Trinity Lake, Clair Engle Lake

Lewiston, California

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Here’s a wonderful foothills fishery. The waters are generally clear, cold, and home to high-quality game fish—smallmouth bass in particular. The reservoir has an amazing number of coves and arms that present you with sheltered habitat perfect for fly rodding adventures. With more than 150 miles of intricate shoreline, you’ll be busy learning all the productive spots. Trinity is arguably one of the premier still-water locations in California. Remember, however, it’s at mid-elevation and can get pretty cold even on clear days. Types of Fish: Smallmouth and largemouth bass, rainbow trout, and panfish. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping.

Trinity Lake, Clair Engle Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Here’s a wonderful foothills fishery. The waters are generally clear, cold, and home to high-quality game fish—smallmouth bass in particular. The reservoir has an amazing number of coves and arms that present you with sheltered habitat perfect for fly rodding adventures. With more than 150 miles of intricate shoreline, you’ll be busy learning all the productive spots. Trinity is arguably one of the premier still-water locations in California. Remember, however, it’s at mid-elevation and can get pretty cold even on clear days. Types of Fish: Smallmouth and largemouth bass, rainbow trout, and panfish. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Lewiston
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Year-round
Local Contacts: Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Trinity Lake, Clair Engle Lake

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May 2018