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Browns Valley: Twelve-pound bass caught at Collins Lake

BY PAUL LEBOWITZ/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 22, 2019

BROWNS VALLEY — A 12.5-pound largemouth is ample proof there are big bass in Collins Lake, and the trout bite continues to be good.

The lunker was caught by Robby Underwood of Loma Rica on Tuesday evening. Underwood was trolling a Rapala in hopes of trout when he hooked his fish near the Bridge.

rapalarainbowRAPALA RAINBOW — Ryan Griesa caught this 7.59-pound trophy Collins Lake rainbow trout while trolling an orange Rapala at 20 feet.

In other Collins Lake Recreation Area news, there were two trout plants, and although the weight of fish wasn’t reported, it was a minimum of 2,000 pounds and possibly as large as 4,000. Another plant is scheduled just prior to Memorial Day weekend.

The lake’s Lunker List was a short one this week, likely due to a shortage of anglers due to the foul weather. The largest rainbow to come out was a 6.5-pound beauty caught on Power Bait by Kim Bottomfeld of Grass Valley from her campsite.

According to Collins Lake Fish Report Ed Palma, trolling at 20 to 30 feet continues to be a good strategy. Brightly-colored Rapalas have been producing best, but fish are also coming in on Speedy Shiners and flasher/worm rigs. Palma said that Power Bait from the western shore was back in action.

A number of good-sized catfish have been on the chew, and crappie have been snapping at trout rigs. The bass are spawning or post-spawn, and Palma recommends dropping in a live crawdad to see what happens.

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