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Folsom Lake Fishing Report December 2016

Category : BASS FISHING REPORTS

Conditions: Air temp 55 – 59 degrees, wind 2-5 mph, clarity 5-8 ft, lake level 431ft, and water temp 55 degrees

Hit Folsom Lake last Sunday between the hours of 10a-3p to see if the bite had gotten any better as the last four weeks have been pretty slow out there. And nope….still slow. The conditions set up perfectly with cloud cover, a slight breeze and temps that didn’t chill you to the bone. I stayed on the main lake looking for bait balls on flats and points using my Lowrance Structure Scan. Once I located the bait I got on the trolling motor and searched for bass around the bait on my traditional sonar and Down Scan. The majority of the bass I found were in the 20-25ft range and relating to the bait in the area. I just couldn’t get them to bite anything. I tried reaction baits, small swimbaits, jigs, drop shots, shakey heads and umbrella rigs. By the end of the day I had two fish to the boat and four bites all on the drop shot. The good news is that the lake continues to rise (30ft in the last month) with the influx of water from the recent storms and all launch ramps are open. The bad news is that the fish are constantly on the move and hard to target right now. If you are planning on heading out there I would recommend moving around a lot to find active feeding schools and figure out their mood for the day (fast moving baits or slowing down with plastics). In hindsight I should have run-n-gunned more instead of grinding it out on every spot I hit. I think I would have caught more fish.

Until next time stay focused, fish hard and I’ll see you on the water.

Here is what I caught my fish on….

Drop shot set up: Bait: Kaitech 3.5” Swing Impatc (black shad)

Hook: Damiki Viper wacky finesse #2 (10” drop) Rod: Dobyns Champion Series 704sf Reel/line: Abu Garcia Revo Sx– Power Pro Super Slick 8 20lb. braid with an 8lb. Damiki fluorocarbon leader.

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