The spot that
originally brought Bob to Trinity County in the mid-seventies,
Lewiston lake is one of the area's best kept secret
treasures. Lewiston enjoys fine trout fishing year-round
(in season) due to its cold source water flowing out
from deep under the Trinity dam, several hundred feet
below the surface.
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. The lake normally fishes best above
The state record German Brown trout was caught in
Lewiston in the mid-seventies.
As part of his instructional courses, Bob guides
fly fishing on the upper section of the lake, where
the water flow is continuous, as well as the feeder
stream mouths, using a power boat.
Best times of the year
to fish Lewiston Lake
Winter Winter fish key on small Chironomid midge
pupae dead drifted under indicators.
Late Spring to Late Fall
These fish key on Callibaetis mayflies, and
can quickly switch from taking small nymphs dead drifted
deep, to rising to emergers, cripples, duns, and spinners.
Long leaders, light tippet, and delicate perfect presentations
are the order of the day.
Large browns spawn in the fall in the feeder streams
on the upper east side of the lake. They can be targeted
using streamers on sinking line at the stream mouth
drop offs into the deeper water of the main channel.
Rainbow Trout up to 15 lbs.
Primarily hatchery raised stocked populations are
found in Lewiston, with anglers taking them on bait,
spinners and flies.
German Brown Trout up to 20 lbs.
Browns can be caught using streamers fished deep
using sinking lines. The old state record brown
(22 lbs.) was caught on Lewiston Lake.