Catch Collins Lake Catfish As Trout Season Nears

Our friends at Collins Lake Resort had this report to share:


Although September produced mostly catfish, October will be a different story!  Starting mid-October the Fall Planting will begin for rainbow trout.  This year our lake is low which won’t affect the fishing, it might even help the fishing by having them more concentrated in a smaller area!

Our concrete boat launching ramp at Road 4 is NOT in operation right now, but our alternate ramp IS available at Road 9 which is by the face of the dam.  We have provided a courtesy dock at that location to tie your boat to temporarily while you park your vehicle.

Doug Clark hooked a nice 6-pound catfish while trolling under the power lines using a Kastmaster.  I spoke with Doug and his fishing buddy Jimmy Trejo and they said they also caught a couple of bass real shallow as it appears they were chasing the shad!



Aaron Mendoza of Grass Valley hooked a 10-pound and a 5-pound cat in the north end on a nightcrawler.



 Lucius Phifer from Pleasant Grove  caught a huge catfish as well (10 pounds, 4 ounces) near the dam on frozen catfish bait.

Chicken livers helped Charlie Lynn of Sacramento  in successfully landing a 7-pound cat by the dam. 


Evan Wakefield from Vacaville stayed home (in his campsite that is) and hooked a 3-pound, 8-ounce cat using PowerBait. 


Lori Tollner from Fresno fished near the marina with worms and hooked her 6-pound, 8-ounce catfish. 



For more information on Collins Lake, call (800) 286-0576.