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​Spring fishing has sprung!

Article and photos by Jeff Goodwin
03/23/15 -- Now that spring has officially arrived, we can just forget about the fact that we didn't really even have a winter and move on. Shasta Lake did get some much needed rain with the two good storms we did get this winter, and is up 103 feet from where we started at its low point in November. There are all kinds of recreational activities within easy reach on this wonderful and huge body of water.

On that note, Shasta lake continues to provide excellent fishing for both spotted and smallmouth bass. With rising water temps in the lake, the bass are moving into the shallows and are in pre-spawn mode. The rocky points and coves are fishing really well right now. Double digit scores are the norm and I had one report of a triple digit day from Jason Vallotton and his crew.

Jaynie Goodwin with a Shasta Lake spotted bass, photo by Jeff Goodwin
Jaynie Goodwin with a Shasta Lake spotted bass taken during recent trip. Shasta Lake is now 59% of capacity.

Whiskeytown Lake is still slow, but there are a few kokanee and rainbow trout being caught if you put in the time to do so. A lot of the kokanee are concentrated at the creek inlets and the cold water curtain right now. "We just need the lake to warm up a bit and the kokanee fishing will be off the hook", said Anthony Cox of AC Guide Service. He said he will be running kokanee trips as soon as it turns on.

The Sacramento River is also fishing pretty good right now for wild rainbow trout. A lot of the bigger trout have spawned and are back to feeding heavily. We are seeing good scores of multi-pound trout early in the day for gear anglers, and the fly fishing turns on in the afternoon. The river is still flowing at 3250 cfs below Keswick, but the Lake Redding boards are going up and the spring releases won't be far behind. Look for the rainbow trout fishing to improve with increased flows into June, and remain steady through late October when they ramp the flows back down to 3250 cfs again.

Jeff Goodwin with a fat Rainbow Trout taken from the Sacramento River in Redding
The author with a fat Rainbow Trout taken from the Sacramento River in Redding

We will be starting our guided rainbow trout trips soon so if you haven't experienced this amazing fishery, visit our website and give us a call to book your rainbow trout trip today! We are offering both fly and spin fishing trips, both of which, are very enjoyable and full of catching beautiful wild Sacramento River rainbow trout. We are also teamed up with AC Guide Service and will be running Rainbow/kokanee combo trips beginning in May as well. These trips include 4 hrs of trout fishing on the Sac in the morning, and 4 hrs of kokanee fishing on Whiskeytown Lake fishing in the early afternoon. These trips are designed for family or group trips, but however you book your day, be sure that you will have a full day of great fishing, and a day you won't soon forget! This is a unique trip and is only offered by AC and Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service.

Jeff Goodwin specializes in guiding and fishing for salmon, trout and steelhead in Northern California and Southern Oregon rivers. He also has many associates who work with him and/or guide on other waters in this region. To learn more please visit or contact him at or at (707) 616-1905.

For additional information about fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities available in this area, please visit Shasta County.

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Brownie’s Choice
Art work by Isabella Langaman
By Don Webster
Disregard the story’s title. I don’t really have a “first” name. If I did, it would probably be something like Leviathan or Behemoth or maybe Lunker. Officially, I’m a trout. A brown trout. A giant, brown trout. Possibly the biggest, fattest...Full Story
Keddie Ridge
Scouting Deerheart Lake, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
11/14/15 -- Adjacent to both Lake Almanor and Mountain Meadows, between the towns of Westwood and Greenville, is a seemingly forgotten piece of backcountry; Keddie Ridge – aka Ridge World – where ancient rocks... Full Story
Let’s check out the Upper Sac
Lake Siskiyou with Mt. Shasta standing sentinel. photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
09/06/15 -- The Upper Sacramento River – The Upper Sac – begins at Lake Siskiyou’s Box Canyon Dam and continues ~37 miles downstream to Lake Shasta. It is a classic freestone river born from the Mt. Shasta and Mt. Eddy... Full Story
How to make Tuscan Tuna Salad with Fennel By Frank Galusha
05/04/15 -- OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not... Full Story
German brown trout afternoon in Modoc
german brown trout in Modoc creek.
By Lea Huetteman
09/04/14 -- Catching a German Brown Trout from the creeks in Modoc County is a fine way to spend an afternoon. There are many creeks in this part of California that drain the Warner Mountains. Stream trout fishing in this region opens...Full Story
Throw the kitchen sink at them
Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers,
Article and photos by Phil Akers
08/20/14 -- Our wilderness areas are special, where Mother Nature is landlord and natural forces operate freely. Within the wilderness you will find no roads, shelters, picnic tables, toilets, or other conveniences. You enter at...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
03/06/04 -- Humboldt Bay, a busy commercial harbor and home port to many charter and private offshore fishing boats, is also popular with shore-based anglers and small boaters seeking bottomfish, sharks, crabs and clams...Full Story
Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story


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