The Fish Sniffer - Rainbows and Bass Binge on Shad
Rainbows and Bass Binge on Shad

Written By: Danny Lloyd, December 5, 2013
Species: Bass Trout
Location: Shasta Lake,

Things couldn't be much better at Lake Shasta. The shad are on top and the trout and bass are vigorously feeding on them. Now is the time to visit the lake to experience fast action!

If you are a trout troller, you'll want to be working the top 15 feet of the water column around main lake points and islands. With the trout in an aggressive feeding mode it makes sense to start out trolling fast. Anglers are having success with both chrome colored Speedy Shiners and Hum Dingers pulled between 2.5 to 3.0 mph. The "Captain America" Hum Dinger seems to be the best color pattern.

If the trout aren't responding to a fast approach, break out some baitfish colored Excels and Cripplures and slow the boat down to the 1.5 to 2mph range.

Bass anglers are doing well with 4 to 6 inch worms, Senkos, Flukes and grubs rigged on darter heads. Like trout anglers, bassets are advised to work major points and islands.

Hollow belly swimbaits are also working well for a larger grade of spotted bass. White or smoke colored swimbaits work the best. Make long casts parallel to the structure bordering deep water and slow roll the bait back.

Lake Shasta is 38% of capacity.

At Whiskeytown, things are pretty quiet, but anglers soaking inflated worms and dough baits off points or near the dam are catching a mix of rainbow and brook trout.

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