Shasta Lake run back browns!

Shasta Lake - Shasta Lake, CA (Shasta County)

Brown Trout
Nice brown trout caught today while trolling on Shasta Lake!
Photo Credit: JG Fishing Team

by Jeff Goodwin

Its almost February and that means we'll be seeing more and more browns returning to the lake after the fall spawn in Shasta's tributaries.  We lose a lot of the bigger rainbows to the tributaries this time of the year so its always good to see the brown popualtions in the lake surging upward.  Many of the triploid browns are still in the system, but its the big natural spawners that typically tip the scales above 7-8 lbs.  We're catching the bigger browns almost every trip now and that should continue through spring.  March and April seem to broduce the biggest numbers, but its the fish that are big, not the amount we catch each day.  If we can get each client to land a big brown, thats a good day.  Anything above that on Shasta is a bunus, but we often times do score good numbers of rainbows and a few browns when the bite is good.  March and April also offer some pretty good number days for rainbows, but we're fishing different areas for those 16"-18" keeper size trout.  March dates are available, but we send a few guides down to Colusa to fish Striped bass in April so our Shasta Lake dates are getting thin.  Give Jaynie a callat the office to book your Shasta Lake spring brown trout trophy trips!  (530) 510-2925, Thank you!

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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