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Shasta Cascade Fishing Report

Week of: May 15, 2017

Please check 2016-17 freshwater sport fishing regulations and recent Trout Plants:

2016 - 2017 Fishing Regulations and info:


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Baum Lake -- The lake continues to fish well. More and more bugs are coming off daily including some big, fat Callibaetis. Fish are falling to leeches, Woolley Buggers and swung Zug Bugs. Small midges in black and red work well under indicators here. Come on out for this standby sleeper when the pressure pushes you off of your favorite stream. Try fishing one of Jay Fair's Burnt Orange Wiggle Tails or Zack's Swimming Leech on a Cortland Clear Camo Intermediate Fly Line. This east side venue is a worthwhile spot to cast your next fly. Bring your pontoon boat, pram, driftboat or float tube. Get on the water early for best dry fly chances throwing #18 Adams or BWO patterns. Fish midge nymphs mid day.

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

Bucks Lake -- Kokanee are reported to be stacking up in many areas such as the Buck’s Creek inlet.  Also very active in the inlet area are brown trout that have begun to stage for spawning. Males are very active and showing off to the females (it happens in all species). They are voraciously attacking caddis and callibaetis hatches. This is an excellent time to visit this beautiful mountain lake, as trollers and fly fisherman alike can enjoy some fine fishing prospects.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Eagle Lake –  Fishing season begins Memorial Day Weekend: May 27, 2017

Fall River -- May and June are generally considered the "prime time" months on the Fall River because of the daily morning and evening hatches and profuse spinner falls. The largest spinner fall on the river is a heavy hatch of PMDs that begin to hatch in the morning and fall spent to the river and drift placidly down to pods of rising trout throughout the middle of the day. This epic PMD spinnerfall hatch occurs near the headwaters of the Fall upstream of Island Road Bridge. It's not uncommon to see hundreds of finicky rainbow trout throwing caution to the wind and rising simultaneously during the heart of the intense PMD spinner fall on Fall River.  

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop

Feather River -- The Feather River is producing some striped bass now. Using live bait is best bet for these tough fighting fish. They are quite feisty so they are lots of fun to fish for and catch. Lots of fish hitting and brought home some nice fish! Ranging in size from 2 pound to 6 pound bass.

-Courtesy of Sac River Guide

Frenchman Lake -- Fishing at Frenchman Lake this past week has yet again been doing great! The lake is continuing to spill over and the road is accessible to get up and around the lake. Frenchman, Spring Creek, and Big Cove campgrounds are open to camping. Chilcoot and Cottonwood should be up and running around May 20th. We have been getting great feedback from bank fishing, fly fishing, and trolling with fish averaging 16-20" in length and some catching 2-3 pounders! Night-crawlers appear to be the #1 choice of bait. 

- Courtesy of Wiggins Trading Post 

Hat Creek -- Hat Creek is a solid choice for now. It is high, and with the warming weather we will see some additional water coming down from Mt Lassen, so be careful when you get in to cross, you may not be able to. Fish are taking PMD nymphs with some heads poking up here and there. Salmonflies are moving around with a few hatching, so make sure you have a nymph on, and a Rubberlegs is hard to beat. Peaches and Cream are working along with okive S&Ms. Caddis should be right around the corner. Swinging leeches and streamers is a proven technique anytime on Hat Creek. The flat waters below the Power House Riffle can offer a chance to cast dry flies to rising fish. As a matter of fact, just throw dries to see what happens!

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Keswick Lake -- Suspending Bird's Nests, midge patterns and Pseudo Mays under indicators will work well. Suspended your nymphs under an indicator. Use BB shot to sink your nymphs when fishing the edges of the swirly water found in the upper reservoir. Look for the fish in the slower swirls along the edges above Crystal Creek. The key is moving up into the moving water section of Keswick. Fishing the eddies next to the banks, between boulders, where it's shallow can be productive. Stay low Fishing a Deep-7 on a 7-weight fly rod, stripping buggers has been productive.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop

Klamath River

Lake Almanor -- Weather finaly is getting better, and many good catches of rainbows, browns, and bass are being made.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Lake Britton

Lake Davis

Lake Oroville -- The Afterbay has been slow but the action is steady at Lake Oroville for bass at around 30 feet using jigs, shaky head, dart head and drop shot worms. Also there has been a wide open bite on 10-12 inch land-locked Coho Salmon on just about any offering with minnows a good bet. With the Coho bite being so active using swimbaits for bass may entice a big one to bite. It just might be worth a try.

-Courtesy of MyOutdoorBuddy.com


Lewiston Lake -- Trout fishing has been good following recent plants of fish to 2 pounds.  Fly fishing has been good on copper Johns, while bait fishing is good on pink or orange Power Bait.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Lower Sacramento River --

Lower Sacramento River fishing is excellent. We are catching Rainbows and steelhead, incredible numbers, producing 30 to 60 fish days. Non- stop action this weekend, with several double hook ups. Fishing from the Redding area down to Anderson.  For fly fishing, best flies have been Brown Rubber Legs. Our spin fisherman have been doing well using small green corky. 

-Courtesy of Sac River Guide

Manzanita Lake –  The lake is fishing well, they aren't too picky right now with the recent ice-out. The Callibaetis will be coming off soon and fish are definitely grabbing leeches and Woolley Buggers. The ramp and park still have snow so be careful getting in and out. 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


McCloud Reservoir -- No reports available due to snowy conditions.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

McCloud River - Season ended November 15.

Medicine Lake -- Heavy snow, few anglers.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Pit River - The river continues to run high with not much fishing action being reported.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Shasta Lake  -- Catch Rainbow trout, main body of lake, trolling 40 to 60 ft deep. Catching a few really nice size Brown trout.  We are moving into Trout and Salmon fishing time on Lake Shasta.  The lake's water level is near full. Book now. Summer months are excellent fishing months.  Lake Shasta has the best action for every level of fisherman. Great for the kids and families. Fully covered, huge jet boats, and we are fishing 7 days a week. Picking up spotted bass and small mouth bass. Bass fishing is great. Lots of small fish, with the largest bass this week was 4 pounds. Using tube worms and spinner baits are producing the most fish, focusing on the coves and shoreline. LIMITS. It was a windy weekend, but Kirk and clients brought in 60 plus bass. This week expect warm weather and lots more excellent bass fishing. 

 -Courtesy of SacRiverGuide.com

Trinity Lake -- Trout, bass, and salmon are being caught, but not in big numbers yet.  The water level is expected to go down for the next couple of weeks with releases running 11,000 cfs.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Trinity River -- The Trinity River flows are 300 CFS. We are back on the river this week. Steelhead fishing is fair to good. Fishing above Junction City.  Prime months for steelhead fishing are October to February. (Note from Shasta Cascade: Be aware of high/fast flows as trinity lake releases more water now)

-Courtesy of Sac River Guide

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