The Spring Pre-Spawn Bite Is On

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(Sacramento) Spotted, smallmouth and largemouth bass offer the hottest action at Folsom Lake now as anglers enjoy the spring pre-spawn bite.

“On my latest trip, three anglers – an 8-year-old boy, his dad and his dad’s friend – fished with me on Folsom,” said Don Paganelli of Paganelli’s Bass Fishing Experience. “The 3-year-old hooked the first fish of the day.”

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They started off in the morning fishing green pumpkin/red flake tubes and Aaron’s Magic Robo Worms in 10 to 20 feet of water in the main body near Granite Bay and Beals Point. “We caught 6 small males in the 1-1-1/2 lb. range and lost a few also. The fish were a mixture of spotted and smallmouth bass,” he disclosed.

“After fishing there, we fished the North Fork, where we found larger bass up to 2-1/2 pounds,” said Paganelli. “We caught around 10 fish, including smallmouth, spotted and largemouth bass, also on tubes and Robo Worms.”

The lake is now holding 684,358 acre-feet of water, 70 percent of capacity. The volume of water in the lake has more than quintupled since early December, when Folsom reached a record low of 14 percent of capacity.

The water level is now 437.69 feet in elevation, 28.31 feet from maximum pool. Both the Brown’s Ravine and Granite Bay’s ramps are in operation.