Northern CA Freshwater

Trouting steady at Collins Lake

BY PAUL LEBOWITZ/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jan 16, 2019

BROWNS VALLEY — Trout fishing has been steady at Collins although the Recreation Area’s lunker list doesn’t reflect it. That list had just one fish on it, but it was a good one, a 6.5-pound rainbow caught by Dave McVicker of Roseville from the beach on chartreuse Power Bait.

BEACH ’BOWS — Richard Hensley from Olivehurst caught a few nice rainbows while fishing at Collins Lake, including this 5¾ pounder on rainbow PowerBait while fishing by the beach.

“People have been catching fish, but he was the only one who brought one in,” Collins Lake Recreation Area Assistant Manager Mike Butler said. “It isn’t slow at all. The bass fishermen come in and say they caught fish, but otherwise they never tell us anything.”

Butler said the next private trout plants will come in mid-February in time for President’s Day weekend. The fish the Recreation Area is rearing in the net pens are doing well and growing quickly. “There are 12 net pens. We’ll release them from March through May, staggered between private stocks,” he said.

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