Northern CA Freshwater

Collins Lake still good for catfish, trout plants start soon

BY PAT YOUNG/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 29, 2016

BROWNS VALLEY — The weather varied from cold to hot this past week, but trout stayed in the deepest, coldest water in Collins Lake, while catfish were feeding at will. Though catfish generally rule the lake in the summer, trout will be the focus of the angling hordes this fall after Collins Lake Resort begins their annual fall planting program.

COLLINS CATFISH RULE — Johnny Woods of San Francisco drove up to Collins Lake for some fishing and caught this 9-pound, 8-ounce catfish using a worm in the Open Area. Trout plants are going to begin soon.

“Catfish were king again this past week, with Mark Wolf coming in with 6 1/2- and 8-pound cats caught on crawdads in the cove at the east end of the dam,” Lincoln Young, general manager at Collins Lake Resort said. “Mark Okasaki of Sacramento landed a 7¼-pound cat at the dam using worms. The trout were still hard to come by, as they continued to sulk in the deepest water in the lake near the dam and in the creek channel. With the arrival of fall this past week, the water temps began to drop toward the high-60’s when we can start our weekly rainbow trout stocking program. We usually begin in mid- to late-October and plant until Thanksgiving week, giving holiday anglers a good place to spend time with family and catch a bunch of beautiful fish.” Young reported that bass fishing was picking up with the cooler water temps, too.

Young said the fall planting program started 5 or 6 years ago and was now a regular part of their annual planting program. Later this fall, the resort will also take delivery of thousands of smaller rainbows and raise them in net pens at the marina docks for release next year. Last year, Collins Lake received over 30,000 pounds of trout from the private stocking program and DFW plants.

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