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Collins Lake

Collins Lake is a 1600 acre lake and recreation area with 12 1/2 mile of shoreline, nestled in the beautiful California gold country foothills. It is located about 1 1/4 hours North East of Sacramento between Marysville and Grass Valley.

Collins Lake open's year-round at sunrise. Facilities include lakeshore camping and RV sites, tent sites, group camps, boat launch, marina and boat rentals, a big sand swimming beach, children's playground, beach volleyball, picnic area, general store, laundry and hot showers. Check out our famous huge ice cream cones!

SkiWaterskiing is permitted May 1st - Oct 15th. Please note that Collins Lake regulations do not permit the operation of small personal watercraft ie: Jet skis or waverunners, and unmuffled or excessively noisy boats.

Collins features huge bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish. More than 50,000 trout are planted every spring. Thousands of the trout are trophy sized, planted at 3 to 8 pounds.

For more information, call (916) 692-1600.

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Name: Larry Hemphill Date: 2014-03-23
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 59-62 Water Clarity: 1
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.

Name: Larry Hemphill Date: 2013-11-26
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 55-56 Water Clarity: 3
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.

Name: Out Bassin Date: 2013-03-14
Location: Truckee E-Mail:
Water Temp: 56-62 Water Clarity: 3
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.


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