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.

Doug Brearley Lands 7.25lb Rainbow Trout

The spring surge is over and trout fishing has settled into a normal pattern for summer.   While the number of trout caught each week doesn’t match the early May mayhem we are still seeing 5, 6 & 7 pound trout on a regular basis.  Trolling around 35ft is a good strategy but with ski season open and fewer boats trolling overall most catches are coming in either from shore or bait fishing in coves or from boats near the dam.

Doug Brearley (above) made such a catch up near the inlet, landing this 7.25lb beauty on PowerBait.  We’ve had quite a few kid catches including Mateo & Olivia who teamed up with rainbow PowerBait near the still-submerged islands to catch three rainbow Trout.  And Rylee who caught her trout fishing from the rental dock with nightcrawlers.


There’s also still bass activity scattered around the lake.  Sammie & PJ from San Francisco (not pictured) report 4 bass and a redear sunfish caught on “Mega Bass Worms” in Elmer’s cove.

I’ve also heard about several good sized catfish most caught on chicken livers and one 5lb fish caught on PowerBait Cheese & Liver Catfish Bait.

Topping the charts is James & Christine Rogan with a 10 pound catfish caught on nightcrawlers at the fishing dock across from site #299:

If you’re fishing Collins Lake in the summer sun send your pictures to .   Trout planting will resume in the fall when the temperatures start falling and the campground is quieter.

Weekends through mid-August will continue to be busy, but we do have lots of campsites available mid-week, even some Lakefront RV sites with electric & water hookups such as:

Additionally there’s quite a few mid-week non-lakefront RV hook-ups for rigs up to 40ft and if you prefer a quick & easy getaway we have quite a few mid-week vacancies in our rental Cabins & Trailers.

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or give us a call 530-692-1600!

Happy Summer!


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