When I first moved to California in fall 1977, I camped at Lakehead on Lake Shasta. I was surprised to only find the Sacramento River. I got the same view on a recent visit (Figures 1 and 2). No black bass or channel catfish, and few trout. The lake is down nearly 200 feet from when it last filled in spring 2019 (Figure 3). Storage is at 25% capacity (Figure 4). Flows were high from recent storms. The “river” was cutting into decades of deposited sediment, making what remained of the lake very turbid. Not the greatest conditions for my favorite fall fishery for spotted bass and trout.
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