Shaver Lake Fishing Report. At 5,500 feet and surrounded by forests, Shaver is a high mountain delight for trouters. It’s quite large at 2,000 acres and has complete camping, boating and recreation facilities. This lake is one of the real gems of the Southern Sierras. It receives high marks for early season fishing, particularly before Memorial Day when the crowds increase.
Shaver Lake Fishing
Trolling is the way to go at Shaver. In the spring, try top-lining with either Cowbells or Half Fast flashers. Take your pick as to what to tail behind the blades. Some locals prefer flashers with a chunk of nightcrawler. Others use a Needlefish either by itself or with a piece of worm laced on the single hook. Popular Needlefish colors are frog, red dot or pearl. The Triple Teazer will also work behind the lake trolls. Kastmaster, Floating Rebels and Rapalas in gold or rainbow trout finishes are also preferred for top-lining. An alternate approach used at Shaver is to drag a #F-4 or #F-3 Flatfish in silver or frog patterns.
There are rainbow, big brown and kokanee salmon in this lake. The trolling strategy will cover the most territory when fishing for any of these species. Work trolling paths near the dam, around Camp Edison, and in a circular route in the mid-southeast section of the lake. As the summer heat approaches, stick with the Needlefish in a rainbow trout pattern, pulled on lead core line, 3 to 8 colors deep.
There are some excellent shore fishing possibilities at Shaver. Standard baits such as red worms, inflated nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, live crickets,m the “Shasta Fly” and salmon roe are favored. Still fishing at night can be productive with a good chance at tying into one of Shaver’s trophy brown trout. Fish the rocky area around the Tunnel Creek entrance or tie off to the 5mph buoys located 100 yards off the shore on the west side.
Fly fishing is also worth the effort at Shaver. The commonly used patterns include the Mosquito, Adams and a locally-tied fly known as the Strawberry Roam. Nearby Tunnel, Stevenson and Rock Creeks are also conducive to both fly and bait fishing tactics.