View of Folsom Lake over the Dam in FolsomFishing Location Spotlight:Folsom LakeView of Folsom Point and Mormon IslandFish Species at Folsom LakeGame Fish SpeciesLandlocked Chinook King SalmonRainbow TroutBrown TroutLandlocked Kokanee SalmonLargemouth BassSpotted BassSmallmouth BassBluegillRedear SunfishGreen SunfishWhite CatfishChannel CatfishWhite CrappieBlack CrappieBrown BullheadCommon CarpNon-Game Fish SpeciesSacramento PikeminnowSacramento SuckerCalifornia RoachPrickly SculpinRiffle SculpinThreespine SticklebackThreadfin ShadWakasagi SmeltMosquito FishGoldfishGolden ShinerBigscale LogperchAbout Folsom Lake Folsom Lake is located in the Sierra-Nevada foothills about 25 miles east of Sacramento. The lake can be reached from either Highway 50 or I-80. Folsom Lake has many access points and entrances. The administrative offices are located at the base of Folsom Dam at the corner of Folsom-Auburn Road and Dam Road in Folsom, California. The lake offers fishing, biking, running, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, water skiing, and boating. Folsom Lake is surrounded by restaurants, motels, and everything else that comes along with a medium sized city. Trophy Trout SpoonsThis lake has a very unique bottom, with various rock piles, anchored groupings of Christmas trees, and barely submerged islands, so be careful not to dive into the lake head first. The park has multiple entrances most of which are fairly easily accessed by either Interstate 80 to Douglas Blvd.(east), or Highway 50 to Hazel Ave., or Folsom Blvd., (north), as well as Highway 50 to El Dorado Hills Blvd to Green Valley Road.Great Lures for Fishing at Folsom Lake Folsom Lake Web CamWant a live view of Folsom Lake. Click here for the Folsom Lake Marina Web cams. Folsom Lake Information from the California State Parks WebsiteVisit this site for more information: Folsom Lake Launch RampsClick here for Folsom Lake launch ramp information provided by the Folsom Lake Marina.Camping There are 191 sites for tent and RV at various locations around Folsom lake. For more information, and to make reservations, visit the Reserve California website.Directions to the Peninsula campground: 80 east Reno - From Hwy 80 take the Elm St. exit out of the city of Auburn, at the 1st light make a left, at your very next light you will make another left that is High St. High St turns into Hwy 49 you will travel on Hwy 49 for 10 miles towards the city of Cool. You will enter a small town called Pilot Hill from that small town you will turn right on Rattlesnake Bar Rd. that road will dead end into the campground in 9 miles.Hwy 50 South Lake Tahoe - From Hwy 50 you will take the El Dorado Hills Blvd. exit go north on El Dorado hills for about 10 miles (at some point the road changes names to Salmon Falls Rd.) you will enter the small town of Pilot Hill you will make a left on Rattlesnake Bar Rd. which dead ends onto the campground in 9 miles. Directions to the Beal’s Point campground: 80 east Reno - From Hwy 80 you will take the Douglas Blvd. exit out of the city of Roseville. Go east on Douglas for about 6 miles make a right on Auburn-Folsom Rd. go about 2 ½ miles until you come to a stop light the sign will say Beals Point and you make a left. Hwy 50 South Lake Tahoe - Take the Folsom Blvd. exit go north on Folsom for about 7 miles (the road will change names to Folsom-Auburn) you will come to a stop light, the sign will say Baals Point and you make a right. Boating All boating allowedFull service marina 5 boat ramps See more fishing tackle in ourFishing Gear and Tackle store.Fishing at Folsom LakeFolsom has been kicking out some very nice rainbow trout with a few king salmon in the mix for some lucky anglers. The trout are very impressive on Folsom Lake, with reports coming in of numerous fish being caught in the 3-4 pound range. Boat based anglers have been doing very well with spoons, F5 and F8 rapala's, flies, streamers, and apex's. Trolling in the top 15 feet of water for the trout and up to 35 feet deep for the king salmon works well for most of the cold and cooler months. For the warmer months, the trout can be found in the 25 feet depths, and the kings tend to head down to 75 feet and deeper. The kings have been hit and miss but the ones that we have seen came on spoons and rolled shad. Shore based anglers have scored good numbers with some reporting limits. Crawlers, chartreuse with glitter power bait and live minnows seem to be the bait of choice.Rainbow TroutRainbow trout are regularly planted in folsom lake. They can be caught both from shore or from a boat. From the shore trout can be caught on power bait, mini crawlers, spoons, needlefish, kastmasters. From a boat the best bet is trolling with spoons, F5 and F8 Rapala’s, flies, streamers, and Apex. Trolling should be done in the top 15 feet of water in the cooler months, and down around 25 feet in warmer months. Landlocked King SalmonLandlocked King Salmon can be caught by the same techniques and in the same spots as most expert bass fishermen use on the lake. Fishing with worms or minnows with a drop shot rig about 25 feet of the steep high edges in 25 feet of water will do the trick. You can also do well trolling in 35 feet of water in the cooler months and 75 feet of water in the warmer months. The best bets for trolling for Kings would be to use an apex kokanee lure (two red hooks) tipped with salted anchovy’s. Spoons also work well, and stickbaits. One common myth out there is that they don't plant landlocked Kings in Folsom Lake and haven't done so in ten or more years. That's not accurate. They do plant Landlocked King Salmon in Folsom Lake most years, as fingerling, that grow into a nice catchable sized fishery. We caught a nine pounder a few years back. I haven't targeted them since that year, but I'm itching to go. They do not show up on the plant schedule, but they do show up in the general planting plan.YES, they do plant landlocked king salmon in Folsom Lake! Folsom Lake is a great fishery for Landlocked King Salmon.Here's the link to the facts from the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife: They don't advertise Landlocked Kings, or Kokanee, on the planting schedule: Source Inland salmon (Kokanee and Chinook) are released as “fingerling” size fish into productive lakes and reservoirs that promote their growth and contribution to recreational fisheries. We don’t advertise these “put and grow” stocking events on our website, since it might mislead anglers to believe that a fishery is ready for recreational angling – which it may be (from prior years of fingerling stocking), or may not be; if fish were not released in previous years. Fingerling stocking for put and grow fisheries for both inland salmon and trout may occur every year, every other year, or have gaps in years, depending on water conditions and availability of fish.2019 Landlocked Salmon in California Lakes: SourceCDFW Stocks More Than 1.45 Million Fingerling Landlocked SalmonThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently completed its 2019 stocking of fingerling Kokanee and landlocked Chinook Salmon, planting more than 1.45 million of the popular sport fish into inland waters where they will provide recreational angling opportunities in two to three years after growing to catchable size.This year’s stocking consisted of releasing 792,942 fingerling Kokanee Salmon into 16 waters and 672,734 sterile, fingerling Chinook salmon into eight waters. Additional allotments of the sterile – or “triploid” – Chinook Salmon are scheduled to be released later this fall into northern California’s Lake Oroville, Lake Shasta and Trinity Lake. The 2- to 4-inch fish are stocked into landlocked, inland waters to provide a diverse fishing experience where natural reproduction is insufficient to provide a high-quality angling experience. Anglers can expect excellent opportunities in these waters in two to three years when these fingerlings reach catchable size. Stocking fingerling-sized fish is a very cost-effective way to maintain these popular, inland recreational fisheries.After a record Kokanee egg take in 2018, CDFW had an additional number of Kokanee fingerlings available for release this year. These fish were surplus to stocking goals. To provide and enhance recreational opportunities, CDFW released these additional Kokanee into Lake Shasta in Shasta County, where anglers can expect a new fishing opportunity in the next few years. Kokanee Salmon are the landlocked version of the Sockeye Salmon native to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Instead of migrating to the ocean, the landlocked Kokanee often are able to reproduce naturally in feeder streams, inlets and along gravel shoreline in the lakes where they are stocked. Like all Pacific salmon, Kokanee die after spawning.Monitoring and evaluations of these fisheries are vital to providing a balance between numbers of fish and their average size. Stocking too many fish may provide an abundance of fish, but not produce fish of a desirable size. To evaluate stocking efforts, CDFW has begun marking stocked Kokanee Salmon prior to their release. In 2018, CDFW marked Kokanee that were released into Stampede Reservoir in Sierra County. In 2019, marked Kokanee were released into New Melones Reservoir in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties. All fish were marked with an adipose fin clip for easy identification and to distinguish from naturally spawned fish.CatfishCatfish can be found in the coves and the rocks. Chicken livers, sardines, clams, catfish bait, and mini crawlers will do the trick.PanfishBluegill, Crappie, and Perch can be caught around submerged vegetation and under water structures using worms, crickets, live minnows, jigs, fly’s, small soft plastics, and small spinners and spinnerbaits will work best. Landlocked Kokanee SalmonLandlocked Kokanee Salmon are hard to find in Folsom Lake. Trolling with a light dodger and shrimp fly in bright colors with a snubber to prevent long distance releases. Some like to tip the hook with a powerbait corn niblet. Don’t set the hook and don’t stop reeling until they are in the boat! Visit the Folsom Lake Marina Website for more information at http://www.folsomlakemarina.com/Folsom Lake is regularly planted with Rainbow Trout and on good years, they plant King Salmon fingerlings to keep the King fishery growing. The latest fish plant information can be found at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website and on our campfire chat forum as well. Soft Bait Lures for Fishing at Folsom Lake How to Drop Shot for Largemouth Bass Everything You Need to KnowCottages and Vacation Home Rentals around Folsom LakeThese two listings are an example of what is available, click either rental house below for a complete list of rental homes and cottages available. Folsom Lake Fishing Guides and Fishing Charter BoatsThere are many different fishing guides that offer guided fishing trips on Folsom Lake. FishingBooker is a service of local guides that you can choose from and schedule your next guided fishing trip. Click below to learn more about the different guides that offer guided fishing trips on Folsom Lake, or any other area you are interested in going on a guided fishing trip or fishing charter boat. 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