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Whiskeytown Lake, Shasta Lake, Trinity Lake...Kokanee, Salmon & Trout

Fishing Reports

Mark M. with some fat Whiskeytown Kokes
Mark M. with some fat Whiskeytown Kokes

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 15:11
Current Report:

Summer fishing at Whiskeytown and Shasta has been very productive. Whiskeytown is producing limits of Kokanee averaging 13 to 14" and they are clean, fat and very healthy. Most productive location is fishing both sides of the 299 Bridge. Shasta has been producing very nice Rainbows from 14" to 22" up to 3 1/2 lbs. The rainbows are down 50 to 80' and have been most productive at the mouth of where the Sacramento arm meets the Pitt arm. I'm picking up Kings from 15 to 22" up to 4 lbs. The Kings are being caught from 60' to 120' depths under the I5 Bridge and the main channel up the McCloud out in front of Holiday Harbor. The King fishing at Trinity Lake continues to be slow, however on July 16th, Ernie Nachreiner of Redding shattered the State Record for Inland Chinook with a monster King that weighed in at 20.95 lbs and over 35". He was in the Papoose Arm on Trinity Lake and caught the hog at a depth of 50'. Congratulations Ernie!

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 14:50
Current Report:

Unstable weather conditions continue to impact a consistant bite. Water temp on Shasta (main body) was still 68 degrees and the fish are scattered throughout the water table from the surface down to 80'. Rainbows from 15" to 18" are being taken at Digger Bay and in front of the dam along with Kings in excess of 2 lbs. Rolled anchovies has been the most productive presentation along with wiggle hoochies. Whiskeytown is producing limits of fat, healthy Kokanee from 11" to 13" at the 299 Bridge and Cold water curtain from 40' to 80' using presentaion in pink and orange. Trinity has yet to start producing mature Kings, however rainbows are abundant in the top 20' using needlefish and threaded crawlers.

Date: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 17:29
Current Report:

I’ve been up here fishing all three lakes for the past month and the bite has seen steadily improving. Shasta is producing some Kings to 2 ½ lbs, good numbers of Rainbows in the 1 ½ to 2 lb range and an unusual amount of German Browns in the 1 ½ to 2 lb range. Limits or near limits are the norm. The Kokes in Whiskeytown are averaging 12” and are fat and free of copepods and for this time of year that only means by July these guys should be around 14” to 15” and limits are pretty easy. Trinity is producing good numbers of Rainbows on the surface going between 12” to 15” but unfortunately the King bite has yet to materialize but that only means….it will.

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 13:57
Current Report:

As the month of June comes to an end, the fishing on Shasta, Trinity and Whiskeytown lakes is very different. Shasta is the most productive with steady limits of Rainbows averaging 2 lbs and a good mix of Kings up to 3 1/2 lbs. Cover depths from the surface down to 45' for rainbows and Kings will be down at 80' to 120'. Whiskeytown Kokes are small this year but plentiful and very clean averaging 12", however there are some larger holderovers up to 17". Most fish are at the 40' depth. Trinity Kokes are very small (6") and overpopulated which has resulted in a very slow King bite due to the abundance of bait fish (Kokes). Trout fishing is good along the shoreline in the top 20'. Good Luck!

Date: Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 09:32
Current Report:

Trinity Lake rainbow fishing is good in the top 30'. You have to work for the Kings as they are down from 60 to 120' however the work could pay off as one angler has already caught one King weighing in just shy of 8 lbs. Kokanee are in the 9" to 11" size range but are fat and healthy. Unfortunately Whiskeytown Kokes are of similar size, however the rainbow fishing is very good in the top 20'. Shasta continues to produce quality rainbows in the top 30' and Kings up to 3 1/2 lbs are being caught in the 60' to 80'. Good luck.

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:15
Current Report:

The 2012 spring fishing at Shasta and Trinity Lakes is off to a great start. At Shasta, rainbows are being caught in the top 20' using any shad imitating lures and wiggle hoochies. Trinity has been producing 3 to 4 lb Kings in depth range from 60 to 100' in the main body of the lake.

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 10:38
Current Report:

The 2011 Spring Fishing on Whiskeytown and Shasta Lakes has been exceptional. As of this date, both lakes are near full capacity and running slightly colder than normal. All tributaries of Shasta are producing fish. The upper McCloud (Hertz Bay area) has been producing a good number of German Browns, rolling Shad and large lures such as Apex's are working. The upper Sacramento arm is pumping out nice rainbows averaging 1.5 to 2 lbs using Wiggle Hoochies, Humdingers and Apex's behind Sling Blades. The Pitt is muddy, however the points are also producing 2+ lb Rainbows in the top 10 feet with Humdingers behind Sling Blades. A few Salmon are being caught in front of the dam and in Dry Creek with Paddle Tails behind large Sling Blades and Wiggle Hoochies. The Kokanee bite at Whiskeytown is on fire with quick limits being the norm. Both sides of the bridge are producing Kokes in the 14" to 17 1/2" range and they are really plump. Cover depth ranges from 20' to 45' using Wiggle Hoochies and Apex's behind Sling Blades. Good luck!

Date: Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 09:05
Current Report:
The Kokanee bite on Whiskeytown is in full swing with limits being the norm. Surface temp is currently ranging from 68 to 70 degrees and the fish are schooling in depths from 30' to 60'. UV Apex's and Wiggle Hoochies behind UV Sling Blades are consistenly productive in the main body of the lake.

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 10:26
Current Report:

The quickly changing weather conditions in the Redding area are making for a tough Kokanee bite. The water temperature is 48 degrees on the surface and the fish are scattered. Fishing at the cold water curtain has been the most productive area and covering the top 40'. Shasta Tackle Wiggle Hoochies (Orange and White) and UV Apex's both trolled behing STC UV Sling Blades.

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 10:21
Current Report:

I started fishing Whiskeytown in mid-March this year, kind of early of WT Kokes but results were favorable. The bite isn't red-hot as yet but you can get a limit if you work at it. The fish are scattered in various locations (bridge, curtain, main body and dam), water is 48 to 50 degrees and the fish are in the top 40'. Best results come on Apex's and Wiggle Hoochies trolled behind UV Sling Blades. The Plankton Bloom should take off in early April and the bite should improve as well as the size of the fish. Goood luck!

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