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A Top Fishing Kayak Destination in California 
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With no motor or noise, kayak fishing is the way to go if you want to see nature close up. California is a kayak fishing wonderland, with its lush green woodlands, towering redwood forests, salmon rich rivers, and miles of scenic shorelines. California has abundant wildlife, peaceful atmosphere and astonishing panoramas that are diverse in terrain. Kayak angling in California can provide a varied range of fishing adventures throughout the year.

TOP NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FLAT WATER KAYAK FISHING DESTINATION

Lewiston Lake

A Top Fishing Kayak Destination in California

When you travel to Northern California, you’ll discover striking views of soaring woodlands and glistening lakes and streams. When anglers talk about the incredible California fishing, often they really mean “Northern California fishing.”

By far, one of the most rewarding kayak angling experiences in Northern California is at Lewiston Lake. The fishing prospects are endless. If a serene scenic setting is what A Top Fishing Kayak Destination in Californiayou’re searching for while trolling for trout, take a paddle around Lewiston Lake. The area surrounding Lewiston Lake offers some of the most picturesque views imaginable. The diversity of topography from dense forests to marshlands provides a wide array of vistas at this "must see", one-of-a-kind kayak fishing destination.

The picturesque low hills in the backdrop and the consistent year-round fishing action make Lewiston Lake one of the prettiest all-season kayak fishing getaways in Northern California. In the fall, you will be surrounded by fields and forests of colorful spectrums of green, purple, red and yellow, and you’ll get to enjoy plenty of cool fresh mountain air.

Kayak anglers who fly fish from their kayaks, have a field day at this paddling paradise. It is guaranteed to provide you with an abundance of trout, bigger than you could ever imagine. You could spend the entire day here, hooking one after the other.

In addition to being a premier trout fly fishing destination due to the ideal water and the hordes of aquatic insects that trout thrive upon, trolling for trout is also another method frequently used at Lewiston Lake by kayak anglers. The best upstream location for trout fishing is from Lakeview Terrace Resort. To catch larger Eagle Lake Rainbow trout, fish at the base of Trinity Dam where the water enters into Lewiston Lake.

Lewiston Lake is also popular for those that love to kayak and camp. There are plenty of camping facilities located around the lake that accommodate tents and RV's. Four United States Forest Service campgrounds, situated on the western shore, provide panoramic views from wilderness campsite settings with hand launch access. Lewiston Lake lays nestled just below Trinity Lake, approximately forty miles west of the city of Redding, in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. This superb kayaking destination, with a capacity of seven-hundred-and-fifty surface acres when full, is the forebay to Trinity Lake. Lewiston Lake is more like a large, cold, slow-moving river with a large population of trout. The upper end of the lake fishes much like a large spring creek. Most of the fish are hatchery raised rainbows and browns, but they can be as shy and selective as wild trout.

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Kayak fishing is permitted year-round from sunrise to sunset. There is a universal 10 m.p.h. boat speed limit on the lake which cuts down on the noise, boat wake and crowds since jet and waterskiing are not allowed. The lake is best known for its trophy size Rainbow and Eagle Lake Rainbow trout, and it holds a healthy population of brook and brown trout, bass, kokanee and chinook salmon, catfish, and bluegill as well. The Department of Fish and Game stocks the lake annually with about 10,000 rainbows (in the 10” to 12” class), 3000 brown, and 6000 brook trout, in addition to the fish planted by the local marina and resort.

Lewiston Lake has a rare combination of water-temperature, plant life and a river bed formation that generates an abundance of aquatic insects that trout love to feed on. It has become a premier kayak angling destinations in California that you don’t want to miss out on.

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