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Friday, September 19th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 74 degrees

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Don Pedro today w/ a friend of mine. It was really nice to get out on the water again. Fished from 7am to 12pm - stayed around Fleming and Roger's. We caught somewhere around 10 or 12 fish total w/ quite a few missed bites. Most fish were in 20 to 30 feet of water on rocky points. Most fish were small - I think we had 4 tournament keepers - all fish were released. Best fish was around 4+ on a jig in about 15 feet of water.
    City: Atwater

    Tips: Tried alot of different things but best bite was on a dropshot w/ light line using 4" shad imitation type soft plastics. Should be getting better over the next few weeks. Only caught 1 on the jig but it was by far the best fish. Jigs will always produce nice fish on these lakes - not as many bites - but better quality fish.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: 430 pm to 630pm. Fishing activity much improved. Caught a few 1.5 lb fish near the woods creek side of the lake, on the berserkbaits don pedro special spinnerbait.
    City: atwater

Friday, September 12th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 75

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished from 7am- 2pm. Water clear at about 6ft visability. water temp in main lake about 75. I fished six bit arm and poor mans gultch and finally woods creek, all for the first time.
    Tried spinnerbaits, crankbaits, panther martins, jointed minnows, vivef panther martin swimbait/spinner and zara spooks etc. All to no avail.
    City: Atwater

    Tips: didnt try dropshotting yet, didnt try split shot or any of the softplastic or jig presentations yet. and didnt do any swim baits.

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 70s

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Catching a lot of bass in the 2-3lb class. Getting a few up to 6lbs. Berserk shaky head with a 6" worm. Getting some cranking craw colors, but you need to bounce it off of some type of structure. We caught quite a few smallmouth up to 2lbs.

    Tips: Fish shallow to about 25ft and if you are using plastics, use them slow, drag them. One or two fish coming on topwater, and a few coming on crankbaits. www.fishwrangler.net if you need help out there I guide out there as well (209)604-8222.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 78-80

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I'm still new to Don Pedro and still exploring the lake looking for patterns. Spent 4 hours on the big arm of the lake across from the dam..to the Er... westish side. Fished from 1-4..mostly just boating. water levels dropping and alot of trash...alot of trash! I'm bringing out a bag of trash per trip and thats just from one little spot i was fishing from....please help out and help clean our lake.
    City: Atwater

    Tips: I'm still learning don pedro. Read a fish sniffer article about bright red or rayburn red lures....but the one sighted must not exist anymore cause i cant find it.

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I havent been to Don Pedro really , only my second trip....and I went in the middle of the day, with my son...so my fishing was half-hearted to say the least.....but Thought it worth mentioning that we saw several 1.5" crawdads light green with orange tipped claws and tails. Might help you guys match the hatch.
    City: Atwater

Monday, July 21st, 2008

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    Water Temp: 78-80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched out of Mocasin, and stayed in the area across from Ferry Memorial Bridge. Caught around 12 fish for the day, with the biggest going almost 3 lbs. Carolina rigged zoom trick worms in watermelon/purple flake and pro blue worked well casting across points. Fish were probably suspended somewhere around 15-30 ft. since they were just grabbing and swimming off with it. Caught some on Yamamoto twin tail grubs in chocolate with black and small gold flake around wood close to the bank up the creek a bit. If you don't mind the lake lice, it is a great fishery even with the lower lake level.
    City: Modesto

    Tips: Fish slow!!! Drag a carolina rig using 3/16 weight across points with a current. You don't have to dropshot to catch fish and have a rewarding day on this lake in the middle of summer!

Monday, June 16th, 2008

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: fished hatch creek area water was dirty even at 5 in the morning got worse over the day . picked up a few on top early the switched to hula grubs nothin over 3 lbs. also fished mcclure day before picked up a 8 1/2 pounder on the hula grub. water there is muddy as hell.
    City: waterford

    Tips: stay outside the mudline

Friday, May 16th, 2008

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    Water Temp: around 76

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished around fleming most the afternoon.Catching fish between 2 to 6lbs hitting shollow points with shale rocks.fish liked brushogs& senkos,and topwater right at dark.Was going to try fishing after dark but but caught over twenty five fish so quit at dark
    City: Modesto

    Tips: work brushog 0 to 20 feet super slow makes fish angry and that good

Monday, May 5th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 61

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: launched a little late out of moccasin but fishing was great had 2 fish go over 4# and 20 from 1.5-2# jigs,shakeyhead,brush hogs,pressure was main bites no real hard hits.
    City: Oakdale

    Tips: Take your time and fish everything!

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

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    Water Temp: 65

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished lower end out of Flemming. Bite was fair. Found some 1.5-2 lbs on split shot 4" robo hologram also live bait crawler fly lined or minnows with a small split (1/16)
    City: La Grange

    Tips: May have to work for it a little but they are out there. Scattered all over the place. Fish 25+ ft to the shallows.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

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    Water Temp: 63

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Took two clients out on Saturday,it was cold and windy. We started in the back of Ramos creek throwing shaky head worms, only caught one 3lb. fish. Looked for beds but didn't find any. We moved out of the creek arm some and started fishing shale rock points, this is where we caught the rest of our fish. We caught then on brown worms an a few on sinkos. Most of the fish were right next to the bank on windy points, feeding on shad.We ended up catching 17 bass , with the biggest one being that first fish. Got a trip booked on the Delta on friday, look there for a report. Good fishing to you. www.markmcgowanguideservice.com
    City: Livermore

    Tips: Fish the windy side of the rocky points, with shaky worms.

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 58-62

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Padro for the first time.Fished a small tournament with Auburn bassmasters. Sat best 5 13 lbs. Caught alaught of fish but majority 1.5 one 5 lbr. Sunday got one to go just under 6 lbs but played dumb and was late to weigh in would hav had 3rd place instead. we took last lol. used drop shot ox blood/ morning dawn. who said u cant catch big fish on small baits.
    City: Riolinda

    Tips: Drop shot/ Shakie heads /Dartheads all with fx or Robo worms fish slow. Fish back side of windblown points and sloped bankes. Alaught of the fish have spawned out already so about 2 weeks it will b on Fire.

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

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    Water Temp: ?????

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished top water early nothing... spinners and cranks nothing... didn't have a swim bait... drop shotted ..4"Robo Brown & Purp landed 3 large mouths 1 5lb 1 7lb 1 scrapper and one small mouth little guy. Fleming Meadows Good luck
    City: Modesto

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 51.2

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished FPT opener. Caught 7, Weighted 5 @ 10.02 lbs. Finished 25th. First time on lake ever. Fished Big Creek all day. Picked them up on Cranks, Jigs and Drop Shot. All shallow less than 6ft. Had a blast!
    City: Santa Clara

    Tips: If you have a boat or not and you want to fish with a bunch a good guys and gals, contact Future Pro Tour @ futureprotour.net Fun group! Tight Lines!

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 49

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: fished reaction baits around all the laydowns also pitched senkos to the same cover. only 8 fish but all were 3 to 7lbs. also caught one in 30 feet on the drop shot
    City: fresno

    Tips: the fish seemed to be from the secondary points to about half way back in the coves.

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 50- 52

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Thought i might post so others would too after all i can't critisize about the non posters if i dont post too.

    Went out about 715 or so started off throwin reaction and got nada threw jigs and got nada. Threw worms and caught 3 all under 2 # fish were suspended it seemed on electronics all fish came from deep ( about 30-50 ft ) had to deflate 2 bladders but all were released successfully. weather was 60 degrees but fish didn't move up after it got warmer we had a good trip anyway!!
    City: bay area

    Tips: Try reaction first then slow it down throw jigs, plastics, POST HERE

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

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    Water Temp: 51

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Ryan Cook and I were throwing berserk jigs all day. Most fish came less than 10ft on rocks, rocks and wood. We had around 14+lbs for our best 5 with a 4+lb kicker. Had a couple of blow ups on a Lunker Punker. I got off of the water by 2pm. www.fishwrangler.net

    Tips: 3/8oz.-1/2oz. brown/purple, brown, or brown/green berserk jigs with matching trailers. Slowly drag them back to the boat. They are shallow right now at least most of them are in less than 15ft. need help call (209) 604-8222.

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

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    Water Temp: ? cold

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: lake is coming up...finally, fishing was slow, but not dead. jigged a few and 2 on dropshot in the main lake, oxblood worked 4 me.
    City: dos palos

    Tips: dress warm

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

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    Water Temp: 68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Leroy and I fished the Badge Packers Fall Tournament Oct. 6th, and won with 13.82 pounds. Caught (1) 2 1/2 lb fish on a Huddleston and the rest were caught on 4" and 5" yamamoto twin tail grubs in Watermelon w/ black flake or red flake on 1/4 or 3/8 oz jig heads. All of the fish with exception of the swimbait fish were caught within a foot of the bank from 1200 to 1400 hours. You had to throw your bait right against the rocks and they would grab it as it fell. Big fish of tourney was just over 6 pounds. Congrats to Rodney Parker for his 4.92 lb Super Spook fish caught first thing in the morning. The previous two fishing reports were bogus if you haven't guessed. We were just clown'n Rod. Good luck at the spring tournament.
    City: Visalia

    Tips: 6 lh flourocarbon line and yamamoto grubs rigth next to the bank in the afternoon. They'll hit them on the fall.