Almaden Lake and Reports

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Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: PB and first swimbait fish 7.71lbs. After 10 mins of fishing, at 430pm light rain. Slow steady 8" hudd rainbow. Gary Sabagaen hooked me on swimbaits! Swimbaits forever!!!! So I say...
    City: alameda

Monday, December 10th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 60

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Water level dropped for incoming rains. Water clearing. 6+ lb. on Jig n' Pig and a couple 2+'s on suspending jerk baits. Targeted steep banks with rocks.
    City: San Jose

    Tips: Caught several 2-3 pounders on craw pattern deep diving crank baits while grinding the rocks before the storms. Trout feeding on surface, time to get out the big swim baits!

    With water temps. dropping, its time to get out the big jigs and s-l-o-w down!

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: The bite turned off. They are letting out a lot of water for some reason. The fish were up shallow before then, buit now UI can't catch a bite. Blue black jig and senkos, but no fish.
    City: San Jose

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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    Water Temp: unknown

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished at about 5pm under the Coleman bridge on the north side of the lake. Just testing some new Dobyns rods from shore & not expecting to catch anything. Pitched a 7" watermelon color Senko with flakes and was dead sticking it. 15 seconds later....tap, tap....Landed a 3 lbers for my first for 2009. The bass was in 5 feet of water.
    City: San Jose

    Tips: Nothin on spinnerbaits, or crankbaits.....just the Senko worked. Plastics always works better than hard lures.

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

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    Water Temp: 70 ish

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Only two fish cought on the (non-swimming) beach. One 1/2 pounder and one 2 1/2 pounder. only spent a quick hour on the lake from 6:30-7:30. Both on senkos dark green. Had a hella of alot of bite, but they didnt want to smack the bait. I had nibbles and wait a good 10 sec to make sure he was on there! Funny and fustraiting at the same time!
    City: San Jose

    Tips: Senkos.. darker colors about 10-15 feet out from the bank.!

Monday, June 4th, 2007

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    Water Temp: 68

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: No fish caught on reaction baits.Only fish caught fell to Senko's around the bridge area. Tried wakebait after dark with no luck.
    City: San Jose

    Tips: Green Pumpkin Senko's fished slow was the ticket taday!!!

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

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    Water Temp: Unknown

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Caught two nice bass near the boat rental area on a YUM 6in lizard watermelon w/ red flake. Fish for only a couple of hours but saw plenty of fish in the water. Nice weather nice day.
    City: Felton

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Frank, The lake is on Almaden expressway & coleman rd. Easily accessible from hwy 85. There is also another entrance on the east side of the lake on coleman rd & winfiled blvd. Ample parking on both sides with easy access for fishing.

Friday, March 9th, 2007

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Can someone post directions to this lake? Where to park to have lake access? Thanks in advance.
    City: mountain view

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

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    Water Temp: high 50's

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: I fished at lake almaden and hit 5 fish...1 lbs, 1.7 lbs, 2 lbs, 2.4 lbs, 3.3 lbs. I hit all five fish texas rigged on soft plastics in green pumpkin. I used a small weight just to help the plastic get down a little faster. I was fishing about 7-10 feet and i noticed they were hitting it right before it hit the bottom. The bite was very light so be aware of line movement and don't hesitate to set the hook.
    City: san jose

    Tips: green pumpkin plastics have produced well here

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

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    Water Temp: Cold

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out to ALmaden today due to the other ponds low or closed...Hooked the boat up , picked up my son on Wed and WTF...... anyway..... I went to the usual spot and managed the typical 4 or 5 , 2 to 3 lbers. All on Horny Toads......

    Tips: Looking forward to some more 10+ pigs like I pulled out of here last spring.... Go through the pic section..... You can figure out the spots from the background.... Since the end of Oct I go to the same spot fish the same ledge and nail a hand full of fish from late afternoon to dusk...

Monday, December 18th, 2006

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    Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: so ive been going here a lot lately and getting skunked, i used to get 2-3 fish per trip, whats the winter tricks? anybody have em, any tips would been cool.
    City: san jose

    Tips: go somewhere else if possible haha

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

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    Water Temp: dunno

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: First time fishing this place since 20 years ago!! I started at about 1p.m.(parked for free in the lot next to Almaden Expressway) and worked from the bridge to the sandy beach...I hooked into three,caught one that was about 2-2.5 lbs....Used a texas rigged purple glitter augertail(the same plastic I used 20 years ago with the FS 454 shit all over em...Caught more 4 pounders back then with those worms than anything else!)I only fished until 2:45 and had to bail....Not too bad for the middle of the day.

    I witnessed some serious bass action during full moon at 1 am with a spinner 20 years ago too.....Maybe I will try that again? No, thats illegal:)

    Can someone email me some secrets about this lake? I have not fished for so long I kinda forgot how!
    City: San Jose

    Tips: Try fishing it at dark or middle of the night....Could produce some huge fish!!!

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Most of those little boils are this years spawn. I still see several bass in the 1-2 inch range. They are most likely feeding on bugs and trying to get bigger for the future. Try light colored lures in light grays, light smoke, silver, or salt n pepper. Float tubing around the island is a sweet spot. It runs pretty shallow almost all the way around with the execption of a huge drop on the coleman side of it.
    City: san jose

Monday, August 21st, 2006

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    Water Temp: NA

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished from 6pm to 8pm. Lake was muddy, with weed growth on the bottom. Fished the shoreline from Coleman to Almaden Blvd. pitched a weightless senko to cover. No takers - saw no cruisers either. Just before the sunset minnows started popping the surface at first I thought there was a bass feeding and they were jumping for cover but they were popping out of the water all along the shoreline - shallow. Thinking there might be a predator nearby I tied on a buzzbait (thinking now I should have tried a pop'r) no takers at the buzzbait, I threw it past the popping minnows and swam it through them. No takers whatsover - I didn't see any blow-ups on the minnows either..

    Anyone else see this? Don't know if this is a common occurence but if it is then targeting the bass should not be too difficult during this timeframe. Just need to find the right shoreline depth changes etc...
    City: San Jose

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

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    Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: nothing on the lake, tried here and the ponds next to it, anyone have any suggestions to catch bass here, i tried everything man, just couldnt get em
    City: sj

    Tips: saw a lot of bass crusing

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

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    Water Temp: unknown

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: fished about 1.5 hrs on sat & sunday each day in the morning,caught 4,lost 2 (6lb. test). Biggest 4#,small 2#. Reaction innovations plastics, biigie on a smallie beaver dropshot. what great fun on 6# test. all fish shallow.
    City: san jose

    Tips: slow & on the bottom, all colors resemble craws. thnx.

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

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    Water Temp: ??????

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I'm back! This time me and my little brother managed a one and two pounder but these OG fishermen were killing them I watched one of them pull in a 5.25 pounder that's good for this lake.
    City: san jose

    Tips: Senkos amd Predetor worms.

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

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    Water Temp: who knows

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Sorry folks I fished the bank near the creek intrence to the lake and got skunked. I saw a bunch of what I thought were bass caught in a pool before the lake in the creek but I threw everything I had at them and they did'nt go for nothing which makes me think either they were not feeding or they were not bass but I know a bass when I see one.Anyway.
    City: san jose

    Tips: Take a cross bow oh that's for carp sorry.

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

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    Water Temp: Not sure

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Just got back from Almaden. I kinda got lost, since this was my first time here, so I got as close to the weeds as possible. I think I had a pretty good outing, seeing as how I was only there for about 3 hours. I caught 4 bass that were probably between 2-4 pounds. I didn't have a scale, but the biggest one looked pretty fat. I caught 3 of the fish on senkos (watermelon), and I caught the other one right before I left on a spinnerbait. I caught the first two within about 30 min. of starting. I caught the big one about an hour later on a senko, then I was about to call it quits, but I stayed with it and caught one last one on a green and white skirted spinnerbait. It had beads, and 2 spoons. That's my report.


    Father Godwin
    City: San Jose

    Tips: Find the Weed. Not Marajuana, Tules. The bass were moving within about 20 ft of the shore. I think they are just now starting their prespawn, so the males will bite often. Give it a couple of weeks, and the Huge Females will do the same. This was a very productive outing.