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Shasta Lake is a Reservoir in Shasta, California.

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Shasta Lake is a reservoir created by the building of Shasta Dam in California, USA. Shasta Lake is the largest reservoir in California,[1] and third largest lake, after Lake Tahoe and the Salton Sea, with a capacity of 4,552,000 acre-feet (5.6 km³). At full pool, the lake has an elevation of 1,067 feet (325 m), and a surface area of 30,000 acres (120 km2).[1] Ten miles (16 km) north of the city of Redding, with the town of Lakehead its northern shores, Shasta Lake is popular for boating, water skiing, camping, house boating, and fishing. Formed by the damming of the Sacramento River, Pit River, McCloud River and several smaller tributaries, the lake boasts 365 miles (587 km) of mostly steep mountainous shoreline covered with tall evergreen trees and manzanita. Maximum depth is 517 feet (158 m). Shasta Dam was constructed between 1935 and 1945, while the lake was formed in 1948. It became the second largest dam, and tallest concrete dam in the USA

Fishing Description: 

Reservoir holds 16 varieties of fish, including sturgeon. Trout species include rainbow, German brown, kamaloops, and kokanee salmon. Bass species include largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass. Catfish species include channel cats, white cats, and brown bullheads. Smaller species include crappie and bluegill. During the early spring bank anglers can catch trout. During the summer the trout seek cooler temperatures with the most effective trolling at depths of 30 to 70 feet. Almost any rocky area on the lake may produce bass. Best catfish taking is in the spring and summer months at night. Although there are white sturgeon in the lake, few anglers fish for these giant bottom-feeders. Record sturgeon catch was in 1977, 190 pounds and 8 feet, 2 inches long.

Facilities and Parks: 

Many access sites. Boat ramp only at Fenders Ferry site. Marina, bait & tackle, store, resort.

Directions to Lake: 

From Redding, on Hwy I-5; 1) Go 23 mi. N to Antlers, on the Sacramento River arm. 2) Take Hwy 299 E from Redding, go 34 mi. At 1 mi. W of Montgomery Creek, turn N on Fenders Ferry Rd., go 8 mi. to boat ramp on Pit river arm.

Shasta Lake
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