Shasta Kicks Out Quality ‘Bows And Kings
If your goal is to catch big numbers of trout and salmon, Lake Shasta isn’t a good destination. On the other hand, if you want to catch decent numbers of husky rainbows and kings, waste no time setting a course for the big lake.
“The action at Shasta is very steady, but it’s more about quality than quantity,” reported Mike Elster of Mike’s Fishing Guide Service. “On my last trip we worked the mouth of Dry Creek and caught a mix of 15 to 19 inch rainbows and a few kings that went 15 to 18 inches. We caught fish on rigged shad and anchovies, chrome Apex Lures and white Wiggle Hoochies. The best depths have been from 70 to 120 feet, but be aware that the fish aren’t not stacked up. They are scattered so you’ve got to have some patience.”
Bass fishing is going strong at both Shasta and Whiskeytown. Early and late in the day walking baits like Zara Spooks and trout pattern wake baits are drawing strikes from spots ranging up to 4 pounds. When the sun is high, Senkos, grub/darter head combos and 4 inch plastics rigged on drop shot rigs are producing lots of fish in the 12 to 14 inch range.
Shasta is currently 108 feet from maximum pool and dropping.
“At Whiskeytown the kokanee bite is still going really strong for fish running 13 to 14 inches. It’s been a great season at Whiskeytown and it looks like the size of the fish is on the upswing. We may have some 16 and 17 inch ‘kokes next year,” disclosed Elster.Back To Reports