BEAUTIFUL 27 inch Rainbow Trout fly fisher nets in Keswick Reservoir

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We have written a few articles on fishing under the radar just below Shasta Dam in Keswick Reservoir, especially since no one seems to be fishing it. Our own Chip O’Brien recently visited the waterway to confirm our suspicions that it may well be Northern California’s most underrated fishery.

This week, Chip landed double-digit rainbows on several trips under Shasta Dam, including a whopping 27-inch rainbow trout. Although he continues to be Keswick’s most vocal advocate for local fly-fishermen, the results of his trip shocked even him.

Asked about the fish, Chip was over the moon. “I’m guessing about eight pounds and this might be my personal best rainbow trout,” exclaimed Chip, who has 30 years of experience as a fly-fishing guide in northern California. Here are some pictures of the beautiful fish:

The relative anonymity of fishing at Keswick, just below Shasta Dam, is likely due to several factors. It is very difficult to get there by boat and shore fishing is quite limited. To access the waterway, you must show your ID and cross the Shasta Dam. Once in the water, Chip uses a float to maneuver through the water and find the beautiful fish.

Still wondering about this great fishing area? Lily Chip’s Complete Guide to Catching Big Trout on Keswick Reservoir.

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