The Fish Sniffer - Target Main Body Rockpiles For Bass
Target Main Body Rockpiles For Bass

Written By: Dan Bacher, August 23, 2014
Species: Bass Catfish
Location: Folsom Lake,

(Sacramento) Black bass fishing prospects are still very good at Folsom Lake, but fishing pressure has been very light.

Folsom Lake is holding 398,027 acre-feet of water, 41 percent of capacity and 59 percent of average. The water level is 402.87 feet in elevation, 63.13 feet from full.   

Don Paganelli of Paganelli’s Bass Fishing Experience said bass anglers should concentrate on offshore rockpiles in the main body where the fish are grouped up on schools of pond smelt.

On his most recent trip to Folsom, Paganelli and his one client caught and released 15 fish ranging from 1 to 2-1/2 pounds. The fish were a mixture of spotted, largemouth and smallmouth bass.

They hooked most of the fish in the morning while drop shotting with shad pattern worms at around 20 feet deep. “Short 4 to 4-1/2 inch worms are best because they are closer to the size of the pond smelt,” he revealed.

Now is prime time to start prospecting for catfish. Shore anglers can bag big channel cats while soaking mackerel, chicken liver and nightcrawlers in the coves of the main body and forks.

Rainbow trout and king salmon fishing remains tough. Anglers wanting to hook rainbows and salmon should troll Speedy Shiners by the dam at 40 to 50 feet.

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