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Written By: Danny Lloyd, April 2, 2014
Location: Folsom Lake,
The rise in water at Folsom Lake has made fishing very good and much more accessible. Since the level of the lake has come up so much this month, the 5 mph rule has been abolished and fisherman are able to move around the lake much easier allowing for some better fishing throughout the lake.
Trout and landlocked salmon fishing has been good to very good this past week with two fisherman catching a nice limit of rainbows to 19 inches and catching 4 nice kings to 2 pounds. "The hot lure this past week was a bikini pattern Needlefish trolled around 10 feet deep 100 feet behind the boat" as reported from James Netzel of Fishin James Guide Service.
"On my last trip we caught about half of the fish on the Needlefish and the other half top lining J-7 Rapalas in a shad pattern or white/blue trolled 200-250 feet behind the boat. Our biggest trout of the day was caught around 10 am trolling the dam area. The fish slammed the blue/white J-7 Rapala 255 feet behind the boat. After a long fight and many long hard runs, we landed a beautiful 19 inch holdover rainbow that I would assume weighted a little over 2 pounds!" exclaimed Netzel.
Bass fisherman have been hitting the lake hard these past few weeks. With the huge plant of sub-catchable trout at the Granite Bay boat launch fisherman have been hanging around this area looking for the monsters cruising the waters feeding on planted trout.
If you are looking for the bass of a lifetime, throw some rainbow trout swimbaits in the 4-10 inch ranch and work the Granite Bay area hard. Concentrate fishing the steep drop offs and points throughout the lake using smaller plastics, spoons, and crank baits.
Water levels at press time show the lake is now holding 41 percent of its capacity, a 24% gain in water since Folsom's lowest level this year of 17% of capacity. The lake is at 403.41 feet in elevation and is holding 67 percent of average.
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