Eastman Lake and Reports

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Hi: 102 ° F
Lo: 68 ° F
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Saturday, May 19th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 72 to 78

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: On the water: 5:30 AM
    Off the water: 2:00 PM
    Air Temp:
    High: 84
    Low: 50
    Wind: from the WNW up to 12mph
    Water Clarity: Stained green with algae bloom
    Sky: Partly cloudy
    Barometric Pressure: 29.8 inHg
    Fish Activity: Slow
    Kayaks: Hobie Outback x 2
    Lures: Topwater, Ned Rig, Lizard, Stick Bait, Shaky Head Worm (Fatty's Worms MKA Magic)

    Fished the C.V.K.F. Eastman Lake Kayak Tournament today. Started out on the dam and hooked five fish in the first thirty minutes. Three keepers made it in the boat but only two were legal. One threw the bait, one was short, and the other one was hooked outside the mouth. I was throwing a popper right up on the rocks within six inches of the shoreline and they would slurp it in. The popper would just disappear and then the rod would load up. The top-water bite died pretty quick. I caught one short fish on a stick bait and then decided to make the run to the mouth of the river (first time I've ever fished the river at Eastman). I was throwing a lizard carolina-rigged, a shaky head worm, and a Ned Rig. I hooked one on the lizard but it came off. I then hooked a nice one on a shaky head that broke me off. That one was a heart-breaker, it felt like a good fish. I then fished the Ned Rig from 0 to 25 feet on a main lake point in the mouth of the river. I hooked a nice bass that ultimately shook off. I caught several more short fish. I then moved to the east side of the lake with no bites. I decided to make the run back to the point where I had the previous bites. I hooked a nice one almost 17" that made it into the boat, Hallelujah! I fished hard for the remainder of the tournament and just couldn't find that fourth keeper. Somebody please tell the fish in Eastman Lake that this was a FOUR FISH LIMIT Tournament!

    Tips: If you are looking for a fun, cost-effective kayak tournament circuit, you need to check out Central Valley Kayak Fishing. Their next event is scheduled for 6/16/18 on Hensley Lake.

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

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

  • Report: by jiggin4bass » Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:35 pm

    As of 10 am this morning its at 96% with no water been released :D
    When this last storm came through it was at 58%

    Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:21 pm

    If you know the structure in this lake in 10 to 50 feet of water and as muddy as it is and the color selection of your baits it can be a really good fishing day on the lake.

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

  • Report: by jiggin4bass » Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:32 pm

    Eastman rose 8 feet in 24 hour period
    5400 cu feet per second flowing into the lake at 10am this morning.
    Hensley rose 5 feet in 24 hour period
    They are moving up fast

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 48

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Bass are hold in in 18 to 30 feet water is stained water target isolated rock piles and humps vertical jiggin with a dead stick approach very slow movement has been working on bass to 3 pounds. Trout plant last week so active will start thing moving for bigger fishing in a week or so. Black/blue jigs arkie or football jigs 3/8 oz.or 1/2 oz. Trailers Yamamoto smoke black/blue flake 5" double tail or single tail grubs work.also junebug colors are also working 5/7 fish in 8 hour trip is possible per angler water is slowly coming up and is stained but fish are there if your hitting the right targets and fishing the dead stick approach.

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

  • Water Temp: 57

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Well, the recent rains have helped this poor, low lake. Last report I heard was it was at 7% capacity. I can tell the recent rains have risen the lake about 3 feet. Several of the abundant islands are now under water (drive carefully!!). Fished for about 5 hrs. with the wife. Fished plastic worms and managed only one bite and one fish...but it was a toad, just over 6 pounds. Nice day on the lake.

    Tips: Fish Slooowww.

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

  • Water Temp: 58.3

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Wife and I hit the water around 11 AM and fished until 4 PM. Caught 10 bass, all good sized,(1.5 to 2.5 lbs.), no dinks!
    Great weather and great day fishing!

    Tips: Fish the drop-offs.

Monday, August 19th, 2013

  • Water Temp: Warm

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: The word is it is quite low and slow. Not a lot of action, and when there is, fish are small and lean. We Need Rain in a big way to turn this around.

    Tips: Rain Dance?

Monday, March 11th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 54-57

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Caught about 8 fish total with a friend. 20-30feet of water submerged rock piles. All of them on drop shot. We used wtrmln color worms. One about 3lbs the rest under 2. Didn't have any reaction bites and no shallow fish.

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

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    Water Temp: n/a

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Jig bite is still working well in depth of 15 to 35 fett. The bigger bass are hold on or around isolated structure in the 25 to 35 foot range.also i gone from tossing arkie and football head jigs to now throwing bullet head jigs. Changing skirt designs and adding the right yamamoto trailers matching the jigs color has made a big difference in putting the bigger fish the boat. BBT tournament trail is there march 9th. I would think it would take 19 pounds or better to win the tournament. Ill be bowling a tournament that saturday and fishing hensley lake on sunday. Kenny let me know when your headed up too the lake ill drive up and bring you some jigs and yamamoto trailers to match. i only live 15 minutes from the lake and i will point out some areas to hit that will be holding fish. Weather going too warm this coming week.
    City: madera ca

    Tips: ISOLATED STRUCTURE

Monday, February 18th, 2013

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    Water Temp: Unknown

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: MARK: What is the word? Jig bite still a factor? Coming up soon and want to get a gauge on bite. Water Temp? February normally good to me at Eastman of you fish slow.
    City: PacificGrove

    Tips: Looking for ANY before first trip of year.

Monday, January 28th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 49.9 to 51. 7

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: The bass have move up to 25 to 30 feet of water now and are hold on and around isolated rock piles and movig up on flats in mid afternoon. Bass to 5 1/2 lbs were caught this weekend on 3/8 oz jigs and baby brushogs. Boat traffic is still light on the weekends but with the warmer weather later in the week will pull the fish up even more there alot of good areas to fish right now. Water is still stained some but its not stopping the bass from biting.The bite is holding up well thru out the morning and into the afternoon.
    City: madera ca.

    Tips: jigs and baby brushogs fished slow. vertical jigging is still working well also. isolated structure hold the better fish.

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: If this weather pattern hold up thru the weekend it will pull the fish up into 25 to 30 feet of water and move them off of tight structure water is stained but it wont make a difference any watermelon/red & blk flake or green pumpkin patterns are working well right now
    City: madera ca.

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 47.9 to 48.2

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: We got on the lake at 1:15pm and fished til 4:30pm
    we caught and released 10 bass to 2 1/2 lbs. all were caught on 3/8 oz jigs in 30 to 35 feet of water traffic was light.
    City: madera ca.

    Tips: Fish slow & vertical jigging is working well

Friday, January 18th, 2013

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Water level is now covering the second ramp ramp on the day use side main ramp turn around is still out of the water. The second ramp on camper side is being use now third ramps also under water. feb & march will have a good bite this year. Its starting to pickup some now the bass are keying in 30 to 35 feet right now.
    City: madera ca

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 47.7 to 48.0

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: There a mild algae bloom on the lake bass to 4 pounds are holding in 30 to 35 feet of water and jigs in 3/8 or 1/2 oz are landing most of the fish there holding around rocky structure the bite is light vertical jigging work very well right now.
    City: madera ca.

    Tips: Fish slow the key depth right now is 30 to 35 feet of water. Solid bass can be caught right now

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

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    Water Temp: 72 F

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: On the water at 7:30AM, off by 1:30PM (due to trolling motor issue; since resolved).
    Wife caught 5 and I caught 2...all in the 1 to 1.5 lb. class; deeper rock piles and drop-offs.
    We were using 5" lizards & brush hogs, of the green variety.
    City: Fresno

Monday, September 17th, 2012

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    Water Temp: n/a

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: rating it a 5 star it is on up here now and will stay that way right up till the first trout plant in nov then it well get even better for winter months coming up
    City: madera ca

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

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    Water Temp: ??

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Wife and I fished all day (6AM-4PM) and were able to catch a lot of bass, 36 in total. Most were dinks, but our largest two were over 2 lbs. Had one break me off on some sharp rocks but was able to see him briefly...looked like 4 lb'er to me.
    Great day fishing, the full moon last night and the slight wind today seemed to turn them on.
    City: Fresno

    Tips: Fished soft plastics in 20 to 30 ft. of water. Hits were slight and they seemed to like the lure to be moving, with short pauses in between.

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: kenny ill send you info in email it still very good and getting better they shut the water off last week ill send you info on what baits were catching them on. The fall and winter bites is going to be very good this year coming up.
    City: madera ca.

Friday, August 17th, 2012

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: MARK - I am saddened to hear you are not going to post more reports. You are one of the guys that fishes the lake consistently and you have the best, legit, information. SCREW those tourney guys that are upset you are posting info about the fishing at a quality lake. Perhaps they should sharpen their skills and FISH instead of worrying about who may know the current pattern. If you fish this lake enough (25 years for me) the patterns are similar year to year. You just alert us to where they are at the moment. Please email me so we can stay in touch. I enjoy reaching out to you about the pattern or status when i'm making a drive up for a few days to my favorite lake.
    City: Pacific Grove

    Tips: Keep Reporting, please. I love your jigs by the way... i get them at that gas station in Madera. They always produce for me.