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Fishing Report

Week of: January 16, 2017

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

2016 - 2017 Fishing Regulations and info: 


 Current Planting: 



Baum Lake -- Some trout action seen here, but anglers are few and the weather is cold, rainy and snow, too.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Bucks Lake -- Marina is closed for the season.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Eagle Lake –  Season ended Dec. 31st.  Re-opens in April.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Fall River -- Season ended on November 15.  


Hat Creek  -- Season ended on November 15.  

Manzanita Lake –  Check the regulations for this lake.  Try a #18 non-beaded Pheasant Tail Nymph slowly retrieved on a floating line, or Airflo STREAMER MAX Sink Tip Line. Small #20 Midge patterns suspended under a small indicator should also work. Hunt the edges of the weeds and along shadows. Retrieving buggers and or leeches is a well known solution to tricking the more aggressive fish that hold in the weeds and deeper sections.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Lake Almanor -- Snow and rain hit hard with over 2 feet of snow on the ground.  Boat ramps are iced over.  Few fishermen are out.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Lake 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 was slow with few anglers on the water due to rains.


 McCloud Reservoir

People are catching browns and rainbows. Go deep for the browns. Kastmasters and Little Cleo’s should work well. Jig deep with Buzz Bombs. And, there’s always Rainbow PowerBait. Try Pautzke’s eggs. It’s a fish’s natural instinct to pick up eggs. It seems olive is the color for throwing and trolling flies. Wooley buggers and a Leach patterns work very well (my favorite method). Usually, in the mornings and evenings if you throw a small Adams or a Griffith's Gnat, you'll have a lot of fun with the top water action.

 -Courtesy of MyOutdoorBuddy.com

McCloud River - Season ended November 15.

Pit River - Few anglers are out due to rain and snow. 

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Trout fishing below Keswick Dam remains good for fly fishermen using Caddis bird's nests or cinnamon pupas.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Shasta Lake  -- Bass fishing remains fair on swimbaits like Osprey and Huddleston off the main points, while trout fishing has been fair at the marinas.  Lots of rain falling this week and the lake level is rising, now down about 40 feet, up about 5 feet this week!

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Trinity Lake -- Locals are catching a few largemouth and smallmouth bass, but the highways to the lake are icy.  Travel, especially for those anglers towing boats, is not advised.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Trinity River -- The steelhead are starting arrive. Water level is at 300 CFS this week. The Late Fall and Winter months are best for steelhead fishing. Conditions during steelhead season are much colder, so layer up, and get ready to catch those beautiful, giant steelhead! 

-Courtesy of Sac River Guide


Whiskeytown Lake -- A few anglers are catching largemouth and smallmouth bass on light tackle with plastic worms.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Guides, Reports, Gear, Forecasts, Flows:

Marble Mountain Guest Ranch


Phil's Propeller

Sac River Guide

Ted Fay Fly Shop

The Fly Shop

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