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Fishermen enjoy Burney Falls area

Article and photos by Alex Colvin
06/19/15 -- Shawn Lewis at Burney Sporting Goods says that fishing on Lake Britton, on the Pit River below Lake Britton Dam, and in Burney Falls State Park is fair to good. Regulations vary, so be sure to have a copy of the CA DFW Freshwater Fishing regulations in your possession before fishing.

On Lake Britton fishing for crappies and blue gill is good with meal worms and crappie jigs. Bass fishing, however, has slowed a bit since the weather has warmed up. Bass are staying down deep or in shaded areas that are harder to fish. There are some trout in the lake, but with the warmer temperatures many have moved up into the streams where it is cooler.

Lake Britton has three campgrounds: North Shore, Dusty Camp, and McArthur-Burney Falls State Park. Showers and bathrooms are available in McArthur-Burney Falls State Park.

A man fishing at the fast moving Burney Creek, surrounded by Forest, photo by Alex Colvin
Steve from Auburn was fishing Burney Creek with salmon eggs on June 18.

On Pit River below Pit No. 3 (Lake Britton Dam) to the outlet of the Pit 3 Powerhouse the fishing for trout is good. Special regulations apply. On this part of the Pit, fishing is restricted to artificial lures with barbless hooks. There is a limit of two fish, and an 18-inch minimum size for each fish.

An angler, with pole and knee deep, on the Pit River near the Talus Siren River access, photo by Alex Colvin
This angler was trying his luck on the Pit River near the Talus Siren River access on Thursday.

Below Pit No.3 Powerhouse downstream to Pit No. 7 dam, fishermen are primarily using bait. The best baits are night crawlers and crickets. If you want to try Lures, Panther Martins, spinners, and Kastmasters are best. Here also, the best flies are P.T. nymphs, Micro May, Stones, Caddis, Princes and Hellgrammites. The limit for trout is five.

Within McArthur-Burney Falls Park itself, Burney Creek has both wild and stocked trout. The creek is regularly stocked. Above the falls, lures, flies, and bait all are effective. From the base of the falls to Lake Britton, only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. There is a 2 fish limit and no fish over 14 inches may be taken.

For additional information about this area, visit our Intermountain-Hat Creek page.

Alex Colvin is co-owner of The Lace Gallery in Burney, California. He previously wrote for non-profit corporations in the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Since returning to Burney, where he has deep family roots, Alex and his wife Linda have dedicated themselves to exploring and photographing the natural beauty of Northern California.


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