Northern CA Freshwater

Collins Lake trout bite hot, another 2,800 pounds added

BY TIM GOODE/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 17, 2017

BROWNS VALLEY — Clear, trout-stuffed water awaits anglers at Collins Lake.

The lake is full, settled and there is 6 to 7 feet of visibility with surface temperatures at 65 degrees, plus it is stuffed with trout from weeks of planting. In addition, park concessionaires purchased a double-plant of trout to go in during the week to augment the 1,000 pounds coming from the DFW.

“The fishing has been great,” said Setuli Palma of Collins Lake Recreation Area. Limits are coming to trollers using Kastmasters, Rapalas, and Hoochies 15 to 30 feet deep. Bank anglers are getting plenty of action with Power Bait or Power Eggs.

Bass are also becoming cooperative, said Collins Lake manager Lincoln Young. He said bass anglers are drop-shotting Senkos into water 10 to 15 feet deep in the northern channel and the brush in the coves along the east side of the lake. Bass are in the 1½- to 3½-pound range.

Catfish have been elusive but crappie are showing up in brushy areas, Young said.

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