The Fish Sniffer - Boaters Bag Smallmouth, Largemouth And Spotted Bass
Boaters Bag Smallmouth, Largemouth And Spotted Bass

Written By: Dan Bacher, August 4, 2014
Species: Bass Trout Landlocked Salmon
Location: Folsom Lake,

(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 the bass are grouped up on the bait.” 

Paganelli and his client caught and released 15 fish, a mixture of spotted, largemouth and smallmouth bass, on his latest trip to Folsom. The fish ranged from 1 to 2-1/2 pounds.

“We caught most of the fish in the morning while drop shotting with shad pattern worms at around 20 feet deep,” he revealed. “Short 4 to 4-1/2 inch worms are best because they are closer to the size of the pond smelt.”

Rainbow trout and king salmon fishing remains tough. Anglers interested in hooking rainbows and salmon should troll Speedy Shiners by the dam at 40 to 50 feet

Folsom Lake is holding 420,971 acre-feet of water, 43 percent of capacity and 58 percent of average. The water level is 406.04 feet in elevation, 59.96 feet from full.


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