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Bass still leading Shasta action

Written By BILL RICE
WON Staff Writer
Published: Jun 21, 2017
Kokanee cool off at Whiskeytown



REDDING –– Bass anglers continue to score well on Shasta Lake, with action being found from shallow waters down to around 20 feet, but the kokanee action at Whiskeytown is still only fair.


whiskeytownspotWHISKEYTOWN SPOT — Brian Hodge of Redding caught this 9.2-pound spotted bass at Whiskeytown Lake last month on a ripbait in Brandy Creek. The bite is improving as the water slowly warms.

Gabe Frankell at Phil’s Propeller and Fishing Tackle said the bass anglers are catching fish on a wide variety of things, including wacky-type lures, Yamamoto Senkos, and various brands of large swimbaits fished across the surface. There also continues to be action just off the muddy shoreline areas stirred up by heavy boating traffic.


Anglers looking for trout or kokanee action can still find it on trolled lures in the dam area. The water level at Shasta remains stable at about 5 feet from the full level.


Kokanee fishing on Whiskeytown Lake continued at a slow to fair pace last week, said Keith Kerrigan of hookemwithKK guide service.


Fishing from 35 to 50 feet produced the best action. Try using green or orange garlic scent with a trolling speed of 1.4 to 1.8 mph. You have to search for them. Don't waste your time just trolling. One day there, another day there. Once you find them stay on them, don't troll away. Keep your lures 35 feet or so back so you can turn without getting tangles. If you work at it you'll go home with your limits.


Not much action was reported for bass fishermen with hot weather keeping most anglers at home.


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