MyOutdoorBuddy.com, Fishing News
New Feature

Click on Columnists  to access travelogues, field reports, advice, humorous tales and answers to your Q’s! 





Products-Services


Website of the Week

                                





McCloud Reservoir offers lots of action

Article and photos by Scott Caldwell
08/23/15 -- First time McCloud reservoir fisherman Bryan Ischo and his 7 year old son Graham had a fantastic Friday (August 21). We all arrived at the McCloud just shy of 6 a.m. and were promptly greeted by two bald Eagles fishing and feasting on the many happy jumping trout. Conner and I quickly launched the 21-foot Willie Raptor into the reservoir. Getting an early start at McCloud is not often necessary but it is sure nice being the first boat on the water as the sun rises.

 Bryan Ischo and his son Graham aboard small fishing boat, each holding fishing pole with the young boy also holding up his fish, photo by Scott Caldwell
There were two father and son teams aboard on Friday. Bryan Ischo and his son Graham along with me and my son Conner.

Trolling slowly away from the dock, and I do mean slowly (.5 to 1.5mph), we put out the first set 6-pound ultra-light rods, one of which was loaded up with a Sep's dodger and grub dipped in Pro-Cure shrimp/krill oil, and the other with a Sep's dodger and a threaded worm trailer also dipped in the shrimp/krill oil. I like this particular oil because it puts out one heck of scent trail and you can see it working in the clear McCloud water.

The next two rods Conner and I put out had Yakima bait company's Maglip 3.0 on them. Those offerings were put on a downrigger and dropped down between 25 and 40 feet. Of course, we were not able to get all four rods out before young Graham had his first fish of the day a fat 1 pound McCloud Rainbow Trout.

7-year old Graham Ischo reeling in his easy catch on McCloud Reservoir, photo by Scott Caldwell
7-year old Graham Ischo quickly learned just how exciting it can be to fish for McCloud Reservoir’s trout.

Many of the trout we caught and released were in the 3/4 to 2-pound class. These fish have a lot of spunk jumping like steelhead and putting up a great battle on ultra-light gear. McCloud Reservoir offers three species of trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) and according to my son Conner, the McCloud brown is by far and away the best eating trout around. Within the first 1/2 mile Bryan and Graham had caught and released six trout, two browns and four rainbows. All 4 set ups produced trout.

Graham Ischo and this trout were ready for their close-up on McCloud Reservoir. photo by Scott Caldwell
Graham Ischo and this trout were ready for their close-up on McCloud Reservoir.

We often catch brown trout on the downrigger in that 20 to 40 foot depth range. McCloud Reservoir is an extremely steep sided and deep channel body of water. The reservoir from the dock out to the dam is 100 to 200 feet deep and it provides plenty of structure for ambush and escape opportunities. Trolling slow is an extremely effective method often providing constant action all day. It is not uncommon to catch and release 20 to 50 trout in a day.

Graham and Conner posed for this shot with Bryan and Graham’s limit of trout, which were headed for the BBQ. Photo by Scott Caldwell
Graham and Conner posed for this shot with Bryan and Graham’s limit of trout, which were headed for the BBQ.

One can fish McCloud using almost any method from bait to fly fishing depending on the time of year and time of day, but it is best fished from a boat or personal water craft. The rocky, steep, stumpy terrain of McCloud makes for extremely difficult access for those who want to fish from the bank.

We trolled most of the morning catching and releasing the better part of 30 trout. Bryan and Graham took a limit of trout (3 browns, 1 brook, and 1 rainbow) to BBQ for lunch at Lake Siskiyou where they were camping.

Lake Siskiyou is another fantastic fishery that offers outstanding camping opportunities and other amenities. McCloud reservoir is a year round fishery as long as snow does not build up cutting off access. I have openings if you would like to book a trip and can be reached by phone 530-905-0758 or email scott@caldwellfishing.com.

Fishing Reports

A Hot Summer’s Day on Chico Creek
A Hot Summer's Day on Chico Creek, Steven T. Callan
On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
07/25/16 -- I’ve been exploring Northern California’s streams -- above and below the surface -- for most of my life. One of my most memorable adventures took place on a hot summer’s day in 1964, not long after my sixteenth...Full Story
Brownie’s Choice
Art work by Isabella Langaman
By Don Webster
Disregard the story’s title. I don’t really have a “first” name. If I did, it would probably be something like Leviathan or Behemoth or maybe Lunker. Officially, I’m a trout. A brown trout. A giant, brown trout. Possibly the biggest, fattest...Full Story
Keddie Ridge
Scouting Deerheart Lake, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
11/14/15 -- Adjacent to both Lake Almanor and Mountain Meadows, between the towns of Westwood and Greenville, is a seemingly forgotten piece of backcountry; Keddie Ridge – aka Ridge World – where ancient rocks... Full Story
Let’s check out the Upper Sac
Lake Siskiyou with Mt. Shasta standing sentinel. photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
09/06/15 -- The Upper Sacramento River – The Upper Sac – begins at Lake Siskiyou’s Box Canyon Dam and continues ~37 miles downstream to Lake Shasta. It is a classic freestone river born from the Mt. Shasta and Mt. Eddy... Full Story
How to make Tuscan Tuna Salad with Fennel By Frank Galusha
05/04/15 -- OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not... Full Story
Fishing the Klamath below JC Boyle Dam
 Brian Buckingham with one of the larger fish from this section. This trout, estimated at 2 lbs., was caught near the BLM campground on the west shore six miles down the JC Boyle Dam on the Klamath River in Southern Oregon. Photo by author
By Trouteagle
03/02/15 -- Year round trout action can be found on the Klamath River within the 20 or so miles of free flow within Oregon and California. While fishing below the flumes at the JC Boyle powerhouse, it can be difficult to know just when...Full Story
Climbing Terms for the Fisherman
Trailhead Tales by Jim Broshears
10/14/14 -- For those of us who prefer to fish the rugged and remote streams and rivers for the elusive wild trout, rock climbing is a skill that is required to reach the special places where catching the big one is a “sure thing.” The skills...Full Story
German brown trout afternoon in Modoc
german brown trout in Modoc creek. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Lea Huetteman
09/04/14 -- Catching a German Brown Trout from the creeks in Modoc County is a fine way to spend an afternoon. There are many creeks in this part of California that drain the Warner Mountains. Stream trout fishing in this region opens...Full Story
Throw the kitchen sink at them
Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers, myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article and photos by Phil Akers
08/20/14 -- Our wilderness areas are special, where Mother Nature is landlord and natural forces operate freely. Within the wilderness you will find no roads, shelters, picnic tables, toilets, or other conveniences. You enter at...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
03/06/04 -- Humboldt Bay, a busy commercial harbor and home port to many charter and private offshore fishing boats, is also popular with shore-based anglers and small boaters seeking bottomfish, sharks, crabs and clams...Full Story
Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story

 

Your outdoor adventures have only just begun
Northern California Fishing News, Northern California Hunting Reports

Fishing News

Northern California and Southern Oregon offer superb fresh and saltwater fishing. Before you make a trip, make sure you have
up-to-date news about where the fish are biting!

Hunting News

This region is also famous for its world-class hunting opportunities. Make sure you are armed with the absolute latest news by checking
the reports being filed daily at MyOutdoorBuddy.com.

Northern California Outdoor News, Northern California Outdoor Reports Outdoor News 

If you like to explore the great outdoors your choices are essentially infinite in Northern California and Southern Oregon. Use our news pages to plan your next outing!

Northern California Destination News, Northern California Destination Reports

Destinations

So many places to visit and so little time, but if you scan
these pages you'll know in advance what lies ahead and what
not to miss in the almost-mythical State of Jefferson.
Buddy Photos

You are there! Towering mountains, vast valleys, unique shorelines. Land, water and air bursting with life. Opportunity presents itself. Llghting is right. Click! An image is captured for the ages.

Photo Galleries, MyOutdoorBuddy.com

Photo Galleries

A preview of coming attractions...if you are planning a trip to this area be forewarned: What photographers have captured will whet your appetite for what will be an outdoor journey filled with wonders.  

Product & Services Directory

Don't let anything come between you and a wonderful weekend, vacation or or auto tour in this region. The fine product and services providers listed here will have what you need to enjoy your visit.  

Come back to MyOutdoorBuddy.com for more Northern California and Southern Oregon fishing, hunting and outdoor news, reports, information, opinions and photos.

Facebook

A friend to all who love the outdoors since 2006

Website Design Photo Credits: MyOutdoorBuddy.com thanks the following individuals for contributing photographs for use on our Home and Section pages: Anders Tomlinson of Tule-Lake.com, Casey Allen of Bayside, CA; Jason Haley of Medford, OR; Steve Breth of Burney, CA; Tracy McCormack of Eureka, CA; Grant Thompson of Grand Junction, CO; Richard Bott of Shingletown, CA; Ron Loftus of Yreka, CA; Scott Caldwell of Montague, CA; Lorissa Soriano of Alturas, CA and the late Dave Menke, formerly with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Website Design by Anders Tomlinson

©Copyright 2005-2015 by Frank Galusha, Editor and Publisher. Articles and photos are copyright protected and are published exclusively on the Internet by the publisher and may not be copied, displayed, reproduced or published in any other form without the express written permission of same who reserves all rights. Material supplied by others is the copyrighted property of the respective authors. Re-use of any MyOutdoorBuddy content, graphics and photos without written permission by the author(s) for any purpose is strictly prohibited.