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Shasta Lake, Elevaton: 992.61 ft. Daily Statistics
Sunday, Oct 23
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
2,670,841 5,549 696 0.00 105
Tuesday, Oct 25
Hi: 59 ° F
Lo: 55 ° F
Rain Likely
Precip: 64%
Rain Showers Likely
Precip: 63%

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

  • Water Temp: 77

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Did some bassin on Shasta today caught a lot of fish in the Squaw arm probably got 40 to 50 spots most small none keepers and 2 Smallies both small. Got 1 nice spot around 2 1/2 pounds. Awesome day on the lake. Fish were anywhere from 5 to 40 feet deep most were suspended chasing shad. Best lures were half blue half silver 1/4 ounce cast master, 4 in dropshot rigged senkos and Megabass top water for on the top. Overall had a great day for first time ever fishing the lake... Can't wait to get back soon!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

  • Report: From Lake Shasta

    Lake Shasta Good afternoon Shasta Lake Fans!!!
    The sun is coming out from the clouds and warming up. Currently we are at 63 degrees and a slight breeze.
    The Forrest Service held a meeting today with businesses, marinas and others who had an interest in operations on the lake this coming summer. Some of which I wanted to share for everyone to get the best out of our 2016 summer! AS you can imagine, everyone at the meeting was thrilled to have the lake at the level that it is at.
    First and foremost, the biggest question on everyone's mind is what the expected draw downs are...
    Estimations are that the lake will bottom out at 75' below full pool by the end of October!!!
    If you recall the highest lake level we saw at the beginning of 2015 was 71' down...that is where we started the 2015 summer season.
    Although, it is still a prediction, it was tremendously good news for us all, and quite the relief comparative to years past! grin emoticon
    With that said, here is some more useful information about just a small portion of the activities on Shasta Lake this summer:
    Boat-in campgrounds
    • Ski Island, Arbuckle Flat, Greens Creek and Gooseneck Boat in campgrounds are currently open. Given current water levels, we are already seeing use even on weekdays at these sites. Hazard tree reduction is complete as we continue ongoing fire prevention and vegetation management. All developed boat access campgrounds have received an initial cleaning and will continue to receive regular service throughout the season.
    Floating Toilets
    • We maintain 6 floating toilets on Shasta Lake. Normally, our goal is to ensure all floaters are installed prior to Memorial weekend. However, as we have a full lake and our toilets have
    received recent maintenance and repair, they will likely all be in place prior to mid-May.
    Regulatory Buoys
    • As a courtesy to the Sheriffs office, the Forest Service maintains about 50 regulatory buoys identified by County Ordinance. Most are currently in place. Regulatory buoys include 5mph and No-Ski buoys.
    • Many of you buoys had to be removed last season due to low lake levels.
    • We are currently in the process of reinstalling regulatory buoys.
    • Our target is to have all County Ordinance areas marked by Memorial weekend.
    Obstacle Marking Program
    • The obstacle marking program is a volunteer program implemented by Shasta Lake Marinas and now Shasta Lake Boaters (new partners)
    • The Forest Service provides materials, guidance and monitoring for the program.
    • There are 321 areas identified in the obstacle marking program.
    • The fall survey conducted October, 2015 identified 45 markers needing repair.
    • According to returned survey forms (not all are in), volunteers provided 54 hours of labor to
    replace 24 out of 45 damaged markers or about 93 overall success.
    • Thank you Obstacle Marker Volunteers! (all marinas and Shasta Lake Boaters) lake Clean-up
    • Despite extensive past man made debris clean-up efforts, high lake levels have floated a noticeable amount of marina related debris.
    • We will continue to collect floating lake junk and time and opportunity permits
    • Please take care to secure broken or unwanted sections of docks, booms, foam, etc and remove it from the lake and dispose as soon as possible.
    Woody Debris
    • Storms in January and February deposited a fair amount of new woody debris into the lake. Using booms purchased from Bagley Fire BEAR funds, we captured nearly 4 compacted surface acres on the McCloud and Squaw Creek arms. Our intent was to leave the booms in place long enough to capture any additional debris washed in by winter storms so it could be contained and transported to an area which facilitates easy access to wood cutters.
    • Unfortunately, recreational boaters loosened both booms (presumably to attain access) and ALL debris was lost. It is unlikely the FS will attempt woody debris management in future years due to decreased reliability of our aging booms and the inability to monitor public interaction at all times.
    Mother's day-Memorial weekend
    • Expect a large turnout.
    • Extent of Forest Service involvement is picking up the mess at the end of the event.
    • Shasta Lake Boaters were a huge help last year and I expect a fair turnout from them again as
    • Thank you Shasta lake Boaters!
    Lake Level Report (04/27/2016 at 13:00)
    Lake Elevation: 1055.53' (11.47' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2015): 993.20' (73.80' below full pool)
    Storage: 4,218,322 af (estimated)
    Storage (2015): 2,683,198 af
    Outflow: 4,708 cfs
    Inflow: 7,884 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 61.54"
    Precipitation (2015 Season @ dam): 48.10"

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 61-63

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched out of Jones Valley both Sat and Sun mornings first light. Small tourney happening but managed to squeeze through the crowd of anglers. Rained off and on both days. Headed up the Pit and began the mornings by throwing dart heads with shad imitations (natural & rainbow sparkled). Second cast in a cove hit a 12 inch crappie. From there on it was nothing but exciting! We boated 86 fish total and missed/lost that many more. Biggest was a surprising 16.5" 2.8 pound crappie and an 18.5" 3.5 pound bass.
    My thumb was sore from lipping all the fish...

    Tips: Take a kid fishing they will remember it forever!

Monday, March 28th, 2016

  • Report: Are the fish getting active yet? I'll be down in about a month for a week. It's good to see the lake about full!
    Si Perkins

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

  • Report: From Shasta Lake
    Good morning Shasta Lake Fans!!!
    I hope all of you are enjoying this rain, we certainly are! Seeing the lake come up as fast as it is and the continuous rains are such a relief for all of us on the lake. Also the anticipation of a fantastic and full summer is increasing! grin emoticon
    Since it has been awhile for a comprehensive update, let me give you some bullet points to where we currently stand....
    We are 21.25' higher than last year to date.
    We are 17.28' higher than last year's highest level.
    We have surpassed 3,000,000 af of storage.
    We are currently at 68% of capacity.
    We now have 300+ miles of shoreline.
    We are just 3.85" shy of surpassing last years total rainfall
    (Season is Oct 1 to Sept 30). That total may be passed by the end of this week with the current storms!
    I have included several different comparative pictures to show the impact of the water inflows that we have received. Please enjoy and share!!!
    May you have a wonderful day! grin emoticon
    Lake Level Report (03/09/2016 at 07:00)
    Lake Elevation: 1012.32' (54.68' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2015): 991.07' (75.93' below full pool)
    Storage: 3,105,245 af (estimated)
    Storage (2015): 2,638,754 af
    Outflow: 975 cfs
    Inflow: 26,689 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 47.62"
    Precipitation (2015 Season @ dam): 44.50"

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

  • Report: From Lake Shasta
    Good morning Shasta Lake Fans and welcome FLW anglers!

    During the midst of our recent storm, we have the kick off of the Fishing League Worldwide Tournament this morning. Follow this link to find out more about the event and updates on the leader board:

    After several weeks of sun and high temperatures, we settled back down into a little wet weather which started yesterday. At our location on the McCloud we had just shy of 1" of rain since it started yesterday. Currently it is 44 degrees and we are having some strong gusts of wind with white caps in the main channel.

    It looks as if this sporadic rain will stay with us over the next several weeks. Bouncing from sunny weather to rain.

    Fortunately we are getting close to surpassing last year's "high" lake level of 71.96' (04/15/2015 & 04/16/2015). With this recent storm, I suspect we should pass that by early next week. Which puts us a whole 2 months ahead of last years level with plenty of the rainy season left!

    We have already overtaken the year-to-date lake level from last year.

    Good luck anglers!!!

    Lake Level Report (02/18/2016 at 07:00)
    Lake Elevation: 988.68' (78.32' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2015): 986.02' (80.98' below full pool)
    Storage: 2,589,514 af (estimated)
    Storage (2015): 2,535,448 af
    Outflow: 2,110 cfs
    Inflow: 17,186 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 39.81"
    Precipitation (2015 Season @ dam): 44.50"

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

  • Report: From Shasta Lake

    Holy soaked skies Batman!!! This rain has been tremendous the past 24 hours!!!

    The first 2 photos are taken two days apart, you can see that the water level is starting to shoot up rather quickly now. As a matter of fact, it has risen 3.36' in the past 24 hours (9 am to 9 am).

    The rain levels have been spectacular as well:
    01/16 - 1.97"
    01/17 - 3.65"
    01/18 - 1.47"
    01/19 (midnight to 10 am) - 2.13"...and climbing

    Let's put this into perspective of how much water this is...

    Last Friday, we had a storage of 1,569,318 af. Since then we have gained 169,561 more acre feet of water. That is the equivalent of 55,251,694,642 gallons of water...SINCE FRIDAY!!!

    Keep that rain coming!!!

    Lake Level Report (01/19/2016 at 08:00)
    Lake Elevation: 941.39' (125.61' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2015): 954.40' (112.60' below full pool)
    Storage: 1,738,879 af
    Storage (2015): 1,950,468 af
    Outflow: 1,070 cfs
    Inflow: 30,388 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 2.48" (Estimate)
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 28.21" (Estimate)
    Precipitation (2015 Season @ dam): 33.36"

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

  • Report: From Lake Shasta
    Good afternoon Shasta Lake!


    Although we have a break today, we have had some fantastic amounts of rain over the past several days! It seems that this is the start of El Nino! Here are the totals on the McCloud section:

    1/4 - 0.86"
    1/5 - 3.34"
    1/6 - 2.03"
    1/7 - 0.05"
    Monthly Total - 6.28" at this location.

    The ground is saturated and the runoff is plentiful, rising the lake faster than in the previous month. Fortunately there is more rain in the forecast. Long term forecast suggest that there will only be a couple more sunny days this month with the large majority consisting of rainy days. February seems to be the same. This is excellent news for Shasta! In comparison, 2015 only saw two more substantial rainfall totals after today's date. One in the first week of February and then again in April. All of which is good news for the replenishment of Shasta Lake levels. Currently we are sitting 32% capacity and steadily rising!

    Keep the rain dances up! grin emoticon

    Lake Level Report (01/07/2015 at 13:00)
    Lake Elevation: 923.62' (143.38' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2014): 952.07' (114.93' below full pool)
    Storage: 1,474,918 af
    Storage (2014): 1,849,144 af
    Outflow: 2,058 cfs
    Inflow: 10,133 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 1.42" (Estimate)
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 20.07" (Estimate)
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 32.83"

Friday, December 18th, 2015

  • Report: From Shasta Lake
    Good evening Shasta Lake Fans!

    Enjoying this this wet weather...rain and SNOW!

    The lake is rising! grin emoticon We reached around 155' below full pool for our low this year. The recent rains stabilized and even saw some elevation raise. With this series of storms coming through, we should see the lake jump in elevation quickly!

    Even though we have had a few storms come through, they have not delivered a large amount of precipitation. This looks as if it is going to change with an anticipated 2-5" of rain expected this weekend. Since midnight last night, the McCloud has already received 2 inches as of 2 pm...very promising numbers!

    Although the comparisons below paint a dim picture, we did have extremely heavy storms in December last year which skews the snapshot that we have for this winter.

    Regardless, it is raining, snowing and the lake is rising! We are keeping our fingers crossed that this is just the beginning of wet and wonderful winter! grin emoticon

    Merry Christmas!

    Lake Level Report (12/18/2015 at 2:00 pm)
    Lake Elevation: 915.32' (151.68' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2014): 927.57' (139.43' below full pool)
    Storage: 1,361,442 af
    Storage (2014): 1,531,010 af
    Outflow: 4,139 cfs
    Inflow: 4,024 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.02" (Estimate)
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 11.10" (Estimate)
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 28.26"

Monday, October 19th, 2015

  • Report: Shasta Reports provided by Phils Props
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    Lake Shasta is fishing fantastically! Bass are being caught on 6" worms on dart heads, Senko's, Tube's, Jig's, Crankbaits and topwater lure's. All arm's of the lake are fishing well so pick your favorite one and go for it!
    The trout fishing is turning on as well! The trout are getting closer to the surface with the shad schools in the main channels. Popular area's have been the main body of the lake from Toupee Island to the dam, The lower part of the Sacramento arm and the upper pit river above the thermocline

  • Report: From Phils Props
    Lake Shasta is fishing fantastically! Bass are being caught on 6" worms on dart heads, Senko's, Tube's, Jig's, Crankbaits and topwater lure's. All arm's of the lake are fishing well so pick your favorite one and go for it!
    The trout fishing is turning on as well! The trout are getting closer to the surface with the shad schools in the main channels. Popular area's have been the main body of the lake from Toupee Island to the dam, The lower part of the Sacramento arm and the upper pit river above the thermocline

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

  • Report: Good evening fans!

    Missed you guys the past several weeks, but duty calls smile emoticon My colleagues have been keeping you up to date though! I have been trying to take a couple of pictures on the way to work...posted is my favorite! Just a reminder that the days are shortening, the leaves are turning....and we are getting close to winter!

    Currently......It's raining! Although nothing like it has been hitting down south...seeing the videos are a little rough. Wish that Mother Nature was sending those storms up our way! So what does it look like for this winter in this area?

    The Sac region of the National Weather Organization has stated we will receive normal to above normal rain for this winter season! But what does that mean for the lake?

    If the lake was drained to the bottom and the taps were shut off, the lake could fill 1.26 times on an average rainfall year! What about the Feds letting out more than they should? Well...they have to provide sanctions for the rivers. They cannot let too much out for flooding, and they cannot decrease to low due to bank erosion. The biggest item is that the southern areas of CA will be getting hit hard this winter (El Nino estimation). Therefore it is a safe bet the Feds will not be letting too much water released from Shasta!

    We want to hear your predictions! What do you think is going to happen this winter in CA? Better yet, what predictions do you have for Shasta Lake elevations this coming Spring?!

    Lake Level Report (10/18/2015 at 00:00)
    Lake Elevation: 924.35' (142.65' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2014): 895.45' (171.35' below full pool)
    Storage: 1,485,174 af
    Storage (2014): 1,113,976 af
    Outflow: 5,560 cfs
    Inflow: 2,416 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 0.03"
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 0.05"

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

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    Water Temp: 68 to 69

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: In at Centimuda at 7:00am had two limits of keepers by 9:00am. Fished the mouth of Little Backbone. The fish were stacked up just off the east point going in. All of the fish came on a 4" Weenie #162 Natural Blue dropshotted from 25 to 45 feet deep. Nothing big largest went 1.75 lb. Ended up with a total of 30 fish, 6 of those were smallmouthes. Great time on the water, oh and I out fished the Blonde in the back of the boat, 18 to 12, but she caught the biggest fish.

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

  • Report: Provided by Phil's Props - Visit them at
    Lake Shasta
    Fishing is still getting better as the water temp starts to edge down. Fish shallow early with top water baits and shallow crankbaits, As the day goes on move out to 20' to 30' and fish tubes, 6" worms on dartheads, Wacky rigged senkos and spoons.

    Trinity lake
    Trinity is continuing to fish well. Small swimbaits like the Keitech Fat Swing Impact, Tubes and top water baits have been producing well.

  • Water Temp: High 60's

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got a chance to fish the Pit Arm this morning, the drop shot bite was hot from 8:30-10. I'm talking every other cast ranging from 12-17 inches. A few was choking up Shad so I grab a Crankbait and manage to hook into a solid 2 pounder. I'd like to welcome this cool fall introduction with open arms

    Tips: Anything shad color or brown. Target areas with 7-25ft of water. The deeper the better

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

  • Report: From Shasta Lake
    Good morning Shasta Lake!

    It actually feels like fall! Here on the lake it seems like Fall lasts about 3 hours on a Tuesday in October wink emoticon

    Right now it is 52 degrees, and it has been steadily sprinkling all day grin emoticon Last night we had a great show from Mother Nature...lightning and thunder! Although we are supposed to warm back up to the mid 90's by the weekend, we are certainly enjoying this beautiful weather...RAIN!

    Lake Level Report (09/16/2015 at 9 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 937.78' (129.22' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2014): 904.87' (162.13' below full pool)
    Storage: 1,682,894 af
    Storage (2014): 1,227,167 af
    Outflow: 5,102 cfs
    Inflow: 1,100 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 50.38"
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 31.00"

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

  • Water Temp: Low 70's

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing was great this weekend with the light winds which kicked the spotted bass & small mouth into gear. They are biting well all along the pit arm on soft plastics. The crank bait bite seems to be attracting larger fish. The catfish bite was slow and steady overnight while using chicken liver and night crawlers, the largest caught was near the 4 pound range. The bite was slow on the Mccloud due to all the water activity going on but overall a great caught weekend out on Shasta Lake as usual.

    Tips: Darker shades of plastics are working well

Monday, September 14th, 2015

  • Report: From Lake Shasta
    Good morning Shasta Lake fans!

    We are getting a wonderful break from the triple digit heat that we experienced last week. Currently we are sitting at 67 degrees and 91% humidity. The best part is we are getting rain! OK...more like a light sprinkle wink emoticon However this damp weather is supposed to hang around the area for the next several days. There is also the possibility of lightning and thunder! If anything, I hope that this weather is helping against some of the fires in the north state.

    The lake level status is continuing to look great! Considering that the BOR predictions at the end of August had the lake at 129' below and we are still above that half way through September...I would say that puts us in a definite positive! Also, we are over 32.5' higher than where we were last year. That brings us to capacity. At 37% we have the highest current capacity of any other man made lake in CA at the moment.

    Let's just hope that El Nino is coming and relieve the entire state from the dire drought conditions we are currently in!

    In the meantime, it is great weather to grab your boat and a fishing pole! wink emoticon

    Hope you all have a wonderful week! grin emoticon

    Lake Level Report (09/14/2015 at 11 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 938.60' (128.40' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2014): 906.02' (160.98' below full pool)
    Storage: 1,695,536 af
    Storage (2014): 1,241,464 af
    Outflow: 5,801 cfs
    Inflow: 1,814 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 50.29"
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 31.00"

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

  • Report: From Shasta Lake
    Good morning Shasta Lake!

    What an AWESOME weekend! The energy of everybody on the lake was great! The weather was perfect and we were busy!!! Of course we were...becasue we've ‪#‎GotWater‬! Comparative to last year we have more that 458,000 acre feet more water and over 32' higher!

    It is bittersweet transitioning from thousands of people on the lake yesterday to the quite, calm, serene lake today. We love the excitement of meeting families from all around the world, but it is wonderful to take in the beauty and how quite it is right now. The water is not as turbulent, and the water becomes very clear! I will do my best to get some pictures for you wink emoticon

    It does look like we are going to swing back into the high summer temperatures for this the triple digits. Currently it is 95 degrees with a slight breeze. Looking forward to what could possibly be the last triple digit week on the lake this year!

    Lake Level Report (09/08/2015 at 9 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 941.19' (125.81' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2014): 908.82' (158.18' below full pool)
    Storage: 1,735,754 af
    Storage (2014): 1,276,773 af
    Outflow: 5,600 cfs
    Inflow: 2,184 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 50.29"
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 31.00"

Monday, September 7th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Spotted & Small mouth bass can be caught on plastic worms & small soft swim baits (keitech) all throughout the lake. Bank fishing is fair in heavy pressured areas due to all the water activity but limits are still being caught. Crank baits are working well in rocky areas (walls, points) etc. Jigs in brown or black can be beneficial if fished at the right speed. Everything is choking up SHAD or CRAWDADS!!!!

    Tips: Bigger fish still holding up in deeper waters due to the heat and warm water temperatures.