Last weekend I wrapped up the season with a 15th place finish at Shasta. I weighed a little over 9lbs each day. The lake is fishing overall well. What I found in practice and speaking with other anglers as well up there last week, is the fishing is day to day. Meaning what pattern worked one day may not be there the next. The cold weather we got last week pushed most of the bait down to 60-70ft. There were a few schools of bait I found in 40-50’ and this is where my weight both days came from. In practice, neko rigging a 4 and 5” senko with a 3/32nd oz weight was the deal. Didn’t matter what color. Caught bunch this way and found them in the Sacramento and then tournament day this bite was not existent. I went some schools had marked in practice and this ended up being the most productive pattern. My biggest doing this was a 2.75lb. The spoon I was using was an ACME Kastmaster in 1oz. I swapped out the hook for the VMC bladed treble to give it secondary action. I also mixed in Berkely Maxscent shad patterned flat worm for some key bites as well. Using electronic this time of year is huge for this pattern. I will pull into a creek arm, set my livescope out to 200’ and pan around looking for bait balls. If I do not see what I’m looking for I move on quickly. I found this to be the most effective way to cover water. Good luck.
RB Bass Outdoors Angler Travis Williams