Shasta Lake fishing for king salmon, rainbow trout, and brown trout

shasta lake guide fishing report:

11/18- Shasta Lake rainbow trout fishing is currently fair at best.  Some days are better than others of course, but more days fall into the fair category than not.  The adult trout are moving up into the lake arms and are preparing to spawn soon.  I look for the good fishing to remain through most of the winter or until dirty lake water slows our bite.  Most trout are being caught at 10'-15' now that the water temps have cooled to 57 degrees.  Big rainbows and browns are feeding on shad and readily take a shad imitation spoon.  The trout are usually 1-3 pound specimens right now but there is always a good chance for a giant!  

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Great day to catch trout on Shasta Lake!  This is just a sample of what kind of trout you can expect to catch on any given day on Shasta Lake.

Great day to catch trout on Shasta Lake!  This is just a sample of what kind of trout you can expect to catch on any given day on Shasta Lake.

Are you a passionate angler? Would you like to enjoy some new and exciting experiences in a scenic setting, with a rich bounty of trout and salmon swimming in the quiet depths of Shasta Lake? Then you should definitely consider experiencing one of the Shasta Lake guided fishing trips organized by Jeff Goodwin. 

Shasta Lake king salmon guide

shasta lake rainbow trout guide

shasta lake brown trout guide

Beautiful mornings are often admired before we start catching big beautiful Shasta Lake brown trout like this amazing fish!

Beautiful mornings are often admired before we start catching big beautiful Shasta Lake brown trout like this amazing fish!

 

Shasta Lake is the main attraction in Shasta County, drawing visitors from all over California, especially avid anglers. Located just 10 miles north of Redding and 170 miles north of Sacramento, Shasta Lake is easily reachable by car on Interstate 5. It hosts dozens of fishing tournaments, especially in winter and spring, with the FLW tournament series and the Wild West Bass Trail among the most important.

The two-story impoundment is home to both coldwater and warmwater fish species, including:

Rainbow trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth and spotted bass, chinook salmon, black crappie, bluegill and carp, Sacramento sucker, riffle sculpin, Sacramento squawfish, black fish, white sturgeon, hardhead minnow, channel squawfish, white catfish, threadfin shad, brown bullhead, green sunfish, and golden shiner.

Despite the wide variety of fish species in Shasta Lake, rainbow trout, brown trout, and landlocked King salmon are the most frequently sought after due to their abundance and above average size.  Every trip out on Shasta Lake holds the potential of catching a trophy trout or land locked King salmon. 

Big king salmon lurk in the cool, dark depths of Shasta Lake in the summer time!

Big king salmon lurk in the cool, dark depths of Shasta Lake in the summer time!

shasta lake rainbow Trout, brown trout & king salmon Fishing Guide

9/20/17 Shasta Lake rainbow trout.

9/20/17 Shasta Lake rainbow trout.

Guided trout and salmon fishing trips to Shasta Lake are most often successful, as the fish population is ensured both naturally and by stocking. The key to catching trout and salmon in the area is knowing where to find them and by using the right bait and presentations to get them to bite.

In early spring, late fall, and winter, trout prefers to stay right under the surface, and most trolling methods will work. In late spring, throughout the summer and in the beginning of autumn, both trout and King salmon dive deeper to the thermocline, so downriggers and other depth control devices work best for getting your gear down to where the fish are.

In terms of bait, these trout respond well to standard squid skirts and dodgers, Dick Nite Spoons, Needlefish, Humdingers and Cripplures. Rapala Shad Rap, Mag Lip plugs, and Apex spoons work as well. Anchovy tail mooching, trolling, and jigging work best for the landlocked King salmon. 

Shasta Lake summer rainbows are big, hungry fish!

Shasta Lake summer rainbows are big, hungry fish!

Jeff Goodwin’s Shasta Lake Guided salmon and trout Fishing Trips...

We enjoy catching big brown trout year round on Shasta Lake, but summer and fall are the best seasons to chase them before they head up the rivers to spawn!

We enjoy catching big brown trout year round on Shasta Lake, but summer and fall are the best seasons to chase them before they head up the rivers to spawn!

It takes a passionate, experienced, and dedicated local salmon and trout fishing guide to ensure the success of any fishing trip. Someone who knows the lake intimately and continuously expands their fishing knowledge and success on this sophisticated body of water.

That is Jeff Goodwin. He will take care of each booking personally and will stop at nothing to ensure a great fish catching experience for everyone in the boat.

Do you have any questions? Would you like to schedule some unforgettable Shasta Lake guided fishing trips? Contact Jeff now!

Summer 2017!  Although many describe these big wild strain steelhead as rainbows, Shasta Lake still maintains a steelhead strain population of fish that existed before the dam was finished in the 1940's.  The lake is their ocean where they feed on shad and grow and in the fall these steelhead migrate back to their native tributaries to spawn.  These are exceptional specimens to say the least!

Summer 2017!  Although many describe these big wild strain steelhead as rainbows, Shasta Lake still maintains a steelhead strain population of fish that existed before the dam was finished in the 1940's.  The lake is their ocean where they feed on shad and grow and in the fall these steelhead migrate back to their native tributaries to spawn.  These are exceptional specimens to say the least!