Southern California Lake Fishing Report

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Sunday, August 14th, 2011

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      Water Temp: 67

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: After plucking 4.5 lb. and a 2.5 lb. black bass off a piece of classic structure last week, John and I returned this week to the same point. This time we fished a little further out on the point as we were looking for bigger fish. Within just a couple of minutes, John loaded up on a good fish using a T-Rigged black plastic worm on his spinning outfit. Fish put up a great fight and John played him masterfully. Turned out to be a fat 4 lber, but it showed the results of structure fishing (and the fun of using light tackle!).
      Back at the marina, Don Lopez told us about a lady, fishing for only her third time and using a drop-shot rig, who nailed a 12.3 lb bass today. The picture of the bass showed it to be a healthy big bass, obviously not short on eating.
      City: Monterey

      Tips: Our fish have come off the sides or tops of underwater points using slow presentations at 15-18 foot depths.

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

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      Water Temp: 75 in morn 78 m

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Some found the fish in our 21 boat tourny and some didn't. My partner and I had 1 keeeper until 11A wiegh in was 12p. The trees in south fork held the fish just have to get the right set of trees. Engineer point seemed to help us in the last hr. Cranking and dropshot. Worms are the ticket and a few crank bites. Winner had 22lbs, we had 4 fish for 8 lbs, big differance.
      City: Bakersfield

      Tips: Dropshot, some cranks, and creature baits in trees

Monday, July 25th, 2011

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      Water Temp: 78

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: The fishing is still really good here. It's normal to catch 10-20 fish a day. There is a good reaction bait bite in the morning and also a worm bite in the afternoon. The main lake points and the creek channel bends in the back have been the most consistent.
      City: lakeside

      Tips: Look for the white birds stop there in the morning and throw a top water or jerk bait.

Monday, July 4th, 2011

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      Water Temp: 78

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: The water is clearing up, and it's falling fast. The fish are moving into there summer pattern. The fishing is still great just like it has been all year. This place is a little fish factory, it seems like there's always a way to catch em.
      City: Lakeside

      Tips: I haven't spent much time in the very back, but on the main lake check the points. Keep a eye out for the breaking fish also. If you can't get a bite try a drop shot, with a Robo worm.

Monday, June 27th, 2011

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      Water Temp: 74

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: This lake is on fire!! The water is dirty, and the spinnerbait bite is on. It's very rare that you can use heavy line and blades in San Diego and mop em up. I think El Cap is the best thing south of Diamond Valley. Myself, and some friends had over 20 fish by 9:00 am that were all in the 2-3 pound range.
      City: Lakeside

      Tips: Get there early the bite is best before 10:00 am. Make sure you fish your spinnerbait slow and keep it in contact with the bushes that are submerged. Try a LC BDS 3 crank if they slow down on the spinnerbait. Best of luck.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

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      Water Temp: 59-78

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished with my dad from just before sunrise to about noon. Main lake was the best with jigs and senkos. We caught about 30-40 bass, but most were dinks. The river was a lot colder and we only had a few bites up there.
      City: Hanford

      Tips: Baby bass senkos and brown jigs in 0-15 feet.

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

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      Water Temp: 61-64

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Was a very windy but productive day. I got a late start (first cast was at 830) and within the first 10 minutes had 2 largemouth over 3lbs and a 2.5. The rest of the day was a grind, a lot of short fish on drop shot and texas rigged robo worms. Figured them out in the afternoon and caught another 15-18 largemouth from 1.5-4lbs all over the lake from 12-22' deep. Half way back the coves were most productive for me.
      City: Los Angeles, CA

      Tips: 6 & 7" robo worms dropped shotted and texas rigged. Aarons Magic was the ticket in 12-22' of water. Lot's of post spawned fish.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

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      Water Temp: 66-67

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Water is cold but stable, strong cold north winds the past few days have the bite off. Still managed 12-15 keepers up to 2.5lbs, Monday the 16th was much better with the best 5 going 15-16lbs with the biggest being a 4.5lb.

      Fish in just about every stage, water is stained.
      City: Los Angeles, CA

      Tips: It's still spring time with a cold front, cover water, look for the active fish. One here, one there right now.

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

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      Water Temp: 66.4

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Myself and two friends hit the lake today and started in Whittenberg. Pretty quiet so headed to the back where we scored last outing. Hit the banks and weeds with Senkos aand jigs. Scored some nice fat ladies and s few good smallies. Green Pumpkin b/flake, Natural Shad and a few assorted Robo worms worked well.
      City: SM

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

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      Water Temp: 73

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: The fishing at El Cap continues to be very good. The numbers seem to be down a little bit but the quality is still there. I had a guide client catch a 7 yesterday...his personal best. The lake has a strong allege bloom so be ready for pea soup conditions. The worm bite seems to be the best, with some random topwater bites to be had if your out early. We caught 12 fish with or five best around 18 pounds.
      City: San Diego

      Tips: Fish a drop shot in 10 feet of water on points. The key is very slow and big rock and brush mix on those points. The afternoon worm bite was better.

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

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      Water Temp: 67

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fishing in bigger body in coves with creek run offs with 5" GYB senkos in cinnamon red with blue flakes catching 30 none keepers w/6 keepers between 2 people, winds came in with over cast, switched to shad pattern pulled in 3 pounder in less than foot of water. Water is lowrering about 1 1/2" per day bass beds are above water. Clear water Areas I switch to smaller senkos 4" and 3"in green pumpkin and light green to match water color caught 1 1/2 ponder near dam where water is 68.8 degrees. Shallow water bites has slowed over past few days, thinkin it's the constant lowering of water levels Hope this help and good luck
      City: Fresno

      Tips: No luck on reacation baits... past a few trollers who all said they did good if trout is your thing

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

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      Water Temp: 40's to 50's

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished primarily for Largemouth Bass and Trout second. Fished early mornings on the 21st, and 22nd at the rock point/launch ramp near the Standfield Cutoff.Caught 1- 5 pound FAT bass, and 2 smaller 2 to 3- pounders on a KVD 2.5 cranker. Also caught a 12 inch trout on the cranker same area. Got hits on Drop Shot Senko and Robo in the same area ,but had to leave. Bass and Trout jumping all over
      City: Oxnard

      Tips: I fished the North facing sunlit rocks and bumped that crank into what ever. Also fished the eddy's coming around the rock point with the Senko and got hits.Felt Great fishing unknown water and catching my favorite fish. Big Bear is a awesome lake!

Monday, April 18th, 2011

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      Water Temp: cool

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Super clear water, still pretty cool. While the trout were active, the Bass were real lazy. Along nearly every bank I walked along I could spot at least one very good sized bass lingering in one spot. I hooked into a very nice 4 lb smallie along the south side of Cleghorn Cove using a 3/4 trout colored spoon. At parking lot 2 near the marina if you walk south along the swim beach back into a small hole, there is some floating debris. I drew out several largemouth from back there under logs with Senkos. in the center of hole it is deeper than it looks and they seem to be spotting their beds, but they are not real active
      City: Delta, PA

      Tips: Senkos for now, the water is real clear so keep them natural. Baby Bass, Salamander and trout colored is my recomendation. before 8 am on the banks and after 4pm in the coves. between 6pm and 9pm if you can get on some docks, Pig N Jig.

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

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      Water Temp: 58

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: First time back here with son, John, in several years. Lake is at over 100% capacity, making it like a new lake from when we fished it before. Lush green hillsides and full pool make it one of prettiest lakes in California. Fished Picnic Bay without success before moving to White Oak Flat. Tried deeper off-shore areas of the flat looking for pre-spawners and then moved in to fish just outside the mudline along the shore of White Oak Flat. Nailed a nice 5 lb 6 oz. bass on a black Swimming Senko...great fight on a light casting outfit with two classic jumps that got the adrenaline rushing. John caught three smaller bass, one on a T-rigged worm and two on a shad-colored crankbait. Enjoyed the use of one of Don Lopez's aluminum fishing boats, especially because the outboard motor started easily every time and the boat was clean and dry. Don is a hoot to deal with and made our day very pleasant. We'll be returning to Santa Margarita and exploring other areas of the lake on which we've made lots of great fishing memories.
      City: Monterey

      Tips: Be patient in finding spots to fish when there are four club tournaments being held there as was the case on this Saturday. Because it was fairly windy most of the day (12 - 16 mph), we found it useful to have a heavy anchor that could keep us stationary while fishing the windward shores (which also seemed to reduce the competition from the tourney anglers).

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

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      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: went out this last saturday and the fishing was pretty good. caught 7 bass from 1-3 lbs ....caught one on a popper, 2 on spinnerbait and the rest on robo worms...even caught a few croppie with the robos...

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

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      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Wet conditions made for some cold fishing. Launched from Lakeridge Marina and fished the banks and points on the NW side of the dam. Caught a keeper on a drop shot, nose hooked six in. Casper worm. Crossed to the N side of the dam because there were some white-water falls pouring into Pine Flat from the surrounding mountains. Threw a wacky rigged senko and had a few bites, but could not hook up, but lord were they there. Ran across the lake by the trailer campground and started fishing structure. Pulled in a two pounder with a river2sea plastic craw while the boat to my left pulled in a 16lb. Carp on a drop shot with 6 lb test.
      City: Fresno

      Tips: Fish in the shallows, 5-15ft depth.

Friday, March 25th, 2011

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      Water Temp: 61.2

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Lots of trash floating on the lake still so be careful!

      Wow! Level is about 15 feet from the base of the spillway. Hasan't been this high in several years. Great to see water in the lake bringing back some old fising haunts..

      10AM arrival and headed straight to the back. Short stop near Vasquez to checkout the coverage in the back of Vasquez.. Nice! Setteled just past the last dock about 20 yards in. Started with our Bucket Mouth Jig in Wtrmeln/Red with a Wtrmeln trailer. POP! Smacked a nice 3 in 3 foor of water. Pulled three more in, went flat so switched to a Senko. Blasted two in a row over 5 at the boat. Busted off in some tall weeds. 9 total for the day with maybe 21 pounds. Good day -- Heading back Monday
      City: SM

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

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      Water Temp: N/A

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished the Main Lake no farther than Las Tables and only about half way up there. Most of the fish came on main lake point's in about 15'.

      Darthead with a 6" Warmouth Robo worm worked for us and nice fish for here and the Lake look's great. Watch out for debris though there are whole tree's out there.
      City: Salinas

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

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      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Just a note, lake info states this is shore and tube only, no boats. Not true, ramp and all, always has been. Not catch and release only, also as stated, but please practice it.
      City: Del Mar

      Tips: Just a note, lake info states this is shore and tube only, no boats. Not true, ramp and all, always has been. Not catch and release only, also as stated, but please practice it.

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      Water Temp: 52

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Well the Ventura County Bass Club had our Tourney here. I did not help my team, in fact I did not get a bite. Our team did get some jig fish i also heard that some of the others guys had a rough day. Jigs Jigs Jigs that all I heard. I guess we were in the wrong area. Pumpkin and watermelon red flake worked for us. Good Luck Chief
      City: Camarillo

      Tips: Throw everything you got lol and yes I DID.
      The best bite I got was at the hot dog stand by the on-ramp