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Fishing Report MAY 18, 2016

Please check the 2015-16 freshwater sport fishing regulations and recent Trout Plants:

2016 - 2017 Fishing Regulations and info:

 Current Planting:


Baum Lake -- With more hatches going off, the trout bite picked up a notch, although few have been here to enjoy it. 

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Eagle Lake – Closed until May 28th.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Hat Creek - This is the time to get out.  The insects are large, the trout are hungry, and they haven't seen a fly all winter.  Try green drakes, nymphs, and dries, with some big stone (salmon flies) going off in the next few weeks as it gets warmer.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Lake Almanor -- Unstable weather has slowed the trout bite and hatches.  As the weather stablilizes, match the hatch with your flies or try Sep's Pro Flashers trailing a 'crawler downrigged at 22'.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Manzanita Lake –  Closed until late May

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Shasta Lake   Not much has changed here as we are all still in the seasonal transition with trout and salmon in front of the dam.  Trout have been at 40 and 50 feet, and salmon from 60 to 80 feet.  The bass fishing has been excellent for numbers of smaller fish, but they have been scattered out to 25 feet.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Fall River -- Conditions are good, although still a little off-colored, but worth the trip.  Try PMDs, nymphs and dries or some callibaetis, mainly dries, leeches (little olive-black ones) and maybe some green drake dries.  The bite has not been red hot, but trout from 14 to 20 inches have been possible. 

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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

-Courtesy of  Western Outdoor News


Sacramento River 

Lower Sac - (Red Bluff & Anderson, California) 

KING SALMON FISHING -  Sacramento River Salmon Fishing Closed December 16th , 2015 - re-opening July 16, 2016

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   The Sacramento River below Shasta Dam - known as the Lower Sacramento, or "Lower Sac" - has to be rated as among the best tailwater fisheries in the country.

Current River Conditions:

Releases from Keswick are generally steady around 5,000 cfs. The river has continued to fish well since our last report. The sucker spawn bite may be winding down, but stonefly nymphs and various caddis patterns are working well. We've seen a few March Browns, Grannom (Brachycentrus), and Hydropsyche caddis hatches, but what has us excited is the increasing PMD activity. The springtime version of these insects are big! Oh yeah, the river closed above the Highway 44 bridge April 1st to all fishing to provide protection to the winter salmon run while they are spawning. It also gives the rivers big spawning rainbows a nice rest as well. This is a very small portion of the river we fish and should not affect your decision to fish this blue ribbon tailwater this spring!

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop

Upper Sacramento --Dunsmuir and surrounding 

Flows are averaging 1,700 cfs at the lower end of the river, this is big, and the recent warm days may bring increased snowmelt and the associated cloudiness will reduce your chances at these high flows. Ideal flows are around 7-900 cfs which won't happen for a while. If you go, head up river and hit those seams, creases, chutes and pockets behind large rocks. We recommend you throw stonefly nymphs teamed up with a caddis or mayfly nymph dropper

 -Courtesy of The Fly Shop


McCloud Reservoir --

After the trout fishing you'll have this place all to yourself.  There is good trout fishing here on leeches and dry flies down by the dam.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

McCloud River - Conditions are good with rubber legs and anything black working, plus there's no one here.

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Pit River - Check for big releases and always look at stream flow reports.  This river is only for the advanced outdoor person and angler - Be careful out there.  Warm days equal snowmelt and could mean cloudy water.  Big, dark flies work here, show them to the fish many times, as they often take it onece you've nagged them enough.  It's still running high but fishable.  Try big black nymphs, popper johns, or a Mercer Tb Pt Prince.

-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 -- Kokanee fishing has been excellent here for 13-inch salmon, with plenty of fish holding at 20 to 25 feet.  Won Staffer, Pat Young, fished here last week and they caught 25 fish and lost 10-15 more in 3 hours.  Trout fishing has been good for the very few here trolling, plus there have been a few baitfish hatches, a few bass and squawfish caught.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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