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07-25-2012, 09:45 PM
Had to go to Eureka for work so I figured I may as well make a fishing trip out of it. With all the good reports coming out of California’s “Far North” and my friend in McCloud just getting a boat sealed the deal. 487 miles later I was pulling into the botanical gardens in Dunsmuir. Walked south down the trail and started fishing. Didn’t take long and I hooked a nice little planter bow, walked around for an hour or two and managed 3 planters. There is alot of fishy water around and I only fished this one place that I got off the local fishing holes map, cant wait to try the rest. Thanks Siskiyou Fisherman for all the help! http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj494/redwoodcoastceramics/SacRiver.jpg
My buddy wasnt getting home until 8 and I still had a little time, a short drive from McCloud put me at the lower falls on the McCloud river. Wow what an amazing place!!!! The middle and upper falls are going to be definite stops another day. I hiked down the river and casted my panther martin a total of 5 times before I snagged and lost it. Stupid me should have brought more than one lure on the hike.
Morning of the 24th we were on Lake McCloud at 5:45, trolling my goto flasher and worm on one pole and tried a variety of lures on the other. We trolled our way up the MccCloud river arm. My goto combo was the first to hook up and the skunk was off for the day.
Trolled up to Hearst Castle

Trolled up and down the river arm until things started to slow down a bit so we made are way to the damn. Managed a few more fish around noon when I started adding some pro-cure krill on the worm and leader, The producers for the day were hot steel rapala, flasher worm combo, dodger white grub pink tail, dodger worm combo, woolybugger with a splitshot 4 ft up (Got this tip off sniffer thread) Off the water at around 1pm with 18 bows for me. No dolly varden :( I heard that there may or may not be some swimming around in those waters. Went to the house ate some lunch took a little nap and then off to lake Siskiyou, another super scenic destination, though lots of people out enjoying the warm summer weather. We trolled the bay by the swimbeach first then worked our way to the damn, then toward the green arch bridge to the north. No bites until I setup the leadcore rig with a dodger and crawler smotherd in trophy trout procure and then I was getting bit instantly. Caught 2 planter bows in about ten minutes and we called it a night around 8:45.
Got up this morning around 6am and headed to Hat Creek. First stop was the public access by the bridge at north end of town. Lots of fisherman here and lots of mini brookies eating all my worms so I headed south. Stopped at 7 or 8 different spots and hiked around. I didnt spend as much time fishing as I did just learning the river, for when I have more time to fish it. I did land 2 little brook trout and 2 rainbows but nothing very big. I lost multiple fish at the edge either while trying to get the camera or getting my pole tip in the bushes, or having them wrap around a log, this really makes it fun, gives the fish a chance, can only imagine hooking into a big fish and landing it. (Props to MarinPaul and Jake) I tried wet wading, but dang that waters cold.

07-26-2012, 07:32 AM
MAN!!!! I should of never shown you how to post pics. Now your threads look like mine! LOL

Great report and good job working so much water and different areas. Keep'em coming...

Thanks for sharing all that you do. Always informative.


07-26-2012, 08:21 AM
Great report! Looks like a great trip. RideNfish's nice reports are rubbing off on some of us, lol. I really like the cloud pic and that little trout has really cool looking parr marks. Thanks for sharing.

07-27-2012, 04:50 PM
Trout are always such fun!

07-27-2012, 08:42 PM
Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing. That one rainbow has vibrant colors, just awesome!!

07-28-2012, 12:36 PM
Love the report and the amazing pictures thanks a lot for the info/eye candy!

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07-28-2012, 11:47 PM
Thanks Yall. I forgot to mention that Lake McCloud has very little shore access. A little by the launch and a little by the damn, everywhere else was straight up and down. Lake Siskiyou has lots of shore access for bank fishing!

08-08-2012, 09:52 AM
Just passed through that country the other day on my moto trip, drove right by hat creek, looked like it held swarms of little brookies, thanks for confirming my suspicions! Great report as always...