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Written By: Dan Bacher, April 30, 2014
Location: Collins Lake,
Recent late spring rains have made the water level at Collins Lake rise to 15' from spilling.
“Although the lake is still lower than normal, Collins Lake is 100% operational this season, including normal boat launching, camping, marina and fishing,” said Kathy Hess at Collins Lake Resort.
“This week’s trout plants included the release of two of our net pens, along with a double private plant,” she stated. “Our trout planting momentum is building steadily and will continue to do so as long as the weather allows. Once the surface temperature reaches over 60 degrees the planting will stop and the trout will go down to their deeper and cooler environment.”
Right now trout fishing is “extremely good” from the shore or trolling shallow from your boat, she said. Anglers are doing best with PowerBait and nightcrawlerrs.
D.J. Barnes caught the whopper this week, a 4 lb. 8 oz. trout, while drifting PowerBait in a boat below the power lines going up towards the bridge.
John Moyer from Petaluma landed trout up to 3 pounds, 12 ounces from his boat while trolling a flasher with a nightcrawler along the lake’s east side. Caedmon Lougheed from So. California was also trolling when he hooked into a 3 lb. 8 oz. trout.
Richard Rowland’s 3 fish stringer of trout included a 2 lb. 8 oz. rainbow. He was trolling in the middle of the lake with Rapala lures. Justin and his sister Emma fished in front of their campsite and caught two trout to 2 pounds, 8 ounces on rainbow PowerBait.
“Congratulations go to Elijah Leon from Sparks, NV. who caught his first fish on orange PowerBait in the main camp shoreline,” said Hess.
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