Shasta Lake Fishing

A Shasta Lake Fishing Trip Offers Much to Brag About


Shasta Lake family fishing

If you dream of reeling in a big bass, salmon, or trout, you’ll want to know more about Shasta Lake fishing.

With 370 miles of shoreline, 40,000 surface acres, and an average depth of 400 feet, Shasta Lake fishing is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, offering both warmwater and coldwater fishing opportunities galore.

While your chances are best for catching bass or trout (4- to 5-pound trout are caught here frequently) Shasta Lake fishing has many other varieties of fish, including chinook salmon. Coldwater populations are stocked annually by the California Department of Fish and Game.

When planning your Shasta Lake fishing trip, much will depend on the timing. During late fall, winter, and early spring, trout are likely to be found just below the surface and can be caught with most trolling methods.

During the warmer late spring months, summer, and early fall, the trout and salmon are deep and may only be caught using depth control devices.

You’ll no doubt learn many more Shasta Lake fishing secrets if you chat up one of the locals. Any bait and tackle shop is bound to have a knowledgeable angler, and there are websites that offer up-to-date Shasta Lake fishing reports.

Whether you plan to do your Shasta Lake fishing on your own or with a pro, on the shore or in a boat, we’ve got all the info to get you started. Check out our tips below to start planning your Shasta Lake fishing vacation today:

Shasta Lake Fishing By Boat

If you plan a Shasta Lake fishing trip by boat, you can access any one of a number of public boat ramps. They charge a daily use fee of $8, which covers launch and parking. Keep in mind that at certain water levels some Shasta Lake boat ramps may be closed or partially reduced. Call the Shasta Recreation Company (530-275-8113) or the Shasta Lake Visitor Information Center (530-275-1589) to find out about any closings. You can get a map of Shasta Lake fishing boat ramps by visiting

Shasta Lake Fishing Rules And Regs

Before dropping your line in the water, it’s best to start your Shasta Lake fishing trip by reviewing the rules and regulations. For California Fish and Game Commission regulations, go to www.

For a Shasta Lake fishing license, contact the California Department of Fish and Game at

Shasta Lake Fishing Gear

When embarking on your Shasta Lake fishing adventure, stock up on supplies at one of these bait and tackle shops:

Shasta Tackle CompanyPO Box 488, Bella Vista, CA; (530) 275-2278

Basshole Bar & Grill/Bait & Tackle Shop20725 Lakeshore Drive, Lakehead, CA; (530) 238-2170

Phil’s Propellers, 3037 Twin View RoadShasta Lake, CA; (530) 275-4939 or 1-800-462-3917

The Fishen Hole3844 Shasta Dam Blvd., Shasta Lake, CA; (530) 275-4123

Hidden Valley Market22009 Hidden Valley Drive, Jones Valley, CA; (530) 275-1102

MGM Lures18315 Alta Way, Cottonwood, CA

Strictly Fishin’2451 Athens Ave., Redding, CA

Shasta Lake Fishing Guides

If you’ve never tried Shasta Lake fishing before, you might have the best luck with a guide who knows the territory and where the fish might be biting. Here are some we recommend.

Gary Miralles, Shasta Tackle or (530) 275-2278

The Fly Shop4140 Churn Creek Road, Redding, CA; (800) 669-FISH or

River Pirate Guide Service17622 China Gulch Drive, Anderson, CA; (530) 941-1870

Outdoor Adventures Sport Fishing1-800-670-4448 or (530) 221-6151 or

Death Roe Guide Service(530) 255-5532

Strictly Fishin’ Guide & Tackle, 2451 Athens Ave., Redding, CA; (530) 241-4665

Clearwater Lodge at the Pit River (flyfishing)24500 Pit One Powerhouse Road, PO Box 920, Fall River MIlls, CA; 888-600-5451 or (530) 336-5005

Shasta Lake Fishing On The Shore

Who needs a boat? There’s plenty of great Shasta Lake fishing to be had along the shores. Here are some favorite spots:

  • The Jones Valley and Silverthorn areas via Bear Mountain Road
  • The Clikapudi Trail (a good way to escape the ski crowds)
  • Shasta Dam area/Dry Creek Trail
  • Near Packers Bay and Bailey Cove boat ramps
  • Salt Creek inlet, either side
  • Lakeshore Drive in the Lakehead area
  • Gilman Road

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