At a Glance
About the Lake
Resorts and Marinas
R.V. Parks and
Public Boat Ramps
Fishing the Lake
State Park Offices
Fish and Game
Calif. State Map
Fishing regulations change annually, check in the California
Sport Fishing Regulations for current changes.
Trout & Salmon: (rainbow trout, kokanee salmon)
- Trout and salmon: Open season: all year. Limit: five trout
or salmon in combination.
- Bass: Open season: all year. Limit: five
- Crappie: Open season: all year. Limit: twenty-five
- Catfish: Open season: all year. Limit: no limit
- Sunfish: Open season: all year. Limit: no limit
Excellent bank fishing late fall through the spring. Soaking Power Bait and nightcrawlers off the bottom, or using minnows under a bobber in the Granite Bay, Brown's Ravine, or 5% Area are the top producers. Summer months when the water warms, look for trout in deeper water. Troll minnow imatating lures behind downriggers in the Dam area.
Bass: (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted)
Though finesse baits such as jigs and worms are the norm at Folsom, fishermen find good action in the spring and fall months using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Chartreuse is a favorite color in spinnerbaits, while Rat-L-Traps are one of the more popular cranks. Look for fish on one of the lakes long sloping points with brush. Split-shotting 'Morning Dawn' Magic Worms or using minnows under a bobber is often effective.
Panfish: (crappie, bluegill, sunfish)
Minnows and mini-jigs dunked near the dam and near brush piles in the spring will often produce good numbers of fish.
You'll find catfish, as the water warms up. Look for cats near shore in the backs of coves. Chicken livers, nightcrawlers, and processed catfish baits is the ticket.