Pardee Lake and Reports

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Friday, April 29th, 2016

  • Report: Hi, well here is a few few caught, one is a Beast Largemouth 6lb + fish caught on 6lb test flouro 100% seagar clear, also many other good bass including some smallmouth, there is also a really nice trout i caught only took maybe 5 casts with a blue fox inline spinner and fish on!
    Really nice fish over 3 1/2 lb's under 4lb's this fish was caught using 6lb flouro seagar as well.
    the weather was either cold or slighty warm at best,
    fish were caught on plastics and lures see video below for some big fish!!! lots of fun
    Watch Video:

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

  • Water Temp: 55-58

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Mike Sperbeck and I made our first trip to this beautiful lake (especially in the spring!) on Wed, and found the bite to be kinda slow. Usually I catch the big smallie when we fish there, but it was his turn this trip. Not a monster, but a solid 4 lb smallie. He landed 3 or 4 other smallies while I got 2 largemouth at 2 1/2 lbs and a smaller one. They all seemed to be at the 10 to 20 foot depth! We really covered most of the lake and found on here and one there! We didn't stay for the evening bite - if there was one!

    Tips: Small beaver type baits worked the best - mostly in green pumpkin color. I caught one of the largemouth on a 6" Robo worm - MM111 color. I forget what Mike was using for the big smallie. Points seemed to be the preferred structure they were using. I think the north wind - though not real bad - did prevent a better bite. It was a post front kind of day!!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I forgot to mention another 2 1/4 lb largemouth on a Senko. Five total for the trip, only about 13 lbs total.

  • Water Temp: 58-63

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I guess I am the only one who posts reports for Pardee - check the date - this is a NEW report - 2014!! I started about 12:30 pm (yes, I wish it could have been 12:30 am!), running around, looking things over. I started fishing seriously in the river arm about 1:30 pm, My first bass was a nice largemouth pushing 3 lbs. My next was even nicer, a beautiful unspawned (is that a word?) largemouth at exactly 4 1/2 lbs. They both hit a #301 wacky Senko. Still in the river arm, using a jig, a 2 3/4 lb smallie wore me out trying to land her. Wow!! My last fish was a bare keeper smallie. The sun was bright and wind mostly calm - great if one were sight fishing. I looked around some but didn't see any beds. I fished 'til about 6 pm and was the last one to leave. I threw swimbaits the last hour, but no hits.

    Tips: If island tops are your thing, you will be very happy (unless you run aground on one! Be careful. Most are clearly marked. I didn't find much on the islands, all my bass were on shoreline structure except the small one. All bites were about 12 to 20 feet - all midafternoon.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

  • Water Temp: 76-78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Looks like no one fishes the lake in the summer - no reports! Well - someone has to be brave! I took a client out yesterday for a "teach the lake" trip and found out why none of you were there! Actually there was another bass boat on the lake! I showed him most of the lake - productive areas on and off the shoreline. Sunrise really never happened through the smoke - weird! I only had 2 or 3 bites - landing a 2 3/4 largemouth and a smallmouth that was close to 3 lbs. Boy, those smallies can fight in warm water!! He had a few bites also but couldn't hook them. Someone needs to develop a meter that can locate fish at Pardee in the summer!! For some strange reason I put on a brown/orange jig w/Berkley twin-tail trainer about 1 in the afternoon and that smallie nailed it!! Who ever heard of fishing a jig in August??? You never know!

    Tips: The lake is still at 97% level. Seems like we should be fishing the spring shallows! I think they plan to start dumping water very soon. Both of my fish were caught on off-shore structure - about 50 yards off-shore. His bites were on the bank in shadows. He will do well on his next trips - I'm sure!

Friday, June 21st, 2013

  • Water Temp: 74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: hit the lake about 7 for the first time ever. threw the kitchen sink at them from shallow to bout 30ft and not a lil nibble. as it was the first time we fished up the river till around lunch time. great looking lake just have to find the right cover and structure then things should change

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

  • Water Temp: 72-76

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Well, I think summer has hit Pardee! I took a good fisherman to the lake Monday - starting at 5:45 am - hoping for a nice topwater bite. Unfortunately, the delta breeze kicked in about then and shut off any good topwater bite. All day we had action on small largemouth - none over 11 inches. Saw lots of inactive fish suspended on the meter. After he left, I rested in my truck and was able to take a brief nap. I went out again about 6:30 pm - throwing all topwater in shadows I could find. I started catching all undersize and 2 legal smallies. About sunset I had another small blowup - this time on a Devil's Horse! I suddenly realized this was no dink and finally landed a beast of a 3 1/2 lb largemouth. A few minutes later I threw a Chug Bug to a feeding fish and nailed a near 3 lb smallie. A typical Pardee smallie - about as tall as she was long. A mini-pig!!! That action made the trip home a little more pleasant - a 20 1/2 hr day-night for me!

    Tips: I talked to Fred at the marina and he said that Pardee will rise another foot and should stay that way for most of the summer. It is almost full now. Bass should be found at a variety of depths this summer - some deep and some semi-deep in weed patches.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

  • Water Temp: 64-72

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Sorry I didn't check clarity box! Bet you wondered where the MUDDY water was!!!!!

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

    Report: I did a complete report and it didn't go thru, so this is a short one! I took a his/her team to the lake yesterday and found the fishing to be very slow. Carp were everywhere on the east shore from the ramp. Didn't know there were that many carp in the lake! Bite must be slower now - we were the only rig at the ramp by 7 am - saw 2 boats all day!! We only caught small largemouth and a token BIG trout. After they left, I looked over some new areas until the late afternoon shadows appeared. Soon I was into a decent topwater bite with my beloved Storm Chug Bug. I caught several nice largemouth, lost several, and ending with a great 3 lb smallie on the bug. You could hear the explosion all the way back to the ramp!!

    Tips: I imagine early and late in the day will be the best bite from now on. I talked to another boat with 2 guys bass fishing and they hadn't caught any as of late afternoon. Not sure how long they had been fishing. The hills are still alive - er, green - but are fading quickly as summer arrives!! What a beautiful lake!!

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 50-52

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I fished beautiful Lake Pardee yesterday with my buddy Mike Sperbeck. We started about 10 am, and was again shocked by the water clarity. I expected this with the lack of rain. We started in the main body with no success, then moved up the river. About 12:30 pm - our first bite and Mike puts a mighty 10 incher in the boat! Boy - that was worth a 2 hr drive!! Well, my attitude changed very quickly as I immediately set on a good fish with my brown/orange Blade Runner jig w/Yamamoto #180 grub trailer. She jumped and Mike yells "there is your 5 lb smallie!" Some of you know I am still trying to land one over 5 - I keep losing them. Again, this one was close at 4 lb 7 oz. A thrill anyway! The bite picked up - after Mike's second 10 incher! He did have last laugh when he landed a 5 1/2 lb largemouth later in the afternoon. Back out in the main body - after thinking about it for awhile, I decided to throw a 6" Basstrix swimbait. One feels like a genius when one catches a 4 lb 2 oz smallie on the first cast of his current thinking. She ate the swimbait! But no more hits on it. We ended the days with 6 bass for Mike and 3 for me with our best 5 around 18 1/2 to 19 lbs. No toads but very successful day.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: We caught bass both on the bank and off-shore structure - from 10 to 30 feet deep. Mike had several swimbait hits too but only landed one. Fishing might have been better in the late afternoon but the lake went dead-flat calm! That is rare for Pardee. Fishing will probably be pretty good everywhere for a few of these warm days, but weather may change next week and possibly move them off the bank again.

Monday, February 18th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 51-54.5

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: First time on the lake. Spent the first 2hrs in south end with no bites. Moved to river arm and caught first fish at 10am on 1/4oz darthead/4in light blue worm. 4 more fish the next 3hrs including 2 smallies fishing the north banks of river arm. Only 2 keepers but the first one was 6lbs. Not bad for my first Pardee fish. Can't wait to go back during the spawn.
    City: Brentwood

    Tips: All fish but 2 were caught on 1/4oz darthead with 4in light blue worm. Other 2 were caught on 1/2oz brown/purple jig. Caught all fish in about the 20ft depth on sunny main lake points leading into coves.

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

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    Water Temp: 60-72

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Some of you many be shocked at my 2-4 foot visibility entry, but there was lots of floating pollen in the water and made the lake almost look like Clear Lake. Not much sight fishing yesterday. Also, we found 60 degree water way up the river and about a half mile south - water was 68. Big difference. My guide trip ended rather sadly as my client (a good fisherman!) lost a 5 or 6 lb largemouth just before we quit. She wallowed on top and spit the hook. That makes the long ride home a little tougher. He caught most of our 12 or 13 bass, including his biggest smallie yet - a little over 2 lbs. Most of our bass were just 1 to 2 lbs. The major spawn hasn't started yet, so good days are ahead. He wanted to learn the lake better, so we spend a lot of time learning new areas for him to fish in the summer and fall. Lots of time spent with heads in the Lowrance HDS-8.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: Jigs were working as were the new Berkley Havoc baits - especially the green pumpkin "Craw Fatty." That's what he lost the big one on. His hook might have been too small. Tried some rippin' and cranks - no takers. Lots of trout/salmon boats and a few bass boats. Not too many bass on off-shore structure. They are definatly moving shallow. What a beautiful lake in the spring!!!

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 54-61

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished tournament on the 10th. 17/90 bassclub.
    Launched just after safe light, tried points just outside launch area, nothing. Ran up river and caught 2 on rocky points with drop shot. No bites till afternoon again on drop shot. Winning team caught two smallies with one just under 5 lbs. tough bite.
    City: Modesto

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    City: san francisco

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got on the water at 7am. I started working a custom walking bait and forth cast BAM 8 1/2 Pounder!!! Boy I thought it was going to be on. One bite on a HUDD the rest of the day and that was it. She hit it like a freight train but some how she didnt get hooked. DEAD SEA the rest of the day. I didnt get the normal followers either. Water is finally going down. Maybe that was the problem, fish just havent adjusted yet. But hey it was a good day for a guy that JUST STARTED throwing big baits.
    Good luck out there! Bring sun screen, you'll need it!
    City: Citrus Heights

    Tips: Stay away from the haters and keep on chuckin!!!

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 66-68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I was able to take Cal Kellogg and Sheldon Bright from the "Fish Sniffer" to Pardee Wed morning. The bite was brief, but impressive. We wanted photos so I fished hard too. We lost several but did manage to land 5 - 3 largemouth and 2 smallmouth. Quality was good with the biggest being a largemouth about 6 1/2 lbs that quietly sucked in a Mikey wakebait. What a battle! Monster smallies and I don't seem to get along as I lost another big one - maybe 5 lbs or more. As opposed the the largemouth, this one smashed the topwater bait, but I lost her after a half minute. Sheldon and I did catch two nice smallies on topwater - 2 and 3 pounds. The post-front clouds cleared pretty quickly and the bite died. We all hooked a few more and landed one.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: The lake is still spilling so "full" is the word. Lots of shallow cover in the water now. Water is fairly clear and will clear even more quickly. Most of our activity was on points and submerged wood structure. Did not fish any off-shore structure. There are probably fish that have moved there by now.

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

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    Water Temp: not sure but it

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: okay so i didn't get to lake until 3:00 pm but my brother and brother inlaw hit the lake around 10:00 AM and shore fished until i got there and caught total of 10 bass. Majority of the large bass where hitting in areas with small rocks containing crayfish and shallow water. largest was 7.8 lb another was 6.8 and a couple of 5 lb a lot of small bass with nest so just left em, but yeah weekday bites must be better since during the weekend the lake is usually filled with trout fishermans. bait: berkley power worms long tail 5" purple & black, Gary yammo bby craw blck n red glitter. all our set ups were split shots.
    City: Stockton

    Tips: we were at shore so fish in the coves and corners where small rocks are and where some of the reeds are. the bass were moving and hungry. so PATIENCE

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 56-61

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: We fished Wed. (after the recent storm) from 10am-5pm. Overcast day with the sun breaking thru from time to time. We caught 4 fish for the day. All were caught on plastics in 16-20ft depth split shotting plastic worms. We found that the greenish -brown colored worms with green/red flake worked best. Fish did not hit any of the chartruse-tailed worms like I thought they would. 3 largemouths, 1 smallie but a good one - about 2.5 lbs. The bite was soft and needed to fish real slow on the bottom for fish to pick it up. We did see many LMB in the top 5 feet but they would not hit the topwater or jerkbait we enticed them with.
    City: San Jose

    Tips: Split-shot worms around fallen trees/wood area. Fish slow. Pick up was light.

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 52

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got out on the lake late so I missed the early morning bite if there was one. There sure wasn't any other bite going on the rest of the day. Fished from about 9:30am till 3pm and nothing. Fished the lake and up river. Tried submerged islands, points, and even in back of coves and nothing. The trout boats were in full force catching their limits. Water temp still seems to be too cold mixed in with the high pressure. Still was nice to get out and enjoy the lake though. Tried drop shot, jigs, shaky head, and even crank baits.
    City: Lodi

    Tips: Either trout fish...or wait till the water hits about 60+ degrees.

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 80-82

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I guided a great fisherman yesterday in his boat with the idea of teaching him some good off-shore structure areas for summer and fall trips. We started with topwater baits of all sizes and one paid off for him! I saw this smallie clear the water by at least a foot in the morning sun - what a sight!! She went 3.84 lbs - post spawn fish. He hooked another good bass on the same bait but lost it right away. The rest of the time we ran over the whole lake - looking and fishing several shoreline and off-shore structures. The cold front had pretty well shut the bite down with a very chilly morning wind and fog in the distance. We caught several small largemouth and smallmouth for our efforts. We did see lots of suspended fish on his meter, but couldn't get them to bite.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: Topwater is always a good bet this time of year. Fish shadows for as long as you can. Several color worms worked for us, mostly drop-shotted and dart heading.