Collins Lake Status

Last Updated: January 26th, 2021 8:23pm

Campground: Open
Day Use: Open
Boat Launch: Open

What to expect

  • Masks are required in the store (Thanks for helping us stay open!)
  • Maximum of 2 vehicles per campsite (first one is included in price)
  • Maximum of 6 people per campsite, including children
  • All campsite occupants must be from the same household
  • No sharing space among different household groups, even if registered in different campsites

Please review the details in this PDF before you arrive.

Trout Planting Started – Lake is Full!

It’s not exactly ideal weather for fishing but that doesn’t mean it’s not great weather for fish! Yesterday we received another huge trout plant in the pouring rain but I didn’t see a soul out fishing;  It was good day to be a fish!

From here we expect weekly trout plants through spring, rain or shine.

If you didn’t already know, we’ve started taking camping reservations online!

Full Lake 2019-02-26

With surface temperatures still low most of these new planters are likely to shun the depths, instead spreading out along the shoreline. The few fishermen I talked to earlier in the week showed me trout caught on PowerBait near the beach and at the South end.   PowerBait makes sense, the water is too murky for lures. 

That being said, it only takes a few days of calm weather can clarify the first few feet or water which is enough to cast a Kastmaster from a Kayak.  Tommy & Grayson Xiong from Citrus Heights used that strategy during a break in the weather earlier this month and caught a 5 pound Rainbow Trout.  As we continue to receive plants while the wind & rain keep fishermen at bay our trout numbers continue to build for a potentially explosive spring season.


The lake is completely full with the water is up to right up to the edge some of our lakefront campsites.  Trees and habitat are submerged this year which should provide good opportunity for bass fishing along the western shoreline especially as the water starts to clear up. To start things off Rachael Navarrete showed off a 2 pound bass caught on a worm by her “favorite tree”, where she also caught a 2 pound trout.

Maria & Amy found a sunny day and a nice rainbow trout

Keep an eye on the weather for breaks in the rain and calm winds;  As I write this I am looking at a patch of blue sky over the lake… time for a “lunch break”. We are excited to see what the season will bring.  As always you can send your stories & pictures to, or else in the weeks to come I might see you on the shoreline.


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