Fall Fishing Pattern Emerges As Shad Hatch
The cooling down fall process has begun and the trout are comfortable in coming back up to the top to feed on the shad at Collins Lake.
“This helps the fisherman have a better chance at catching trout from the shore again,” reported Kathy Hess from Collins Lake Resort. “The mixed blessing is that the trout have plentiful food, so they may not be as willing to eat your PowerBait or worm if they are feeding on shad.”
Shad are starting to appear already and they primarily feed on plankton in the warm shallow water. “Our fishermen have spotted them on the surface already and their timing is correct, they usually hatch when our nighttime temps dip to the low fifties,” said Hess.
Hal and Ramona Smith had no problem catching 8 nice rainbows from shore this past week. “That is unheard of when the water temperature is still too warm for the trout to surface,” said Hess.
8-year-old Emily caught her first bass from shore while fishing with PowerBait and it weighed almost 2 pounds. Little Layla Booker of SAC used a worm in Elmer’s Cove to hook a 1 pound crappie.
David Callison bagged a limit of bass and four catfish while fishing with live crawdads. Roger Busse caught a 1-1/2 lb. bluegill one day and an 8 lb. catfish the following day while soaking worms.
Young Brook Williams of Petaluma fished with a Super Swift Jr. off the rental dock and caught her first bass. Buffalo Bob and Pete Henderson worked hard for their two trout and fished deep with a dodger and corn on downriggers around 45 feet.
Collins Lake is 35 feet from full and the water clarity is 10 ft. visibility.Back To Reports