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 Huntington Lake Quick Fishing Information

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.                         
HUNTINGTON LAKE
 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
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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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