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Suggested Flies for Mountain Meadow Reservoir:
Parachute Adams #12-16
Grey Wulff #12-16
Elk Hair Caddis #12-16
Parachute Madam X #12-16
Denny's Stillwater Nymph
Woolly Bugger, Olive or Brown, #8-10
Krystal Buggers #8-10
TS BH Bugger, Hex #8
Mohair Leech #8-10
Marabou Leech #6-10
From Interstate 5 in Red Bluff, take Highway 99/36 exit and drive east for 2.2 miles to the junction of Hiqay 99/36. Turn left on Highway 36 and continue approvimately 85 miles to Mountain Meadows Reservoir.
The lake is popular with the local community of Westwood and it is known locally as Walker Lake. It is used by PG&E for hydroelectric generation but the locals use the reservoir for fishing, duck hunting, bird watching, and kayaking. The lake contains both bass and trout. In Sept 2015, there was a problem with the drainage gate on the dam and, in conjunction with low water levels due to drought, the lake became completely drained, killing thousands of fish. Water has returned to the reservoir and efforts are being made by Mountain Meadows Conservancy, PG&E, and Calif Dept of Fish and Wildife to restore fish. A number of bass habitat structures have been placed and over a 1000 largemouth bass have been stocked as well as several thousand rainbow trout and several hundred Sacramento Perch. In December of 2018, CDFW used recycled Christmas Trees to provide structure and protection for small fish. The trees were weighted down by heavy cable. The Conservancy is also improving the public facilities and constructing trail access to the lake.
Other lakes and streams
Goodrich Creek: Much of this creek is within private property with restricted access. The creek is small, usually no more than 4 feet wide and shallow. It does contain Rainbows.
From Greenville, Take the Old Haun Road, 2.6 miles north of Greenville on CA-89. Turn right on FS 28N38 in 1.9 miles and proceed up to Greenville Saddle in 5.3 miles. Take a left on FS 28N60 and proceed just about 2 miles to the Homer/Deerheart trailhead.
From Indian Valley:
Light Creek: Old fishing records show that this creek was planted with 20,000 Brown trout by J.A. Donnerwirth in 1914. Streamflow gets quite low in Summer. Numerous mining claims within the area. Brookies in the upper reaches, Browns in the lower reaches of the creek.
Fishing Regulations, Effective March 1st, 2021
Mountain Meadows Reservoir and other local lakes:
Open all year. No restrictions. 5 fish limit. 10 in Possession
Hamilton Branch Creek: (Tributary of Lake Almanor)
Season is the Saturday preceding Memorial Day through Sept 30th. 5 trout per day. 10 in Possession. No gear restrictions. This is summer only fishing to protect both Spring and Fall spawning for the Rainbows and Browns.
Other Tributaries: (flowing into Mountain Meadow Reservoir)
Season is last Saturday of April through Nov 15th. 5 trout per day. 10 in possession. No gear restrictions.