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Shasta County trout/koke bite red hot

Article and photos by Jeff Goodwin
11/07/15 -- Well, it looks like fall in Shasta county finally showed up this past week. Morning temperatures on the water have really taken a dip, and our afternoon temps have really made a day on the water quite pleasant. I reported last week that Whiskeytown lake was producing great kokanee fishing. Well, the only thing thats changed on Whiskeytown is the water temp's. The water temps are down 2 degrees since last week, but the kokanee bite is still going strong. We're starting to see a little more color on some of the fish, but surprisingly enough, some larger koke's have shown up in the Whiskey Creek inlet now, and they are dime bright. Shiny silver sides, and deep red meat make for some excellent table fare if you like to eat fish! Try them in the frying pan or brine and smoke them, they taste great!

Whiskeytown Kokanee Limit, Jeff Goodwin
One-hour, two-angler limit of Whiskeytown kokanee salmon

Tactics haven't changed from a week ago, so little if any adjustments need to be made to be successful right now. With both Brandy Creek and Whiskey Creek high and dry right now, its going to be some time before the kokanee will have a chance to run up and get their spawn on. Looks like rain over the weekend, but its probably not going to be enough. At this rate we should see some descent kokanee fishing for at least another week or two. The kokanee population on Whiskeytown can definitely absorb some losses so get on out there and do your part.

Guaranteed kokanee killer! Corn (shoe peg corn with Pro-Cure Garlic scent), Crystal Basin
Guaranteed kokanee killer! Corn (shoe peg corn with Pro-Cure Garlic scent), Crystal Basin "Wild Thing" dodger, and Yakima Bait Co. Spin-N-Goo rig!

Trout fishing on the Sacramento River is solid as usual and many fine fish are being caught on both fly and conventional gear daily. The flows from Keswick have been holding steady and that should provide a consistent bite until they drop the flows again. Using small Dick Nite spoons in the morning has been very productive, but switching to natural roe, glow bugs, or pegged 8mm beads in the afternoon has been the recipe for catching trout all day long. You'll find that most of the trout are hanging out with the salmon in the shallow water. This water is where your egg patterns will surely shine!

Salmon fishing is very slow right now, just as expected. With a little luck and some help from Mother Nature, we should start to see a few more "late fall" king salmon up in our neck of the woods. Flows at the Bend Bridge gauge are still showing 6,000 cfs and if those flows are maintained, it should only help the salmon fishing down river as well. Historically speaking, descent numbers of late fall salmon will be around for the Thanksgiving holiday. The late fall fishery doesn't get a lot of pressure, but some really great fish are caught every year. Your going to want to break out the Yakima Bait Co. Flatfish, late fall salmon are plug biters! I will report what I see or hear about salmon fishing for "late falls" in the coming weeks so stay tuned! I'll be back next week with some more Shasta county fishing reports right here on Have a great week of fishing everyone!

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.

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