Shasta trout bite cools off

Shasta Lake - Shasta Lake, CA (Shasta County)

Brown Trout
Lou and Steve came back for another trout trip on Shasta Lake. This time Lou got his brown!
Photo Credit: Captain Jeff Goodwin

by Jeff Goodwin

Today we fished Shasta Lake for trout and for the 4th day in a row, catch numbers have dropped way off.  Its to be expected as the lake does this every time we see a big change in the weather, namely spring and fall.  Its short term and its a sign of good fishing to come.  Surface temps today started at about 64 degrees and were pushing 70 by late afternoon.  I fished right at 30' where I got the majority of our bites.  We caught a few yearling Kings, some bass, a descent brown, and a nice rainbow.  We set lines at varying depths, but 30' was todays number for us.  We marked a few small bait balls at 20' and some fish throughout the main boday in 20'-50' of water.  The 30' line was mainly 53 degree water, but it was changing a bit as we trolled through different areas of the lake.  Theres no hard temperature line right now, which can be cause for a slower trout bite.  Things will improve and soon we'll be hitting good numbers of trout again 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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