Fair conditions for trout season opener, future uncertain

Anglers Remorse

REDDING, Calif. - Drought is making the stream-fishing Trout season opener perfect for anglers, but the rest of the season is uncertain.

The Fly Shop celebrated their 36th year in Redding Friday with free food and rainbow trout cookies.

There they discussed how the low water conditions will make catching fish easier for anglers, at least for now.

Sandy Watts, an employee at the Fly Shop, said to enjoy it while we can.

"The water's going to be very fishable, so you can pick any stream you want and you're going to be able to fish," Watts said. "There might be a problem later in the year, but right now, it's the time to go."

A lot of Northstate waters are open year round, but Watts said the last Saturday in April is a tradition, and still holds a special meaning for a lot of people.

"If the weather's decent they'll [anglers] come up and go fishing anyway and preserve that weekend," Watts said. "Even though we do have a lot of areas that are open year round."

Watts said the upper Sacramento River above Shasta Lake, the McCloud River and Hat Creek are all great places to wet a line Saturday.

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