Shasta Lake browns taking center stage!

Shasta Lake - Shasta Lake, CA (Shasta County)

Brown Trout
Matt Bywater and his dad came out to fish with me again today. On their last trip in June, Matt's dad caught the big brown, but today it was Matt who had all the brown trout action catching nice ones!
Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin

by Jeff Goodwin

Today we fished Shasta Lake again with the Bywaters looking for a few big bites, specifically brown trout.  Its been hit and miss for most on Shasta Lake recently, but we've managed to find some quality fish which have mostly been in the 3-4 lb range, with a few in the 6 lb. class.  Big rainbows are hard to come by, but thats normal for this time of the year.  We're trolling the surface for most of our bites, but others are finding a few fish down to the 20' ft. mark. We finally have a wet weather pattern arriving and I'm hoping its puts some fresh water into the tributaries of the lake and we start to see a rise in lake levels soon.  Its been sitting at 100' ft. below full pool for quite a while now so it would be nice to see.  Surface temps are slowly dropping and we're seeing the 55-56 degree mark daily.  This is great a water temperature to target surface dwellers this time of the year.  I'm fishing the next few days and will have more reports coming in as I work through the winter trout season on Shasta Lake.

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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