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Written By: Dan Bacher, February 17, 2014
Location: Collins Lake,
Collins Lake was set to begin its spring trout planting schedule around the Presidents Day weekend with a private plant of 2,000 ounds of rainbow trout. A total of 30,000 to 35,000 pounds of fish will be planted by the end of the spring.
“We will be planting weekly starting in March and then plan to stock two to three times per week in April, depending on the weather,” said Lincoln Young, manager of the Collins Lake Resort.
Meanwhile, trout fishing continues to be good for holdover rainbows, as well as those planted by the CDFW in January. “It’s better than normal fishing for the winter, since the water is not muddy,” said Young. “And fishing should get even better in March and April when we start planting the lake heavily.”
Most of the trout being taken now are in the 1-1/2 to 2 pound range, with a few larger fish.
“Trollers are using nightcrawlers and spoons behind small flashers with three colors of lead core line,” said Young. “Shore anglers are doing best fishing PowerBait, Power Eggs and nightcrawlers on sliding sinker rigs near the dam.”
Successful fishermen include Weston Bennett, who landed a five fish limit of rainbows during a trolling adventure. Ryan, Matte, Eric, Mike and Eric also reported landing 3 rainbows while trolling near the marina.
Young hasn’t heard any reports on black bass or catfish success lately, but fishing for both species should pick up as the lake level rises from inflows from the big storm that hit the region over the weekend of February 8-9.
The lake level is 47 feet from full and the boat launching facilities are in full operation.
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