REDDING- The trout fishing at Lake Shasta has gone from good to outstanding in the span of a few days. The trout are now locked into the thermocline and are gobbling down shad.
“The rainbow trout fishing is really good in the central portion of the lake. I’m finding the trout anywhere from 80 to 90 feet deep. Most of them are 14 to 16 inches long, but the largest fish range up to and beyond 4 pounds. I’m hooking my fish on a variety of different shad pattern spoons,” reported Robert Hower of Redding.
“For the past few days the bite has held up well into the hot part of the day. That’s a change. For the past several weeks the best bite has been really early in the morning, but now that the trout are locked into the thermocline the bite window has opened up,” said Hower.
Bass anglers are finding good topwater action early and late in the day. Both walking baits and poppers are drawing strikes when fished along rocky banks that drop into deep water. The main body has been the best areas for bass, but anglers are finding plenty of action throughout the Sacramento Arm too.
During the midday hours drop shot rigs or Mother’s Finest Worms rigged on darter heads are deadly. Most of the bass landed are 12 to 14 inch spots, but larger fish are showing.
As of press time, Shasta was 96 feet from maximum pool and dropping slowly.