Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3714 June 22-July 6, 2018 - Page 19

June 22 - July 6, 2018 MAP FEATURE Folsom Lake Facts Folsom Lake Location and size: Folsom Lake is a reservoir located on the American River in the Sierra Nevada foothills within Placer, El Dorado, and Sacramento Counties. It is about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento ad can be reached via ei- ther Highway 50 or I-80. Both Folsom Lake and Lake Nato- ma have many access points and entrances. The lake con- tains 11,500 acres of water when full and is located 466 feet above sea level. There are 75 miles of undulated shoreline surrounding the lake. The Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is one of the most visited parks in the California Park system. For more information, call (916) 988-0205. Fa a ric r ve Ri • Rainbow Trout provide good fishing throughout the year for a mixture of recent planters and holdover fish. Trollers find the top action during the fall and spring while using Speedy Shiners, Cripplures, Hum Dingers, Needlefish and other minnow imitation lures. Bank fishing is productive with Power Bait and nightcrawlers at Granite Bay, Five Percent, Folsom Point and Browns when the CDFW is planting the reservoir from October through April. • King Salmon will hit the same lures as the trout, but generally are found deeper than the rainbows. Spring is the best time for bank anglers to purse the kings with nightcrawlers and minnows under bobbers. • Black Bass provide a solid year round fishery. During the fall and winter, drop-shotting with Magic Worms and other plastics and fishing with jigs becomes very effective. Spotted, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass thrive on Folsom's threadfin shad and pond smelt. • Channel Catfish hit best From August through November, but also go on the bite when storms hit the lake during the winter. Mackerel and nightcrawlers are the top baits. • Bluegill and Crappie are hard to find, but provide excellent light tackle action when you locate a school. e Granite Bay Am h F ut So k or Mooney Ridge Folsom Lake Recreation Area Folsom Lake Folsom Dam Power Plant ma ato Orangevale Rd Folsom N e Blu ine Rav Rd El Dorado Hills Natoma nightcrawlers, minnows and other baits under bobbers and on sliding sinker rigs. “There is also a fairly significant wild rainbow trout component in the fishery,” said Jay Rowan, CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor. “The thought is that these fish use the North and South forks to rear, come down to the lake during certain times of year to feed and get out of the warm water in the forks, then head back up into the forks to spawn. “I’m not sure by percentage how much of the catch they make up, but enough show up in pictures on the net that make me think it’s a fairly decent part of the fishery. They certainly add a trophy com- ponent to the fishery,” said Rowan. Rainbow trout plants at Folsom have varied greatly from year to year. The De- partment of Fish and Wildlife has stocked Mormon Island Dam Folsom State Prison Beals Point Jim Harrington of Folsom had a great time battling this scrappy rainbow at Folsom Lake during a trip with James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service on May 31. Photo by DAN BACHER, Fish Sniffer Staff. rainbows in the 10 to 20 lb. class over the past two decades, including one 12.5 lb. rainbow that measured 24 inches long. The trout in Lake Natoma feed on the same forage species found in Folsom Lake, pond smelt and threadfin shad, so it’s not unreasonable to believe that a fish in the 15 to 20 lb. class could also come out of Folsom. Rainbow trout and Chinook salmon can be caught in Folsom year round, but Netzel said May is the best month to tar- get both species. Bank anglers experience the top rainbow and king action in the fall during the period of the fall turnover October through December. Fishermen regularly hook a mixture of holdover trout and salmon while tossing out PowerBait, n Hidden Valley Fishing Guides: James Netzel, Tight Lines Guide Service, 888-975-0990, Jerry Lampkin, TNG Motor Sports Guide Service, 530- 320-0994, Don Paganelli’s Bass Fishing Experience, 916-502-FISH, Rd Folsom Lake Marina in the Browns Ravine Recreation Area is a full-service marina. For more information, con- tact: (916)933-1300, Rocklin Rocklin Pilot Hill Lookout Bar Rd Horseshoe Day Use & Boat Launch Fees: The day use fee is $12 at Beals Point, Browns Ravine, Folsom Point, Granite Bay, the Peninsula and Rattlesnake Bar. The boat launch fee is $10 for a power boat. Boat launching is available at Folsom Point, Browns Ravine, Granite Bay, Five Percent and Rat- tlesnake Bar when the lake is full. King Rd Loomis Camping: Is available at Beals Point year-round and at Peninsula Campground beginning April 1, through the summer (Peninsula Campground closes October 1). Addi- tional information about camping can be found by calling (800) 444-7275. Placer, Sacramento & El Dorado Counties English Colony Wy Fishing season: The lake is open to fishing for year- round. The CDFW plants the reservoir with rainbow trout and Chinook salmon. In addition, the reservoir features naturally spawning populations of rainbow trout Chinook salmon. 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