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Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

  • Report: From Shasta Lake

    Good afternoon Shasta Lake!
    The lake has not only stabilized, but it has shot up a few feet from where we bottomed out this year. From October 21, 9pm to midnight of October 22 (3 hours), CDEC reported an elevation of 882.24 ft, or 184.86 feet down from full pool. In comparison, we were very close to 2014 elevation when we bottomed out around 177 feet down.
    Interesting information about the recent storms:
    - Highest recorded rainfall at the McCloud location - 5.34" (10/22)
    -Highest inflow was 53,864 cubic feet per second (6am, 10/22)
    -The lake has jumped up 3.78 ft from it's low.
    It is how the storms arrived that has made the unique impact from these storms. Usually it will take several events of rain before the ground is saturated enough to allow run-off and "sheeting" to take place. This year, it happened on the first event. The amount of heavy and steady rain certainly saturated the top soil and even further. So much so that it is raining in Lake Shasta Caverns, you can hear the amount percolating through the mountain in the video.
    With the hydrology back in action on the lake, it promotes other obstacles. The fine silt has turned into a slick mud encasing the majority of the shoreline. The mud is pulled towards the lake through erosion and ends up in the lake. The turbidity of the lake continues to turn the silt & water mixture into what looks like chocolate milk. Some of these valleys have potential for large mudslides, moving hundreds of yards of material in minutes during our deluges.
    What I will point out as an interesting observation is to why the powers that be, were releasing water from the dam almost at the same rate as the inflow. This helps to explain why Oroville jumped 12 feet and Shasta only 4. I have not heard any explanation for this yet, but everyone on the lake is wondering why that happened.
    While this creates a muddy, and almost impossible mess to work in, you can rest assured that the lake is very busy with employees keeping the docks, boats and other infrastructure safe. Yet we are loving every single drop that falls and fills the lake.
    Keep those rain dances up and BRING ON THAT RAIN!!!
    Lake Level Report (10/27/2021 at 12:00 hrs)
    Lake Elevation: 885.73' (181.08' below full pool)
    24 Hour Difference: (UP) +0.27'
    Lake Elevation (2020): 962.75' (104.25' below full pool)
    Storage: 1,271,310 af (estimated)
    Storage (2020): 2,095,094 af
    Outflow (24 hr avg): 4,851 cfs
    Inflow (24 hr avg): 6,657 cfs
    Total Capacity: 22%
    Historical Average: 41%
    Precipitation (24 hr @ McCloud): 0.06"
    Precipitation (Season @ Dam): 7.89"
    Precipitation (2019-2020 Season @ dam): 0.20"

Sunday, October 17th, 2021

  • Water Temp: 60's

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Just got back from 5 days on the lake. Oct 10 - 14) The bite was outstanding when the winds were howling. Fish were between 3 - 8 ft. Fished white chatterbaits with fluke trailers in backs of coves with salt cedars. One day I had 15lbs with largest being a 61/2 lb spot. When wind died down , top water bite was in full swing.(Vixen in rainbow trout color on and next to points with shad balls) (for those of you who don't know what a Vixen is, I believe it was a reaction innovations or John Dare's take on a zara spook). Special shout out to the guys at Phils who went the extra mile to make sure my trailer was safe.

    Tips: Reaction baits Reaction baits Reaction baits!
    Use Bridge Bay Ramp, Jones Valley was pretty muddy. Saw 2 4wheel trucks tied together try to pull a ski boat out and they couldn't do it. Took a tractor to pull it out.

Monday, July 26th, 2021

  • Report: by Jboutfishn » Mon Jul 26, 2021 12:07 pm

    Launched at Sugarloaf, 6:00 am, what a pit. the dock (for what it's worth) is at an angle to the ramp which is Old Hwy 99. Left side of road is deeper that the right, always fun loading. If I did not have an annual pass I would launch at Bridge Bay. Rant over.

    Lost several Sencos to what I perceived to be small fish on the Sac. Tried a shaky head with 7 inch Robo worm. All small. Ran over to the Pit/McCloud area picked up a 2lb 9 oz spot, had another on felt about the same, lost it. Both on green pumpkin Senco.

    11:00 am, getting hot, Headed home.

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

  • Report: by BASNFAN » Fri Apr 23, 2021 5:55 pm

    Shasta fishing was crazy this year compared to most years . Between my partner and I, we boated 72 bass and one crappie in the 3 1/2 days. Usually we do that many for both of us in one day. Biggest was pushing 2 lbs. The crappie though was 14 1/2 inches and provided more meet and bigger filets than the bigger bass. We saw a few beds and little bucks swimming around. We kept 14 fish for the freezer and not one with eggs and only two that had red tails. Keitecks at about 3.8 in was a good bait but most fish came on Robos rigged Texas, darter headed, or Neko rigged. My umbrella rig never got a bite, nor did any cranks. It was still a good trip for us. Water temps were up and down but generally between 58 in the AM and 63 or 64 in the PM.

Sunday, January 10th, 2021

  • Water Temp: 50-51 degrees

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the Pit Arm near Jones Valley Marina. Caught about a dozen keepers, nothing over 2lbs. Most fish were caught on the Ned Rig or a 1/2 ounce football head jig with a watermelon with red flake Hula Grub. Marked a lot of fish in the trees with the Humminbird 360 with little success in getting the fish to bite. Overall great time on beautiful Shasta Lake. Side note be careful out there with the lowering lake levels trees are everywhere!!

Sunday, June 21st, 2020

  • Water Temp: 71-75

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Whew. Spent the past week up at Shasta with the lady and had a blast. I managed to get out on the lake a few times and the bite was wide open. I spent most of the time fishing up the McCloud arm and could pretty much catch em on whatever I threw. Early mornings and late evenings topwater bite was wide open. A lot of cookie cutter 1-2lb spots but mixed in were solid 2-4 lb spots and ended up getting my biggest shasta spot (4lbs) and largemouth a touch over 5lbs on a spook. This morning I got out from 5am-10:30am and boated roughly 85 fish; the majority on a spook and whopper plopper. Fast and erratic with the spook with the occasional pause seemed to be the pace they wanted.

    Tips: Switched out the back treble on my spook to one with a feather, seemed to get more bites. Also burning a fluke nose hooked produced some wild bites as well; and I mean burning that thing as fast as your reel will let you

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

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    Water Temp: 80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Some top water very early or late on Berkley Choppo. Bass are heavily feeding on shad and most are on points. Favorite plastic or jig in 10-30 feet on points will get fish. Although it’s past Labor Day weekend, there are still a lot of boats on the lake.

    Tips: If not fishing top water then be sure your jig is in contact with bottom.

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

  • Water Temp: 64-70

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing was decent when I went down a week ago. Was able to pick up quite a few top water bites in the morning and in the evening, but was pretty tough to pick up bites during the daytime. I changed up baits quite a bit and found the most consistency on a wacky rig and spinner bait. Biggest spot was around 3lbs on top water, but other than that I didn’t catch any decent fish.

  • Report: by Wilson » Fri May 03, 2019 8:05 am

    Was on Shasta from April 25th-28th. Fished about 13 hours each day except for Sunday. Total fish caught was 404 between the two of us. We learned having a clicker counter helps keep track of total fish caught when the fishing is off the hook!!! Best day was Friday with 144. All really nice fish from 1.5lbs-3lbs.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

  • Report: y Inland fisheries advocate » Wed May 01, 2019 3:08 pm

    If you can get to Shasta lake it is the best fishing I've had in 40 years. We were on Sacramento arm for a week. Most fish in first 15 foot. Senkos in baby bass & rainbow trout... Bass are far and have nice shad in their mouths. Willows are packed with fish & the lake is basically full

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

  • Report: by Inland fisheries advocate » Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:37 am

    Don't hear much on lake shasta... it is fishing great... We're fishing senkos..
    Time to get out & enjoy this fabulous fishery

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

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    Water Temp: 48-50

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Stayed, launched, and fished Bridge Bay Resort. Water was stained to clear despite recent rain. Over 4 days the weather was a mix of cold snow and rain to sunny and warm. Found most of the bass in 20-35 ft of water with an occasional deeper or shallower bite. Caught fish on rocky points and steep walls. Dropshot, shakey head, and jig rig produced the best. 20 +/- fish a day 1-3 lbs.

    Tips: -Braided line to fluorocarbon leader worked better than straight fluoro or mono. More sensitive and less line twists.
    -I got better hookups with a 1/0 gama octopus hook compared to similar sized gama finesse split shot/dropshot hook.
    -Watch your graph for fish, but I do think my graph was not picking up fish that were tight to the bottom or laying in crevices.

Friday, May 11th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 66 - 71

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Close to 20 of us gathered on two house boats on the pit arm for a great time. 9 boats and a daily weight in had most bringing 8 to 10 lbs each day to the scales. 100 plus spots and small mouth caught each day. early am and pm top water was off the hook. drop shot, keitech, wacky, cranks, poppers and many others were our go too's.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

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    Water Temp: 65

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Guys trip to Shasta on October 28th and 29th. Fished for bass all day long on Saturday. Fish finder said they were there, but we tried plastic (twin tail grubs; worms; etc), crank baits; drop shot; umbrella rig with little success. Four fish in 8 hours and none bigger than a pound. Spoke to a local and he said he had same results.

    Changed focus and went up Sacramento arm toward river on Sunday. We changed tackle and fished for trout (sorry, we are traitors). We could not miss. 34 fish in four hours for the 4 of us. (We released them all). Large one at about 2.5 pounds. Best tackle was the good ole cast master. Had a strike on almost every cast. Trolled back to the boat ramp and picked up 6 more fish.

    A fantastic day!

    Tips: Fish for what's biting! Sometimes the best tackle is the old tackle.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

  • Water Temp: 60-66

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the lake for four days with a few of the Tri Valley Bassmaster boys. Caught a lot of fish. About 40 fish per person per day. Nothing over three pounds. All the usual baits worked well with best baits being a clear black flake single tail grub, and a dark multi color jig. Pit river arm near floating wood or submerged trees were best spots, caught plenty on the other arms also.

    Tips: THERE IS A LOT OF BIG FLOATING LUMBER!!!! Be very careful, you can't help but hit some. Several south side ramps were full of lumber making them inaccessible. Also several windows were smashed and trucks broken into at the Jones Valley ramp.

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 58-61

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: We fished Shasta for 4 days, 2
    of which were a tournament. We didn't catch anything bigger than 1.9 lbs but lots of fish in the 1.3-1.6 lb range. All spotted bass. Best bite was on muddy points fishing the muddy water line. Kaitechs and morning dawn roboworms ned rigged worked best for us.

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 49

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Saturday morning after the sun hit the water and frost begin to thaw, the wife and I launched our Design Concept River-Jet at Centimudi ramp. The water was calm, clear and cold. We set out for Dry Creek first thing and dropped down riggers in attempt to find a few rainbows or salmon. Multiple flasher/lure colors were presented with no fish to be found on the graph. After about an hour, we switched to bass rigs and headed for main lake primary points. The blonde in the back focused on using Keitechs while my choice was green/white Senkos. After approx. 30 minutes I located a school of females between 40-50 feet of water. My first strike was very light and I admit that my drag was too loose and I flubbed the “set” and didn’t get a good hook set. It came off after 3-5 seconds but I felt she was heavy. We concentrated on that hole and I was able to hook five descent fish but only boated two. Both were females at 2.5lb and 2.2lb. We brought them home for dinner and I was surprised to find each was already producing nice sets of roe. I will regret saying this but I skunked the wife today and she is already asking for a rematch!

    Tips: Take a child fishing. They will remember it forever!

Monday, January 9th, 2017

  • Report: Good morning Shasta Lake!
    With the New Year, we have received a tremendous amount of rain and even snow! With the largest deluge of precipitation arriving yesterday. Unfortunately the warmer water washed away the snow that we had at the McCloud location.
    We started off the year at 1022.20' or 44.80 feet below the full pool level (3,340,120 acre feet of storage). Since that time we have had several storms that doused the area and catch basin for Shasta Lake. Temperatures even dipping down below freezing for several days. The lowest we saw here was 23 degrees. Fortunately it allowed us a short lived experience of some decent snow on the lake! Snow conditions near Yreka and the Oregon border caused closure of Interstate 5 for several hours during the middle of the week causing overnight delays and massive amount of traffic build up in the Redding area.
    Since the first of the year we have gained 6.74' of elevation on the lake and increased the capacity by 166,638 af of water! Our highest inflow during the past several days was at 2 am last night at 100,116 cubic feet per second! An average Olympic sized swimming pool is approximately 88,000 cubic feet! Here are the rainfall totals that I have recorded from our McCloud location:
    01/02 - 0.31"
    01/03 - 3.02"
    01/04 - 0.64"
    01/07 - 1.76"
    01/08 - 6.04"
    January total: 11.77"
    (Rain totals can vary greatly depending location on the lake)
    Here are some other interesting items and comparisons:
    - The lake has risen 4.30 feet in the last 24 hours
    - The lake increased by 54,299,230,907 gallons
    - At the highest flow, the water could fill 1.14 Olympic pools every second
    - Various sources has confirmed the largest rise in water in one 24 hour period was in the winter of 1976-1977 at 18 feet. During that time over 220,000 cubic feet was entering the lake.
    One last item of interest is that our 2016 rainfall totals have actually passed our totals for this year. The biggest factor is that these storms continue through winter and into spring. That and how much the BOR decides to release as we are now in the flood control stages of operation at the dam. Currently at 76% capacity and 120% of the historical average to date.
    I have posted numerous figures and plots as well as weather warnings to indicated the severity of weather that we are experiencing.
    This is something that we are all keeping a close eye on and will keep you posted ;-)
    Until then, stay dry, stay safe and enjoy the New Year!
    Lake Level Report (01/09/2017 at 09:00)
    Lake Elevation: 1028.94' (38.06' below full pool)
    Lake Elevation (2016): 984.52' (82.48' below full pool)
    Storage: 3,506,758 af (estimated)
    Storage (2015): 1,398,142 af
    Outflow: 11,517 cfs
    Inflow: 53,323 cfs
    Precipitation (24 hr @ dam): 1.85"
    Precipitation (Season @ dam): 32.35"
    Precipitation (2016 Season @ dam): 39.81"

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

  • Report: NorCalBassnPJ » Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:41 am

    No good at Shasta either for me yesterday. Can't say i really gave it a fair shot though. Started out with me casting from the deck and my buddy holding his S-Waver 168 in his hands with his rod stretched forward. I caught his line with my line and the S-Waver slid off his hand and buried one treble point into his thumb way past the barb. he pulled it out we put some superglue on it and we kept fishing. Launching at the Dam was out only option since the snow was coming down hard and sticking in town that morning before i had even left the house. so our options were fairly limited to where we could go launching down there. We stayed in Li'l Backbone all 2 hours that we were there and maybe had 2-3 bites no hookups. fished 1/2 oz football jigs with hula grubs, a little spinnerbait, and would've fished some osprey but that was the rod i hooked my buddy with so I couldn't back the backlash out and use it the rest of the day..Add on to that, my buddy didn't grab any gloves so his hands were numb and frozen the whole time so that was a big reason we came in early. We definitely should have fished deeper in the calmer water but the wind was about perfect for a reaction bite elsewhere on the lake. Just couldn't do much with my buddy getting cold quick and me hooking him first cast didn't help that either. If it would've went to plan we would've bounced around a bit more and tried the mouth of the Sac or some more main body stuff yesterday. But just wasn't gonna happen with how the day got started on a bad note out there. I would say though we were probably the only boat out on the water yesterday with how much snow we got. Now all this snow is melting and its pouring rain up here in Redding. The lake should be pouring water in from everywhere right now. Levels are going to rise quickly and muddy the water. Its a somewhat warmer rain too. Water temps at Shasta are hanging right around 50 degrees, at least down by the dam. I'm sure it fluctuates in different areas by a degree or so..

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

  • Report: Gary Dobyns » Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:31 pm

    At Shasta I'd start in the rivers. The Sac or Pitt probably. But with Shasta you can catch good ones about anywhere. Oroville report is not good. Caught plenty of fish but nothing worth a crap. Reaction bite killed me as I wouldn't give up on it. Stupid too. The fish simply weren't chasing. Crazy I figured on a shallow water, load the boat on reaction bait bite with this big weather front. It did not happen. Some shallow water fish by anglers today but most guys caught them fairly deep. My best fish came out of 50' on one ounce jig with Yamamoto Hula grub. I sucked today. Shasta had to be better...I hope :)