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Almanor (fresh water lake)
Updated 2015-01-15 09:26:18

Clear and cold every morning.

Just barely freezing over night, and then warming to the mid 50,s by 1:00 pm...that’s warm.


Clarity is poor, about 6 feet near Rec 1.  and it gets worst as you go north.  3.5 feet clarity near Big Springs, and the Branch.


The Hamilton Branch power house is running brown water down from Walker Lake again.


East shore and south to Canyon Dam has the best clarity.


Surface temps  averaging 39 to 40 degrees at mid day.


Rec. 2, and the USFS ramps are locked up with thin ice, about 1/4 inch, which melts away every afternoon.




Rec. 1 looks good. I launched there yesterday. The lake has come up enough to back in larger trailers. However take a look before backing down.


Best Bet, Canyon Dam ramp, it still has a dock and is free of ice. In fact the whole east basin is ice free.


The west side has some thin ice that disappears by mid morning.


Condition are excellent for trolling and bait fishing. Fishing Pressure is light. With this high pressure system lingering over the north state, the water is warmer that it should be for mid January.


Its been so warm that Cedar trees are already releasing pollen.

Thinking about coming up? Here's a few good places to start.

Canyon Dam,: All that big water around the dam has the most bait fish holding.


Speedy Shiners, Needlefish, trolled fast at 3.0 to 3.5 mph.


Or slow it down and run soft plastic smelt patterns. Dodger crawler rigs is a  presentation.


Always add a brush of Pro-Cure Trophy Trout scent to your lure or suspended baits.


Lake Cove, to the Dorado: This is a excellent trolling area during winter, or jig in front of the big house.


Geritol Cove at Canyon Dam: Chartreuse Power bait off the bottom, Or Suspend Roe 3 cranks up off the bottom.


We got a chance of Rain up here the next few days. As always check the weather before making the trek up here.

Doug Neal: (530) 258-6732

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Antelope Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-05-28 21:23:36

Antelope continues to fish well with cinnamon Jay Fair trolling flies, Needlefish or Rapalas. (530) 283-2733

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Baum Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-11-05 15:46:09

Baum has been kicking out fun days of fishing almost daily. Best bite happens early in the day, then again as the sun gets low on the horizon. Take note. We are getting into the best time of the year to fish here. The midge hatches in December can produce awesome fishing! The Fly Shop (530) 222-3555

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Britton (fresh water lake)
Updated 2011-10-19 16:32:37

Britton is slow with little pressure.  (530) 335-2381

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Buck's Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-09-24 16:37:48

Lake continues to drop. Some browns and brookies are being caught outside the inlets. Little pressure here. (530) 283-2733

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Bullard's Bar (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-09-10 18:03:57

Launching is possible at Dark Bay. Kokanee are being caught upriver at 45 feet deep. Best colors are orange and pink. Season is getting close to ending. There are spotted bass around the marina and boat docks. Lake is 45% full. Emerald Cove Resort & Marina (530) 692-3200

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Butt Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-07-16 23:01:52

Small pond smelt are plentiful and fish are gorging. Only experienced fly fishers are succeeding. (530) 283-2733    

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Cassel Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2011-11-09 21:34:25

Cassel is on the slow side, no matter the offering. Baum is producing much better.  (530) 335-2381

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Davis (fresh water lake)
Updated 2015-01-14 20:48:29

Ice fishing near the dam has been slow. Ice is safe from Coots Bay to the dam. Ice is 3 to 4 inches thick. Use caution. Guide Ed Dillard (530) 832-6394; JJ’s Grizzly Store (530) 832-0270

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Eagle Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-12-31 15:52:07

Closed until Memorial Day

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Fall River (fresh water river)
Updated 2011-04-28 06:02:20

No reason this shouldn't be a good trout opener option.

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Feather River (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-06-11 21:12:25

North Fork of Feather along Highway 70 has good evening action. Yellow sallies, caddis and some stoneflies are present. Fish First (530) 343-8300

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Frenchman (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-12-24 15:32:04

The fishing has slowed down a bit, but those willing to give it a try are catching some nice fish. Big Cove campground, east side of the dam and Turkey Point have been producing 15 to 20 inch trout.  Wiggin’s Outpost  (530) 993-4683

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Frenchman Reservoir (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-04-23 19:15:39

Trout are close to shore and have been biting on worms and marshmallows. Chilcoot and Frenchman campgrounds are open now and hopefully all the campgrounds will be open by this weekend. The docks are in at both boat ramps.  Wiggin’s Outpost  (530) 993-4683

Gold Lake Basin (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-08-27 20:48:02

Trout fishing at Gold Lake and Sardine Lake is rated as fair. (530) 862-1297

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Hat Creek (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-11-12 16:32:41

Small dark colored nymphs in #18-22 are the top bug early in the day. A selection of PMD and BWO duns should be in your fly box. You can get fish to chase after a dun imitation near sunset too. There's almost always at least one curious fish hanging around near sunset. You will find the most consistent fishing/hook-ups near the Power House #2 riffle. Bigger fish can found hunting the flats at sun up and near sun down. River closes to fishing Nov. 15. Lower Hat: Rim Rock Ranch (530) 335-7114; The Fly Shop (530) 222-3555

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Pit River (fresh water river)
Updated 2014-11-05 15:48:52

Anglers can do no wrong by fishing the Pit right now. Fishing has been great and we expect more good reports through the month. The Fly Shop (530) 222-3555

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Sacramento River (Redding) (fresh water river)
Updated 2015-01-14 20:49:45

This continues to be unfishable. Too dirty. The Fly Shop (530) 222-3555

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