What Kind of Fish Are in Lake Shasta?

What Kind of Fish Are in Lake Shasta?
Lake Shasta in Northern California is a veritable playground for freshwater anglers. The lake is home to both warm- and cold-water fish. A combination of natural replenishment and annual stocking by California's Department of Fish and Game keep the waters of Lake Shasta teeming.


Brown trout and bluegill trout are among the most common fish caught at Lake Shasta.


Bass are commonly caught at the lake. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass can all be found there.


White catfish are a popular quarry for fisherman at Lake Shasta. These fish are known to be fond of bait such as chicken liver and nightcrawlers.


There are sturgeon in the lake, but the population is thought to have outgrown the slot limit of 46 inches and 66 inches. Sturgeon as long as 8 feet have been found there.

Other Fish

Chinook salmon, black crappie, carp and many other kinds of fish can be found at Lake Shasta.

Article Written By Billy Brown

Billy Brown is an outdoor sports writer living in Northern California. An avid rock climber and trail runner, he's been writing about outdoor activities, fitness and gear since 2005. He regularly contributes to "The Record Searchlight," uncooped.com, and Trails.com, as well as other print and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simpson University and is a NASM-certified personal trainer.

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