Wilk’s Pond

Our new 22-acre largemouth bass factory is just a few hundred feet from the Sacramento River and only twenty minutes from The Fly Shop®.  It’s a great way to fill a morning or afternoon and make the most of your holiday visit to the Redding area, and a fresh alternative to the local trout fishing.

Wilk’s Pond habitat provides a near-perfect environment for bass, bluegill, and crappie.  The edges of the pond are lined with overhanging trees, and bushes, and cover that just screams lunker largemouth.

The entire lake is loaded with fish.  During the spring and mid-summer large bucketmouths cruise the shade and lie below the lily pads, ready to ambush anything that comes in range.  There’s enough heart-stopping top water action from April through November to keep even the most demanding angler entertained.

Wilk’s Pond is a hard-to-believe getaway.  Easy-to-get-to, but far enough from town to provide seclusion.  And with a constant parade of riparian wildlife and birdlife.  Eagles, osprey, deer, beavers, wild turkeys, and other woodland critters are routine visitors.

Weed growth is kept to a minimum with a supply of fresh, cool water percolating into the fishery from the nearby Lower Sacramento River, and the small, lakeside cabin is a swell spot to relax for lunch, get out of the weather or take a break from the action.

This place is more than just a terrific bass fishery.  Wilk’s Pond is a wonderful, nearby woodland retreat and the perfect place to spend a spring, summer, or fall day with your kids, family, or a couple of friends.  Too, it’s a way to add on some great fishing and make the most of your limited vacation time in the area.

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Reservations and Rates

The cost of the daily fishing (costs shown are per person) for the Wilk's Pond package are:
• Full Day Fishing: $95 per day/per person
• Half Day Fishing: $55 per day/per person
The cabin can be rented:
• First two anglers: $199 per night
• Each additional person: $50 per night
• RV Hookups are available at $35 per night

Included in your fishing package at Wilk's Pond is a full day or half day of fishing at beautiful Wilk's Pond.

Not included in your fishing package at Wilk's Pond are fishing license, tackle, rods/reels, and items of a personal nature. You will also need a float tube or pontoon boat as these are not provided at Wilk's Pond.

The Fly Shop® is not in the insurance business, but we recommend Travel Guard coverage as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected. It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur. However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses.

Travel Guard Insurance

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Seasons at Wilk's Pond

Wilk's Pond is open to fishing for day anglers every day of the year, with the most popular fishing in the spring, summer and fall. We limit the number of anglers on the pond to a maximum of 6 anglers, although groups of 2 anglers or more will have the pond to themselves.

March through June:
The first warm afternoons of early March signal the beginning of the pre-spawn period for the bass in Wilk’s pond. This is the time to get the big girls as the chow down to pack on the calories to carry them through the spawn. This is the time to throw the biggest bugs in your box, usually baitfish patterns, on sinking lines to target those big fish moving up from the winter haunts. There can be some good topwater action in the early spring, too, as bass will attack anything that may be a threat to spawning areas.

Once the spawn begins sight fishing for bedding bass is a ton of fun and a great way to see all the big fish that live in the pond.

The post spawn period brings some tougher fishing, usually in late May through sometime in June, but even then it is hard to go a few casts without an electrifying strike from an angry bass.

July through August:
The summer months are about long hot days and topwater explosions. July and August are the two best months of the year to catch bass on topwater at Wilk’s pond. Fishing early and late is the key to success this time of year, and mornings are usually best. The bigger the frog pattern the better; if you have a hard time throwing it on an 8 weight, it’s probably going to work. Cast, strip and hold on.

September through October:
The topwater fishing will continue into the early fall when the bass begin to focus more on schooling baitfish as they begin to feed to fatten up for the winter months. This is also a great time to throw small bass fry and other baitfish fry patterns that resemble the fry that have hatched the previous spring.

November through February:
Winter time at Wilk’s pond may not be considered prime time by most, but that does not mean the bass won't attack a leech pattern stripped through the depths or a float n fly suspended beneath an indicator. The fish do in fact feed all winter long, and true bass maniacs can enjoy some great technical bass fishing even in the dead of winter.

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Lodging at Wilk's Pond

There is cozy cabin right on Wilk's Pond that sleeps two comfortably, and up to four in beds.

With it being so close to Redding and Anderson there are also many wonderful motels and hotels to choose from. The following list of hotels/motels have been used for years by anglers fishing with The Fly Shop® for both guide trips as well as daily fishing adventures.

Best Western Plus Hilltop Inn
2300 Hilltop Drive
Redding CA 96002
Phone: 530-221-6100
Website: www.thehilltopinn.com/redding-hotel-fishing-package.aspx
• The Best Western Hilltop Inn is a long-time standby for fly fishers staying in Redding, and one of our favorites. It has one of the best restaurants in town - CR Gibbs Restaurant & Bar - and a great Angler's Package specially catering to guests of The Fly Shop®.

Gaia Hotel & Spa
4125 Riverside Place
Anderson, CA 96007
Phone: 530-365-7077
Website: www.gaiahotelspa.com
• The Gaia Hotel and Spa is located just 3 miles south of Redding and The Fly Shop® directly off of Interstate 5. We are a contemporary hotel with 120 guestrooms and suites and are located on the Sacramento River. We have an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness Center, Living Waters Spa and a Full service Woodsidegrille and Lounge open 7 days a week. We offer discounted guest room rates for Guests of the Fly Shop.

Oxford Suites
1967 Hilltop Dr
Redding, CA 96002
Phone: 530-221-0100
Website: www.oxfordsuitesredding.com
• Oxford Suites offers discounted rates for guests of The Fly Shop®, has big, clean, comfortable rooms for a good price, along with complimentary buffet breakfast, central location, and a short walk to some great Redding restaurants.

Red Lion
1830 Hilltop Dr
Redding, CA 96002
Phone: 530-221-8700
Website: www.redlion.rdln.com
• The Red Lion has been hosting fly rodders in Redding for decades. They offer a discounted rate for guests of The Fly Shop®, and they also have airport shuttles, a good restaurant and popular lounge, and a central location within walking distance to many great local eateries.

Hilton Garden Inn
5050 Bechelli Lane
Redding, CA 96002
Phone: 530-226-5111
Website: www.hiltongardeninn.com
• The Hilton Garden Inn is conveniently located near The Fly Shop® and Bonnyview Boat Ramp, and even have rooms with views of the river.

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Getting to Wilk's Pond

Getting to Wilk's Pond is simple. It's located only minutes from The Fly Shop®.

From Sacramento:
Travel North on I-5 until you reach exit 670, Riverside Ave. Turn Left onto Riverside Ave then make a slight left onto Ox Yoke Rd. Follow Ox Yoke Rd until you reach Highway 273. Turn right (north) on 273. Continue north bound on 273 for 1.7 miles then turn right on Latona Rd at the Jolly Giant Flea Market. After crossing the Rail Road Tracks, immediately turn Right onto Eastside Rd (it’s a frontage road) and head south until you find a locked gate. This is the gate to Wilks property.

From Mt. Shasta or Oregon:
Hop on Interstate 5 and head south until you reach Redding. Take the South Bonneyview Rd exit (#675 and the same exit as The Fly Shop®). You will exit the freeway and turn right onto South Bonnyview Rd. Travel approximately 2 miles west on South Bonnyview Rd, across the railroad tracks, and turn left (south) onto Hwy 273. Travel south on 273 to Latona Rd at the Jolly Giant Flea Market. Turn left on Latona Rd. After crossing the Rail Road Tracks, immediately turn Right onto Eastside Rd (it’s a frontage road) and head south until you find a locked gate. This is the gate to Wilks property.

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Making Reservations to Wilk's Pond

To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week, or email us at bryan@theflyshop.com or zmiller@theflyshop.com anytime. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.