Lake Siskiyou and Lake Shastina are both within view of magnificent, snow capped, 14,162 foot Mount Shasta. And they’re both magnificent in their own right. They have fine fishing, boat launching, a marina, a fully developed campground and a beautiful setting with crisp mountain air and sparkling blue water.
Lake Siskiyou, the smaller of the two lakes, is located about 2 miles from Mt. Shasta City, off I-5. It is at 3,200 feet elevation, has 440 surface acres of water and its shoreline is just over 5 miles long. There is a swimming beach and boat speed limit of 10 mph. Trout fishing is very good at Siskiyou.
Trout action is usually best in the Sacramento River Arm. Sliding sinker rigs with bait work good at inlets, early and late in the day. Slinding sinker rigs with bait work good at inlets, early and late in the day. Trolling is also good in the Sacramento Arm.
Most rainbows and browns range from 10 inches to 3 pounds, but brood stock from the nearby Mt. Shasta are sometimes “put out to pasture” in Siskiyou, so be prepared.
Lake Siskiyou at P.O. Box 276, Mt. Shasta, CA, 96067, (916)926-2618
Lake Shastina, about 5 times larger than Siskiyou, is located about 7 miles northeast of Weed, off I-5. It has 2,700 surface acres of water and even boasts a water slide for the kids and some rental homes for lake visitors.
Lake Shastina is well known for its outstanding trout fishery. In fact, big rainbows from 8-10 pounds have come out of the lake. Trout fishing is good at the inlets and at the dam. Troll over the old river channel in summer.
Shastina Creek between I-5 and Lake Shastina produces many brown trout in the 7-11 range, but also has some up to 3 pounds. Use small spinners, dark patterned wet flies or red worms. Access is in Edgewood.
Lake Shastina at 6006 Lake Shastina Dr., Weed, CA. 96064, (916)938-4385.