Fishing Destination: Lake Shasta

March 8, 2012 | Categories: Fun Stuff

Lake Shasta, also called Shasta Lake, is an artificial lake created by the construction of Shasta Dam across the Sacramento River in Shasta County, California. Due to its relatively low elevation, Shasta fishes well year-round. Like most lakes in California, summer time scenery isn’t the greatest, but it’s beautiful fall through spring — especially when you get views of a snow-capped Mt. Shasta. Plenty of ramps and marinas make Shasta an easily accessed lake as well. The lake provides a variety of fish— king salmon, rainbow & brown trout, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, sturgeon, bluegill, readear sunfish, green sunfish…Browns get huge in here, the rainbows are often fat and the kings can reach impressive sizes. Lunker largemouths have been taken out of Shasta, though smaller spotts seem to be the most dominant bass species now.