Shasta Midday Update Day 1 - Major League Fishing

Shasta Midday Update Day 1

Cold and wet conditions challenge anglers
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That's a good beginning for Roy Hawk. Photo by D. W. Reed II. Angler: Roy Hawk.
February 18, 2016 • Jody White • Archives

Day one of the Costa FLW Series presented by Minn Kota on Shasta Lake dawned cold, wet and windy and it has remained that way through most of the day. The influx of nasty weather has also dropped the water temperature, particularly in the Sacramento River arm, where temps were dipping below 50 degrees.

All this hasn’t necessarily put a damper on the fishing. In the Pit River, limits were numerous, though the size necessary for a run at a W wasn’t present for many. Notably, Roy Hawk was off to a fast start with a limit in the boat within minutes of takeoff.

Up the Sacramento River, limits were scarcer, though many anglers were well on their way by about 11 o’clock. It was also producing at least a few quality bites, as Bryant Smith had one on the box he estimated to be about 7-pounds, Michael Lavallee had lost a big one, and Jimmy Reese and a JR Wright each had a solid 2+.

So far, there’s no defined leader, but there is plenty of time for someone to run across the right point with a group of feeding spotted bass on it. On the bait front, big and little swimbaits fished parallel to the bank were popular, but anglers were also seen throwing spinnerbaits, umbrella rigs, jerkbaits, crankbaits and a variety of finesse options.

Be sure to check back here at 3 p.m. PT to watch the day one weigh-in on FLW Live.