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Fishing Report

Week of: December 8, 2016

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

2016 - 2017 Fishing Regulations and info: 


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Baum Lake -- Trout fishing remains fair for fly fishermen and others trolling lures or bait fishing.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Bucks Lake -- Marina is closed for the winter and no fishing reports were available.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News


Eagle Lake –  Few anglers were on the lake due to rain and cold, snowy weather.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Fall River -- Season ended on November 15.  


Hat Creek  -- Season ended on November 15.  

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 -- Stormy weather kept most anglers off the lake last week.  Some trout action was posted on fast trolling hardware.  When weather conditions allow, the fly and bank fishermen have been picking up some quality fish in the coves.  Bank fishermen are floating nightcrawlers a couple of feet off the bottom to catch a few trout.

 -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 -- Fishing ramained slow with few anglers out this week due to bad weather conditions.  A few fly fishermen have been able to catch trout on brown Wooly Buggers and midges.  


 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 River - Season ended November 15.

Pit River - Bad weather kept most fly fishermen at home this week.

-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 fishermen are throwing big swimbaits in the upper areas of the lake arms to catch some fish to 5.5 pounds.  Trout fishing remains fair in the dam area on trolled lures.  Crappie fishing is good on small jigs anywhere anglers can find brushy areas.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Trinity Lake -- Bass fishing remains slow with few anglers out and the Trinity Alps Marina is closed for the winter.

-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 -- A few bass catches are being made, but it's basically slow fishing.  Kokanee fishing is very poor now and will remain that way during the winter months.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

Guides, Reports, Gear, Forecasts, Flows:

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Phil's Propeller

Sac River Guide

Ted Fay Fly Shop

The Fly Shop

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