The Fish Sniffer - Catfish Provide Top Late Summer Sport
Catfish Provide Top Late Summer Sport

Written By: Dan Bacher, September 3, 2014
Species: Catfish Bass Landlocked Salmon Trout
Location: Folsom Lake,

(Sacramento) The water level at Folsom Lake at press time was at 401.72 feet in elevation and the reservoirs was holding 390,954 acre feet of water, 40 percent of capacity and 61 percent of average.    

”When the lake reaches an elevation of 400', a 5 mph speed limit will be placed on the entire lake,” according to the Folsom Lake Marina. “Until then the only 5 mph speed limit is within 200' of shore.”

Black bass fishing prospects continue to be solid, although few anglers are trying. Don Paganelli of Paganelli’s Bass Fishing Experience advised anglers to target offshore structure for maximum bass success. 

“Your best best is to target the main body on the North Fork or South Fork side,” he said. “Drop shot with shad pattern plastics at 15 to 30 feet deep. Don’t use any lures over 3 inches long, since the fish are feeding on small pondsmelt. Use Robo Worms, Gitzits and tubes.”

“The fish are a mixture of smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass,” he added. “Most are in the 1 to 1-1/2 pound range, with an occasional fish to 3 pounds.”

September is prime time to target catfish on Folsom. Shore anglers can bag big channel cats while soaking mackerel, chicken liver and nightcrawlers in the coves of the main body and forks.

Rainbow trout and king salmon fishing continues to be slow. Boaters wanting to hook rainbows and salmon should troll Speedy Shiners by the dam at 40 to 50 feet or deeper.

The only boat ramps open now are Granite Bay and Hobie Cove at Brown’s Ravine.


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