Shasta Lake Brown Trout!

Photo Credit: Jeff Goodwin Guide Services

by Jeff Goodwin

I've been out on Shasta Lake chasing winter trout.  The lake is in great shape considering the really wet weather patterns we saw in January.  The top ends of the lake arms are pretty dirty but not unfishable.  The lower end of the lake is mostly green with a hint of turbidity this week.  Floating debris is a factor but only in small sections of the lake.  Water temps are hovering between 47-48 degrees and I've seen 43 degree water up high in the lake arms.  There's a lot of bait (Shad) in the lower lake but I have seen some up higher as well.  I've been finding success on both the downriggers and lines set out on side planers for both rainbows and browns.  Stick baits and spoons are working for me most days.  More and more browns are being caught now and it will only get more consistent as we get into the late Feb-March timeframe.  We only have a few months left before the spring/summer trout and salmon fishing begins so lets enjoy our winter fishing conditions before they are gone again until late fall.  March has been my best month for trophy browns on Shasta year after year and its just 4 weeks away.  I have available dates in March so now would be a good time to call jaynie to reserve your day of fishing for trophy brown trout on Shasta Lake. (530) 510-2925.  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.