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Shasta Cascade Fishing Report

Week of: June 26, 2017

(If there is no new reports, the previous report remains)

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

2016 - 2017 Fishing Regulations and info:

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations

 Current Planting:  

https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/

 

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, Wolly Buggers and swung Zug Bugs. Small midges in black and red work well under indicators here.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Bucks Lake -Fair numbers of rainbows, browns and kokanee were being caught last weekend, with a few of the trout up to six pounds.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Eagle Lake -Trollers have been picking up fair numbers of rainbows to 3.5 lbs., dragging watermelon, orange, and green grubs in waters off Pelican Point, said a [local guide]

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Fall River -Hatches continued to pick up the past week. With the loads of cold water, the recent warming really helped out.  PMDs, some BWOs and a few caddis are present.  Scuds and leeches are always on the menu, so swing some of those for good measure.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Feather River -- Salmon fishing will start July 16th, 2017 on the Feather River. The Feather River is producing striped bass still 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. Weather is great. Lots of water. 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 the spill way and all campgrounds are open. It is recommended to call ahead and reserve a campground spot as they tend to fill up quick. Great reports from bank fisherman as well as trolling. The number 1 choice in bait remains to be night crawlers and power bait. Most fish averaged in size from 16-18" in length. 

Monday May 22nd, Will from Reno, NV caught 5 rainbows using night crawlers fishing around the dam. Each fish averaged in size from 14-18" in length.

Monday May 22nd, George Halverson & Jeff Ryan from Graeagle, CA caught and released over a dozen rainbows trolling with small lure flies. 17-18" in length were the average size.

Tuesday May 23rd, Rex & Jeff from Reno, NV caught a total of 7 nice sized rainbows at Last Chance Creek using night crawlers. The largest fish was 22" in length & the others averaging 16-18" in length. All were caught before noon. The following day they fished the lake and caught two 18" rainbows using night crawlers. 

 - Courtesy of Wiggins Trading Post 


Hat Creek -- Hat Creek is fishing good! While the Salmon Fly hatch is over, there are plenty of other hatches happening now on this historic creek. Look for fish sipping Tricos in the mornings. Golden Stones are ovipositing, so tie on a big Chubby Chernobyl for the fish looking for the cheeseburger. Caddis are coming off, so dangling a Tan TFS Poopah below will pick up fish giving the stone a pass. Look for PMDs, Baetis, Green Drakes and other mayflies to come off up in the spring creek sections. Life's full of choices here!  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. Updated:  02/09/17

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop

 

Klamath River -- Iron Gate releases have fallen below 2,000 CFS for the first time since February. We heard from some who fished up above Copco getting grabs on rubberlegs, but the Salmonfly hatch is probably done for the season. You may be able to entice a grab up top, but you'll probably be better off fishing one of our other streams for dry action. Hat Creek and the McCloud are on right now, the Upper Sac is dropping in as I type this.Fishing egg patterns in orange, pink or champagne get's fly rods bent. Suspend your egg patterns under rubber legs, 3-D nymphs should get you into fish. Fly rods from 6wt to 7wt are perfect in lengths of 9' to 9'.5. Switch rods are popular and make casting very easy. Spey rods fit in well on the Klamath river. 

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

 

Lake Almanor -- Anglers caught fish slow-trolling (1 mph) nightcrawlers 6 feet off the bottom in water up to 40 feet deep.  Go slow and go small, use size 6 hook and a mini-crawler threaded partially up your line.

-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 fair to good especially on orange Power Bait, gold lures, and black flies.  Water flow has slowed down this past week.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Lower Sacramento River --

Lower Sacramento River trout fishing is good to excellent. We are catching Rainbows and steelhead, incredible numbers. Non- stop action, with several double hook ups. Fishing from the Redding area down to Anderson. For fly fishing, best flies have been Pheasant tails, Birds Nest, Hogans SM, and Blue wing olives. 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 River - Flows are great up top on the McCloud with a release of about 270 CFS from the lake. Golden Stones are ovipositing up by Ash Camp and daily the caddis hatch continues to pick up steam elsewhere on the river. Look for them to line up their bombing runs late in the day and tie on a big Chubby Chernobyl. Fish the glassy water and pockets. Splat it in there, finesse . Green Drakes further down can be on the fishes' menu on cloudy days. Some large brown trout have been hooked on sculpin patterns. The McCloud will be a great destination through the summer.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Medicine Lake -- Heavy snow, few anglers.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Pit River - Flows out of Lake Britton into Pit 3 are now 512 cfs with good access. It is still a little high, but the high flows scoured some of the streamside brush and rearranged the riverbed to an extent. Fishing is good. The last report we heard is the road remains closed between the Gravel Bar and Pit 3 Power House.  Flows further downstream below the Pit 4 Dam remain high at 1,900 cfs and 2,600 cfs through Big Bend. So, if you venture below the Pit 4 Dam you should be cautious. 

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Shasta Lake  -- Rainbow trout and salmon fishing on Shasta Lake is great. Catching Rainbow trout and Landlock King salmon, trolling, using shad pattern lures, 60 to 80 ft deep.  Nice size fish 2 to 6 pounds average.Water level is excellent. Early mornings are best with warm temperatures.Spotted bass fishing and Small mouth bass fishing is excellent. Fishing on Lake Shasta has been producing limits of bass. The Sacramento Arm has been the best area of the Lake. Using Mud Pie tube worms and Watermelon Tube worms are the best bet to produce the most fish. Sizes range from 1 to 4 pound bass, with occasional 5 pound or larger.  Presentation must be very slow, focusing on the coves at 20 to 50 ft. Sunny weather is a plus for picking up large numbers of bass at Shasta. 

 -Courtesy of SacRiverGuide.com


Trinity Lake -- Bass fishing continues to be fair to good with largemouth over 5 pounds reported and many limits are being caught, with best action continuing to be found off the points and ledges of the north end, though most of the lake is producing action. The fish are being found from the shallow waters down to around 20 feet.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Whiskeytown Lake -- Kokanee fishing was just fair last week on trolled lures.  Bass fishing was slow.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


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