Summer’s almost over

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Lots of families meet here at Collins Lake and share fun times while fishing and teaching the little ones to fish as well.  Whether the kids caught the fish or not, they always love to have their picture taken with the fish!  Little Idaline was a tad bit taller than the Catfish pictured with her that Peter caught. The fish weighed in at 12-1/2 lbs. and was caught on a live minnow on a bobber down by the dam.

Jerry Freeman from Live Oak often spends the night here in his boat and fished primarily for CATS.  This week he caught three and the biggest one was almost 6 lbs.  He says, “I left the big ones this time” but to me they looked huge.  Jerry fishes with sardines on the east side of the lake which is directly across from the boat launching ramp at Road 4.

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Mason & Kevin Coy (a father-son duo) had a great day of fishing together.  They fished from shore, by the dam and took home two wonderful Rainbow Trout and a day filled with memories.  Jeremy Ranharter of Berkley spent a great weekend here with 65 members of his family on their 50th annual family reunion, and he caught a Trout by the bridge on Rainbow Powerbait.  He’s the goofball pictured on the photo of the week, taking turns licking his ice cream and his Trout!

Dave & Mark Zaski & their girlfriends (Katie & Kathlene) brought up a fantastic stringer of Crappie, caught from a boat by the dam.  They used live minnows for bait and landed a total stringer of 18 fish.  Jerry White of Marysville used worms and took home a Trout and a Catfish, his Catfish weighed 3-1/2 pounds.

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Doug Clark & Jimmy Trejo are the team to beat!  Those two old farts are seasoned fishermen to Collins Lake and they know exactly when, where, and how to catch Trout anytime of the year! They caught 9 Trout & one Bass on Sunday trolling with their favorite Wobble lures.  Jimmy also caught a 12-1/2 lb. Catfish of chicken livers and Doug brought in a 7 -3/4 lb. Catfish too.  They can do no wrong!  I suggested they start a “guide business”!!

Another local yokel, Dave Callison had a kick bass day, catching and releasing over 20 Bass which he found in 25′ of water on the east side, using live crawdads.  He took home a limit of Bass, along with 4 Catfish in less than 5 hours of fishing here yesterday.  He used worms to tempt the Catfish!  The water temperature dropped almost 5 degrees since last week and if it continues to drop, the Trout will be in the shallows real soon.

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