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Welcome to Folsom Lake fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Folsom Lake water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!
Maximum Depth (ft):
El Dorado
Normal Elevation (ft):
Inpoundment Type:
Water Clarity:
3-6 ft
Boat Access:
Paved Ramps
Surface Area (acres):
Water Temp Factors:
Boat Limits:
No Restrictions
Lake Management:
State Park
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Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 48
Majority of bass are in 60 to 80 feet. 4 inch grubs, slowly through the schools.
Species: Striped Bass
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
I have been fishing Folsom for forty years there is no stripped bass in the lake sorry fellows you have to hit the Sacramento river for them, but I warn you if you eat any make for sure they are on the sea run the water is nasty dont eat anything that lives in this river sea run fish only!!!
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 74
The north fork was hot for the last few weeks brought home limits last 5 trips spotted bass chasing shad balls early Folsom doesn\'t have very many largemouth people confuse them with the spotted bass they dont get as big but I\'ve been getting alot of 2.5-4lb fish, clemingtine above Folsom has lots of largemouth & they are tasty due to they are eating mainly bluegill
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 84
Bass fishing has been fairly good from granite bay to rattlesnake bar. Early morning weekdays are really calm up until about ten. Crankbaits and swim baits in chartreuse fire tiger or bluegill colors have been the hot ticket for largemouths up to 4 1/2 pounds. Early morning fish have been caught along rock ledges and points suspended about 4-8 feet. As the day warms up looks for offshore submerged rock piles from 8-20 feet deep. Drop shot in morning dawn color has been the fail safe method, but produces numbers more than size. Weightless Texas or wacky rigged senkos are sure to catch fish as well, but with the wind I\'ve experienced the last few times a weightless rig is difficult
Species: Spotted Bass
Fishing Rating: 5
Water Temperature: 82
7/1-- Got out there at 6 and caught 4 fish al around a foot long before 6:45!!! All with a rooster tail!!!!
Species: Catfish
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature: 74
Its on got a 6.5 yesterday 5-11-13 when fighting it to the boat a school followed it to the boat,water temp 74 going back with liver next weekend!
Species: Catfish
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature:
Good bite in new york creek cove.
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature: 64
They are starting to spawn now caught some with the tails injured from bedding caught probably 15 yesterday missed a lot spinnerbaits, grub worms near rocky areas on the north fork, next weekend should be getting to be close to the prime time!
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 2
Water Temperature: 62
Went back to the same spot on the north fork lots of drift wood coming down carp were rutting up the banks everywhere bass were not easy found caught 3 in 8-9 hours fishing, I\'ve heard the bass are scarce while carp are spawning I\'m gonna give it a couple weeks before I try it agin,good luck & post your trips.
don hermance
Species: Trout
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
4/6/13. Went fishing from the bank at 5% on Saturday from 8:00AM-12:30pm. I caught one 18 inch 2 pound rainbow trout on pink power eggs. I had many other bites but did not land any others.
Folsom Lake Largemouth Bass Rating:
Folsom Lake Largemouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
At 56 degree water temperature largemouth bass fishing is in pre-spawn now. It's time to get fishing. Female bass are going to be moving up to the spawning beds. Male largemouth bass will be starting to build the spawning nests in protected coves. Bass prefer to spawn in weedy and woody cover deep in coves that will be protected from the wind and other elements. This is the best time to catch the lake record bass. The female bass will be feeding until they reach the beds and start the spawn. The smaller male bass will be attacking lures also. It is on like donkey kong!!! Hit the water NOW, we can?t believe you are reading this and not fishing right now. GET OUT!!
Folsom Lake Smallmouth Bass Rating:
Folsom Lake Smallmouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Use dark colored poppers in the larger coves and closed boat ramps during the evening. Dont overwork the popper. Works more often then not. Also you can try rooster tails right as the moon comes out right befor the lake closes. Run the lure just next to trees and cat tails just off shore.
Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With the water temperature at 56 degrees smallmouth bass fishing is ready to heat up for spring. The bass will be starting to move into their spawning area. Smallmouth bass will generally spawn on rock and gravel bottoms that are protected from the elements. It's time to get fishing and look for staging bass in deeper water.
Folsom Lake Crappie Rating:
Folsom Lake Crappie Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Crappie should be getting ready to spawn. Stay out in deeper water and look for schools. Schooling shad will be harder to find with this water temperature so when you find it, stay on it. Crappie schools will be breaking up quite a bit getting ready for the spawn. Also try fishing shallower with small crank baits and spinners on the warm banks with direct sunlight. This is a great time to be on the water.
Folsom Lake Walleye Rating:
Folsom Lake Walleye Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- no walleye in this lake
Walleye Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Folsom Lake Catfish Rating:
Folsom Lake Catfish Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Sliding sinker above a swivel with a foot or more leader size 4 to 6 shank hook with chicken liver. Bite started around 6, and got 3 within an hour. Look for any inlet cove with a creek running into it, rocks running into the water is also a good sign too.
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Catfish Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The catfish family comprises of blue catfish, flathead catfish and channel catfish. Since catfish are warm water fish, they arenít going to be very active in this water temperature. They will still be feeding, but catfish will only be found very deep and feeding very slowly. Your best bet is give some of the more active fish species in your lake a shot until the cats are active again.
Folsom Lake Spotted Bass Rating:
Folsom Lake Spotted Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- drop shot 6-8lb. test flurocarbon, 3/16, to 1/4oz dropshot weight with a 4 to 8 inch robostyle worm in natural colors, might even drop the line size to 4lb. test depending on the "bite". 20 to 40ft deep. (ledges and main points) look for underwater trees, humps or chunk rock on your sonor. And don't abanden the topwater bite, as well as spinnerbaits and crankbaits. but if slow dropshot is the ticket.
Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Spotted bass fishing is ready to heat up for spring. The bass will be starting to move into their spawning area. Spotted bass will generally spawn on rock and gravel bottoms that are protected from the elements. It?s time to get fishing and look for staging bass in deeper water.
Folsom Lake White Bass Rating:
Folsom Lake White Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- no white bass in this lake. but, would be a great sportfish to add.
White Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Folsom Lake Striped Bass Rating:
Folsom Lake Striped Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- stripers in folsom lake reaching about 30 or 35 lbs hitting crankbaits top water poppers and live bait on a sliding sinker rig almost anywere in the lake were there is cover like over hanging trees and submerged rocks
Striped Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Folsom Lake Trout Rating:
Folsom Lake Trout Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Worm worms worms

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Trout Tips for Current Conditions (automated):

Current Lunar Fishing Tip:

New Moon fishing can be at its best. The gravitational pull on the earth is at its peak when the moon and sun are rising and setting at the same time of day. This combination can generate extraordinary fishing opportunities especially if combined with perfect weather variances. The new moon may have the fish extremely aggressive and actively hunting for food. Try fishing a little faster today and with several different baits and techniques. When fish are more aggressive, its always fun to fish a little more aggressive. Watch the peak fishing times and make sure you are on the water during that part of the day to take full advantage of today?s solar/lunar peaks. Have a great day!


06:15 PST


19:48 PST

Moon Phase:

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