The Fish Sniffer - King And Rainbow Bite Slows Down
King And Rainbow Bite Slows Down

Written By: Dan Bacher, July 12, 2014
Species: Landlocked Salmon Trout Bass
Location: Folsom Lake,

It was bound to happen – the king salmon and rainbow trout bite at Folsom Lake has slowed down in the summer heat.

“The bite went dead on my trip on Sunday,” said James Netzel of Fishin’ James Guide Service. “We only landed two fish, a 3 lb king and a 12 inch king.” 

Netzel was trolling Speedy Shiners at 3 mph at 40 to 60 feet deep near the dam when the kings hit. He didn’t pick up any rainbows, even after going to troll in the South Fork off Browns Ravine.

“The trip I made before that produced 7 fish, including 2 kings to 3 pounds,” he noted. “The rest of the fish were little rainbows that we released. We fished at 40 to 60 feet deep off the dam and in the South Fork of the American.”

Bass fishing remains very good for numbers of fish at Folsom Lake. “We caught and released 20 bass, averaging 1 to 1-1/2 pounds and going up to 2 pounds, on my latest trip to Folsom,” said Don Paganelli of Paganelli’s Bass Fishing Experience. “The fish are just stuffed with baitfish.”

“We experienced our best action while drop shotting with small Robo Worms in crystal shad and morning dawn patterns and using Carolina-rigged worms in Aaron’s Magic,” he stated. “We fished at 20 to 25 feet deep. The fish were mostly spots, with a few largemouths and smallmouths.”

Folsom Lake is holding 482,133 acre-feet of water, 49 percent of capacity and 59 percent of average. The current water level is 414.25 feet, 51.75 feet from full.


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