Rollins Lake and Reports

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Thursday, June 6th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 53 to 75

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: It had been some time but I finally got out to one of my favorite fun fishing lakes. Hit the water about 6 AM. I worked tubes in underwater rocks and timber on the 73-75 degree main lake for the first few hours on the main lake. Things were slow for me, I did not limit until after 9. Slow for Rollins. Around 10:30 I went up river to find my favorite deep pockets with shadows on them. The shadows were there but the water was moving and the temp was 53, still a little too early in the summer for that plan. Dropped down the river some into water that was in the 60's and started getting them again on drop shots. Tried jigs but nothing happened. Filled out two more limits with the biggest just over 2.5. Mostly spots but one largemouth, the bigger one, and one small mouth. By 1:30 the wind was blowing pretty good so I worked another couple hours fishing spots that were out of the wind. Things were slower on those spots. By 2:30 I was off the water.

    Tips: Did try topwater with a Spook first thing. One blowup and that was it. Jigs are usually really good here but I could not prove that today. Tubes and drop shots did it all. Weekdays at Rollins are so nice. By noon I had only seen 5 other boats.

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 75

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Took a newbie out to Rollins today. He wanted to sleep in so we did not get on the water until after 7 AM. I was surprised the bite seemed tough in the morning. With a usual limit by 9 AM, I was lucky to have a keeper by 9 AM. We tossed drop shot worms in MMIII and pumpkinseed tubes. Fishing was slow and the fish were small so we tried something different. We got off the typical summer pattern of fishing deep and we went shallow. We went up the river a ways to find water that was 70 degrees down from the 75 we found on the main lake. Then we switched to whacky rig green worms and fished shallow water, 2 to 4 feet, up close to a shore that had any kind of shadow on it. It was like flipping, just quick pitch, couple shakes, then pick it up if no one is home. The fish started coming but were still small. As the day wore on and the shadows increased shallow fishing began to produce keepers and a few nice ones to 3 pounds. So it started out slow and then turned into a good day. Ski boat traffic was surprisingly light as well. The lake remains more stained than normal. By now it should be clear down to about 20 feet but its clear to about 6 feet.

    Tips: Working in that close, we turned off all electronics and turned the trolling motor down to about 20.

Monday, June 4th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 70

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out about 6:30 tossing pumpkin seed tubes, june bug senkos, and MMIII Roboworms in shady pockets along different shores. It was a usual summer pattern fishing shallower in the morning and moving off deeper as the sun gets higher. Boat traffic was light. I thought the fishing was slow. I did not limit out until about 10 AM and left about 12:30 with only eight keepers. The best went 2.6 pounds. I fish this lake a lot in spring but Clear Lake tournaments kept me away until today. The lake was a lot less clear than it usually is at this time of year. I noticed reports from earlier in May saying the same thing about the lack of clarity so I can't blame it on heavy holiday ski boat traffic.

    Tips: The best came on the drop shot.

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: My son wanted to go fishing but he just had knee surgery so I didn't trust him on a boat. Took my two teenage sons fishing from shore for about 3 hours in the afternoon, keeping company with the folks fishing for trout. Caught 7-8 fish each, mostly spots, one largemouth and a few smallies. Most were smaller, largest around 2 lbs but the kids had fun. Only had bites on dropshot with roboworm. Didn't see anyone catch any trout.

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 50

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Lack of rain for the past several days has cleared the lake quite a bit. But it has not improved the fishing. I was able to get a fish here and there with a brown spider jig but I did not get a limit. Nothing else worked. ON a side note, I was the only boat on the entire lake. That was a new feeling. Fished from about 9 AM to 2 PM. Lake is high into the trees. Going to try again on XMAS Eve.

    Tips: This is an amazing spring/summer time fishery but I rarely do well in winter. So nothing to offer in the way of tips. Sorry.

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 73

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Been fishing here for the last few months and the bite has slowed down for me. Started fishing today at 8:00 am with a buddy. We did our usual and tried fishing in 5'-20' of water from a boat hitting the coves and rock walls. We tried top water, Senkos, Robo worms, and cranks baits. We had no luck fishing these methods. At noon we moved into 50' of water and hooked up almost immediately using both a weightless and drop shot wacky rigged Senko worms.

    We fished till about 2:00 pm and we caught ten fish between the two of us. All fish caught were between 1-2lbs.

    Tips: Try dark colored 3" Senko's rigged wacky style fishing in depths of 50'. Find some structure at this depth by fishing close to boat docks or some sunken trees. The fish don't seem to be as aggressive as they were earlier in the season so I suggest letting them play with the worm before setting the hook. I usually let them make 3-5 tugs on the line before setting the hook.

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 47

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Water high and muddy from recent weather. No signs of prespawn activity. Fish sitting deep 25-35 feet down. Unable to reach the Bear River inlet to check out activity there. Heading back on Saturday. Expecting better results.
    City: Sacramento