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Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

Weekly Fishing Report 10/27/14 -11/02/14

Please check the 2014-2015 freshwater sport fishing regulations and recent Trout Plants

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Upper Sacramento -- This is hands-down the best time of the year to fish the Upper Sacramento. Fishing has been fun along the entire length of this stretch of the Sacramento River. From where the waters enter what will someday reemerge as Lake Shasta all the way upstream to Dunsmuir, CA., there's 35 miles of trout-water offering good fishing. October Caddis are coming off at sunset. Expect good hatches of October Caddis through late October.Nymphs suspended under October Caddis dries is an excellent plan! Look for good hatches of October Caddis near sunset along the upper river, above Sims 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


Keswick Reservoir -- Fishing has been good! This spot is sort of a secret spot. Not too many anglers venture up into the top of this reservoir where moving water is found, just like a river. In fact, it is a river! Big rainbow trout are caught here. These fish will eat #12 Birds Nests, Midge patterns in black ranging in size from #12-18. Stripping buggers on fast sinking lines near the very end of the moving water can get you tight to the elusive, giant brown trout that are found here.Stripping leeches and buggers on a type VII full sink line works great here. Fish going over 20" happen! Releases out of Shasta Dam have been stable. Good place to hire a guide though. Finding these fish requires some special knowledge and a boat. Indicator suspended Birds Nests, Midges, PT Nymphs should work along the edges of the fast water near the Dam. Suspend your flies about 2-3 feet below the indicator. These fish like to come up to the fly. Fish the shallow edges. Stay low!! You will need a motorized boat to get to where the good fishing exists.

-Courtesy of the Fly Shop


 Feather River -- There are some kings being caught here at the bottom, middle and upper ends of the river. Down low, the anchor crowd at the color line at Verona has been seeing slow to decent fishing, deepening on the day while fishing K15’s and spinners. Anchor anglers fishing plugs above Shanghai Falls are also seeing a few spurts of fish moving at first light. Up around Thermalito, there are some dark springers and a few moderately bright fall fish but the flows are low, warm and grassy and it’s mostly a crack of dawn type of deal. 

-Courtesy of fishwithjd.com


Trinity River -- River flows are 429 cfs. Interested in catching steelhead by skating dries? Right now is the time to do it. Get on this river within the next couple weeks or at least while weather conditions remain warm. Warm weather means water temps will stay within the 55-65° range. Steelhead seem follow or chase after swung flies on the surface or sub-surface more aggressively when water temps are above 50°. Over all, water conditions are good this week and fishing is good. Expect to get into one steelhead, maybe 2. Get more than 3 and you're probably going to find double digits because you're surrounded by Steelhead. Enjoy!

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


 Frenchmen Lake --  Fall fishing is getting off to a great start here at Frenchman Lake. A man from Graeagle caught two 18 to 20 inch rainbows from his kayak while trolling flashers and powerbait. While he was fishing he saw 3 fly fishermen catching some nice sized rainbows near Frenchman boat launch. Another man from Reno, a regular at Frenchman Lake and often mentioned in this fishing report, caught 4 rainbows totaling 9 lbs (1 fish weighed 3.07 lbs!). He was bank fishing from the dam with nightcrawlers.

-Courtesy of Wiggin's Trading Post

 

Lower Sacramento River -- Releases out of Keswick Reservoir are 4,451 cfs. Time to start fishing egg patterns! King Salmon are just starting to lay eggs and the rainbows are definitely keying on those tasty orange colored treats. Expect egg patterns to dominate the menu through October. The fishing has been good, but sometimes there's a lull in the bite. Not every riffle, run has eager rainbows in it. There is decent wade access, but the best way to fish this river is out of a drift boat. #4 Brown Rubber Legs and small brown #18 mayfly patterns like Hogan's S&M, Mercer's Micro Mayfly are solid, proven patterns. Dry fly fishing really isn't happening, but if you stick around near riffles and shallow water until sundown, you might find a few fish sipping off the surface, eating black caddis. Have Mercer's Missing Link in #16-black. You should do well. Bring a good hook set and really pay attention to the indicator when drifting in a boat. The takes can be super subtle. It's really easy to miss your best opportunities. Best fishing happens late morning through the afternoon. The sweetest time to be on the water is at sunset. Expect good fishing and stable conditions through October. A few of the hot flies have been egg patterns, #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

 

Hat Creek -- Fishing on Hat Creek is at it's best early, before the sun gets high in the sky and then right at sunset. Sparse hatches of #18-16 baetis and a few PMDs happen in the mornings. October Caddis are coming off near or after sunset. Review your fishing regulations for fishing after sundown! Swinging leeches on sink tips is a good way to find fish. Hat Creek closes for the season on November 15th. Small dark colored nymphs in #18-22 are the top bug early in the day. A selection of PMD and BWO duns should be in your fly box. but you can get fish to chase after a dun imitation near sunset too. There's almost always at least one curious fish hanging around near sunset. You will find the most consistent fishing/hook-ups near the Power House #2 riffle. Bigger fish can found hunting the flats at sun up and near sun down. Swinging leeches and streamers worked awesome according to a recent report. Try fishing a beetle suspending a #18 black midge. Cream colored dry flies can work in the early AM hours. Try Gallop's Cripple PMD, Mercer's Missing Link or a Comparadun. The Parachute Adams is a great Callibaetis pattern. A #14 Stimulator suspending a Mercer's Gidget is pretty stealthy and just might fool the smartest fish. Mercer's missing link is a great dry fly choice anytime of day! The flat waters below the Power House Riffle can offer a chance to cast dry flies to rising fish anytime of day.

-Courtesy of the Fly Shop


 Lake Almanor --  Fast action lures were getting more trout than any other method.  Try the east side of the peninsula, from Bunell Point north to Big Cove, with downrigged No. 2 Needlefish or Speedy Shiners.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Klamath River -- We should see better Steelhead reports any day. As soon as we get some cooler weather. Rain will make a big difference in getting steelhead in the lower river, where the waters are cooler, to migrate into the upper reaches near Hornbrook.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


 Baum Lake -- Water conditions continue to be good here. This lake is always a go-to spot in the summer and fall with its cold, clean water and an abundance of habitat and insects.  Try to fish early and late when the sun is not high.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

 Lake Davis -- (Portola) Fly fishing is still slow, but is improving for anglers at Lake Davis, according to J&J Grizzly Store and Camping Restaurant “One angler reported catching and releasing 3 rainbows from 20 to 21 inches long this morning,” said Graham. “He was fishing orange Wooly Buggers off Jenkins Point. ”Trolling has been slow. Boaters are experiencing the top action while fishing rainbow garlic Power Bait and worms around the Big Island, said Graham. “Shore fishermen are finding the best action early in the morning and late in the evenings in Mallard Cove while tossing out nightcrawlers,” she advised. Brown bullhead catfish offer the hottest action on the reservoir. “Shore anglers are hooking lots of cats averaging 1 to 1-1/2 pounds while using worms in Coot Bay and off Camp Five,” she added. The lake is 58 percent of capacity and surface water temperatures range from 68 to 72 degrees. Fishing pressure has been light at Frenchman Lake. “Two anglers brought in 10 trout while trolling rainbow PowerBait yesterday,” said  Wiggin’s Trading Post in Chilcoot. Hard working shore fishermen are landing limits of quality rainbows while fishing inflated nightcrawlers in the deep water off the right side of the dam.

-Courtesy of the Fishsniffer.com 


Eagle Lake -- Get out early and be ready to fish at first light.  Fish the east side of the lake by the springs at Eagle's Nest with lead core from 3 to 6 colors deep.  Options included Sure Catch Goldilocks, bikini Needlefish or Jay Fair flies.  Bobberfishing with nightcrawlers has also been a good option as well.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Fall River -- Water Conditions are great and the fishing has been excellent.  The better hatches have been going off in the mornings.  This is one of the rivers that will close on Nov. 15th.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Lewiston Lake -- Fishing has been fair to good. Best reports are generated by anglers fishing early in the mornings. Fishing #16 Pheasant Tail Nymphs or #16 Black A.P.s has been the most productive techniques. Retrieving leeches on full sinking on a sinking line is also a productive method of angling with a fly rod on Lewiston. Lewiston is known for it's big, bad bows. Best fishing happens mid day.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Whiskeytown Reservoir -- The lake and ramps are in great shape and the kokanee fishing has been good for fish from 13 to 16 inches.  Troll a pink Apex behind a Sling Blade in the channel at the bridge or the coldwater curtain.  Try an Uncle Larrys spinner, with pink and white beads, tipped with shoepeg sweet corn, the long kernel corn you can get in the grocery store.  You have to keep the hooks tipped with corn, so if you aren't getting a hit, check to see if your corn is gone.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Shasta Lake -- Cover lots of water and target the first 5 feet with crankbaits and spinnerbaits for bass.  If you can find shade on hard structure, like rock or wood in the afternoon, head for that.  Best bet has been the first two, and last two, hours of the day.  Look for bass rounding up the baitfish.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Pit River -- It continues to fish well.  September, and into October are high season months here, but bring a staff, as the rocks and boulders in here are unforgiving.  This is one of the rivers that will close on Nov. 15.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


McCloud River -- Water conditions have improved after the mud slide, and fishing has been fair.  This is one of the rivers that will close on Nov. 15.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Upper Hat Creek -- Fishing here is at its best early in the day before the sun gets high in the sky, and then right at sunset.  The Power house No. 2 riffle is still worth checking out.  This is one of the rivers that will close on Nov. 15.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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