This week we had loads of fish caught including sunfish, bass, & catfish. It’s raining today and maybe a little tomorrow, then Thurs. & Friday it’s supposed to be in the 70’s again. The weather may be “iffy” but the fishing is very consistent and the trout seem to have gone deeper. Many trout were caught between 15′ and 25′ down and mostly on worms or PowerBait. The biggest trout this week was caught on a Cripplure, it weighed 10 lb. 8 oz. and Paul Kroll of Lincoln was the fisherman who hooked him in 15′ of water. Rachel Isaak of W. Sac. caught her 1st Collins Lake trout off the dock on a worm. It doesn’t matter whether you are a seasoned fisherman or a 1st timer, it’s the “luck of the draw” if you catch fish. It’s being in the right place at the right time, as proved by Les Nason, wife Bev, and friend Pat Rebello. They found a school of trout near the 5 mph buoys leading up to the bridge and caught six one day and two limits the second day, trolling a nightcrawler threaded up the line with a hunk of Powerbait on the hook.
Joe & Kathy Russo of Rio Vista caught six trout from shore on Powerbait. Julie Feazell used worms from shore and caught two Bluegill’s and her big one weighed 1-1/2 lbs. Donna Moore of Cameron Park fished from her boat (across the lake) using orange PowerBait and she got a huge surprise!! It was a 6 lb. 4 oz. Rainbow Trout and gave her quite a fight!
Justin & Jake tried a green glow bead in combination with a worm and hooked a 1-3/4 lb. Crappie then tried their luck at night with sardines and netted a 4 lb. oz. Catfish. Lime twist PowerBait did the trick for Cody & Travis Mendoes, they caught 3 rainbows. Jack, Ahner, Leroy & Howard felt pretty blessed as they took home 20 Rainbows, all caught on PowerBait “drifiting in their boat”.
Another group of SAC guys (Toliy, Paul & Serg) took 12 Rainbows home and their biggest was a 9 pounder! They were just kickin back near the dam and fishing from shore with PowerBait. Another huge trout was caught by Russ Metteer of Elk Grove and he trolled a Rapala lure, his pride and joy weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz.
Leslie Gaines has great luck fishing here, she usually catches Bass but this week she captured an 8 lb. Catfish. Leslie was in a boat and fishing near the trees on the east side, tossing a worm. Logan Turner of El Dorado Hills never fished before he visited Collins Lake and he got not one, but two nice Rainbows trolling a gold Kastmaster near the dam. Four little guys got in the action this week as well. Ramon Hernandez caught a trout, Malcolm Clader caught a Spotted Bass, and Ryan Miller hooked a Rainbow. Aaron Verant of Roseville caught a Bass and a Bluegill with a little help from Dad.
The girls are always in the action as well, little Madyson Perry hooked a bluegill on worms and Reyna Dismukes of Fair Oaks and little brother Owen caught 6 trout trolling by the dam on Rapalas. Faith Lyles of Olivehurst trolled worms piloted by Jeremiah, and caught two trout (biggest was 2 lb. 4 oz.)! Littlest girl, biggest fish went to Sylvia Steel with a 2 lb. 12 oz. Rainbow caught on a Rapala lure.
Jimmy Trejo limited out on his first day out, now waiting for his buddy Doug Clark! After Doug got here they each limited out again and they trolled with Wobblers or Kastmasters down around 20 feet from the surface. Jack Clark prefers to drag his worm off the bottom and for him it worked great, he caught 4 nice Rainbows.
Ernie Borello of Hollister & his friend Bill Price of Concord were trolling about 12′ down just off the sand beach and landed three Rainbows, the biggest was 3 lbs. Anthon Cosgrove caught his biggest Bluegill ever he said, it was 1-1/2 lbs. and he caught it off the dock on nightcrawlers.