Chesbro Lake and Reports

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Saturday, August 7th, 2004

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    Water Temp: warm

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out from 7-10 am with my brother again. Really had to work to catch 12 bass between the both of us. Several were 10-12 inches long but all were fat and healthy. One big one was about 2.5#. The blue sky and warm weather drove the fish deep. No bites on topwater baits, no spinner bait bite. We started tossing shad colored grubs and started catching them but we kept switching colors between blue pearl/black flake or smoke/silver grubs.
    City: San Jose

    Tips: C-rig grubs or swim the grubs after initial drop

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

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    Water Temp: warm

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out for couple hours before work. Bite was not as aggressive as last saturday. Not much action on surface. Landed one small bass on blue-chrome popper. Three others came on t-rig shad colored grub. Biggest weighed about 2.5#
    City: San Jose

    Tips: Match the hatch. Big fish hit the grub on the initial drop.

Saturday, July 31st, 2004

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    Water Temp: warm

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out from 7-10 am with my brother. Caught about 18 between the both of us, up to 1.5#. Started out throwing topwater baits with blue/chrome poppers. Caught a majority of fish about 8 and had lots of blow-ups. Topwater bite died about 8am. Then started throwing shad colored grubs and jerkbaits. Landed some nice ones on the jerkbaits. Then around 8:30 the reaction bite died and we started dragging jigs on the bottom for a couple more fish. Another guy in a float tube landed some nice fish about 4 up to 1.5# crawling a jig while we there. He said all the fish came in about 15' of water.
    City: San Jose

    Tips: Follow the bait. Once the bait moves so do the fish.

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out tubing, started around mid-day. Fished around the boat launch and in the cove directly across the lake. Had a good day with plenty of small fish, largest was around two pounds. Caught all my fish on blades and traps. There is some nice fish in here, you just have to get in the 15-20 ft range. Great place to crank, and burn blades. Lots of fish along the rocky points.
    City: san jose

    Tips: blades, traps - try some jigs too. Saw people banging out fish while drop shotting. I'm sure a purple roboworm would clean house. Very easy to have a 20+ fish day.

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Was at the lake 6am-9am by the diner area. The water level look shallow and saw alot of fish jumping. Fishing on the shore using popper-R, rooster tail spinner and live bait(nightcrawlers). But no bite. Man, these darn fish are hard to catch. Haven't caught a fish at this lake yet. Any suggestion? which part of lake is good spot?
    City: San Jose

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: snagged me a few largies on a double leafed spinner, pretty good reaction bite. You have to get your spinner to the bottom, try a kneel and reel technique, that seemed to produce. Fish were in the 1-2# range. Caught four that were about eight inches, the damn lure was as big as them.
    City: san jose

    Tips: rat-l-traps and blades!

Monday, July 5th, 2004

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    Water Temp: 72

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished for a couple of hours in the morning. Moved around a lot mainly fishing the points. Caught a few small bass with Carolina rigged Roboworms. Fishing was tough. Biggest was just over a pound.
    City: San Jose

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

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    Water Temp: nice

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished from 1 to 5 and on the first cast caught i nice little bass on a chartreus spinnerbait then no luck for awhile until i pulled out a nice 5 pounder out of a fallen tree. We fished the very North end of the lake where theres a bunch of timber and sticks and it was very very shallow. Fun Day though.
    City: Morgan Hill

    Tips: Fish Naked......

Monday, June 14th, 2004

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Arrived around 6:00 pm, threw a buzzbait for a while with no takers, switched over to a white spinner with gold blades, many hits. Landed one nice size largie around three pounds. threw some spooks and poppers with no takers. Nice lake, great potential. I'm going back to throw some senkos and frogs, we'll see what happens.
    City: san jose

    Tips: find your own pattern and fish it with confidence.

Sunday, May 2nd, 2004

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    Water Temp: 67-69

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Chesbro for a couple of hours in the morning. Lake is full. Caught 6 small bass on Texas Rigged 4" Robo Worms. We saw hundreds of small bass cruising the shore line. Biggest one in the boat was about 1.5 lbs. Most were 10"-12".
    City: San Jose

    Tips: Finesse baits in this lake seem to work best. Topwater should be ok if you can get there early or late in the day.

Saturday, April 10th, 2004

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    Water Temp: 60

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out Saturday morning for a couple hours from 7-9:30 with my brother We caught four shakers between the both of us, nothing big at all. But the fish were all full of shad. The lake is completely full. There's lots of shad all along the shoreline. We caught all fish on different baits: watermelon grub; shad ripbait; 1/4 oz blue chrome trap; and a green pumpkin tube.
    City: San Jose

    Tips: Keep chuggin along. I still have not done well at this lake.

Wednesday, February 18th, 2004

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished or about an hour caught only 1 bass that weighed about a pound or so. Fished with a Rapala the whole time and caught the ish about 2 eet away rom the shore. Nice Lake but it was very windy with the storm coming through. Never ished here beore but it seems like the only way to catch something here would be with a crank bait or a spinnerbait. Theres a lot o wood on the shoreline.
    City: Morgan Hill

    Tips: CrankBait.... ocus on a certain area and keep throwing it there. you will piss o the ish and get bit.

Sunday, October 26th, 2003

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished it 3 days in a row and basically could not get the bigger ish to bite. The little ones are hitting my big baits and swallowing them. There is just too much shad and little bass to keep the big ones ull.
    City: San Jose

    Tips: Maybe try using 10+ inch baits.

Tuesday, August 26th, 2003

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    Water Temp: 74

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished last two weeks three times and had some luck. 6 ish including a three pounder. This is a spinnerbait lake and has orage but the DFG does not give about this lake
    City: S.J.

    Tips: stick with it

Wednesday, August 20th, 2003

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    Water Temp: warm

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Did pretty well here last year on Bass and Big Crappie, but damn!!! can't get bit now!!! I know they're in there . I've just been unsuccessul at getting them to bite!!! Water is high and extremely clear. GOOD LUCK!!!
    City: San Jose

    Tips: I SUCK!!!

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    Water Temp: warm

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Did pretty well here last year on Bass and Big Crappie, but damn!!! can't get bit now!!! I know they're in there . I've just been unsuccessul at getting them to bite!!! Water is high and extremely clear. GOOD LUCK!!!
    City: San Jose

    Tips: I SUCK!!!

Saturday, June 29th, 2002

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    Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: went to chesbro last night. all i caught was a buzz. the resevoir is down pretty low. supposedly they stocked this rez with catish last week but nuttin was going on last night.
    City: san jose

    Tips: clams and chicken liver weren't working or me.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2001

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I decided to do some bank ishin' with a couple o buddies,we hit up the burner and a couple o other spots,we went to alder point,and as soon as we got there we saw a ish loatin belly up,we went down there and it was a bass,with sticks stuck in the gills,aint that some bullshit!we couldn't believe it I was so pissed o,it probabally weighed about 3 pounds or so,that could o been a toad in a couple o years.aint that some shit!
    City: castro valley

    Tips: i anyone see's anybody with a bass on a stringer ,or i you see any people killing a bass,you should tell them catch and release(i they even caught it!)

Monday, September 17th, 2001

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    Water Temp: 70

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Went out at about 5:30 and ished until dark. Used small dark-colored plastic worms texas rigged. Caught 3 small bass beore sunset. At sunset I changed to a small jerk bait. Right as the sun went down I had a streak o 6 ish on 6 casts. Nothing too big (biggest was maybe 2 lbs.) but it was un. Nobody else out there ishing.
    City: Mountain View

    Tips: Small plastics in about 10-15 eet o water while the sun is up and then reaction baits as the sun goes down.

Saturday, July 28th, 2001

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    Water Temp: 68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got there at about 6:00 pm or what I tought would be prime ish activity time and it was. The wind died down around 7. My ishinder was o the meter! Fish EVERYWHERE! and tons o em. The bad news, I could not catch a sinle one. I tried rubber worms, live bait and power bait. Nothing worked. Im tring again today. Ill let you know how it turns out...
    City: Sunnyvale