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Trout plants continue at Hat Creek

By Mike Mogler
09/22/15 -- I had the opportunity to fish Hat Creek Thursday and was pleasantly surprised with a few late morning brook trout. I had planned to fish this week since the crowds of campers and anglers are back to work, students are back in school and we are seeing much cooler temperatures. With fewer anglers trying there is less pressure on the fish and cooler temperatures allow for more active fish.

CDFW is currently planting Hat Creek, Burney Creek, Grace Lake and other areas in Shasta County. Go to the CDFW webpage for more information and dates on the plantings, which may help you plan your next fishing trip. Hat Creek was planted on two days this month: Sept. 9th and 13th and with less fishing pressure it added up to a great fishing day.

lady with brook trout from Hat Creek, Photo courtesy of Mike Mogler
A happy angler caught this beautiful brook while fishing Hat Creek. Photo courtesy of Rim Rock Ranch

Most plantings are comprised of pan-size fish, either rainbows or brook trout. Based on reports from other fishermen, Hat Creek brook plants are more numerous than rainbows. Along with the smaller pan-sized trout there’s a good chance to catch a large brook or even a rainbow brood trout which are added periodically to these plants. These larger trout usually run between 3 and 5 pounds and are exciting to catch.

I will plan my next fishing trip before the seasons ends on Hat Creek November 15 so in the meantime go fishing and keep those lines tight.


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