More browns showing on Shasta!

Shasta Lake - Shasta Lake, CA (Shasta County)

Brown Trout
Photo Credit: JG Fishing Team

by Jeff Goodwin

We're fishing Shasta Lake 5-6 days a week and we're currently targeting big browns and the occasional rainbow trout.  Some days are better than others just like you find in every fishing venue. Consistently caching browns is the key to our success on Shasta Lake because these trout have feeding and travel patterns.  Stay on top of these patterns and you'll stay on top of some pretty good fishing this time of the year.  We're catching most of our rainbows up high in the water column and the browns are sitting down a bit deeper in 20'-30', likely deeper.  With the clear water conditions we have this year, many of the browns we are catching are coming after our baits from deeper water or off structure.  Most of the rainbow trout are out in open water cruising the surface.  Browns are taking baits presented off downriggers and the rainbows are mostly coming on side planers with 1-2 oz. snap weights 50' in front of Trinidad Tackle Optimizer Jr. spoon.  Lots of presentations will attract strikes, but I've been sticking with whats working best for me.  Brown season will last through May in most years so you still have time to get out on Shasta Lake to catch a trophy brown.  The big rainbows will start to show up in better numbers in May and will be easily caught and located through September.  We'll see you on the water!

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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