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Here comes the rain!

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By Jeff Goodwin
12/05/15 -- We finally seem to be in a damp weather pattern here in Northern California and the temps have been relatively low as well. I use the word damp to describe the weather because, so far, this fall hasn't really earned the title of being wet. Hopefully we will continue to see some winter type storms rolling through, and we will get some much needed rain in the valley and some snow in the higher elevations. Sunday, the 6th, is calling for some good amounts of rain to fall in the Redding area. Lets hope the forecast is accurate!

Fishing here in the North State has been good and there have been reports of some pretty good "late fall" King salmon fishing in the Anderson area. I've been focusing on lake rainbows this past week, but Chris Schertz of C&A Guide Service is reporting good to very good salmon fishing in the Barge Hole area on the Sacramento River. Local River guides Seth Mitchell, and Jerry Frye have also had some very productive days on the river this past week. The water conditions are good now so a trip this week just might be very productive. Sunday's storm may deliver enough water to raise levels a bit and will certainly pull up some fresh fish from the lower river.

Jumbo Rainbow in a net, photo by Jeff Goodwin
Jumbo rainbow trout caught this week while fishing with Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service. Photos submitted by Author.

The lakes are producing some excellent bass fishing, and I would expect that to continue through out the foreseeable future. The water temps are still in the 50's so the bass are still fairly active. Look for them to be in deeper water off the points and drop offs. 30'-50' is a good place to start looking for them this time of year. If we see a bunch of rain, try fishing the cuts and shallow areas where water is coming into the lake. Find some dirty water and you will find bass! Rumor has it that the swim bait bite has turned on so give those baits a try as well. My favorite technique this time of year is working plastics down the edges into deep water until I find some biters. Jason Vallotton of Redding is reporting catches of 30 plus bass per outing on recent trips so get after em while the bite is on!

Shasta Lake spotted bass caught by Jason Vallotton, of Redding, photo by Jeff Goodwin
Shasta Lake spotted bass caught by Jason Vallotton, of Redding

Fishing for rainbow trout has been productive on local waters this past week as well. I've been focusing my efforts on the big North State rainbows and have been doing quite well. Its not red hot spring and summer style fishing, but its definitely worth a trip and some of the big boys are lurking around looking for food this time of the year. I've been having great success trolling Shasta Tackle Co. Cripplures and Humdingers alone, and in combination behind a Slingblade dodger. Another great lure has been the Yakima Bait Co Mag Lip 3.0 plug. I'm finding most of the biters to be in the 15' depth range this week. Remember, we have overcast skies often this time of year making for lower light levels in the water. This time of year calls for darker colored lures, and UV coated lures and dodgers do help. If you are using metallic lures, get away from the silvers and chrome colors and go with the brass, and copper versions. Darker painted lures tend to silhouette best and make the lures more visible to fish during low light conditions as well. One of my most productive lures this week has been a half frog pattern on top and brass on the bottom. Feel free to send me pics of your recent catches on North State waters to jgoodwinguideservice@yahoo.com, and I will share them in my future reports! Tight lines 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 jeffgoodwinfishing.com or contact him at or at (707) 616-1905.


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