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CENTRAL VALLEY TROUT TIME IS NOW While many trout chasers are waiting for the April 28 general opener in the Sierra – the possibility of more snow is always a factor in slowing down the fishing action – there could be some fantastic trout fishing throughout this month down the mountains at Collins. “We are seeing just as much activity from the shore as we are from boaters. For those in boats, they’re trolling with Kastmaster, Needlefish or Rapalas, in the 5- to 10-foot range. For shore fishing, most colors of PowerBait have been doing really well,” Young says. “As the weather starts to warm up throughout the spring, the lake temperature will start to rise and the trout will start to drop to the deeper waters.” “We will start to see an increase in traffic throughout the spring as the weather starts to warm up. The weekdays are still very quiet and

weekends are starting to pick up. We will see more activity on the holidays and weekends and will be very busy from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. We see more recreational activities (swimming, tubing, etc.) pick up in late May and through the summer. So April and early May provide a great quieter and relaxing environment for fishing than the more active summer months.” April and May also feature three trout derbies, sponsored by Angler’s Press (April 7), the California Inland Fisheries Foundation Inc. (April 28) and the Collins Lake Family Fishing Derby (May 12). You can sign up for all three at collinslake.com. “All three derbies make for great fun family outings with opportunities to win cash and/or prizes,” Young says. “With the incredible catches we have seen already and expect to see all spring, we highly recommend signing up for one of the derbies.” CS

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Collins Lake’s net pen program will eventually stock 5,000 trout into the lake. Many are big fish like these two rainbows, caught by Craig Barrick while trolling the middle of the lake with Power Worms. (COLLINS LAKE)

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