Collins Lake has TURNED-Shad are broiling on the surface

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It’s official, our lake has turned and the Shad hatches are showing up in huge numbers.  Just yesterday my cousin Mica Fish & his grandson Trevor Azadian caught a 5 lb. Trout just plum full of Shad.  They were trolling near the dam with a green jointed Rapala just under the surface.  Yes, the Fish Family came back from Reno to try their luck at fishing again and it has proved to be a fruitful trip indeed!!   It’s quite clear to me that Trevor is Mica’s  GOOD LUCK CHARM! The first two days they caught 5 Redear Sunfish and tried to show their enthusiasm but mild disappointment began to mount.  The third day was an explosive turn of events.

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They caught 2 big Catfish on chicken livers, starting with Trevor’s 7 lb. 10 oz. and Grampy’s 4 lb. 10 oz. using chicken livers and a worm combination.  They lugged those Sunfish and 2 big Cats up to the store to get their picture taken then returned them to the dock to tie the stringer up to keep the Cats alive.  The plan was to put them in my pond since they weren’t interested in eating them.  Mica & Peggy, along with their dog Sassy and grandkids headed out to troll near the dam with a Rapala.  They got into the middle of a Shad broil and BAM!! that 5 lb. Trout took their lure and they got it in the boat without a struggle.

Next thing I know, I get a phone call and it was Mica wanting to know if we got the Catfish off the stringer from the dock.  My husband said “No, I didn’t take them” and I know that I didn’t take them but the fact is they are definitely gone!!  We were all perplexed but I think the only answer is they worked their way off the stringer all by themselves, I have heard that story repeatedly over the years.  Even though is was a bummer, Mica couldn’t wipe the smile off his face every time he looked at his 5 lb. Rainbow hanging in the tree!!

Before we left the camp they had caught another Catfish around 9 lbs. and although the store was closed for the evening and we couldn’t get a picture I can verify it’s true.  We took it home and put it in our pond this time.  My grandkids Macy & Tanner got to spend quality time with their cousins and the weather was absolutely superb, it doesn’t get any better than that…..

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Weldon Powell of Penn Valley caught his Rainbow near the islands from a boat while trolling.  June McClain got a huge surprise while fishing in front of her campsite she hooked a 4 lb. 10 oz. Rainbow on chartreuse PowerBait.  On 11/1 Jay Lucero caught a gorgeous 4 lb. 12 oz Catfish on anchovies and a Rainbow Trout on PowerBait.

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Dale Mansfield of Forbestown caught some little Bass over the past week then he hooked a 5 lb. 2 oz.  Bass  by the island in the rock pile on a crawdad.

Deer season ended last weekend and Maddi Wood of Yuba City was the only one who took a deer out last week.  She had a “doe tag” and was able to fill that tag on 10/29.

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