Thursday, July 19, 2018
2018 Huntington Lake Fishing Map and Report, how to fish Huntington, and Fresno Public land Hunting and Hunting Clubs
Location: Huntington Lake is located on the west slope of the Sierra off Highway 168.
Species: Rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee.
Facilities: Huntington Lake Resort has cabins, rental boats and motors, canoes, a restaurant, marina and bait and tackle shop. Cedar Crest Resort has cottages, RV spaces water and electricity, tent spaces, boat rentals for guests, grocery stores and a gourmet restaurant. These and other facilities on the lake book well in advance, so make reservations early, especially for the months of July and August.
Boating: Boaters can launch at Rancheria Marina or Huntington Lake Resort at the west end of the lake. Camping: The Forest Sen/ice maintains several campgrounds around the lake. Rancheria and Deer Creek, located right on the lake, are the best.
Tackle and information: The Red Barn, located right on Highway 168 in Shaver Lake, keeps track of fishing at Huntington and Shaver, and has a good supply of tackle, camping supplies and hardware.
Situated in dense Sierra timber, Huntington Lake offers great trout ﬁshing in one of the most scenic spots you’re likely to set eyes on. Huntington is a snow-fed lake full of clean, pure water from the mountains. The water is cold year-round, which makes this an unpopular lake with swimmers and skiers, and very popular with ﬁshermen!
All that cold water contributes to a very healthy trout population. Huntington has large numbers of both rainbows and browns, as well as a signiﬁcant kokanee ﬁshery. Some of the regulars at Huntington say Huntington is the one place where you can count on getting a limit of trout, even if just ﬁshing from the bank.
After years of drought, this year's snowpack should restore the lake to its eminence. Hallelujah!
Fishing’s usually best in June and September, with the best brown trout action in the early fall. May and June are two of your best ﬁshing months up here. At dawn, use a bobber 3 feet above the worm.
Later in the day, you usually have to re-rig everything, and use a marshmallow to ﬂoat the worm off the bottom.
There’s deﬁnitely a consensus that says trollers should work close to the shoreline on the north shore of the lake between Lakeshore and Will ’o the ‘Wisp. Down by the dam is generally the best bet, and speciﬁcally at Dam No. 1, because that's the deepest part of the lake. That’s where most of the big browns are caught too.
There’s yet another consensus that nightcrawlers are just about unbeatable at this lake.
So, you're out of nightcrawlers, as the best bait up here, then salmon eggs and redworms are next in line. Part of the reason nightcrawlers are so effective is because there are so many major streams running into those lakes. Line Creek, Home Camp Creek, Rancheria Creek, Deer Creek and other streams all wash worms into the lake, and trout congregate at stream mouths to ﬁnd an easy dinner.
Another reason nightcrawlers are so effective is because they’re equally attractive to both native and hatchery trout. Huntington has a lot of both. Salmon eggs may draw more hatchery ﬁsh than natives because they more closely resemble the pellets trout are fed at the hatchery. Nightcrawlers are best ﬁy-lined with a small split shot or drifted from a boat, but when ﬁsh move into deeper water, ﬁshing them on the bottom under a sliding sinker is effective bottom — or you can blow the worm up.
One of the great things about this lake is the amount of bank access. Virtually the entire shoreline is open to bank ﬁshing, and there are lots of productive areas. All the creek inlets are worth a try, especially those on the north shoreline. Rancheria is another consistently productive spot.
Trolling is also extremely effective, Rainbows are averaging 12 to 16 inches, the bite’s best in the early mornings and just before the sun goes down. Trollers like to pull hardware “anything gold" is hot although the majority of ﬁshermen use nightcrawlers.
A variety of other spinners are popular fodder for rainbows, Rapalas are the top teaser for the browns. Anglers looking to bag a trophy brown might also consider ﬁshing ﬂies. The old-timers talk about going out between 7 and 10 when the lake is calm and ﬂy ﬁshing. One veteran angler who ﬁshes huge black Woolly Buggers on a size 4 hook for browns!
The lake is comes up in the Spring 2 to 3 feet a week, and trout will likely be feeding in newly-ﬂooded channels. While there are the typical 8-inch hatchery trout at Huntington, there are also some very non-typical holdover rainbows and browns as well as some brood-stock trout stocked by the DFG.
Last year a lot of ﬁsh in the 4- to 9-pound were hauled out here. The best eating ﬁsh in the lake are the smaller brown and native rainbows and the hatchery trout that have been in the lake at least a year. Thanks to a rich diet and lots of cold water, hatchery trout ﬁrm up fast, and sometimes you’ll even find rainbow with pink meat
Stream fishing is very popular around Huntington, although most are so small that it can be tough to ﬁsh ﬂies. Gibson said ﬁshing is usually best for those who ﬂoat a cricket, a grub or salmon eggs in the streams.
Home Creek, Rancheria Creek and Line Creek are the most popular with ﬂy ﬁshermen. All are pretty small, so they can be tough to ﬁsh, but all have good concentrations of native ﬁsh eager to take naturally-presented patterns. Try caddis, California Mosquitos, Black Gnats, Woolly Worms and Woolly Buggers.
As for Kokanee at Huntington, the lake sources say they use Cow Bells and kokanee rigs and troll deep for the kokanee. There are a few anglers that even use leaded line. The dam is generally the hot spot, because kokes like the deeper water. One thing you should deﬁnitely plan for at Huntington is wind. There is a wind that comes up here every day at about 10:30 in the morning, and it dies down about 5:30 every night.
Because of the midday wind, ﬁshing is usually best from 6 to 9:30 a.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m.
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