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

shasta lake fishing report:

8/17- Shasta Lake rainbow trout fishing is currently very good.  Some days are better than others of course, but more days fall into the better category than not.  I look for the good fishing to remain through September .  Most trout are being caught at 65'-70' feet, but there are a lot of fish holding in the 100' foot range where the cool water line is.  We haven't been hooking a lot of fish down deep, but when we do they are usually 3-5 pound specimens.  The use of downriggers is essential now that the fish are deep.  Trolling UV dodgers in front of hoochies or spoons seems to be the best bet.  Don't forget to add scent to your presentations.

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8/17- Great day for these exceptional trout on Shasta Lake today!  This is just a sample of what kind of trout you can expect to catch on any given day on Shasta Lake.

8/17- Great day for these exceptional trout on Shasta Lake today!  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. 

our Shasta Lake salmon and trout fishing guides call this home for a reason

Beautiful mornings are often admired before we fish the emerald waters of Shasta Lake for rainbow trout, brown trout, and land locked King salmon!

Beautiful mornings are often admired before we fish the emerald waters of Shasta Lake for rainbow trout, brown trout, and land locked King salmon!

 

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 trout lurk in the cool, dark depths of Shasta Lake in the summer time.

Big trout lurk in the cool, dark depths of Shasta Lake in the summer time.

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

Shasta Lake rainbow trout.

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 rainbow trout!

Shasta Lake summer rainbow trout!

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

We enjoy year round trout and salmon fishing on Shasta Lake.

We enjoy year round trout and salmon fishing on Shasta Lake.

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!

Summer 2017!