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Fishing Report July 18, 2016

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Bucks Lake -- The kokanee bite continues to be strong with three to five limits being pulled everyday.  Fish are from 25 to 35 feet in the main body of the lake.  Fish early for wido open action until the sun hits the water and then the bite picks back up around 10 a.m.. Best baits have been watermelon or silver dodgers followed by Uncle Larry's Pink Tiger spinners.  

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Baum Lake -- With more hatches going off, the trout bite picked up.  Damsel nymphs, midges and a few little mayflies like calabetis or PMDs (yellowish/olive) could get 6 to 10 possible fish although morst are released.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Eagle Lake – Both ramps are in the water and the trout are looking healthy.  Try damsels, leaches and Chuy chubs or maybe a beetle or ant.

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Hat Creek - This is the time to get out, as very few have been here and the trout are hungry.  Also, the entire system was planted this past week. In the wild section try PMDs in the morning and evening, or little black caddis.  Dry flies are good early and late.  Dont forget the regular standard dries like parachute Adams, missing links, or grasshoppers.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Lake Almanor -- Insect hatches continue to pop off all over both basins and both the trout and bass bite are taking off.

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Manzanita Lake –  Manzanita Lake is still producing good catch and release results for fly fishermen using buggers and nymphs as well. Remember this beautiful lake, a perfect location for a float tube, pram, kayak or canoe sits just inside the Lassen National Park boundary, is subject to special regulations and is catch and release only. Manzanita Lake has a self sustaining population of both rainbow and brown trout.

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Shasta Lake   Good for trout and salmon as they move in front of the dam.  Use lures for rolled shad, or go catfishing all night using chicken livers and hot dogs.  There are also crappie on jigs and tubes on shallow points and in the coves.  The lake is in its summer doldrums.  Little spotted bass are taking flies.  Use sinking line and little clouser minnow.  All backcountry lakes are fishing well, such as Trinity Alps areas.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Fall River -- The river is doing well with a few hatches still coming off.

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Klamath River -Iron Gate – Releases from Iron Gate Dam hit 3,500 cfs on Sunday, three times the highest fishable levels.

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Sacramento River 

With the flows hovering between 350-400cfs at Delta, this river is in the best shape we have seen to date. Golden stones, salmonflies, PMDs, little Yellow Sallies, they are all coming off right now! We are hearing some great reports from this stream, so you should get out and fish it. It won't get any better than it is right now.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Lake Oroville

The lake is at 86% capacity - now down 35 feet from full!!  Guide Ron Gandolfi reported bass fishing was tougher with the fast dropping water level.  Reaction baits - topwater, crankbaits, and Persuader Image Blade spinnerbaits - were working in the upper ends of the river arms, in any available current, for fish to 3 pounds.  The tube, darthead, drop-shot, Senko bite was tough with the fish only slapping the baits instead of eating them.  Salmon trolling was good at the dam and Green Bridge at 45 to 60 feet deep, according to Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service.  Brady was catching limits of mostly 14- to 16" kings on dodgers trailing green, purple, or white hoochies tipped with a small chunk of anchovy, herring, or sardine.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

McCloud Reservoir

Fishing has been fair to good with damsel nymphs.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

McCloud River - Nyphying or streamers like skulpthzilla or diepz slupin are good here, along with black micro mayfliesor LYs nymphs.  Fishing has been fair to good.

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Pit River - This river is only for the advanced outdoors person and angler - so be careful out there, as the waters are still high and fast.  Big, dark flies work here, or try big black nymphs, popper Johns or a Marcer Tb Pt Prince for trout up to 23 inches seen.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Trinity River  -- Weaverville Ca- Junction City , CA 


River flow is 312 cfs out of Lewiston dam, but 2,700 cfs at Douglas City. All of the tributaries are flowing and are adding more color to the river. Most fish have gone up the tributaries to spawn. You could find a fish or two in the upper section down to the Bucktail hole, but fishing will be tough until the river below Douglas City comes into shape again.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Trinity Lake -- Has not been a good option due to launch conditions, and lower water levels, but rising and conditions change daily, but no good reports yet.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Whiskeytown Lake -- Skiers have taken over the lake, but if you fish early and late, you'll find limits and steady action for 8 to 10 trout.  Most of the fish were caught on the main body on the south side of the 299 bridge.  No Apexs, just spinners and beads, in pink or white hoochies with a short 6- to 8- inch leader behind 4-inch sling blades.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Guides, Reports, Gear, Forecasts, Flows:

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Phil's Propeller

Sac River Guide

Ted Fay Fly Shop

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