Collins Lake Fishing Report

Collins Lake - Browns Valley, CA (Yuba County)

by Collins Lake Staff

The beginning of August was a tough week of fishing when compared to earlier in the season. I'm not sure if it's connected to the weather (thunderstorms) or the full moon at the beginning of the week. Despite whatever was slowing down the fishing a bit, many skilled anglers still landed quality fish and full stringers. Normally we see a few 7+ pounders each week at the general store. I believe we have become greedy at the resort when it comes to our weekly quota of trophy trout. Some good news is Mono County is scheduled to stock 400 pounds of trophy trout on Thursday the 13th. Remember, if you have any photos or updates on your day while fishing at Convict Lake/Creek, make sure to send them to attention Charles. Not everyone can make it to the general store and I want to make sure our fishing report is as thorough as possible.

Catch of the Week: Steve Eager from Stockton, CA with a 5 pound 4 ounce Rainbow. He caught this fat trout with a Nightcrawler and was fishing at the Inlet. Great catch Steve!

Other notable catches this week:

* Julie Dibble from Fullerton, Ca with a great catch. Julie was using Salmon Egg Powerbait when she landed this 2 pound 7 ounce Rainbow. She was fishing along the South Shore.

Alex and Alena Abarca of San Diego, CA with a hefty full stringer. They caught their limit using Garlic Powerbait while fishing at the South Shore.

Tactics/Bait: Salmon Eggs and drowning inflated Nightcrawlers in the lake did very well this week. The top Powerbait colors were Rainbow and Yellow. For the trollers, Tasmanian Devils and Needlefish continue to be the hot trolling lures. This trolling lure filled a few stringers. In the creek; mini jigs, Pautzke's Salmon Eggs and small spinners (Roostertails and Panther Martins) are worth a try. The top shore locations on the lake were the South Shore and Inlet area. Other locations to try: Jetty area, North Shore, the Outlet and Hangman's Tree. Anglers on boats were having success. The fish in the lake are deep. They are in the 50+ foot depth range.

Here is a list of other baits/lures that can be productive:

Sierra Slammers, Tasmanian Devil, Green or brown Marvel Flies , Trout Teasers, Panther Martin, NeedleFish, Rooster Tails, and Bite-On Fury Shad on Powerbait.

I would suggest using some type of added attractant. Pro-Cure, Bite-On, Lip Ripperz and Berkley all make excellent attractants, which are sold at the general store.

Here is a list of recommended flies:

Dry Flies: Adams, Female Adams, Cutter's Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators, Black/Red Ants, Sierra Bright Dot, Royal Coachman and Hoppers.

Streamers: Wooly Bugger (black, brown, olive, or green), Mutuka (black, brown, olive, or green), Hornberg, and Muddler Minnows.

Wet Flies(Nymphs): Prince Nymph, Flashback Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear, Zebra Midge (red and black), Copper John (red and copper) and San Juan Worm (brown or red).

Other Resources: View our Convict Lake Fishing Map and Fishing Rig Suggestion brochures. Both brochures are available in the General Store.

Derby News: The Ambush at the Lake Fishing Derby will start on September 7th. It will run until November 15th. Don't miss out on a chance to win $6,000 in Resort Prizes! The Morrison Bonus Cash Weekend will be October 31st - November 1st. $2000 in cash prizes!

Weather: The forecast for next week is looking pretty good. It's calling for sunny days and mostly clear skies at night. The high temps next week will be in the low-70's and the lows in the high-40's. Here is the National Weather Service link that is usually quite accurate: 7-Day Forecast Convict Lake.

Sunrise - Sunset: Sunrise this week 6:05am - 6:10am and Sunset 7:58pm - 7:55pm.

Stocking: Mono County is scheduled to stock 400 pounds of trophy trout on Thursday, August 13th. DFW is scheduled to stock the creek and lake the week of August 9th.

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