Collins Lake and Reports

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Friday, October 28th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 64-67

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I made a quick 3 hr trip Tues before dark and found my number one rule about bass fishing was still in effect - "Whatever happened on your last trip will NOT happen on this trip!! The clouds were just starting to move in as part of the present storm. Thought the bite would be good - especially topwater. Not a chance!! I only had one topwater bite, which was a 1 1/2 lb largemouth that I landed. So - what do I do?? I wacky rigged some Senkos and threw Robo worms. That did the trick just before total dark. I caught 3 more spots from 1 3/4 to 2 lb 10 oz. Missed another and broke off a big fish. So, not a total bad trip. I broke off the big one on a jig.

    Tips: All I had to do was look at the surface water to tell the topwater bite was off. I saw only 3 or 4 bass break the surface. Never got a bite on the spot that was the best on my previous best. Again, my fish I did catch were off the bank on structure. The lake will be coming up this weekend with the present storm and the Sunday storm.

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

  • Water Temp: 66-68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I did a quick solo trip to Collins yesterday - testing the usual good fall topwater bite. It was on the hour before dark. The problem was -their accuracy in hitting my Chug bug wasn't very good. I missed several - one good one. They just wouldn't take it very good. It did land 3 spotted bass at 2 lb 13 oz, 2 1/4 and 1 3/4 lbs. I started about 4 pm and the late afternoon bite was dead.

    Tips: I just followed the bass that were chasing shad and also fished some the of the submerged island tops. The middle of the lake and the east shore were best. Water was still pretty warm for late October!

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

  • Water Temp: 80-83

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I took a few hours to check out the bite at Collins Thursday afternoon. Weird - knowing what the holiday would bring in terms of boating on the lake, I and another boat, trolling for trout, were the only ones on the lake. I fished from 5 to 9 pm and got about 12 bites, landing 6 from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 lbs. The bigger bass were all largemouth, hitting Robo worms in the MM111 color. I had 2 good topwater hits, landing one of them - a 2 lb spotted bass. My 5 biggest went close to 10 lbs. As is normal in the fall, all my bass were caught on off-shore structure.

    Tips: Collins is an amazing lake and fun if you like fishing off-shore structure. it is just amazing to see when the lake is down - island tops, ledges, rock piles, stumps everywhere!! Speaking of the lake level, it is higher than I can remember for the Labor Day weekend.

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 71-73

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I made a quick solo trip to Collins today (Wed). starting about 3 pm and fishing until 6:30 pm. I looked and studied all the low water sights - structure that is normally under water. I fished some and looked around some. I was metering the middle of the lake with my NEW Gen 3 12" Lowrance. Fantastic!! All of a sudden a bunch of bass busted shad - out of nowhere!! I had the presence of mind to quick throw a spook and nailed a 3 1/4 lb spot. Good first topwater fish of the fall. I landed 3 more keepers on the spook - one a 2 3/4 lb largemouth. The bite didn't last long. I cranked a lot, but no hits. One worm hit.

    Tips: With another warm week in store, I think the Oct bite will be a bit late this year. Launching take some time down by the dam, but had no trouble with my Ranger.

Friday, December 26th, 2014

  • Water Temp: 47

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Cold day at Collins, 26 degrees when I got there, knocking ice out of my rod guides all morning. Ended up with 5 Spots for around 12 lbs. All in shallow water no more than 10 feet. Took all on plastic worms and dart heads. Graphed lots of fish around 40 feet on the bottom, but no takers (maybe catfish). Bass were all scattered, one here, one there.

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

  • Water Temp: 76-78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I visited the lake last Friday for a few hours before dark. Saw lots of bait in the center part of the lake but not much down by the dam. Had 3 or 4 bites and landed one 2 1/4 lb spotted bass - near the dam. It hit a jig of all things! Water is still warm and bait is deep.

    Tips: I was not surprised that there was no surface activity - didn't get a hit on topwater. Things should perk up in mid-October.

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

  • Water Temp: 59-62

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: I fished solo Friday afternoon and late Sunday afternoon. Fri I had some good takes on swimbaits and dumped a big spot at the boat. They are hard to net when alone. I caught 2 smaller spots this afternoon, but no takes on swimbaits - probably because of a north wind. Water temp dropped about 3 degrees because of the wind. I caught the 2 smaller bass on jigs.

    Tips: As usual, the water temp is a little better on the east side, but not much. West side has some good structure under the water now - should be good before long.

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

  • Water Temp: 55-56

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I did a solo 2 1/2 hour late afternoon trip today, looking for the new hangout places since the lake is pretty low now. Launching is still fine. I threw jigs most of the time - casting and dragging. I missed a good bass mid-lake dragging in about 30 feet of water. I ending the trip fishing structure on the lower part of the lake and landed 5 spots up to 2 1/4 lbs. Missed about 3 or 4. Most hits were from 20 to 45 feet. Nothing shallow. Had to have some rock to find the fish.

    Tips: I really didn't try many other techniques since my time was short. I was using brown/orange jigs with Yamamoto grub trailers.

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 56-62

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Spots and Largemouth in the shallow water East side and spawning, Largemouth on a Pre spawn with males cruising Throw worms to the base of the submerged trees and wait. Flukes, Senkos ,Sluggos any type of weedless plastic jerkbait.
    City: Truckee

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 49-51

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Collins Sunday evening and Monday morning.
    After figuring out the submerged tree pattern the fishing was pretty good. Had to find trees in 15-25 feet of water that were submerged completely. Caught fish on a variety of baits, senkos, drop shot, swimbait, dart head and jigs.
    Fish were 1.5-2# average with a couple 3+ spots tossed in the mix.
    Find those trees and fish slow!
    City: Reno

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 52 f

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the Dam area. Caught five and missed 7 or so more. All on Berkley Powerbait Garlic. One had a stomach full of little silver minnows, inch and a half long.
    Bite was best at sunrise and there was a midge hatch happening most of the morning.
    City: Woodland

Friday, December 21st, 2012

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    Water Temp: 52

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I fished Collins yesterday afternoon for about 4 hours, but couldn't do much because of the howling wind. Hard to get away from it in this lake - being so open. I did most of my fishing at the lower end, near the dam. I missed about 6 or 7 fish - including a pretty good one - but landed 4 up to 2 lbs - all spots. Wind at 25-30 mph made feeling a bite impossible. All hits were on a D&M Piranha swim jig - craw color. I was using a Yamamoto Swim Senko as a trailer. Fishwere all over the water column - from 5 to 25 feet.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: The lake is 10 feet from full and will fill within a week. Water will probably be dingy again for a few days. Bass will probably move quite shallow as the lake fills.

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 54

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I made a quick 3 hr trip today, mainly to try my new G. Loomis NRX rods. I only used 2 models, hooking 2 bass - a 2 1/4 and 1 3/4 lb. The rods felt great! I did hook a bigger one, but lost it. As I was leaving. I made one more cast with a D%M Piranha swim jig (craw color) and got a good hit in about 15 feet of water - and I even landed her! She was a spot just shy of 3 1/2 lbs. Nice short trip!
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: The lake has come up some 20 feet. It looks great but still fairly dingy. I would use some type of bladed bait or bulky bait. All my bites were about 15-20 feet deep. Got the first 2 drop-shotting Robo worms in the main body.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 68-70

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I made another afternoon trip to test the bite and found it still to be a bit slow. We need some cold nights! I found drop-shotting a grape color Robo worm to be the bait of choice and got a lot of action before dark - about 20 to 30 feet deep. Even though I had a lot of bites, I only landed 5 - but they were nice spots from 1 1/2 to 2 1/4 lbs. I caught one on the east side and the rest on the west side. Had one quality blowup on topwater, but missed her.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: The coming rain and longer nights should cool the water some in spite of no cold fronts yet. The usual good October bite will be in November this year. I did quite a bit of spooning with no results.

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 76-79

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I made my first short early fall trip to Collins yesterday afternoon since the summer crowds are now gone. And - I was almost a hero! I was throwing my favorite Chug Bug topwater bait in the evening and hooked a big bass - well over the 5 lb range, but quickly lost her. There was shallow rock present and was lucky to get my lure back as she frayed about 2 feet of line on the rock. I lost another good one in the 3 to 4 lb range. Overall, the bite was slow. I caught 3 dragging a morning dawn Robo worm, and one on topwater - and a bluegill on topwater! Bass were all in the 2 lb range. Big fish might be about ready to show - probably another 2 or 3 weeks. Water need to cool a bit.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: Look for areas that have a deep drop-off. When the lake drops, there are a lot of flats that just don't hold fall fish. The jig bite well pick up soon. I saw some shad on the surface, but only a few bass chasing them.

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Collins while camping with the folks. Collins Lake Camp ground has definetly improved over the last few years. Very clean good job. White spinner baits and shad colored swim baits were the ticket in isolated trees in about 4-8 feet of water. Wait for the wind to blow and go get'em. Best fish 3 lbs caught over 20 in two days top water worked at sundown. Best Collins day in a long time.
    City: Yuba city

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 60

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Muddy Muddy Muddy All reports say the lake is clear. Thats BS. I really think there just trying to get the trout fisherman up there to pay for there new store. Fished from 6 till 9 1 off spinnerbait 2 on alabama rig and 2 on plastics. Nothing big all around 2 lbs. Talk to a few trout fisherman and they said the bite was slow. DBTH thats dont believe the hype. Ive been fishing here for 20 years and they allways make the fishing report better than it really is.

    Tips: If your looking for some good bass go some were else. OVERRATED!!!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

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    Water Temp: 53-57

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: My brother and I fished this lake for the first time. The lake is full and up into the trees. The wind blew us around so we started with rip baits and LV500's in the morning. We kept getting trout on the LV500 in 15 feet. We moved off but did not get anything. When the wind became more manageable we tossed worms and 6 inch Senkos into the trees from 4 ft to about 20 feet. There we started picking up fish and ended up with several in the 13 - 15 inch length. About three the wind got worse so we took a couple trout we had caught home for dinner.
    City: Georgetown

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 50-53

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I took myself up to the lake this afternoon to check out the bite - and found it pretty good. I fished from 2:30 to 5:30 pm, landing 7 spots and 2 largemouth. My first spotted bass was big fish - a little over 3 1/2 lbs. Caught her on the "Hemphill" special - brown/orange jig with #180 5" Yamamoto grub trailer, about 30 feet deep. Cloud cover moved in and might have turned on the bite. I caught all the rest of the bass from 10 to 20 feet deep - west and east shore, mostly on jigs. I threw 6 and 8 inch swimbaits, but no hits.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: One could almost walk across all the trout they planted - wow! Some of the monster bass in Collins should put on a few pounds with those "meals!" I threw a few crankbaits with no success.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 48

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Haven't been out to collins in over a year, but had a blast! Between the two if us we caught 18 bass with the best five 16.4lbs only got one large mouth that was a tad over three, but the big spots were hungry. It was a nice calm day, but the lake was pretty low. I thought the fish would be deep, but they all came from 5-15' of water.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: Fish slow with 1/8oz shaky head matched with a chartreuse chompers 6" worm. And for the spot, well can't give my secret spot away