Folsom Lake and Reports

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Hi: 59 ° F
Lo: 48 ° F
Precip: 76%
Precip: 77%

Friday, November 29th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 54-56

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Super cold so I didn't get out on the water until 8:30am today and had a Thanksgiving thing to get to so I was off the lake by 12:30pm but I still managed to locate tons of bait fish and picked up 3 spotted bass, biggest was 2.5lbs and missed 2. I tried LV500's, deep diving jerkbaits, ned rig, drop shotting but the only way I got fish was off slow rolling a small swimbait in about 35-40ft of water. A trout fisherman trolling a Rapala picked up about a 3lb bass aprox 50 yards from me in 50ft of water. I had a really nice bass follow up my swimbait but when he saw my boat darted back down.

    Tips: Make sure your bait is on the bottom and go slow. Picking up tons of baitfish on rocky points.

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 58-61

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I fish Folsom almost every weekend and I've been doing pretty good. Last weekend (11/16/19) I caught 11 total, got out at safe light and left at 1pm. Been fishing the south fork for the last month looking for schooled up baitfish in small coves along ledges with access to deep water. Got my limit of keepers around 2lbs each by 9am. First couple came off a Ned rig around 25-30ft, next few came off a dropshot rig, picked up tons and tons of baitfish in the 30-50ft range and tried using a spoon but couldn't buy a hit off it but to be fair I'm awful at spooning. I wanted to try it though since I've heard people slammin the heck out of them spooning right now. Got the next 5 or 6 on a Keitech. Just trying to match the hatch with the baitfish swimming around so I went with the smaller impact Keitechs to match the baitfish size and did pretty well.

    Tips: Fish slow...dead stick the ned rigs and tiny twitches on the drop shot rigs. Couldn't even feel the hits, just felt weight on the line.
    Slow rolling a steady retrieve with the Keitechs just barely enough to move the tail. The smallest taps on the swimbait set the hook, several times I just felt a little tap and it was bass hitting them.

    Almost every fish I pulled up was spitting baitfish out so find the batifish!

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 65

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I only fished for a few hours (2 pm - 5 pm). I figured I should try offshore structure today, so I went to (3) of my favorite underwater humps but didn't graph a large concentration of fish. On my 4th spot, I did see several fish along with baitfish and picked up a 2# smallmouth on a Carolina rigged grub in less than 8' of water. That was it - another slow day on Folsom.

Monday, October 28th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 63

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: With power out and no school, two boats from our high school fishing team went fishing. I was glad to get our faculty advisor out with me. We started in south fork first thing about 7 AM. In the first hour the two boats netted 6 keepers on worms and jigs. Nothing big but solid keepers. Most were shallow. Then one boat went further up the south fork and got two more including a 4. The other boat went up north fork to and could not buy a bite when the sun was high on the lake. We could see large schools of bait fish on the electronics and fish coming up from deep to hammer them. But we could not get bit until the sun got lower creating shadow lines, we could cast to for keepers. We got a few more there including two largemouth and a small mouth. Then cocktail time was closing in so we headed home.

    Tips: Never fished Folsom in the fall so no tips except jigs and worms.

Monday, August 12th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 78-80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Went out this morning got to the first spot about 6:25 a.m. Fourth cast had my first fish in the boat. Caught on an isolated grass area just on the inside of a point. Second fish about 30 minutes later on a rock wall. Had one on a jig in some of that suspended weeds in a cove. Then once 10 a. m hit no other bites. Got off the water about 1 p.m.

    Tips: Fish slow and go back through with different baits

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

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    Water Temp: 78-79

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got out yesterday morning 7-21 as well as today 7-22 from about 6am-9am both days. Little to know ski boat action both day that early which is nice. Water is WARM 78/79 I actually hit 80 in a few spots. Topwater bite is still not happening for me. Traditionally when that water temp get down to about 75/76 that topwater gets a lot better for me. Doesn't mean I still don't try and force it each morning haha. Had a couple smack a Jig on the main lake area near the south arm found a couple humps with fish stacked up on them. Also had some luck with a spoon. I had 3 fish I hooked into but came unhooked (most likely due to being a spoon newbie). All in all two great days on the water. Wish this lake would get some love. She can be tough but personally I love the challenge.

    Tips: Get out early before temps rise even hire both water and outside. Jigs and Spoons have what I've had luck catching some better fish one recently.

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

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    Water Temp: 72

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got on the water at 2;00 pm and fished til 6;00 pm . started at Mooney and blanked , went to beals by the swim beach and fished the trees , caught one . Then went to the peninsula to fish the trees and started getting them . The shady side is where the fish were . Some trees hold one and others might have three or four . The real problem is the trees that hold none , it seems you fish four trees and only one of them will have fish .
    Mornings are a lot slower than afternoon , that will change as the warmer weather is starting .
    Ended up with my five best over 14 lbs , Had a 3.5 SM , 3 plus LM , Lots of spots over 2.5 . My last tree I caught ten spots in thirty minutes , almost every cast . Had a little over twenty fish , most came the last two hours .

    Tips: All on weightless wacky senkos , color didn't matter that much , used green pumpkin and baby bass 5'' on wide gap 2/0 . cast leave 8' of slack and watch your line for a fish swimming away . You wont feel the bite if your doing it correct . cast every thirty seconds or so to cover lots of water ,

Friday, April 19th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 60-64

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished from 8:00 am - 3-00 pm. Bite began to pick up around 10 once the sun hit the water. I could see down about 10 foot up the North fork, and if I saw one, there were multiple in the area. Largest fish was a 4.54, with one 3.4 to follow, and some other little keepers.

    Tips: Fish brush from 10-17 ft of water. Especially focus on the isolated tree tops off from shore. I caught them all on a nekorigged senko in a natural shad color. I did throw an S-Waver for a little and got lots of followers.

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

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    Water Temp: 59 to 63

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with my friend Brian . We started fishing the trees and the bass were not complying with us . By noon we had maybe four fish just under two lbs . Started fishing rocky banks in the north arm and started getting them . We went back to the trees later in the day and they just were not there or biting . We fished Anderson island to Rattlesnake we caught over thirty , sounds like a lot but not really . lots of slow areas between the hot spots . Largest was a 2 lb 14 oz spot . We caught Largemouth , spots and smallmouth . I still think the bite will break loose soon with the warm weather coming on .

    Tips: All on wacky senkos , light line . no weight . on the drop . 5'' natural shad . nothing on blades or Keitec swimbaits

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

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    Water Temp: 54 to 60

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I have been fishing Folsom the last two weeks with good results , day to day its different . The bite picked up with water temps two weeks ago . reaction and keitecs were working well . Now however it seems that bite has slowed down and plastics in and around trees is working well . I think the best bite has yet to happen . The north wind the last few days has not helped , as well as the temps dropping 5 degrees . Still the fish are there , you just have to work for them . More sun this next week will make it better . The best fish the last week has been a 5.5 spot , 5 and 4 Largemouth and to many 3 lb and 2 lb fish to count . One day will be a fish every 10 to 15 minutes and the next day every 30 minutes .

    Tips: Senkos on 6 lb fluoro next to trees . If you don't get bit in five minutes go to a different tree or trees . Trees in 15 feet is the sweet spot .

Monday, February 11th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 47

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: We participated in the Vista De Lago High School Bass Tournament yesterday. 75 boats on the water and another well organized event with kids from all over NorCal. The guys running these tournaments are awesome.
    We got a keeper in the first hour which is our goal to weigh in at tournaments but after that, we had a tough day.
    Small mouth was caught on a shad color worm fishing slowly and dragging the bottom. I'm going to say around a quarter of the boaters didn't weigh in and most of the boats only got one or two. We drop shot deep and slow, we worked the vertical walls and secondary points. Even, tried over near the dam. Tough day, cold but no rain. A big thank you to Vista De Lago HS Fishing club for putting this on each February.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

  • Water Temp: 49 to 45

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: If there is one thing I hate about living in FOLSOM it’s not being able to catch quality bass consistently in a lake 1.5 miles from my house... got on the water at 10 hoping to hit that afternoon bite ... saw several bass boats running around the lake and looked like they had a tough day like me... missed a few bites but other than that nada! Someone please share the secret of folsom lake. I tried crank baits, drop shot, jerk bait, and Ned rig. Horrible fishing on such a beautiful day... could it be the full moon? In between storms? Started on. North shore and worked around lake hitting rock points. Tried shallow and deep with no success.

    Tips: Water has risen 17 feet in the last week. Temps are cold and finding the fish was a mystery.

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

  • Water Temp: 66

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: But continues to be hit and miss... this weather is definitely keeping the bass in a holding pattern. Nothing special to talk about. South fork was really slow today got out for a few hrs... tried too water, jogs and Senko.... lots of fisherman very little bites..

Monday, October 15th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 67

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: The bass bite is heating up... caught some nice large and smalls today inbetween the Smud and rattlesnake bar off of a sned and senko.. others said they killed it on drop shot and jig inbetween Beals point and the damn near the island said they got 15 or so fish... will be even better in a couple weeks

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished this morning for 3 hours with a friend who is a good companion but a novice to bass fishing. Caught 8 smallish bass and noticed no particular pattern. Had three others come loose. Did not fish the trees because of my friend. All were caught dart heading/grub or on a Rapala SR5 Shad. Pretty morning till the wind came up. Not much boat traffic up the North Arm.

    Folsom gets so much pressure...

Friday, March 30th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 58-61

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Man it's been heating up nicely all week I thought the bite An the conditions would be on point today but I was wrong big time. Launched at noon from browns ravine An found out the lake has risen 30+ feet in the last 3-4 weeks, I shot straight in lower arm to check out some of my usual spots, after gettin about 1/2 mile in I noticed the whole arm was chocolate milk, filthy! I then checked out a couple spots on main lake but boat traffic was heavy so I worked the upper arm the rest of the day, fished rock walls ranging shallow to deep, flipped trees, shallow flats some with mainly grass An some mostly rocky, fished deep boulders offshore. Light colors dark colors with no success except for my only bite a 2 pound spot slammed my creature in about 4 ft of water. No other fish were on that pattern. I'm not really what the fish do when the lake levels rise so much.

    Tips: I'll take some tips if anyone has any to offer

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

  • Report: by kb » Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:10 pm

    The warmer rains will have the fish biting on jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, a-rigs and plastics. From the bank the Beals Point and Granite Bay Area will be good with some fish near the rocks.

  • Report: by HrdHookSets » Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:57 pm

    Early this week when it rained I found fish up in the shallows on top water explosions!!! As the rain was warm... Unlike today it was a cold front rain which no top water and pushes the fish towards inactive as much n found less fish but a few on plastics on the bottom... I dont own a boat just another shore fisherman with little knowledge....

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.