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Name: MetalMulisha209
Date: 2013-01-21
Location: Modesto
E-Mail: Metalmulisha209@yahoo.com
Water Temp: 50.9
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Got on the water about 730 am, fished the damn all the way up the right side out to the point and fished left side up the river between the bridges and only caught 1 all day on 3/8 jig. We threw everything from Drop shot,Alabama rig,swimbait,crankbait,live bait,senko's....just everything. The only one we did catch was by the Dam in about 30ft. Super Tough!
Tips: Cant really give any tips, because we didnt catch any!

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Name: Fishin45
Date: 2012-11-02
Location: san lorenzo
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Water Temp: 67
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Fished the main lake as the baitfish have not made there way to the back of the creeks. caught fish throught the day on jigs and drop shot.In the morning the fish were feeding heavy on bait down in 25 to 30 feet if you have a good graph you can see the fish crashing through the bait, all you have to do then is hit them in the head and they would eat it.We did catch a few on jigs and spinnerbaits.
Tips: use your electronics if you are not comfortable with them now is the time to go out because the fish are right where they should be, with the bait. keep your eyes peeled and look for the bait around mainlake points

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Name: Adrian
Date: 2012-07-17
Location: Oakdale
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Water Temp: 75
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Started at 5:30 am, got some slaps on a spook, no hookups. Back seater on Dropshot with basstrix style worms started catching right away. Fish early am were on windy or deeper side of long tappered points. Switched to a small cranck and picked up fish inmediately. Moved arpund as bite slowed and picked up a few on underwater humps with a jig and the drpshot. Moved to a rocky bank with big boulders and sandy bottom and picked a school of very active fish, dartheaded 5 inch worm worked best. Great day out. 20+ fish around 9 lbs for best 5. This lake is healthy and fun to fish
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Name: Jim Quarante
Date: 2012-04-00
Location: Twain Fart
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Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: some spots were nailed by trouters trolling crawlers. Local legend Willy targeted cats with whole troutheads and nailed a 20#er.
Tips: If willy approaches you act like you def of he'll talk till your ears bleed.

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Name: bosshogg
Date: 2012-04-22
Location: berkeley
E-Mail: rangel22@berkeley.edu
Water Temp: low 60's
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Fished 4/17, 4/18, and 4/19 the soft plastic bite was fantastic. mostly threw wacky sinkos with a slow twitch retrieve. I noticed the east side was more productive than the west.dart heads,texas rigs also worked. In the end boated about 120 fish to 3 lbs. Great fun
Tips: Get off your couch, Help your wife, than go fish!

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Name: Bassonardo
Date: 2012-03-10
Location:
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Water Temp: 53-57
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: The fish are starting to move up. Still drop-shotting a lot of fish in deep water, but was pleased to catch a limit on rip baits , including a largemouth, on the bank real quick first thing. Water level good and stable for the last few weeks, should see a large wave of fish coming shallow soon
Tips: drop-shotting shad and natural colors 30-60 ft. is producing good numbers of small keepers. Rip fish were better quality.

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Name: rjw1014
Date: 2012-01-01
Location: San Mateo
E-Mail: rickaroni@att.net
Water Temp: 52
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: On the water at daylight - first stop on main lake point - hooked up with a double on dropshot, 2 1/2 and 3lb spots - fat and healthy, full of shad. Hooked 5 others in next 30 minutes.Fish in 60 ft water... double dropshot rig, most fish hitting upper bait in shad pattern. Several other smaller fish on Dropshot, hitting points up in Angles Creek and then good numbers past 49 bridge in Coyote creek - 60 ft water.25 fish total with best 5 going 12lb.
Tips: Dropshot deep and slow - shake and let sit - all pressure bites. Double Drop shot with craw pattern on bottom and shad pattern on top.

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Name: Chubby1
Date: 2011-12-31
Location:
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Water Temp: 51-56
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: got on the water around 7:30 fished until 2:30. Tried reaction in the morning nothing. around 10 start drop shotting deep 50' to 70'. Shad pattern worms. very slow and lite bite. had around 8.5lb
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Name: Johnny C
Date: 2011-09-03
Location: Sonora
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Water Temp: 82
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Made two afternoon trips 9/1 and 9/3. Bite is not wide open ,but not bad. Best fish on 9/1 was a 3lb. spot and 9/3 was a 4 lb. spot. TYhe lake is super healthy and so are the fish. I have not seen summer bass this healthy in a long time. Lake is laoded with shad.
Tips: Best fish came on 3/8 Sculpin and Xmas Tree Pro Guide Jigs. Best depth is 8 to 20 feet.

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Name: Modesto Ambassadors
Date: 2011-07-16
Location:
E-Mail: http://www.modestoambassadors.net/
Water Temp: 75+
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: The Modesto ambassadors held there July outing On saturday night. Blasting off at 6 pm, weighing at 12, and fishingagain at 1 am til 7am. Fishing was tough, with only 3 limits brought to the scales. Most reported catching there fish on worms and jigs. First place was Team Douglas/Barse with 9 fish for 14+ lbs.
Tips: Bite was slow with now reported topwater bite. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Modesto Ambassadors, check out our website for details.

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Name: jss55
Date: 2011-07-09
Location: Elk Grove
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Water Temp: 79-82
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Hit the water at 5:45 am hoping for a Topwater bite...nothing, nada. Switched to medium crank baits and rattle traps, nothing on rattle traps and 2 small spots and 1 keeper on crank bait. Switched to drop shotting Robo worms until 1:00 pm, caught 23 fish but only 2 keepers; not sure where all th big fish went???Didn't hardly recoginize the lake, last time I was there was about 1+ years and all my usual fishing spots were no where to be seen except about 20+ feet down. Oh well had a nice moring on the lake and enjoyed the day.
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Name: Bob Selsor
Date: 2011-05-09
Location: Linden
E-Mail: bkselsor@comcast.net
Water Temp: 62 to 65
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Daughter was visiting from Paris, so went fishing with Johhy C. as the guide. Had a great day, with some BIG spots (4 to 6 lbs.)& about 20 fish for the day.Using dart heads, & Senko's. It rained at the very last. Daughter would not hold the fish, because they BITE. Super Day.
Tips: Watch the Electronics. Look for pressure Bite, will not tap,tap,tap.

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Name: thub94
Date: 2011-05-11
Location: Castro Valley
E-Mail: thub94@sbcglobal.net
Water Temp: 65-70
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: WHERE ARE THE LARGIES? did find about 10 spots in a main lake cove holding on wood. Fished from 7am to 3pm. Caught a total of about 15 fish.
Tips: no ryhme no reason. there is no pattern, fish seemed to mostly be suspended. tried jigs with no luck. dropshotting seemed to be the only way to catch any fish.

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Name: KID
Date: 2011-03-09
Location:
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Water Temp: 53-58
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Got on the water around 1030 at Tuttletown and water is getting close to being at the top ramp. Havent fished New Melones since September but immediately caught a decent rainbow on a shad swimbait. Fished from 30'-50' but only brought one fish to the boat by 1pm. Started fishing shallower from the bank to 25' and began to catch bass. Biggest fish was only 3 lbs but it was a great looking largemouth. In the back of one cove the surface temp reached 58 degrees.
Tips: Tossed baby brush hogs, dropshot green-weenie magicworms, and once in awhile a roboworm ez-shad swimbait.

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Name: Bob
Date: 0000-01-15
Location:
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Water Temp: 51-55
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: 1/15/11 Very tough conditions. Lake is rising and fish are lock jawed. Only fish were on jigs and drop shot in 35-50ft of water.
Tips: Maybe try way up the creek arms, thats the only places we didn't go

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Name: Bob Babuoy
Date: 2010-10-02
Location: San Jose
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Water Temp: 72
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: 2 on top water popper, 2 on texas rigged greenie weenie. Lots of miss hits and thrown hooks. 1 on top water around 5pm before a fast, incoming storm forced everyone off the water. All were healthy 2-3 pounders barely hooked on the lip.
Tips: Let them bite a millisecond longer before setting the hook. Wear your life vest. Afternoon was sunny/hot. Sunset storm caught everyone by surprise. Even the camp host wasn't expecting a sudden wind/rain storm.

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Name: Bishopbass
Date: 2010-08-23
Location: Bishop Ca.
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Water Temp: 76
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Fished mostly up river above Parrots ferry bridge. Top water popper bite great early on rock walls with wood. Crank bait bite decent mid day when wind picked up. Caught a few on texas rigged worms. Caught mostly small spots. Only two largemouth came up the coyote arm. One about a pound on Norman crank the other a three pounder on t-rigged worm. Where are all those nice 2 pound spots that used to hammer everything? Should I be fishing the main lake? Any advice would be welcome. Tightlines everyone!!
Tips: If you want to get a kid hooked on fishing. Find wood on rock walls upriver, and throw topwater early.

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Name: Bassmaster
Date: 2010-06-29
Location: SACRAMENTO
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Water Temp: 71
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: an ok day...caught a lot of smaller fish on drop shot and texas rigged worms. Nothing on top water in the morning. Fished the bridge piling and produced 5 keepers the largest 2.5 pounds. Lot of activity on the water as a trout derby was going on and water skiers in the afternoon, Over all caught 27 bass.
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Name: kayak kid22
Date: 2010-06-14
Location: modesto
E-Mail: live2fish22@yahoo.com
Water Temp: 70s
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: awesome day out on the kayak. caught 15 fish from between 6am and 1pm. biggest was almost 3 lbs. caught them on pretty much everything but the kitchen sink. guy about the float tube, go to the free launch ramp and just go up and down both sides of the bank. good luck!
Tips: throw it all, try everything u got

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Name: floattube
Date: 2010-06-01
Location:
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Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Does anyone know of good areas to float tube here. Somebody's of mine will be camping here and I was inrterested in bringing my float tube. Thanks.
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Name: what-a-day
Date: 2010-05-16
Location: castro valley
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Water Temp: 61-66
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: began the morning off fishing timber using dropshot and topwater. nothing on topwater though we did catch five on dropshot then when the sun was up we moved into coves and points with wood using dropshots and jigs. caught about 10 until the bite slowed down then the wind picked and the bite went crazy caught 3 two pound largies in a row on consecutive cast down a creek channel. the largies r in lookin for beds. we decided to stick to this pattern and looked for creek channel with wood around them and as we were fishing we started seeing a bunch of fish suspended on the wood in the back of this coves and then a big with two huge laregmouth guarding it. soo we backed off and came back in and after 45 mins finally pissed her off enough to bit it turned out to be a 6 pounder.
Tips: finished the day with 45 fish all using dropshots and jigs and senkos. sight fihsing was fun.in some spots u could see 20 ft down in others about a foot. using a watermeleon dropshot wrom and also shad patterns like holo shad.

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Name: Ichronister
Date: 2010-05-01
Location: Danville
E-Mail: ian_80@hotmail.com
Water Temp: 61.5
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Was only able to fish for about 3.5 hours. Picked up 17 and lost another 6-7. Stayed in the river past the second bridge for the first 1.5 hours and picked up 10 but nothing over 1.25lb. Headed into the main lake and the size improved but still nothing over 2lb. Saw larger fish on the finder but they ignored everything I threw at them.
Tips: Stay shallow in the main lake and fish the timber. Fish were between 5 and 10 feet. Eveything caught on drop shot and darter head tube. Drop shot worm color was purple punisher.

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Name: Kenneth Head
Date: 2010-04-24
Location: Lodi
E-Mail: kenneth.head@att.net
Water Temp: 65 degrees
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: One of the good days in between the rains. I tried this lake the week a couple weeks before and did pretty well. This time the fishing was much better by weight. We caught an accumulative of about 40 fish. Most of the fish were between 1.5 and 2.5 lbs. Around noon, I hooked onto a 4.5 lbs spot, on 6 lbs test none the less. Incredible
Tips: I stand by it. 6 lbs 100% florocarbon, on a drop shot set up. Best colors I could find were MM2 and MM3. I have used others, but none with this success. Good luck to all.

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Name: John Clark
Date: 2010-04-25
Location: Modesto
E-Mail: sheerman007@aol.com
Water Temp: 63 to 65
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: My cousin and I went up to the river area and caught over 50 bass. Shad color was the ticket, they hit on almost any color plastic we through.Biggest fish went 3lbs ,but most were 12".
Tips: If you want to to teach your child to catch fish nows the time. P.S. They must be catching trout also main lake was full of boats trollingfor them .Plus we caught three fishing for bass.

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Name: George Broekema
Date: 0000-00-00
Location: Sonora
E-Mail: autobcft@pacbell.net
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Jim James, the long time Secretary-Treasurer of Sonora Bass Anglers, passed away last week on February 18th. Jim was diagnosed with cancer in November of 2009. Bass fishing was a huge part of Jim's life. Jim was a personal friend and frequent client of Randy Pringle. Jim will be missed by all who knew him. His family is planning a "Celebration of Life" to be held on the banks of New Melones. When I get the details I will let you know. Jim was my friend and fishing partner for the last eight years.
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Name: BUSTOUT
Date: 2010-02-19
Location:
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Water Temp: 52-54
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Thought I would try this hot lake (lake record caught last weekend). Fishes very much like oroville (steep rocky canyons). dropshot and splitshot only. Lost more than I landed. Landed 7 up to 3 lb and lost over 10. Most were lost within 5 sec of me setting the hook. A few times broke off but probably due to line rubbing rocks but most times the fish just works its way free from the hook. was using 6 in staight tail worms w/ 1/0 hook. Has always worked well in the past. One thing I noticed is that the fish was already swimming w/ the worm (no feel of the bite) and would set hook. In hindsight, I should have let it swim longer so that the worm is further in the mouth? Anyway, good day for my 1st time in years. scouted the river area and it is serene and beautiful.
Tips: land the fish that bite !!!

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Name: iwillkechu
Date: 2010-02-06
Location: Sonora
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Water Temp: Low 50's
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Had a club tournament at New Melones. Weather was overcast to start the day and started raining by 7am. It rained moderately hard until noon with gentle wind 5-10 mph that blew off and on. Then a cold front came over and the wind and rain stopped. Water color was not a clear as last month, but still clear. Visibility was down to around 5-8'. Water temp was low 50's and water level had been rising. We fished main lake points that had wind blowing onto the bank and most of our fish came on Norman Deep Little N's during the wind and rain in less than 10 feet of water. I thew lavender shad and my brother threw chartreuse with purple back. Once the wind and rain stopped, so did the bite. We switched to plastics and only caught 2 more. Both came on Zoom watermelon candy shaky head worm, on a 3/8 shaky head in 20 feet of water. In talking with folks at weigh in, it seemed like everyone threw different stuff. We heard of guys throwing spinner-baits, wacky senkos, jigs, shaky heads, spider jigs, drops shots...you name it. I think all but 3 boats out of 22 weighed in a limit (7 fish). Still had fun, despite the weather.
Tips: Bite was very soft. Even on the cranks it just felt heavy, like pulling through brush or over rocks. Watch your line when fishing the plastics. You might feel a slight bump at most, but you will definitely see your line start to move out to deep water...then set it!

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Name: John Clark
Date: 2010-01-30
Location: Modesto
E-Mail: sheerman007@aol.com
Water Temp: 52.5
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: My wife and I went up to the river area, had very good day just no big fish.The biggest 3lbs, ended up with around 40 fish. We draged brushhogs swallow to the deep, linewatching a must and around woodand rock.
Tips: We used watermelon green and dark red on a 1/8oz jig

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Name: iwillkechu
Date: 2010-01-09
Location: Sonora
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Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Fished club tourney Saturday. 18 of 22 teams weighed in limits and all were culling. Nearly all fish were 1-3 lbs with the exception of on that was 5.05 and another that was 7.56. All of our fish were caught dropshot in 20-25 ft during the overcast morning. Once the sun came out fish moved up to 15 ft and bit like crazy for an hour. Then they moved deeper 30-40 ft. Caught dropshot and spoon.
Tips: Fish submerged islands on the main lake and/or main lake points. Better bite comes when there is a little breeze. Green and silver were the colors that worked best for us.

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Name: basskickin mike
Date: 2009-12-23
Location: modesto
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Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: lots of spots fished jigs ,drop shot,swim baits,carolina rig fish slow. on water by 6:45 caught limit by 8. biggest 3lbs between 20 to 50 ft deep
Tips: be patient it will pay off

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Name: Bass Moniker
Date: 2009-12-05
Location: Granite Bay
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Water Temp: 56
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Caught fish on jigs in the morning then the bite died as the sun came up. The best jig fish was 2 lbs and we caught 6 .Then fished dropshot, darter head, and senkos. The senko fished very slow worked , caught 5 more with a four pounder being the best fish.Probably had 11 lbs for best five
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Name: Bass Moniker
Date: 2009-06-13
Location: Granite Bay Ca.
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Water Temp: 74
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Fished three days practicing for the FPT. Lots of fish however very tough for size.You can catch fish on everything, I caught three bass on a MS slammer wake bait but all of them were smaller than the bait. Went up the river last Saturday and caught around 70 fish, three were keepers. This Saturday fished the tourney and weighed just shy of 8 lbs. All on jigs in the main body on steep walls, probably had around 14 keepers all day. Dropshot seemed to shut off compared to the previous trips. Fun lake to fish, I would like to try it next year in the spring when the big girls are more plentiful.O'
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Name: meeks
Date: 2009-05-21
Location: elk grove
E-Mail: MEEKS9591@HOTMAIL.COM
Water Temp: 72-79
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: 2nd time fishing new melones caught 100+ fish mostly dinks a couple nice spots and largies. caught most on darthead,carolina rig,drop shot & crankin. ribpait worked real good in the morning caught fish all day on spook also most plus sized fish came on cranks.
Tips: watch for the bait fish, dont cast right on the action cast just short of it or just past it, the deeper the better

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Name: RJ
Date: 2009-03-26
Location: San andreas
E-Mail: fishordie47@verizon.net
Water Temp: 59
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: fishing was extremely slow. some small spots were caught on a nightcrawler with a split shot. Largemouths hit 5 inch senco in black with purple flake
Tips: Fish Slow!!!!

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Name: J
Date: 2009-03-19
Location:
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Water Temp: 53-58
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Water was clear to 15 feet. Two small fish were caught on a split shot thrown near the shore. Four bigger fish (2 lbs aveage) were caught on a wacky senko in deeper water.
Tips: No tips

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Name: Johnny C
Date: 2008-11-29
Location: Sonora
E-Mail: jchiarpotti@att.net
Water Temp: 61
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Went out with fellow nutcase Wally and finally got into a great fall bite. The water is finally getting near the fifties which triggers the feeding frenzy. we cuaht over 100 fish with the best five spots going 15 pounds.Great time for a guide trip if ypou need any help catching fish with your electronics.
Tips: Stay with the bait. The hold over trout are just now showing in the bait and the big spots come with them.

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Name: David T.
Date: 2008-10-11
Location: Elk Grove
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Water Temp: 64 west side to
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Went out all day 10/11 Sat and caught 18 between 2 of us. All but 2 were very small (1 1/2 pounders) The other 2 were almost 3lbs. Did well with dart heading-6" margarita Mutilator Lipless crankbait did ok. Several on the flick shake. Rippen early in the morning with a little luck. Sat, the wind was pushing the boat quite a bit. The trolling motor got a workout. The wind was so bad sat afternoon we went in about 5pm. Sunday went out for just a few hours and caught 8. There was no wind at all on Sunday. Most all of the fish were at the 12 to 15 foot range. A few were right on the shore. This lake is VERY LOW. Hope we have a wet winter to fill it up.
Tips: Stay around 12 to 15 foot deep. The bite was light on the dart head. Give it time.

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Name: Steve
Date: 2008-09-08
Location: Atwater
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Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Started early around any rocky structure I could find. threw topwater shellcracker around rocky structure. alot of quality fish. biggest was 4 lbs. The sun came up and swiched to jigs. bite slowed later but lucky to have hit them early.
Tips: Work the topwater slow. look for shaded areas. before sun comes up.

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Name: michael
Date: 2008-08-16
Location: Antioch
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Water Temp: 82+
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I had the pleasure of fishing the August tournament with the Modesto Castmaster. We started at 4pm and finished at midnight. I had not fished this lake in 5 years and first time as the boater. The bite was great if you like catching 3 to 6" fish. The club member that I fished with, Matt, caught our two keepers. One was just under 14" and the other was 14-1/2". The best fish of the tournament was over 4#, caught by the winning team. If you are thinking of joining a club, and live near Modesto, this is an excellent group of guys.
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Name: J
Date: 2008-06-21
Location:
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Water Temp: 74-76
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: First time on this lake. It was nice but get on the water early. The bite turned off at 0930 hrs. Split shot, carolina rig and crank baits did well for us. Dark green or shad color. I took the family. We had 12 fish in three hours. All of them around 1 1/2 lbs. except for the 3 1/2 lbs'er my wife caught on a carolina rig.
Tips: On the water early and get off early. Stay cool and fish deep. The fish were tight to the bottom in 30-40 feet of water.

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Name: Uncle Dan and Jon
Date: 2008-06-12
Location: Somerset
E-Mail: dk3k1d@pacbell.net
Water Temp: low 70's
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Andrew, I too would like to know where the big ones are? Gotta feeling you need to be deep as we too caught so many small ones it got boring... 80+ on roboworms, t-rigged, in any thing with purple or the oxblood/red flake. Biggest was 2.4, but my son also caught a real nice rainbow on a robo with scent? We stayed near Angels arm. I'm not the best teacher/fisherman, but this trip really helped my son build confidence in fishing with plastic worms... For us, the top water was hot until the sun was up. Throwing anywhere with shade usually produced a strike, but we were using rapala's. I even hooked into a fun 8.14# squaw-fish that was a blast on 8 pound test. Oh, and our best catch was a really nice 6" Huddleston trout... My 12 year old and I had a blast!!! the camping was great too... Go during the week, no crowds.
Tips: Downsize your tackle and the purple robo's like the MM & MM III's worked best(Glory Hole Sports has a great selection if you need them like we did). Also, stay in the shade as long as possible with either the robo's or top water(we used the rapala #13).

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Name: Andrew Prince
Date: 2008-06-14
Location: Hayward
E-Mail: djsupanova1@yahoo.com
Water Temp: 68-74
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Normally fish delta or McClure. No topwater to speak of. Most fish were clone 12 inchers weighing in at a whopping half pound. We caught alot, maybe 30 or so on finesse worms Aarons Magic color. All were very small though. This was our first time here though. Fish caught were small and largemouth, but 9 out of ten were largemouth. Saw Gills on old bass beds, so spawn is done at this lake. My question is this, WHERE ARE THE BIG ONES? For all you veterans of this lake. We were kind of thinking we would look for big smallmouth but didn't find the technique to single them out. We went to the river channel and found the colder water but only found smaller smallmouth. Can somebody that fishes this lake regular please tell me where the big ones are, Large OR smallmouth? Are there any "honey holes?"? Catch and release here, so don't worry about your fish being gone next time you go out. djsupanova1@yahoo.com
Tips: Aarons Magic finesse with brass and glass (try to distinguish between the bluegill bites (WHICH ARE MANY)) or as always.... Watermelon Seed Brush Hawgs Texas style. No Topwater in the spots WE fished early morning, but we are not too familiar with the lake.

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Name: Uncle Dan and son Jon
Date: 2008-06-10
Location: Somerset
E-Mail: dk3k1d@pacbell.net
Water Temp: 68-70
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Wacked em on just about any thing. Best was a 3 lb'r on topwater. I got distracted and when I looked back I couldn't find my lure... several twitches, still no lure??? Started reeling only to find a nice 3 lb'r on the end! LOL, never heard it hit! We had 20 by 9 in the morning and my son Jon even caught a real nice 18" rainbow on a roboworm. With the strong wind and a slight motor problem, we decided to get off the water by noon, finished with 2 dozen, mostly dinks but a blast if you have a kid with you, It's quantity with them...
Tips: If you're older and fat like me, make sure you launch from the right ramp, the 1/2 mile climb back to get the truck/trailer nearly killed me... Cast tight to the bank and into the shadows and you'll get bit!!!

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Name: Uncle Dan and son Jon
Date: 0000-00-00
Location: Somerset
E-Mail: dk3k1d@pacbell.net
Water Temp: 68-70
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Wacked em on just about any thing. Best was a 3 lb'r on topwater. I got distracted and when I looked back I couldn't find my lure... several twitches, still no lure??? Started reeling only to find a nice 3 lb'r on the end! LOL, never heard it hit! We had 20 by 9 in the morning and my son Jon even caught a real nice 18" rainbow on a roboworm. With the strong wind and a slight motor problem, we decided to get off the water by noon, finished with 2 dozen, mostly dinks but a blast if you have a kid with you, It's quantity with them...
Tips: If you're older and fat like me, make sure you launch from the right ramp, the 1/2 mile climb back to get the truck/trailer nearly killed me... Cast tight to the bank and into the shadows and you'll get bit!!!

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Name: Phil
Date: 2008-05-26
Location: tracy
E-Mail:
Water Temp: 68
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Here it is several spots on different plastics biggest 3lbs. conditions were light rain. Somebody post what is up it's not like it's a best kept secret or something. Delta has way bigger fish (double digits) and consistently. Had to take a break and fish a lake.
Tips:

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Name: meanstick
Date: 2008-05-12
Location: Livermore
E-Mail: smrmac@hotmail.com
Water Temp: 65
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: What a great day on the lake . Took a client out on FRiday and had one of them days that you never forget. We launched at Angles arm and didn't start the big motor. On the First cast my client had a 3lber on a topwater and I had a dink on a worm. The action was non stop all day long.We caught uncountable amounts of fish on mostly topwater ,what a blast. My client (Lynn) was so happy he gave me a $200 tip. That even covered the gas and everthing, lol. We did get a few fish sight fishing ,which he had never done. Book a trip and lets go get them. wwwmarkmcgowanguideservice.com .
Tips: Put a bait in the water and they will eat it. Topwater, worms , senkos

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Name: Volk and Dad
Date: 2008-05-10
Location: La Grange
E-Mail:
Water Temp: 65-69
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Started about 7:30AM fished the first cove to the left of Tuttletown launch, caught 1smallie,2 large. Went up by the dam nothing, so we went all the way up into Morman's creek and fished it all the way out caught the cycle. All in all we caught a dozen. Left around 1:00pm.
Tips: green weiney, Lizzards, 1001p

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Name: mark
Date: 2008-04-14
Location: sonora
E-Mail:
Water Temp: 64-67
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Went out with a friend to do a little fun fishing and we had a great day. The lake was glass untill around 11:am and the top water bite was on. We put 25 to 30 fish in the boat. The wind picked up around 11 and we switched to jerk baits. I hooked a big female but she spit my Rapala. I'm fine with that at this time of year. Most fish were in the 1.5 to 3 lb range but there is a ton of fish in the shallows right now. We had a blast.....
Tips: South end is warming fast and the bite is on. Catch and release. The fish in there is all we get. No stocking of bass.

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Name: Dave
Date: 2008-03-29
Location: San Jose
E-Mail:
Water Temp: 56-60
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Fished 9 hours on Saturday, caught 8 fish. 5 were dink largemouths, 2 were healthy, 2 pound, very pregnant spots... finally at 7:00pm nailed a 7 pound 1 ounce largemouth in timber at the back of a cove. Sunday was a complete write-off; didn't get bit once in four hours! Fished from shore out to 35 feet deep with various plastics, both T-rigged and Carolina.
Tips: Guess the cold front made the fishing tough. With a week of sun and warmer weather, this lake will be on!

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Name: Shane
Date: 2008-02-23
Location: Elk Grove
E-Mail: affordablestonecare@yahoo.com
Water Temp: 50
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fished a club tournament- went out blind with no practice. Caught 4 fish- 2 on a 6" swimbait and 2 on dartheads. All fish came past the second bridge on secondary points/coves. In fact, we caught all of our fish within 1/4 mile of each other. Best weight in the tourney was 14lbs. Out of 20 boats, only five limits. We took 6th with 6 lbs.
Tips: Fish are in 25 plus feet...no bites shallow. All but one fish were on the bottom- not suspended. The swimbait bite is on...to bad I broke mine off. Hint- 6" fish trap type on a 1/2 oz head. Let sink all the way to the bottom in 30 feet then retrieve parallel to shore.

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