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Collins Lake trout explosion

By Kathy Hess, Collins Lake Reporter
04/30/16 -- Another fantastic week of trout catches galore!! Milan Rapo started the week off with his huge 6 lb. trout he hooked on a Flatfish lure. Following close behind was the biggest trout caught this week by Steve Bohlman from Rocklin. Steve’s hefty trout weighed 7 lb. 8 oz., along with a 3 lb. 4 oz., and he caught them both on a Thomas Bouyant lure.

Milan Rapo with trout, By Collins Lake
Milan Rapo

Emelio Porter & Jesse Castellanos caught two trout in the 4 lb. range along with four others, trolling Needlefish lures.

Ernie Remillard & his daughter Jen, teamed up and brought in a beautiful 5 pound trout they caught & netted using a Rapala lure.

Woman and Man with fish, by Kathy Hess
Jen and her father Ernie Remillard

Croix Baio sent a couple of photos of him and his son Gordon, and they were fishing with homemade lures. Croix hooked a 6 lb. trout and Gordon caught a 3 lb. 8 oz. trout.

Gordon, by Kathy Hess

Frank & Sallie came all the way from Idaho to fish for trout in our lake. They had a blast, and their big one was 5 lb. 12 oz.

Man and wife holding fish, by Collins Lake
Frank & Sallie

Peter Tinoco from Roseville limited out on two different days this week, his lure of choice is an orange Rapala.

Our local cat fisherman Dale Mansfield, picked up two cats over 3 pounds on the east side using live minnows.

Tim of Roseville hooked a 9 lb. 8 oz. Cat from shore by the boat ramp on a night crawler.

2 young girls, and man, and a young boy, with a fish caught, by Collins Lake
Tim and his crew

Josyah, Monti, & Antwon of Sacramento caught 3 Cats & 2 Bass while shore fishing with worms in Elmer’s Cove.

Looks like Ava Young out-fished her fishing buddy Dave Roberts!! She hooked a gorgeous 4 lb. 12 oz. Rainbow, trolling a Rapala down by the dam.

Ava Young, Dale Roberts with fish, by Collins Lake
Ava Young and Dale Roberts

Rylee Coker & Casey Folsom took home a nice stringer of trout while fishing with PowerBait from the beach.

Rylee Coker & Casey Folsom with limit of fish, by Collins Lake
Rylee Coker & Casey Folsom

Anthony & Jade Crawford and Nancy Stapp were (one shy) of two limits of trout! They trolled the eastside with worms or lures and their biggest weighed 2 lb. 8 oz.

Jade & Anthony Crawford and Nancy Stapp, courtesy of Collins Lake
Jade & Anthony Crawford and Nancy Stapp

GULP Eggs worked like a charm for John English of Yuba City who took home a limit of trout.

Lucian Woolsey & Aislinn Gamble from Santa Maria caught a largemouth bass, and some trout, trolling with lures.

Erik Liske of Meadow Vista hooked a 5 lb. 4 oz. Rainbow from a boat on the east side, fishing with chartreuse PowerBait.

Brian Hudson trolled this side by the campground using a broken backed Rapala and hooked a trout weighing 5 lb. 12 oz.

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

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german brown trout in Modoc creek.
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