Fishing opportunities in Modoc and Lassen Counties are numerous. Guests are free to use our two ponds at their leisure for wading or shore fishing.
IMPORTANT: No license is needed to practice casting with hookless lures in our ponds but elsewhere you must obey all California fishing regulations. Licenses can be purchased at the Ace Hardware in Alturas.
WHEN TO FISH...
The best months to fish near Likely Place are in the Spring – April, May and June – and the Fall – September, October and November. Summer fishing is best early in the morning or late in the evening when it's cooler.
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Near Likely Place
Fishing opportunities in Modoc and Lassen Counties are too numerous to list so we will concentrate on a few of the most convenient and easily accessed. All of the lakes and reservoirs mentioned are suitable for wading or shore fishing, or with boats, canoes, kayaks, and float tubes.
On-site, Likely Place
Two of the five ponds on the property are available for wading or shore fishing. The pond closest to the clubhouse west of Space 50 has bass and Mirror Lake on the Nature Trail has bass, perch, and bluegill. Both are easily accessible. If you stick with barbless hooks and artificial lures only, they are suitable for a convenient and enjoyable hour of fly or spin casting with the possibility you might catch and release a fish.
Guests are free to use the ponds at their leisure. We have added “casting rings” for those wishing to sharpen their skills. Be sure to cut the hook off so you don’t catch a ring and remember,release all fish for others to enjoy and be considerate of the golfers. Check at the office for directions.
Blue Lake is considered one of the best all-season trout fisheries in the area and some very large brown trout (10-12 lbs +) have been caught here. Often described as a “jewel”, Blue Lake is a clear, blue, deep 160 acre mountain lake set in a forested valley 17 miles from Likely Place. Boating is allowed and there are launch facilities, a dock, and toilets at the campground. The lake is stocked with Rainbow and Brown trout like this one below, caught by a Likely Place guest in June, 2014:
A 1.5 mile walking path goes around the lake.
To get there, exit Likely Place via the north main gate, turn right (east) on Jess Valley Road and continue about 6 1/2 miles to the intersection with Blue Lake Road. Turn right at the “Y”, stay on the pavement and you will reach Blue Lake. The Blue Lake road is seasonal; it usually opens by June 1 and closes the end of October.
Mill Creek Falls and Clear Lake
Tom Stienstra, the San Francisco Chronicle’s outdoor writer, wrote the definitive book on fishing in California titled “Moon California Fishing: The Complete Guide to Fishing on Lakes, Streams, Rivers and the Coast” and a copy is available in the clubhouse.
Mr. Stienstra describes Clear Lake thus:
“Clear Lake is one of the prettiest spots in Modoc County. This is a small, high mountain lake in remote northeastern California. Unlike so many other small, high mountain lakes, this one has some big fish. That goes especially for the brown trout, and there’s are also a few rainbow trout.”
To get to Clear Lake: Exit Likely Place and go east on Jess Valley Road 6 ½ miles or so, turn left and stay on the pavement to Mill Creek Campground. From here you can hike ½ mile to Clear Lake. Just before you reach the lake signs will point you to Mill Creek Falls. Clear Lake and Mill Creek Falls are regarded as among the most beautiful spots in the Warner Mountains and are worth the hike whether you fish or not.
About Mill Creek: Fishing on Mill Creek is upstream of Clear Lake. Here’s what Tom Stienstra has to say about fishing Mill Creek:
“The best strategy here is to go in from Soup Springs Camp, then hike over the South Wilderness boundary. You will come off a hillside and into a valley floor, at the bottom of which you’ll find Mill Creek.
The size of its trout sets this stream apart from others in Modoc County. The one-to-three pound class trout in Mill Creek are not mirages, and if you tangle with them, you’ll never forget the experience. Access is good, including a trail along much of the stream as well as a parallel road.”
To get to Soup Springs Campground access to Mill Creek Fishing: From Likely Place, turn east on Jess Valley Road to the intersection with Blue Lake Road and West Warner Road. Turn left (northeast) on West Warner Road for 5 miles to Forest Road 40N24 (Cherry Creek) and go 4.5 miles to the campground. Total distance from Likely Place is 18.3 miles not including hike to Mill Creek.
South Fork Pit River
The South Fork of the Pit River is fed by Mill Creek and irrigation water from West Valley Reservoir. The “fishable” part of the river where the water is clear is upstream (east) of its confluence with West Valley Creek. Conveniently, this 4-5 mile stretch of the Pit runs immediately adjacent to Jess Valley Road, and is easily accessible to the nimble angler. There are numerous places to pull off and park and, although the stream is narrow and swift, there are many fish in these waters. This is trout water but wading in the Pit is dangerous and it’s better to fish from shore.
To get there: Exit Likely Place via the north main gate and turn east on Jess Valley Road. It’s only 4.6 miles from the Likely Place clubhouse to the confluence. Continue on Jess Valley Road until you find an attractive place and pull off. You’re in a canyon here for about 5 miles
West Valley Reservoir
This good-sized reservoir, almost 1,000 acres in surface area and 3 miles long with 7 miles of shoreline, is a productive trout fishery which also has Sacramento perch and catfish. You can launch a boat, canoe, or kayak from the ramp or float tube or fish from the bank or wade.
The reservoir is used for irrigation and the water level is lower later in the season. Guests at Likely Place have done well here.
Winds can be stiff on this reservoir, particularly in the afternoon, and the boat angler should be cautious. Most people favor fishing in the morning.
To get there: Leaving Likely Place, turn right (east) on Jess Valley Road then right again (south) on West Valley Road which will take you directly to the reservoir, a distance of about 12 miles.
Other Places To Fish And Information Sources
The nearby Pine Creek Reservoir is small but productive. Fitzhugh, Mill, and Pine Creeks are all good fishing. Fishing on Parsnip Creek downstream of Blue Lake is considered good.
Other fishing close by includes Dorris Reservoir in the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge, Snag Lake (in the wilderness area), and Eagle Lake (about 1 hour away).
Besides these, Modoc County has a plethora of lakes, reservoirs, and streams which offer excellent fishing.
Maps and fishing books describing many more places are at the clubhouse.
Recommended: The best of the books in our opinion is Tom Stienstra’s "Moon California Fishing"which has a whole section on Lassen & Modoc Counties. It’s available in print or as an eBook from Google. Ask at the check-in desk if you don’t find it.
The online site Modoc County Fishinggives a current update on fishing in various parts of the county.
- The Delta. The San Joaquin Delta, running throughout California, should be on every angler's bucket list. ...
- The McCloud River. The McCloud River is one of the best trout fisheries in the entire country. ...
- Clear Lake. ...
- Lake Shasta. ...
- Santa Monica Pier. ...
- Lake Almanor. ...
- Lake Cuyamaca. ...
- Castaic Lake.
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More specifically, the months from June to September (and, some years, even October) are when you can strike gold as you go fishing in the deeper waters of the sea.How much is a senior citizen fishing license in California? ›
|Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing License - Disabled Veteran||$9.01 at CDFW Offices $9.46 from License Agents|
|Reduced-Fee Sport Fishing License – Recovering Service Member||$9.01 at CDFW Offices $9.46 from License Agents|
|Reduced Fee Sport Fishing License - Low Income Senior||$9.01|
The creek is predominated by Rainbow Trout with a smaller population of Brown Trout. Due to the makeup of the stream, insect hatches in the area are large and consistent. Many anglers from around the world come to fish Hat Creek for it's prolific hatches and beautiful scenery.Is the Sol Duc open for fishing? ›
If you love floating a challenging white water river while pursuing the fish of your dreams, then Sol Duc River fishing is for you. It's open all year and has fresh salmon or Steelhead entering it all season long.Where do you fish at Hat Head? ›
Hat Head fishing
Surrounded by estuary, beach and a rocky headland, Hat Head Holiday Park is the ultimate fishing destination. The headland is renowned as one of the best rock fishing locations in the state with many large Spanish Mackerel and Jewfish taken over the years.
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The rivers of Mammoth Cave National Park are home to over 80 species of fish in 18 different families, including darters, shiners, minnows, gar, bass, and crappie. Most of these species are native to the area with a few exceptions such as the common carp.What is the trout season in California? ›
Regular or In-Season: Bona fide trout fishing season is the last Saturday in April (dubbed "Fishmas") through November 15th every year. This is when most waters in Mono County are open to anglers to catch-and-keep.What is the number one fishery in California? ›
There's no more popular and chased catch in NorCal than Chinook Salmon. The King of its species, Chinook is the star of both saltwater and freshwater fishing, and you can catch them up and down the California coast.Where are the biggest trout in California? ›
It spans 28 miles in length and 8 miles in width and holds a depth of up to 356 feet. It is known for holding the largest trout species in the world, and cutthroat trout up to 24 lbs are pulled from these waters on a regular basis.
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Anglers under 16 don't need a license, but they do need a report card for some species (see below).What time do fish bite the most? ›
Fish generally prefer early morning and evening sun to the bright midday rays. In midday, the surface temperature of the water is also hotter, forcing the fish to move deeper.How much is a California fishing license for 2022? ›
Starting Saturday all fishermen in California are required to have a 2022 fishing license. The basic license will cost $54 in 2022 and that doesn't include $17.02 for a second-rod stamp.How can I get a free fishing license in California? ›
Applicant Instructions - To apply for a free fishing license, certification by a licensed physician or the Director of a State Regional Center is required (e.g., a letter on physician's letterhead certifying the applicant's developmental disability, and signed by a licensed physician).
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Hooks in hats in most cultures are a symbol of Well being and prosperity .
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Hurricanes. Due to our location and unique island geography, hurricanes are a major threat to the Outer Banks. The high winds and surges associated with these powerful storms can cause devastating flooding to our area. Hurricane season begins June 1st and ends November 30th.What is the limit of fish you can catch in California? ›
A CALIFORNIA FISHING LICENSE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL FISHERMEN OVER AGE 15.
|Large Mouth Bass||5||12 Inches|
|Striped Bass||10||No Size|
California Fishing Calendar – Freshwater.
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First we found shark teeth fossils in the upper levels of the cave. Then we made worldwide news for finding an entire jaw cartilage of an ancient shark species. Now cave researchers have discovered that sharks are still living deep in the lower river levels of this enormous cave system.Can you use two hooks in California? ›
(3) It is unlawful to use any multiple hook or more than one single hook on non-buoyant artificial lures exceeding one ounce. (4) It is unlawful to use any weight directly attached below a hook.
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- Black Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth)
- White Bass, Striped Bass, and Striped-Bass Hybrids.
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Meet the giant sea bass
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The best freshwater fishing in America can be found in places like Montana, Colorado and California as well as North Carolina, Michigan and more.What freshwater fish can you catch in California? ›
- Black Bass.
- Brook Trout.
- Brown Trout.
- Bull Trout.
- California Golden Trout.
- Coastal Cutthroat Trout.
- Coastal Rainbow Trout.
- Eagle Lake Rainbow Trout.
The Bathophilus flemingi, also known as the highfin dragonfish, was captured on video by a team of researchers in Monterey Bay, California. Named after the mythical creature, the torpedo-shaped fish is a predator that roams the depths of the ocean.
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Yellowtail, Tuna, Rockfish & Halibut are all great choices that are regularly available. What makes Southern California Special? Coastal San Diego's diverse underwater environment offers a wide variety of year-round seafood option. Local offshore kelp forests provide a great home to countless species of fish.What state is the fishing capital of the world? ›
Why Is Florida the 'Fishing Capital of the World'? Florida is the “Fishing Capital of the World” because of its great resources and responsible management. The diversity of sport fishes, habitats, great weather, year-round fishing and superb tourism and fishing industry-related infrastructure are unsurpassed.Which state is number one in fishing? ›
Drop your line in Florida, the “Fishing Capital of the World” and our No. 1 state for fishing.What is the fishing capital of the US? ›
Key West, Florida
What's more, there are several respected charter boat businesses operating in the region commonly referred to as the fishing capital of world. And the Florida Keys backs up that claim, boasting more than 900 world sportfishing records, more than any other destination on the planet.
Anglers in possession of a valid two-rod stamp and anglers under 16 years of age may use up to two rods in inland waters which regulations provide for the taking of fish by angling, except those waters in which only artificial lures or barbless hooks may be used.Where can you not fish in California? ›
Jetties, breakwaters, promenades, sea walls, moles, docks, linings, barriers and other structures that are not the most seaward protective boundary of an ocean harbor, are not public piers.