mre hatches which are going off before the sun is high.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Bucks Lake -- The lake is full and water temperatures around 40 which makes it perfect for fishing, and there were lots of boats out.  Two anglers caught 5 Rainbow and 1 very large Brown Trout on Saturday, while another got an 8-pound, 7 ounce Mackinaw.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Cassel Forebay --  Power Bait, worms, and eggs are good go to baits.  There is always more pressure on the weekends, but there should be plenty of fish for everyone. An overcast sky should also help the bite here.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News 


Eagle Lake -- Opens on May 23 to Dec. 31 with one ramp.  Anglers are allowed to keep two fish per day with a total of four in possession.  

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Frenchmen Lake -- Lake is at 37-percent capacity. Fishing for shore anglers and trollers has been excellent all week. Brian Weber of Fremont caught a limit of 18- to 20-inch rainbows near the dam from shore with marshmallow/salmon egg combos and orange PowerBait. The areas around the boat docks seem to be providing excellent results.

-Courtesy of myoutdoorbuddy.com


Keswick Reservoir --Fishing has been tough due to the colored water coming out of Shasta Lake. Since these fish hold in deep water and swirly conditions, the dark water really mitagates chances. We think better conditions will evolve in the spring.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Lake Almanor -- With thunderstorms and snow flurries, almost every afternoon, there wasn't much action here.  The Bass spawn should last until the next full moon, so, if some high pressure systems come through fishing should be good again.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Lewiston Lake -- Trout ranging from 14 to 19 inches can be fooled into going to a better place by trolling with a Sep's dodger with a threaded nightcrawler trailed behind or a wedding ring combination tipped with a piece of nightcrawler. Shore fisherman try using a white power egg and salmon egg combo, or a nightcrawler tipped with a power egg. Best places to fish from shore are the southern dock below the marina and the shore line above the marina. If you have any difficulties see Craig at Pine Cove Marina. I was out two days last week and caught 31 fish with clients…not bad!

-Courtesy of myoutdoorbuddy.com


Manzanita Lake -- Rainbow and Brown Trout have been active earlier this year with the warmer water temperatures.  Fish the shoreline and structure for better action.  Remember that this is a catch-and-release, single hook, artificial lure only lake.  Remember to check Lassen Park's special regulations for this lake. Fishing has been fair for some and great for others. The Callibaetis are just starting to become active.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


McCloud Reservior -- The reservoir sees very little pressure here and the fishing is fine. Check out the waters near the northern portion of the lake for Trout.  Your best chances occur midday up near where the upper McCloud comes into the lake.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Shasta Lake -- Fishing was fair for one to four Browns, but the bite stops about 9 am.  Then try to find some Rainbows using Apexs, Wiggle Hoochies and even threaded nightcrawlers. Look for some kind of vertical structure and shade pockets for bass.  Topwater baits of all types are working early and late.  During the day throw Senkos and worms in Shad patterns.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Trinity Lake -- With all the water they are dumping now the water has muddied up.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Whiskeytown Reservoir -- More Kokes are showing up, but there are a lot of bait stealers of the 8-inch variety around.  Troll in 25 to 80 feet to find 12- to 13-inch Kokes, that are fat and healthy. There has been no pressure here at all.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Fall River -- The Fly Shop in Redding rated the fishing good this past week. There are lots of big Rainbows, and good hatches along the upper river, the lower section is also starting to produce.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News/The Fly Shop

 

Feather River -- 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. 

-Courtesy of myoutdoorbuddy.com


Klamath River -- The upper Klamath river is flowing at a respectable 2400cfs and the steelhead action has been great. There are lots of half pounders or 14" to 20" fish in the system with guides reporting "all you want" action. 

-Courtesy of usafishing.com


Lower Sacramento River -- Releases out of Keswick Reservoir are 3042 cfs. Water conditions are muddy brown. Not say'n one can't get tight to rainbows in these conditions. More than once we've been plesantly surprised. But, it's just not right for us to dish out a good report on this river for now. What's the prognosis? From a water color angle, it's going to be months before we see clear water conditions. When will the fishing improve is another story. Keep checking back. Safe to say, we are looking at at least a week before anyone decides to check the fishing out. Maybe then we'll have a better report. Better days ahead. Hang in there.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


McCloud River -- River conditions are excellent, and so is the Brown and Rainbow Trout fishing, thanks to all the hatches. Look for rising fish before jumping in.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Pit River -- Water conditions are good, and with plenty of hatches going off, the fishing has been great. This is a go-to river in the springtime, but expect some company at the popular spots.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Trinity River -- It's been slower here due to all the releases which have increased flows.

-Courtesy of myoutdoorbuddy.com


Upper Hat Creek -- These waters are spring fed, so the drought should not impact it, and water conditions are great. Worms, eggs, and lures all work well here.  Fishing is at it's best early before the sun gets high in the sky, and then right at sunset. The Power House No. 2 Riffle has been hot, but expect to share the water.

 

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Upper Sacramento -- Conditions are still on the big side along the lower half of this river. Around 2,000 cfs. Best fishing can be found up near Dunsmuir where more favorable water conditions exist. Our long range prediction is the fishing can be fair at best, but prepare to contend with high water. Can be dangerous during and just after rains.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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