The Fish Sniffer - Trout Fishing Is Hit and Miss
Trout Fishing Is Hit and Miss

Written By: Danny Lloyd, April 27, 2014
Species: Trout Bass Kokanee
Location: Shasta Lake, Whiskeytown Reservoir,

Trout action at Lake Shasta continues to be hit and miss following the recent storm front with very nice rainbows and landlocked king salmon being taken.

"Fishing this past week has been hit and miss with one trip last week bringing easy limits and the following day limits being very difficult,” reported Mike Elster of Mike’s Guide Service. “On Tuesday we did very well, then Wednesday was a struggle for limits. Rainbows have been hitting in the top 25 feet of water with kings running in the 65-80 foot depth.”

“We have been trolling Apex lures, Humdingers, and Wiggle Hoochies in a Captain America or red/white/blue patterns,” relayed Elster. “I have caught a few nice kings in the 2 ½-3 pound range pulling blue wiggle hoochies which was a surprise to me when shad had been the best producer.”

Shasta's trout are scattered throughout the lake. Anglers are hooking rainbows in the slot between Slaughterhouse Island and Toupee Island. The fish have been from 14 to 16 inches and limits are possible for fishermen that work for them.

Pre-spawn and even spawning bass action is soon to be underway for Shasta's spotted bass. You can find fish around main lake points and flats. Some fish are holding up tight to the bank, but there are still plenty of fish holding 15 to 30 feet deep. 4 and 6-inch Mother's Finest Worms in natural colors are working well as are 4 in Senkos. Trophy hunters are tossing swimbaits in the 4 to 6 inch size range.

The lake level is 978.68 feet and just 88.32 feet below full pool.

Fishing at Whiskeytown continues to produce 12-13 inch kokanee. “On a trip last weekend, we were able to catch 3 limits of fish in 4 hours with 14 kokanee and 1 rainbow measuring 16 inches,” said Elster.

If you are interested in fishing Shasta, Whiskeytown, or Trinity Lake, call Mike Elster of Mike’s Fishing Guide Service @ 916-215-6330.


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