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Above and below Shasta Dam this week!

Mike had the hot rod today and and fast trolling Optimizer Spoons yielded this beautiful Shasta Lake German Brown for a quick pic before it was released.
Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin

by Jeff Goodwin

Its been a productive couple of days fishing above and below Shasta Dam for rainbow trout and German Browns.  I fished Keswick Reservoir a few days ago and found consistant rainbow trout bites trolling plugs up and down stream.  The trout seemed to favor the gold plugs and got quite a few bites on a frog pattern plug as well.  Today I fished with Stan Kulak of Trinidad Tackle on Shasta Lake.  Stan, Mike, and I were targeting big German Browns trolling Optimizer spoons and the early bite produced four solid hook ups, two of which made it to the side of the boat.  Top line trolling with side planers is a very effective method, but it can be tough to get good hook sets with lines at 90 degree angles.  The Optimizer spoons are a legit big fish killer and for those of you out there who like to catch the big ones, you'll want to stock up on them before you head out on your next fishing trip.  I'll be writing a more in depth tips and techniques segment on how to fish the Optimizer Spoons for in the near future.  In the meantime, contact for any questions you might have about how to fish them.

Jim had a slow start, but after a few changes in plug colors, he hit several fish in a row, making his day a great one!!
Photo Credit: Capt. 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.

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