Mendocino Lake and Reports

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Mendocino Lake, Elevaton: 730.92 ft. Daily Statistics
Monday, Sep 26
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
57,733 185 55 0.00 ???
Tuesday, Sep 27
Hi: 93 ° F
Lo: 56 ° F
Today
Sunny
Precip: 0%
Tonight
Clear
Precip: 0%

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: After nearly having the lake to myself the last 4 weekends it wasn't the case today. Was hard to find an open spot to fish with all the bass boats. The pressure laid off later in the day though. Smallmouth bite was good. I landed 15 and fished from noon til dark. All were between 1 and 3 lbs.
    City: Willits

    Tips: Bring sunblock and sunglasses

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: After getting a late start, didn't get on the water until noon, still caught 3 largemouth today, 2 lbs, 3 lbs, and 5.4 lbs. Caught all 3 on a Carolina rig. Clear skies and very warm for the end of January. Must be global warming. Fish on!
    City: Willits

    Tips: Get on the water before noon

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

  • Water Temp: unknown

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Lake has come up to near 70% from around 35%. Looking like a lake again instead of a puddle. Lots of woody debris in the water especially the east side so watch out. Both ramps should be open now, I launched from the south ramp and they said the north ramp would be open in a week. I trolled around 20-25 feet with spinners and spoons and did some casting and didn't get a bite, from mid afternoon til dark near the dam and the east shore and where the river comes in. Still a nice day on the lake. A pro bass fisherman caught 3 in the east side shallows fishing slowly with rubber worms and jigs. Hopefully it will get better this spring for stripers and the like. Fish on!
    City: Willits

    Tips: Fish slow and shallow or wait til spring

Friday, September 13th, 2013

  • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Anyone fished this lake recently?

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 75

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Lake Mendocino just keeps getting better and better !!! We have been catching more quality and quantity of bass.... The smallmouth bass have really, really exploded in population ... We have been hooking into about 5 smallmouth's to every largemouth. They have been getting larger too. Pretty much landing a 4 - 5 -6 pounder every outing.. 80% of the time we getting them drop-shottin' . There is a good topwater bite EARLY. 5:15 am to about 7:00 am. POPP'R's have been working best for us. for more information go to 4reelfishin.com
    City: Ukiah

    Tips: SSSssshhhhhh, don't tell anyone. :)

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 51 - 54

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Most of the bass are in deep water right. they will pretty much stay there all winter.. Although, the smallmouth bass will still be some-what active. Teresa and I fished our hometown lake today and for a 3 hour effort we did okay. 4 bass total. 2 smallies, 1 largemouth and one striper. There is NOBODY on the lake right now ! What a blessing to have the lake all to ourselves. The lake level is still looking pretty good, especially for this time on the year. If you need a break from Clear Lake, give it a try. You'll like it !
    City: Ukiah, CA.

    Tips: Drop-shottin' is your best bet. Purple 4 - 5" worm SLOW... ALSO take a few casts here and there with the "cALABAMA" rig. I have picked some bass running it by some cover in about 12 -20 ft. of water. Have fun and, remember to keep it reel ! Don 4reelfishin.com

Friday, August 26th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 80 -82

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: BY FAR the EARLY morning hours is the best time to fish... DUH? I have been fishing the evenings as of late and have been doing pretty good... BUT, I finally got a chance to get out the water @ 5:30am, and boy, oh boy, the bite was on !! Topwater 'til about 7:00 - 7:30, and then went to dropshot. Scented (green) worms was the ticket. Move the hook up to about 3 ft. and just slow dragged it along. It's all done and said by 10-10:30 am.
    City: UKIAH

    Tips: Fish ----> Crappie Cove - Barn Cove - points along the west side, the south end of the dam and the south side of the big island (Treasure island) keep it movin' 'til you find the fish. thanks Don
    4reelfishin.com

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 74 -76

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fathers Day Fishin' with my two sons.. Couldn't be better ! Lake Mendocino is ON right now. Caught 13 bass all on the west side of the lake.. We would have had more but we were out to just have a good time, goofing off. Man, small mouth fishin' is the best ! Those little guys really won't give it up ! sweet beavers - brushhogs - white spinnerbait & crankin' all worked for us.
    City: Ukiah, CA.

    Tips: Be ready, the fish are close to the shore. Some will hit the lure when it hits the water.

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

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    Water Temp: am = 53 degrees

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Mendo. on Sunday March 27th. Pretty much the plan was to scout things out after rains and flooding. Yup, the lake is nice and full. Water color would be "MUD" !! Tons of fish stacked in pre-spawn @ the old river drop offs. THOUSANDS. Water temp was 48 - 50 degrees. ------ Got a tournament coming up so , Teresa and I went out again on wednesday March 30th to come up with a game plan.... In just a few days the Corps had dumped a good 2 feet of water. But, the lake is still in really good shape. Water color was muddy-green and you could see down 1 ft in the open water and 2 ft. in the coves. Cool, water temp had come to the mid to upper 50's. I thought that there would now be some males up in the flats snooping around looking for a snack and possibly a nest site. I tried to keep the boat right on top of the drop offs . Teresa fished the drop off with a plastic crawldad and a paddle-tailed swimbait. She did get a couple of nice hits on the crawl. no takers on the swimbait off the bottom. ??? I mostly thru a chartrouse - gold dbl. willow bladed spinnerbait. I too missed two fish. ??? even with a trailer hook? Just when I thought that I was not going to find a pattern, We did. Then we got into the fish... Feel better about our chances now on April 9th... Off the lake by 2:45 pm.
    City: ukiah, CA.

    Tips: Find the warmer water. The fish that bit for us were in 60 - 62 degrees & in 7 - 10 ft. of water. YOU WILL BE A SUPER STAR IF YOU CAN GET THE FISH STACKED ON THE RIVER CHANNEL TO BITE. good luck ! see ya on the water. Remember to keep it reel ! DON 4reel fishin.com

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 55

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Walked the banks on the north end of the lake in the rain and wind throwing 6" worms and lipless cranks, caught 4 fish. 2 rats, 2.25 and 3.5. 3 LMB, 1 SMB
    City: Sacramento

    Tips: Once the weather stabilizes the bite will be wide open. All fish were caught in less than 10 feet of water.

Friday, November 5th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 64 - 65

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Beautiful fall day on the lake with my wife Teresa. Haven't fished lake Mendo. for 3+ weeks. Got a late start (10:45 am) took some time to find the fish. Caught only four. Found hundreds of fish @ 40 ft. of water along with tons of bait fish. These fish were closed lipped.-------------
    Got some ideas for next time out. ---- I think they are stripers.
    City: Ukiah, CA.

    Tips: The small mouth and large mouth bite is pretty good. Speed traps, rattle traps and blue / orange belly crank baits are working for me. Don't foget to throw the lizards and senkos slow dragg'in.
    G O O D L U C K -----> keep it reel !

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

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    Water Temp: 80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Put in at 0700. Trolled the channel for stripers. None. Swithced over to blacks. Spent the rest of the day in the channel. Tried all types of top water. Got a blow up on a frog. Caught a smallmouth on a dropshot. Throwin Maverick Ross's receipe. Caught a 2 lb largie on a blue and black rodstrainer jig with a sweet beaver trailer. Bass are on the rocks. Not the wood or flooded timber. Not in the shade. Got a few followers on a DD 22.
    There are thousands of yearling bass in this lake everywhere both largies and smallies. Next year should be better.
    City: Redwood Valley

    Tips: Find rocks in 15 to 25 feet of water. For a few bites.

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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    Water Temp: 79-81

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: launched @7:00pm. WOW! Another wonderful evening on Lake Mendo. The lake is still very full. The water quality is perfect. Fished the shadows on the East side to start. Caught a nice "catfish" on a swimbait? AGAIN, the top water bite started @ 8:15pm. got into a school of smallmouth's that were feeding on the surface. NO STRIPERS? The topwater bite lasted into the dark.. Off lake @ 9:20 pm. Hated to leave. Remember, KEEP IT REEL! Don
    City: UKIAH

    Tips: BILL DANCE COMES UP BIG AGAIN !! Tie on a spitt'in image for your top water lure.

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Hey Don thanks for posting something on the lake. I havnt been able to get over there yet this summer but im looking to hook into some stripers.
    City: K-ville

    Tips: if you want to share any please do!

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 79-80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Went to Lake Mendo. after work, Launched the boat @ 6:30pm.THE LAKE IS BEAUTIFUL! Water quality excellent. There was a group circled around a school of stripers that were boiling on the West side. Had several small dinks interested in crank baits. The fun really did'nt start until 8:00pm when the top water action came on. TWO NICE ONES!
    City: u

    Tips: Remember we are blessed to have such a great lake in our own backyard ! HAVE FUN -
    Try cranking, the fish are active. Cover alot of water. White spinnerbaits works too!
    KEEP IT REEL! Don

Friday, July 16th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: lAKE MENDO IS STILL VERY , VERY FULL. LOTS OF FLOODED TIMBER. WATER TEMP IS WARM 80 - 83 DEGREES. FISH ARE ACTIVE . BEST TIME IS MORNING, EARLY. THE BITE IS PRETTY MUCH DONE BY 10;30 AM. MY WIFE CAUGHT HER 1ST CRAPPIE. NICE FISH. 1 1/2 PONDER. SHE CAUGHT IT ON A CHAD COLORED CLACK'IN-RAP WHILE FISHING FOR BASS. GREAT MORNING ON THE LAKE!!!
    City: UKIAH

    Tips: TRY WATERMELON-CANDY BABY BRUSH HOGS. WHITE SPINNERBAITS. RATTLE TRAPS. SENKOS AND SO ON. HAVE A POLE SET-UP & READY FOR STRIPERS. THEY WILL COME UP BOILING @ ANY TIME RIGHT NEXT TO THE BOAT. AND MOST OF ALL KEEP IT REEL.
    DON

Friday, March 27th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 55-64

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Bite was fair early, daylight to 10:30. Bite died until early afternoon. Changed colors of worms fished slow. No large bass but plenty of 1.5 - 2lb.
    City: Hidden Valley Lake

    Tips: Let "em go, they're full of eggs.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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    Water Temp: Warming up

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got out a little late and my money spots didn't pay off. I did hit my biggest bass this season though (5.2 lbs) on a solo branch sticking up out of the flats at the northern end near the boat dock. Again, my white spinnerbait comes to the rescue!
    City: Ukiah

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

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    Water Temp: STILL COLD

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Took a chance fishing the island for smallies on a buzz bait. Surprisingly, picked up two (a 4 an a 1.5). This bite only lasted for an hour at best in the morning. The water level still really needs to come up for the fishing to turn on. There is o much great structure that is still high and dry right now.
    City: Ukiah

    Tips: Pray for rain!!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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    Water Temp: COLD!

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: With freezing temps in the morning, the Smallmouth bite was the only option. Caught three (two 4's and a 2.5) on a white spinnerbait shorefishing the river channel at the north end. The bite COMPLETELY shuts down by 10:30 at the latest.
    City: Ukiah

    Tips: Slowrolling a spinnerbait along the bottom.