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Hat Creek fishing well with fewer plantings


Article and photo by Mike Mogler
06/14/15 -- Despite a decrease in plantings by the CDFW at Hat Creek the fishing remains good for some quality rainbows and brook trout. This year's CDFW plantings, unlike the previous years have dwindled. Weekly plantings are now the norm for Hat Creek while in previous years twice weekly plantings were the norm.

I had the opportunity to talk with a few fishermen and business owners in the area and the consensus was with fewer fish in the system you have to work for them. Staying in one spot is no longer viable if you want to catch your limit. This is not a problem but a challenge. Anglers will have to make adjustments but there are plenty of surprisingly nice fish to be caught if one is determined.

I fished Hat Creek Campground and had several grabs on a size #12 black Wooly Bugger but never brought them to my net. Across from me were two anglers fishing the same hole but with much better results.

Hat Creek Rainbow photo by Mike Mogler, June 2015

Bob and his son, Michael of Petaluma, were fishing Hat Creek with some great results as you can see by this beautiful rainbow.

Bob and his son Michael were catching fish, releasing the smaller ones and landed a nice trophy while I was there. Both fishermen were using red salmon eggs and having a great time. It was nice to see young adults being mentored by parents in the ways of fishing. Way to go Bob! Keep up the good work, and Michael have fun!

What a great day to have the opportunity to fish Hat Creek and witness what transpired that morning. I’m looking forward to the next fishing adventure no matter where that maybe. In the meantime head-out and have a safe fun day outdoors and keep your line tight.


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