What a great spot we live in! A “Spot” is also the short name for a Spotted Bass. They are smaller than a Large Mouth Bass, which is usually the ones you see pictures of. This one (not a legal keeper) immediately went back into the water to live another day.
On Lake Shasta there are three species of bass. Spotted Bass are also known as Kentucky Bass. They are plentiful on this lake. I was fishing not far from the boat ramp at Bailey Cove on the lower McCloud River Arm. I have found Large Mouth Bass up the Pit Arm and Small Mouth up the Shasta Arm. I think it is so much fun to catch Small Mouth because they seem to have a particular “attitude” when caught. Maybe it has to do with the fact that they have red eyes and just look mad, but they just fight like all hell!
Fishing in the North State is one of the reasons I moved up here over 20 years ago. After spending too many years in the Mojave Desert working on the Santa Fe Railroad, I guess I just needed to see water and trees! I have never been sorry for my rather impulsive decision to take the golden handshake and move to Redding. The quality of life here has been well worth the trade of the perceived financial benefit of being transferred to yet another dirty railroad town in the boonies or worse, a place like Detroit or Chicago! I am happy with my chosen business, Shasta Consulting & Web Design, Inc.
So I say… soak it in folks! This is a beautiful part of the country. We are truly blessed with so many fantastic quality of life benefits here. There are unparalleled recreational opportunities, as well as a vibrant theater scene, along with world class musical performances. And, if all else fails, just go fishin!