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Fishing report 

Conditions, catches, and recent trout plants

Welcome to Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods report on fishing and what's working at all your favorite spots along the Highway 4 corridor.

Monday July 26, 2021


 Due to a wildfire in the Markleeville area Highway 4 is closed at Ebbetts Pass The Pacific Crest trail is closed until further notice from Highway 4 North. 


 Although our water levels are lower than normal The Fish and Wildlife has continued to plant our lakes and the North Fork Of The Stanislaus regularly.

  There is a new High Hazard fire restriction notice for the Stanislaus National Forest. The high hazard area is 7N09 WEST AND 5N14 WEST. Prohibits building, maintaining, attending a fire, stove fire, and campfire in the high hazard zone of the Stanislaus National Forest. Developed camping sites are exempt. The upper sections of Highway 4 are considered moderate to low fire danger. Please use caution and obtain a fire permit before your camping adventure


   We are expecting a great fishing year along our Highway 4 corridor with some new changes to our Fish And Wildlife Laws that started on March 1st 2021. 

    The first big change is you can now fish rivers in the sierra all year with special restrictions.

During the closed part of the season which is November 16th to the Friday before the Last Saturday in April you can fish on the river with artificial only (NO BAIT), barbless and must catch and release.  Make sure you check the Fish and Game regulations before you fish to see if there any special regulations for the body of water you have chosen.

    The next change is for Hobart Creek, which runs into Spicer Reservoir. Hobart will now open on the Saturday preceding Memorial Day and stop on September 15th. Hobart never had opened until July 1st. The limit on Hobart Creek is two fish.  

The road to Spicer is now open but boaters beware the lake level is already below the ramp. Larger boats will have a difficult time launching at best.

   Big Trees State Park is open for camping. You can make reservations through the Big Trees website



Stop by Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods for all of your outdoor and fishing needs. Let Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods be your one stop shop for everything from camping, freshwater fishing, and fly fishing. We carry a broad line of fly fishing products including rods, reels, and waders from Redington, St. Croix rods, extensive fly assortment, and everything you need for your trout fishing experience. We now carry Fishpond, Umpqua, Outcast Boats, and Buff UV multi-functional head wear for protection against damage from extended sun exposure. We also stock a wide range of Footwear, including our new footwear, Cobian Footwear and Northside. We also stock Suncloud Polarized Sunglasses, along with a wide array of various brand sunglasses. Check out our huge selection of Berkley Power Bait and a wide selection of trout and bass lures for example Panther Martin spinners, Kastmasters, Yamamoto Senko, Daiwa Baits, River2Sea Whopper Ploppers and S Waver,  and Zoom Baits. We carry Daiwa rods and reels, and  along with other major brands.

For more local information go to our front page and click on the Fishing Resources. Then click on the Take Me Fishing tab. Then click on the map and in the address tab type in 925 Hwy 4 Arnold CA 95223. The map will show White Pines Lake. From here you can move the map up the Highway to all fishing locations. For rigging information and knots click on the fishing tab and under the learn tab go to to the learn to fish and click on that tab. This will show various ways to tie knots and how to set up rigs for any kind of fishing. Click on the tab, How To Fly Fish section. There is great deal of information on this page with instruction included with video. Feel free to contact us any time.

The trout do not rise in the cemetery, so you better do your fishing while you are still able.

By: Sparse Grey Hackle

WHITE PINES:  Water has warmed up considerably during this past heat wave we have been experiencing. The trout bite has been almost non existent. But there are plenty of bluegills for the children to enjoy. Give your child an experience they will remember.

LAKE ALPINE: Planted the week of 7/18/2021 . Try using Berkley Garlic Powerbaits, Power Eggs and Berkley Mice Tails using a sliding sinker rig. Try floating a night crawler using a fishing mallow, or use a worm blower to pump up your night crawler. Fly fishermen should try sparrow nymphs, bead head woolly buggers,  bead head nymphs, and mayflies. Lure fishermen should try using Kastmasters, Jakes Lures, and Panther Martin Dual Flash spinners.


NORTH FORK OF THE STANISLAUS:  Planted the week of 7/18/21.  Bait casters should try night crawlers, salmon eggs, Berkley Power Bait, and Berkley Mice Tails on a split shot rig. Lure casters should try Panther Martin Spinners, try the NEW dual flash Panther Martin, Mepps, Kastmasters, and Thomas Buoyant lures. Fly fishermen should try woolly buggers, bead head nymphs, parachute adams, stimulators, stone fly nymphs, caddis, yellow sally, royal wulff, and ants.

BEAVER CREEK:  Low water levels

UNION RESERVOIR: Due to the warm water conditions Union Reservoir was not planted this past week. The California Fish and Wildlife performed a temperature check prior to planting and discovered the lake was just too warm

MOSQUITO LAKES: Planted the week 6/20/21

HIGHLAND LAKES: Open for camping and fishing.

ANGELS CREEK :  Planted the week of 6/20/21

Kinney Reservoir: Planted the week of 6/13/21

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