Shasta looks to be in its prime!

Shasta Lake - Shasta Lake, CA (Shasta County)

Brown Trout
We're still getting Shasta Lake Browns!
Photo Credit: JG Fishing Team

by Jeff Goodwin

We're fishing Shasta most days of the week right now and we're seeing some really consistent fishing between the dam and the I-5 bridge.  Lots of trout and salmon just about everywhere we're fishing on the lower lake.  We're starting to see more fish hanging out in the 30-40' foot range with some King salmon much deeper.  There are small Shad and small bluegill showing in the stomachs of the trout so they are now keying in on small baitfish.  Match the hatch with smaller spoons from 1"-2" long.  Running small dodgers in front of the spoons is a good option now as well.  I'm trolling 2.2-2.5 mph for the trout and it seems to be a productive speed right now.  We're catching Kokanee in the same areas we're seeing trout and they will hit a brightly colored spoon trolled at 2.5 mph.  Otherwise, troll with traditional Kokanee gear and target the 30-40' foot range at 1.5 mph.  The lower lake is producing Kokanee, but Hirz Bay seems to be a hot spot for sure.  With afternoon surface temps running around 78 degrees, we'll see these trout and salmon moving deeper with the cold water.  The hot bites start now so if you've put off booking a Shasta Lake fishing trip, now is the time!  Thank you,,,,

Captain Jeff Goodwin 

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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