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Mill Creek

Kings County, California.

Mill Creek midpoint in Visalia, California.

Mill Creek ends in Hanford, California.

236 feet (72 meters)

24.98 miles long (40.20 kilometers)

About The Mill Creek

About Mill Creek, CA

Mill Creek is a stream flowing 47 miles as a tributary of the Sacramento River in northern California. A thermal spring within Lassen Volcanic National Park serves as its headwaters. Then, it runs through meadows and conifer forests in the upper reaches, plunging across a steep lava rim canyon and flowing out of the northern Sierra foothills until the creek reaches the Sacramento Valley. 

Covering 134 square miles (350 km2), Mill Creek possesses remarkable biotic integrity, owing to its roadless scenery and capacity as an aquatic habitat for hundreds of species, including endangered and anadromous fish. The Mill Creek, along with the other tributaries of the Sacramento River, such as Battle Creek, Antelope Creek, Deer Creek, Big Chico Creek, and Butte Creek, supplies drinking water for at least two-thirds of California and supports additional perks for wilderness-related recreation and industrial water supplies.

In 1824, Judge Samuel Dexter constructed the Mill Creek Dam as a power source for watermills, providing timber and flour for the community in the area. And this was where Mill Creek’s name originated.

Mill Creek Fishing Description

All About Fishing in Mill Creek, CA

Mill Creek is well-known for its summertime terrestrial fishing explorations. It offers an all-year-round wild trout abundance. Anglers seeking brook trout can find them mostly upstream of Patchinville and downstream for brown trout. But if you consider the state’s area – embracing the Mexican boundary’s hot and dry climate to the Pacific Northwest’s coastal climate, including the rising topography from sea level to mountain’s highest peak in the state – you will have countless fishing possibilities. You can fish for suckers, bass, salmon, catfish, bluegill, carp, pike, stripers, and sea bass.

Commonly used fishing techniques used by anglers on this creek include fly fishing, wading, and spinning. The most crucial tip given by the experts in fishing for trout at Mill Creek is to reel in slow and not to go fast and ensure that you have your drag set low. So, when you hook up on a trout, it has a chance to pull out your line instead of snapping it off. You are off to a good start once you bear in mind that you are fishing in a small body of water. It helps if you learn how to cast around the corners. 

You may also explore other fishing locations near Mill Creek. Options include downstream of Highway 49 Crossing, Jamison Creek, South Yuba River, Blair Lake, Burney Creek, Lake Britton, Lake Oroville, Ja She Creek, Horr Pond, Big Lake, and Crystal Springs. You may bring your family and friends to try various recreational activities like camping, hiking, and boating at state parks after fishing around the area. But first, remember to check in on those fishing spots to be prompted for fishing regulations and hacks. Lake Britton is accessible via vehicle by passing through the Burney Creek Trail. And at Lake Oroville, anglers over the age of sixteen must secure their California sport fishing license. You do not have to worry about shore and boat fishing at Lake Oroville as they are allowed in the North and South Forebays. However, do not use motorized boats in the North and refrain from fishing or boating in designated swimming areas to avoid penalties.

Mill Creek Seasonal & Other Description

Fishing Seasonality

You can go fishing whenever you can. But, learning to gauge when are the best times, months, and seasons to do it yields better results.

Take note that warm weather is the best time to fish. Spring and autumn seasons included. Bass peaks on growth for spawning during the spring season. Waking up early in the morning and staying up late in the evening are the most suggested times to fish in the warm weather. At sunrise, the feeding cycle begins. And as the day reaches nighttime, the water temperature becomes favorable to feeding.

March to July are the peak months to fish at Mill Creek. But, notably, brook and rainbow trout flourish in October at Burney Creek. And the upstream of Highway 49 operates from April to mid-November. Exact dates are known to the public upon checking fishing regulations.

Temperature and Optimal Seasons

Fishing Seasonality

You can go fishing whenever you can. But, learning to gauge when are the best times, months, and seasons to do it yields better results.

Take note that warm weather is the best time to fish. Spring and autumn seasons included. Bass peaks on growth for spawning during the spring season. Waking up early in the morning and staying up late in the evening are the most suggested times to fish in the warm weather. At sunrise, the feeding cycle begins. And as the day reaches nighttime, the water temperature becomes favorable to feeding.

March to July are the peak months to fish at Mill Creek. But, notably, brook and rainbow trout flourish in October at Burney Creek. And the upstream of Highway 49 operates from April to mid-November. Exact dates are known to the public upon checking fishing regulations.

Mill Creek Fish Species

All About Fishing in Mill Creek, CA

Mill Creek is well-known for its summertime terrestrial fishing explorations. It offers an all-year-round wild trout abundance. Anglers seeking brook trout can find them mostly upstream of Patchinville and downstream for brown trout. But if you consider the state’s area – embracing the Mexican boundary’s hot and dry climate to the Pacific Northwest’s coastal climate, including the rising topography from sea level to mountain’s highest peak in the state – you will have countless fishing possibilities. You can fish for suckers, bass, salmon, catfish, bluegill, carp, pike, stripers, and sea bass.

Commonly used fishing techniques used by anglers on this creek include fly fishing, wading, and spinning. The most crucial tip given by the experts in fishing for trout at Mill Creek is to reel in slow and not to go fast and ensure that you have your drag set low. So, when you hook up on a trout, it has a chance to pull out your line instead of snapping it off. You are off to a good start once you bear in mind that you are fishing in a small body of water. It helps if you learn how to cast around the corners. 

You may also explore other fishing locations near Mill Creek. Options include downstream of Highway 49 Crossing, Jamison Creek, South Yuba River, Blair Lake, Burney Creek, Lake Britton, Lake Oroville, Ja She Creek, Horr Pond, Big Lake, and Crystal Springs. You may bring your family and friends to try various recreational activities like camping, hiking, and boating at state parks after fishing around the area. But first, remember to check in on those fishing spots to be prompted for fishing regulations and hacks. Lake Britton is accessible via vehicle by passing through the Burney Creek Trail. And at Lake Oroville, anglers over the age of sixteen must secure their California sport fishing license. You do not have to worry about shore and boat fishing at Lake Oroville as they are allowed in the North and South Forebays. However, do not use motorized boats in the North and refrain from fishing or boating in designated swimming areas to avoid penalties.

Sea Bass

Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck

Weight: 2 - 9 Pounds

Length: 10" - 26"

Brook Trout

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 10 Pounds

Length: 10" - 34"

Bluegill

Habitat: Lake, Pond, River

Weight: 1 - 2 Pounds

Length: 6" - 16"

Brown Trout

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 2 - 40 Pounds

Length: 13" - 39"