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Shasta Cascade Fishing Report

Shasta Cascade Fishing Report

Week of: November 6, 2017

(If there is no new reports, the previous report remains)

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/

Baum Lake -- We've heard from a few anglers that Baum Lake is still fishing well. Caddis, PMD's, Baetis, midges and Tricos should all be coming off daily. Look for noses poking up and post up well above your pod of fish for your best chances of hooking up. Don't forget to swing leeches or Buggers. They regularly release some giant brood fish, so don't be surprised when you are reeling in backing after one of these toads takes you for a ride. Try fishing one of Jay Fair's Burnt Orange Wiggle Tails or Zack's Swimming Leech on a Cortland Clear Camo Intermediate Fly Line.  This east side venue is a worthwhile spot to cast your next fly. Bring your pontoon boat, pram, driftboat or float tube. Get on the water early for best dry fly chances throwing #18 Adams or BWO patterns. Fish midge nymphs mid day.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop

 

Bucks Lake -- Fishing is still on the slow side with few anglers out, and the marina is shut down for the season.  It will re-open in April.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Eagle Lake -- Trolling flies produced good acton for trout, about 150 feet behind the boat and running four flies at 3 feet, 6 feet, 8 feet and 12 feet deep.  Action was between Shrimp Island and Pelican Point.  Good action was also seen for anglers off the Miners Camp area.  Season runs thru Dec. 31 then opens again in spring.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Fall River -- Now closed for the season.

-Courtesy of The Fly Shop

 

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 -- Now closed for the season.

- 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 -- The lake received over 2 inches of rain and added another 1/2 inch Thursday morning.  The super ditch was just flowing, but won't last long.  The forecast for the next week is more mild, wet weather with lows in the 30s and highs ranging from the low 50s to a predicted high of 63 by midweek, unseasonably warm, which could make for great fishing conditions.  Some anglers braved the 19-degree temperatures to catch rainbows, fast trolling hardware north of Rec. 2.

-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 is still good in the marina area on Power Baits, while the upper areas of the lake are producing trout limits on baits and trolled lures.

-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 SacRiverGuide.com

 

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 - Area #3 continues to produce some trout action on dark colored nymphs.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Shasta Lake  -- Anglers are catching lots of small spotted bass, and averaging 30 to 50 a day.  Neko and Ned rigs are working well 2 to 15 feet up rivers and creeks.  Fish off main body points and coves 20 to 40 feet, lick shake rigs.  White and nickel spinnerbaits are working early with a little wind!  Trollers pick up a few trout on lures behind flashers.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Trinity Lake -- Few anglers out either in the main lake or up at the north end.

-Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

 

Trinity River -- The Trinity River supports a healthy andronomous run of steelhead. Throughout the seasons on the We start targeting the famous steelhead of the Trinity River from September through February. The fish average 24-28 inches , 4-8 pounds with an occasional 12 pound steelhead.  From the Lewiston Dam downstream to the Lewiston Bridge  is the dedicated Fly Fishing Only section, from April to September.  This pristine area  is produces great fly fishing opportunities for steelhead fishing on the Trinity River.

- 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 are 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

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