Big Whiskeytown Lake Kokanee today.

Whiskeytown Reservoir - Whiskeytown, CA (Shasta County)

Kokanee Salmon
Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin

by Jeff Goodwin

Today we fished Whiskeytown Lake and found a good morning bite.  Steady bites and almost a limit in the box in the first half hour of the day.  The bite slowed later in the am, probably due to the boat pressure, and then picked up for us in another location on the lake. We started heading in around noon because of the heat and the lackluster Kokanee activity. The best part of the day was getting into 17"-18" Kokanee and we didnt catch any smaller specimens.  We tried a variety of baits and probably got the most bites on pink colors.  All but a few Kokanee came from 40-50' deep.  I was surprised to see most of our bites came in 57-58 degree water, which is a tad warm for the Kokanee to hold in.  Overall Whiskeytown is still worth the trip, but don't expect to knock out quick limits of big fish.  Limits are possible for a few anglers, but Its still quality over quantity.

Jeff Goodwin is a full time Northern California fishing guide.  He guides year round for salmon, trout, steelhead, Kokanee, and bass on Northern California rivers and lakes. He fishes many bodies of water in the Redding area, but also guides the Sacramento River and Feather River during certain times of the year. Jeff can also be found on the California coast chasing ocean fresh King salmon and steelhead each year. To learn more about the fishing trips Jeff has to offer, please visit Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service.  You can also find him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or please feel free to call him anytime at (707) 616-1905.

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