Reservoir Begins To Fill, Boat Ramp Opens

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Folsom Reservoir is finally beginning to fill from winter storms, with the lake going from a record low 14 percent of capacity to 22 percent over the past two weeks.

The lake is currently holding 215,516 acre feet of water, up from a record low of 135,000 acre feet. The lake level is 370.57 feet in elevation, 95.43 feet below maximum pool.


In two days, Folsom rose 55,000 acre feet, with inflows going up to 20,000 cfs and climbing, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. The lake has risen nearly 20 feet in the past couple of weeks.

The Low Water Ramp at Granite Bay is now in operation. The Hobie Cove Ramp at Brown’s Ravine will operate at elevation 380, according to the Folsom Lake Marina.

Fishing reports from the lake have been sparse, due to the storms that have hit the region and the low water level. However, rainbow trout and king salmon fishing should be picking up. For the best success, fish inflated nightcrawlers and minnows under bobbers or PowerBait on sliding sinker rigs.