The Fish Sniffer - Bass Are Small And Numerous
Bass Are Small And Numerous

Written By: Dan Bacher, July 20, 2014
Species: Bass
Location: Folsom Lake,

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 caught and released 20 bass on my latest trip to Folsom Lake, but we didn’t hook any fish over 1-1/2 pounds,” reported Patrick Miller Jr. of Citrus Heights. “We caught the fish, all spotted bass, while drop shotting with shad pattern worms from first light until 10:30 am way up in the North Fork. After 10:30 the bite just died.” 

“Some guys throwing big swimbaits reported catching and releasing a couple of spots in the 3 to 4 pound range,” he added.

 The rainbow trout and king salmon bite at Folsom continues to be slow. James Netzel of Fishin’ James Guide Service made a two-hour morning adventure that produced two small rainbows that he released.

“We also had a half dozen hit and misses,” he noted. “We trolled with Speedy Shiners by the dam at 40 to 50 feet. I marked lots of fish on the graph, but just couldn’t get them to bite.”

Folsom Lake is holding 453,107 acre-feet of water, 46 percent of capacity and 58 percent of average. The water level is 410.44 feet in elevation, 55.56 feet from full.

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