Baum Lake

Baum Lake is a lake with a current so it fishes like a spring creek.  With great fishing through the winter months, it is a fun trouty destination. If nothing else, Baum Lake is a fantastic fall back plan if calling your trip off due to muddy rivers is not an option.  Though the average trout in Baum Lake is 13” this lake is home to some very large trout. It is a location to think of when targeting trophy trout.  This is a put and take fishery so it’s a great location to grab dinner. 

Equipment List

  • Fishing License
  • Trout 9-10ft, 3-5wt rod, a floating line and a reel with a good drag  
  • 9ft, 6wt rods with sinking lines type 1-3 or sink tip lines
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Cooler for your catch
  • Children 12 and under must have a Coast Guard approved life jacket
  • Positive fishing attitude 

Cost

  • $500 per boat, up to 2 anglers per boat a 3rd angler may be added for $200
  • Trip includes all rods, tackle, lunch, soft drinks, safety equipment
 

 

Lake McCumber

Lake McCumber is a great destination for late winter early spring fishing where there are planted Rainbow and Brown Trout.  There are plentiful trout that can be taken on nymphs, dry flies, and streamers.  Being a put and take fishery it is a great place to get a few fish for the frying pan.  This little lake “weeds” up come late spring so if you would like to fish this wonderful lake think early to mid-spring. The fishing can be hot and heavy. 

Equipment List

  • Fishing License
  • Primary 9-10ft, 4-5wt rod, a floating line 
  • Streamer fishing 9ft, 5-6wt rods with sinking lines type 1-3 and sink tip lines
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Cooler for your catch
  • Children 12 and under must have a Coast Guard approved life jacket
  • Positive fishing attitude 

Cost

  • $500 per boat, up to 2 anglers per boat a 3rd angler may be added for $200
  • Trip includes all rods, tackle, lunch, soft drinks, safety equipment
 

 

Iron Canyon Reservoir

Iron Canyon Reservoir is said to have the hardest fighting fish in the North State.  It is a phenomenal reservoir to fish.  Fishing here can be great year-round and with many different tactics.  Nymphing aquatic worms, midges, and small mayfly patterns work well also striping small leech and baitfish patterns.  Iron Canyon Reservoir is one of the favorites at HarvestWild.  Iron Canyon Reservoir is a dammed portion of Iron Canyon Creek, a tributary of the Pit River.  McCloud River water is syphoned from Lake McCloud over to Iron Canyon Reservoir on its way to the power plants on the Pit River.  Since the lake is managed for hydroelectric purposes by PG&E, it can fluctuate wildly but the fish here are ready to eat.  This fishery is a good place if a trout dinner is on your mind.

Equipment List

  • Fishing License
  • Primary 9-10ft, 5-6wt rod, a floating line
  • Streamers 5-6wt rods with sinking line type 1-3 and sink tip lines
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Children 12 and under must have a Coast Guard approved life jacket
  • Cooler for your catch
  • Positive fishing attitude 

Cost

  • $500 per boat, up to 2 anglers per boat a 3rd angler may be added for $200
  • Trip includes all rods, tackle, lunch, soft drinks, safety equipment
  • There is a local shuttle service at an additional charge if requested expect $25-$50
 

 

McCloud Reservoir

This gem of a lake is full of opportunity and trout, both Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout call this river home.  There is a strong hatchery program for Rainbow Trout and a healthy wild population.  Sight cast to cruising trout or stripping streamers while blind casting to the bank can produce both trout species that McCloud Reservoir homes.  Nymphing can be productive as well as dry fly fishing Callibaetis and terrestrials.  This river fishes well year-round and can be a great fall back option as well as a destination all to itself.  The Lake has a beautiful blue green hue that takes your breath away.  The mouth of the McCloud can be very good and fishes like a spring creek. 

Equipment List

  • Fishing License
  • Primary 9-10ft, 4-6wt rod, a floating line
  • Streamer Rod 9ft, 5-6wt with full sinking line Type 1-3
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Children 12 and under must have a Coast Guard approved life jacket
  • Cooler for your catch
  • Positive fishing attitude 

Cost

  • $500 per boat, up to 2 anglers per boat a 3rd angler may be added for $200
  • Trip includes all rods, tackle, lunch, soft drinks, safety equipment
 

 

Shasta Lake

One word to sum up Shasta Lakes fly fishing opportunity is immense.  With 365 miles of shoreline and 30,000 acres of surface area, you could get lost out there.  The lake is home to a plethora of game species including Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Spotted Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Small Mouth Bass, a variety of sun fish and Carp.  To say this is the least tapped fly fishing resource in the state would be fair.  The fishing here can be astounding at times and good most days. There are bait fish (threadfin shad) along with a host of juvenile fish that larger fish feed on.  Other forage includes terrestrials and crawdads.  If interested in fishing Shasta Lake please feel free to email, call or text to get a fishing report.  

Equipment List

  • Fishing License
  • Trout 9-10ft, 5-6wt rod, a floating line
  • Bass 9ft, 5-8wt rods with floating and sinking lines and shooting heads
  • Carp 9ft, 5-6wt with floating line
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Cooler for your catch
  • Children 12 and under must have a Coast Guard approved life jacket
  • Positive fishing attitude 

Cost

  • $500 per boat, up to 2 anglers per boat a 3rd angler may be added for $200
  • Trip includes all rods, tackle, lunch, soft drinks, safety equipment
 

 

Keswick Reservoir

Keswick Reservoir is known by the locals to be challenging, different and quite special.  It warrants a guided trip for the eager angler ready to catch trophy wild Rainbow and Brown Trout.  It consists of 9 miles of water and is located between Shasta Dam and Keswick Dam where its purpose lies in moderating the conditions in Shasta Lake and the Sacramento River as well as its demands to downstream irrigation and power commitments.  Due to the important role it plays in Sacramento River water management, the lake level can fluctuate throughout the day presenting challenging yet exciting fishing conditions. It is safe to say that this fishery gets very little fishing pressure due to its limited access.  Being a capable caster is essential to success, 30ft+ is recommended. Small Midges are the go-to here but we also fish leaches, caddis, small mayflies and bait fish imitations. The average trout is 16” and 25 inchers are not uncommon. Keswick Reservoir looks like a spring creek up on the top and a lake at the bottom. The season to fish this year-round fishery is best from February through July. 

Equipment List

  • Fishing License
  • Trout 9-10ft, 5-6wt rod, a floating line and a reel with a good drag 
  • Streamer Rig 9ft 6-7wt rod with full sinking line
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Children 12 and under must have a Coast Guard approved life jacket
  • Positive fishing attitude 

Cost

  • $500 per boat, up to 2 anglers per boat a 3rd angler may be added for $200
  • Trip includes all rods, tackle, lunch, soft drinks, safety equipment
 

 

Lewiston Lake

Lewiston Lake is one of California’s best kept secrets. It offers a gorgeous, quiet and peaceful setting. It starts at the base of Trinity Dam and holds cold water year-round. The portion below Trinity Dam has a slight current.  Boats are limited to a 10mph speed limit on this lake making it a smooth ride and a great year-round fishery. Lewiston Lake is home to Rainbow Trout ranging from 12” to 16” with the ever common 18+ incher.  There are many ways to fish on this lake which keeps it exciting. We often will sight fish for cruising trout, go for a dry dropper, strip leaches or use bait fish patterns.  We start targeting Lewiston Lake in March.  March through late summer offers some of the best Mayfly hatches.  Some days we can fish top water and set the hook on rising trout. Also, a bonus, if you are looking to book a place to stay nearby we have a vacation rental cabin within a 10-minute drive. You can visit the site below:

The Lewiston Cabin→

Equipment List

  • Fishing License
  • Trout 9-10ft, 5-6wt rod, a floating line and a reel with a good drag 
  • Streamer Rig 9ft, 5-6wt rod, and a full sinking line
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Cooler for your catch
  • Children 12 and under must have a Coast Guard approved life jacket
  • Positive fishing attitude 

Cost

  • $500 per boat, up to 2 anglers per boat a 3rd angler may be added for $200
  • Trip includes all rods, tackle, lunch, soft drinks, safety equipment
 

 

Trinity Lake

Trinity Lake is an incredible Small Mouth Bass fishery. There are other fish here like Large Mouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, and land locked King Salmon.  This fly fishery is best for targeting strong aggressive Small Mouth Bass.  The mouths of the many tributaries can offer some great trout fishing in the summer months when hatches concentrate the fish. Top water fishing can be stellar as well so if you like to see bass blow up on top this could be the place for you. 

The Lewiston Cabin→

Equipment List

  • Fishing License
  • Trout 9-10ft, 5-6wt rod, a floating line
  • Bass 9ft, 5-8wt rods with floating and sinking lines (type 1-6) and shooting heads
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Cooler for your catch
  • Children 12 and under must have a Coast Guard approved life jacket
  • Positive fishing attitude

Cost

  • $500 per boat, up to 2 anglers per boat a 3rd angler may be added for $200
  • Trip includes all rods, tackle, lunch, soft drinks, safety equipment
 

 

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