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Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

Weekly Fishing Report 04/13/14 -04/20/15

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Baum Lake -- The action has been steady with the good weather for mostly rainbows, but also a few brown trout.  Now that it has cooled off, so have the hatches.  As soon as it warms back up, so will the hatches and bite.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Bucks Lake -- The lake is full and the fishing and wather have been great. There was snow this past week though.  Before that, they were catching German Browns, Mackinaw, and Rainbow Trout. 

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Eagle Lake -- Closed for the season on Dec. 31.  It will re-open on Saturday of Memorial weekend.

-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 -- There are still some trout in the shallows, but you'll have to sort through all the small mouth bass to get them.  Farther offshore, both rainbows and brown trout are on tap along with a few salmon.

-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


McCloud Reservior -- This reservoir sees very little pressure. so there aren't a lot of reports.  With little or no pressure here, 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 -- The lake has been in transition and the trout bite backed off all around the lake.  All that is needed, though, are a few days of consistent warm weather so the bait will show up, and it will get going. In the main body, near Jones Valley ramp fish all of the points for bass in all stages of their spawn.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Trinity Reservoir -- The Trout fishing was slow with no fish marked in the usual Trout holes.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Whiskeytown Reservoir -- Not quite ready yet. No boats have been seen on it and the one 4.5 hour trip produced not a single bite.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Fall River -- Fall River opens to fishing on the last Saturday in April and remains open through November 15.


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


Hat Creek -- Hat Creek opens to fishing on the last Saturday in April and remains open through November 15.


Klamath River -- The upper Klamath river is flowing at a respectable 1800cfs and the steelie 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 -- McCloud River opens to fishing on the last Saturday in April and remains open through November 15.

Pit River -- Both the fishing and water conditions have been but a few days are needed for the waters to clean up again.  A few March browns are showing up before the weather cooled down.  Most of the fishing pressure has been at Pit no. 3, so also check out Pit no. 4 and 5.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Trinity River -- The springers are now showing up in the upper river from Big Bar all the way to Lewiston. The salmon weighing from 8 to 15 pounds can be caught using a tuna/roe combination. Kastmasters and Blue Fox spinners are also working. The key to catching the piscatorial delights is to fish very early in the morning. I mean early or late in the evening.

-Courtesy of myoutdoorbuddy.com


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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