Shasta Lake trout sleeping in!

Shasta Lake - Shasta Lake, CA (Shasta County)

Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin

by Jeff Goodwin

We fished Shasta Lake again today and it seems a pattern is beginning to emerge.  These trout are absolutely sleeping in and the bites are coming in late like they tend to do on a big moon.  I'm used to diversity on Shasta Lake, but trout are morning feeders and having to wait for them to turn on like we have the past three days, is unacceptable.  Seriously though, until things clear up, sleeping in might be a good strategy for fishing Shasta.  The bite periods are shorter, later, and like today and yesterday, the trout are smaller as well.  Like most days on Shasta though, if the small trout bite early, the bigger trout will bite later in the day.  Its almost always true and its a dynamic of Shasta I have learned to count on.  Today was no different and when the bigger fish finally rolled out of their slumber, the reels started to scream!  We hooked numerous multi pound rainbows today, but had to survive a few long periods of no activity.  Only some missed takedowns seperated today from any other great day of hooking and landing big, beautiful Shasta Lake trout.

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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