In the not-to-diatant future, Folsom Lake near Sacramento, CA should be home to some nice mixed bag catches of landlocked king salmon and Eagle Lake strain rainbows (like this box load I caught at nearby Lake Berryessa).
The CA Department of Fish & Wildlife is dedicated to maintaining a quality fishery for anglers at Folsom and that includes plants of both species soon.
According to DFW’s reservoir biologist, Jay Rowan, IHN virus concerns from American River Chinook forced the temporary halting of salmon plants in the reservoir several years back.
The summer king fishery has continued modestly thanks to some natural reproduction in the streams above Folsom but it should get a really good shot in the arm starting next fall.
“We are hoping to plant 100,000 juvenile Klamath River triploid Chinook next fall,” he says.
Additionally, the Department is looking forward to releasing between 30,000 and 50,000 subcatchable Eagle Lake rainbows by the end of this winter.
Those trout are fish eaters, grow quickly, fight hard and appear like mini steelhead. Cool trout, indeed!!
In the meantime, DFW plans on dumping 12,000 pounds of “truck trout” for anglers to catch this winter. Plus, Rowan negotiated another 6,000 pounds of catchables to be planted by the Corps of Engineers so it should be a good winter on Folsom.
The future looks bright too…now, if we could just get some rain..