Fishing on Shasta Lake is excellent and only getting better. Bass are grabbing topwater lures early and deeper lures later in the day, trout are shallow and limits are being caught.
The only open boat ramps are Centemudi, Sugarloaf Low Water, Jones Valley Low Water and Bridge Bay Resort. This will be the situation until the winter rains arrive.
Surface temperature on the main body of Shasta Lake is in the low 60s although past the mudline in the main channel temps will drop well into the 50s. Water is mostly clear with current visibility between 6 to 8 feet.
The bass bite is excellent with with many 2 to 3 pound fish being landed. Topwater lures do the trick early and plastics and crankbaits later in the day. The main body and points are producing best. Working the shore along mud lines always is a good technique. Last weekend’s 7.5 pound largemouth was caught on a swimbait
Bank fisherman should be happy as the bass are in close….again start your day with topwater lures like rip baits and spinner lures while later in the day go with deeper lures like plastic worms and jigs.
Throw reaction baits early (top water, spinnerbaits, ripbaits and crankbaits) on main and secondary points. After the sun gets on the water pull out to the 20′ to 30′ range and fish down baits such as darthead worms, 1/2 & 3/4 oz. jigs and brass n’ glass.
Phils Props on WesternBass.com
Trout are generally shallow…from the surface to 20 feet deep. Kastmasters and rattle traps are good lures to try. Anglers are reporting good results using Humdingers, white hoochies, and small chrome spoons. Best bets are in the coves off the main body, on Dry Creek west of Shasta Dam, around the buoys near Bridge Bay, under the I5 Bridge and near Hirz Bay on the McCloud River Arm.
The King salmon bite has slowed after September and will stay on the backburner until spring. The best spots for Kings on Shasta Lake are Backbone Creek, Little Backbone Creek, Digger Bay, Dry Creek and in front of Shasta Dam.