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…