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Dog days lead to cat nights at Collins Lake

WON Staff Writer
Published: Jul 27, 2017
BROWNS VALLEY — With a surface temperature of 80 degrees, anglers at Collins Lake are finding their best chance at catching fish in the evening near the dam.

Catfish have been the most willing biters with best action occurring near the dam for those using nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Cats also are being caught from the shoreline all around the lake near campsites.

Trout are holding deep in the colder water. Some continue to be caught by anglers able to troll 40 to 50 feet deep or anchoring and soaking Power Bait or nightcrawlers. The biggest fish landed last week was a 7½-pound trout hooked by Craig Smith of Olivehurst who was trolling a spinner near the dam.

Bass are being caught near the rental boat dock with Senkos or crawdads. Crappie are all over the lake wherever there is structure. Jigs or nightcrawlers have been drawing action.


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