The Fish Sniffer - Trollers Lay Into Big, Bold Rainbows
Trollers Lay Into Big, Bold Rainbows

Written By: Dan Bacher, June 9, 2014
Species: Trout
Location: Collins Lake,

Experienced anglers are still hooking limits and near-limits of quality rainbow trout at Collins Lake.

Ron Johnson and Errol McCorvey caught nine rainbow trout to 5 pounds while trolling with Rob Reimers of Rustic Rob’s Guide Service.

“We caught a few fish early at the north end of the lake,” said Reimers. “Then we fished the dam and they turned on at 11:00, when we landed a half dozen more, with our biggest fish a 5 pounder that hit a Rebel minnow. All of the others hit night crawlers behind dodger blades.”

“Good Golly Miss Molly Purvis!” quipped Kathy Hess at Collins Lake Resort. “Just to set the story straight, the guys didn’t catch anything and Molly outshined them with the biggest trout this week a 7 lb. 12 oz. rainbow that she hooked trolling a dodger and worm down by the dam.”

Ryan Tomchick and his little girl Leah took home two limits of trout they caught by the dam trolling with a Rapala.  This was Leah’s first time fishing and she caught her first fish-ever.  

“The Feryance Family stayed ‘true to form’ and caught loads of trout on their annual camping trip! They take the whole family out on the dock after dinner and night fish with PowerBait and worms. The little ones, Austin and Kevin, caught fish too,” said Hess.

Hal and Ramona fished from shore for trout like they always do and stayed at it until they both limited out. Their biggest rainbow was a 2 pounder and their main bait was rainbow-colored PowerBait.

Josh Worthen of Citrus Heights landed 2 trout and 1 bass from the dock on PowerBait.  

Collins Lake is 19 feet from full and the surface water temperature is 68 degrees.




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