Collins Lake Late Fall Fishing

A report from our friends at Collins Lake in the Sierra Nevada foothills:

Gus Grimmett with a 4-pound, 8-ounce rainbow.
Gus Grimmett with a 4-pound, 8-ounce rainbow.

With three trophy trout plants delivered already and another one on the way, the trout fishing has just been phenomenal this fall. Gus Grimmett and his Dad (Rick) fished two days in a row trolling a dodger with a worm. The first day they got seven rainbows, biggest 4 pounds, 12 ounces, and the next day they both limited out. They trolled by the dam and so did Mica Fish.

Mica Fish and Bobo with a stringer of fish.
Mica Fish and Bobo with a stringer of fish.


Mica trolled with a bronze lure with a red head and limited three days in a row and his biggest trout weighed in at 5 pounds. Neither of them were fishing deep at all but Mica did get a new boat and used his downriggers, but he was only 15 feet down.

Carl and Jene from Lincoln caught 10 trout trolling in the middle of the lake with flashers and nightcrawlers, most of their trout were two to three pounds each. John & Steve caught a trout limit on grubs near the islands and their monster weighed 4 pounds.

"Veebdog," "Madman" and "Gordo."
“Veebdog,” “Madman” and “Gordo.”

Three limits of trout were caught by an unusual group of guys named Veebdog, Madman & Gordo! A 4-pounder. and two 4-pound, 8-ouncer were the big boys on their stringers.

A local gal, Elaine Briefman, took a brief moment to run up and wet her line and took home two nice trout, which she hooked from shore on orange PowerBait. Chris Hazen, brought up Duane, Ron, & Dan and together they caught 10 rainbows from shore by the dam on PowerBait also. Samantha and Gordon Baio and their family caught 11 ‘bows and the biggest one on their stringer was 4.4 pounds.

Trevor LaRue, Tanner, Pappy & Bumper caught a whole lot of rainbows and they also caught the biggest one of the week (5 pounds, 8 ounces) and they were trolling with Rapalas.

Isabella and Viki Lanzaro.
Isabella and Viki Lanzaro.

Isabella & Viki Lanzaro had a blast trolling for trout with flashers and worms with Isabella’s pretty pink fishing pole she hooked four rainbows!

Paul, Serenah, and Rodney Vargas from Sacramento caught a 4-pound, 4-ounce bass on a worm and two rainbows on garlic PowerBait. Kevin & Dave slayed the BASS using plastic worms or nightcrawlers fishing on the east side and up in the north end. Kerry and Dolton Vestal from Roseville caught the biggest CAT this week, it was a 7-pound, 8-ounce catfish. and they fished with worms. Jerred Borgas from Davis fished near the rental dock and hooked his trout on rainbow PowerBait.

Collins Lake can be reached at (800) 286-0576 or (530) 692-1600.


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