The Fish Sniffer - 12.5 Lb. Cat Tops Early Summer Catches
12.5 Lb. Cat Tops Early Summer Catches

Written By: Dan Bacher, June 29, 2014
Species: Bass Catfish Trout Panfish
Location: Collins Lake,

Summer is big fish time at Collins Lake, as evidenced by all of the large catfish and rainbow trout taken by anglers lately.

Big fish honors go to Sam Briefman, who landed a catfish weighing 12 pounds, 8 ounces. “He hooked the fish while bass fishing with a plastic worm on the lake’s east side,” said Kathy Hess of the Collins Lake Resort.

“Little Victoria La Calle from Oroville was trout fishing with green PowerBait on the east side and got a big surprise,” said Hess. “She hooked and landed a 7 lb. catfish instead of a trout.”

Dale from Lodi struck it rich, catching two huge trout weighing 9 pounds, 8 ounces and 6 pounds, 8 ounces. He fishes with a hoochie and worm. 

 “The trout were still feeding along the shoreline this week with some nice catches from shore in the Open Area or off the rental boat dock where you can get into some deeper water,” advised Hess. “PowerBait is still the #1 leading bait to use, ranging in all colors from rainbow, chartreuse or corn as the most common.”

Hal Smith hooked four trout up to 3 pounds, 11 ounces while fishing PowerBait by the dam.

“Arkanto and Jubei Ly from Sacramento caught a little of everything,” said Hess. “They caught a bass on a Roboworm, 2 cats on redworms, 1 trout on PowerBait, and 11 bluegills on redworms.” 

Fishermen are also bagging lots of redear sunfish. Kevin Howell from Plumas Lake caught his 13″ redear on the east side on a worm. Vincent from Yuba City took home a 10 fish stringer of redears while using worms by the dam.

The lake level is 23 feet from full and the surface water temperature is 72 degrees.




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