Kokanee numbers surge on Whiskeytown!

Whiskeytown Reservoir - Whiskeytown, CA (Shasta County)

Kokanee Salmon
Photo Credit: JGGS Fishing Team.

by Jeff Goodwin
3-9-2020
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The Kokanee in Whiskeytown lake are as abundant as I've ever seen them.  Giant pods of Kokanee are all over the lake and its not uncommon to see a dozen Kokanee or more jumping and breaking the surface all at once.  This is continuous and constant all day.  The Kokanee are in the Whiskey Creek arm, Under and around the 299 bridge and everywhere in open water that you look.  I dont know that I've ever seen a Kokanee boil on the surface, but its going on right now.  Kokanee in the 14-15" range are available now and we'll just see them get bigger as we get into the summer months.  Surface temps are a cool 51 degrees and although Kokanee are being caught on the surface, the best bite seems to be in the 25-30' range.  All the usual Kokanee set ups are working, but pink and chartreuse have been stand outs.  Put on some Pautzke Natural Fire Corn and you're all set to get out the net!


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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