Shasta Lake and Reports

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Shasta Lake, Elevaton: 1,018.82 ft. Daily Statistics
Wednesday, Oct 18
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
3,258,552 6,512 3,274 0.00 148
Friday, Oct 20
Hi: 60 ° F
Lo: 45 ° F
Chance Rain Showers
Precip: 28%
Mostly Cloudy
Precip: 13%

Monday, October 19th, 2015

  • 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

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    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.

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

  • Report: Gooood morning Shasta Lake!!!

    We are kicking off the Labor day weekend with some great weather here on the lake! We had some strong gusts last night that are still subsiding this morning. Coupled with 61 degrees right feels a little like fall. No worries, it is going to warm up back near the triple digits towards the end of the weekend!

    Best thing yet...we have water! And plenty of it!!! As of this morning we are over 32' higher than last year with close to 460,000 more acre feet of water and over 220 miles of shoreline!

    We have all been watching the weather reports and following the tales of the now called "Godzilla El Nino!" As with all other Californians...we are looking for relief from the dry weather. So keep hopeful and we will keep you up to date!

    In the meantime, get outside this weekend and enjoy what Nor Cal has to offer grin emoticon

    What better way to end your summer season then on the, hiking, boating, wakeboarding, name it, we have it at the houseboating capital of the world ‪#‎HastaBShasta‬ ‪#‎GotWater‬

    Lake Level Report (09/02/2015 at 7 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 942.73' (124.27' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2014): 910.70' (156.30' below full pool)
    Storage: 1,759,891 af
    Storage (2014): 1,300,872 af
    Outflow: 5,791 cfs
    Inflow: 1,921 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 50.29"
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 31.00"

Friday, September 4th, 2015

  • Report: Provided by Phils Props
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    Bass fishing at Shasta and Trinity has been good all summer and is starting to get even better! Try topwater of the main point's first thing in the morning. After the sun get's on the water fish out to around 30' with Senko's, Tubes and 6" worms or look for mudlines and fish them with mid depth crankbaits. The bite has been good for numbers and there has been the occasional big fish showing up!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

  • Report: Here's a report for Shasta: Lake Forecast: Shasta Lake, Clear, 95 Degrees, High: 95, Low 61, Wind Speed 4.0 mph, B.Pressure 29.8 inches fish are being caught in 5-20ft using jigs, worms and Crankbaits for the suspenders

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

  • Report: Provided by Dobyns Rods
    The water is low here too. The numbers of fish aren't huge but there are some good spots being caught on topwater (5-plus pounds). Suggested lures Punkers, Spooks, Vixen. There is an occasional big spot being caught deeper with plastics and jigs.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

  • Report: Good morning fans!!! grin emoticon

    I am very excited this morning for several reasons!

    The first is that we had a wonderful summer storm come through last night. Lightning, thunder and heavy periods of rain. We received about a tenth of an inch here on the McCloud, while North of us was 1/2 an inch. Not much, but we will take every last drop. Currently, it is 66 degrees, 99% humidity and the air is calm as can be.

    Another reason I am a ecstatic this morning is that the new BOR predictions for the lake are out...and the numbers are much better than what was released after the March figures.

    Predictions state that we have a 90% expectancy that in October and November we will hit our low elevation of 917' (150' below full pool). Although that is still lower than we would like, it is 17' higher than earlier predictions, and 27' higher than last year's levels!!! grin emoticon (Monthly levels posted in the pictures)

    A reason for this change is probably due to a new development in the water deliveries. An article in the ACWA (Association of California Water Agencies) stated that the State Water Board approved a new Sacramento River Temperature Plan submitted by the BOR. In a nutshell, the lake will remain at higher lake levels during the summer months, with a sharper draw down during the fall salmon runs.

    (Follow the link below before detailed language:…/sacramento-river-temperature-plan-app…)

    This is simply a win-win situation here on the lake. It will help the water temperature for the fall salmon runs and it will certainly help recreation on Shasta during the summer months!

    Have a wet and wonderful day out there! grin emoticon

    Lake Level Report (07/9/2015 at 6 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 965.14' (101.86' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2014): 943.86' (123.14' below full pool)
    Storage: 2,137,667 af
    Storage (2014): 1,777,745 af
    Outflow: 5,863 cfs
    Inflow: 2,081 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 49.43"
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 30.53"

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

  • Report: This past weekend, Shasta Lake made the news in an unexpected and disheartening way.

    Media outlets on the west coast started spreading the doom and gloom of high levels of mercury in the fish of Shasta Lake. The majority of the stories contained a slew of "maybe's, could be's and what if's."

    What they skirted over was that there is simply a request to do a new study this coming summer.

    The most recent report listed (2006) portions of the Sacramento River as impaired, however Shasta Lake was not.

    Our local news station located a local fishing guide and his response was outstanding. (Posted video)

    We will have to wait and see what the test results come back with after this summer. Until then, for those that are concerned about the quality of fish, there is always catch and release. The trout have seemed to remain below the limit for safe levels. Bottom feeders such as catfish have a tendency to have higher levels.

    The news reports haven't caused me I am heading out again this weekend to catch some fish! wink emoticon

    Lake Level Report (07/8/2015 at 8 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 965.58' (101.42' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2014): 944.31' (122.69' below full pool)
    Storage: 2,145,577 af
    Storage (2014): 1,784,896 af
    Outflow: 5,617 cfs
    Inflow: 1,629 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 49.43"
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 30.53"

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

  • Report: Good morning Fans, and Happy 4th of July weekend! grin emoticon

    There has been a dramatic change in the weather this morning. Right now it is overcast, 77 degrees with 57% humidity and a few rain drops!

    There is a possibility of some scattered showers and even some of Mother Nature's fireworks later this evening. There is nothing like watching a good lightning and thunder show on the lake! grin emoticon

    It is going to be a perfect day for fishing, and spending all day on the lake without having to worry too much about getting burnt (at least this morning).

    Lake Level Report (07/3/2015 at 6 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 967.89' (99.11' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2014): 946.90' (120.10' below full pool)
    Storage: 2,187,398 af
    Storage (2014): 1,826,415 af
    Outflow: 5,391 cfs
    Inflow: 2,600 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 49.43"
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 30.53"

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

  • Report: Good afternoon fans!

    It's going to start getting REALLY hot up here!!! What better way to cool than the lake?! wink emoticon

    The gap is continuing to grow between lake levels between last year and this one. We are now close to 17.5' higher than last year to date and right around 250 miles of shoreline.

    The heat is going to make for some great, late evenings stargazing, early morning fishing and water play the rest of the day. You know where you'll find me this weekend! grin emoticon

    Lake Level Report (06/23/2015 at 1 PM)
    Lake Elevation: 971.28' (95.72' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2014): 953.87' (113.13' below full pool)
    Storage: 2,249,812 af
    Storage (2014): 1,941,508 af
    Outflow: 6,350 cfs
    Inflow: 2,456 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 49.43"
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 30.53"

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

  • Report: Good afternoon Shasta Lake!

    Wow, what an interesting past 24 hours it has been weather wise!!! Yesterday we had a high of 109 and sunny at our location. Within 1 hour, the sky became dark, dropped nearly 30 degrees, high wind gusts, and had a huge lightning and thunder storm with sudden downpours!

    Currently we are at 92 degrees with 45% humidity (a bit muggy with the evaporation of the rain)...there is hardly a breeze and the water is as calm as can be smile emoticon

    This is certainly going to be an interested year in terms of water deliveries and storage levels at Shasta Lake.

    If you have noticed the lake level comparisons, you'll notice that the gap is slowly growing between 2014 & 2015. Right now we are 14.30 higher than last year. The water releases have been slowed down due to warmer water flowing into the Sacramento River from Shasta Dam. A lower start level and lack of snow pack (melt-off) have warmed up the lake temperatures. This rise in water temperature has caused significant concern for the fisheries, hence the cut back in water releases. This of course will keep the water level dropping at a slower pace than last year.

    Now, on the other side of the coin, we start this season with the majority of CA reservoirs at far lower storage levels than we did last year (see the graphs for percentage comparisons). With the other CA lakes having depleted the majority of water, one could only assume that Shasta Lake will have to buffer the water deliveries. This would result in a faster draw down rate than we experience last year. This will remain to be seen as we head into the summer months.

    In the next couple of weeks the BOR should be releasing new predictions on the draw down levels of Shasta Lake. I will be sure to post once I receive them. wink emoticon

    Lake Level Report (06/10/2015 at 10 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 976.41' (90.59' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2014): 962.11 ' (104.89' below full pool)
    Storage: 2,346,600 af
    Storage (2014): 2,083,788 af
    Outflow: 5,741 cfs
    Inflow: 2,451 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 49.43"
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 30.53"

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

  • Report: Good Morning Shasta Lake!

    The crowds are starting to pick up on the lake and the weather is certainly getting warmer! We had scattered showers Monday afternoon leading into Tuesday morning. It didn't drop much precipitation, but it did green up in the area a little! Over the next week it should be in the low to mid 90's with scattered thunder showers.

    Currently it is clear, 78 degrees with a slight breeze.

    Here is another event taking place on the lake. Lake Shasta Dinner Cruises will be hosting their 5th Annual Billy & Patrick Country Cruise! On June 20th enjoy a 2 hour cruise on Shasta Lake with a couple of Redding's favorite DJ's from Q97 Country. More details and link for purchasing tickets can be found by following the event.

    Unfortunately, many of the businesses are getting more calls of concerned guests that there is little or no water in the lake. I constantly see pictures on line from LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and other news outlets of one of the many coves in Shasta Lake. These pictures happen to be looking up at the muddy lake and very little water in the picture, rather than towards the water and seeing a small section of the 265+ miles of shoreline that we currently have. I understand the media is trying to push the urgency for the drought conditions in CA. However, it can mislead the public on how much water we really have in Shasta Lake and has a devastating impact of perception for the recreation on the lake.

    Please spread the word that we have water, and plenty of it! wink emoticon

    Lake Level Report (05/27/2015 at 7 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 978.70' (88.30' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2014): 965.65' (101.35' below full pool)
    Storage: 2,390,724 af
    Storage (2014): 2,146,835 af
    Outflow: 6,220 cfs
    Inflow: 3,023 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 49.43"
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 30.53