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Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

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    Water Temp: 72 to 74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: 10/22/11 vertical jigging and drop shot are both sticking bass to 4 pounds areas to fish major points 25 to 38 feet of water And the face of the dam in 25 to 35 feet of water 1/4 oz bullet head jigs and 3/8 oz arkie or football heads jigs. Johnny c has two new colors that worked very well for me on saturday Again johnny thank you very much it was my birthday sunday you made my day on saturday with some good solid bass.
    City: madera ca.

    Tips: Move off shore and target structure on points small brush piles and isolated rock piles and the face of the dam. I was in 25 too 38 feet water off shore and 25 to 35 feet of water off the face of the dam. The bigger bass came out of 30 plus feet of water.

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 72 to 74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Good numbers of 1 1/2 to 3 pound bass vertical jigging or drop shot worked the best jigs in 1/4oz. or 3/8 oz. green pumpkin/black green crystal and drop shot in pro gold All bass were holding on structure in 18 to 32 feet of water. One of my friends was fishing out of his boat in the same area we were fishing he drop shot 5 fish in a row his two biggest were 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 pounds we sat in one spot and between 2 boats we land 20 bass we fished from 6am till 12:15 pm and the fish were still biting well at noon. The bigger fish came out 25 to 32 feet. Lake is stable no release of water and water is clear water surface temp was 72 degrees. 20 PLUS BOATS ON THE WATER. more info call 559-869-3255
    City: madera ca.

    Tips: vertical jigging or drop shot fishing work the best
    bigger bass were in 25 to 32 feet of water. fish slow fish are starting to school.

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 72-77

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Water is CRYSTAL Clear... when calm, you can see bottom at 10-12 feet. Amazing clarity. Read Marks report below..(thanks Mark) those tips were right on... 6lb, 4-5lb fish, many 4lb and a boatload of 3lb fish. For the first time in a long time, we caught more fish over 5 than we did under 2. It was nice. Not fast and furious..in fact SLOOOOOW fishing presentation. 4 days of fishing and a nice, nice bunch of fish. Our best 5 of trip: 30lbs total. No joke.
    City: Pacific Grove, CA

    Tips: Fish deeper than you think. Look for baitfish on graph fish those areas... 1 day of killer topwater 3 days of no takers on topwaters... strange. Jigs and Brush Hogs the ticket. Big baits = bigger fish. Please: Carefully release. Caught some nice fish with broken jaws...not cool. Take your time to carefully remove hooks. Email for more specifics.

Monday, September 26th, 2011

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: jigs in 1/8 1/4 or 3/8 oz walleye head ,arkie head football head jigs. 208 watermelon/ red/blk flake 4" double or 5" single tail yamamoto grubs as trailers 25 to 40 feet of water rock structure brush plies channels and drop offs are holding bass to 4 pounds. Baby brushogs in watermelon/red&blk flake hooked texas style or on 1/4 or 3/8 oz bullet head jig also in 25 to 40 feet of water on same structure is also working good afternoon bite from 2pm til dark
    City: madera ca.

    Tips: pick good structure in 25 to 40 feet of water and you'll put nice bass in the boat. Lakes at 80% and in very good shape waters clear.

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

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    Water Temp: ??

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Anyone been out? Heading in for 4 days and curious about water temp or any pattern beyond the typical Eastman bite...
    City: Pacific Grove

    Tips: I'll have some next week...

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 78-80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Caught several in the morning on flukes and cranks; Chart/shad. Bite turned off about nine AM so we moved closer to stucture. Ended up finding a pretty steady bite dropping texas rigged 6" worm with chart tail down each tree we could find. Get it to the bottom let it sit for a minute while shaking it and then work it up the tree slowly until you get bit. Shake it, shake it, shake it
    City: Hilmar

    Tips: Could not get bit on drop shot, but did well on Tex Rig worm, 3/8 ox tungsten/3.0 Gamagatsu/glass rattle in purple/black or dark color worm and make some noise.

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

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    Water Temp: 84.3

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished in the coves around rock piles with small 6" lizard and a 4" bruch hog. We caught four in the morning and four more after lunch time. Most were small 1 to 1.5 pounds. Did a bit of trolling on the way back to the dock without a hit.
    All in all, wife & I had a great day although got a little wet from a passing shower.
    City: Fresno

    Tips: Don't know where the big ones are,any suggestions?
    I really want to put the wife on a "HOG".

Friday, July 1st, 2011

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    Water Temp: 79 degrees

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got on the water the water about 7:45 p.m. to beat the heat. Started on the south end of the lake throwing a c-rig. My partner picked up a couple of 2's with a c-rigged brush hog. Moved up to the north end of the lake at dusk. Started throwing blades and buzzer with no luck. Switched to a black and blue jig. Hooked up with and boated a toad that went 7lbs. Not longer after my patner hooked up with a good one that broke off at the boat. I caught another about 3lbs. and broke one off on the hook set. Got off the water about 12:30.
    City: Fresno

    Tips: The fish wanted a slower presentation. Check your line frequently the rocks really tear it up.

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 66-70

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Started early and got on the buzz bait, first one close to 4lbs the second right at 3 lbs. Nothing for a little after that. Then got a few on the jig and senko. North end of the lake. Went down by the damn at 9 am. Started throwing the big slammer and had a 10lb plus fish come up and suck in the tail got one hook in her but she didn't finish taking the bait. Fished the area for about an hout tossing the big baits but couldn't get her. Started tossing the crank bait against the dam and landed around 20 fish in about 30 mins. Nothing big mostly small fish. Did get a couple close to 2lbs. Ended the day with a good number of fish but just about 12lbs and one lost between 10-13lbs. Needed that kicker.
    City: Clovis

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

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    Water Temp: 68-71

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Good Senko bite all morning and early afternoon. Threw crankbait in the early morning catching only two dinks.
    City: Planada

    Tips: Watermelon red flake

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Day use side of the lake will be open on May 23 for anyone interested
    City: Planada

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 54.6 / 58.9

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: There are a good number of bass in the 2 to 2 1/2 pound range.bass are shallow 1/8oz finesse jigs 4" twin tail grub trailers. Baby brushogs & senko's are working. Traffic is light after easter weekend call for info lake my be close for repair work on rock slide & wall 559-689-3255.
    City: madera ca.

Monday, March 14th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 55.7 to 57.9

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: The bass are still eating Jigs Baby brushogs and 5" senko's The warmer weather is producing bass in the 2 too 4 pound range
    City: madera ca.

    Tips: Fishing vertical right now is the hot ticket here fine and target small isolated rock piles or brush piles or off shore structure you can catch bass in up to 40 feet of water.

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: The rain hasn't slowed the bass down here. The jig bite is still good on bass from 2 to 5 pounds in 20 to 32 feet of water. Green pumpkin/black green crystal or Hunter green/red flake/watermelon candy jigs in 1/4 oz bullet head 3/8oz football head & 3/8oz arkie head all work well. We also stayed with single tail 5" yamamoto grubs as are trailers. It got breezy at timeS but wasn't a factor in the bite it still held up good. Lake is up about 4 feet from last sunday and there was water running in from several creeks around the lake. Traffic was very light today 6 boats on the water when we left at 2 pm
    City: madera ca

    Tips: Fish slow bump the bottom with your jig in a slow swimming action back to the boat. The bass are holding on and round rock structure and alot of bass are hold off of humps and dropoffs in 20 to 32 feet of water.

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 52.5 to 54.1

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: The BASS BITE IS STILL GOOD ON BASS TO 3 1/2 POUNDS AND THEY ARE STILL FALLING TO GREEN PUMPKIN/BLACK GREEN CRYSTAL 1/4 OZ BULLET HEAD AND 3/8 OZ FOOTBALL HEAD JIGS & 208 WATERMELON 5" SINGLE TAIL YAMAMOTO GRUBS AS ARE TRAILERS. THE BASS ARE IN 18 TO 25 FEET OF WATER AND HOLDING AROUND ROCKY STRUCTURE AND ON SMALL ISOLATED ROCK PILES TRAFFIC WAS LIGHT TODAY AND THE EAST RAMP IS CLOSED DO TO A MINOR ROCK SLIDE BLOCKING THE ROAD. DAY USE SIDE IS OPEN ALSO WE SAW A COUPLE OF BOATS TROLLING FOR TROUT AND THEY DID HOOKUP ON FISH AND LAND THEM IT WAS A REALLY NICE DAY TODAY. THE LAKE IS IN GOOD SHAPE
    City: madera ca

    Tips: VERTICAL JIGGING IS A VERY GOOD WAY TO CATCH BASS HERE RIGHT NOW. DEAD STICKING YOUR BAITS WELL ALSO WORK. AREAS TO FISH ALOT OF ROOM IN THE 5MPH AREA ALSO THE COVES FROM THE EAST RAMP TOO THE DAM AREA ARE ALL HOLDING BASS.

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

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    Water Temp: 49.6 51.2

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Not many anglers fishing the lake the bass are in depths of 14 to 35 feet and are still on a good jig bite. 1/4 & 3/8 oz bullet head jigs 3/8oz football head jigs in Green pumpkin/black green crystal.Trailers used yamamoto 208 watermelon red/black flake 5" single tail grubs. All the east bank from the dam area to the east side main ramp are holding bass also 5mph area is also holding bass and the third ramp east side of the lake. Rock piles brush piles trees drops offs and channels are all holding bass in the 2 to 4 pound range. Other baits being used baby brushogs and hula grubs in watermelon red/black flake patterns. Bigger bass are starting to show and there are 3 areas where the bigger bass will hold to structure well on this lake. Trout fishing has been fair on powerbait from shore.
    City: madera ca

    Tips: Fish slow dead sticking the bait work well also the bullet hesd jigs are working good with a slow bumping the bottom swim back to the boat. there are some nice bass to 4 pounds that are hitting these baits. green pumpkin pattern baits and watermelon red/black flake patterns are both very good colors too use here now.

Friday, December 31st, 2010

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    Water Temp: 52.9 to 54.6

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: The second ramp on the east side or back side of the lake is now closed as water is up on half of the parking lot so the east main ramp is holding the dock now. Bass fishing is still good on bass to 3 1/2 pounds most bass are hold in 15 to 40 feet of water and are still hitting jigs.I added a color as the water is getting more stain to it so i went to Green pumpkin black,green crystal/blue,black flake and a 5" single tail yamamoto grub in chartreuse w/black flake (156 ) as my trailer. Most bass were holding on or around rock piles. water temp was 54.6
    City: madera

    Tips: fish slow bass are hold to more structure now as the water comes up new structure is back in the water and there are some nice rock piles that are now in 18 to 30 feet of water and more trees and brush piles are also in deeper water.

Friday, December 24th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 53.4 to 56.7

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: The lake looks like it has come up 15 to 18 feet since the last major storm. The bass havent seem too let up on hitting jigs and drop shot rigs in 18 to 35 feet of water bass range from 11 inches to 4 pounds. Football head jigs in 3/8 or 1/2 oz Pumpkin green/black green crystal Trailer used were 208 yamamoto watermelon red/black flake single tail 5" grubs. The bass were around or on rock piles on flats and dropoffs. BE CAREFULL ALOT OF FLOATING WOOD AND SMALL LOGS CLEAR AROUND THE LAKE. Trout fisherman were few and far between today.
    City: madera ca

    Tips: Fish slow the bite is soft bass are scattered in some areas. If you can keep in contact with the structure your fishing you will catch bass.Also the bass are on the flats in 18 to 25 feet and long cast seem to work good with a slow crawl with a jig back to the boat.

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 56.4 to 58.6

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: We got on the water 8 am and fished till 3 pm we boated 17 bass 13 were between 2 1/2 to 4 pounds and big bass honor went to dwayne lucckesi landing a soild 6 pound bass all bass came in 19 to 23 feet of water. All are bass came on 3/8oz football head jigs green pumpkin ,black,green crystal trailers used yamamoto 5" single tail grubs in watermelon/red,black flake ( 208 )weather was overcast most of the day slight breeze off and on traffic was light not many bank angler trying for trout.
    City: madera

    Tips: jigs drop shot brushogs are all working fish slow work structure rock piles flats dropoffs are all holding good fish.

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 56.8 to 57.1

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: we got on the lake at 1:00pm started off on the third ramp on east side of the lake with no results so we quickly moved to the second ramp on the day use side and we ended up with 10 bass from 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 pounds and only two dinks this trip and we were off the water at 4:50 pm. Also one of my other fishing buddys was up there he got on the water at 10:00 am and fished till 3 pm he boated over 12 bass from 3 to 6 pounds all of are bass came on 3/8 oz football head jig in green pumpkin/black,green crystal barb wire /208 watermelon red/black flake yamamoto single tail 5" grubs as are trailers it was cloudy all day and the breezy was very light. Not many boats on the water all the bass came in 13 to 30 feet of water. Trout anglers must of stayed home today
    City: madera ca

    Tips: The bass were heavy on and around the rocks around the second ramp also the third ramp early on the east side VERTICAL JIGGING work very well on both sides right now. You can also pick bass up in front of the dam in 30 to 50 feet of water with the same method and the bass will be between 2 to 5 pound.