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Lake Success rests at an elevation of 640 feet in the Southern Sierra foothills, 8 miles east of Porterville. Construction of the earth filled dam was completed in 1961.

The lake has a surface area of 2,450 acres with 30 miles of shoreline and holds 82,000 acre feet of water. Boating is allowed 24 hours and the summer night bass action is excellent.

Boat rentals, bait, tackle, food, and fuel are available at Success Marina located on the east side of the lake. Overnight houseboat rentals are available also from Success Marina. A well maintained campground "with hot showers" rests on the east side of the lake. The 1,400 acre wildlife area on the north west side of the lake is open for public use with hunting allowed, shotguns only, during appropriate seasons.

Lake Success is best known for the fantastic pre-spawn bass bite, as well as quality year round bass action.

For more information: Corps of Engineers - PO Box 1072 - Porterville, CA 93258-1072 (209) 783-9200;

Success Marina (209) 781-2078;
Ranger Programs (209) 784-0215;
Boat Patrol Office (209) 784-4797.

Reports

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 57+

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: slow, cold,but getting better....
    City: bakersfield

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 66-71

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Visalia Bass had a tourney on Saturday. Most of the teams were able to scrap out limits but the big fish were hard to come by. Several in the 5 lb range were caught but putting a quality limit together was difficult. 12 lbs and change won the tourney with 7 lbs being middle of the road. Huge turnout with over 50 boats competing. Most fish were caught shallow and on worms, lizards, sencos or other plastics fished in a variety of ways.
    City: Visalia

    Tips: Fish slow moving baits and be patient. Expect to catch a few fish but don't expect great numbers.

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 58- 63

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: man, whats up with the water level ? so low. its sad. after seein the level still decided to launch, caught 4 fish , biggest only 2#, with water dropping so fast fish cant establish a nest , they're killen any kind of spon this year.
    City: tehachapi

    Tips: splitshot oxblood, 4"

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

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    Water Temp: no clue

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: I went up today and the water was higher than I ever seen up there we caught 2 smallies one was about 2lbs the other was a dink. last week I went by myself and caught 4 3 dinks and 2.5lbs,funny thing is they would only hit on Black Panther Martens or Red Roostertail. While I was there some guy caught a 13lbs large mouth WOW I seen it big one. most of these were caught on the other side of the bridge.
    City: Tulare

    Tips: If I had any tips I would be happy to share I am the worst fisherman in the world. Wish there was a fishin coach that would teach hold to catch any

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 60 - 65

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: good fishing in the morning from 6:30 til 11:00. shut down about then and stuck around til 4:00 with only a couple of fish. finished with 13 fish from 1 to 3 lbs on drop shot and swimbait.
    water level is good hope it stays for a while.
    City: bakersfield

    Tips: drop shot blue or brown 4" worm
    soft swimbait 5"

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 59 to 66

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: started fishing at 6:30 , with my dad today , started out slow, fish on beds were skechy and managed a few here and there. fished til 5:30 last 1/2 hr. we stuck 8 nice fish on reaction baits, we managed around 14 lbs. 5 best.
    City: tehachapi

    Tips: best fishing late in the day on jerk baits.

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 67

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: took my wife out fishing, a great day for fishing. caught 11 bass, my wife got 4, alot of bedding bass and sight fishing, all but 2 on worms saw alot of fish, nice to see a good population, all were cauhgt and released.back on there beds.
    City: tehachapi

    Tips: polarized glasses help spot the fish.

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 64.7

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: fished another success bass tour.on sunday 3-15-09 finished 2nd with 11.30 lb. for 5fish with a3.32 2ndbig fish day was overcast with a fairly good wind had alittle trouble in the morning so just tryed to stay focused. no bed fish,just could'nt see them due to the wind and cloudcover. went back on thursday 3-19 caught lots of bed fish 8.63lb was bigfish biggest5 were 21.64
    City: porterville

    Tips: waters clear fished just about anything white for bed fish and watermelon candy splitshot lizards are doing very well also have fun and help the fishing be good for our kids and grand kids by practising catch and release it works! see ya on the water.

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 61 degrees

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: My buddies and I fished the South Fork Cove area the evening of March 14, 2009 throwing 4" Senkos into the submerged brush. We caught a few around a pound, a 1.7 lb bass and a 2.7 lb bass, lost an estimated 4lb bass as it threw the hook within feet of the boat. Caught a few more bass dropshotting down the channel of South Fork on Sunday morning, March 15, 2009 to include a 2.5 lb bass.
    City: Simi Valley

    Tips: Throw senkos into the brush all over the lake, dropshot any channel slopes you can find.

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 55

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: got on the lake at about 7ish and only 2 other bass boats on the water,fished the north shore and creek channel and nothing. fished the dam and east bank. fished til 3 and ended up with two for close to 6#, six lite bites altogether. caught both on 6 inch greenweenies.
    City: tehachapi

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 53.9

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: fished success bass club tour. today fish are on the move up in the shallow's caught my limit 5 fish in 7 to 10 feet on 1/4oz. pea head with a greenpumpkin candy flick shake 5.8 worm limit was 14.97lb's. with a 5.51 kicker.
    City: Porterville

    Tips: weather low pressure system. warming water but, had dirty water coming in from a couple day's of rain, try too stay in the cleanist water poss. and fish slow! no slower!! see ya on the water

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 70*

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Had a hot tip that this lake was good. NOT!!! My son-in law along with his brother, myself and the grandsons traveled down for a last day before school started trip. After not having the boat out since April for the CDC tournement. Its was nice to be back on the water for a change. Hit the water about 7. That was to late but you have to have bait when you have kids with you. Even at that the bit was non existant. 5hrs of lines flinging every direction produce 1 whopper. A large mouth that tipped the scales at 2oz. Thats right folks. Should have gone to the Delta. But it was great to have the boys out for a male bonding day. Geez, never want to have beans with dinner the night before!! We did have 1 contest today, you figure it out. But as the old saying goes. A bad day of fishing is better than your best day at work. AMEN!! Never a bad day when your with your family. By the way, that lake is the lowest I have ever seen it. Pray for rain soon. Dog days of summer for sure. See ya all in January at the first Big Valley 100% tourney. Yes, we will be back next year after a 2 year hiadis.
    City: Fresno

    Tips: Wish I had some. Maybe next time. But we will be back to Lake Success. But today we had none.

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 78

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Tournament, Visalia Club: 35 boats 30 teams weighted in fish. Fish in 8 to 15 foot of water. Winning weight a little over 12 lbs. Flipping brushhoggs in the submerged trees.
    City: Kingsburg

    Tips: Flip..flip...and flip.

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Results from our Visalia Bass tournament. Had 35 teams 13 limits. total of 113 fish weight in Winning weight 12.55lbs. Big fish was 6.98lbs. Weather was hot with a light breeze that made it confertable for the day. Fish was good in morning but slowed down after 9am. Fish were caught on almost everything from reaction baits to plastics.
    City: Visalia

    Tips: Fish early in the am and after 9-10 call it a day.

Monday, February 18th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 45-50

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: The lake is low and muddy and fishing is bad. We start at the dam and ended up looking for any thing in shallow water? did not see one bass or get a bite all day.
    City: Reedley

    Tips: us your partners boat.

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Success Club Bass Tournament results: 29 anglers and only one fish caught during 8 hours. 1.90 largemouth bass.
    City: Porterville

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: I was going to take the boat out, but the water level is too low. BVth main ramps closed. Not worth the trouble to get boat using third ramp. My advice go to another lake.
    City: bakersfield

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

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    Water Temp: 74.5

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Tournament Sat. the 9th caught plenty of fish. But bigger ones came out of the trees on the east end. 4 fish went 9.04. Big fish was 3 lbs.
    City: Ridgecrest

    Tips: Use green pumpkin senkos in the trees and watermelon seed brush hogs. Throw as close as you can to the trees.

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

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    Water Temp: 56'

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished a tournament Sunday the 15th. Caught lots of small fish up towards the mouth of Gill Cove in the trees. Drop shots and texas rigged worms seemed to work good for 13inch fish. Tournament was won in the north end in 12 foot of water throwing Senkos deep into the trees. Several fish over 2 lbs caught in the trees with senkos and jigs. Fish are plentifull but bigger fish were picked up throwing jigs and senkos.
    City: Porterville

    Tips: Fish 5-15 foot deep and throw into the middle of trees. If you feel your bait drag through a submerged tree stop moving it, the fish will be there.

Monday, November 6th, 2006

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished monday morning. Caught some fish(2.5ld and a 4ld). Not as many big ones as last week. Small ones are taking the drop-shot.

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