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General Trout Season closes 11/15...but it's not over!


By Gary Heffley

What has been seen as a good overall stream trout season by most anglers will be closing on waters affected by the general trout season. Many popular Northern California streams such as, Hat Creek, Deer Creek and McCloud River as well as those in the Northern and Eastern Sierras will close to anglers after November 15.  The outlook is good for the closing weekend as the overall weather picture is good and the recent storm runoff should be cleared off by the weekend.

But trout fishing is not done by a long shot. Special regulations exist on the Upper Sacramento River and Pit River that allows angling throughout the year. Lewiston Lake and Baum Lake offer some excellent opportunities to test your skills in the slow moving waters these lakes provide. Winter at Baum can produce both quantity and quality fishing days.

The Lower Sacramento River through Redding offers some of the best access for waders during the winter months between storms and can be very effective as well. And of course do not forget the steelhead opportunities on coastal and some valley rivers.

Eagle Lake is open until December 31rst and of course Pyramid Lake in Nevada is famous for the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout that will test any anglers tackle and skills. Most lakes like Shasta, Trinity, Siskiyou and Collins provide great fishing as well year round.  For the adventurous some lakes like Lake Davis and Castle Lake will offer ice fishing opportunities as winter settles in.

As always check regulations for trout opportunities. Take, tackle, bait and barb restrictions may vary for location to location.


Fishing Reports

Collins Lake cats are catch of the day!
Amelia Burton and her dad with catfish, courtesy of Collins Lake
By Kathy Hess Collins Lake Reporter
08/26/16 -- Catfish were #1 this past week and it didn't matter what the bait was, they seem to like it all,  tarting with Amelia Burton who fished off the dock with her Daddy, they caught two nice Cats (biggest was 4 lbs.) and they...Full Story
Lower Klamath quota reached quickly
Steve Murrish wi chinook, courtesy of Alan's Guide Service
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
08/25/16 -- Just after the additional water released from Iron Gate Dam hit the mouth of the Klamath River, controversial news broke from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. On Tuesday, the CDFW determined the...Full Story
Striped and Black Bass Petition Withdrawn 08/24/16 -- Here's reaction from the Golden Gate Salmon Association executive director John McManus to the Striped and Black Bass petition being withdrawn: The entire fishing community united in opposition to this anti-fish proposal...Full Story
Klamath River gets more water!
Lady holding Klamath River Steelhead, courtesy of Jeff Goodwin Guide Service
By Jeff Goodwin
08/21/16 -- I've scheduled a short season on the coast this week and have been fishing the Klamath River for King salmon and steelhead. Fishing has been slow, but there are some fish in the system. Currently the water levels on the...Full Story
Fish the incoming tide for superperch
Thai-Maia Le Guellec holding surf perch, by Larry Ellis
On Oregon Waters by Larry Ellis
08/20/16 -- Surf fishing for surfperch isn't just a May thing - it's a summer thing! Actually it's a thing-thing! Surfperch are available all year long for those who know how to fish the tides, and fishing the proper part of the tide means...Full Story
Collins Lake first fish ever catches!
boy with catfish, by collins Lake
By Kathy Hess, Collins Lake Reporter
08/19/16 -- Ryan Miller from Boulder Creek broke his arm just days before their camping trip, it didn't slow him down from swimming with his newly acquired waterproof cast however! He also brought his little friend Rheese Keller and...Full Story
Buoy 10 Book Release
Buoy 10 by Larry Ellis 
08/07/16 -- Every year between August 1st and Labor Day — just 31 days — 100,000 anglers from around the world make the pilgrimage to Buoy 10 on the Columbia River to fish for the millions of salmon that funnel through this...Full Story
Buoy 10 salmon fishery opens August 1
Buoy 10
07/29/16 -- The popular Buoy 10 salmon fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River opens to Coho and Chinook fishing Monday, Aug. 1, with another strong return of nearly one million fall Chinook predicted. The Buoy 10 fishery is the first... Full Story
August 1 brings changes to Sac River By Gary Heffley
07/26/16 -- A couple of major fishing regulation changes for the Sacramento River in Shasta and Tehama Counties will take effect on August 1, opening a couple of popular stretches of water to both trout and salmon anglers...Full Story
Gravel Bar Anglers-Bridge Closure Alert By Gary Heffley
07/26/16 -- Jelly's Ferry Rd. Bridge across the Sacramento River which provides access to the Gravel Bar from the Red Bluff area and points south from the Jelly's Ferry exit off Hwy 5 is closed due to a recent fatal vehicle accident...Full Story
A Hot Summer’s Day on Chico Creek
A Hot Summer's Day on Chico Creek, Steven T. Callan
On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
07/25/16 -- I’ve been exploring Northern California’s streams -- above and below the surface -- for most of my life. One of my most memorable adventures took place on a hot summer’s day in 1964, not long after my sixteenth...Full Story
July 2 is Free Fishing Day in California
Man fishing in creek, by CDFW
06/30/16 -- Have you ever felt the excitement of catching a fish? This summer, angling novices can experience the thrill for free. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites all Californians to fish on July 2 and...Full Story
Brownie’s Choice
Art work by Isabella Langaman
By Don Webster
Disregard the story’s title. I don’t really have a “first” name. If I did, it would probably be something like Leviathan or Behemoth or maybe Lunker. Officially, I’m a trout. A brown trout. A giant, brown trout. Possibly the biggest, fattest...Full Story
Keddie Ridge
Scouting Deerheart Lake, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
11/14/15 -- Adjacent to both Lake Almanor and Mountain Meadows, between the towns of Westwood and Greenville, is a seemingly forgotten piece of backcountry; Keddie Ridge – aka Ridge World – where ancient rocks... Full Story
Let’s check out the Upper Sac
Lake Siskiyou with Mt. Shasta standing sentinel. photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
09/06/15 -- The Upper Sacramento River – The Upper Sac – begins at Lake Siskiyou’s Box Canyon Dam and continues ~37 miles downstream to Lake Shasta. It is a classic freestone river born from the Mt. Shasta and Mt. Eddy... Full Story
How to make Tuscan Tuna Salad with Fennel By Frank Galusha
05/04/15 -- OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not... Full Story
Fishing the Klamath below JC Boyle Dam
 Brian Buckingham with one of the larger fish from this section. This trout, estimated at 2 lbs., was caught near the BLM campground on the west shore six miles down the JC Boyle Dam on the Klamath River in Southern Oregon. Photo by author
By Trouteagle
03/02/15 -- Year round trout action can be found on the Klamath River within the 20 or so miles of free flow within Oregon and California. While fishing below the flumes at the JC Boyle powerhouse, it can be difficult to know just when...Full Story
The Mystery of the Middle Fork, Part IV
Jim Broshears, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
By Jim Broshears
11/10/14 -- This trip was to be the final chapter in the saga that began three years ago but is actually over 20 years in the making. As Bruce, Tuck and I journeyed back to the Middle Fork of the Feather River we made...Full Story
Climbing Terms for the Fisherman
Trailhead Tales by Jim Broshears
10/14/14 -- For those of us who prefer to fish the rugged and remote streams and rivers for the elusive wild trout, rock climbing is a skill that is required to reach the special places where catching the big one is a “sure thing.” The skills...Full Story
German brown trout afternoon in Modoc
german brown trout in Modoc creek. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Lea Huetteman
09/04/14 -- Catching a German Brown Trout from the creeks in Modoc County is a fine way to spend an afternoon. There are many creeks in this part of California that drain the Warner Mountains. Stream trout fishing in this region opens...Full Story
Throw the kitchen sink at them
Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers, myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article and photos by Phil Akers
08/20/14 -- Our wilderness areas are special, where Mother Nature is landlord and natural forces operate freely. Within the wilderness you will find no roads, shelters, picnic tables, toilets, or other conveniences. You enter at...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
03/06/04 -- Humboldt Bay, a busy commercial harbor and home port to many charter and private offshore fishing boats, is also popular with shore-based anglers and small boaters seeking bottomfish, sharks, crabs and clams...Full Story
Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story
Fishing with Phideaux
By Phil “Flip” Akers
01/26/14 -- Meet Phideaux, a 110-pound neurotic chocolate Lab. His name is pronounced “Fido” but it is spelled “Phideaux” because he is a Cajun dog. Anyway, last summer Phideaux took his human (that’s me) on a trout hunt up into...Full Story

 

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