The Upper Sacramento River is a small freestone stream that runs from Lake Siskiyou to Lake Shasta for some sixty miles. Running along the I-5 corridor, this jewel has a multitude of hatches that cover all of the trout’s food requirements such as stoneflies, mayflies, caddis, October caddis and midges. With wading being anywhere from easy to moderate there is a stretch of water for everyone. This river has a good population of rainbow trout and a moderate population of brown trout.
Fishing conditions will range from high water to excellent in the early season. In mid-summer the best time to fish can be from early morning until noon and then again in the evening. Fall can bring some shorter days but fishing can run all day long. This piece of water is open all year so if you are looking for an alternative to steelheading the Upper Sac would be a good choice. There are plenty of restaurants and motels in the area so lodging and dining are not a problem.