September A Great Time To Target Catfish
While Folsom Lake is a popular spot to fish for bass, trout and salmon in the spring, few anglers have been targeting the reservoir lately. However, this is the time of year when catfish action from the shoreline is generally at its best.
Anglers should toss out mackerel, chicken livers and other baits, preferably with no weight or very light weight, both during the day and at night. The top spots include Five Percent, Granite Bay and Brown's Ravine, although the whiskerfish can be found all over the lake. A typical Folsom cat goes 5 to 7 pounds, though much larger fish swim in the lake's warm waters.
Black bass fishing continues to be tough as the water level drops. The fish are in panic mode and pull off the bank and move onto offshore structure from 20 to 30 feet deep.
You want to focus on the outside points near the creek and river channels, where the fish have access to deep water, according to Don Paganelli of Paganelli's Bass Fishing Experience. This is where the fish are feeding on shad, pond smelt and other baits.
Anglers should toss out Robo Worms on drop shot rigs, plastics on Carolina rigs, and jigs You can expect to hook a mixture of spotted, largemouth and smallmouth bass while fishing at Folsom.
Folsom Lake is holding 431,758 acre-feet of water, 44 percent of capacity and 69 percent of average.Back To Reports