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Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

Weekly Fishing Report 08/28/14 -09/04/15

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.  Fishing has been best early in the morning since the waters are warming up. Check special regulations here.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


 Fishing is fair.  Flows are holding steady around 200 cfs. It’s hopper time! Splash them around boulders and along the bank. Cover water to find eager trout. Nymphing with golden stones, attractor beadhead nymphs and caddis pupa are producing good numbers in deep runs, pools and pocket water. Skip the indicator fishing deep with heavy split shot to get the flies down in aerated water. Best of the evening hatch is caddis and yellow sallies with a few PMD’s still around when the sun is off the water. These are strong trout! Use 3X tippet nymphing and 5X tippet on dries with a light hand. Bring a thermometer! If water gets above 70 degrees find cool water. Trout do not revive well in warm water.

-Courtesy of  Fish First


Baum Lake -- Not much has changed here this past week as the water is consistently cold and clear and DFW plants trout by the boat ramp.  Wild Trout, Rainbows, and Brown Trout also reside here, but further down in the lake.  Go early if you want to use dry flies, although some days have been more productive than others.  Generally the bite is best from the early morning until mid-day. 

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Bucks Lake -- Try running watermelon dodgers with Uncle Larrys pink tiger spinners or needlefish spoons for Trout. 

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


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

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News 


Eagle Lake – Bobber fishing continued to be good, starting around 5:30 AM. At the Eagle Nest area anchored in 50 to 70 feet. Or troll in tight to the shoreline between Ronald McDonald Camp heading towards the Eagle Nest homes with Red Dogs, Gold Locks.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Frenchmen Lake -- Lake is at 27-percent capacity. Wiggins Trading Post reports fishing was very slow for trout and fair for catfish. The Frenchman boat ramp and camp grounds were closed due to the low water level.

-Courtesy of


Keswick Reservoir -- Current Reservoir Conditions: Fishing fair to good. There is hardly any pressure on this lake, so fishing reports are sparse, but the rainbows are here, and some go over 22". If you have a motorized boat, go check it out! 

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Lake Almanor -- Bass fishing has been slow, they are dropping the water and the do not like it.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Lake Oroville --Bass bite has tapered. The lake level is dropping and bass are in a slow, post-spawn mode. A few nice bass can be had with top water lures in the main body of the lake or the middle fork. Bass Tackle Depot

-Courtesy of ChicoER/Bass Tackle Depot


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 night crawler trailed behind or a wedding ring combination tipped with a piece of night crawler. Shore fisherman try using a white power egg and salmon egg combo, or a night crawler 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


Manzanita Lake – The fishing has been fair. You can fish from a float tube, pontoon boat, or even a drift boat or raft, but no motors.  There is also plenty of wading access so you can find the shaded coves and undercut banks to look for 
Rainbow and Brown Trout.  Check the regulations for where you can fish and what you can use on this catch and release only lake. 

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


McCloud Reservior -- Fishing is fair to good. Trout have become educated with a spring of fishing pressure. Fish will rise to a well placed dry fly but nymphing will be the most productive at this time. Nymphing early morning with an epoxy back stone and a black AP dropper through pocket water andoxygenated water will get some fish before it gets too hot. Try switching to a sink tip line with a seal bugger and fish the deep pools and runs where fish will hide. As the temps fall in the evening, look for hatches of caddis, sma

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