Folsom Lake and Reports

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Folsom Lake, Elevaton: 425.84 ft. Daily Statistics
Monday, Jan 15
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
577,123 3,125 2,607 0.00 3
Wednesday, Jan 17
Hi: 62 ° F
Lo: 49 ° F
Mostly Cloudy
Precip: 7%
Mostly Cloudy
Precip: 5%

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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    Water Temp: 58

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Water levels and temp: Water levels have risen significantly in the last two weeks due to the recent rain, which has lifted the 5 mph restrictions, so put the pedal to the metal! Water temps are ranging from 57-59 degrees. Surface temp was also in the upper 50's to low 60's. Wind was blowing pretty good on the main body at 10- 15 mph with gusts to 20mph. Calmer water was found on the south and north arms and within creek channels. Water clarity is surprisingly clear even after the rains

    Fishing: It’s all about the bait! If you can find balls of bait fish you will find the bass. Right now the bass are scattered and aren’t schooled up like they usually are but, again, if you can find the bait you will have a good chance of putting multiple bass in the boat. Fish were found at 20-30 foot depths with the occasional shallow water fish.

    Fishing locations: Concentrating on the creek channels and offshore structure on the main body will give you the best opportunity to find and catch these guys. New York Creek produced a couple decent fish down at the 30-foot range. Offshore Rock Piles and Island Tops seem to be holding fish too. Any creek channels or offshore structure holding bait is going to be your best bet. Anderson Island and Anderson Creek had holding fish as well in 30 foot depths.

    Bait: Finesse, finesse, finesse! That’s the name of the game in Folsom Lake right now. Drop-shot a Robo Worm. Shaky Head, Neko rig senko, and 3/8 oz football jig in green pumpkin or brown and purple with double paddle tail grub trailers will get the job done. A few shallow fish were caught yo-yoing a lip-less crank bait in red eye shad or LV500. Even The Staysee 90 got a few.

    What to expect: You want ‘em? You’re going to have to work for them. Expect the fishing to be a little tough, especially with the colder weather coming in, but don't give up!! Find the bait and drop it on their heads. My predictions are the fish are in early winter mode so you're going to have to put the bait right in front of their face. Good luck!

    Tips: Most important tip is to be patient.and Find the bait!

Monday, March 14th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 52-55

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Second time on this lake and first time by myself or without a 5mph speed limit. Launched around 0700 from Folsom Lake Marina at Brown's and headed east into South Fork. Stopped on the inside edge of the first point I came to and picked up a 1.5 spot on a Frenzy Nail. Fished up the bank from there and graphed a few, but no more bites.
    Explored all the way up the fork stopping here and there and went as far back as the mud line.
    Fished the point on the north side of South Fork where it emptied into the main lake and caught several there, none over 2.5.
    I heard there were largies in North fork, so I went that way until I hit the mudline there and then found a good-looking largemouthie spot. Second cast there I caught a largemouth. Only another 2.5, but it made me happy and brought my weight to 11# and I called it a day.

    Tips: Frenzy nail with a blue plastic and Martens madness on a drop shot worked best all day. Most fish were fairly shallow.

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 49

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched 815am Brown's Ravine - wanted to test my new Minn Kota Riptide 70lb with, what a difference from the old 55lb powerdrive unit. Love the spot-lock anchor option.
    Anyways, went across to the peninsula and headed for the far side inlet before heading up South Fork. First cast on a dropshot 3.5" tube and a nice 2lb smallie grabbed it. I didn't expect to hook up on this watermelon/red flk tube as it was left on the rig from fishing the delta a month and a half ago. I was too lazy to replace it and got lucky. No more hits in that cove so we headed up the s.fork to one of our fav points and my brother stuck a scrappy 1.5lber dropshotting a 6" Aaron's Magic in about 10ft. Ran into New York and graphed fish deep at about 50ft but couldn't get another bite. Headed in about 1pm. Accomplished what we set out to do and that was to test the new trolling motor and learn a little about iPilot.

    Tips: Not qualified to give any tips but the dropshot worked for a couple of isolated smallie, one spot. First time on Folsom Lake in the boat in a long while. I'm thinkin' N.Fork submerged boulders is next if we go again....but likely hittin' the Delta.

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

  • Water Temp: na

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Walked / hiked the shoreline at Brown's Ravine tossing a junebug 5" senko. Picked up a 13" smallie and a 14" spot. Was actually surprised to catch something much less two. The smallie was on the outside open lake side of one of the points I walked to. The spot must have just been cruising the shoreline and the senko probably landed on top of its head. Made me stay there an extra half hour but nothing else. Just had fun throwing a lure into Folsom lake again since we couldn't get out to the delta.

    Tips: Not qualified to give tips. But what I did.... fished slow. I was throwing out, letting it hit bottom, then walk a few steps and just drag the bottom, then stop for 2 mins., then walk again. Once I could see it was parallel to the shoreline, I'd reel up and cast at 45degrees ahead of the direction I was walking. Then do the same thing. got some good exercise too.

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 66

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I cast along the shoreline at dike8 (oh excuse me, "folsom point") while I let my dog hang out, swim, and mark everything he can piss on.... managed a stray smallie around 13" and a spot about a lb throwin' a 5" morning dawn stik-o from bass pro. I connected about 2 weeks ago practicing a swim jig at brown's ravine but a security guy told me I couldn't cast from the launch dock. it was a weekday and aboluly NO ONE AROUND and I told him I would be happy to get off the dock if someone wanted to launch. he referred to some u.s. boater regulation about not fishing 50 ft from the dock. then started saying "if I let you, then I have to let everyone else" at which point I just told him he didn't have to explain and I would just get off the dock. however I did point out to him that there were no signs stating "no fishin from the dock" but there was a sign saying "no parking on the boat ramp" ... go figure. I later asked a state park officer and he said the security guys get a little "over-zealous". oh well, they're doing their job. I just wonder how u.s. boater regulation applies to a shore fisherman. anyways, I'm a folsom resident and I'm not gonna let this guy stop me from fishing my resident lake. i'll just stay off the launch ramp like I always do IF THERE'S A BOAT LAUNCHING. maybe they should post a sign. delta is my preferred fishing area anyway...give folsom lake to the rude wake boarders and skiers.

    Tips: stay off the launch dock even if it's not posted. like I said, I get off when I see someone coming to launch or's pretty simple common sense. btw...bobby burgess, did you ever take your son out last april? was waiting for results.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

  • Water Temp: ? Don't know ye

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: I will be going out Friday with my son for his annual Folsom trip. I will report back on how our trip turns out.

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 53-56

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished south fork all day, with some wind. Worked the mud lines with river 2 sea lipless crank baits and caught 15 fish within 2 hours between 2 of us. Best 5 going for 13 pounds
    City: sacramento

    Tips: 9-12 am is the time slot to get all your fish

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

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    Water Temp: 74

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Took the family out for a few hours of late Saturday afternoon wake avoidance. We fished the North Fork and picked up 12 spots and a silver-sided thing (hmmm, a fish that isn't green? ;-) ) among the three of us, with my young son getting both the biggest (about 2 1/4 lbs) and the smallest (a real bruiser that went about 4 inches). Most were in the 1-1.5 lb. range. All fish came on shad color drop shots and dart-headed smoke w/silver flake single tail grubs in about 5-15 feet of water.
    City: Foresthill

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

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    Water Temp: 53

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Started today around 10:00am. Fished the North Fork all day and tried to void te wind. Picked one up on a spinner bait off a wind blown bank. Only had that one bite on a spinner bait. Drop shot bite was decent. Landed one and missed a few other bites. Stuck 4 on a yamamoto hulla grub in the creek channels leading into the coves.
    We landed 5 today biggest about 2.5lbs. Whe you find them they are hungry.
    City: Granite Bay

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

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    Water Temp: 48-49

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: My brother and his buddy go out today and caught 3 fish with a few other bites all on green pumpkin jigs. No big fish, biggest 1.5lbs. They worked it extremely slow and did not feel some of the bites just weight.

    Tips: Fish were caught in the main body next to river rock piles. Oh by the way to launch with a 2 wheel drive my brother said that a person go stuck try to get his boat out.

    Unfortunately I had to work and could not fish. I get tired of work getting in the way of fishing.

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

  • Water Temp: no idea

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Walked the shoreline running my dog...threw small 1/4oz football jig in watermelon red with a pumpkin netbait paca chunk...picked up 1 spot and 1 smallie, both around a pound. Just having fun runnin' the dog and throwing a line in...wasn't expecting to catch.
    mnuzum, thanx for posting reports...was gettin' tired of lookin' at my old one. lots of folks walkin' the old Mormon island settlement asking if there's fish in folsom lake.
    City: folsom

    Tips: none...other than the it slow. I hate workin' it slow when I'm on the boat but even more when I'm on the I throw it out and just start walking...when I see my line parallel with the shoreline about 10 feet out, I reel it back in and cast again, then walk. oh well, sometimes somethin' will be cruising the shoreline.

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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    Water Temp: 52 in the mid a

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: We fished from about 11 to 4pm and managed 9 fish. Most were clones around 2 lbs and my brother caught a very nice 3.5 small mouth on a jig. Threw a swim bait for 4 hours an no bites. All fish caught on jigs and spoons 15 to 30 ft on the main body.

    Tips: Fish slow

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

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    Water Temp: 48-49

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Had a tough day, only managed to land 1 fish on drop shot. Our friends landed a few more than we did. Tried everything and it was just a tough bite.

    We need rain bad folsom looks like a river and it is very tough to launch if you do not have a keel gaurd.

    Anyhow if youre going out to folsom please keep the updated coming.

    Tips: None really through everything at them. Maybe I will try the kitchen sink next time.

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

  • Water Temp: 81

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched 615 at Dike8/Folsom Pt and headed straight to N.Fork. Worked points and shoreline with rocks and boulders using mid-diving cranks and dropshot for 8 keepers, 4 lost at boat, and about 20-25 dinks and 8-10inchers larger dinks that hit hard and fought like smallies. off the water by 230pm; pretty decent for a Wed, even with the ski/wake boats.
    City: folsom

    Tips: Worked boulders at points and rock faces in 10-20ft dropshotting. Most of the keepers came on dropshot but a choice few on mid-diving cranks. crank pause crank hard pause triggered several bites. dropshot hits were subtle and rod would just load up, then pull back hard. fun half day.
    get out early, then off between noon and 2latest and you won't get too bothered by the boat traffic.

Monday, June 10th, 2013

  • Water Temp: 76

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: This is to correct temp and visibility from earlier report. This is my last report until Westernbass fixes problems with entry. Tried contacting both the Webmaster and the other link under contact but never got a response.

  • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Windy, 10+ East of Rattlesnake bar. Tried spinners, no luck. Caught 3 large mouth, 14-17" on rocks at about 12', and 1 big old tired post-spawn mama, 3.5 lbs in the trees. Caught all with 5" baby bass Senkos, wacky, no weight. Had to cast way forward to give it time to drop because the wind was whipping me right along. Tried nail weights a few times, but no luck.

    Tips: Three hits came on dead stick, one while reeling in.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

  • Water Temp: not sure

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Shoreline report: Ran my dog at Dike 8/Folsom Point just down below the picnic tables. First cast with monster shad colored senko...tic tic tic... 13" smallie. Continued along the point and rocky shoreline throwing the senko and just letting it settle to bottom...twitch a couple times, bring it up and throw again. Picked up 2 more spots about a lb each. Was a decent morning running the dog.
    City: folsom

    Tips: None. I just took a rod rigged with a 5" senko and worked the shoreline while I ran the dog. But I'm thinking they're still hanging around rocky shoreline and rockpiles. shad senko is something i came across at monster tackle....supposedly a special color made for them by yamamoto..comes in a gary yamamoto pkg. work at folsom and delta.

Friday, May 10th, 2013

  • Water Temp: 70's

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Started out fishing the trees and saw a TON of carp. tried a jerkbait for a while with no bites. Searched the shore to see if bass were bedding, Nothing. Finally fished some rockpiles and BAM. Got 2-3 bass per rock pile on shad colored worms (darthead) and smoke senkos (wacky rigged) caught 30+fish biggest was maybe close to 3 lbs. spots, lmb's, and smallies.
    City: Rancho Cordova

    Tips: Cast right on top, and to the sides of submerged rock piles. all bites were pressure bites, just test your slack line for that mushy feeling. I was moving the bait kind of fast and was getting bit.

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

  • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: this is a test

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

  • Water Temp: 61-64

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I took a father/son team to beautiful Folsom Friday morning. That lake is so beautiful in the spring - just wish it had more water this year. We found the fishing to be somewhat tough, but we didn't start until 8 am and they missed the first few bites thay had. They did land 3 nice spotted bass but we spend most of our time running around learning new areas - heads looking at the Lowrance HDS-8. We fished a little over 4 1/2 hrs. Lots of bass boats on the water and now the pleasure boats are arriving. It is a pity that some much of the good cover - trees and brush - are out of the water. Maybe not everyone feels that way however. Possibily because of the clear water and higher sun, bass seemed to be very timid with their bites. As I looked around at other boats - it seemed that most wern't setting the hook much.

    Tips: I can't say much since one of them is probably fishing an upcoming tournament. They did throw a variety of baits and did get bit on several of them. Just had trouble getting a good hookset. There was a nice breeze in the north fork which should have helped the bite a bit. As we went back to Granite Bay about 12:30 pm - main body was dead-flat calm. Tough conditions!