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Redding is the heart of Northern California's fishing, and home to famous trout waters like the Lower Sacramento River and Upper Sac. Redding is also surrounded by outstanding fishing waters like McCloud, Pit River, Hat Creek, Fall River, Manzanita Lake, Trinity River and more.

The Sacramento River runs cold and swift through the heart of Redding, creating one of the best fisheries in the country and helping to establish Redding as the only West Coast town to make’s list of ‘North America’s Top 10 Trout Fishing Towns’. The convenience of the Sacramento and other nearby rivers and lakes means that Redding is not just a great place to fish: it’s also an easy place to fish. The climate in the nation’s second sunniest city makes it a breeze to fish year round; the lakes and rivers are almost always open. Locals love being able to leave the office at 5, grab a bite to eat, and put in 3 hours of top-notch fishing before heading home. Visitors appreciate the beautiful setting, the variety of waters, and the accessibility: less time in the car means more time on the water.


In addition to having an abundance of lakes, rivers, and streams to fish on and having it close at hand, Redding and the surrounding area boast unparalleled numbers of quality fish. Area guides frequently boast 20-40 fish days with their clients. The Lower Sacramento River benefits from a Temperature Control Device that extracts colder water from the depths of Shasta Lake and sends it downstream, allowing rainbow trout to feed and grow year round. According to The Fly Shop, the largest fly fishing specialty shop in American and located in Redding, “the river's controlled flows, combined with northern California's temperate climate, result in near-optimum fishing conditions nearly every day of the year. The average size of the rainbows on the Lower Sacramento is 16 inches, while fish over 20 inches are relatively common, and they are all fat and healthy.” The Trinity River also presents exceptional fishing, especially steelhead, but also offering big brown trout as well as Coho and Chinook salmon- which can average 10-20 pounds. The intimate nature of the river's riffles, runs and pools allow for fantastic fly fishing, while the upper Trinity is fully accessible to drift boat anglers and offers a lot of wade access. The Trinity is the major tributary to the Klamath River, which is also a remarkable steelhead fishery.

If Stillwater fishing is more your speed, Redding is a great jumping-off point for several venues: the beautiful Keswick Reservoir with its rainbow trout, Lewiston Lake as the Trinity River’s headwaters, the abundantly populated Iron Canyon Reservoir, Baum Lake, which is an excellent winter fishery, and others. Manzanita Lake is not only a breathtaking setting, but offers large browns and rainbows, great hatches, and sight fishing opportunities.

There are so many different ways and places to fish around Redding, you may have a hard time deciding where to start! Fortunately for beginners and experts alike, The Fly Shop has spent 35 years leading the standards in fishing, from travel services to instruction, inventory and everything between. Their guide services and private waters program ensure quality fishing unlike any other. Whether you just want to give fishing a try, or angle with the best of them, Redding should be your destination. World-class fishing for all is in the heart of northern California, along the I-5 corridor…just look for the giant sundial.

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Battle Creek
Battle Creek's 16 miles are home to Chinook salmon, steelhead trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout. It originates near Shingletown (east of Redding) and empties into the Sacramento River near Anderson (just south of Redding), and is open the last Saturday in April through November 15. More Information

Tehama County, CA

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Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service
Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service has provided guided fishing trips to thousands of clients, and after catching as many salmon, trout, steelhead, striped bass and sturgeon, the message is clear: you are fishing with the most experienced, most recognized fishing guide service in the area. We have provided professional, fun fishing guide services for three generations of clients. Along the way, we have fished other guides, celebrities, sports stars, and TV personalities. Family fishing traditions have started and continued year… More Information
Sac River & Surrounding
Redding, CA 96001
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David Neal Reel Adventures Guide Service
Welcome to Reel Adventures, Guide Service. Our base camp is Redding CA - Gateway to northern California’s finest wild trout streams and steelhead rivers. We are a full service, year around, fly fishing guide service specializing in private instruction and guiding for steelhead and wild trout. We encourage anglers of all ability levels or experience – from first time beginner anglers and kids to advanced seasoned anglers who appreciate the value of a quality fly fishing guide. We offer both… More Information
PO Box 990496
Redding, CA 96099
(760) 914-0465
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875 Browning St
Redding, CA 96002
(530) 221-1399
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Fall River
We'll let The Fly Shop explain the waters of Fall River: It is the nationa's largest spring system, creating a wonderland of crystal-clear, 50-degree rainbow trout habitat. At the same time it is both the finest spring creek fly fishing opportunity in California and one of the best in the United States. It is certainly the angling showpiece of the entire Shasta Cascade region and one of the richest spring fed rivers in the world. Makes you want to grab… More Information

Fall River, CA
HarvestWild is a Northern California based company that's mission is to reconnect people with wild places and wild foods. We offer fully guided fly fishing, spin fishing, hunting, gathering, nature walks, clinics, consultations and hosted travel. Our business is to teach people how to hunt, fish, and gather wild foods. We cater to beginners and seasoned outdoors people. We teach individuals, groups, families, and friends the skills they need to participate in nature. We can also help you from field… More Information
P.O. Box 992
Palo Cedro, CA 96073
(530) 356-2189
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Hat Creek
Hat Creek is one of the longest spring creeks in California, and several sections are well stocked throughout the season. According to The Fly Shop, the Wild Trout Section is the lower 3.2 miles of Hat Creek flowing from the PowerHouse #2 to Lake Britton and is the home of the best fly fishing water. Hat Creek opens to fishing on the last Saturday in April and remains open through November 15. More Information

Lassen National Forest, CA

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Hook 'Em Hecky's Guide Service
Hook'em Hecky's is the premier professional fishing guide service for the Trinity and Sacramento Rivers. Years of experience stand behind each personal guided trip. Whether you are looking for a professional fly fishing lesson or are a seasoned fisherman yourself seeking the ultimate thrill of landing a giant wild rainbow trout, steelhead or Salmon. Hook'em Hecky's is the service that you need. A native of Shasta County, Greg Hector has been fishing the Sacramento River and the Trinity River waters… More Information
6764 Creekside Street
Redding, CA
(530) 515-5918
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Jack Trout Fly Fishing
Here at Jack Trout, we offer guided fly-fishing trips with gourmet meals and unmatched personal attention on the Upper Lower Sacramento River, and the McCloud, Pit, Trinity, and Klamath Rivers in Northern California. We also offer scenic tours, float and raft trips, lodging referrals, and seasonal local information for Siskiyou, Shasta, and Trinity County. More Information
P.O. Box 94
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
(530) 926-4540
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Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service
Jeff Goodwin’s Guide Service offers year-round, private party, guided sport fishing trips on the Sacramento and Klamath Rivers. We offer guided fishing trips on the Sacramento River for King Salmon, Wild Rainbow Trout/Steelhead and Striped Bass. We also offer a fall run King Salmon season on the Lower Klamath River during the peak of the run when water conditions allow. We book all of our private party trips during the peak periods of each run to ensure our fishing clients… More Information

Redding, CA
(707) 616-1905
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Justin Thompson Fishing
I'm Justin Thompson, an obsessed fisherman and outdoorsman. As a Redding, CA native, I have had the privilege of growing up with these waters and mountains as my playground. I’m proud to have been handed down years worth of knowledge and experience from my father and grandfather. Growing up, we would spend our time fishing and hunting, chasing every season we could get our hands on. Being on the water has always been where I fit in and feel most… More Information
20673 Old 44 Drive
Redding, CA 96003
(530) 917-5619
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Keith Kerrigan's Guide Service
Your full time fishing guide for Whiskeytown. All tackle is provided for you. I clean and bad your fish. No fish, no pay. More Information

Redding, CA
(530) 414-1374
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Klamath River
The Klamath River, starting in southern Oregon and carving its way over California's Siskiyou mountain range, is home to feisty steelhead and offers unforgettable fly fishing opportunities. More Information

Lower Sacramento River
The Lower Sacramento River, one of the best tailwater fisheries in the country, benefits from a Temperature Control Device that extracts colder water from the depths of Shasta Lake and sends it downstream, allowing rainbow trout to feed and grow year round. According to The Fly Shop, “the river's controlled flows, combined with northern California's temperate climate, result in near-optimum fishing conditions nearly every day of the year. The average size of the rainbows on the Lower Sacramento is 16… More Information

Redding, CA
Manzanita Lake
Lassen Park's Manzanita Lake is about as picturesque as they come, and its beauty is just the beginning. It's famous for its large rainbows and browns, and can be fished from the shore, float tube, or drift boat. Try to keep your eyes on your line, because the birds, deer, and mountain views will compete for your attention. Or hike the Manzanita Lake trail, and easy, mostly flat trail that wraps around the lake. Great for bidwatchers, wildflower enthusiasts, and… More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
(530) 595-4480
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McCloud River
The picturesque McCloud River, north of Redding and over 70 miles long, flows east of and parallel to the Sacramento River. It offers exceptional views of the Cascade Range and is known for great fishing for rainbows and browns from the last Saturday in April through November 15th. According to Redding's The Fly Shop, the McCloud River rainbows may be the most famous strain of trout on the planet Earth, and fishing on the McCloud River is usually a well-balanced… More Information

McCloud, CA
MoJoBella Fly Fishing
Steve Crosetti was born and raised in the Bay Area, but grew up hunting and fishing the local waters and lands of the North State for 20 years. In 2003, Steve moved his young family to Redding in pursuit of a better life closer to his fly fishing passion. Steve is a Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) certified fly casting instructor and has spent the past 13 years, educating at kids camps, teaching, instructing, and promoting fly fishing and casting… More Information

Palo Cedro, CA
(530) 333-3484
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3037 Twin View Blvd
Shasta Lake, CA 96019
(530) 275-4939
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Pit River
The 207 mile Pit River flows northeast of Redding, originating in the Modoc National Forest and crossing the Cascade Range before emptying into Shasta Lake by way of Montgomery Creek. If you want to work for your catch, the Pit River should be on your list. Its swift, deep water and low visibility make trout fishing a fun challenge for strong, adventurous fishers who like to earn their catch. The Pit River is open all year with peak seasons of… More Information

Fall River Mills, CA
Sac River Guide
We pride ourselves on our Professionalism, Originality, and our Knowledgeable, Top Guides on the River. We set the standards. Don't be confused by the rest. We are Northern California's Top Guide Service specializing in Salmon Fishing, Trout Fishing, Steelhead Fishing. Kirk has grown up fishing and hunting, and has over 30 years experience in his field, making him one of the only successful full-time guides in Northern California. He is a Master Guide and Outfitter, fishing and hunting are truly… More Information
Redding, CA
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Shasta Lake
Shasta Lake--keystone of the Central Valley Water Project--is the largest manmade reservoir in California, offering over 360 miles of shoreline when full. The rugged country, varied shoreline, and sheer size of Shasta Lake tend to break the lake into different areas, each with its own opportunities, moods, and settings. As you drive the interstate to and from Redding you'll see what appear to be several lakes, but Shasta Lake is actually a series of fingers that connect at big, deep… More Information
14225 Holiday Road
Redding, CA 96003
(530) 275-1589
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Sports LTD
Redding Sports Ltd is located in beautiful Northern California. We carry a large inventory of gear and apparel for skiing, snowboarding, camping, cycling, climbing and hiking. Visit our store in Redding California just off of Interstate 5 in Shasta County. We are open 7 days a week. More Information
950 Hilltop Drive
Redding, CA
(530) 221-7333
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Sportsman's Warehouse
Whether your passion is hunting, fishing, camping, backpacking or shooting, it's important to have the right equipment when you head into the great outdoors. Quality gear gives you the edge you need to perform well and enjoy the journey. That's why Sportsman's Warehouse carries only top-quality, brand-name products for the serious outdoor enthusiast. Our mission at Sportsman's Warehouse is to provide outdoor enthusiasts with quality merchandise in a friendly, low-key shopping environment. When you combine wide selection and great prices with… More Information
1659 Hilltop Drive
Redding, CA 96001
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The Fly Shop
Redding is the proud home of The Fly Shop - the nation's #1 source for fly fishing tackle and guide services. This small, indiscrete shop just off the interstate is the largest commercial fly distributor in the world! More Information
4140 Churn Creek Road
Redding, CA 96001
800-669-FISH (3474)
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Trinity River
At 165 miles long, the Trinity River is the longest tributary of the Klamath River. It flows north west of Redding and is designated a National Wild and Scenic River. The Trinity is known for its runs of salmon and steelhead; the king salmon are available mid-July through October, when the steelhead arrive and typically stay through March. It's open year round, and the Fly Fishing Only Section (200 feet bwloe Lewiston Dam to the Old Lewiston Bridge) is open… More Information

Weaverville, CA

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