Thu, Jan 23 | Collins Lake

Collins Lake

Collins Lake has the largest private planting program for trout North of Sacramento. Thousands of these trout are trophy sized, planted at 3 to 8 pounds and growing even larger. They've built habitat areas for bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish to keep them plentiful and to keep Collins Lake among
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Collins Lake

Time & Location

Jan 23, 2020, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Collins Lake, Collins Lake, California, USA

About The Event

Start Date & Time:  Thursday, January 23 (postponed from 1/16 due to extreme cold.) The gate opens at 7:00 AM. The fee is $12 per car with a $2 discount for seniors 62 and over. Since the fee is per car you may want to car pool. 

Note: We will also have a "Float ‘n Fly seminar" given by Tom Page on Monday January 13th 5pm at the Reel Anglers Fly Shop

End Date & Time:  This is a one-day event so we’ll fish until we drop.

Location:  Collins Lake is near Browns Valley, CA.  Take Highway 20 West to Marysville Road and turn right (north.) Drive 10.4 miles to the lake entrance on the right.

Address (For mapping):  7530 Collins Lake Road, Browns Valley, CA 95918.

Description of Event:  We’ll meet at the far (south) end of the lake at the launch ramp near the dam.  If you choose to get there later you’ll be able to see us from the top of the ramp.  We’ll generally be lined up across the face of the dam. Bring a chair and a lunch in case we decide to fish all day. Note: the store has great ice cream on your way out!


·  Leader, email address, phone:  Dave Ackerman,, 714.337.3972

·  Co-Leader, email address, phone:  Tom Grant,, 530.263.2492

Fish-out Coordinator: Tom Grant, ,, 530.263.2492

Fish For (species):  Trout and spotted bass. There are other species, but they won’t be on the bite in January.

Fishing Strategy:  Sinking lines with the standard patterns of your choice for trout. Lance Gray will be talking about sinking lines in still water at the January meeting.

“Float ‘n Fly” for spotted bass using an indicator with 10 feet of 3 to 5 X fluorocarbon leader tied to a balanced leech or bait fish 


We’ll be having a Float ‘n Fly seminar given by Tom Page on Monday January 13th 5pm at the Reel Anglers Fly Shop.

Reel Anglers Fly Shop has the patterns that work. 

Recommended Gear:

·  Rods:  5 and 6 weight; long rods are best to fling the float and fly set up

·  Lines:  sinking rate of your choice for trout and floating lines for bass

·  Leaders:  3 to 5 X

·  Tippet:  same

·  Flies:  Hare’s ear, scuds, streamers like wooly buggers and other trout patterns for trout;  balanced leeches, balanced bait fish patterns, 1/32 oz. jig head bait fish patterns for bass. Reel anglers has effective patterns for this method.

·  Other:  use indicators with posts to help detect strikes.  Rigging for a 90 degree drop from your indicator is essential. We’ll show you how at the pre fish out seminar.

What participants need to know: 

Winter bass take the fly very subtly; set the hook at the slightest movement.  As Tom Page says; “hook sets are free.”

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