Dunsmuir begins stocking of trophy trout
By Gary Heffley
7/12/11 – The city of Dunsmuir, with guidance and approval of the California Department of Fish and Game is beginning a program to enhance the trout fishing opportunities in the Sacramento River which runs right through the middle of town.
Dunsmuir has long been a destination for trout anglers from all over the country. Ted Fay was world renown for his weighted flies which he tied in his shop in Dunsmuir and used to develop his popular style of nymphing on the river. The Ted Fay Fly Shop still exists in the middle of town and the current owner, Bob Grace offers sage advice as well supplying quality equipment to those who venture into the shop.
Beginning this week the city will complement the already generous weekly stocks by the California Department of Fish and Game by adding an additional 175 pounds of trophy trout from the Mount Lassen Trout Farm, ranging from 3 to 8 pounds directly into the river within the city limits of Dunsmuir. The weekly stocking zone of these trophy trout will be located roughly between the city park in the north end of town and the South First Street Bridge.
The DFG regulations in this stretch of the Upper Sacramento River allows for a 5 fish limit and the usage of all types of tackle. Bait fishing is allowed in the area with night crawlers, salmon eggs and crickets being very popular baits. Anglers tossing spinners and spoons also do very well and of course fly fishing anglers frequent this popular stretch of water. (If you fish outside of the Dunsmuir city limits on the Upper Sacramento be sure to check the DFG regulations as different stretches have very different limit and tackle/bait restrictions.)
Also real appealing to all anglers is the ease of river access in town. Parking is available in many spots right along the river where it is an easy walk to some great fishing water.
This program will give anglers of all ages and skill levels a real chance at catching a true trophy and maybe the trout of a lifetime.
Jim Lindley, the City Administrator, and the members of the city council are hoping this program will entice families and anglers to make Dunsmuir a vacation or weekend destination.
Dunsmuir is the perfect destination to use as a hub to explore the Mt. Shasta and Upper Sacramento River region. Dunsmuir is home to two beautiful waterfalls that can be reached with easy hikes, Mossbrae and Hedge Creek Falls. Railroad history is also rich in Dunsmuir and was even used as a setting in a popular Clive Cussler/Justin Scott novel “The Wreaker.” For railroad enthusiaste, don’t miss an opportunity to spend the night in a converted caboose or boxcar in Dunsmuir’s Railroad Park Resort. Quaint, friendly shops and cafes line the main streets through town just blocks from the river. There are resorts, motels and bed and breakfast inns to meet any traveler’s tastes.
The fishing and chances for a trophy may get you here, but the beauty and boundless opportunities of the area will capture your heart and imagination.
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