Northeast of Redding and east of Burney, the popular Hat Creek is known as a premier spring creek in California. This short, clear river passes through meadows and supports trout averaging 12 inches long. These fish are very challenging to catch so you will need a lot of patience. The 3.2 mile lower section of the Hat Creek from Powerhouse 2 to just before it meets Lake Britton is the most popular and is a wild trout zone. There is a 2 fish limit over 18 inches with barbless flies and lures only. The 2 mile long upper section is spring fed flat water.
This clear, fast creek is really fishable all year round, although the most popular time is May to October.
To reach the best parking from SR299 at SR89, head east on SR299 for 2 miles to Cassel Road. Turn south on Cassel Road for 2 miles to Crystal Lake State Fishery. Continue east for another mile to Baum Lake. To get to Powerhouse 2, continue south for 2 miles on the paved road to the parking area. There is a trail leading to the most popular Hat Creek fly fishing areas.
Overall, Hat Creek is the 8th most popular fly fishing river of all 17 fly fishing spots in California.