Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association
Weekly Fishing Report 5/14/2013-5/21/2013
Baum Lake – Nothing major is happening out on Baum Lake, but reports indicate that fishing has been consistently good. The weather conditions are calm and lots of rainbows are occupying the lake. It seems that after 2:00 PM most of the trout do not bit as much. It is recommended to use fly midges for the best results. Courtesy of The Fly Shop.
Fall River – At the moment, fishing is fair although some fishermen report a string of good catches. Expect better conditions to come sometime around June. If you are fishing Fall River, the best areas currently are above Island Drive.
Feather River – The river is flowing nicely and there are strippers all up and down the water from Shanghai Falls. Shads are also appearing in small amounts. Courtesy of Johnsons Bait & Tackle. & FishKevinBrock.
Frenchman’s Lake – Despite the shifting weather conditions currently, fishing on the lake has produced good catches from boat and the shore. Once again, lots of fishermen report using nightcrawlers and powerbait for the best results. For stream fishing, it is advised to use Panther Martin lures. Courtesy of The Wiggins Trading Post
Hat Creek – Given how early it is in the season, fishing has only been alright to fair. As the season continues and when more hatches happen, expect better reports to come in.
Keswick Reservoir – Fishing is currently not advised due to exceedingly poor conditions, mainly the fluctuating flows given off by Shasta Dam. Expect better results in June. Courtesy of The Fly Shop.
Klamath River – Great fishing! Bring plenty of salmon fly dries and you’ll be bringing in plenty of smaller Steelhead as well as some 16” Steelhead. River conditions are, for the most part, excellent even if the flow is a bit high. Great choice for a leisurely day-trip. Courtesy of The Fly Shop..
Lake Almanor – Not much has changed since last week. Water conditions have stabilized and are somewhere around 50 degrees which, when coupled with the abundance of aquatic spring hatches, has made a great time fishing for Salmon, Bows, and Browns. There have been occasional wind gusts, but most fishermen report catching a fair amount. Courtesy of Almanor Fishing Adventures
Lake Davis – Water and weather conditions are perfect for the season and most of the fish have been holding between 5 and 8 feet. There have been a great deal of Callibaetis but not a lot of fish have been going for them. Overall, Lake Davis is a good choice at the moment. For best results use wiggle tailed attractors. Courtesy of Fly Fish with Don
Lake McCumber – This lake is still a very fun choice for a fly fishing excursion. With Callibaetis still coming off there are plenty of brown trout and rainbows ready to be caught. Using a midge patterns or pheasant tail nymph in either a stripping, retrieving, or suspending fashion is prone to get great catches. Overall, the lake is just right! Courtesy of The Fly Shop
Lake Oroville – Action remains steady at Lake Oroville for bass at around 30 feet using jigs, shaky head, dart head and drop shot worms. The water level has been dropped but that has not affected the bite whatsoever. Courtesy of My Outdoor Buddy
Lewiston Lake – Most rainbows caught have been somewhere between 14” and 16”, but there are reports of some as big as 20”! So fishing has been fantastic! Most of the catches have been done by Woolly Buggers.
Manzanita Lake – Still too early in the season for a productive day on the lake, expect better conditions sometime in June. Some fishermen think Manzanita’s season will start early, so perhaps in two weeks. Courtesy of The Fly Shop
McCloud River – Reports have been mixed with some saying fishing has been great while others say fishing has only been fair. However, you should expect good results given how the mayflies are just starting to come off so don’t be afraid to head on down and enjoy the perfect weather.
Pit River – The Pit River has been an on/off river with some portions having good results and others only fair. Spring runoff has made conditions difficult, but you should expect the entire river to become a more viable fishing option in the coming weeks. If you know the Pit then you should be fine, but if you are inexperienced it is advised to not go on it currently. Courtesy of The Fly Shop.
Sacramento River (Lower) – With improved conditions the Lower Sac is once again a great place to go fishing and relax with friends and family. A highly recommended option if other streams and lakes are not producing the results you like. Courtesy of The Fly Shop.
Sacramento River (Upper) – Morning fishing has still had the best results, especially up in the Dunsmuir area. Expect the bites to die off around mid-day. Using Mercer's Golden Stone Flush Floater in the late day can sometimes produce fair to good catches. Courtesy of The Fly Shop.
Shasta Lake – Fishing as, for the most part, has been great! Best results are coming in from the Dry Creek area. Hummdingers and Wiggle Hoochies have been good at reaching the lower depth salmon who drop down during the mid-day. Shoreline bass fishing has improved as well, and should improve even more as the weather warms even more. Courtesy of Sacriver Guide
Trinity Lake – No current fishing report, however good news: March through June are the favorite months for experienced bass anglers there. The lake has good populations of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. It also holds the California record for small mouth bass! A dredger piles at the head of the lake, as well as other structures found in the coves and points throughout the lake provide excellent bass fishing for most of the year. Spring always provides the hottest action, as both species move into the shoreline to spawn. Courtesy of Fish Trinity Lake
Trinity River – With higher flows making fishing difficult, do not expect great results to come out of Trinity right now. Fishing here is not advised and better conditions should come later in the summer season. Courtesy of The Fly Shop.
Whiskeytown Lake – The fishing conditions has been improving, producing Kokes around twelve inches, indicating even better-sized fish as the summer months go on. Expect more reports as the summer months continue. Courtesy of Fishing Notes.com
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