Trout and Big Catfish Dominate April Catches at Collins

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(Oregon House) Rainbow trout are providing the hottest action at Collins Lake, but it was a catfish that topped the catches at the now-full reservoir over the past couple of weeks.

 Kristen Dukes of Marysville landed a monster catfish weighing 11 pounds, reported Kathy Hess at the Collins Lake Resort. She was fishing the east side of the lake with a grub.

“This past week was packed plum full of limits of trout being caught with no stress involved,” noted Hess. “Campers caught rainbows from their campsites and day use customers fished from shore with PowerBait of brought their boats and trolled with lures or worms.” 

John Draper won first place in the adult division of the NorCal Trout Angler’s Challenge Event at Collins with a 6.91 lb. rainbow. Amara Grass took first place in the youth division with a 2.81 lb. trout, according to Vince Harris of Angler’s Press.

Anglers have continued to catch some huge fish at Collins since the tournament. Marcy Tarr landed a 6 lb. 4 oz. rainbow while trolling a Rapala.   Winston and Gavin Hubert teamed up to nail a 4 lb. 2 oz. and a 6 lb. 5 oz. trout on Power Eggs

Holly caught a 5 lb. rainbow by her campsite on PowerBait. Traci Routt fooled a 6 lb. 4 oz. trout from her site on PowerBait. Rhett Moran of Yuba City nailed a 5 lb. rainbow on PowerBait by the dam. Finally, Gary Holsey bagged a 6 lb. 14 oz. trout while trolling a lure

Bass fishing is also going strong. “Dick Gold and his friend Denny Welch caught and released 50 bass on the east side today using tubes in green/sparkle with a chartreuse tail,” said Hess on April 15.