The Fish Sniffer - Bass and Trout Deliver Winter Fun!
Bass and Trout Deliver Winter Fun!

Written By: Danny Lloyd, January 25, 2014
Species: Bass Trout
Location: Shasta Lake,

The water level is low, but fishing continues to be good all around Lake Shasta. Bass fishing will continue to improve over the next few weeks, but you must be willing to fish from the bank down to 50 feet to catch them.

The bass are schooling now and can be found all over the lake. Most of the bass have been running 12 to 14 inches with a few bigger ones being caught on larger lures including crankbaits and swimbaits. Senkos and worms rigged on darter heads have been working as well.

James Andri of Auburn recently took a trip with his family and managed 5 trout to 19" while fishing the Packer's Bay area. The lures of choice were a watermelon Apex and silver Speedy Shiner trolled at 2.5-3.5 miles per hour about 200 feet behind the boat.

"Fishing was slow, but the weather was nice. We also managed to pick up about 10 bass to 10 inches while trolling for trout," stated Andri.

Trout trollers willing to invest some time into finding the fish are being rewarded with hookups. Your best chance for success is increasing your speed to 3 miles per hour anywhere from the surface to 40 feet. With the cold weather, baitfish will start to move up. Always try a variety of baits until you find success.

Top trout lures for trollers at this time include, Speedy Shiners, Hum Dingers, Apex Lures, and Rapalas.Lake Shasta is currently only 36 percent of capacity and 56 percent of the 10-year-average.

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