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Bass and crappie willing at Collins Lake

BY TIM GOODE/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 15, 2017

BROWNS VALLEY — There was a lull in the trout bite at Collins Lake last week, but bass and crappie are becoming more available.

Surface temperature is 70 degrees, cooler than usual for this time of year, said Collins Lake manager Lincoln Young, so the trout should be comfortable. Because of graduation week, angling pressure was light which may have had more to do with fewer fish landed than the bite itself.


The dam continues to be the best spot to catch trout. Power Bait was the most productive bait. Mike Elliste of Lincoln caught the biggest trout of the week and it came from the dam. Elliste landed a 4¾-pound rainbow with rainbow Power Bait.


Biggest fish landed was a 5-pound catfish caught by Ray Johnson, who was using a nightcrawler. Johnson also landed a 2¼-pound bass, a 2½-pound bass and a 1¼-pound redear to fill a heavy stringer.


Best spot for bass and crappie has been on the east side of the lake. Young said the crappie have been fat – a lot in the 1½- to 1¾-pound range. Bass also can be found near the rental docks and up the northern channel toward the bridge.


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