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Shasta Lake trout surface bite is good!

Shasta Lake rainbow trout caught trolling a fly from Arctic Fox @
Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin

by Jeff Goodwin

Today we fished Shasta Lake and experienced some pretty good fishing conditions, but with zero wind to help keep a strong morning bite going, we decided to cover lots of water instead.  It was just fun fishing so coming in with big numbers really wasn't an issue.  Many of the areas we fished produced doubles before moving on to find more fish.  The rainbows were found in small pods and I expect if we would have worked over some of those areas for a bit longer we would have caught more fish.  We easily caught and released three limits of rainbows today, and even a few bass.  All our fish were caught trolling Arctic Fox Trolling Flies and small spoons.  The fly pictured has been a big producer so if you are interested in trolling flies to catch trout, visit!  

Shasta Lake rainbows readily eat flies when trolled at the right speed and depth.
Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin
Fellow guide and good friend, Anthony Cox with a nice wild rainbow we released to fight another day.
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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