Don Pedro Lake and Reports

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Don Pedro Lake, Elevaton: 802.88 ft. Daily Statistics
Sunday, Mar 18
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
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Monday, Mar 19
Hi: 68 ° F
Lo: 49 ° F
Mostly Sunny
Precip: 0%
Mostly Cloudy
Precip: 4%

Monday, June 12th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 70-74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: This last Saturday I fished a small club tournament on Don Pedro. It had been months since the last time I was on the lake. I started of at the boat launch in Mocassin throwing topwater and had a few giant blowups without hooking up. Large walk-the-dog style baits will draw the attention of the larger bass at this time of the year. I pitched a small worm and caught a couple nice ones.

    Once the sun was up I struggled to get anymore bites fishing slow. So, I decided to cover water with crankbaits and ripbaits. The bite was off the hook. I caught over 50-fish and never had to pick up the worm again. Many of them were small fish and I did not have a big weight. But, it was a great day to just get bites. I did loose a handful of better than average fish that would have given me a much better bag.

    Tips: Cover water and fish with reaction baits. TAKE A KID FISHING! Put on a small shad patterned ripbait or crankbait and beat the bank.

    Xperience Fishing Guide Service
    John Liechty (209)743-9932

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

  • Report: ATTENTION BOATERS! Due to the recent very wet weather, high flows on the Tuolumne River have carried large amounts of floating woody debris into the upper Tuolumne River Arm of Don Pedro Lake. In order to keep this floating debris out of the rest of Don Pedro Lake, four debris barrier booms have been installed. These booms are currently blocking vessel access to this portion of the lake. They will be re-opened as soon as conditions permit.

Friday, September 30th, 2016

  • Report: Don Pedro Lake Camping, Boating and Fishing
    Attention Boaters! Due to overhead construction on the James E. Roberts (Hwy. 120) Bridge, a portion of the lake beneath the bridge has been closed by floating safety booms. Boaters may pass under the bridge through the opening that is currently on the west side of the bridge. Please slow your vessel speed and boat through this area with caution. These safety booms and an opening for passing boaters will remain in place as work continues on the bridge.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

  • Report: Don Pedro Lake Camping, Boating and Fishing

    Attention Boaters! The contractor working on the James E. Roberts (Hwy. 120) Bridge has completed construction of their Safe Span structure allowing for the removal of the floating safety booms that have restricted vessel traffic under the bridge. Once the bridge deck replacement construction is completed, these floating safety booms may be re-installed while the Safe Span Structure is removed.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

  • Report: Don Pedro Lake Camping, Boating and Fishing
    Attention Boaters! Due to overhead construction on the James E. Roberts (Hwy. 120) Bridge, a portion of the lake beneath the bridge remains closed by floating safety booms. The opening to allow vessel passage has now been moved to the east side of the bridge. Please slow your vessel speed and boat through this opening with caution. These safety booms and an opening for passing boaters will remain in place as work continues on the bridge.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

  • Report: Don Pedro Lake Camping, Boating and Fishing
    September 13 at 3:13pm ยท
    Hwy 120/ James E. Roberts Memorial Bridge Update #3.
    The second phase of work will begin on Sunday, October 2, 2016, when the bridge is scheduled to close Sunday through Thursday nights from 5:00 pm until 7:00 am. Crews will be replacing the bridge deck during these nightly repairs, which are scheduled to end in February 2017. Please be aware of these delays and closures if visiting Moccasin Point or Yosemite.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

  • Report: Don Pedro Lake Camping, Boating and Fishing

    Please do not swim within 50 yards of marinas or vessels connected to AC Shore Power due to the risk of Electric Shock Drowning (ESD). ESD results from the passage of typically low level AC - Alternating Current in freshwater through the body at a sufficient level to cause skeletal muscular paralysis. The victim is rendered unable to help themselves and they drown. If the electric current is high enough, electrocution can also occur. ESD is caused by electric current leaking into freshwater around boats & docks that are connected to AC shore power. Such electrical current leakage comes from faulty electrical equipment & wiring, & improper grounding in moored vessels & floating marina facilities. For more information visit

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

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    Water Temp: 66 - 72

    Report: Great top water bite on the IMA Little Stick, that lasted until 10:00am...just had to let it pause and then they would smash it. Most fish staged on shoulders of points. After top water subsided, a breeze allowed for a spinnerbait bite but those fish were committing toward the back of cuts. Threw a jig and stick bait but fish were smaller than the reaction fish.

Monday, March 28th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 60-63

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Hello all.
    I was lucky enough to spend the Easter holiday weekend at Don Pedro. The good news is that the lake is coming up in a big way. Blue Oaks boat launch is in the water.
    On Saturday afternoon I fished the Blue Oaks area with very good results. My 3 biggest fish were in the 4 lb. range with many smaller fish. I was using Senkos wacky rigged on 10 lb. line, spinner baits and Carolina rigged Brush hogs.
    My son and I went back out on Sunday, my b-day. we fished Big Creek but we did not have as good a result. We still caught a good number of fish but not much in regards to size. We had a good time fishing and talking. The houseboats are still tied up between Blue Oaks and Fleming Meadows and the speed limit is "No Wake" which is a drag as it will take forever to get out on plane. Good luck and be safe. Remember to practice Catch and Release!

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

  • Water Temp: 71-73

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Spent 3 days at Pedro and it is real low...we need rain! Got there around 9am Thursday and went to Rodgers area. Saw fish breaking water chasing shad and started throwing a superspook and it was on til about 11am and stopped. Went to dropshot and shakey head and caught a few more. It was warm this pass weekend around 90 on Friday. Got out early the next two days and just had a blast fishing topwater,10 fish to 3lbs. by 8am. Fish was spitting out shad as big as 4 inches. after 11am got tuff. They're not spawned out yet. Fun, fun, fun, for topwater.
    City: Fremont

    Tips: Get on the water early till 11am,have a nice lunch, nap and hit the evening bite. Goodluck

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

  • Water Temp: 68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: fished tourney Sat 11-8. Pretty good action all day. Weather was perfect. Every single fish caught of graph at depths from 25 to 50 ft.

    Tips: Don't pound the banks. the fish are deeper.

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

  • Water Temp: 68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: The Ranger said that they've started releasing water for the farmers,lake has drop at least 3 feet looking at the bank. Fish have pulled back their beds, but are in the expected areas. With the wind its pretty hard to make out beds, but the better fish are holding in 30ft. Senko's, brushhogs dead sticking, seemed the ticket for us.Bites were just pickup and weight.What shallow beds we did see had small scared bucks.

    Tips: Work slow and fish a little deeper while water is dropping. Water level is only going to get worst.

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

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    Water Temp: 52

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Sonora Bass Team Tourney out of Moccasin. 20 boats. First Place 14 and change. Winners big fish 6.11. Rainy and wet all day but the wind did not show too bad.

    Tips: Fish are from 50 to 20 feet in pre spawn. Smallies, Spots and large mouth. spider jigs and senkos seemed to be the primary baits with a couple reaction bites finally.

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 61.0

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: They dropped the water level by about a 12-18 inches and these fish don't like it. Fished the afternoon and front seat caught a limit of small "keeper fish" and I caught two. Tough for this time of year. Don Pedro has a tradition of getting tough when the water falls, especially when the fish want to look at the bank.
    City: Hughson

    Tips: Everything on finese 4 inch worms and split shot or drop shot, no reaction bite, no jig bite and no swim bait bite. Almost no wind and clear almost hot for this time of year.Lot of fish graphed suspended ,, only a matter of time,going to the Delta for the weekend..

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 56-63

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Majority of the fish are still staging and haven't moved up yet. There are some fish that have moved up shallow, mostly bucks just cruising. We spent most of the day fishing the creeks with ripbaits, jigs, hula grubs and crankbaits. We caught about 20 fish total today, prob half largemouth and half smallies. We did get some quality fish today though. We got two largemouth over 6lbs and two smallies over 4lbs. Majority of the fish came in 8-12ft, but caught fish as shallow as 2ft and as deep as 25ft. The fishing is just going to keep getting better everyday.
    City: Turlock

    Tips: There was a decent reaction bite early in the morning up to about 9am then had to go to jigs and hula grubs to get bites.

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 58.7

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Berry is alot like Pedro, just do not get caught up in the outside weather egualing the inside. The fish are moving up. My per. best is from berry. and it will happen , give it time, the water that is, to catch up with the ambient temp.
    City: hughson

    Tips: North on berry, after lunch and drag a c rig with a lizard slow or a jerk type bait , pointer or stasybe in between bites.

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 55.6

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the afternoon with my new Setter Pup, which means when she gets wet I go home.3 Smallmouth bass one large mouth all small crank bait on the bank. No jig bite for me and I threw it most of the afternoon. Limit of trout on the crank bait, wiggle wart. Sunfish color. Wait awile..
    City: Hughson

Monday, February 4th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 50

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Have fished lake 3 times so far this year. Mostly Big creek arm and Rogers Creek arm. Have only boated about 4 fish only 1 going 4+. Mostly fished swimbaits no bites. fish on jigs and soft plastics 30-40 ft. Hopefully patients pays off with a 10+ swimbait fish.
    City: Waterford

    Tips: Would like to hear report from people fishn upper bay and the river up and around moccasin

Monday, January 28th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 54

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Slow bite, but decent fish if you are patient. Hit the water about 8am and stayed until 2pm. Caught 6 fish between 2 and 3.5 lbs. Try primary points near creek channels. Cast out your jig, let out enough line to get keep it on the bottom while you "drift" in a gentle breeze. "Shake" the jig gently over obstacles. Wait for the "tap tap", esepcially just as it goes over a log or rock. Give her a second to get the jig in her mouth, then nail her!!
    City: Fremont

    Tips: Best luck today on brown and purple jigs, with a brown crawdad trailer. Caught my 3 biggest on this setup. You have to use a very slow presentation. I sometimes use the drifting approach when fish are sluggish, and have had decent success in recent years.

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

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    Water Temp: 58--61

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: FISHED from first light, till dark, caught some, none very big...
    City: MODESTO