Spring warm up on Shasta Lake!

Shasta Lake - Shasta Lake, CA (Shasta County)

Brown Trout
Some beautiful browns are still being caught on Shasta Lake!
Photo Credit: Captain Jeff Goodwin

by Jeff Goodwin

Shasta Lake is warming up quick!  The surface temps have pushed over the 70 degree mark, but temps are still a sturdy 55 degrees at the 20' mark.  The trout are swirling on the surface slurping up Carpenter ants and gorging on the plankton blooms.  The lake is on a steady rise which means there is more and more wood debris piling up in the lake.  Its sort of a pain to fish in, but until Shasta starts to drop again, we're stuck with it.  The browns are still looking for food in open water, but are biting baits trolled closer to shore as well.  Fishig in the 10' range is still producing bites.  The Shad should start their migration down to the main body soon and that will pull some more trout down as well.  This is a transition time for the lake and the bite can be a little slow at times, but we are still getting into some quality fish!

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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