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
Trollers Battle Kings And Rainbows

Written By: Dan Bacher,
October 14, 2014

(Sacramento) Anglers fishing at Folsom Lake continue to enjoy uncrowded fishing conditions for king salmon, rainbow trout, black bass and channel catfish. The fall turnover should take place soon, bringing the salmon and trout into the...

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Spots And Smallmouths Hitting On Rockpiles

Written By: Dan Bacher,
September 19, 2014

(Sacramento) If you want to hook good numbers of feisty smallmouth and spotted bass this time of year, fish jigs in 20 to 25 feet off the rockpiles in Folsom Lake.

“My friend Mike and I caught and released 15 fish total on our latest trip...

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Catfish Provide Top Late Summer Sport

Written By: Dan Bacher,
September 3, 2014

(Sacramento) The water level at Folsom Lake at press time was at 401.72 feet in elevation and the reservoirs was holding 390,954 acre feet of water, 40 percent of capacity and 61 percent of average.    

”When the lake reaches an...

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Trollers Battle Kings And Rainbows

Written By: Dan Bacher,

(Sacramento) Anglers fishing at Folsom Lake continue to enjoy uncrowded fishing conditions for king salmon, rainbow trout, black bass and channel catfish. The fall turnover should take place soon, bringing the salmon and trout into the shallows where bank anglers can...

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Spots And Smallmouths Hitting On Rockpiles

Written By: Dan Bacher,

(Sacramento) If you want to hook good numbers of feisty smallmouth and spotted bass this time of year, fish jigs in 20 to 25 feet off the rockpiles in Folsom Lake.

“My friend Mike and I caught and released 15 fish total on our latest trip to Folsom,” divulged Patrick...

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Catfish Provide Top Late Summer Sport

Written By: Dan Bacher,

(Sacramento) The water level at Folsom Lake at press time was at 401.72 feet in elevation and the reservoirs was holding 390,954 acre feet of water, 40 percent of capacity and 61 percent of average.    

”When the lake reaches an elevation of 400', a 5 mph speed limit...

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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
Fall Bass Focus On Baitfish Fall Bass Focus On Baitfish

Written By: FishSniffer Staff

It’s that time of the year when the days are getting shorter and the day time temperatures are starting to cool down. This only means one...

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Delta Topwater Bass Action! Delta Topwater Bass Action!

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 When summertime comes around on the California Delta, there’s nothing that will get your adrenaline flowing like when a giant largemouth...

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Pitching For Bass Pitching For Bass

Written By: Larry Nixon

If a bass could build its ideal habitat, the specs would be something like this: shallow water, in or near heavy cover with quick access...

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Weather Report for Folsom Lake

Todays date: Friday October 24, 2014

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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