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Shasta Lake, Elevaton: 1,017.47 ft. Daily Statistics
Sunday, Dec 10
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
3,226,294 4,354 4,784 0.00 70
Tuesday, Dec 12
Hi: 70 ° F
Lo: 43 ° F
Today
Mostly Sunny
Precip: 0%
Tonight
Mostly Clear
Precip: 0%

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

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

  • Report: Good morning fans!

    Right now the lake is looking calm and we are about 70 degrees...perfect morning for throwing you line in the water grin emoticon

    Although the holiday weekend is over, we still have activities on the lake. Yesterday the Forest Service, Lake Shasta Caverns and Shasta Lake Hotshots helped to host a fishing Field trip with Bella Vista's 3rd grade class. The kids pulled in some pretty nice fish, 3 of which were around 14"!

    This coming weekend will be the Fun in the Sun Day at Jones Valley Resort ( Shasta Lake Houseboating) Spend the day visiting Shasta Lakes finest marinas, enjoy high performance demo rides and see the Jetovator and Seabreacher in action! Contact information is on the posted picture.

    With the weather warming up to the 90's this weekend, I couldn't imagine a better event to go to wink emoticon

    Lake Level Report (05/27/2015 at 7 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 981.56' (85.44' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2014): 969.58' (97.42' below full pool)
    Storage: 2,446,595 af
    Storage (2014): 2,218,365 af
    Outflow: 6,999 cfs
    Inflow: 3,146 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 49.43"
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 30.53"

  • Report: Good morning fans!

    Right now the lake is looking calm and we are about 70 degrees...perfect morning for throwing you line in the water grin emoticon

    Although the holiday weekend is over, we still have activities on the lake. Yesterday the Forest Service, Lake Shasta Caverns and Shasta Lake Hotshots helped to host a fishing Field trip with Bella Vista's 3rd grade class. The kids pulled in some pretty nice fish, 3 of which were around 14"!

    This coming weekend will be the Fun in the Sun Day at Jones Valley Resort ( Shasta Lake Houseboating) Spend the day visiting Shasta Lakes finest marinas, enjoy high performance demo rides and see the Jetovator and Seabreacher in action! Contact information is on the posted picture.

    With the weather warming up to the 90's this weekend, I couldn't imagine a better event to go to wink emoticon

    Lake Level Report (05/27/2015 at 7 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 981.56' (85.44' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2014): 969.58' (97.42' below full pool)
    Storage: 2,446,595 af

Friday, May 15th, 2015

  • Report: Lake levels around the Northstate
    Shasta: 80.48' from full pool
    Trinity: 105.91' from full pool
    Oroville: 151.52' from full pool

    Fishing on Shasta has been great for numbers of bass. Bait's of choice have been 5" yamamoto Senko's in Natural Shad and Baby Bass.
    6" Mothers Finest worms on 3/16 oz dart heads colors have been #23, #35, #37, #38 & #39 as well as Mothers Finest 4" swimbaits in Ghost Trout, Shasta Trout and Sexy Shad.
    Keitech Fat Swing Impact paddletails in Dark Sculpin, Tennessee Shad, Electric Shad and Bluegill Flash.
    The topwater bite is getting going as well on Super spooks, Mag Pop-R's and Whopper Plopper's.
    The Trout Fishing on the lower Sac has been very good also for back trolling #50 hot shot's, #2 Bluefox & #2 Bud's spinners and F-4 & F-5 Flatfish From the 44 Bridge all the way down to Cottonwood

  • Report: Lake levels around the Northstate
    Shasta: 80.48' from full pool
    Trinity: 105.91' from full pool
    Oroville: 151.52' from full pool

    Fishing on Shasta has been great for numbers of bass. Bait's of choice have been 5" yamamoto Senko's in Natural Shad and Baby Bass.
    6" Mothers Finest worms on 3/16 oz dart heads colors have been #23, #35, #37, #38 & #39 as well as Mothers Finest 4" swimbaits in Ghost Trout, Shasta Trout and Sexy Shad.
    Keitech Fat Swing Impact paddletails in Dark Sculpin, Tennessee Shad, Electric Shad and Bluegill Flash.
    The topwater bite is getting going as well on Super spooks, Mag Pop-R's and Whopper Plopper's.
    The Trout Fishing on the lower Sac has been very good also for back trolling #50 hot shot's, #2 Bluefox & #2 Bud's spinners and F-4 & F-5 Flatfish From the 44 Bridge all the way down to Cottonwood

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 67-71

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Camped out for the weekend and fished two full days in both the Pit and Squaw arms. Brought only 42 fish into the boat with majority of them being spotted bass, biggest just over 2lbs. Three rainbows were hooked and 4 nice crappie. All were between 15 and 20 feet of water until Sunday when they for some reason moved to deeper water. Sunday we had to fish 30-35 feet down to get bites. Maybe because Sunday was a calmer and warmer day with no wind? Also the colors changes from day to day. Saturday dark colors seemed to work better and Sunday, lighter colors. Also Saturday mid-day, crank baits worked well off points and Sunday, not one hit on a crank bait. Few top water grabs early mornings too.

    Tips: Texas rigged lizards in coves, wacky worms rock ledges and trees, crank baits off points. Vary the colors until you find what they want. Flashers & little Cleo for rainbows

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: What a beautiful day on the lake grin emoticon It is showing 87 degrees on the McCloud arm with a very slight breeze...and the water is AMAZING! The lake seems as it has "turned over" and the water is clear up to around 10' depending on the location.

    While out on the lake today, I noticed more houseboat and fishing boat activity on the lake. It won't be long before we start seeing the wakeboarders out and about! Summer is coming fast!!!

    Don't forget, this Saturday is the Shasta Lake Classic Team Tournament. A trout and salmon tourney with over $16,000 in cash and prizes to be dived out wink emoticon

    Lake Level Report (04/29/2015 at 12 PM)
    Lake Elevation: 992.72' (74.28' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2014): 979.65' (87.35' below full pool)
    Storage: 2,673,140 af
    Storage (2014): 2,409,200 af
    Outflow: 6,576 cfs
    Inflow: 3,303 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 48.10"
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 30.33"

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Currently on the lake it is sunny, 71 degrees and the lake is calm as can be. It is looking like we will get some rain in the near future. In fact, we have a cautionary weather statement for the later part of this coming Easter weekend. Fortunately this has potential to at least soften the blow with the low snow pack and more precipitation for the totals. If all goes well, we will see another increase in lake levels.

    Until the later part of next week, Happy Easter and bring on that rain!

    Lake Level Report (04/03/2015 at 10 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 993.60' (73.40' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation 2014: 971.67' (95.33' below full pool)
    Storage: 2,691,606 af
    Outflow:3,141 cfs
    Inflow: 3,533 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 46.03"
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 29.83"

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: I have been busy the past couple of weeks, so I apologize for the lack of updates...just happens that it is starting to get busy on the lake and have to pay attention to the guests! Spring break has started to bring the crowds who want to enjoy some sun and water wink emoticon

    It is beautiful right now, sunny and breezy day out here on the lake, hovering right around 70 degrees. It looks as if we might have some rain in the later part of the weekend, which could help stabilize, if not raise the lake. We have rising surely, but slowly.

    Speaking of lake levels, I thought I would share this graph (picture) that shows the shoreline mileage at given levels below full pool...the amount of shoreline we have, even at low levels, is amazing!

    One thing that we will be paying attention to is when the lake starts to plateau and starts heading back down for the summer. Towards the end of April of last year is when it started down....we just have to wait and see what happens between spring showers and water demands in CA. I will certainly keep you posted!

    Until then, enjoy your Wednesday and try not to fall victim to any April Fool's pranks wink emoticon

    Lake Level Report (04/01/2015 at 10 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 993.51' (73.49' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation 2014: 969.92' (97.08' below full pool)
    Storage: 2,689,714 af
    Outflow: 2,729 cfs
    Inflow: 4,204 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 46.03"
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 29.10"

Friday, March 27th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 59-62

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: The wife and I launched out of Jones Valley for two days of camping/fishing up the Pit arm. The water was about 75 feet down and slightly stained. It was a very calm day and while pitching our tent, I noticed many lizards running around the rocky areas. This was obviously a hint, so I first hooked up a Texas rigged 7 inch rubber lizard and tossed it out. It wasn’t in the water 10 seconds when a 13” spot hit it hard. This was the beginning of a fantastic day. The little lady and I spent all morning throwing rubber lizards in various colors and found that a yellow/green color worked best. Saturday turned windy with white caps all over the lake. This squashed the fantastic bite down to an OK bite. Most fish were found in 5-20 feet of water. They were all red-eyed males (probably setting up spawning nests) as we didn’t catch a single female, and they all ranged 1-1.5lbs. Still enjoyed getting a bite almost every cast and boating 30+ fish! We tried other baits but lizards seemed to be the ticket this weekend. Even hit one crappie and one trout this trip while trolling the shallows with crank-baits. Can’t wait for the females to hit the nests!!!
    City: Cottonwood

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

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: RAIN!!!

    Albeit, we are not expecting a large amount of precipitation, we will take every last drop! The long term forecast does call for a little more sporadic rain through March. April may bring us more wet weather as well. Unfortunately the later in the Spring that we get, the more unpredictable the weather can be.

    Regardless, the lake has rebounded rather well since November. We have risen close to 102 feet to a 58% reservoir capacity! Currently about 34 feet higher than we were last year on this day and we are almost at twice the rainfall totals. Given the water situation that California is faced with, we are not looking bad at all. Once again, Shasta Lake may be the "Oasis of fun" this coming summer wink emoticon


    Although everyone on the lake is waiting for the rain and rising lake levels, we are not staying idle. We are gearing up and planning events throughout the 2015 summer. The Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area is planning to a season long celebration of it's 50th Anniversary with multiple events for the public! grin emoticon

    As more of these events become concrete, I will be sure to pass on the details. Until then...bring on that rain!

    Lake Level Report (03/11/2015 at 7 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 991.32' (75.68' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation 2014: 957.30' (109.70' below full pool)
    Storage: 2,643,952 af
    Outflow: 2,581 cfs
    Inflow: 4,473 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 45.89"
    Precipitation (2014 Season @ dam): 23.31"

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Shasta: 78.23 from full pool
    The bass bite at Shasta is still going strong from the shoreline out to 30' deep. Baits of choice have been tube's, Jig's, 6" worms on 3/16 & 1/4 oz. dartheads, Crankbaits and small swimbaits.

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

  • Report: Northern California reservoir levels as of 5:00 pm today
    Shasta: 78.23 from full pool
    Trinity: 100.08 from full pool
    Oroville: 145.69 from full pool

    The bass bite at Shasta is still going strong from the shoreline out to 30' deep. Baits of choice have been tube's, Jig's, 6" worms on 3/16 & 1/4 oz. dartheads, Crankbaits and small swimbaits.

Monday, February 9th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: As some of you may know, we did indeed pass that 100' mark this past weekend! Also, we should be passing the 50% full mark in the next day or so. I was able to get the rain totals for the storm so far (at the McCloud location):
    Friday: 6.83"
    Saturday: 1.06"
    Sunday: 1.62"
    Total: 9.51"

    I am sure the Lakehead totals were more than ours...and we will be getting more today!

    I have added two comparison pictures from our cove. The first is December 7, 2014. The second is today, February 9, 2015. Just a little over 2 months we have come up 74.97'. The inflows from these recent storms should keep up for the next couple of weeks, so we should be seeing a great jump in lake levels.

    I hope this brightens your Monday!!!

    Lake Level Report (02/09/2015 at 7 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 971.31' (95.69' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation 2014: 936.69' (130.31' below full pool)
    Storage: 2,250,370 af
    Outflow: 523 cfs
    Inflow: 34,271 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): .70"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 44.33"
    Precipitation (2013 Season @ dam): 7.14"

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Good morning, happy Groundhog's Day and I hope everyone had a great weekend filled with food, family and football! grin emoticon Fortunately we had a great Super Bowl that stayed close, very close, to the last seconds of the game. Congratulations to the Patriots on their win (as a die hard Steeler fan...that was extremely hard to say wink emoticon ).

    Punxsutawney Phil (THE groundhog), has seen his shadow! Of course this indicates that we will have 6 more weeks of winter!!! She certainly isn't wasting her time starting either...

    So far we have had about 0.30" of rain since midnight. This unstable pattern is supposed to stick around for a week and it does look like towards the end of the week we should be getting some heavy rain! I have checked several sites and they are almost all starting to line up. I have attached a snippet of one to give you an idea of estimated daily rain totals.

    The lake level hasn't budged too much recently, but if these storms actually hit the area, we should see a nice jump in the levels. I will keep you posted as the week and weather progress and be posting more than I have over the past couple of weeks.

    Fingers crossed and rain dances...everyone have a great day!

    Lake Level Report (02/02/2015 at 6 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 957.60' (109.40' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation 2014: 935.80' (131.20' below full pool)
    Storage: 2,005,141 af
    Outflow: 1,946 cfs
    Inflow: 3,475 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 34.32"
    Precipitation (2013 Season @ dam): 3.12"

Monday, January 26th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: A bit chilly and hazy out on the lake this morning! It is slowly burning off and we should be hitting the low 70's today.

    The sun has been nice, but we are ready for some rain again! The forecast is still holding steady that we will have a system come though on the 3rd and quite possibly bringing a decent amount of rain...keeping those fingers crossed wink emoticon

    I hope everyone enjoys their Monday and great beginning to the week!

    Lake Level Report (01/26/2015 at 7 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 956.22' (110.78' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation 2014: 936.24' (133.76' below full pool)
    Storage: 1,981,429 af
    Outflow: 1,984 cfs
    Inflow: 5,184 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 34.32"
    Precipitation (2013 Season @ dam): 2.83"

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 58-60

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing is starting to pickup as the sediment settles lake-wide. Water is still murky with visibility only 1-1.5 feet (clearer at ends of the main arms). We fished Saturday and Sunday, concentrating in the main lake body on primary and secondary points. Using brown and orange 3/4 oz jigs, the wife and I were able to boat 1-1.5lb spots in about 20' water. Tried soft plastic (lizards, worms, grubs) in various colors with zero results. Tried crank baits and spinner baits up against the bank out to about 15 feet and again, nothing. Flipped out minnows off the back while slowly working the banks and hit only a couple small spots. Even tried trolling for an hour with various flashers and down riggers out in main channel and once again, came up empty.
    So, as the water clears up, the bite will get better. Jigs and Crawdad imitations seemed to work best for us this weekend.
    City: Cottonwood

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

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Good morning Shasta Lake!

    Another sunny day here on the lake. Currently at 55 degrees and almost dead calm with a small ripple on the surface.

    I am planning on getting some aerials in the near future...can't wait to show all of you!

    Until then, enjoy your Wednesday, the weekend is right around the corner wink emoticon

    Lake Level Report (01/21/2015 at 6 AM)
    Lake Elevation: 954.89' (112.11' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation 2013: 936.25' (133.75' below full pool)
    Storage: 1,958,765 af
    Outflow: 3,002 cfs
    Inflow: 6,286 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 0.00"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 34.32"
    Precipitation (2013 Season @ dam): 2.83"

Friday, January 16th, 2015

  • Report: Fishing up at the lake has been great! The bass are still feeding pretty shallow on main & secondary point's and flat's. The best bite has been on 1/2 oz. & 3/4 oz. jig's or 6" worms on 3/16 or 1/4 oz. darthead's from the shoreline out to 28'. Darker colors such as brown, brown & purple, black or black & blue and using some type of scent such as Bassfeast have been the key to getting more bite's on jig's. The best worm colors have been Mojave oxblood, Warmouth and Blue crawler.

    Lake Levels as of this morning
    Shasta: 113.40' from full pool
    Trinity: 134.36' from full pool
    Oroville: 181.66' from full pool

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

  • Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: There has been a good top water bite on super spooks in the mornings and periodically throughout the day on points and steep rock structure. Colors of choice have been wounded shad and bone. Dropshotting to 40' with 6" robo's in sxe shad and hologram shad have been producing limits. Some better fish have been being caught on tubes and jigs in the 20' to 30' depths on tube's and jig's