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Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

Weekly Fishing Report 01/26/14 -02/02/15

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Baum Lake -- With streams closed, this continues to be a good option with consistant fishing.  This lake is always a good winter option with its hungry trout.  With a hatchery next door, there are plenty of planted fish, as well as a few wild ones here.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Eagle Lake -- Closed for the season on Dec. 31.  It will re-open on Saturday of Memorial weekend.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Frenchmen Lake -- Lake is at 37-percent capacity. Fishing for shore anglers and trollers has been excellent all week. Brian Weber of Fremont caught a limit of 18- to 20-inch rainbows near the dam from shore with marshmallow/salmon egg combos and orange PowerBait. The areas around the boat docks seem to be providing excellent results.

-Courtesy of myoutdoorbuddy.com


Keswick Reservoir --Fishing has been tough due to the colored water coming out of Shasta Lake. Since these fish hold in deep water and swirly conditions, the dark water really mitagates chances. We think better conditions will evolve in the spring.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


Lake Almanor -- The ramps at Canyon Dam, the USFS at Almanor and Rec. 1 and 2 ramps are operational.  Trolling the east basin has been the better bet.  The east shore and south to Canyon Dam have the best clarity.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Lewiston Lake -- Trout ranging from 14 to 19 inches can be fooled into going to a better place by trolling with a Sep's dodger with a threaded nightcrawler trailed behind or a wedding ring combination tipped with a piece of nightcrawler. Shore fisherman try using a white power egg and salmon egg combo, or a nightcrawler tipped with a power egg. Best places to fish from shore are the southern dock below the marina and the shore line above the marina. If you have any difficulties see Craig at Pine Cove Marina. I was out two days last week and caught 31 fish with clients…not bad!

-Courtesy of myoutdoorbuddy.com


Shasta Lake -- Fishing is good once you find the schools of baitfish so move around.  All of the arms have bands in the middle of them with clearer water.  Try Senkos in dark colors like green pumpkin, watermelon red flake for numbers and choose more crawdad than shad patterns.  For larger bass, throw a 7 inch Osprey swimbait.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Whiskeytown Reservoir --Well, it looks like the start to this winter’s steelhead fishing has begun with several Northern California and Southern Oregon rivers producing some very nice steelhead. This past weekend attracted many anglers on several rivers like the Eel and Chetco Rivers. Fishing conditions have been coming into shape everyday as rains have stopped for sometime. There are several rivers and creeks coming into shape this week as no rain is forecasted for another week. Here is a quick rundown on some of Northern California and Southern Oregon’s notable steelhead rivers.

-Courtesy of myoutdoorbuddy.com


Fall River -- Closed for the season.


Feather River -- A few decent 4-5 pound Steelhead have been caught in the high flow section of the Feather River using night crawlers with the additives of Pro-Cure Anise and hot pink bait oil according to Craig Bentley at Huntington’s Sportsman’s Store in Oroville. 

-Courtesy of myoutdoorbuddy.com


Hat Creek -- Closed for the season.


Klamath River -- The upper Klamath river is flowing at a respectable 1800cfs and the steelie action has been great. There are lots of half pounders or 14" to 20" fish in the system with guides reporting "all you want" action. 

-Courtesy of usafishing.com


Lower Sacramento River -- Releases out of Keswick Reservoir are 3042 cfs. Water conditions are muddy brown. Not say'n one can't get tight to rainbows in these conditions. More than once we've been plesantly surprised. But, it's just not right for us to dish out a good report on this river for now. What's the prognosis? From a water color angle, it's going to be months before we see clear water conditions. When will the fishing improve is another story. Keep checking back. Safe to say, we are looking at at least a week before anyone decides to check the fishing out. Maybe then we'll have a better report. Better days ahead. Hang in there.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop


McCloud River -- Closed for the season.


Pit River -- The Fly Shop suggests starting at Pit #3 and working your way down to pit 4 and 5 Since they may be more stained and have higher flows.  All three have been options though.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Trinity River -- The springers are now showing up in the upper river from Big Bar all the way to Lewiston. The salmon weighing from 8 to 15 pounds can be caught using a tuna/roe combination. Kastmasters and Blue Fox spinners are also working. The key to catching the piscatorial delights is to fish very early in the morning. I mean early or late in the evening.

-Courtesy of myoutdoorbuddy.com


Upper Sacramento -- Conditions are still on the big side along the lower half of this river. Around 2,000 cfs. Best fishing can be found up near Dunsmuir where more favorable water conditions exist. Our long range prediction is the fishing can be fair at best, but prepare to contend with high water. Can be dangerous during and just after rains.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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