by Jeff Goodwin
After an epic season on Shasta Lake, its fair to report that the trout bite is slowing and the fish are no longer schooled up under the bait balls in the main body. Todays clients did catch some trout, including a beautiful 21" inch rainbow, but getting through the bass without getting bit was a challenge. We towed around small bass all day and picking up gear every 5 mins was essential, otherwise the lines would be fouled with micro bass hitching a ride. As you can see on my HDS screen shot, the fish are everywhere in the water column. The 68 degree temps go all the way down to 90' before they start to cool into the high 50's. Its 58 degrees at 125' feet on Shasta right now. We fished near the dam and made a sweep all the way back into the Dry Creek arm only to see that there werent very many fish that have moved into the arm just yet. Its a big lake and I'm sure there's a pile of trout somewhere, we just couldn't find them today. The best trout bite we found was at 115' feet and our big fish came off the big north point at Digger Bay.
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.