McClure Lake and Reports

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McClure Lake, Elevaton: 855.23 ft. Daily Statistics
Saturday, Feb 25
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
943,471 7,600 4,357 0.00 ???
Monday, Feb 27
Hi: 58 ° F
Lo: 35 ° F
Today
Chance Rain Showers
Precip: 45%
Tonight
Partly Cloudy
Precip: 16%

Friday, November 26th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 58-59

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Caught 10 Bass with the biggest 4lbs and the smallest 1 lb...our best 5 went for 14 lbs...Fished all walls, and rockpiles along the east bank ust north of Temperance..with Rainbow Trout Senkos, Natural Shad Senkos, and Baby Brush Hogs; Watermelon with red flake...
    City: Merced, CA

    Tips: Dead Sticking and letting it drift for 1-2 minutes in 25-30 feet of water seemed to be the trick...Most fish were in 25-30 feet of water, with my last Bass taken in 45 feet of water...slow down your retrieve and find the poclets of fish...

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 61.4

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the Sonora Bass Club tourney on Saturday. 20 boats with all catching fish, but only about 8 limits. Top 3 teams had 13+ pounds for 7 fish, with most bites coming on plastics drop shot in the 25 to 40 foot range. Dead stick (very little movement)seem to work best. Most fish are suspended and tricky to catch. Fish your graph and fish verticle.
    City: Sonora

    Tips: Baitfish are real small (1 - 1 1/2 inches) and drop shotting small white/natural color plastics seemed to work best. No reaction bites (tried top water and ripping)!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 70-72

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out at 0700 on a beautiful morning with low clouds and thundercells in the background. Cought 10 fish by 2pm. I big, 7#, the rest small dinks. All the fish were found off rock points, in 10-25 ft of water. The best luck was on Natural Shad Minnows, and green/red baby brush hogs. Did get a couple on lucky craft ripbait.
    City: Merced, CA

    Tips: Locate the fish and good luck. Didnt have alot of solid bites. Saw tons of baby bass swimming in the shallows. Saw alot of trout jumping. the lake has a Fall feel to it now.

Friday, May 14th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 67

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished 7AM - 2PM...caught 20 Spots on Rainbow Senkos wacky..all they would hit.
    Best spots ran 3-4lbs...fished walls and rockpiles. Fish
    Were in 10-15 Ft of water. Lake is 80-90% full.
    City: merced CA

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    Water Temp: 65-67

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: belows date was wrong..it was 5/14./

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 65-67

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Decent day fishing. caught several small spots and a couple larger Largemouth in Cottonwood on a variety of baits. Mostly on secondary points, near shad boils..on surface...reaction baits like crankbaits...rapala dt-10 or similar.
    City: Atwater

    Tips: look for bait on surface.

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 63-66

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Toughest day of May fishing I have ever seen. Water was crystal clear, and NO BASS SHALLOW. The water again cools way off with sundown. Very windy and somewhat cold for this time of year. We fished from 3:00 P.M. till Dark, and caught a grand total of two fish. I fished all the usual spots, but all the bites except for the fish caught were "Play bites"..tap, then off. I cruised the back of the coves, and saw no beds, and even the carp were just cruising around, not even rolling around the banks..Tried senkos, brush hogs, rip baits, lizards. I caught my one on a dark smoke senko in 15' of water, and my buddy caught a pretty nice 2' in 30 feet on a cotton candy lizard...
    City: Merced, CA

    Tips: No advice, hopefully the weather warms up. It still is down in the 40's at night, and the water at the dam was 66, but at horseshoe, it was at 62, and cooling. I think the cold water, and rising water elevation has messed it up. Search and move often until you find fish. They have to be somewhere...

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 63-66

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished this past Thursday (1/2 day), Friday and Saturday with a group of friends and camped at Mc Clure. On Thursday senko's (tried three or four different colors to find out which one worked the best)rather than minnows or anything else were what they wanted. We ended the day with 23 fish. Friday was the best day, we ended up with almost 70 fish. Maybe 10 were on minnows and the rest on senko's. One of the guys caught one that weighed 4.5 lbs. On Saturday it was slow due to a tournament. We ended up with only 15 fish. A couple on minnows, one on a spinnerbait and the rest on senko's. Including a 4 lber on a senko.
    City: Rough and Ready

    Tips: Fish seemed scattered, some were at the shore and some were in 30 feet of water?? Some were on points and some were in the back of coves. Keep moving until you find them.

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 61-62

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Took a friend and his son to McClure today from 3:00 P.M. until dark...Caught 17, with 4 lbs being the largest. Again, I don't see any fish shallow, and I can't remember when I didn't see that in April. The water cooled off to 58 at sunset, and I think that's the problem. Caught all our fish on Senkos: Natural Shad, Trout, and Purple/Silver. Fish Finder shows most fish from 10-20 feet.
    City: Merced, CA

    Tips: Rock Piles and Points...throw and change colors often. Seems that when the light goes down, the bites heat up...

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 59-61

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Thursday and Friday. Found the fishing still a little slow, especially in the am.
    Weather was nice, wind was not too bad. Had 4 people on my pontoon both days. Everyone on both days exceeded 10 fish each but the size were all in the slot. Only 1 LMB both days didn't even go 2 lbs. Te rest were 12-15 " spots.
    City: Ventura

    Tips: Split shot and dropshot. Seemed to like 6" morning dawn straight tail, natural shad 4" fx sculpin and margarita mutilator 5 1/2" curly tail
    Got one decent spot on a rattlin rouge. Look for boulders and rocky points. Fish are not to far into the coves yet. 10-20 ft water

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 61-62

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Beautiful Day to fish 75 and bright sun..but for some reason, the bite was dead.. We fished from the dam all the way past Horse Shoe Bend. We tried every color of Lizard, Senko, and worm, as well as ripbaits. I couldn't spot any fish shallow, but I also didn't see any holes burrowed in the back of coves either. We got tons of play bites, but until 6:00 P.M...we saw two fish 8-9" long and both fell off. At 6:00 P.M. though, I caught 5 fish 1-2 lbs along the rock wall south of Temperance on Natural Shad Senkos (Wacky). Lots of boats were on the Lake...water still rising. I saw lots of fish jumping right before Dawn
    City: Merced. CA

    Tips: I still would stick with the usual baits. The nights have been colder as of late, so maybe the fish are still not coming up all the way??? Warm weather is forecast for the next two weeks, so that will probably do the trick...

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

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    Water Temp: 58.6

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Started out at about 9:00am started late. Fished Piney and caught about 11 in about an hour and a half. Caught most fish on drop shot in about 10 to 15 ft. of water using Keeper worms. Most fish were in the slot. Came back out later in the afternoon before the rain caught fish up shallow in about 6 to 8 feet of water behind Mc Clure point marina. Used Senko and drop shot. Caught 4 fish in about half hour Biggest 4lbs. rest in the slot. Start to rain had to leave had neice and nephew.
    City: Riverbank

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

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    Water Temp: 60-61

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Had a good day, started at 2:30 P.M. at the Dam and finished at the waterfall across from Barretts Marina. My buddy and I caught 16, with my largest, a 7.5 Lb Black, caught on a rainbow trout Senko in 25' of water. The fish were very aggressive, and we caught the majority of our fish on Green/Red Flake Lizards, and Senkos with Natural Shad, Rainbow Trout, and Bass Patterns. Missed a ton of bites...Water is rising and warming fast. The Big Fish was definitely a Female defensing her nest. She was released unharmed.
    City: Merced, CA

    Tips: Watch your line, and set the hook fast...the bites are soft and the fish are carryin the lure to deep water and usually towards you. Rock Piles and points are the rule still. No much action in the weeds yet. Also watch for Debris, I saw a bunch of logs and wood drifting about...

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished yesterday from 10am to 7 pm,launched from McClure.We did alright,started throwing a jerk bait caught caught 3 spots all in the slot,switched to a drop shot and caught did not switch for the rest of the day.No bed fish yet,did see a few roaming shallow.
    City: Turlock

    Tips: Caught the majority of fish 20 to 30 feet deep,drop shoting.

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    Water Temp: 55-61

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: got on the water around 730 and launched from barret. we started out throwing dropshot and jigs. nuthing so we moved to the east side of the lake and one the third cast had a nice 14 inch spot put up a good fight. and then we moved to the back of tht cove and caught 3 fish back to back of some structure(wood)we then realized tht was a pattern so we looked for tht the rest of the day and caught 20 -25 fish mostly spots with 3 largies mixed in all largies about 2 pounds. what was funny is we caught fish in 60 feeet of water on wood they were suspended and nailed my dropshot. first time to this lake and i was suprised to catch them like this. didnt see any bed fish but saw a couple crusing and they were largies.?
    City: castro valley

    Tips: use watermelon red flake anything pretty much dropshotting was the only thing wrking tried swimbaits,jigs,and jerkbaits. thanks to people posting reports this is how it shld be on every report page! LOOK FOR WOOD!

Friday, March 26th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 59

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished from 1PM to 6PM. Caught 14 Spots, 1 Black, all 12-14" with one about 3lbs. Basically I hit all the points and rock piles, ans throwing right at the bank. Most were caught on Watermelonseed/Red Flake Lizards, and I had quite a few bites on Natural Shad Senkos hooked Wacky style. Most fish were caught in 3-4 feet, with some as deep as 25-30 feet. Seeing more fish in the shallows, but no spawning bass yet. Water is at the base of the flat concrete slab on the west side of the dam.
    City: Merced

    Tips: Fish are 10-20 feet and going shallow to bite..throw anything that threatens the nest: Lizards, Minnows, Trout/Shad Patterns, etc...Water is warming fast..

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Wednesday, April 24 from 7:30am-2pm. Caught 16 Bass on Senko's and Drop Shot. I caught a few shallow (6 feet) but mostly 14-20 feet deep. I just love it when you throw out a Senko and as it's falling you see your line screaming to one side. Way too much fun. Mostly slot fish but some over 15 inches. I caught most of them on points or by big rocks. The biggest fish came on a bare bank close to the end of a cove. Probably some big fish in the spots where most of us don't fish.
    City: Denair

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: We fished from 1-6PM, saw a lot of boats on the water. Fished Barret's South Ramp and a little towards the dam and a little towards Piney Creek. We caught 10 Spots, all 13-14 inch bass. All were caught drop shotting in about 18-22 feet. Very aggressive bite, missed only two fish. Fished points and coves, didn't seem to matter, but we usually only got bite once a spot. Picked up 2 on one point.
    City: Denair

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 53-54

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Not much action today..caught a few 1 lb spots on drop shotting..saw some fairly large bass in the shallows just hanging out..water is rising fast, and is still really cold. Saw some smaller males as well cruising around. Fishfinder showed fish in 20-30 foot range, but not reallt feeding.
    City: Merced, CA

    Tips: I think the spawn is 6 days of warm weahter away. Water is still too cold, but I hear forecast is for sunny days in the 70's...

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 52-53

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Caught 4 Spots about 1-2 lbs after fishing from 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M....missed many bites, and fish finder showed most fish were 30-45'. Of course it had rained about 12 hours before, so that affects alot. Caught one on a Lucky Craft Chartreuse minnow, and the rest on Watermelon/Red Flake Lizards. The lake is rising fast and is about 5' below the flat concrete slab next to the dam. I saw a few small males cruising into the back of coves and for the first time in a long time I see LOTS of thick vegetation in the water,grass is growing fast, and the water looks clean and healthy. This year McClure will be RED HOT for Bass Fishing!!! I see the lake completely filling up by May...
    City: Merced, CA

    Tips: Fish slow and deep...Watermelon colors are going to be good, and brush hogs should also start getting action..

    Also, if you catch any fish that are Fat, and you can keep em...don't..they're probably mammas...ready to spawn...release them gently so we can catch back up for the last three years of drought..