Trinity County, Northern California
Trinity Lake Fishing
Fishing at Trinity Lake
Trinity Lake fishing comes alive in mid-spring as the water clears. Native rainbow trout,
brown trout, kokanee salmon, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and catfish are caught all over the lake. Shore
fishing can be as good as fishing from boats.
Where to Fish on Trinity Lake
For those fishing from the bank, all of the arms offer some great spots to hook both trout and
bass. Concentrate on areas near the mouths of creeks such as Buckeye Creek, Stuart Fork, Mule Creek, and Hobel
Creek. Another good spot is at the north end of the lake where the Trinity River enters. Shallow sections of the
lake with cover such as rocks, stumps and bushes are excellent spots to fish for bass.
From boats anglers often focus on trolling on the main Trinity Arm. Fishing around the dredger tailings
at the upper end of the lake has produced some trophy-size smallmouth bass.
Much More Below
Trophy Fish Caught in Trinity Lake
- Bullhead Catfish - 4 lbs., 8 oz. - California State Record, caught Oct. 1993 by Gary Dittenbir
- Chinook Salmon - 9 lbs., 9 oz. - California State Record, caught Nov. 2011 by Leroy Mohr
- Smallmouth Bass - 9 lbs., 1 oz. - CA state record at the time, caught March 1976 by Tim Brady
Which Baits and Lures are the Locals Using at Trinity Lake?
Trolling: Nightcrawlers behind flashers, Rapala, Needlefish
Bass Fishing: Plastic worms, nightcrawlers, plugs, Gitzits
Bait: Fishermen's Favorite: crickets , nightcrawlers, PowerBait
Spin Casting: grubs, spinnerbaits
Fly Fishing: Minnow shaped flies, Zack-Attack Damsels, Chromies, Zebra Midges
Trinity Lake Fishing Guides
Mike's Fishing Guide Service
Douglas City, CA
(530) 623-4266 or (916) 215-6330 (cell)
Website: Mike's Fishing Guide Service
Mike Elster has been fishing Trinity Lake area waters for 15 years. fish from 20' Duckworth Aluminum boat complete with
Walker Tournament Downriggers and GPS Navigation Depth and Fishfinder.
Trinity Fly Shop Guide Service
Website: Trinity Fly Shop
Fly fishing in local streams and rivers around Trinity Lake with experienced, local guides.
The "Maine" Guide at Trinity Lake
Website: The Maine Guide
John Gray specializes in smallmouth bass at Trinity Lake.
Website: Riverbend Adventures
A "blue collar" fly fishing guide service for trout and steelhead in northern California rivers.
Trinity River Adventures
Website: Trinity River Adventures
Fly fishing guides for steelhead, salmon and trout on Trinity area rivers and streams and Lewiston Lake
Trinity Lake Area
Pinewood Cove Resort
Stuart Arm, Trinity Lake, CA
Trinity Fly Shop
Old Lewiston Road, Lewiston, CA
Fly fishing gear, locally tied flies, rentals
1615 Main St., Weaverville, CA
Fishing supplies, Camping and Hunting Gear, Maps and Books
Plug and Jug
4391 Trinity Dam Blvd., Lewiston, CA
Coffee Creek Country Store
Coffee Creek, CA
Hinkle's Market and Sporting Goods
1084 Market St., Redding, CA
Strictly Fishing' Guide Tackle
2451 Athens Ave., Redding, CA
Bass Pro Shops
1356 Bass Pro Drive, Manteca, CA
The Fishen Hole
3844 Shasta Dam Blvd.,
Central Valley, CA