Shasta still fishes while she fills!

by Jeff Goodwin

Shasta Lake is quite cold with the mountain water still coming in. The debris is very manageable even after a rise of over 50' in recent weeks. Finding clear water on Shasta was the key for success this week. Unfortunately the water temps were 44-45 degrees and that’s not optimal if your looking for a good number of bites. The trout we did get to go were very nice and in great shape! Side planers pulling spoons have been getting the most action. Lots of choices as far as where to fish on the lake right now but I will say the main body of the lake between Bridge Bay and Centimudi has the best water right now. It’s the warmest water on the lake and it’s not as turbid as the lakes arms right now. As a bonus we marked some pretty good schools of Kokanee this week. We didn’t fish for them but it was great to see some already this year and we'll start targeting them on and off over the next few months.

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.