Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Collins Lake to receive double trout plants this week—Again!

BY PAT YOUNG/WON Staff writePublished: Mar 16, 2012

OREGON HOUSE — Collins Lake will receive double trout plants this week — one load from the DFG and the other a private plant of trophy rainbows. This is the second time this year that the plants have coincidentally been scheduled for the same week — all to the benefit of the many anglers who flock to this famous foothill impoundment.

“We’re scheduled to get one of our allotted DFG plants this week along with one of our own private trophy rainbow plants,” Shelley Groce at Collins Lake Resort said. “Lately the shore anglers have been catching limits of the DFG planters and with this new plant the fishing should just get better, if that’s possible! We haven’t seen as many of the trophy fish caught as we expected, but then the smaller fish are more aggressive and could just be beating the bigger fish to the baits.” The dam and beach were the shore fishing hotspots this past week. Trollers were picking up limits of rainbows from the dam up to the bridge on Rapalas.  

The lake was down only 14 feet this past week and some of the brush that grew along the banks when the lake was low has begun to flood. Warm-water fish — panfish and bass — love the cover provided by the brush and feed on the minnows attracted to it. This past week a boater picked up a 2-pound, 6-ounce crappie — a real slab! — while fishing worms around the brush on the east side of the lake. Look for this bite to improve as the water warms up and the lake rises further into the brush zone.

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