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Shasta Lake continues to receive wet weather

By BILLY DRIESSEN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Apr 10, 2019

REDDING— While much of the north state has received a break from the wet weather this past week, Lake Shasta has continued to be pummeled with strong winds and heavy downpours, but fortunately, the fishing hasn’t suffered from it.

shastabassSHASTA BASS — Mike Krause of Red Bluff has been “whacking the bass” at Lake Shasta during the cold fronts moving through. Krause, pictured, with friend Dale Rickard are getting bass to 5 pounds on a Carolina-rigged cinnamon blue neon and desert oxblood worms.


“The fish are still biting,” said John Boitano from Phil’s Prop Shop. “The water level has risen another 3 feet this past week, despite the vast amount of water being released from Keswick dam, which was 30,000 cfs during the middle of the week. The water clarity has improved as the creeks are running clear already. These warm storms and inflow have the bass moving back into thoe creek arms for the spawn.


“The bass have been biting whatever you want to throw,” Boitano said. “If you want to target the main lake points and fish from shallow to deep you can get fish to bite on soft plastics, drop-shot rigs, Alabama rigs, big Huddleston swimbaits, glidebaits, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. For the bigger fish looking to spawn, move back into the creeks where the water is clearer but you will need to be stealthier in your approach, those fish can be skittish. Soft plastics, Hula grubs, worms, and jigs are great for getting fish in clear water to bite.


“The trout are still biting in the main lake,” Boitano said. “Rainbows and browns have moved out of the creek arms into the main body and are being caught down deeper than last week. There are fish still on the surface and down to 30 feet deep and can be caught trolling Optimizers and Bay Rat stick baits around 2 to 3 mph. With the water level raising again, the debris is pretty bad in the lake from full sized trees to the really fine bark that will clog the intake on your outboard or your jet pump and can make it difficult when you are trying to troll with multiple lines out,” Boitano said.


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