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Fishing at Shasta Lake, California





(July 4, 2015) Fears of mercury in Shasta Lake fish surface
(San Francisco Chronicle)



Statewide Advisory for Eating Fish From California's Lakes and Reservoirs without site-specific advice [08/01/13] Based on Mercury


Mercury contamination in Northern California Lakes - www.water.ca.gov (PDF file)


FISHING REPORTS

  • Fishing Reports for Shasta Lake (Outdoor Adventures Sport Fishing)
  • Fishing Reports for Shasta Lake - westernbass.com
  • Northern California Weekly Fishing Report (includes Shasta Lake) - ShastaCascade.com

    Shasta Lake fishing

    Shasta Lake is a two-story impoundment and provides habitat for both warmwater and coldwater fishes. Habitat for coldwater fish species within the lake is considered good; however, habitat for warmwater fish species is limited by the lack of cover, steep-sided banks, and water level fluctuations.

    Fish species within the lake are varied and abundant. Species known to inhabit the lake include: rainbow trout, brown trout, chinook salmon, largemouth bass, spotted bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, carp, Sacramento sucker, Sacramento squawfish, riffle sculpin, black fish, hardhead minnow, white sturgeon, channel squawfish, threadfin shad, white catfish, brown bullhead, golden shiner and green sunfish.

    The basses and trout are the species most frequently caught by anglers. Even though there is some natural reproduction, the coldwater fish populations within the lake are largely maintained through Annual stocking by the California Department of Fish and Game. The warmwater fish populations are self-perpetuating.

    Color graphic of California Freshwater Game Fishes (146 KB - JPEG)
    (Not Shasta Lake specific)

    FISHING REPORTS

  • Fishing Reports for Shasta Lake (Outdoor Adventures Sport Fishing)
  • Fishing Reports for Shasta Lake - westernbass.com
  • Northern California Weekly Fishing Report (includes Shasta Lake) - ShastaCascade.com
  • Shasta Tackle Company - Fishing Report Page


    REGULATIONS AND INFO

  • Shasta Lake water level (lake level)
  • Boat Ramps at Shasta Lake
  • Weather
  • California Fish and Game Commission Regulations
  • Freshwater Fishing Information

  • California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations (Adobe Acrobat file)
    This is an Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) version of the booklet that you can pick up in the sporting goods stores. To view the PDF version you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

  • California Sport Fishing Regulations - Calif. Dept. of Fish and Game
  • Fishing license info - Calif. Dept. of Fish and Game
  • Shasta Lake fishing info at Anglernet.com


    BAIT & TACKLE

  • Shasta Tackle Company
    (530) 275-2278

  • Basshole Bar & Grill / Bait and Tackle shop
    Lakehead, California
    (530) 238-2170
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  • Phil's Propellers (also a tackle shop)
    Phil's Propeller Shop (Phil's Prop)
    3037 Twin View Blvd.
    Shasta Lake, California 96019
    (530) 275-4939 or 1-800-462-3917
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  • The Fishen Hole
    Shasta Lake, California
    (530) 275-4123
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  • Hidden Valley Market
    22009 Hidden Valley Dr.
    Jones Valley, California
    (530) 275-1102
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  • MGM Lures
    Cottonwood, California
    (530) 347-1782

  • Strictly Fishin' Guide & Tackle, Custom Rod Building, Repairs & Services
    Redding, California
    (530) 241-4665
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    FISHING GUIDES

  • Shasta Tackle Company (Gary Miralles)
  • The Fly Shop
  • River Pirate Guide Service
  • Outdoor Adventures Sport Fishing
  • Death Roe Guide Service
  • Strictly Fishin' Guide & Tackle, Custom Rod Building, Repairs & Services
  • Clearwater Lodge on the Pit River (fly fishing)


    MEDIA

  • The Fish Sniffer
  • Justin Wolff's Angler West
  • Tom Stienstra - San Francisco Chronicle


    ORGANIZATIONS

  • Kokanee Power
  • Shasta Cascade Bass Anglers website
  • Cottonwood Bass Club


    Access for fishing...

    By Boat:

  • There are several public and commercial boat ramps at Shasta Lake. The public ramps are operated by the Shasta Recreation Company, charge a fee, and are open all year. Commercial ramps are associated with marinas or resorts, usually charge a fee, and some close during the winter. Contact the Shasta Lake Information Center at (530) 275-1589 for a map and list of boat ramp locations.

  • Rental fishing boats, with or without motors are available at most of the lake's marinas. A map and list is available at the Information Center.

    From Land:

  • Shoreline fishing is popular in several areas. The Jones Valley and Silverthorn areas are reached via Bear Mountain Road. The Clikapudi trail is a good way to get away from the heavily skied areas.

  • Shoreline access is also good in the Shasta Dam area. The Dry Creek trail provides additional access on the northwest side of the dam.

  • At both the Packers Bay and Bailey Cove public ramps, trails follow the shoreline providing access to numerous coves and points.

  • At Salt Creek inlet, access is good on either side of the inlet. Follow either the Lower Salt Creek or Conflict Point Roads.

  • Lakeshore Drive, in the Lakehead area, follows the shoreline of the Sacramento River arm for about eight miles. There is some private property along this road. Please respect the owner's rights.

  • Gilman Road follows the McCloud arm for about ten miles. Numerous opportunities occur to get to the shoreline. There is also a shoreline trail between Hirz Bay and Dekkas Rock Campground.


    Fishing tips...

    Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Salmon: On the McCloud River Arm, trolling from Turntable Bay to Hirz Bay will usually produce some brown trout. The Sacramento River Arm, Dry Fork, Little Squaw Creek and Big Backbone Creek will usually produce some rainbows. Fishing for rainbows is usually good at Shasta Dam when the releases are high... remember that tying to the buoy line is illegal.

    During early spring, before the water temperatures start warming up, bank anglers can usually catch rainbows, brown and chinook salmon in the areas listed above. By late spring and early summer the trout are moving to deeper water for the cooler temperatures (50 - 57 deg. F).

    Marshmallow and egg combinations and live minnows, either from the shore or boat, 2 to 3 feet below a bobber in the spring or 50' to 100' deep in the summer seem to work fairly well. Minnows live longer and have more mobility if they are hooked under the spine in front of the top (dorsal) fin.

    Lures that are proven producers are: Thinfins in varying colors, Kastmasters, Rebels, Flatfish in Z-r or X-5, Rapalas, and Z-Rays. Trolling at depths of 30' to 70' seems to be effective. During the summer it is advisable to use a diving plane or 18 to 26 pound test lead core line. Lead core line is lead line encased in a dacron mesh cover. It should be used on a deep sea type of reel and a medium to heavy-duty rod.

    Bass, Catfish and Crappie: Bass fishing on Shasta Lake can be good year round. Fishing is best in the spring and early summer. Spotted Bass are the most common, but Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass can also be caught. Rubber worms, spinner baits and live bait seem to work best, depending on the time of year.

    Catfishing is best during the summer. Anchovies, chicken liver and "stink" baits are effective. Fishing after sunset is permitted for catfish. Channel Catfish, White Catfish and Bullheads are all found in Shasta Lake.

    Crappie can be abundant in some years. Crappie populations cycle dramatically, so check with the California Department of Fish and Game to determine availability. Crappie jigs and minnows work well. Please check the current California Fishing Regulations to determine limits and any restrictions. Local bait shops can be a good source of information as to where the fish are biting and on which bait.

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