The Fish Sniffer - Hit Lewiston For Abundant Rainbows
Hit Lewiston For Abundant Rainbows

Written By: Dan Arbuckle, August 20, 2014
Species: River Salmon Trout
Location: Trinity Lake, Lewiston Lake, Trinity River,

(Weaverville) If you want to hook rainbow trout, Lewiston Lake is currently the top late summer angling prospect in the Trinity County region.

“The marina staff and the DFW have both been planting trout in Lewiston this summer,” said Tim Brady at Trinity Outdoors. “Most of the fish caught are in the 12 to 15 inch range, with an occasional larger fish to 20 inches.” 

Anglers are using a variety of methods, including trolling nightcrawlers behind flashers, tossing out flies under bobbers, and soaking Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms from the bank.

For Trinity Lake rainbows, anglers should fish a variety of baits and lures at the mouth of the tributaries, including the East Fork Trinity, Stewarts Fork, Upper Trinity River and Swift Creek.

“Trinity Lake is dropping about 5 feet per week, but anglers are still catching some smallmouth and largemouth bass while using Gitzits, Senkos and tubes at 20 feet deep,” said Brady. “There aren’t many people out trying, though.”

Fishing pressure for spring chinook salmon is also very light on the Trinity River. “Nobody’s bragging about the fish they’re catching – and the amount of salmon gear sold in last week has been nearly nonexistent,” noted Brady.

The 2014 spring chinoon Junction City weir counts to date are 883 fish total, including 139 adipose clipped fish. That compares to 833 fish and 149 clipped fish last year to date.

Trinity Lake is holding 827,388 acre-feet of water, 34 percent of capacity and 43 percent of average. Releases to the Trinity River below Lewiston are 450 cfs.   

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