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Dunsmuir continues trophy trout program

06/15/15 -- Anyone can catch a trophy trout in Dunsmuir, California, this summer. Is that what you want to do on your vacation? There are many reasons you can do that in Dunsmuir. Plentiful water, easy access and the stocking of trout to seven pounds within the city limits.

The Upper Sacramento River is a productive and state-designated Wild Trout fishery and Blue Ribbon trout stream with plentiful water of high quality. Lots of cold water is released from 250 feet deep at the bottom of Box Canyon Dam. More melted glacier water enters the Upper Sac from Mossbrae Falls, just above the city of Dunsmuir where the upper section is spring fed and the lower is freestone.

There is easy river access and parking for the public at the Dunsmuir City Park and Tauhindauli Park. Other locations are near the numerous bridges at Scarlett Way, River, Butterfly, Shearer and Financial Avenues and on down to Sweetbriar. Most businesses have free fishing maps for visitors.

Fish stocking this summer
There is a new paradigm this year on stocking the rivers and lakes in California. The Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is reducing the total amount of fish being stocked in all California water bodies. Previously, they stocked 3 million fish, but this year it is almost halved to 1.6 million. The size of these state hatchery raised trout is smaller as well.

Upper Sacramento River trophy trout photos courtesy of the City of Dunsmuir.
Upper Sacramento River trophy trout, photos courtesy of the City of Dunsmuir.

In Dunsmuir, the city additionally stocks larger fish 14-22-inches and includes some that are trophy size. These fish are from the Hat Creek area at the Mt. Lassen Hatchery on the Bidwell Ranch where the fish are raised in a naturalistic way, exposed to aquatic insects. Their flesh is firm and they put up a good fight because they are energized and healthy. You’re not going to find this anywhere else in the state.

Visit the Dunsmuir Trophy Trout Facebook page. You can see what others have caught and add your own trophy selfie to the timeline.

People interested in getting a fishing license can go online at California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW). In Dunsmuir licenses can also be purchased at the Ted Fay Fly Shop and at Dunsmuir Hardware.

A resident is any person who has resided continuously in the State of California for six months or more immediately prior to the date of their application for a license or permit, any person on active military duty with the Armed Forces of the United States or auxiliary branch thereof, or any person enrolled in the Job Corps.

Persons 15 years old and under need no license, but those over 16 need one. A 1 day resident and non-resident license is $15.12. A 2 day license is $23.50. A 10 day license is $47.01 and an annual resident license is $47.01.

Upper Sacramento River trophy trout photos courtesy of the City of Dunsmuir.

More info on Upper Sacramento River trout fishing
General Trout Season goes from the last Saturday in April to November 15. During this time, the Upper Sacramento River is divided into three zones. Upstream of Scarlett Way is Zone 1 where only artificial/barbless lures and hooks are allowed and the fish must be caught and released back into the river. After taking a selfie with your trophy trout, of course!

Downstream from Scarlett Way to Sweetbriar is Zone 2 where five fish can be taken a day using any kind of tack. That means lures and hooks with barbs can be used and you can take your fish home with you for good eating, freezing or mounting your trophy.

Downstream from Sweetbriar to the Lake Shasta Reservoir we are back to artificial/barbless lures and hooks only and the fish must be caught and returned to the river. No keeping!

The Winter Trout Season extends from November 15 to the last Friday in April. In winter, the entire Upper Sacramento River is artificial/barbless lures or hooks and catch and release.

Accommodations and Amenities
Dunsmuir is famous for its restaurants from upscale Mediterranean to California cuisine and on to pizza, burgers, Asian, brew pub and more. Motels and vacation rentals abound. Find more information at the Dunsmuir Chamber website.

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