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Collins Lake fishing tops the 'fun' scale

By Kathy Hess, Collins Lake Reporter
07/15/16 -- Dave Zaski, his sons Mark & Dave Jr. & Rick Martinez used live minnows or worms and caught & released 50 fish!!! There were lots of bass & crappie and a 10 lb. catfish caught by Rick. Dave Jr.’s biggest bass weighed 5 lb. 2 oz. (netted by little brother Mark) and released by Dave.

A beautiful trout 4 lb. 12 oz. was caught by Megan & Alexandria from Alameda trolling with worms near the dam.

Two girls with fish from Collins Lake, photo by Kathy Hess
Megan and Alexandria with their 4lb. 12 oz. trout. Photos courtesy of Collins Lake

Almost all the trout caught these past couple of weeks were caught by trollers, down below 20′.

Travis & Jacob Trejo trolled 25′ down with Moose Wobblers or Kastmasters and caught two trout limits.

Travis and Jacob Trejo with limit of trout, courtesy of Collins Lake
Travis and Jacob Trejo limit out of trout

Joey Buickerood caught his two trout on a Tasmanian Devil lure.

Ava & Chloe from Argyle, TX. hooked their trout on a Kastmaster.

Mike Eltiste from Lincoln caught a huge trout by the dam on PowerBait, weighing 4 lb. 4 oz.

Mike Eltiste holding trout, courtesy of Collins Lake
Mike Eltiste's 4lb. 4oz. trout

Josh and Evan also fished near the dam with PowerBait and together took out a trout limit (5 total).

Ryan Barella from Santa Rosa trolled with Brayden Doyle and they hooked three rainbows, the biggest was a 2 lb. 8 oz.

Congrats to Noah Freilich from Rocklin on landing his 1st catfish ever and impressing everyone with his 9 lb. 8 oz. trophy

boy and man holding catfish, courtesy of collins Lake
Noah Freilich's trophy catfish!

Jesse Joseph and his sons Owen & Wyatt each caught some great looking bass off the dock using live crawdads!

Joseph Boy's first bass trip, courtesy of Collins Lake
Joseph Boy's bass trip

Jason Row from Sacramento also caught three bows ( his biggie a 3 lb. 12 oz.)

Jason Row holding trout, by Collins Lake
Jason Row

Trevor Slightom of Durham fished early morning off the dock with green PowerBait and hooked a nice 2 lb. 12 oz. Rainbow trout.

Trevor Slightom holding rainbow trout, courtesy of Collins Lake
Trevor Slightom with his 2 lb. 12 oz. trout

Mark Makishima caught a 2 lb. trout on a Barbie Fishing Pole!

Kevin Calhoun had a blast fishing off the dock and catching bluegill, bass, and crappie on salmon eggs or worms. He went back and caught more with Bryce Bunson & Anthony Jackson!

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

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