Dunsmuir Big Fish program offers prizes for best photos

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A Big Fish file photo from 2015.

The Upper Sacramento River is open to fishing through Nov. 15. The water is catch-and-release except for a stretch between Soda Creek, Exit 726; and Scarlett Way bridge, near Exit 733.

With the flows hovering between 400 and 450 cfs at Delta, this river is in the best shape we have seen to date, according to a press release from the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce.

Golden stones, Salmonflies, PMDs, little Yellow Sallies are all coming off right now, the Chamber reports.

The steady supply and volume of cold, clean water in the Upper Sacramento River supports a high quality wild trout fishery.

“Some great reports are coming in from this stream, so you should get out and fish it. It won’t get any better than it is right now especially with Dunsmuir’s annual Big Fish event up and running,” according to the Chamber.

The city has started planting the fish, bred at Mt. Lassen Hatchery, along with those planted by California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Big Fish event features donated prizes from Dunsmuir businesses.

Guidelines are as follows:

• Biggest Fish for adult age 16 and older.

• Biggest Fish for youths age 15 and under.

• Best photo – must be date stamped and proof the fish was caught in Dunsmuir Upper Sac area.

Prizes will be at the discretion of Ron McCloud at the Dunsmuir Hardware Store every week from Sunday through Saturday.

At the end of the season, the adult grand prize is a paid fly fishing one-day guided tour by Western Angler for adults age 16 and up.

The youth grand prize is a fly fishing start-up kit for those age 15 and under.

For more information, call the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce at 530-235-2177 or stop in and pick up the fishing map.