Shasta is fickle in the fall!

Shasta Lake - Shasta Lake, CA (Shasta County)

Big Rainbows are still around at Shasta Lake, but it won't be long before catching the big bow's will get tougher and tougher to do.
Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin

by Jeff Goodwin

Today we fished Shasta Lake and it turned out to be a better day than I expected.  With an inbound low pressure system, I feared it might shut down the already slowing bite.  Thankfully I was wrong and the fish turned on a few times throughout the day making for a pretty good haul for todays clients.  We pretty much stuck to the 100' mark, but did catch our biggest fish of the day at 120'.  Water temps on top are around 71 degrees and temps down at 120' are consistent at 61 degrees.  The shad schools are massive in size, but the individual shad are measurung under an inch.  we're seeing birds and fish working the shad schools near the surface which is pretty normal for this time of the year.  Its also the first sign that fall is right around the corner.  Its been a while since I got into a brown trout so I'm guessing they are on the move up the arms toeards the spawning grounds.  I'm booking brown trout trips on Shasta Lake beginning in November.  Several days have already filled so if you want in on the November browns, now is the time to book your trip! 

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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