Shasta Lake fishing report

Shasta Lake - Shasta Lake, CA (Shasta County)

Brown Trout
Limits of trout/salmon on Shasta Lake!
Photo Credit: JGGS Fishing Team.

by Jeff Goodwin

Shasta Lake has been fishing in true spring fashion.  The lake has seen surface temps exceeding 62 degrees this week and I expect to see it climb continuously well into summer.  If we see a big cold snap before May, that could delay the climbing temps, but this is the time of the year when we see gradual increases weekly.  There are bass moving into the shallows so they are staging for thier annual spawn.  Schools of Crappie have been seen up on the Pit and near some of the marinas up the Pit Arm.  The rainbows, Kings, and browns are scattered everywhere.  You'll find them in the coves, on the lakes shorelines, and out in open water.  There will be fish scattered on the surface down to about 30' which is pretty normal this time of the year.  I've been trolling some bigger spoons for the trout when I get out and thats a consistent producer for me.  Side planers have been the best, but I did get into some downrigger bites the past few weeks as well.  The trout are looking really good and so are the Kings.  Tighten up your boot straps guys and gals, its time to get busy fishing on Shasta Lake very soon!

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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