Bruiser brown bite on Shasta Lake!

Shasta Lake - Shasta Lake, CA (Shasta County)

Brown Trout
Big, beautiful brown trout are everywhere on Shasta Lake right now!
Photo Credit: Captain Jeff Goodwin

by Jeff Goodwin

Yesterdays brown trout fishing trip was a big success and the bite we've been waiting over a month for finally came to life.  We followed up yesterdays great trip with a low pressure, lack luster bite today.  As has been the case all winter into spring, big weather changes tend to shut down the trout.  We caught some smaller rainbows and managed to catch a nice brown just after mid day.  Big changes always present big challenges on Shasta, but it looks like we are going to see some really warm weather next week.  The lake is still rising so if your launching your boat, bring your rubber boots.  I was welcomed once again to the Packers Bay boat launch with no parking lot lighting and a flooded dock ramp.  Also, rising water means more wood debris heading back into the lake.  Still some big logs/big peices of wood sitting right at the water line.  I found a nice sized log at 35 mph on my way in yesterday.  A little chop on the water makes them very hard to see so be careful out there until we start to see a drop in lake levels again. 

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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