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Rollins Lake

Rollins Lake – Trout Fishing

Rollins lake is a good trout fishing lake.  There gets to be a lot of water skiers and boaters in the summer, but the rest of the year is quiet.  

There are 3 access areas.  Greenhorn access is the closest to Grass Valley off Highway 174.  It is a well marked turn.  There is a campground at the end of You Bet Road which is 8 miles on a winding road.  This turnoff is before the Greenhorn access turn.  Orchard Park is near Chicago Park and puts you in near the damm.  There is another access off 174 just outside of Colfax.  All three have campgrounds.

Here is one of my trolling routes starting at Greenhorn access.  It was about a 5 mile paddle.

Rollins Lake

This lake is at an elevation of 2,100 feet in the Gold Country of the Western Sierra near Grass Valley, California.  The lake has a surface area of 900 acres, with 26 miles of shoreline.  This is a great lake for sailing and water-skiing with many coves and long stretches of open water. Fishing is good from boat or shore for a wide variety of tout and warm water species. Four campgrounds are available, contact information is below.

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  • admin March 11, 2012, 2:22 pm


    I had the paddle board out on Rollins Lake today. First time here. The lake is about 50′ low. Pretty cool to see where Greenhorn creek enters – or used to. Got a nice rainbow and lost another. Got the one on a silver flasher with a silver Kastmaster about 16″ behind it. I was the only one on the lake, probably because the lake is so low that the ramps end at the water line and the docks are way above. It was about 60 in the sun with a slight breeze.

  • admin March 11, 2012, 2:24 pm


    I had the SUP out trolling for trout on Rollins Lake in Grass Valley yesterday. It was amazing for a late January day in Norcal. Mid to high 60′s; mostly sunny and a light wind. Shorts weather.

    Sorry there are no fish pictures – because I got skunked. Been a long time since I had the old 0. Mileage was right at 5 with average speed about 1.4 MPH. I was out for about 4 hours. Water temp on the surface was 48 degrees.

    The water clarity was bad – maybe 5′ – maybe less. I think I had everything else dialed in, but because of the calm water and sun, I went with a mixed bag of stuff. I changed up every 30 minutes or so, but nothing was working for me. I probably should have put out a dodger setup and made some noise, hoping the vibration would bring the fish in. The vibration of the dodger and a bright lure would have helped.

    It was a great paddle. The lake level was about 10′ low, but last time it was 50′. I paddled into Greenhorn Creek where last time it was a sandbar.

  • admin April 25, 2012, 3:38 pm

    It’s been a while since I’ve been out. Went out about noon today. Wind was a little strong and the water pretty murky. Trolled around for a while and caught a spotted bass in the Greenhorn Creek area. Got the bass on a rapala trolled shallow against the bank. I marked some fish in this area but otherwise the lake was pretty quiet.

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