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Shasta Cascade Fishing Report

Week of: June 6, 2017

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/

 

Various Contributors - See Individual reports  

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, Woolley Buggers and swung Zug Bugs. Small midges in black and red work well under indicators here. Come on out for this standby sleeper when the pressure pushes you off of your favorite stream.  Try fishing one of Jay Fair's Burnt Orange Wiggle Tails or Zack's Swimming Leech on a Cortland Clear Camo Intermediate Fly Line.

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

 

Bucks Lake -- A few anglers are catching browns, rainbows, brook trout and mackinaws.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Eagle Lake –  Trout fishing season started May 27th.

 

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. Don't miss out on this great destination. The Hex hatch is right around the corner!

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop

 

Feather River -- The Feather River is producing some striped bass now. 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. 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 and the road is accessible to get up and around the lake. Frenchman, Spring Creek, and Big Cove campgrounds are open to camping. Chilcoot and Cottonwood should be up and running around May 20th. We have been getting great feedback from bank fishing, fly fishing, and trolling with fish averaging 16-20" in length and some catching 2-3 pounders! Night-crawlers appear to be the #1 choice of bait. 

- Courtesy of Wiggins Trading Post 

 

Hat Creek -- Hat Creek continues to fish well with the Salmonflies beginning to show in force. Haven't heard any bad reports, so fish the Power House 2 riffle all the way to the Britton fish weir. For a great dry/dropper rig try a big Chubby Chernobyl or an Oregon Rogue Stone and drop a Rubberlegs and mayfly nymph of your choice. You'll be pulling those droppers off really soon! 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.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop

 

Lake Almanor -- Fast trolling speedy shiners is producing nice rainbow trout. A few boats were anchoring up and catching rainbows and browns with nightcrawlers suspended just off the bottom.

-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 -- High water conditions continue to hamper the trout angling.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Lower Sacramento River --

Lower Sacramento River trout fishing is excellent. We are catching Rainbows and steelhead, incredible numbers, 50 fish days. 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 Reservoir -- No reports available due to snowy conditions.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

McCloud River - The river below Lake McCloud has dropped considerably with flows at 328 CFS now. It is fishing well and you can get in to your favorite riffles, runs and pockets. Hatches are picking up and with improving clarity the fish are grabby. Expect to see some salmonflies and yellow stones coming off soon. Otherwise, the good mayfly and caddis hatches are just around the corner. We haven't heard what the status of the repairs to the road in to Ah-Di-Na & the Nature Conservancy section lately. There is a temporary fix and they plan to keep it open as much as possible.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop

 

Medicine Lake -- Heavy snow, few anglers.

 -Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Pit River - Waters remain high and fishing is tough, but section 3 is producing a few catches.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Shasta Lake  -- Catch Rainbow trout, main body of lake, trolling 40 to 80 ft deep. Catching a few really nice size Brown trout.  We are moving into Trout and Salmon fishing time on Lake Shasta.  The lake's water level is near full. Book now. Summer months are excellent fishing months.  Lake Shasta has the best action for every level of fisherman. Great for the kids and families. Fully covered, huge jet boats, and we are fishing 7 days a week. Picking up spotted bass and small mouth bass. Bass fishing is great. Lots of small fish, with the largest bass this week was 4 pounds. Using tube worms and spinner baits are producing the most fish, focusing on the coves and shoreline. This week expect warm weather and lots more excellent bass fishing. 

 -Courtesy of SacRiverGuide.com

 

Trinity Lake -- Bass fishing is finally starting to pick up at the north end of the lake in the brushy areas, caught on swimbaits, plastic worms, crank plugs and Hula Poppers. Trout action is fair at the mouths of the smaller tributaries, while trollers are picking up a few kokanee salmon on lures.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Trinity River -- The Trinity River flows are 300 CFS. We are back on the river this week. Steelhead fishing is fair to good. Fishing above Junction City.  Prime months for steelhead fishing are October to February. (Note from Shasta Cascade: Be aware of high/fast flows as trinity lake releases more water now)

-Courtesy of Sac River Guide

 

Whiskeytown Lake -- Most anglers are now having a real tough time getting a limit of kokanee. Kokanee bugs on 9-inch leaders have been working in green or orange colors. Only a few bass catches have been reported.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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