Shasta Lake and Reports

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Shasta Lake, Elevaton: 1,021.78 ft. Daily Statistics
Friday, Jul 20
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
3,329,922 10,402 3,987 0.00 322
Sunday, Jul 22
Hi: 101 ° F
Lo: 73 ° F
Precip: 8%
Mostly Clear
Precip: 7%

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

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

  • Water Temp: 70 ish

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: We fished Fri-Sunday for a club event. Each day, there were stories of people catching 4 pounders. Pre-fish, my partner catches one that goes 4-10 on topwater near the bridge. the wind is up a bit so blades caught quite a few including a 3+ for me. On Sat, the wind was virtually non existent. The big chunk rock that produced on Friday did not work on Sat. However, we found a good bite when the topwater was worked near a secondary point when either cast into a cut or when in the cut, casting out past the point and retrieving back toward it. We then put the boat close to shore (yeah I got back seated but said to do it if we can win). We caught 11 pounds that day for the lead. Day 2 was more windy, but we could not get any big fish that day. Weighed in around 8 lb to take 2nd place. First place got a 4 on day 1 and a 5 on day 2. Tough to beat that! We had around 30 fish in the boat Sat and 18 or so on Sunday.

    Tips: Blades when windy, cast toward shore and bring back out. Topwater worked fine though definitely not wide open.

Friday, June 20th, 2014

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    Water Temp: 70

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: In at Jones Valley at 7:30 am. out at 2:00 pm. Lake level 110' down. The wife and I managed 22 spots to 2.25 lbs. All came on plastics from 20 to 38 feet. Bigger fish seemed to be deeper. Best colors for us was #162 Natural Blue, and #170 Confetti. The Blonde in the back caught the biggest spot on a Carolina Rig. I was throwing darter heads.
    City: Cottonwood

Monday, April 7th, 2014

  • Report: Bass FishingShasta hr>Shasta Lake is Currently 92.78 feet from full pool. Water Temps have been in the low 50's in the morning and high 50's in the afternoon. Bass are being caught form the shoreline out to 30 feet on tubes and plastic worms as well as ripbait's and spinnerbait's. We have not had many report's on the trout but we have been seeing them on the surface in the lower half of the McCloud ad Sacramento arm's as wel as in the main lake. Some land locked Salmon have started to show up in front of digger bay and at the mouth of dry creek.>

    The baits of choice have been Shad Imitating plugs, Sling Blades and Wiggle Hoochies or 1/4 oz. Kastmasters in either nickel or nickel/blue. There have also been some anglers that have been successful with the salmon mooching anchovies in front of Centimudi and at the mouth of Dry Creek in the 80' to 100' depth range. br>
    Ramps & Water Level
    The lake is 92.78 from full pool. Available ramp's are Centimudi, Sugarloaf, Packer's Bay, Jones Valley and Bridge Bay.

  • Water Temp: 51 to 59

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Shasta Lake is Currently 92.78 feet from full pool. Water Temps have been in the low 50's in the morning and high 50's in the afternoon. Bass are being caught form the shoreline out to 30 feet on tubes and plastic worms as well as ripbait's and spinnerbait's.

Friday, March 14th, 2014

  • Water Temp: 49 to 53

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Lake Shasta is up to 107' from capacity. Water temps are ranging from 49 in the mornings to 53 in the afternoon. The bass bite has been great in all part's of the lake. We've had report's of people catching them on reaction baits like spinnerbait's and jerkbait's as well as whacky rigged senko's. If you're looking for a bigger fish spend some time throwing 7" & 8" swimbaits as well as jigs.

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

  • Water Temp: 58 to 60

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Shasta is 128' down. Launching is available at Centimudi, Jones Valley, Sugar Loaf and Bridge Bay. Fishing has been GREAT for numbers of fish up to 2 pounds. Dartheading 6" worms in colors from brown to green pumpkin and dropshoting 4" & 6" worms in shad patterns have been the most productive. There have been a FEW better jigs

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

  • Water Temp: 64.2 to 65.7

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Shasta is 122' down and fishing very well and getting better! 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.

    Tips: What to use
    1.) Super Spook's: Bone, Baby Bass, Okie Shad
    2.) Lucky Craft Sammy 128: Ghost Minnow, Ghost Trout
    3.) Spinnerbaits: Ganns Stilleto 1/2,3/4 & 1oz.: White on White, White & Chartreuse and Clear Glimmer Flash
    Rodstrainers: Same sizes in white or chartreuse and white.
    4.) Lucky Craft Pointer 100 DD and Staysee 90: Chartreuse Shad, Ghost Minnow and Phantom Chartreuse Shad
    5.) Norman Deep Little N: Chartreuse and white and Texas Shad
    6.)Gann's Draggin' Jig: Green Pumpkin Candy with a 4" Green Pumpkin Yamamoto double tail.
    7.)Mothers Finest Mojave Oxblood w/ Red flake on a 3/16 oz darthead OR a Brass 'n Glass rig. The Brass n' Glass is an old school way of catching quality spotted bass and the Shasta is PRIME for it right now.

Friday, September 27th, 2013

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Shasta is currently 114.32 from full pool and still on the drop. The shad coming up and the top water bite is starting to happen. We haven't been hearing of many big fish but we have been hearing of big numbers. The most productive techniques have spooks and poppers in the mornings and then either fishing a little deeper with tubes and dartheads through the rest of the day or if the wind picks up running the points looking for muddy water and throwing reaction baits.

    Launching is available at Packers Bay, Hirz Bay Centimudi, Jones Valley and Sugarloaf. If you are planning a trip keep in mind that Packers Bay and Hirz Bay are out of the water at 116'

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

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    Water Temp: N/A

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Jones Valley is now using the Low Water Ramp. Good ramp, just a little dusty getting there and back to the paved road. We did manage 20 spots and smallmouth dropshotting a confetti slim and a natural blue worm.
    City: Cottonwood

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

  • Water Temp: 72 to 75 surfac

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: The lake is currently 55.50' from full pool and dropping. The bass bite has been fantastic on brown or green pumpkin tubes & senkos as well as ripbaits and topwater. Lot's of keeper size fish are being caught with the occasional 3 to 4 pounder showing up

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

  • Water Temp: 62-73

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished a week at Lake Shasta (May 4-11). We caught 40-80 fish per day fishing 2 sessions a day 9am-2pm and 5-9pm. Fishing was awesome. We did not catch anything big, but using light line, it was a blast. Water temp started in the low 60s and by the end of the week it was in the low 70s in the afternoon. 1/8oz leadhead with a pearl or salt and pepper colored twintail grub OR 3/16oz leadhead with a tube (green with some orange and purple. If you like spinnerbait fishing a chartreuse 1/2oz willowleaf with gold and silver blades worked all day.

    Tips: Fish plastics for numbers. top water started early on some days (530) using small poppers (i used a chartreuse Rico) and got 30 swirls on Friday evening). Biggest fish caught was 3lbs, some 2lbers caught. Most fish were 11-14".

Monday, April 15th, 2013

  • Water Temp: high 50s

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: i fished from the bank on the south side of the main body. Fished from 1pm to 5pm and ended up with 18 bass. Water was very clear it seams like for Shasta. With a good set of polarized glasses i could see 15+ feet of water. i caught fish in both shallow coves and 30+ feet of water. most of the action was in deeper coves with steep banks and cover like trees and bushes or steep ledges but the fish were smaller. I got the bigger ones off the points but not as many. The weather started out sunny but ended cloudy and windy but didnt seam to change the bite. i was fishing a Carolina rigged 4 inch brown with black and red flake Zoom rubber worm with a brass bullet weight and red glass bead. With the limited time i got to fish because of walking it felt like every cast was a bite.
    City: Redding

    Tips: With 50+ bass landed from the bank within a few weeks and hitting everything i could throw at them i say fish your favorite set up and have fun!.

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

  • Water Temp: 54 to 57

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: The bass are staging up to spawn! Fish from the shoreline out to 30' and target the steep edges of spawning area's. There are a lot of fish being caught on mud pie tubes and green pumpkin senkos. Look for a reaction bite on rip baits like Staysee 90's and 100 dd's and 5" swimbaits in trout and shad colors. There have been several spots over 6# caught in the last few weeks and we saw a pic of a 7# largemouth that was caught yesterday.

    Tips: Really pick apart the areas you are fishing. It has been a very "spot on the spot" kind of bite

Friday, March 8th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 49-52

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: spent the weekend at shasta on the sac arm..first time I have ever launched there and fished on the sac arm, thanks to kfallsfish thats where I went and Im glad I did. Normally I fish the Pit arm but it seemed that the size of fish was a little better up the sac. I used many baits but caught all but one fish on a 3/8 football head jig with spider grub in green pumpkin. Had a couple hits in the morning on a swimbait but didnt hook up. The fish were average 20 to 30ft down and the bites were very hard to feel, many times I felt them spit the bait out or just felt weight and would hook them for just a few seconds before they got off. Still landed a bunch of fish and the weather was beautiful, biggest fish was just over 2lbs but I got several of them that size, most fish were just over 1lb, cant wait to get back.
    City: Medford

    Tips: spider grub and fish sloooooow

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 52

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished local club tourney fish were pretty scarce only caught 10 fish sat with biggest 13/4lbs only caught 5 fish sunday had that weighted 2.25 combined weight was only 13lbs caught all fish rippin in less than 5 ft.
    City: Susanville

    Tips: tried worms drop shot and dart head I only had 2 bites.

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched Jones Valley. Graphed fish in the Jones Valley Inlet and way up the Pit arm. Not much found elsewhere. Wife and I caught 9 trout trolling 5-15 feet using Shasta Tackle UV flashers and home-made silver lures (shaped like hum-dingers). Afternoon we went into coves and pulled in 5 spots all around 1 1/5 lbs using green brush hogs (Carolina rigged) and dragging them across bottom real slow. Not a real productive day but fun none the less.
    City: Cottonwood

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

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    Water Temp: 50-51

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at Antlers around 9:30 am saturday morning. Still wood on the Ramp but not as bad as last time. Fished points and coves , while watching bass chase trout. Got 21 Spots first seven where dinks. Then moved to fish chunk rock and found better sized fish , but no trophies. Got one Spot 17" Just shy of 3 pounds. Another one went 15" and about 7 more between 12 and 14 inches. Again nothing big but was a nice day on the water , very little wind and catching bass in winter is great since the water in my state is around 41 degrees and its difficult to get bass to bite here. I love shasta lake for this early season cold water bassin. GOt off the water about 5 pm. Was sad to go back home , could have used one more day on the water. See you again soon sac arm. I miss you already haha.
    City: K-Falls

    Tips: Fish on the bottom for numbers , and throw swims , chatterbaits , ripbaits on windblown points if you get wind. We didnt get much yesterday.

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 49-51

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: be sure and check ramp before paying. (10 BUCKS,WHY?) antlers so packed with crap its allmost unusable in afternoon. will use packers now. fishing slow for anything shallow. nice 13-15 in fish on wacky senko weighted on end. grey/blue with gold flake strike king xxx worked best. 15 to 18 ft. no wind no blade bite. fished gooseneck caught 10 doubt any over 2. learned that if someone fishing back in coves they also own the points. should have ignored the guy puffing up in front of his friends? family? not proud of my answers to that guy but dont meet that kind often.
    City: klamath falls

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 47 to 49

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Look for swimbait fish shallow early in the morning. 7" osprey linethru's and 6" R-Macs in Ghost trout and Ghost purple trout have been the ticket. After around 9:30 in the morning the bite has been on brown and purple jig's, green pumpkin senko's and dartheaded 6" Mojave oxblood and purple ghost worms in the 23' to 35' range. If there is wind in the afternoon look for a spinnerbait bite on white with double white willow blades or charteuse and white with a nickel colorado blade and a gold willow blade
    City: Shasta Lake