Well its been one heck of a month and I'm happy to report that the fishing has been very good nearly every trip. We've concentrated on bigger fish and have spent a lot time hunting for the big German Brown trout. We've landed a handful of browns in the 6-7 lb. class and have caught quite a few in the 3-5 lb. range. Overall its been a great fall/winter season and it looks like its going to continue as we head into the new year.
The rainbow trout have also shown up in the mix and I'm starting to find some bigger rainbows than I had been the past few weeks. I'm mixing up my trolling lure spread so I'll attract both browns and rainbows and it seems to be working out just fine. Trolling fast with big spoons has been good for big browns, and slowing it down and sizing down my presentations is getting more attention from the rainbows. Meet somewhere in the middle and we're catching both at the same time.
I wil continue to run trips on Shasta Lake for rainbows and browns, but I've had some good days on Whiskeytown Lake for Kokanee salmon as well. With Kokanee in the 15"-16" size category now, we're in for some great fishing this summer. Its still possible to get limits of Kokanee so let me know if you'd like to get out early in the year and get some fish for the smoker!