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Spring Lake and Reports

Saturday, Aug 1
Hi: 81 ° F

Lo: 55 ° F
NW Partly Sunny
Precip: 6%
WNW Patchy Fog
Precip: 5%
Spring Lake rests in the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department near Santa Rosa. It is a small 75 surface acre lake.

But don't let that fool you, this lake has some big bass. On March 1, 1997 Paul Duclos caught and released a twenty pound+ largemouth bass from Spring Lake, on a Castaic Largemouth Baby Bass Hard Bait. Because Paul was more concerned about releasing the fish alive then weighing the fish and taking the chance on it dying in the process, we'll never know just how heavy that fish was.

The lake has camping for tents and RV's as well as group camping, seasonally. There is a swim lagoon during the summer months as well as a visitors center/museum.

Spring Lake is open to non-powered boating only.

For more information call (707) 539-8092.

Reports

Monday, April 21st, 2014

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

    Report: It was my third time EVER Bass fishing (Don't hate me!). But I have been reading a lot on BassResource.com.
    Anyway, There was supposed to be a front later in the day, so I tried a bit of fishing before work (7:30-9).
    Fishing from shore, tried a Jig and trailer, Rat Trap, spinnerbait, nothing. And I could see swirls, Bass were feeding. I remembered reading that during the spring bait fish are smaller, so I tried my smallest lure, a #2 PantherMartin with 1.5in trailer. (5.5' Ultralight rod and 8lb test line.) Cast at a swirl and caught a nice 2 pound eater.

    On my way back to my car 5 minutes later, I tried a couple more casts, felt a subtle strike and set the hook. 5 minutes later, I hauled in a 27 inch HAWG! I DIDN'T HAVE A SCALE! But best guess based on looking at scores of tourni pics, is 11-13 pounds.

    This lake still has monster Bass! (Still has this HAWG in fact, because naturally, I released her. I'll thin the herd of 1-3 pounders and have fish dinner, but anything over that needs to pass its genes on. Especially Trophy fish! Let those trophies lay more eggs!!!)
    City: Santa Rosa

    Tips: Water was way dirty, so it was a bronze #2 spinner. Tiny lure, tiny rod, tiny 8lb test line, and MONSTER Bass!

    Literally big enough to eat every other fish I've ever caught in my life.

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

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    Water Temp: 49-51

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: fished from 9am till 1pm
    2 fish in 2' of water
    1- 3lbs
    1 -6.5lbs
    no fish caught untill the fog lifted
    both on drop shot margartita robo worm
    City: santa rosa

Friday, May 4th, 2012

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    Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Friday afternoon and caught 2 on a Senko, 2 on a drop shot and 1 with a popper. Lost another on the drop shot. Launched from the ramp and went to the north. First came within 30 yds. All others came around the island on the inside. Made it as far as the north corner by the dam but only 1 bite in that area. Water appears to be clearing along the shoreline but dirty everywhere else.
    City: Rohnert Park

    Tips: Weightless senkos along the shorelines work top waters slowly. Shad color baits worked better tha. The darker colors.

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

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    Water Temp: Chilly

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished in a rain storm from my float tube. The only bite I got, I landed and it was 6.2 lbs. Caught him off the island with a weighted senko. Went in after about two hours and my jacket was soaked through.
    City: Cotati

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

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    Water Temp: 56

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: What a change from 2 weeks ago. The water is chocolate brown and the fish are nowhere to be found. Fished the afternoon with a variety of baits and could not find a bite.
    City: Rohnert Park

    Tips: Wait until the water clears up to head to Spring Lake.

Friday, March 9th, 2012

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    Water Temp: mid-50's?

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Arrived at the lake around 3 pm and fished until sunset. Left the boat ramp and neaded north. Didn't have a bit until around 5:30, but it was a nice bass about 4 lbs. Caught it on a drop shot using a black/blue worm off the end of the island.
    Not too many bites right now, but the quality has been really good. A friend and his bro have been there the last couple days and caught several over 4 lbs and one over 6 lbs.
    City: Rohnert Park

    Tips: Quality not quantity right now. Things may change as the front moves through. Water temp is still a little cold to kick on the bite.

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Waters are still to cold. Bass have not come into shallows to spawn.
    City: Santa Rosa

    Tips: wait another 2 weeks to 3 weeks.

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Took wife and baby out with me for a walk and a little fishing. First 15 cast nothing then line hit hard. Caught a decent large mouth by the island they have. Pulled it in and it was about 5-6lbs. There was a few nibbles on some stink bait but caught the bass on a spinner. Not bad for the begining of the year on a lake that doesnt have a great reputation for fish.
    City: Santa Rosa

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

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    Water Temp: warm

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: It's a sad story this lake has been over fished and not being supervised on whats being taking out. I see time and time again a group of people taking out too many small fry, putting them back and taking them home. I went fishing there yesterday and I was shocked how many people we walking around, talking, riding their bike, walking their dogs, too loud too many people for bass fishing (I thought I was in the city). I was also surprised to see all the vessel that were on the water (boats, kayaks etc.) it's change so much since I was a kid. The only bass I been catching are under a pound. I found another lake which not too many people know about and a Sonoma County parks lake which is awesome to fish at( and I'm not telling you where it is at). Spring lake is for small fish or or coming up empty. (also lots of algae which they just sprayed)

    P.S. That fish in that photo up there is most likely long gone.
    City: Santa Rosa

    Tips: Drop shot rig, roboworms, Trophy bass only way to go. Crank bait early morning or late evenings and to avoid crowds.

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

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    Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Went fishing, some algae in the water. Not sure if they sprayed recently, but hopefully they didn't. Fish seemed to be a little more active, but still hiding when they want to. Had I guy in a tube take a picture of a decent one I caught. I guess others are giving it a try even though the fishing is up and down, but mostly down.
    City: Santa Rosa

    Tips: Fish all day long and you might get a nice one.

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

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    Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: It seems this lake is devoid of life since they keep spraying the non existent weeds. I guess lake management doesn't realize how the bass fisherman contribute to there economy. No fish, no bites. You can usually catch little guys, but it appears the Comorants have done away with them, noticed the birds don't seem to be around either. Good Luck!
    City: Santa Rosa

    Tips: Talk to the Rangers about the fishery and let them know how much it has been effected by the spraying. If everyone says something maybe they will take notice. Not to mention they are putting chemicals into the run off creeks of native steel head which are a protected species. I'm just hoping to catch a bass, but I guess that's not going to happen.

Monday, March 14th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 50's

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: i post reports on this lake maybe too much,your right. but at the same time i have buddys that fish this lake and some of them have to drive a ways.im sure when you go to the delta,clear,sonoma or whatever bodys of water you like to fish im sure you check out reprts,ask freinds and family,call campgrounds,tackleshops etc etc.just trying to be helpfull.just to let you know spring lake isnt a secret,nor are lures. oh yeah reports dont ruin lakes if antthing it helps em.if any thing is ruining the lake its the sonar herbicide they spray,so you should do something bout that instead of bitching at me.i do fish from a belly boat(pontoon) and can post where i like.
    City: rosa

    Tips: just go out and enjoy the water and maybe catch some nice bass!! oh yeah dont turn into a bass nazi zzzzzzzzzzzz !! good luck.

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

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    Water Temp: mid day 53

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: met my buddy at the lake,i got in the water and within 4 casts he stuck a fat 5.3 we went south cranking and crawlin jigs to no avail. middle of the lake and still no bites.well that leaves the north side,decided to stick with the jig got my first of the year a chunky 5.6 an hour later got a 3.4 crankn went home and pitched some shoes the first two were both ringers. very nice day!!
    City: ROSA

    Tips: stick with your confidence baits and fish em untill the paint comes off,the plastic dissolves,till the rattles dont rattle or untill those eyes fall off that spinnerbait and cover lots of water and slow at that! good luck @ tight lines. p.s seen a couple kids kill a 7.2 i woulda gave you a few bucks for mcdonalds buddy!! LET EM GO!!!! CATCH @ RELEASE! bye bye eggs and trophy fish that no one else will get to enjoy. SAD.

Monday, January 24th, 2011

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    Water Temp: ??

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: No bites. Tried 5" swimbait, wacky rigged senko green, jig brown purple. Fished north and south islands and spillway inlet.
    City: Santa Rosa

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

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    Water Temp: 49

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Decided to take in the nice weather...too bad, nothing. No bites, didn't even graph many fish. The ones I found were on the bottom.

    This lake needs to warm up to around 60 and then it should get better.

    Nice to get out again. Saw some belly boaters but they didn't seem to be having much luck either.
    City: Santa Rosa

    Tips: Lake is full as full can be, which is good but need to wait until the temp rises.

Monday, October 11th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 67 to 69

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing was good early. picked up 3 . 2-8, 5-11, 6-15. Died not 1 bite ater the sun hit the water.
    City: Santa rosa

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: sounds like someone is jealous or just has no fishing skills-i too have been catching and RELEASING some hawgs.hit me up fat girls if you want to fish sometime.
    City: p-town

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Just so you know, I'm not hatin on anyone. I have fished here for a long time and know you don't just show up, make a few casts and land 5-10 pounders every day no matter how avid you are. Sounds a little fishy to me. Seems like you guys should be fishing tournaments not Spring Lake.

Monday, September 27th, 2010

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    Water Temp: boiling (heat &

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: spring lake was on today.caught 14+ fish.lost a giant!!!!!! topwater,flukes,buzzin and sencos.fucking enourmous blowups for 8 hours.seen something try to take down a mallard,thats the third time ive seen that in a week!!! GIANT BASS!!
    City: rosa

    Tips: get ready set your drag! insane feeding frenzys for a few days in a row.try topwater its been good. oh yeah mfb - some of us do fish tournaments and some of us grew up on our local lake,some of us come to visit the lake,some come to rape the waters of the fish,some of us do well and some others sit on there couch complaing disbeleif all day about people that are catching toads!! i could give two shits less then what anybody believes.i just wish more people would hate fishing here.disregard my report above i actually got skunked today. tip -try different lake!!! LOL. i hate this lake.

Monday, September 20th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: To MFB,dont hate becuase you struggle on such a fantastic lake that produces huge fish for the people who put in work.I've seen and taken the pics for i love fat girls. come out some time and ill be more than willing to show some big bags.we post these reports to help avid anglers to get bit when times are tough,every body has those days where you cant get bit. we dont make this shit up.
    City: rosa

    Tips: CATCH AND RELEASE and put in your time

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