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                                      Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association  

                                      Weekly Fishing Report 8/15/14 -8/22/14

 

                 Please check the 2014-2015 freshwater sport fishing regulations

                                                 and recent Trout Plants

                                                 http://www.dfg.ca.gov/

 

 

Fall River --- Water conditions are great and the fishing has been good! Enjoy the caddis hatch early in the morning, between 8:00 ~ 9:00 AM, PMDs after 10:00 AM. Callibaetis can be found coming off, fish sipping them off the surface in select spots found lower in the river near the confluence. Olive or black leeches retrieved on a sinking line for the afternoons if you get tired of suspending indicators. Suspending a #18 black midge patterns under a small indicator on long, really long to your backing drifts will increase your chances of finding more than a few rainbows on the end of your fly rod. Try #16-18 Pheasant Tail Nymphs too!   Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Hat Creek --- When rigged up properly, a limit of bows on salmon eggs at Hat Creek isn't a chore. On the other hand, Hat Creek can be intimidating for first timers. Hat Creek has a lot of volume and current and requires a lot of weight to fish it effectively. Oftentimes, the larger rainbows are in the deeper pools protected by swift water. Getting your bait down to the bottom in these areas and underneath overhanging banks is the key to success. While many anglers are successful pitching Gold Label eggs on treble hooks, I prefer single salmon egg hooks. Sure, I use two eggs every time, but one is to smash the egg and add scent to the hook, whereas the other is best kept in its natural state. Targeting Hat isn't rocket science. Most of the fishing pressure occurs in popular campgrounds, picnic areas and day use areas. These are definitely the most heavily stocked sections of the creek, but keep in mind, fish do migrate from these areas, too. Not surprisingly, good fishing comes to anglers willing to walk to less targeted areas and with the amount of public water available locating lesser fished water isn't a daunting task. Hat Creek will be in prime from now through October. In fact, the creek gains trout weekly as Fish and Game starts making bi-weekly plants. Head down to the river with four-pound test, or lighter, for this gin clear water, tie on a single salmon egg hook and grab a few Gold Label Balls O Fire eggs and you, too, will be catching limits in Hat Creek. Courtesy of The Fish Sniffer


Klamath River -- Waiting for better conditions. Fishing is slow. Water is warm. Too warm. Expect better reports in October. Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Whiskeytown Lake--- The lakes and ramps are in good shape. Kokanee fishing has also been great with fish averaging 14 inches and still growing. Troll at 40 to 60 feet with a pink Apex behind a sling blade in the channel at the bridge or try an Uncle Larry's spinner with pink and white beads tipped with toupee corn. Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Frenchmen Lake-- Shore fishing is good at spring creek and at the dam. Boat launching is still good at the main frenchmen ramp. Courtesy of Wiggins Trading Post


Trinity River---  River flows are 424 cfs. Fishing has been fair to good for salmon. Best water conditions are found up in Lewiston, Douglas City and Junction City. Definitely worth the time. Bring you 8 wt and swing for King Salmon that are loitering in some of the pools around Lewiston. For now, the fishing consists of catching King Salmon and Brown Trout. Water temps are warming up below Junction City. The salmon can be caught using Boles Bazookas. The Brown Trout will chase streamers and leeches. Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Manzanita Lake---Fishing is good in the morning hours. On the slow side through the afternoon and then picking up near sunset. No changes for this week. Anglers fishing black midge patterns, suspended under indicators are getting into numbers of fish. Callibaetis are coming off almost daily. Good reports coming from anglers fishing #16 Black A.P.s either suspended under indicators or retrieved slowly. Anglers walking the south edge of the lake can spot rising fish. For those fish rising along the edges of the lake, Callibaetis emergers can work, but sometimes these smart fish will refuse even the best presented imitations. Try ant patterns! 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. Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Sacramento River (Lower)-- Releases out of Keswick Reservoir are around 7,393 CFS as of this writing. Fishing has been fair to good! Bring a good hook set and really pay attention to the indicator. It's really easy to miss your best opportunities. The Lower Sacramento is running cold and it's full of rainbows! Best fishing happens mid day which is typical during the summer. The sweetest time to be on the water is at sunset. Near sunset is also the best time during the summer to find rising fish eating Hydropsyche emergers and cripples. Expect stable conditions and good fishing through August! A few of the hot flies have been #18 Super Flash PTs, TB Peaches & Cream, Bat Wing Emerger, Micro Mayflies in brown and black, #16-18 BH Pheasant Tail Nymphs. Brown Rubber Legs in #6-8 are always good. Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Sacramento River (Upper)--Best fishing is going to be found up near Dunsmuir where the coolest waters can be found. Overall, the fishing is tough once anglers get below Conant Rd. Productive nymph patterns include #18 Gordon's Amber Wing Prince, #16 Brown Micro Mayfly, #8 Brown or Black Rubber Legs. Not too much much dry fly fishing happening, but anglers working the edges of tailouts can bring fish up throwing Fat Alberts, Foam-U-Lators, Golden Stones and Cutter's E/C Caddis. Courtesy of The Fly Shop


McCloud River---  It's still chalky and wading can be tough because visibility is only a couple feet at best. Can't offer up a good report in all fairness. But, the color is perfect by steelhead standards. So with that said, I'd say go and fish #6 black rubber legs, #10-14 black APs. Try red Copper Johns too. I'll bet you'll find fish in the shallow water. The low visibility allows anglers to get close to fish that we otherwise couldn't tough. Why is it chalky? Well, there's a creek aptly named "Mud Creek" that enters the upper McCloud River just as it enters McCloud Reservoir. Mud Creek is doing what it does best, running muddy. The source of the mud is Mt. Shasta. And, it's not mud to be exact, it's volcanic ash. So once the ash is delivered into McCloud Reservoir, the ash settles to the bottom, slowly drifting to the dam where it exits via the vent at the bottom of the dam. That vent is where the lower McCloud we all love starts. You see, the glacier on the south side of Mt. Shasta, known as Konwakiton glacier, is melting in a hurry due to a skinny or even non-existent layer of snow/ice. As the glacier recedes, the run-off from the melting glacier carves in to newly uncovered ash deposits. It's not like the waters are going to clear anytime in the next week. Courtesy of The Fly Shop


SHASTA LAKE---  A nice batch of rainbow trought have been found 60 to 80 ft down in the channel on the west side  of  Toupee Island in at least 120 ft of water.  Try topwater in the morning and then throw worms and jigs in the afternoon and evening in the shade covers with varying vertical structure during the day. Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Feather River ---  Shad are still being caught around Live oak, but the big story is the nice move by steel head heading up the low flow section. Even better, some of those fish are taking flies on the swim, even red copper Johns, and pressure is low. Most fish have been about 3-4 pounds. Courtesy of Western OutDoor News


Keswick Reservoir--  Fishing is great this week. Water flows out of Shasta are mostly stable and that creates better fishing conditions on Keswick. Right now is the time to go fish Keswick. Not too many anglers go fishing here. You should have the place to yourself! Since you need a motorized boat to fish the best water, most anglers are found on the Lower Sacramento that flows out of the dam that creates Keswick. Stripping buggers and leeches has been the top technique. Nymphs work best if fished along the edges of the boulders and eddies that are typical of the upper section near the dam. For a different experience, go check this place out. It's fun. Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Pit River--- It continues to fish well all day long. Try # 3, but don't forget to check out pit 4 and 5. Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Trinity River --River flows are 424 cfs. Fishing has been fair to good for salmon. Best water conditions are found up in Lewiston, Douglas City and Junction City. Definitely worth the time. Bring you 8 wt and swing for King Salmon that are loitering in some of the pools around Lewiston. For now, the fishing consists of catching King Salmon and Brown Trout. Water temps are warming up below Junction City. The salmon can be caught using Boles Bazookas. The Brown Trout will chase streamers and leeches. Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Lake Almanor--- The moon phase darkens and night time feeding opportunities become more difficult. Surface temps are cool for August, currently peaking about 73.4 degrees by midday instead of 77 degrees like this time last year. So far August has been a mix of cloudy and sunny days, afternoon breezes, and even 4” of rain, keeping surface temps much lower than average for August. Water clarity and quality is excellent. Visibility about 18 ft...these are ideal conditions that make for happy fish. Clouds of smelt show on the sonar screen hugging the bottom all around Lake Almanor, more so in the east basin. Every fish big and small, we checked this week, were all holding smelt. Spitting them out as we worked them closer to the boat. Very little insect material observed, however, some aquatic hatches continue “popping off” now and again. Trolling lanes in some of the well know spots like Rocky Point Canyon Dam, Big Springs, and A-Frame, are producing. Some boats trolling are going very slow, about 1.1 mph pulling crawlers or soft plastic smelt imitations, while other boats are really moving. We have been running the fast action Speedy Shiners fast, at 3.2 mph, 25 to 35 ft. deep. Faster than the usual 2.8 mph speed, which has produced some viscous takedowns from Rainbows, several this week pushing 5 lbs and Salmon to 5 lbs. most were smaller, but over 3 lbs. It's good to be trolling by 5:30 am. However, when the sun clears Dyer Mountain and those sunbeams hits the water, the bite ramps up fast for about 2 hours and then scales down. Some boats are still running blades and dodgers, but with clarity so good, a lot of flash is probably not necessary. No Downriggers? No problem. Boats on anchor have been getting some terrific Browns the last 3 weeks...several fish reported over 6 lbs. and up to 8 pounds. Good ole Cricket and Mealworm combos are the ticket, 4 to 5 cranks off the bottom. White jigs are also getting the attention of Big Browns. Spots producing the best action have been the Rec. 2 area on the west side of the Peninsula, and The A-Frame, Lake Cove, close to the BIG House know as the Bennington Estate, and the Osprey Nest near Rec.1. Overall the best fish this week came off suspended baits, or jigs. Expect that to hold true till the next full moon. Radio chatter on channel 69 indicates boats scattered, but most are in the east basin. Best Bite is early, and again the last 2 hours of daylight. Lake levels are going down. Watch for hazards like submerged rocks. Be safe, good luck. Courtesy of Almanor Fishing Adventures


Lake Davis -- The lake is about 59% capacity. Trout fishing is slow. The best bet is fish bullhead catfish using worms at camp 5 and Mallard point. Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Lake Oroville --- Bidwell Ramp closes Wednesday. The only open launch ramp is at the spillway on a gravel ramp. Best bite is for catfish at Bidwell Marina, Lime Saddle and the north and middle forks where water enters the lake. Average is two to four pounds. Bass are scattered from the surface to 40 feet deep. Plastics are the best way to go.  Courtesy of Nor Cal fishing News


Lake McCumber - Fishing has been slow this week. This little gem is done for the summer folks. If you do go, your best fishing will be found in deep water. The fish are not really big. Comprised of planted rainbows, some brown trout. Lake McCumber is surrounded with tall conifers, enveloped in clean crisp air and watched over by soaring eagles with sharp talons. A medium sized impoundment, the lake is considered "just right" for tubers, prams and Goldilocks. Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Baum Lake --With the power house shut down for it's annual repairs, fishing will be inconsistentuntil it is back online. Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Lewiston Lake---Lewiston continues to fish well especially early and late in the day. Last week’s Pine Cove Marina Trout Derby saw anglers with many fish including some nearly three pounds. Since many larger cage-cultured fish were released prior to the derby the Lake should continue to provide good trout fishing for rainbows to seven pounds. Orange PowerBait produced most fish for the derby anglers but trolling worms behind a Sep’s Dodger produced the heaviest stringer. Lewiston also holds a growing population of small kokanee salmon. Courtesy of Jacobs professional guide service and MyOutDoorBuddy.com


Trinity Lake--Trout are still being caught at the confluences of the incoming streams using spinners or spoons copper is your best color for some reason right now after the sun is on the water and silver very early in the morning right at daybreak. Trollers plying the water with Vampire Rapalas or Brads wee wigglers in the copper with red eyes are catching limits of 14 to 16 inch trout. Trolling with down riggers at a depth of 40 feet are catching Salmon in the 4 to 5 pound range and an occasional 3 pound trout. Bass fishing is doing well off all the points in about 15 to 20 feet of water using Pro-Worms in a blue/black pattern and deep diving plugs in the shad patterns. What also works well is the soft plastic in the Rainbow Trout patterns; these are 7 inch long and work really well when retrieved slowly along the submerged points of the lake. Courtesy of Weaverville online

 

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