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Shasta Lake brown trout still available.

Larry with his first Brown of the morning weighing in at 4.17 lbs.
Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin.

by Jeff Goodwin

Today we fished Shasta Lake on the McCloud arm near Hirz Bay again and found some nice browns along the shoreline.  Mixing it up a bit with trolling speeds, but the best colors today were white or contained white on the Optimizer spoon.  We trolled a good number of baits behind the boat in the prop wash and had success on some smaller rainbows with black/silver plugs and the Macks Tackle gold/red Hum Dinger.  We're still seeing a mix of pre spawn and post spawn browns, but they are still a challenge and a lot of fun to catch!  Fishing side planers in the windy chop is tough so I'll be back on the water after the winds die down after the weekend.  If I were to go out again tomorrow, I'd be trolling the surface along the bank and dragging the points with big, bright spoons!  Tight lines!

Tom waited till the end of the day to catch his first brown of the day.
Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin.
Tom seemed to hit all the rainbows today and even a few bass!
Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin.
Larry's second brown of the morning!
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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