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Old 03-08-2020, 09:35 AM   #1
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Lake Shasta has 52-56 degree water. Air temps were 82 last Wed. And Thurs. spotted bass are everywhere and average 1-2 pounds with an occasional smallie or largemouth in mix. I was crappie hunting. Very tough until I found them. On ONE tree. We got 18 Wed. Pm. Smallest was 12, biggest was 16. Two slab gills. I fished ever kind of structure I could find. Why this tree? No idea but I know where it is(submerged). I am going back but knowing crappies, they’ll be gone. All spring spawning bushes are still out of water. Only kept three. Stuffed with eggs. Fat pigs, eating well. Everybody is a bass fisherman there. That’s ok by me. I want to target the big gills now. I have few tiny tungsten jigs that might turn them on.
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Old 03-21-2020, 03:14 PM   #2
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[QUOTE=puckfisher;16276941]Lake Shasta has 52-56 degree water. Air temps were 82 last Wed. And Thurs. spotted bass are everywhere and average 1-2 pounds with an occasional smallie or largemouth in mix. I was crappie hunting. Very tough until I found them. On ONE tree. We got 18 Wed. Pm. Smallest was 12, biggest was 16. Two slab gills. I fished ever kind of structure I could find. Why this tree? No idea but I know where it is(submerged). I am going back but knowing crappies, they’ll be gone. All spring spawning bushes are still out of water. Only kept three. Stuffed with eggs. Fat pigs, eating well. Everybody is a bass fisherman there. That’s ok by me. I want to target the big gills now. I have few tiny tungsten jigs that might turn them on.[/Q
Bass are still biting but weather has been poor. Despite some rain, water level remain low and favorite brush piles where crappie migrate and hangout in spring are still dry. If crappies spawn then water levels come up later, the hatch will be poor. The eggs “drown” I am told. Actually I think water temps are unfavorable. Brownlee has had several poor years of crappie fishing. I think one could trace back to the years of unstable water levels to explain the current situation. Spotted bass in Shasta have taken over lake. I was told they spawn in deeper water and that is reason. No one is complaining with decent size and good eating fish available all year long. I will again be hunting crappies and big gills. I have a couple new tricks.
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Old 03-24-2020, 10:46 AM   #3
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Good luck !! I wish it wasn't as far as it is
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Old 03-24-2020, 07:36 PM   #4
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It is about 5 and 1/2 hours easy drive due south of Bend. I just hope I don’t get pulled over by CHIPS and sent back to Oregon for violating isolation orders. It will be pretty easy to spot a rig towing a boat with Oregon plates going the wrong direction. I need to think of a good excuse now.
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Old 03-31-2020, 03:26 PM   #5
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I could not believe the size of Gills/Red ear in Lake Havasu when I was down there. I wasn’t there enough to figure them out and spent too much time chasing stripers
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Old 04-19-2020, 04:00 PM   #6
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Lake Shasta open to Oregonians. Bass action off the charts. No big ones. Topwater action Friday night stalled by cold snap on Saturday. Crappies went deep. Managed about 35 crappies Thursday and Friday. Biggest was 15.5 inches. Gas for cars $2.40 per gallon. Boat gas $5.95. Live minnows $7.69 per dozen. I asked if they were stuffed with caviar. No bluegills???
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Old 04-20-2020, 01:03 PM   #7
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I used to feed minnows to my pet garter snake and they were no where near that price.

I am surprised that they allow the use of live bait there.
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Old 04-20-2020, 02:26 PM   #8
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I used to feed minnows to my pet garter snake and they were no where near that price.

I am surprised that they allow the use of live bait there.
Calfornia, Illinois, wis., minn., tenn., ky. all allow live minnows of many different varieties. Ontario , Canada ok. Manitoba frozen minnows only. You can buy a tub of perfect frozen shiner minnows for $5 US that has 50-65 minnows depending on size. Just lift lid, place some lake water and ready to go in 5 minutes. I don’t understand the reasoning behind the differences in regulations. Hard to beat a live minnows on the back of a jig for walleyes. Scheduled for Manitoba May 22. Border opens May 18....maybe.
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Old 04-25-2020, 08:01 PM   #9
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Years ago, I would go by the irrigation gates on the Delta/Mendota concrete canal in CA. I put a bit of nightcrawler on a hook, caught these small baitfish we called bullheads. I used the bullheads & I used Pileworms to catch Striped Bass & lunker catfish on the California Aqueduct. Sometimes I caught stripers up to 45 lbs. I caught some catfish 10-20 lbs. I released all but 1 mostly. I kept a 3- 5lber for deep frying...yum.

I saw a man from Soquel, on a bassboat catch a 66lb + oz on San Luis O'Neill Forebay...
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