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Shasta Cascade Fishing Report

Baum Lake -- Trout fishing remains good on baits and various flies, especially Zebras and damsels.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Bucks Lake -- Trout fishing has remained on the slow side lately with most fish under 12 inches.  The weather has been hot.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Eagle Lake -- Trout fishing remains slow for guides and anglers with only a few being caught.  The weather has been too warm.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Fall River -- Action remains good for fly fishermen with streamers.

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Feather River -- The Feather River fishing report for king salmon fishing is up and down. Most salmon are being caught out of outlet which has lots of boats and 100 bank fishermen.   If you are into boat banging try it out, we are not fans of large crowds. We have been focusing on the Sac River for salmon and doing just as well or better, with less pressure on the water.  For less crowds, stay on the Sacramento River. Striped Bass Fishing - Feather River Bass Fishing- The Feather River was producing nice striped bass. The bass fishing starting to slow as we move into summer. A few fish will follow the salmon up river so we may see a few stripers caught during salmon season. 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. Ranging in size from 4 pound to 12 pound bass. 

-Courtesy of SacRiverGuide.com

 

Hat Creek -- With all of the attention on other waters Hat Creek should be on your list of places to go. The warmer temps have the caddis coming off in the lower reaches above Lake Britton, so swinging a Bird's Nest or cinnamon Poopah will get the job done. Daily Trico spinner falls have the fish sipping in the mornings up on the flats. Swinging leeches will round out your day. Go have some fun! 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! Get on this river early and then again late if you want to find the biggest fish. 

- 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 -- With the releases below 1,000 CFS from Iron Gate the upper Klamath should be in good shape soon. We haven't had any reports, but some half-pounders should be showing up soon with the overall flows dropping throughout the drainage. It won't be long before this river will have some adults to chase. The Fly Shop's® Tips: 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 -- Slow trolling along the bottom remains the preferred fish-catching method.  Nightcrawlers and Gulp! worms naked or behind your favorite flasher or dodger continue to produce quality fish in deeper water.  Trolling between .8 and 1.1 mps without hardware and up to 1.5 mph has the bite good early one day and not and not happening until early afternoon the next.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Lake Oroville -- 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. 

 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 has been very good with lots of limits caught on Power Baits or trolled flashers/lures, from the maina up to the dam area.  An 8-pound rainbow was the top catch, but no angler name recorded.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Sacramento River -- Sacramento River salmon fishing is improving daily. 4 to 10 salmon being caught a day now. The salmon are here. Seeing limits. Size of salmon is averaging 10  to 15 pounds, with a few salmon 25 pounds plus. More salmon are arriving every day. Fishing all Northern areas of the Sacramento River, the King salmon are heading upriver, so the upper sections of the Sacramento River, above Sacramento Ca, have larger numbers of fish congregating in deep holes, with higher success of catching these beautiful Chinook King salmon, as seen below. Techniques used are back trolling Flat fish lures and bouncing roe. 

-Courtesy of Sac River Guide

 

Manzanita Lake -- We've had some reports of some good numbers of smaller fish being taken lately. Fish are taking midges and some small Baetis patterns. A good tactic to try during the warm summer months is to fish a leech pattern on an intermediate line. 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. The Fly Shop's® Tips: 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. Taper your leaders to 5x or 6x. Using a float tube or a pontoon boat, paddle out into the lake and look along the edges for cruising rainbows and browns. Airflo STREAMER MAX Sink Tip Line is a perfect line for retrieving and stripping Pheasant tail nymphs. Bring a float-tube so you can get out and cast towards the bank. It's tough to position your presentation from the shore. Too many obstacles to throw that back cast into. and Callibeeotis. Use a floating line and leader tapered to 6x with a bead head PT with a very, very, very slow retrieve. Fish will find your nymph and take it, but don't set the hook! Just lift and let line out until you can bend the rod without first breaking the fish off. 

-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

 

Pit River - Trout fishing remains fair at are No. 3, but still slow at areas 4 and 5 due to high water flows. 

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Shasta Lake  -- Trout and Salmon fishing time on Lake Shasta. Shasta lake has been the best we have ever seen for big rainbows  we've been catching limits for the last  two months.  Fish are averaging 1 to 5 pounds, 15 to 24 inches, All trout are being caught 100 to 125 ft. deep. Brown trout we have been catching around  80 feet.  My boat alone caught 14 Brown trout this year,  the biggest 6 pounds. The king salmon have been tough to find but when we get them they are big. 150 ft. on the depth.  For Bass fishing, top water, using Ricos and Poppers have been the best on the Pit Arm. Worms are still working well also. Really big fish being caught now, see pictures below. Catching monster fish. Lots of large fish, over 5 pounds. Catching a few beautiful Brown trout. Pro guide Captain Kirk is the Master at catching huge Browns on Shasta Lake.

-Courtesy of SacRiverGuide.com

 

Trinity Lake -- The water level continues to drop with the lake now down about 30 feet and still dropping.  Bass fishing remains fair in upper reaches of the lake with some topwater action in the early mornings.  Deep trolling is producing some kokanee action in the main body of the lake.  Streams that flow into the lake were planted with rainbows last week.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Trinity River -- The Trinity River flows are 1,100 CFS.  Salmon fishing this year for 2017 season will be open until August 31, 2017. After this date King salmon on the Trinity River will be closed for the remainder of the year. There will be other rivers open to salmon fishing . The Trinity River water flows are lower now and picking up a few a salmon. One salmon per boat has been the average, ranging in size from 10 to 15 lbs. Trinity Lake has been fishing well for Kokanee salmon , limits of fish most days. We will be fishing the Trinity River on and off throughout the year, as we approach these warm spring months for trout, as water levels allow. JUST AROUND THE CORNER - Prime months for steelhead fishing are October to February. 

- Courtesy of SacRiverGuide.com

 

Whiskeytown Lake -- Whiskeytown Kokanee Salmon Fishing is happening. Picking up lots of kokanee salmon, good fishing the last few days. Getting into nice salmon.  Big fish this year which is a great bonus ! Still producing limits they ate really nice fish they are starting to turn a little but very great eating.  Getting fish at 100 feet from the bridge to the dam mid day has been the best. Using bait and lures. Great for the whole family.      

-Courtesy of SacRiverGuide.com

 

Guides and Information(Click Name for more info): 

MyOutdoorBuddy.com

Marble Mountain Guest Ranch

Sac River Guide

The Fly Shop

Phil's Propeller

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