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Lake Shasta yields bass, trout

By BILL RICE/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 07, 2018

REDDING — Both bass and trout are being caught in pretty good numbers at Shasta Lake right now, and fishing has been best in the afternoon.

Trout have been bitting steadily at Shasta Lake, with most of my fish coming in the afternoon, said guide Alex Ross of the Trinity Guide Service. Most of them are around 30 feet on wiggle Hoochies and a watermelon Apex tipped with corn or scent works very well.

staffercheckoutSTAFFER CHECK OUT — After all the good reports of fishing at Lake Shasta, WON Field Reporter Andre Fontenot took his boat up to Shasta Lake for the first time and caught his first brown, and personal best freshwater fish in an 8-pound brown that went 25.5 inches, caught in the McCloud Arm on an orange/yellow Speedy Shiner at 36 feet. He also had a bit of a tug-of-war with an eagle that was intent on eating a spotted bass he hooked: “One of the coolest things I have ever witnessed while out fishing.”

One of the anglers who scored on some nice trout from Shasta with Ross was Ellen Spurgeon of Palo Alto. She caught a 3.5-pound rainbow on a Mac’s wiggle Hoochie and a Trinidad tackle 6-inch dodger at 35 feet under the I-5 bridge at Bridge Bay.

John Boitano at Phil’s Propeller and Fishing Tackle said bass action has been good on surface plugs, spinnerbaits, swimbaits and plastic worms fished from the shallows to 20 feet deep. The bass are in post-spawn condition and are chasing the large numbers of shad in most areas.

Trout anglers are also scoring well on trlled Optimizer lures down to 45 to 60 feet deep. A few rainbows in the 4- to 7-pound range have topped the catches.

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