SHASTA LAKE, Calif. - The much-needed recent rain is raising our local lake levels.
The rain and cold wind is not stopping local fishermen from heading out to Shasta Lake. For them, the wet weather they’re experiencing is a relief.
“This has been such a crazy drought for California and they really need this water,” said Ty Manterolla of Redding. “You can see how low the lake is, and it's really hard to launch a boat out here.”
Ty Manterolla and James Hawkinson both fish on Shasta Lake once or twice a week, even if it’s cold and rainy.
“Fish bite better when it's cold and rainy out,” said James Hawkinson of Redding. “No one else was out. There were no other boats at the launch ramp. It just makes fishing easier.”
Manterolla told Action News Now the fishing will only get better with the rising water levels.
“Once they get enough water, I think this place will start to get better and fish will start coming up,” said Manterolla. “I do think this winter is going to get up,” said Hawkinson. “I was very worried seeing the lake this low.”
Since Oct. 18, the Bureau of Reclamation said that Shasta Lake received close to 10 inches of rain, raising the lake levels close to three feet.
The Bureau of Reclamation said even with the recent storms it will take some time before the lake is out of the drought range.
But both Manterolla and Hawkinson agree the rain is promising.
“Over the course of the winter, we definitely need to see more rain but this definitely a step in the right direction,” said Manterolla. “It's been pouring pretty hard in the last week or so. If we can get a trend of this - may be a little less at a time - but a consistent rain in the wintertime, this will help out this whole area a lot.”
The Bureau of Reclamation said that right now, Shasta Lake is 22% full