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Covering lots of water for Shasta Lake trout.

Randy with his Shasta Lake brown trout he caught today in Hirz Bay!
Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin.

by Jeff Goodwin

Shasta Lake has been producing both rainbow and brown trout this week.  I've been on the McCloud Arm every trip the past few months, so I cant speak too much for the rest of the lake.  I've been focusing on the brown trout and have found some nice multi pound specimens trolling above 3.5 mph and using Church Tackle side planers to get my spoons away from the boat.  Big Optimizer spoons are true trophy getters, but if its numbers you are after, downsize your presentations and slow your troll to 2.5 mph or less.  I'm catching most all my fish on the surface, have fished deeper (20'-30') with some limited success.  Mornings and late afternoon to early evening bites have been the norm this week.  If I had to pick a time to fish right now, I'd go with noon to dark vs. first light to noon. The trout are spread out so plan on covering a lot of water to find your fish.  Tight lines!

This Shasta Lake brown trout ate this Mack's Lure 1/2 oz. Hum Dinger. I've caught a lot of great trout on Shasta with this color. Its not a big numbers color for me personally, but it always yields bigger trout. Troll these new 1/2 oz. HD spoons 2.5-3.0 mph for the best action with these heavier spoons.
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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