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Dunsmuir Big Fish
room and plenty of fish on Upper Sacramento River
No traffic on 1-5 and no
fishing traffic on the water
Now that the kids are back in school and the crowds are elsewhere, the
river is full of fish and not fishermen.
It’s wade able, crystal clear and cold as the days shorten and the
weather turns temperate. The trophy trout, planted by the City of
Dunsmuir, find pockets in the deep cuts to spend their last days of
Contrary to common perception that the drought has negatively affected
fishing this summer, here on the Upper Sac the water levels are good
reflecting plenty of cold water. Whereas the drought has impacted
California, this area around Dunsmuir, California, is less so, being
60-80% of normal precipitation.
Why is this?
The Upper Sac is spring fed from deep below Mt. Shasta with melted
glacier water. It pools into Lake Siskiyou, behind the city of Mt.
Shasta, where it is held by 209-feet deep Box Canyon Dam which produces
5.5 megawatts. The river emerges as a freestone stream with boulders
which create pockets for the fish to thrive in well oxygenated holding
Brad Moresi, local fisherman extraordinaire, says, “Are you tired of
combat fishing, having your line crossed? Would you like some elbow
room and wade some crystal clear glacier fed spring water? The DFW and
City of Dunsmuir have the Upper Sac stocked full of large beautiful
is easy river access and parking for the public at the Dunsmuir City
Park and Tauhindauli Park. Other locations are near the numerous
bridges at Scarlett Way, River, Butterfly, Shearer and Financial Avenues
and on down to Sweetbriar. Most businesses have free fishing maps for
visitors. Visitors can rent or purchase gear and hire guides for
instruction. Everything is here for a quality experience learning about
fishing on the Upper Sac, including fresh air with no smoke.
Bob Grace, proprietor of the iconic Ted Fay Fly Shop says, “Dunsmuir is
putting their hard earned dollars into your fun, stocking extra fish so
you’ll have a great time visiting in Dunsmuir.”
Dunsmuir Trophy Trout
Facebook page. You can see what others have caught and add your own
trophy selfie to the timeline.
Accommodations and Amenities
Dunsmuir is famous for its restaurants from upscale Mediterranean to
California cuisine and on to pizza, burgers, Asian, brew pub and more.
Motels and vacation rentals abound. Find more information at the
Dunsmuir Chamber website.