Quick limits on Shasta Lake today!

Shasta Lake - Shasta Lake, CA (Shasta County)

Photo Credit: JGGS Fishing Team.

by Jeff Goodwin

Today we started fishing Shasta Lake at 6:00 and had limits of nice rainbows by 8:30 am.  It was a steady bite right off at about 20'.  I tried fishing a bit deeper and a bit shallower, but didn't see any action outside of the 20' mark.  Not a lot of trout are marking on the sonar, but its because they are up higher in the water column.  One good sign is the showing of some really long trout that have clearly spawned or triploids that thought they needed to spawn.  These fish can most often be identified by their long bodies and larger heads.  These rainbows are an important sign that we're going to see them more and more in the main body of the lake.  Once these trout fill out again in a few weeks or more, we're going to see some 5+ pound rainbows coming over the rail.  A few big browns are still being caught and they look to be sitting up high in the lake.  near 60 degree water appeals to browns so with surface temps in Shasta coming in around 64 degrees, it makes sense that they would be up high.  Get your gear a way from the boat for the most bites from bigger trout and salmon.  Thank you!

Capt. Jeff G.

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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