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Fishing Location - Hat Creek

Hat Creek
Shasta County
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Hat Creek is located in Shasta County in northern California. It originates in Lassen Volcanic National Park and flows north to its terminus in Lake Britton. The Wild Trout Area consists of a three and one-half mile length beginning at the Hat #2 powerhouse and continuing to the rough fish barrier where the creek meets Lake Britton. The Wild Trout Area of Hat Creek is unique among California waterways in that the streambed is partially composed of diatomaceous earth, and is similar in fishing quality to the chalk streams of southern England. The streams in England have been known for centuries as "classic" examples of ideal trout streams. Thus, this section of Hat Creek also enjoys the "classic trout stream" classification. The creek is predominated by Rainbow Trout with a smaller population of Brown Trout. Due to the makeup of the stream, insect hatches in the area are large and consistent. Many anglers from around the world come to fish Hat Creek for it's prolific hatches and beautiful scenery. The challenging angling makes catching and releasing trout on Hat Creek all the more special! Hat Creek holds a special place in the Wild Trout Program as a "flagship" water and as the site of one of the earliest experiments in special management for wild trout in California.