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A look at the local fishing roundup

By: Kirby Desha for The News Messenger
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Fishing is not great, but all we need is a few weeks of warmer temperatures without rain and things should bust open. Here’s what going on locally.

Folsom Lake is still cold and muddy. Water releases have dropped the levels below 400 feet and I believe Brown’s Ravine is still the only open ramp – not good.

Same story at Camp Far West. I think the strong current is keeping the lake muddy. Some guys report success using chartreuse spinner baits.

Collins Lake is slowly improving. I fished there last week for one nice largemouth, but it was hard work.

I saw some guys having better luck up the river arm by the bridge, using spinner baits and drop shotting. Shore anglers do better for trout with power bait. The trout plants have been on hold, but should start up again soon.

 Bullards Bar is rounding into shape. Although bass fishing has been generally poor, one angler reportedly landed an 11-pound spotted bass recently.

Scotts Flat and Rollins are getting better; the cold water is the major hindrance. 

Oroville is slowly improving and the debris has been removed. The cold water makes for tough bass fishing. Expect the landlocked kings to come alive in April.

Both the Sacramento and Feather rivers are still high and cold. The reduced flows from Oroville have helped the Feather somewhat. Reports from Verona Marina on the Sacramento River are not good.

The Delta area has seen an uptick in sturgeon fishing as the water is slowly clearing. Stripers are being caught on sardine, but the bite still has a few weeks to go before it turns on. On the Sacramento side, some are finding success targeting black bass in the coves.

As for the high country, forget it. Most lakes are snowed in.