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Folsom Lake Fishing Report – April
Category : BASS FISHING REPORTS
Conditions: Air temp 79 degrees, wind 5-10mph, water clarity 2-4ft and water temps 65-68 degrees
The second stop on the Future Pro Tour is in the bag and I wanted to provide a quick fishing report for Folsom Lake while it is fresh in my mind. My son Aidan and I caught five fish that weighed 7.98lbs. We caught the majority of our fish in 15-25ft on a 1/2oz. jig head with a Damiki Hydra Evolution trailer in green pumpkin. We threw the jig on a Dobyns 734C S/H while using 15lb fluorocarbon on an Abu Revo STX. Aidan did get one early keeper in a shallow cove dead-sticking a rip-bait but after about 8:30 we spent the next few hours fishing deep ledges and humps. Our boat broke down at 12p, which ended our day, but we stayed to watch the majority of the field weigh-in and listened to how the top 10 caught their fish.
The top 10 used various baits to catch their limits but the one thing they all had in common was depth. It seemed the most productive range was between 15 and 25ft (target ledges and humps that are close to spawning flats). Drop shots, jigs, deep crankbaits, nail weighted senkos, umbrella rigs, shakey heads and tubes were some of the baits used by the top 10 teams. The fish we caught up in the north fork were spitting up shad but my buddy’s (who fished the main lake) live-well was full of crawfish pieces. So mimicking either forage should produce good results. The winners had 17.98lbs and most of their fish came out of the south fork.
The lake levels continue to rise (in the past week the lake has risen 5 ft. and you can keep track of the lake levels at http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/queryDaily?FOL) and so do the water and air temps; this will keep the fish on the move. Keep following the fish up as the lake rises and continue to target structure and cover next to spawning areas in the 15-25ft range.
Until next time, stay focused, fish hard and I’ll see you on the water.