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Fishing Report

Week of: October 20, 2016

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Baum Lake -- Fishing ramains slow here and weekend's bad weather kept most anglers off the lake.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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 MyOutdoorBuddy.com


Eagle Lake – The fishing has improved a lot, though the weather was tough many days.  With the cold weather, anglers have been fishing on the west side of the lake from Shrimp Island to the Broccoli Tree area, as well as Youth Camp —Anywhere in the shallows.  Guides have been using the Jay Fair setups with a "Fiery Rust" fly, which puts the fly down about 3 feet, trolling in approximately 4 to 10 feet of water.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Fall River -- A popular and proven technique on Fall River is retrieving black or olive colored leeches on a sinking line. Swinging #16-18 Pheasant Tail nymphs trailing #18-20 black Zebra midges or WD-40s is a basic fly rig and a perfect combo to start with any day on Fall River. A #18 red copper John or black zebra midge suspended under a small 3/4" indicator in white is a proven standard method of fishing this river. 

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop

Hat Creek  -- Early morning and late evening are your best bet to spot fish coming up for mayflies, the evening best for caddis.  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

Manzanita Lake –  Check the regulations for this lake.  Try a #18 non-beaded Pheasant Tail Nymph slowly retrieved on a floating line, or Airflo STREAMER MAX Sink Tip Line. Small #20 Midge patterns suspended under a small indicator should also work. Hunt the edges of the weeds and along shadows. Retrieving buggers and or leeches is a well known solution to tricking the more aggressive fish that hold in the weeds and deeper sections.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Lake Almanor -- Fishing has been slow with rain, wind, anda little snow affecting anglers and action this week, according to Big Springs Resort.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 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 remains slow with not much current running through the lake from dam to dam.



McCloud Reservoir

People are catching browns and rainbows. Go deep for the browns. Kastmasters and Little Cleo’s should work well. Jig deep with Buzz Bombs. And, there’s always Rainbow PowerBait. Try Pautzke’s eggs. It’s a fish’s natural instinct to pick up eggs. It seems olive is the color for throwing and trolling flies. Wooley buggers and a Leach patterns work very well (my favorite method). Usually, in the mornings and evenings if you throw a small Adams or a Griffith's Gnat, you'll have a lot of fun with the top water action.

 -Courtesy of MyOutdoorBuddy.com

McCloud RiverFish a Stimulator suspending a Micro Mayfly or black Zebra Midge. Beetle patterns work especially when fished in the shallow waters. Suspending nymphs under indicators in the deeper slots, pockets and pools can keep a fly rod bent. Have split shot in sizes AB, AAA and SSG. Look for shady water mid day. The McCloud Rainbow does not like the sun.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop

Pit River - Pretty much blown out by the storm, but before the storm trout fishing was pretty good for fly anglers in the Pit No. 3 area.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Trout fishing below Keswick Dam remains good for fly fishermen using Caddis bird's nests or cinnamon pupas.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Shasta Lake  -- Bass fishing is generally good in most areas of the lake, with best action reported in the Sacramento and McCloud Arms.  The fish are still chasing shad on the surface but can be caught deep also, around 40 feet deep on Hopkins spoons.  Trout anglers are getting action on trolled spoons down to 60 and 70 feet deep in the main body, Dry Creek and Digger Bay areas.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Trinity Lake -- Smallmouth bass fishing has been good.  Fish up to 6 pounds were caught this week.  Anglers using crankbaits have been producing the most fish, said Kirk Portocarrera at SacRiver Guide Service.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Trinity River -- The steelhead are starting arrive. Water level is at 300 CFS this week. The Late Fall and Winter months are best for steelhead fishing. Conditions during steelhead season are much colder, so layer up, and get ready to catch those beautiful, giant steelhead! 

-Courtesy of Sac River Guide


Whiskeytown Lake -- Storms pounded the area for most of the week and Dann Mann at Oak Bottom Marina said few anglers were even out in the past week.  Before the storms, fishing was fair for kokanee salmon with anglers trolling lures near the 299 bridge.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Guides, Reports, Gear, Forecasts, Flows:

Marble Mountain Guest Ranch


Phil's Propeller

Sac River Guide

Ted Fay Fly Shop

The Fly Shop

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