Sport fishermen most often
try for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, brown trout, rainbow trout, and Chinook salmon, along with
crappie and bluegill. Fishing is good both from boats and from shore.
The 10 Best Places to Fish from Shore
Anywhere along the trail between Hirz Bay and Dekkas Rock Campground.
Near the dam and up Dry Creek Trail.
Salt Creek Inlet - either side
Anywhere around Silverthorn and Jones Valley. Head out the Clikapudi Trail.
Under the Pit River Bridge and along the shore to the west.
Find trails at Bailey Cove and Packers Bay and follow them along the shoreline.
Along Squaw Creek near Monday Flat.
Near the outlet of Gregory Creek and along the shore toward the bridge.
Inlets at Squaw Creek and North Fork Creek
Along the Dry Fork Inlet, Fisherman's Point, and Mariner's Point.
Popular Boat Fishing Spots
Trolling from Hirz Bay to Turntable Bay along the McCloud River Arm
Equally as good is the Sacramento River Arm
Near the dam, remembering tying up to the buoy line is not allowed.
Good results are often found in Bridge Bay and around Ski Island, Toupee Island, and No Name Island
Dry Creek area and by any trees in shallow water and Little Sugarloaf Creek arm.
Around the stumps in the side inlets up the Pit River Arm
Around Jones Valley where more shallow water is found than on most parts of the lake.
Fish the McCloud River Arm for brown trout.
Best Baits and Lures
Trolling: Spinners and spoons, Silver Black Minnow, gold/red or nickel/blue trolling spoons, Rapalas, Cripplures, silver/blue Kastmaters,
Hum Dinger, baby bass colored plastics, blue/silver shad imitation, UV Sling Blade .
Bass Fishing: Plastic worms, live bait, South Bend Spinners, darter heads, Senko's, glo-bugs
Bait: Salmon eggs, or a salmon egg marshmallow combination, minnow , nightcrawler, Power Bait
Spin Casting: Spinners and spoons, Mepps, Panther Martin, Kastmaster
CA Fish and Game Regulations: Regarding bait fish, in Shasta Lake only golden shiner, red shiner, fathead minnows, mosquitofish and threadfin shad may be used or possessed for use as bait.
Record Fish Caught in Shasta Lake
White Sturgeon - 190 lbs, 1977
Spotted Bass - 8 lbs., 9 oz.
Shasta Lake Guide
(800) 670 -4448
Website: Shasta Lake Guide Experienced guides know Shasta Lake and all the best fishing spots. They specialize in salmon, trout, and bass.
Jeff Goodwin Guide Service
Website: Jeff Goodwin Guide Service Jeff guides fishing trips all over northern California, including Shasta Lake. Fish for Kokanee, trout King Salmon, and bass.
J & J Guide Service Redding, CA
Website: J & J Guide Service Shasta Lake, Eagle Lake, Sacramento River
Mike's Fishing Guide Service (530) 623-4266 or
Mike's Fishing Guide Service Mike has been fishing Shasta, Trinity, and Whiskeytown lakes for over 15 years. Fish
from a fully rigged 20-foot Duckworth boat.