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I’m going to do an overnight there in  a few days.  Beat the holiday traffic.  Fish Thursday, sleep, fish Friday, slip out before pandemonium strikes.  Really hoping for my first Spot.  Camping at Jones. 
 

any help?  Water is low, but I don’t expect to find them shoulder to shoulder in a puddle.;)

 

tips? Jig? Drop shot?  I’ve never been there ever. I have no ideas. 

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Sorry not an expert here as I've only been up there once for a weekend a few years ago.  We did well on topwaters early in the morning and in the evenings in the back of coves.  As the sun came up we were able to graph fish around some of the submerged trees and would get fish to bite jigging a spoon.  I would say a bulk of our fish came on drop shotting Roboworms, if I remember it was a certain depth off of areas with rock.

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Boat or+shore fishing??

Jones Valley is on the Pit River arm, shallower area then the other 3 river arms.

Be aware of stumps if boating and look for soil transition areas, clay banks predominate, wood is sparse and when together with gravel-rocks bass will be there.

Shasta bass tend to prefer soft plastic with blue/greens like baby bass, Aaron’s Magic and bold Bluegill.

From shore the Slip Shot rig is good, boat Drop Shot To Slip Shot. Finesse jigs with Smaller craw trailers 2”-3” higher % then larger sizes.

Tom

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3 hours ago, WRB said:

Boat or+shore fishing??

Jones Valley is on the Pit River arm, shallower area then the other 3 river arms.

Be aware of stumps if boating and look for soil transition areas, clay banks predominate, wood is sparse and when together with gravel-rocks bass will be there.

Shasta bass tend to prefer soft plastic with blue/greens like baby bass, Aaron’s Magic and bold Bluegill.

From shore the Slip Shot rig is good, boat Drop Shot To Slip Shot. Finesse jigs with Smaller craw trailers 2”-3” higher % then larger sizes.

Tom

Kayaking this one sir. 

3 hours ago, WRB said:

Boat or+shore fishing??

Jones Valley is on the Pit River arm, shallower area then the other 3 river arms.

Be aware of stumps if boating and look for soil transition areas, clay banks predominate, wood is sparse and when together with gravel-rocks bass will be there.

Shasta bass tend to prefer soft plastic with blue/greens like baby bass, Aaron’s Magic and bold Bluegill.

From shore the Slip Shot rig is good, boat Drop Shot To Slip Shot. Finesse jigs with Smaller craw trailers 2”-3” higher % then larger sizes.

Tom

My first gut check reaction. 
 

pb&j finesse jig

drop shot with shad replica.  
ned rig.  Purplish zoom z-drop

shad colored crank

shaky head.   Maybe watermelon. 

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RIf I/was fishing a tournament at Shasta in the Pit or Squaw river area I would use what I suggested add Roboworm 6” Fat Aaron’s Blue Smelt color look perfect; pearl belly blue vain green back. Get out early enough a Pearl while Sammy if any wood is in the water around stick ups.

Kayak, be careful this Holiday weekend. Shasta a big lake so stay around covers between Squaw and Pit main point.

Good luck,

Tom

 

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use texas rigged soft plastics.  I've always done well on purple and/or green soft plastics.  They are probably spawning or about to spawn, so fish close to the bank where you suspect gravel would be.  My Grandpa swears by a lure called the devil's horse, a double prop bait, for largies and smallies.  The tiger roan and white w/ black stripe are best.  I like roboworms and gary yamamoto worms best.  Try around docks.  I don't know much about Jones, cause I always used to fish around the antler boat renter and south of there, or centimudi from shore (probably misspelled that).  I will say that the pumpkinseed population is popping, at least in centimudi, and a pumpkinseed color might be worth a try.

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Pb&J jig killed it.  Windy. But the bass were cooperating for  the most part.  Once we found them - which was not easy.  
 

‘’my friend landed a 4.6lb largemouth.  Pretty cool to watch. 

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