Folsom Lake

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Folsom Lake

Location: Folsom Lake on the American River is situated in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento. The reservoir can be reached via either Highway 50 or I-80. Both Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma have many access points and entrances. The administrative offices are located at the base of Folsom Dam at the corner.

Park Entrances: The park has multiple entrances most of which are fairly easily accessed by either Interstate 80 to Douglas Blvd. (east), or Highway 50 to Hazel Ave., or Folsom Blvd., (north).

Size: The lake has a surface area of nearly 12,000 acres when at capacity with 75 miles of shoreline. The reservoir holds 977,000 acre feet of water when full. Folsom’s water level when full is 466 feet above sea level.

Season: The lake offers year-round fishing for rainbow trout, king salmon, largemouth bass, spotted bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill and crappie. The lake is known for its naturally-reproducing population of landlocked king salmon..

Boating: Folsom Lake boasts five separate launching facilities. Granite Bay has a large multiple lane ramp. Browns Ravine sports a four lane ramp and a two lane ramp. Folsom Point features a four lane ramp. Rattlesnake Bar has a seasonal two lane ramp. The Peninsula has a single lane ramp. When the lake is drawn down as far as it is now, many of these launching facilities are out of the water, so call before you arrive to determine which ramp is in operation.

 Facilities: For parking, boat launching, camping fees and other information, contact: Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, (916) 988-0205, http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=500

Guide Services and Fishing Information: Salmon and Trout -James Netzel, Fishin' James Guide Service; 916-284-3089; http://fishinjames.com. Bass  - Paganelli’s Bass Fishing Experience, (916) 502-FISH.

Articles & Reports
Bassers And Trouters Working For Their Fish

Written By: Dan Bacher,
January 21, 2015

(Sacramento) The great news at Folsom Lake is that the 5 mph speed limit has been lifted, now that the water level has risen from the December storms. This has resulted in an increased in bass and trout/salmon fishing pressure in the New...

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Trout And Salmon Anglers Tough It Out

Written By: Dan Bacher,
January 6, 2015

(Loomis) Fishing for king salmon and rainbow trout still hasn’t turned on at Folsom Lake, even though the water has cooled down to 52 degrees.

“I made a scouting trip there that didn’t produce any bites,” said James Netzel of Tight Lines...

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Spotted Bass Fishing Great As Water Remains Warm

Written By: Dan Bacher,
December 19, 2014

(Folsom) Folsom Lake has risen over 10 feet from recent storms and the lake is filling rapidly, although it is still very low. The surface temperature is still really warm, as high as 60.5° in places.

“It is easily the warmest I've EVER...

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Bassers And Trouters Working For Their Fish

Written By: Dan Bacher,

(Sacramento) The great news at Folsom Lake is that the 5 mph speed limit has been lifted, now that the water level has risen from the December storms. This has resulted in an increased in bass and trout/salmon fishing pressure in the New Year, although fishing is still...

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Trout And Salmon Anglers Tough It Out

Written By: Dan Bacher,

(Loomis) Fishing for king salmon and rainbow trout still hasn’t turned on at Folsom Lake, even though the water has cooled down to 52 degrees.

“I made a scouting trip there that didn’t produce any bites,” said James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service. “The majority of...

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Spotted Bass Fishing Great As Water Remains Warm

Written By: Dan Bacher,

(Folsom) Folsom Lake has risen over 10 feet from recent storms and the lake is filling rapidly, although it is still very low. The surface temperature is still really warm, as high as 60.5° in places.

“It is easily the warmest I've EVER seen one week into December,”...

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Folsom still fishing great.  Seems to be getting better with the warmer water....

Written By: Fishin’ James Guide Service,
May 25, 2014

The bite was better today than it was Friday at Folsom till 9am when all the pleasure boaters made their presence known.  Hey, they gotta have fun too!!! lol

Same lures, same speed, same everything as my last post.



Possible Land Locked Steelhead bite at Folsom

Written By: Fishin’ James Guide Service,
May 23, 2014

Trout bite is awesome at Folsom the past couple weeks and just keeps getting better.  And not many fishing for them.  Folsom is no longer considered "the dead sea" anymore with the recent plants of kings and ELR's and now the showing of possible land locked steelhead.  Fellow guides have...

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Trout and King bite is Red Hot again at Folsom

Written By: Fishin’ James Guide Service,
May 8, 2014

I don't understand why fishermen will drive an hour or so for a shot at some quality trout and kings when there has been a great bite going on right in our backyard in Sacramento.  Quality kings and quality rainbows are not that difficult to catch right now.  I took a single client out...

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Folsom Lake Kings

Written By: Forum Member: Chil-Laxin,
March 11, 2013

Met up with a couple buddies Bill and Randy. We were at brown's way too early. O dark thirty. We bs'ed for a few and got on the water @ 0645. Headed up the fork and it was windy and chilly. We picked up first 17" king @ 0745. Bite went soft till' about 1100 and all hell broke loose!...

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Tips & Tactics for Folsom Lake
Soft Bait Bass Options! Soft Bait Bass Options!

Written By: FishSniffer Staff

Artificial softbaits are deadly weapons for bass of all stripes, including largemouths and smallmouths. Always a threat, their combination...

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Bank Fishing: Hooking Reservoir Trout When The Water Turns Murky Or Cold Bank Fishing: Hooking Reservoir Trout When The Water Turns Murky Or Cold

Written By: Cal Kellogg

In terms of rain and snow the 2014/15 winter is off to a rip roaring start. If things keep going the way they have been, trouters and...

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Catching Those Winter Bass Catching Those Winter Bass

Written By: Randy Pringle

Although it might be cold, bass fishing at this time of year can be good. You must approach winter bass with an open mind. The weather can...

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Weather Report for Folsom Lake

Todays date: Tuesday January 27, 2015

Folsom Lake Species
  • Trout
  • Trout
  • Bass
  • Bass
  • Landlocked Salmon
  • Landlocked Salmon
  • Catfish
  • Catfish
Whats Biting?

Trout

Bass

Landlocked Salmon

Catfish



Water Level for Folsom Lake

Sorry. We don't have any water level information for Folsom Lake. Our information comes from the USGS.

Recent Reader's Photo
anglingwes
Caught by:

anglingwes

on: May 25, 2013
Species: Bass

At a pond near Folsom punching the thick stuff shallow.

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