by Jeff Goodwin
Kokanee fishing on Whiskeytown Lake during the winter is not frequented by area anglers during the winter months. Although Kokanee can be caught this time of the year, they are normally small and often times the bite is slow. I ventured out to Whiskeytown on a scouting trip just to see how our class of 2018 is shaping up. I was initially met with low water levels, a howling wind, and a lot of debris in the water but by mid morning things had settled down. After covering a bunch of water, I found a short bite and four healthy Kokanee to the net, one of which measured 16". The bite will remain slow until spring, but there are some larger than normal specimens swimming around Whiskeytown getting bigger every month. This spring and summer should provide yet another exceptional Kokanee salmon season that no one should miss. Its the best Kokanee salmon fishery in the state right now and my clients will once again be going home with heavy bags of Kokanee salmon fillets. Those of you interested in experiencing some of the very best Kokanee salmon fishing in California should make your fishing trip plans now! May thru August are the peak months to fish Whiskeytown for Kokanee. I'll surely have a busy schedule come spring so stay tuned to future reports and I'll be sure to let everyone know when its "GO" time!
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.