The Fish Sniffer - Big Plants Boost Rainbow Catches
Big Plants Boost Rainbow Catches

Written By: Dan Bacher, April 1, 2014
Species: Trout Bass
Location: Collins Lake,

The Department of Fish and Wildlife recently delivered a double rainbow trout plant of 2,000 lbs. and the Collins Lake management made another private plant of 1,800 pounds on March 20. Anglers are seeing a big boom in trout catches with these plants and will see even better fishing with the release of pen-reared rainbows.

“We raised 12 net pens full of trout this winter,” said Kathy Hess at Collins Lake Resort. “The DFW brought us bigger than normal size trout to begin with, so the end result is bigger fish. These trout average between 2 to 3 pounds and are quite aggressive upon their release We will release four net pens next week.”

“The limits of trout we are seeing are encouraging and many of those are in the 2 to 3 pound category,” said Hess. “Kevin (The Madman) and his buddy Chad caught two limits of trout by the powerlines. Joe, Larry, and Kevin from Yuba City teamed up to land two limits of trout while trolling with Rapalas all over the lake.”

Rodney Uron and Larry Moore bagged two trout limits weighing up to 3 pounds, 2 ounces while fishing worms near the dam. Aaron Lujan from Marysville landed a 5 lb. trout caught on a worm dipped in Mike’s Lunker Lotion. Trinity Gray and Landon Nunes from Sacramento landed a huge trout weighing 4 pounds 8 ounces off the beach.

“Chris Holsey from Sutter had an incredible day fishing,” emphasized Hess. “His stringer included 5 bass, 5 trout, 3 redear, and a crappie that he caught on worms.“

The lake is now 21 feet from full and the water temperature is 52 degrees.


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