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
Target Main Body Rockpiles For Bass

Written By: Dan Bacher,
August 23, 2014

(Sacramento) Black bass fishing prospects are still very good at Folsom Lake, but fishing pressure has been very light.

Folsom Lake is holding 398,027 acre-feet of water, 41 percent of capacity and 59 percent of average. The water level...

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Boaters Bag Smallmouth, Largemouth And Spotted Bass

Written By: Dan Bacher,
August 4, 2014

(Sacramento) In spite of a dropping water level, black bass fishing on Folsom Lake is very good.

“The fish are still feeding on pond smelt,” said Don Paganelli of Paganelli’s Bass Fishing Experience. “You should concentrate on offshore...

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Bass Are Small And Numerous

Written By: Dan Bacher,
July 20, 2014

Black bass fishing is now in its summer pattern, with anglers hooking a few big spotted bass on top water lures and big swimbaits early and late in the day. During the day, drop shotting with Robo Worms is your top prospect.

“My brother...

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Target Main Body Rockpiles For Bass

Written By: Dan Bacher,

(Sacramento) Black bass fishing prospects are still very good at Folsom Lake, but fishing pressure has been very light.

Folsom Lake is holding 398,027 acre-feet of water, 41 percent of capacity and 59 percent of average. The water level is 402.87 feet in elevation,...

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Boaters Bag Smallmouth, Largemouth And Spotted Bass

Written By: Dan Bacher,

(Sacramento) In spite of a dropping water level, black bass fishing on Folsom Lake is very good.

“The fish are still feeding on pond smelt,” said Don Paganelli of Paganelli’s Bass Fishing Experience. “You should concentrate on offshore rockpiles in the main body where...

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Bass Are Small And Numerous

Written By: Dan Bacher,

Black bass fishing is now in its summer pattern, with anglers hooking a few big spotted bass on top water lures and big swimbaits early and late in the day. During the day, drop shotting with Robo Worms is your top prospect.

“My brother Cody and my friend Brad and I...

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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
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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Heavy Metal For Trout And Landlocked Kings! Heavy Metal For Trout And Landlocked Kings!

Written By: Cal Kellogg

Take a look at the tackle assortment of a trout and landlocked king salmon troller and you’ll see a lot of spoons, such as Sep’s Pro...

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Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait? Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait?

Written By: Cal Kellogg

I’m of the opinion that in most situations well-presented natural baits will outperform artificials. Following this philosophy, when the...

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Weather Report for Folsom Lake

Todays date: Saturday August 30, 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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