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Trout still biting at Collins Lake

Written By TIM GOODE
WON Staff Writer
Published: Jul 06, 2017
BROWNS VALLEY — Despite surface temperatures in the mid-70s, holiday anglers were still able to pick some large trout from Collins Lake, along with the more and more numerous warm water species.

Some are doing their trout fishing at night when fish come up into the cooler water. Others are trolling deep during the day.

“We aren’t seeing a lot of limits of trout,” said Lincoln Young, manager at Collins Lake Recreation Area. “But we are seeing big fish. Usually there are more bass and catfish this time of year but we are getting trout.”

The extended summer trout bite is a result of a hyper-aggressive fishing planting program that saw at least 1,800 pounds of trout go in weekly from March through Memorial Day. Young said 40 feet is a good target but some anglers are going deeper.

Three 5-pound rainbows were landed last week. Two were by Dominic Perez of San Francisco who caught a 5½ pounder and a 5 pounder while soaking corn PowerBait in the Marina.

Eliana Diez of Vacaville landed a 5½-pound rainbow while dangling a nightcrawler from the dock.

The catfish bite is taking place at night, too, but no large cats were brought to the scales last week. Bluegill and bass are showing more and more.

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