Fishing at Baum Lake is okay based on a few reports.

Baum Lake - Cassel, CA (Shasta County)

by The Fly Shop

Current Lake Conditions: There's a bunch of rainbow trout in Baum Lake and the angler fishing from a float tube should find more than a few before 11:00 AM. Expect the fishing to get better as the weather cools off with the arrival of Autumn.

The Fly Shop's Tips: Fish midges all day! Look for occasional hatches of BWO's and PMD's that produce surface feeding and dry fly opportunities before the sun...get's high. In the sky! Seriously! Stripping and retrieving Leeches on intermediate sinking lines is a great tactic as is suspending #22 black Zebra Midges or Mercer's Gidget under a small indicator. Try a black A.P. on a slow retrieve. There are a lot of scuds in Baum Lake, making various scud patterns an obvious choice. Suggested leader selection consists of 9' 5x and a spool of 6X tippet for dry flies and the smallest nymphs.

Baum Lake is an ideal fishing destination for pontoon boats, float tubes and small prams.

Fishing an Intermediate sinking line with a small PT nymph can produce a bent fly rod. The key is SLOW strips! Nothing in Baum Lake is moving fast. Use lighter, longer leaders. Delicate dry-fly presentations will produce more strikes.

Road Conditions: No restrictions at this time. Call 1-800.427.7623 for up to date Northern California Road Conditions.

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry Flies:

• Hackle Winged May - Callibaetis
• Harrop's Emerging Midge
• Adams - #18-20
• Almost Dun BWO
• Harrop's Last Chance Baetis
• Griffith's Gnat
• Mercer's Missing Link - #14-18
• Light Cahill - #18

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• Red Copper John - #18
• Ultra Scuds
• Sparkle Scud
• BH Half-Flashback PT - #14-20
• Black A.P. #14-16
• Beaded Zebra Midge - #18-20
• Mercer's Gidget
• WD-40
• Micro Mays - Red #16-18
• Olive Pheasant Tail Nymph #18
• Zebra Midge - #16-20
• Chromie - #18

• Jay Fair's Wiggle Tails - #10
• Beaded Micro Buggers - #12
• Zack's Swimming Leech Black or Olive
• Zack's Damseleech - #14
• Double Bunny - #2

Fly Fishing Gear:
• Outcast Fish Cat 9-IR
• Scott G2 Series Fly Rod 4-5 wt
• Sun Day Afternoons Hat

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