Shadow Cliffs Lake and Reports

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Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 63-64

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Floated the arroyo pond today 6 fish in three and a half hours all fish over two pounds all caught on Texas Rig senko largest 3.5lbs

    Tips: Keep moving spots until you find fish,keep it slow

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

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    Water Temp: 60s

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Made 2 trips this past week, one at the Arroyo and one at Island. Biggest went about 3.5 lbs, averaging 3-4 fish per trip all on senkos. Practice your lure skipping and toss your senkos deep into the brush. Talked to a guy who wacked 7 on a drop shot rig, as well as a guy who got a 4lber from the shore. Water is fairly clear. Could see some bass cruising around but could not locate any beds
    City: San Leandro

    Tips: Fishing and weather have been good! Lots of people are fishing Island Pond, while the Arroyo has been fairly empty. Hopefully the fishing pressure won't shut the bite down.

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

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    Water Temp: low 50's

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: trap baits,blades n jigs. chartreuse color baits
    City: lafayette

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    Water Temp: low 50's

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: trap baits,blades n jigs. chartreuse color baits
    City: lafayette

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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    Water Temp: 60's

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: fished 6am to 12 noon, second cast on a whopper plopped BLAM!!#@ fish on 2lber then fished stanly blvd cranking caught a few nothing big. fished the pan handle and the cove near the second dock no luck. lost a fish on a trout pattern crank off about 10+ ft maybe bass but have had trout grab my baits fish in for bass.
    City: lafayette

    Tips: Get out there and fish for bass. Follow the trout and the fisherman after the trout. there are hefty hawgs in there.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Took my stepson Jack Jetton who is 5 years old and we landed one 7lb and one 51/2 lb trout trolling rapalas. We also caught five trout the week before using the same method. All fish were on the top 3 feet trolling at a fast speed.
    City: Pleasanton

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

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    Water Temp: 70s

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished back ponds from 8am-10am in the float tube. Managed 3 with biggest at 3.5 lbs. Lots of weeds in back ponds now, had to fish deeper water off of the weeds that's where I found the fish. Lots of fry swimming about, literally thousands. I think the big bass are feeding on them
    City: Livermore

    Tips: Dropshot deeper water

Monday, May 28th, 2012

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got 7 largemouth on drop shot fishing the back lake from shore. Also threw baby brush hog, jigs, and senkos for a good amount of time but no luck. All of the fish were small but it was still a good day for shore fishing. 4 of the fish were caught on 5in Roboworms and 4 on 7in drop shot worms.
    City: Castro Valley

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    Water Temp: warm

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished only the back lakes. Started using a texas rig but got nothing. Switched to a drop shot and caught 7 little ones(1-2 lbs). Used only plastic worms. Green pumpkin and darker colors seemed to work the best. Saw like 5 cruisers just couldn't them to bite. No fish early morning or in the afternoon. All the fish bit between 8-11.
    City: Castro Valley

    Tips: Bring extra tackle... TONS OF SNAGS! but thats where the fish are so you gotta live with it.

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

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    Water Temp: warm

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: waters warm, fish are active and aggressively feeding. off the beds and hungry they are. go out and catch some fatties

    Tips: work thick cover

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: went out on monday and saw plenty of fish on the beds. even saw a 10+ pound female with her 8 pound male close by but they werent eatin anything i put in front of them. caught one fish on top water but that was it. these back lakes have been getting too much pressure so all these shallow fish are very wary
    City: daly city

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Went out the other day and water is now in the 65 degree range. Spawn is in full effect. Saw several males on beds with females close by. Saw a couple 8-10pound females cruising the shallows. Caught a few of senkos and that was it. I ran into a guy with a stringer of bass, he told me he wanted to show his kid and he would throw them back. I told him that he needs to let any females go right away. Keep an eye out for our resources, practice catch and release.
    City: Pleasanton

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

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    Water Temp: 50s

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: the bite is picking up. was on water for 2 hours and got 4 in 1-2lb range. the bite was really really light, no tap tap tap just the line starts getting heavy. was throwin t-rig grubs and wacky rig senkos, all fish were on wacky rig. spawn is coming soon, just need water temp to rise a little more
    City: livermore

    Tips: slow it down to get bit. be patient 1-2 more weeks before they take bigger baits/faster retreive

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: the weather conditions were right for a good day of fishing and indeed it was. arrived at about 7:00 and hit the back ponds. no bites early but about 8:30 or so when the sun got higher the action picked up. saw at least 20 fish all very close to shore on their beds. they roll in pairs with a lot of 2-4 pound males and a lot of big females anywhere from 3-9 pounds. got 2 males to eat my jig both about 3 pounds. the females are a little difficult to entice because the males will block them from eating your bait. anyways sight fishing is a good way to hook up right now.
    City: daly city

    Tips: use any bait that resembles cray fish. worms got us a few looks but as soon as they see a cray figure on the bottom almost everytime males and females swam up and gave it a chomp. please catch and release there are quite a few very large fish in these waters

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

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    Water Temp: 55

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out for a few hours this evening. Fishing was slow despite the good conditions. Saw a couple beds but no fish on them. Had a few bites but couldn't get a good hook set. I'm thinking it's going to be on fire in a few weeks. Good luck.
    City: Pleasanton

    Tips: I'll try to catch some fish first and then I'll let you know.

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the back lakes today the one nearest the parking lot. Was on the water by 6:15 and had first fish by 6:30 stinko in the tullies. Right around 7:15 bite turned on caught about a dozen chunkers right at the entrance to creek arm with a-rig, biggest 4lb. Bite died at about 830 or so switched over to deep diving crankbait on the submerged island top In between no trespassing sign and dog swim zone. Scored about another dozen biggest 3. Wind picked up about 1000 or so moved into the brush with jig and slaughtered got 2 5's and ton of 2's. Finished up with probably 20 to 30 fish in about 5 hours. Back lakes been slow I'm glad I fished this lake usually it's the opposite. I'm thinking the back lake is getting hammered. Good luck out there.
    City: Pleasanton

    Tips: Try lake closest to p-lot back lake has been getting a lot of pressure not as good, fish in other lake starting to turn on.

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: got here around 7:30 A.M and headed straight for the back ponds for some bass. only had a few hits and landed one fish about 2 pounds on a jig with a sweet beaver trailer. i got all of the hits very close if not right in submerged timber. the strikes also occured early before the wind picked up and temperature dropped. my best advice would be come on warmer days with little to no wind and never be afraid to put your lure in thick cover
    City: pacifica

    Tips: my best advice would be come on warmer days with little to no wind and never be afraid to put your lure in thick cover

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    Water Temp: 55 main lake

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Went out this morning at 7 and figured I'd tube the main lake. Weather was slightly overcast and around 55 degrees, water temp the same. Water was crystal clear with visibility almost 15 feet. I looked shallow along the Stanley blvd side and saw a couple beds with no fish on them. Tried drop shot, jig, swimbait, and rip bait when the wind picked up but not even a bite. The sun never showed through the clouds and it felt like it got colder as time passed. I only fished three hours due to my legs going numb. I saw one 10+ bass cruising shallow along the Stanley shore and that was it gentlemen. I think these big bass are used to eating freshly stocked trout and that's about it. The only cool/sucky thing about fishing the main lake is that you get to see giant bass that you'll probably never catch unless you use a live rainbow trout as bait.....
    City: Pleasanton

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

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    Water Temp: 52-57

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: fished here today from sunrise till 2pm the bite here is on i broke out my a-rig that i bought last fall and it was the right choise i caught like 40-50 fish on it 5 of them were doubles that was awsome i was using 3 of the 4inch wht fish traps on bottom and to wht colorado blades on top i was fishing the back lakes the one closest to the parking lot from shore i wish i would have brought my tube i think i would have got alot more but i was happy any way.
    City: pleasenton

    Tips: i hope this helps all lets keep these post going so we can all catch fish but please practise catch and release

Friday, March 9th, 2012

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: It worked for me. For those who want tips, try jigs, rip baits or senkos for success. The big fish are shallow but in thick cover, more numbers but smaller fish are on shallow flats attainable by rip baits. Good luck guys. If you want pics of, proof then give me your email.
    City: Pleasanton

    Tips: Don't be fooled by the people who discredit reports.