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Welcome to Lake Natoma 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. Lake Natoma 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):
Normal Elevation (ft):
Inpoundment Type:
Water Clarity:
3-6 ft
Boat Access:
Paved Ramps
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Boat Limits:
Trolling Only
Lake Management:
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Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
There is good fishing there I used a plastic 1.5 inch grub and a weight a inch above and caught a 18 inch squawfish but I let if go back
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 5
Water Temperature:
In the colder waters, I have caught trout out here every time out. Range of 16\" across from the Negro Bar dock to 22.5\" under Rainbow Bridge. Caught limit on May 5 trollin\' in my little inflatable with a rod out each side and they were hitting everywhere from picnic area to the prison... Now that the water is above 70deg, however, the trout fishing is pretty much over. Looking forward to seeing the smallmouth action out here.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 51
12/21/2012. rain and wind. because of the recent storms, the water release from Folsom dam went from 331CFS, to 4,147CFS in only a couple days. the water is moving fast and is very cold. despite that, i am catching lots of little bullheads, with a few nice larger bites that i never did hookup. redworms was the bait of choice, powerbait works well here too, but only when the outflow is under 300cfs, or else the bait gets taken off of your hook by the current. i would advise anyone to be super careful at the spots above rainbow bridge, the rocks and terrain are steep, and most spots will put you right into the river if you fall. the tagging on the rocks out here is outrageous. in 2013, we will start having people out here videotaping anyone who is spray painting the rocks, and turning them into the police department.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 5
Water Temperature:
Honestly this is a great lake to fish in I\'ve caught monster trout rangeing a lb to 15 lbs have catch nice bass and some Catfish even kokaknee but you have to but in the time tears sweat and blood to find them but always your best shot for anything in this lake is under and above rainbow bridge pretty much where its deep fast moving water is your best bet using live minnows and light tackle these fish are smart.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
Just caught a 5 lbs. trout from the short at willow creek on a night crawler. Best fishing ever at Lake Natomas!
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 5
Water Temperature:
caught six 10 pound bass and alot of small ones
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
Caught a really nice 2 lb 16 in trout off the big rock near the powerhouse. Used garlic marshmallow. 15 July 2011...7:00am
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature:
"fishing upriver past Rainbow Bridge is the only way i know to catch a fish at this lake. There are only a few decent spots off shore to do this, however, and really only one spot to fish from shore on the southeastern side."
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
"No fish to be found here , it sucks"
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- perfect lake for flat water paddling. Water very cool to cold in summer. Three put ins with paved ramp, dock, paved parking and pit toilets. Facilities maintained by State Parks. Dogs allowed on leash. Tough fishing. More scenic at upper end by Negro Bar launch. 5MPH LIMIT keeps this lake quiet and comfortable!
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Lake Natoma Largemouth Bass Rating:
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Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With Lake Natoma at 57 degree water temperature this is a great time to get out on the water and try hitting some deeper primary and secondary points. Largemouth bass will be feeding at this water temperature but will be much harder to catch. On Sunny warm afternoons its a great time to throw a crank bait, jigs or slow roll a spinnerbait at 5-10 foot on sunny points and drops off of sunny flats. Largemouth Bass will move into warm water on warm sunny days.
Lake Natoma Smallmouth Bass Rating:
Lake Natoma Smallmouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- drop shot small plastics
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Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The crappie fishing should be getting good to great now. Crappie function excellent in 57 degree water. Crappie will be nicely bunched up still and moving more aggresively than when the water temperature is in the 35 to 50 degree range. With baitfish getting more active, the crappie fishing will be good. Good luck today!
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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.
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- Use green power bait with a half ounce sinker at least 2 feet away from bait with 10 pound line test
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Current Lunar Fishing Tip:

The affects of the moon on freshwater fish and game are at a minimum right now. There will be a new moon coming up here in a few days. The fisherman should never use this as an excuse to not get on the water. The affects of the moon can only enhance the outcome of a day's fishing not decrease potential catch for today. On days without the new or full moon, all other factors including weather, barometric pressure, wind and cloud cover will make up today's equation for success.


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