Shasta County angler takes home over $35,000 at Lake Shasta bass fishing tournament

Shasta County local Jeff Michels of Lakehead won the 2021 Wild West Bass Pro-Am tournament at Lake Shasta on Jan. 16, 2021.
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Lakehead native and bass guru Jeff Michels knows Lake Shasta, probably as well as any other angler in the world.

He lives a few minutes from the lake, and the tall gray-haired retired firefighter knows how and when to fish aggressively.

That’s why it came as no surprise Saturday when Michels won the Wild West Bass Pro/Am tournament at his home body of water and totaled 23.45 pounds during the two-day event.

The victory at Lake Shasta earned him over $35,000 in tournament earnings, sponsorship earnings and big fish. 

“I found a little school of fish late on the bonus practice day, stuck with them and I got some bites,” Michels said.

While Michels was able to catch a consistent balance of 4 pound largemouth and spotted bass, he faced plenty of competition from Bryant Smith of Roseville.

Smith who competes with Wild West Bass and Major League Fishing, landed a six-pound largemouth Saturday and finished second with 21.95 pounds. 

“This lake is just full of fish,” Smith said. “You can’t pull…

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