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Written By: Dan Bacher, May 13, 2014
Location: Collins Lake,
“Although we had the equivalent to 5 trout plants this week, from here on out until the end of May it will be more like one to two a week,” reported Kathy Hess at the Collins Lake Resort. “Trout plants are always heavier during April during spring break and most of the trout derbies occur in April as well.
Increasing numbers of black bass and catfish catches are being reported. “Mark and Leslie caught the biggest cat (10 lb. 12 oz.) along with 4 others and 2 bass on their stringer,” reported Hess. “They used crawdads and fished near the willow trees on the east side of the lake.”
Mallory and Ryan caught 2 catfish under the power lines on worms. Mallory caught the big one (8 lbs.) and Ryan landed a 3 lb. 8 oz. cat. Doug Witler and daughter Rachel caught a 3 lb. 8 oz. catfish on Rainbow PowerBait.
Big bass honors go to Jason, who hooked a 5 lb. bass on a spinnerbait in the inlet opening towards the bridge. The Lor kids from Marysville used worms by the beach to land bluegill and 4 bass up to 3 lbs.
“Trollers continue catching trout around 20′ deep and most are using flashers and nightcrawlers,” said Hess. “Shore fishing is best early in the morning and PowerBait leads the pack, but many still use worms and marshmallows. “
The biggest trout this week was a 6 lb. beauty taken by Greg and Ararat. L.J. and James brought in 9 rainbows (biggest 3 lbs.) trolling above the channel with flashers and worms.
Ernie Borello, grandson Jackson, and daughter Jen caught a limit of trout to 3 pounds, 4 ounces together by the dam. They used worms near the dam.
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