Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Shasta Lake...


Lake Shasta with Mt Lassen in the distance


Love being on the water, especially early in the morning when the lake is like glass...
Yesterday, my BIL & SIL took me fishing on Shasta Lake.  All the years I spent time on that lake I never fished for bass. Have no idea why not. That has now been rectified and I'm hooked. What a good day!

We caught about fifty bass, only kept the legal limit, and returned the rest back to the lake.

the pros


I'm quite sure I would have caught diddlysquat without the tutoring of my BIL & SIL. 

one of the coves we fished
 
casting for my dinner

When we got back to their place, my BIL showed me how to fillet bass, and my SIL made the yummiest fish tacos I've ever eaten for dinner. I did the dinner dishes, which seemed a pretty poor thank you for all their effort, and a glorious day on the water.


32 comments:

  1. Shasta is a beautiful lake, but my favorite is still Whiskeytown. So glad you got to fish for bass. My son in law loves fishing for bass and my husband is a trout fisherman.

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    1. CiNdEe,
      Spent many a summer on Shasta as a kid. Love that lake! Whiskeytown is my favorite for kayaking, and my SIL says it's great for snorkeling, too.

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    2. Beautiful pics! I haven't been on Shasta for a number of years now, thank you for reminding me just how beautiful it can be early in the season. During the Summers as a kid I pretty much grew up on that lake, back when you could count on two hands the number of boaters one would encounter on a Saturday or Sunday there. My Dad was a boat manufacturer in Redding back in the '50s and early '60s (Knolty Boats/Shasta Woodcraft) so every weekend for most of the year found us on "the lake". Dad was an old rodeo bronc-rider and wrangler for MGM Studios before he and my Mom relocated to Redding to build boats and enjoy their horses in 1951. Our families may have crossed paths somewhere back in the day, great memories.
      Jack

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    3. Jack,
      We would have been up there about the same time. I remember the road into Silverthorn was more a trail than a road. The young couple that built it and owned the resort had small kids and I babysat for them a few times. Good era to be a kid on the lake! Thanks for sharing your memories!

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    1. Adrienne,
      It is beautiful, especially in the spring before it get so hot and all the touristas start coming.

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  3. What a beautiful place. I'd have missed all the fish, just looking around.

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    1. Granny Sue,
      I'm easily side tracked by the beauty of it. My BIL asked me at one point, as he was waiting on me to cast so he could cast, "are you going to look at the scenery or cast?" Casting now Capt.

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  4. What a great day in a beautiful place.

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    1. Celia,
      It renews my soul to be on the water on such a beautiful day.

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  5. What a beautiful day on the lake!

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    1. Rob,
      Everyone should spend sometime on the water, when there are no other boats around, there is just the hint of a breeze, and the fish are biting or even if they aren't.

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  6. Yep, good fishing up there!!! :-)

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  7. Glad you had a good time, at a beautiful place.

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    1. Skip,
      Thanks, I enjoyed every minute of it!

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  8. Wasn't it nearly dry a few years ago? What a beautiful place.

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    1. Lowest it has gotten in recent years was in 2014. Rainfall in the spring of 2017 brought it back to full capacity. (Shasta is totally dependent on rainfall, snow pack does not impact it.)
      It is a beautiful place, especially in the spring time.

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  9. It's a beautiful lake. I've never been on it as it seems we are always driving past and in a hurry to get somewhere. Looks like we should rectify that. I like bass and catfish to eat very much. Trout are supposed to be more valued but I can't take the tiny bones and they are nearly impossible to totally debone.

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    1. Rain,
      Sure hope you make time to stop and enjoy it one of those times you are in the area.
      Bass have become a new favorite, along with old favorites, pan size trout, and smoke salmon.

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  10. Fish tacos? Badger bread and fry bass, like God intended! To go with our crinkle cut fries! NOM! NOM! NOM!

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    1. SCOTT,
      LOL, you can have them your way, and I can have them Western!

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  11. We did the Houseboat Family vacation at Shasta about 30 years ago. What a great time that was. I didn't care if I caught any fish on that trip, so I didn't and stayed a bass virgin. I did catch a 4" (you read that right) bass at Davis Lake a few years later.

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    1. Woodsterman,
      Sounds like you had a great time on the lake! One doesn't have to catch fish to enjoy it.
      LOL, Never heard of a bass virgin before, I will have to remember that one to tell my BIL.

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    2. Living where I do, I'm a trout guy.

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  12. What a wonderful day with your family and am sure the fish tacos were terrific...

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    1. Changes,
      It was a good day with special people, and those tacos were yummy!

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  13. I read this post to my husband who perked up when I said, " Fifty bass..."
    Fifty bass!!! What a great day on ol Shasta. You look great with your hat and blond hair. One of my friends, who is ill now and trying to fight stomach cancer, went for a houseboat vacation on Shasta. She was up on the top deck, days after her husband had died, when a bat flew at her and got stuck in her bouffant hairdo. LOL. This was the 70's. I've never forgotten that story and to this day, if I am on a lake after sundown, I'm on the lookout for starlings ( I mean bats...)

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    1. Cheri,
      Sounds like you and the judge are due for a trip up to the lake. What a hoot about the bat, that must have been a sight to see. Prayers for your friend. One year camping at Shasta when I was in grade school, I took a friend up, we were sleeping in the bottom of the boat, with a tarp over it. A thunderstorm came through in the middle of the night and filled the tarp, which dumped a lot of water on us girls. Soaking wet in the middle of the night with lightening all around, we were laughing so hard!

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  14. Back in 2005 , I took a plane out to California, and my brothers and I rented a houseboat on Lake Shasta, for a week. It was one of the most pleasant and restful times I remember. What a beautiful lake Shasta is. The people were nice, too. I've been in 36 foreign countries, all over the world, and I can't remember a place I'd say was more restful.

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    1. Harry,
      Thanks for sharing your memories of Shasta. The Cowman's mother & father had a houseboat on Shasta for a few years. My favorite thing was to sleep on top and wake up early, the lake was like glass, the air was perfect, and with a cuppa I set there and enjoyed the sunrise! Just me and the occasional loon celebrating the start to the day.

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  15. I am so jealous of your exciting adventures. Sadly all my fishing tackle is growing moss.

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