Shasta water releases begin and the trout bite remains spotty.

Shasta Lake - Shasta Lake, CA (Shasta County)

Brown Trout
Larry Snelling of Burney, Ca. with a nice brown he caught today on Shasta Lake.
Photo Credit: Captain Jeff Goodwin

by Jeff Goodwin

Today I fished Shasta Lake as water managers begin releasing 25,000 cfs for flood control and found a pretty slow bite.  Theres a lot of debris in the lake after the big rains we saw the past few days and most of the arms are a little on the colored side.  Some of the arms are pretty muddy, but on a positive note the lake temps came up a few degrees.  White spoons got most of the bites, but so did an orange Bay Rat and a black/green Optimizer.  I have a solid month of fishing booked on Shasta in March, but still have some dates left in April for those of you who would like to get after some big spring browns. We'll see good fishing all summer and I'll be on Shasta for most of it prior to my salmon season which begins in September.  I'll have a few boats helping me run trips for all the species we pursue so getting a trip booked isn't going to be a problem for anyone who wants to get in on this years fishing trips. 

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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