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By the Fish Sniffer Staff
 

 
February 27 , 2010
Updated Regularly

LAKE SHASTA BROWNS
(Redding) Everything is going great at Lake Shasta. The water level is on the rise, all the boat ramps are now in the water and the fishing has been fantastic for both trout and bass.
“The fishing has been pretty good over the past several days,” reported Adam Rudolf at Phil’s Propellers. “The bass bite has been very consistent for anglers working 6 inch worms in the blue crawler, osprey and Mojave oxblood colors. The bass are holding from 25 to 30 feet deep, so that’s where you should be fishing your worms.”
“For a shot a larger than average size fish, the bite on small soft plastic swimbaits has been hit and miss overall, but some good fish are being caught. It seems like a couple bass in the 5 pound class are being caught every day and we are seeing decent numbers of 3 pounders,” related Rudolf.
According to Rudolf, to catch rainbows anglers have to do nothing more than topline with shad imitating lures.
“The trout bite has been really good for anglers trolling the surface with standard lures such as Cripplures, Hum Dingers, Kastmasters and Rapalas. Silver and blue has been a good color combination,” tipped Rudolf.
Gary Miralles of the Shasta Tackle Company advises trouters to top line Cripplures and Hum Dingers in UV colors from 150 to 200 feet behind the boat. Miralles reported that the rainbows are running 15 to 16 inches with a few of them edging up to 3 pounds.
As of press time Shasta was 53 feet from maximum pool.

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This area offers a wide variety of fishing. Among the more popular fishing spots are the McCloud River and the upper Sacramento River. These two rivers feature native trout and are favorites of fly fishermen. Shasta and Claire Engle lakes are man-made, large, and populated by largemouth and smallmouth bass, trout, and the usual assortment of sunfish and cats. These lakes are great for camping. Boat traffic can be a little heavy during peak season. Whiskeytown Lake has the coldest lake water in the area and the smallmouth and trout fishing can be excellent.

There are alpine lakes, many almost unfished because they are in wilderness areas. Some, however, are only a short walk from the trailhead. You can find brook, cutthroat, and rainbows in these lakes. Fish and Game has had a program for about 10 years stocking some lakes in the Trinity, Russian, and Marble Mountain Wilderness areas with golden trout. These alpine fish are on the small side but there are a lot of them.

Kangaroo Lake near Callahan has a handicapped campground and concrete sidewalks on one side of the lake for wheelchair fishing. There are some 4 pound rainbows to be caught there. The upper Klamath River around Yreka boasts fantastic trout fishing in late spring and summer months. The fall run of salmon can provide nonstop action for fish in the 10 to 12 pound class. There is also a healthy steelhead run. Because the fish are smaller than other rivers in the area, the run doesn't get as much attention or fishing pressure as other Northern California rivers.

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