Folsom Lake: Trollers Target Quality King Salmon

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FOLSOM – Although Folsom Lake isn’t producing big numbers of king salmon at this time, anglers are landing some quality fish in the 17 to 20 inch range.

Jerry Lampkin of TNG Motor Sports Guide Service and Robin Wood landed 4 kings ranging from 18 to 20 inches long while trolling at Folsom on Lampkin’s latest trip They used double glow hoochies with purple tinsel behind nickel glow crush dodgers at 40 to 50 feet deep. I

“My friend Paul landed three fish on this last trip to Folsom,” revealed Craig Newton of Willfish Bait and Tackle. “He caught his kings while trolling with pearl hoochies, tipped with anchovy strips, behind dodgers at 35 to 50 feet deep in the North Fork.”

 Black bass is improving with the warmer weather. Boaters are picking up spotted bass, along with some smallmouth and largemouth bass, while using drop shot and Nico rigs. The fish are starting their pre-spawn bite. 

A 5 mile per hour speed limit for the entire lake remains in effect on the lake, according to the Folsom Lake Marina. 

Boaters need to use caution while boating on Folsom, as the lake is changing elevation on a daily basis. By state law there is always a 5 mph speed limit within 200′ of shore. 

The low water ramps at both Granite Bay and Brown’s Ravine are in operation.

Folsom Lake is holding 347,361 acre feet of water, 36 percent of capacity and 63 percent of average. 

– Dan Bacher

John Brassfield of Auburn shows off a pair of 19 inch King Salmon caught trolling at Folsom Lake using a 2 inch Lyman Plug