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Shasta Lake brown bite holding steady.

First brown trout of the morning caught with an Optimizer spoon on Shasta Lake!
Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin

by Jeff Goodwin

Today we fished Shasta Lake for big browns and found a few great ones indeed.  We started with a fast troll Optimizer spoon pattern and our first brown came quickly.  After a short lull in the bite, I switched it up a bit and got our other three browns using that technique.  Bright sun and flat lake water didn't help our bite the rest of our day but a bass and a rainbow blessed us wit h some action before calling it a day.  We have weather coming so lets hope this bite really kicks into gear!

Nothing like fighting these browns to the net!
Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin
If I didn't know better I'd say these browns resemble their ocean run cousins!
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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