Folsom Lake Fishing

Placer, Sacramento, and El Dorado Counties

Folsom Lake, CA
Folsom Lake, CA

Folsom Lake Fishing

Placer, Sacramento, and El Dorado Counties

Fishing at Folsom Lake

Folsom Lake provides habitat for largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass. Many bass over 10 pounds have been taken from the lake and the record largemouth bass topped 16 pounds. The lake also holds good populations of rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, crappie, bluegill and catfish.

Where to Fish on Folsom Lake

The South Fork section of the lake is known for producing trophy-size bass. Among the most popular fishing hot spots are New York Creek Cove, Hancock Creek, Jacks Shack, and Deep Ravine. Up the North Fork many of the inlets and coves have submerged boulders that provide good cover for fish. Fishermen often focus on the area around Anderson Island. Farther up the canyon the Rattlesnake Bar area is well known for its superior fishing.

Around the main body of Folsom Lake anglers have a lot of success along the shore of the main peninsula between the two river forks. They also do well down near the dam at Folsom Point and Beal's Point.

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Trophy Fish Caught in Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma

Rainbow trout - 27 pounds, caught in Lake Natoma October 2005 by Frank Palmer. California state record.
Rainbow trout - 23 pounds, caught in Lake Natoma January 2000 by Jeremy Brucklacher
Largemouth bass - 16+ pounds, caught in Folsom Lake

Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish at Folsom Lake?


Rip Baits such as Smithwick or TD Minnow, Rapala Shallow Shad, Plastic Worms (brown and green), Zara Spooks, Rico, Spoons of various sizes, Spinnerbaits, Crank Baits, Frogs, Senkos

Trout and Salmon

Power Bait, Nightcrawlers, Hum Dingers, Troll with minnow imitations, Silver Spoons, Salmon Eggs


Small Minnows


Nightcrawlers, Mackerel, Chicken Livers, Crayfish, Minnows



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Folsom Lake Guide Services

Tight Lines Guide Service
Grass Valley, CA
(530) 263-0990
Website: Tight Lines Guide Service
Rick Kennedy is one of the top Kokanee Salmon guides in the state. Rick uses a 22' Rogue Jet Boat.

Dale's Foothill Fishing Guide Service
(530) 295-0488
Dale specializes in Kokanee salmon and trout in the Mother Lode on lakes in Amador, Tuolumne, and El Dorado counties.

Larry Hemphill Fishing Guide & Instructor
Yuba City, CA
(530) 674-0276
Website: Larry Hemphill
Larry Hemphill has been fishing Northern California lakes for bass since 1962. 20' Ranger Bass Boat

Folsom Lake Area
Fishing Tackle and Bait

Fisherman's Warehouse
9035 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA
(916) 362-1200
Website: Fisherman's Warehouse
Complete line of fishing tackle; ranked as one of the best by local fishermen

Sacramento Pro Tackle
2390 Northgate Blvd., Sacramento, CA
(916) 925-0529
Fresh and Frozen Baits, Full line of Fishing Tackle; Ranked high by local anglers

Kiene's Fly Shop
2654 Marconi Ave., Sacramento, CA
(916) 486-9958
Website: Kiene's Fly Shop
Respected around the state as one of the best.

Bass Pro Shop
5472 Crossings Dr., Rocklin, CA
(916) 251-3800
Website: Bass Pro Shop

Sportsman's Warehouse
6640 Lonetree Blvd. Rocklin, CA
(916) 782-9900
Website: Sportsman's Warehouse

Will Fish Tackle
11944 Masters Court, Auburn, CA
(530) 887-0839
Website: Will Fish Tackle