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Collins Lake Fishing Report

By Kathy Hess, Collins Lake Reporter
04/01/16 -- This is the first week so far this spring that we are seeing EQUAL catches from the bank or trolling in a boat. Trollers are also picking up Catfish and Bass!!

Isaac at Collins Lake, by Kathy Hess
Isaac, photos courtesy of Collins Lake

Troll between 3 ft. to 10 ft. down with a simple lure like a Kastmaster, Needlefish, or flasher and a worm will net you the best chance of catching trout right now.

Jeffrey and Mike at Collins Lake, photo by Kathy Hess
Jeffrey and Mike

Suzanne Cari from Orangevale caught her 5 lb. 12 oz. rainbow off the sand beach using PowerBait and Ricky Damico also caught a 5 lb. 12 oz. bow trolling a Rapala near Elmer’s Cove.

Ricky Damico, by Kathy Hess
Ricky Damico

Andre & Zeke trolled worms for awhile then anchored in on the east end of the dam and used PowerBait and caught more trout. Mark McCee caught two nice bows on the east side of the dam too.

Andre and Zeke with fish, by Kathy Hess
Andre and Zeke

Trevor Wilkinson from Gridley hooked a 4 lb. 8 oz. Rainbow while trolling a Wedding Ring Spinner in the channel. Jeffrey & Mike trolled in the same area with a dodger/worm combo and netted a big 6 lb. 4 oz. Catfish, surprise!!

Trevor Wilkinson with fish, by Kathy Hess
Trevor Wilkinson

Conner, Lorenzo, Steve, Steven, & Xavier Gladden from Elverta caught 12 trout along the Open Area shoreline using yellow PowerBait.

Gladden Clan, photo by Kathy Hess
Gladden Clan

Sam Johnson caught her trout near the dock on PowerBait.

Waylon McCutcheon and his buddy Clint Zimmerman each hooked a great looking trout around two pounds using PowerBait off the beach.

Waylon McCutcheon and his buddy Clint Zimmerman each hooked a great looking trout, By Kathy Hess
Waylon McCutcheon and Clint Zimmerman

Minnows or Powerbait worked for Kyle Leingang from Pinole, he hooked two trout and his biggest was 2 lb. 8 oz.

Landen & Dillan trolled in the channel and hooked four nice trout, their lure of choice was a Needlefish.

Landen & Dillan with needle fish, photo by Kathy Hess
Landen and Dillan

Katy Sannar from Yuba City limited out on trout using PowerEggs by the beach.

Eight trout were hooked trolling a Blue Fox lure, the biggest weighed in at almost three pounds. The boat was fished by Tyler, Ben, Ethan, and Brooke from Sacramento.

Click on the link for additional information about camping or fishing at Collins Lake or call 1-800-286-0576

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Art work by Isabella Langaman
By Don Webster
Disregard the story’s title. I don’t really have a “first” name. If I did, it would probably be something like Leviathan or Behemoth or maybe Lunker. Officially, I’m a trout. A brown trout. A giant, brown trout. Possibly the biggest, fattest...Full Story
Keddie Ridge
Scouting Deerheart Lake, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
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Let’s check out the Upper Sac
Lake Siskiyou with Mt. Shasta standing sentinel. photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
09/06/15 -- The Upper Sacramento River – The Upper Sac – begins at Lake Siskiyou’s Box Canyon Dam and continues ~37 miles downstream to Lake Shasta. It is a classic freestone river born from the Mt. Shasta and Mt. Eddy... Full Story
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German brown trout afternoon in Modoc
german brown trout in Modoc creek.
By Lea Huetteman
09/04/14 -- Catching a German Brown Trout from the creeks in Modoc County is a fine way to spend an afternoon. There are many creeks in this part of California that drain the Warner Mountains. Stream trout fishing in this region opens...Full Story
Throw the kitchen sink at them
Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers,
Article and photos by Phil Akers
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Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
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Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story


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