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Trophy trout? Collins Lake has proof

By Kathy Hess, Lake Reporter
04/11/15 -- Collins Lake continues to plant monster trout and the proof is in the pudding!! Most of these huge trout are picked up by trollers using anything from a Kastmaster, Rapala, Needlefish or worms and flashers. The graphs are showing multitudes of fish at 20 feet and 40 feet for those of you with depth finders. Just today we released two more net pens of trout and another private trophy trout plant with tags arrived.

Radonna and Terry Tillis caught their 13 lb. 14 oz. lunker trout, photo Kathy Hess
Radonna and Terry Tillis caught their 13 lb. 14 oz. lunker trout at 10 feet trolling a lure with PowerBait.

Gary Gorans of Rescue hooked his 7 lb. 2 oz. trolling a worm with PowerBait. Logan Sopp of Ukiah trolled a Needlefish near the dam and caught his 7 lb. 8 oz. Rainbow. Jim Preus landed a 6 lb. 12 oz. rainbow in his rubber raft, he caught it drifting with green PowerBait. Jason and Matthew from Auburn were fishing from a boat anchored in a cove and netted a 7 lb. 1 oz. Rainbow on worms.

Tyler Perez from Santa Cruz hooked this 11 lb. 8 oz. trout, photo by Kathy Hess
Tyler Perez from Santa Cruz hooked an 11 lb. 8 oz. trout on a Fire Tiger Rapala.

John Bennett of Windsor trolled a Rapala and hooked a 9 lb. 12 oz. Rainbow right off the last remaining island in the middle of the lake. Jesse and Peter of Granite Bay caught their 6 lb. Rainbow also trolling, with a Needlefish!

Tara McCann holding her 6 lb Rainbow, Photo by Kathy Hess
Tara and Mike McCann from Yuba City topped their stringer with a beautiful 6 lb. Rainbow which Tara caught trolling a Rapala.

Troop 779 from Auburn brought up a 5 lb. 14 oz. trout caught on PowerBait. Cody and Case caught a red tagged trout (value $100.00), they were surprised to find that out!

An orange/gold Rapala helped Julie Barnes of Napa catch her 7 lb. 8 oz. rainbow trout while trolling. Lorenzo Anguiano from Roseville caught his first fish ever, in front of his campsite on PowerBait. Makayla Azadian and cousin Macy brought up grandpa’s catch of the day. Grandpa Mica Fish from Reno caught trout or bass every day using worms.

The Bass are definitly on the bite, Elmer’s Cove has been a hot spot this week. Chad Switzer from Sonora picked up a nice Bass that weighed 4 lb. 4 oz. which he caught on a swimbait near the boat launch.

Mason Milo also hooked this nice 3 lb. 12 oz. bass, photo by Kathy Hess, collins lake
Mason Milo also hooked a nice 3 lb. 12 oz. bass which he released back into the lake, on his 8th Birthday which he spent fishing Collins Lake.

Emily and Daniel Owens and Haley Olson each caught a fish on their trip using garlic PowerBait by the dam. John and Joann Walker took two trout limits home (10 total) and they were shore fishing with PowerBait by the dam. Elaine Briefman caught 4 trout off the beach on orange PowerBait, 3 of them over two pounds.

George Tarr caught a 6 lb. 12 oz. trout while trolling. Terry Malone of Yuba City shore fished with chartreuse PowerBait and caught a 2 lb. 8 oz. trout. David Whalen from Martinez was using rubber worms from shore and landed a 7 lb. 8 oz. Trout.

Congrats to Chase from SAC who caught his 1st fish ever with his dad, trolling worms and flashers. Congrats to Hailey Sublet on her 1st fish ever, she caught trout from the shoreline on worms. Landon from Novato scored two nice trout from the shore on pink PowerBait. Henry Reed and Dennis Stevens caught a Bass and a Trout on worms in a cove.

For more information about camping and fishing at Collins Lake, visit their website, or call 1-800-286-0576

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