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Shasta Cascade Fishing Report

Week of: September 25, 2017

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

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Baum Lake -- We've heard from a few anglers that Baum Lake is still fishing well. Caddis, PMD's, Baetis, midges and Tricos should all be coming off daily. Look for noses poking up and post up well above your pod of fish for your best chances of hooking up. Don't forget to swing leeches or Buggers. They regularly release some giant brood fish, so don't be surprised when you are reeling in backing after one of these toads takes you for a ride. Try fishing one of Jay Fair's Burnt Orange Wiggle Tails or Zack's Swimming Leech on a Cortland Clear Camo Intermediate Fly Line.  This east side venue is a worthwhile spot to cast your next fly. Bring your pontoon boat, pram, driftboat or float tube. Get on the water early for best dry fly chances throwing #18 Adams or BWO patterns. Fish midge nymphs mid day.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Bucks Lake -- providing some excellent fishing opportunities is Buck’s Lake also in Plumas County. Kokanee are reported to be stacking up in many areas such as the Buck’s Creek inlet. Also very active in the inlet area are brown trout that have begun to stage for spawning. Males are very active and showing off to the females (it happens in all species). They are voraciously attacking caddis and callibaetis hatches. This is an excellent time to visit this beautiful mountain lake, as trollers and fly fisherman alike can enjoy some fine fishing prospects.

-Courtesy of MyOutdoorBuddy


Eagle Lake -- Best fishing has been higher in the water column.  This week we are having luck on Fire Tiger, brook trout and gold/orange, blue/nickel Rapala’s, flicker shad, some Rebels, and some needlefish and speedy shiners (red/gold and blue/nickel).  The good old Sure Catch Red Dog (med double jointed) has kicked into gear this week too!! The red/gold buoyant is also still producing for me and the purple/green back has picked up a few the last few days.  We picked up our first fishes since the first week of July on a Jay Fair topline with a tui chub minnow fly and a few more on the cinnamon leech.  It wasn’t the hot rod but it was good for a couple of fish the last few days.  Once the fly stopped getting attention I ran a brook trout rapala off the same line which landed the biggest fish of the day.

-Courtesy of eaglelakefishing.net


Fall River -- October and November also don't get much attention from anglers, but have great hatches of tiny Tricos and Baetis mayflies, and larger Callibaetis mayflies, too. Trout will consistently feed on a variety of dry flies, nymphs, and even slowly swung wet flies or streamers throughout the course of a fishing day. Fall River regulars don't talk much about the fall season, mainly because they don't want everyone to know how good the fishing can be at that late time of year.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Feather River -- The Feather River fishing report for king salmon fishing is up and down. Most salmon are being caught out of outlet which has lots of boats and 100 bank fishermen.   If you are into boat banging try it out, we are not fans of large crowds. We have been focusing on the Sac River for salmon and doing just as well or better, with less pressure on the water.  For less crowds, stay on the Sacramento River. Striped Bass Fishing - Feather River Bass Fishing- The Feather River was producing nice striped bass. The bass fishing starting to slow as we move into summer. A few fish will follow the salmon up river so we may see a few stripers caught during salmon season. 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. Ranging in size from 4 pound to 12 pound bass. 

-Courtesy of SacRiverGuide.com


Hat Creek -- With all of the attention on other waters Hat Creek should be on your list of places to go. The warmer temps have the caddis coming off in the lower reaches above Lake Britton, so swinging a Bird's Nest or cinnamon Poopah will get the job done. Daily Trico spinner falls have the fish sipping in the mornings up on the flats. Swinging leeches will round out your day. Go have some fun! Swinging leeches and streamers is a proven technique anytime on Hat Creek. The flat waters below the Power House Riffle can offer a chance to cast dry flies to rising fish. As a matter of fact, just throw dries to see what happens! Get on this river early and then again late if you want to find the biggest fish. 

- 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 -- With the releases below 1,000 CFS from Iron Gate the upper Klamath should be in good shape soon. We haven't had any reports, but some half-pounders should be showing up soon with the overall flows dropping throughout the drainage. It won't be long before this river will have some adults to chase. The Fly Shop's® Tips: 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 -- Cooler weather is settling in and fishing is a little tougher now.  Target the popular areas of Peninsula, Rec fishermen are picking up fish at Hamilton Branch and there were a few fish caught at Geritol.  Floating nightcrawlers, eggs, Power Bait or crickets are all good choices.

-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 remains very good with most anglers posting limits of trout on Power Baits and trolled red or gold spoons-type lures.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Sacramento River -- Sacramento River salmon fishing is improving daily. 4 to 10 salmon being caught a day now. The salmon are here. Seeing limits. Size of salmon is averaging 10  to 15 pounds, with a few salmon 25 pounds plus. More salmon are arriving every day. Fishing all Northern areas of the Sacramento River, the King salmon are heading upriver, so the upper sections of the Sacramento River, above Sacramento Ca, have larger numbers of fish congregating in deep holes, with higher success of catching these beautiful Chinook King salmon, as seen below. Techniques used are back trolling Flat fish lures and bouncing roe. 

-Courtesy of Sac River Guide


Manzanita Lake -- We've had some reports of some good numbers of smaller fish being taken lately. Fish are taking midges and some small Baetis patterns. A good tactic to try during the warm summer months is to fish a leech pattern on an intermediate line. 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. The Fly Shop's® Tips: 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. Taper your leaders to 5x or 6x. Using a float tube or a pontoon boat, paddle out into the lake and look along the edges for cruising rainbows and browns. Airflo STREAMER MAX Sink Tip Line is a perfect line for retrieving and stripping Pheasant tail nymphs. Bring a float-tube so you can get out and cast towards the bank. It's tough to position your presentation from the shore. Too many obstacles to throw that back cast into. and Callibeeotis. Use a floating line and leader tapered to 6x with a bead head PT with a very, very, very slow retrieve. Fish will find your nymph and take it, but don't set the hook! Just lift and let line out until you can bend the rod without first breaking the fish off. 

-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 - Area #3 remains the best area for fly fishermen, but areas 4 and 5 are still too high for any trout catches. 

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Shasta Lake  -- Trout and Salmon fishing time on Lake Shasta. Shasta lake has been the best we have ever seen for big rainbows  we've been catching limits for the last  two months.  Fish are averaging 1 to 5 pounds, 15 to 24 inches, All trout are being caught 100 to 125 ft. deep. Brown trout we have been catching around  80 feet.  My boat alone caught 14 Brown trout this year,  the biggest 6 pounds. The king salmon have been tough to find but when we get them they are big. 150 ft. on the depth.  For Bass fishing, top water, using Ricos and Poppers have been the best on the Pit Arm. Worms are still working well also. Really big fish being caught now, see pictures below. Catching monster fish. Lots of large fish, over 5 pounds. Catching a few beautiful Brown trout. Pro guide Captain Kirk is the Master at catching huge Browns on Shasta Lake.

-Courtesy of SacRiverGuide.com


Trinity Lake -- Few anglers have been on the water with most avoiding the lake during the recent brush fires.  There are more hunters than fishermen out in the field.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Trinity River -- The Trinity River flows are 1,100 CFS.  Salmon fishing this year for 2017 season will be open until August 31, 2017. After this date King salmon on the Trinity River will be closed for the remainder of the year. There will be other rivers open to salmon fishing . The Trinity River water flows are lower now and picking up a few a salmon. One salmon per boat has been the average, ranging in size from 10 to 15 lbs. Trinity Lake has been fishing well for Kokanee salmon , limits of fish most days. We will be fishing the Trinity River on and off throughout the year, as we approach these warm spring months for trout, as water levels allow. JUST AROUND THE CORNER - Prime months for steelhead fishing are October to February. 

- Courtesy of SacRiverGuide.com


Whiskeytown Lake -- Whiskeytown Kokanee Salmon Fishing is happening. Picking up lots of kokanee salmon, good fishing the last few days. Getting into nice salmon.  Big fish this year which is a great bonus ! Still producing limits they ate really nice fish they are starting to turn a little but very great eating.  Getting fish at 100 feet from the bridge to the dam mid day has been the best. Using bait and lures. Great for the whole family.      

-Courtesy of SacRiverGuide.com


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