Far Northern California Fishing Report #3
Yreka -- Resident Guy Ives, a rep for Pautzke's Pro Staff, Shasta Tackle Pro Staff, Team Shred Pro Staff, Team Rogue Rods and Team Berge Tackle sent in this report on fishing the upper section of the state.
McCloud Reservoir -- First, Ives noted, McCloud Reservoir is open all year and while sometimes crowded with visitors, trout fishing remains good to fair. The courtesy dock is available which means you have to give a $5.00 fee to use the ramp. The fishing is very good to fantastic. People are catching browns and rainbows. Go deep for the browns. Kastmasters and Little Cleo’s should work well. Jig deep with Buzz Bombs. And, there’s always Rainbow PowerBait. Try Pautzke’s eggs. It’s a fish’s natural instinct to pick up eggs. It seems olive is the color for throwing and trolling flies. Wooley buggers and a Leach patterns work very well (my favorite method). Usually, in the mornings and evenings if you throw a small Adams or a Griffith's Gnat, you'll have a lot of fun with the top water action.
Trolling a Sep’s Dodger with a worm trailer will catch trout all day. If you’re not into using worms, troll a Wooley bugger behind your dodger and put Krill scent on your bug. Also try a dark colored small grub behind your dodger.
I can’t emphasize this enough, if you troll, slow it down. You need to put your motor on the slowest speed. If you have a gas motor, put a trolling plate on it or troll backwards. If the wind is blowing, let the wind move your boat. SLOW IT DOWN.
Usually, this time of year, the speed boats and the PWC’s show up on the lake. There is no speed limit on the lake. You can still take home an easy limit of trout.
Lake Siskiyou – Open All Year -- Not too many people know that fish & Game plant Siskiyou with Eagle Lake Trout. These trout are some of the fastest growing trout around. With the colder weather, the fish are putting on the feed bag. Fishermen are reporting that the bite is excellent. The trollers are dragging Sep’s Sidekick Dodger or the bigger Sling Blade Dodger with a worm trailer or Ford Fenders pulling a worm. If you’re not into using worms, troll a Wooley bugger behind your dodger. A dodger and worm will catch fish all day. Go deep with a Buzz Bomb. If you’re trolling, troll real slowly. I mean, barely moving slow. Fly fisherman are throwing and trolling Wooley Buggers, black or olive or both. I think this method is the most productive. Pautzke’s Salmon Eggs work excellent. It’s a fish’s natural instinct to pick up an egg and Pautzke’s eggs are the best. Lake Siskiyou campground is usually full this time of year and I usually stay away from the lake. It’s too crowded for me. There is a lot of activity on the lake. Most of the time, you can catch an easy limit of trout before the crowds show up. The small mouth bass fishing is pretty good. Target structure for the smallies and in the evening, if you throw top water poppers with a fly rod, you can have a lot of fun.
Upper Klamath River --The flow is holding steady at 1,010 cfs. I would like to see it flowing between 1400 & 1600 cfs but, 1010 cfs is still fishable. A worm and a Corkie is always the go-to rig for steelhead and trout. This set up produces fish all year. Be patient, you’ll catch a bunch of the little fish but you’ll also catch the big ones. I believe in bigger presentation for bigger fish. I recommend using scents. Pulling plugs can also be very productive. Rebel Crawdads, Brads Little Wigglers and Hot Shots work great. The fly fishermen are throwing a dark buggy nymph or stone. Wooley Buggers, Leeches, Prince Nymphs or anything with a bead head are being productive. You can’t go wrong using dark, buggy flies. Tip, use two bead head flies under an indicator.
Upper Klamath River -- Right now, the Klamath River is warm and the flows are a little low. No need to worry, just fish the faster water. You see, the faster water has the oxygen content the fish need right now. Avoid the frog water, (slow moving water). Concentrate on the pocket water and the seams. The stretch of water behind and above the Fish Hook Restaurant is a great place to do some nymphing.
The Klamath River is starting to turn green from all the algae up above the dam. Also, when it starts to warm up, during the day, the inner tubers hit the river from the dam to The R Ranch. I call this time of day “The Rubber Hatch”. If it will float, people will be riding it down river.
Medicine Lake – Open -- Fishing is fantastic. Everything is working and the fish are hungry. No kidding, if you can’t hook a lot of fish on this lake, something’s wrong. Fish this lake with anything you want. From the bank or the shore, this lake will provide a fantastic
experience for everyone.
Copco/Iron Gate Lakes -- Copco and Iron Gate Lakes offer fantastic Perch fishing. I get more calls about fishing Iron Gate for perch than anything else. It's crazy on how many people fish for perch and how far they drive.
The perch fishing is fantastic right now. The neat thing about perch fishing is that a perch will bite anything once and that's all you need. I've caught perch with the gum in my mouth. Jigging a small Kastmaster works well. Drifting a worm on the bottom is your safest bet. Also, if you tie a small chunk of yarn above the hook and soak it in Krill, you don't have to mess with worms. If you want to fly fish for the perch, tie on a black or olive leach, soak it in Krill and hang on.
Usually all you need is a nightcrawler and a bobber. Being in a boat is better fishing due to the weed line. The weeds get pretty thick around the bank but, you can find a few areas to fish from the bank.
There is no boat rentals at this lake so, bring your own. There is dry camping around the lake. Yreka is pretty close and this city has everything including a great Tackle Shop.
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