Don Pedro Lake and Reports

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Sunday, May 27th, 2018

  • Water Temp: Low 70s

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Spent the day on Pedro with a few good friends. We spent the entire day in the Big Creek arm. The weather was perfect with highs in low 90s with manageable winds. The water was warm and clear. The fishing was tougher than expected. We were unable to find any topwater bites like we had hoped. The majority of our fish were found in 5 to 25 feet either suspended or on the bottom. Primary points and islands adjacent to spawning areas produced the most bites. The tube bait on a 1/4 oz Fatty's Worms Darthead produced the most consistent bite. We didn't find any big fish but we did find plenty of action. Great day on the water with a couple great friends!

    Tips: Slow way down when the fishing is tougher than expected.

    Submitted by Motherlode Kayak Angler Kayak Bass Guide Service (209) 230-3159

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 68-73 F

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Lake Don Pedro Fishing Report for 5/19/18 submitted by Ryan Cook:
    Air temp:
    Low 51
    High 83
    Water temp: 68 -73 F
    Visibility: 4-10'

    We fished the Best Bass Tournaments Don Pedro event today and had a great time. We fished steep grassy cuts and pockets all day throwing top-water and Underspins, We covered a ton of water. We tried to focus on the areas that had wind blowing toward the banks we were fishing. We caught 40-50 fish, but only had 4 quality bites all day. The top-water (Super Spook) caught 3 of the 5 fish we weighed in. The other 2 came on the Underspin This setup in the hands of my cousin Tim Cook put the big fish on the scale weighing in at 5.86 pounds. We weighed in 18.29 pounds for 5 fish, which on a tough Don Pedro day (size wise) was good enough for the win. Thank you for all the support from our great sponsors, family, and friends.

    Tips: Full results and video where we break down the day:

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

  • Water Temp: 68 to 70 F

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: My buddy Mickey Brunelli was out on Lake Don Pedro today reporting a solid bite. He and his partner Rob caught over 20 fish with the big fish going 5 pounds 11 ounces. Mickey reports the water was super clear and 68 to 70 degrees. The weather was perfect with highs in the 80s and light winds. They found fish in 10 feet of water on a variety of baits including topwater, jigs, senkos, spinnerbaits, and underspins.

    Tips: Now is the time to hit the Motherlode lakes!

    Report submitted by Motherlode Kayak Angler Kayak Bass Guide Service (209) 230-3159

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 60 to 64 F

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: 2018 MKA Motherlode Series event was held on Sunday, 4/15/18 at Lake Don Pedro. The weather conditions were great, the lake is nearly full, and the water is crystal clear in most places. The water temp was in the low 60s. The air temp peaked in the mid 70s. Few clouds with light to moderate winds did make it a little challenging. The bite was a little off from what most predicted. The fish were primarily holding in 20 to 30 feet of water and were focused on bottom baits that were either stationary or slow-moving. Most anglers reported catching fish on dropshot, carolina rig, ned rig, and stick baits. Ultimately, Kong Thao from Fresno, CA. figured them out and brought in a solid 3 fish, 56" limit for the win. The Trapper Tackle Big Fish of the Tournament (20.5" largemouth caught by Kong Thao) came on a Huddleston Deluxe swimbait in the same depth range. Kong reports that he focused his efforts on a cove that led into a spawning area. He described that were was a point in the middle splitting the cove into two arms. Additionally, there were fallen trees and rock piles which only made it more appealing. He quickly caught a 18.75" spotted bass on a Neko Rig which gave him the confidence to stay in the area. A little while later, he caught another solid fish on the Neko Rig, this time it was a 16.75" largemouth. He then saw trout busting the surface of the water and thought that they might be getting chased by bass. He picked up the Huddleston 68 Special Swimbait and chucked it between a rock pile and brush pile. The fish bit it on the way down and the fight was on. "I was afraid I was going to lose the fish. I set the hook and I hauled it in as fast as I could", said Thao. When he put the fish on the board it measured out at 20.5" and he reported he was "pumped". He was not expecting to win the tournament as he was on 15" fish in pre-fish. He took some advice from a good friend on where to fish and then followed his instincts to ultimately be crowned the 2018 MKA Motherlode Series Lake Don Pedro Champion.

    Tips: The fish were out deeper than expected. It's important to adjust and let the fish tell you what's happening. Anglers that were able to adjust did well in this tournament.

    Report submitted by Motherlode Kayak Angler (209) 230-3159.

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

  • Report: ATTENTION BOATERS! Due to the current forecast for wet weather, the Tuolumne River Arm debris barrier boom located 5 miles upstream from the Moccasin Pt. Recreation Area has been closed. Additional downstream debris barrier booms are still open. This boom will be re-opened as soon as conditions permit. These Debris Barrier booms will be periodically opened and closed throughout the rainy season based upon weather and Tuolumne River inflow forecasts.

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

  • Report: Officials have downgraded the severity of the Moccasin Reservoir Dam from “imminent” failure to “potential” failure, the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office said.

    Waterflow from the dam’s emergency spillway triggered a flash flood warning Thursday for south central Tuolumne County, the National Weather Service said. The warning is in effect until 2:15 p.m. Friday.

    The flood waters will be contained by the Don Pedro Reservoir, which is about one mile downstream.

    The waterflow from Moccasin Reservoir Dam will have little impact on Don Pedro Reservoir. Moccasin Reservoir Dam can hold 554 acre-feet of water. Don Pedro Reservoir can hold 2.05 million acre-feet of water. Currently, Don Pedro is at 84 percent capacity, which means it still has room for 300,000 acre-feet of water.

Monday, June 12th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 70-74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: This last Saturday I fished a small club tournament on Don Pedro. It had been months since the last time I was on the lake. I started of at the boat launch in Mocassin throwing topwater and had a few giant blowups without hooking up. Large walk-the-dog style baits will draw the attention of the larger bass at this time of the year. I pitched a small worm and caught a couple nice ones.

    Once the sun was up I struggled to get anymore bites fishing slow. So, I decided to cover water with crankbaits and ripbaits. The bite was off the hook. I caught over 50-fish and never had to pick up the worm again. Many of them were small fish and I did not have a big weight. But, it was a great day to just get bites. I did loose a handful of better than average fish that would have given me a much better bag.

    Tips: Cover water and fish with reaction baits. TAKE A KID FISHING! Put on a small shad patterned ripbait or crankbait and beat the bank.

    Xperience Fishing Guide Service
    John Liechty (209)743-9932

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

  • Report: ATTENTION BOATERS! Due to the recent very wet weather, high flows on the Tuolumne River have carried large amounts of floating woody debris into the upper Tuolumne River Arm of Don Pedro Lake. In order to keep this floating debris out of the rest of Don Pedro Lake, four debris barrier booms have been installed. These booms are currently blocking vessel access to this portion of the lake. They will be re-opened as soon as conditions permit.

Friday, September 30th, 2016

  • Report: Don Pedro Lake Camping, Boating and Fishing
    Attention Boaters! Due to overhead construction on the James E. Roberts (Hwy. 120) Bridge, a portion of the lake beneath the bridge has been closed by floating safety booms. Boaters may pass under the bridge through the opening that is currently on the west side of the bridge. Please slow your vessel speed and boat through this area with caution. These safety booms and an opening for passing boaters will remain in place as work continues on the bridge.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

  • Report: Don Pedro Lake Camping, Boating and Fishing

    Attention Boaters! The contractor working on the James E. Roberts (Hwy. 120) Bridge has completed construction of their Safe Span structure allowing for the removal of the floating safety booms that have restricted vessel traffic under the bridge. Once the bridge deck replacement construction is completed, these floating safety booms may be re-installed while the Safe Span Structure is removed.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

  • Report: Don Pedro Lake Camping, Boating and Fishing
    Attention Boaters! Due to overhead construction on the James E. Roberts (Hwy. 120) Bridge, a portion of the lake beneath the bridge remains closed by floating safety booms. The opening to allow vessel passage has now been moved to the east side of the bridge. Please slow your vessel speed and boat through this opening with caution. These safety booms and an opening for passing boaters will remain in place as work continues on the bridge.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

  • Report: Don Pedro Lake Camping, Boating and Fishing
    September 13 at 3:13pm ·
    Hwy 120/ James E. Roberts Memorial Bridge Update #3.
    The second phase of work will begin on Sunday, October 2, 2016, when the bridge is scheduled to close Sunday through Thursday nights from 5:00 pm until 7:00 am. Crews will be replacing the bridge deck during these nightly repairs, which are scheduled to end in February 2017. Please be aware of these delays and closures if visiting Moccasin Point or Yosemite.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

  • Report: Don Pedro Lake Camping, Boating and Fishing

    Please do not swim within 50 yards of marinas or vessels connected to AC Shore Power due to the risk of Electric Shock Drowning (ESD). ESD results from the passage of typically low level AC - Alternating Current in freshwater through the body at a sufficient level to cause skeletal muscular paralysis. The victim is rendered unable to help themselves and they drown. If the electric current is high enough, electrocution can also occur. ESD is caused by electric current leaking into freshwater around boats & docks that are connected to AC shore power. Such electrical current leakage comes from faulty electrical equipment & wiring, & improper grounding in moored vessels & floating marina facilities. For more information visit

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

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    Water Temp: 66 - 72

    Report: Great top water bite on the IMA Little Stick, that lasted until 10:00am...just had to let it pause and then they would smash it. Most fish staged on shoulders of points. After top water subsided, a breeze allowed for a spinnerbait bite but those fish were committing toward the back of cuts. Threw a jig and stick bait but fish were smaller than the reaction fish.

Monday, March 28th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 60-63

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Hello all.
    I was lucky enough to spend the Easter holiday weekend at Don Pedro. The good news is that the lake is coming up in a big way. Blue Oaks boat launch is in the water.
    On Saturday afternoon I fished the Blue Oaks area with very good results. My 3 biggest fish were in the 4 lb. range with many smaller fish. I was using Senkos wacky rigged on 10 lb. line, spinner baits and Carolina rigged Brush hogs.
    My son and I went back out on Sunday, my b-day. we fished Big Creek but we did not have as good a result. We still caught a good number of fish but not much in regards to size. We had a good time fishing and talking. The houseboats are still tied up between Blue Oaks and Fleming Meadows and the speed limit is "No Wake" which is a drag as it will take forever to get out on plane. Good luck and be safe. Remember to practice Catch and Release!

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

  • Water Temp: 71-73

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Spent 3 days at Pedro and it is real low...we need rain! Got there around 9am Thursday and went to Rodgers area. Saw fish breaking water chasing shad and started throwing a superspook and it was on til about 11am and stopped. Went to dropshot and shakey head and caught a few more. It was warm this pass weekend around 90 on Friday. Got out early the next two days and just had a blast fishing topwater,10 fish to 3lbs. by 8am. Fish was spitting out shad as big as 4 inches. after 11am got tuff. They're not spawned out yet. Fun, fun, fun, for topwater.
    City: Fremont

    Tips: Get on the water early till 11am,have a nice lunch, nap and hit the evening bite. Goodluck

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

  • Water Temp: 68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: fished tourney Sat 11-8. Pretty good action all day. Weather was perfect. Every single fish caught of graph at depths from 25 to 50 ft.

    Tips: Don't pound the banks. the fish are deeper.

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

  • Water Temp: 68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: The Ranger said that they've started releasing water for the farmers,lake has drop at least 3 feet looking at the bank. Fish have pulled back their beds, but are in the expected areas. With the wind its pretty hard to make out beds, but the better fish are holding in 30ft. Senko's, brushhogs dead sticking, seemed the ticket for us.Bites were just pickup and weight.What shallow beds we did see had small scared bucks.

    Tips: Work slow and fish a little deeper while water is dropping. Water level is only going to get worst.

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

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    Water Temp: 52

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Sonora Bass Team Tourney out of Moccasin. 20 boats. First Place 14 and change. Winners big fish 6.11. Rainy and wet all day but the wind did not show too bad.

    Tips: Fish are from 50 to 20 feet in pre spawn. Smallies, Spots and large mouth. spider jigs and senkos seemed to be the primary baits with a couple reaction bites finally.

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 61.0

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: They dropped the water level by about a 12-18 inches and these fish don't like it. Fished the afternoon and front seat caught a limit of small "keeper fish" and I caught two. Tough for this time of year. Don Pedro has a tradition of getting tough when the water falls, especially when the fish want to look at the bank.
    City: Hughson

    Tips: Everything on finese 4 inch worms and split shot or drop shot, no reaction bite, no jig bite and no swim bait bite. Almost no wind and clear almost hot for this time of year.Lot of fish graphed suspended ,, only a matter of time,going to the Delta for the weekend..