Shasta Kings Provide Thrills For Deep Water Trollers
Lake Shasta is transitioning from a summer pattern to a fall pattern. As a result, rainbows have become a bit scattered, but the king salmon bite has been taking up the slack.
“The wind is blowing and it’s fairly cold for this time of the year. The lake temperature has dropped 4 degrees in the past couple days and I think it’s going to drop even more,” related Mike Elster of Mike’s Fishing Guide Service. “When I fished the lake a couple days ago, we caught both rainbows and kings, but it was the king bite that really impressed me.”
“The kings are holding from 80 to 120 feet deep in the main body. I’m catching them while slow rolling shad. Our top king went 21 inches and weighed in at 3.5 pounds. The average size on the kings was about 16 inches. They are feeding heavily because they are fat and beautiful,” he noted.
“The rainbows are scattered and we haven’t been able to pick up any of the larger fish. The ones we’ve been getting run about 14 inches. They are cruising from 40 to 60 feet deep. I’ve been hooking them with Apex Lures and Wiggle Hoochies teamed with small Sling Blades,” said Elster.
Bass guys who are targeting the lake’s larger spots and largemouth are tossing swimbaits rip baits and topwater plugs. For numbers of bass ,work main lake structure with drop shot rigs, Senkos and Duh Spoons.
Shasta is currently 113 feet from maximum pool and continues to fall.
At Whiskeytown the kokanee bite has yet to shut down. In fact anglers are still bagging easy limits while working near the bridge early in the day.
“My friends hit Whiskeytown this week and while the kokanee are starting to transform for the spawn, they are still chrome bright and great to eat. I think we’ve got another week or two before the fish turn dark. The average kokanee is running 13 to 15 inches,” disclosed Elster.Back To Reports