Eastman Lake and Reports

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Friday, November 26th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 54.6 to 59.7

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: we got to the lake at 7:30 am this morning and started off the east third ramp in 18 feet of water and on dwaynes second cast he boat a 4 pound bass.We added 8 more bass in the 2 to 3 1/2 pound range we also had 11 bass from 9 to 11 inches long again all the bass came on jigs.We use 1/4oz. 3/8oz. & 1/2oz. jigs in bullet head, arkie head,& football head.Are color patterns in jigs were Green pumpkin,black,green crystal, barbwire. Also we added two more colors today Brown,orange flake/pumpkin,black crystal gold Rootbeer,orange flake/pumpkin,green flake And for are trailers we used 5" single tail and 5 "double tail yamamoto grubs in color 186 pumpkin,black flake 208 watermelon,red & black flake we stayed in 18 to 35 feet of water traffic was light weather was cold in the morning. We were off the water by 2:30pm
    City: madera

    Tips: work isolated rock piles dropoffs work the baits slow Jigs fished slow brushogs texas rigged and 6"worms texas rigged both fished slow bite is light in some cases. Another fair day of fishing for us

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 59.5 to 62.7

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: We got on the lake by 10:30 am and started off working the third ramp on the east side of the lake in 15 feet of water the first bass landed by dewayne lucckesi was a 2 pound fish then we started moving into deeper water as deep as 30 feet and pickup several 9 to 11 inch bass before i landed a 3 pound bass we use 1/4 oz. bullet head jigs also 3/8 oz. football head jigs in light green pumpkin/barbwire and 4" twin and 5" single tail yamamoto 208 watermelon red/black flake grubs as are trailers. After 4 or 5 more 9 to 11 inch bass dwayne started carolina rigging a 6" kepper worm 082 red and green flake worm and landed a couple more bass about 1 1/2 pounds each. Then we pickup up and moved across the lake on the day use side and started fishing the second ramp in 18 feet of water and dwayne pick up a 3/8 football head jig in the light green pumpkin/barbwire and caught the big bass of are short day tipping the scale at 5 pounds we fished about 30 minutes on the day use side and then moved back too the east ramp where i put one more 11 inch bass in the boat and then we loaded the boat up and was off the water by 2:30 pm the weather was sunny a slight breezy at times very few boats. We still had fun even catching more smallier bass this trip over all still a good day. The week ahead calls for colder weather but you should still be able too land some nice bass here.
    City: madera

    Tips: Fish slow in the deeper water jigs brushogs worms will all work

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 62.0 to 64.0

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: The first load of trout were dump on the day use side 1000 pounds worth as of 11/15/10

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: we went today 11/13/10 i put the wrong day on the report sorry for the mistake.

Friday, November 12th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 62.1 to 64.0

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Dwayne lucckesi and i got on the lake at 7:30 am and moved out off the east side third ramp in 15 to 30 feet of water. Dwayne and i boated 16 bass between 2 to 4 pounds and we also landed 12 small bass from 7 to 11 inches long.Dwayne came out on top with 12 of the bigger bass. The weather was nice cold in the morning but warmed up quick with the bass action. We caught all of are bass on 1/4 oz bullet head jigs in light green pumpkin barb wire and we use watermelon red/black flake 4" double tail and 5" single tail yamamoto grubs as are trailers. We were off the water by 2:45 pm

    Tips: fish slow long cast keep good contact with the bottom when using a jig i swim the bullet head back to the boat and never lose contact with the bottom it also work with arkie or football head jigs also or if your using brushogs.

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 62

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Had a nice day of fishing. Got on the water at safe light. Hit the dam and hit a few nice ones. After sun up I hit rocky points in 15 to 18 feet with brown jigs. Best five going 18+. Biggest came on crank bait early. Few small ones on dropshot 3 to 4 lb fish on jigs. All in all good day

    Tips: Bigger fish hit slow slow presentation. Work points slow. Multiple fish off of same locations.

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 62.3 to 64.9

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Moved out to 18 to 30 feet of water and throw 1/2 oz football head jigs/green pumpkin barb wire with 5" inch single tail 208 yamamoto watermelon red/black as your trailer. That was the ticket sunday for us. The bass range from 1 1/2 to 4 pounds putting a pattern together here is simple this time of year at the lake. Brushogs we also work in watermelon red/blk flake.

    Tips: I make long cast using my flipping stick and bump the bottom all the way back to the boat never losing contact with the bottom. There not shy about about picking up a 1/2 oz jig at all.East side of the lake was holding the better fish.

Monday, October 18th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 65-74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: We were here Wed-Sat this week. Lake in GREAT shape; small algae bloom starting to show. Water temps: 69-74 most of the time as W-F was H-O-T. Saturday there was cloud cover and cool morning water was 65-66 until we came off at Noon.
    Tossed a variety of baits - hoping for great Top Water like a few weeks ago, but nada. Worms/Grubs/Hogs/Tubes was the ticket. Tubes were best, but hogs 2nd best for sure. 10 fish on jerkbaits on Saturday with cloud cover. As Mark indicated, 5-15 feet. I experimented with many retrieves, but it was the big jerk and pause that triggered strikes near rocks or any structure. Slower bite for the 4 days than i anticipated, but basically it was shallow and great early and late, late morning thru 1 all dropshot and slow plastic in deeper water ... especially if you find a nice drop off.
    City: Pacific Grove

    Tips: slow down; this is the time of year good Eastman fish are just ticking it light then fighting like hell when caught. I am sure i missed plenty of bites BS-ing in the boat, but many were just line ticks i never felt in rod. Best fish were 3 to 3-1/2 range. Many in 2lb range as Mark indicated. Greens best colors although some on salt/pepper. PHOTO-RELEASE! And folks... the garbage. Pick that sh*t up!!!

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

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    Water Temp: n/a

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: We got on the water at 6:30 AM and started throwing jigs in shallow water and then moved over too crankbaits and we landed 10 bass from 2 to 2 1/2 pounds in depth of 4 to about 15 feet of water most bass were holding on small rock piles and shallow dropoffs out off the same rock piles the bigger fish came on jigs. The cloud cover made the difference on the bite. We were off the water by 11:15 am

    Tips: arkie head or football head jigs work the best and crankbaits that run in the 12 to 15 foot range also workrd well.

Friday, October 1st, 2010

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    Water Temp: 72-77

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: It's about to bust. Heat had the fish down a little deeper - magic depth was 20 to 30 feet. Deeper water near shallower water was ticket. Plastic bite was decent, topwater was great early and late for bigger fish. Brush hogs, worms, senkos all worked well. Weightless was better. Fish were so agressive after they were hooked, but the bites were gentle.
    City: Pacific Grove

    Tips: Watch your line. I missed a few not paying attention. OFten, you would see 'tick' in line but not feel anything. Catch - photo - release. Caught many 2-3 lb fish, one nice 5-1/2lb fish. Quality over quantity now unless you fish shallow...you'll catch dinks all day. Should bust wide open in another few weeks till early November or super cold nights.

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 77.8 to 80.1

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: We hit the lake a 5 am saturday morning out off the edge of the third ramp east side of the lake i caught two nice bass on jigs but both come unbutton right at the boat when they broke water and after that i stunk the place up my partner didnt do much better he landed 3 small dinks on jigs we fished several area but with no luck.The traffic was very light till about 10:30am when we loaded up.
    City: madera ca.

    Tips: The bass are there dont get me wrong i guess my heart wasnt in it saturday. jigs 1/8 or 1/4 oz in green pumpkin barb wire Yamamoto trailers 208/watermelon red/blk flake 4" twil tail grubs
    Baby brushogs/watermelon red/blk flake will also will work The bite was light for us fish slow waters stable and there some cool weather on the way middle of next week. Sorry for a slow report but it wasnt there for us this past saturday. Will hit it again soon hopefully with some better luck

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

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    Water Temp: Upper 70's

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got out early morning and left a bit after Noon. Have to say it was a great day...and one of the few when my wife out-fishes me. I had four bass total (1 dink, 3 in the 2lb. range, and a nice 3.5lb'r.).
    My Lady kicked butt, with 7 fish total, all in the 2.5 to 3 lb. range. You go, Girl!!
    City: Fresno

    Tips: Found a sweet spot, can't say too much.

    Lizards & brushhogs (watermelon/red flake).

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

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    Water Temp: 73 to 76

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: There is a descent bite on bass to 3 pounds in 17 to 25 feet of water on jigs or baby brushhogs. You can also catch a few bass on rico's or buzzbaits in the early morning or late evening. Traffic is lite during the week.
    City: madera ca.

    Tips: Dont get in a big hurry fishing a jig or the hog the bass are in the coves or any rock structure and brush piles and around standing trees.

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 75

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished a couple days this week. Fish can be caught on several reaction techniques until 9am then the bite dies off. Finnesse with plastics after that. fish are in all areas of the water column, but a few bigger fish are 15+ft deep.
    City: clovis

Friday, May 7th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 68.9 to 71.3

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: We hit the lake friday afternoon again it was breezy and we tryed a few different methods in catching the bass we added spinnerbaits & buzzbaits along with jigs but the jig fishing out preformed the two other baits. Dead sticking the jigs again and having some patiences only produce bass to 2 pounds.We fished in the same 17 to 24 foot range with jigs I got a phone report from one of my friends that fished the lake from early morning in the am till about 12:30pm friday and he reported most of his bass were caught on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits and also some senko bass(WACKY HOOK )style. And he reported he had some bass to 3 pounds most of his bass were in less than 10 feet of water.
    City: madera ca

    Tips: Spinnerbaits and buzzbaits throw in some senko's in early morning and in the afternoon toss some jigs if its breezy try dead sticking the baits i used mostly 1/4oz. bullet head jigs in lite green pumpkin/barbwire/grn/blk flake. w/208watermelon red/black flake 4" twin tail yamamoto grub as my trailer on a spinning outfit with 8lbs test and also a 3/8oz football head jig in the same color w/208 5" twin tail yamamoto grub as a trailer on casting outfit with 10lbs test. Both jigs produced about the same number of bass. I would even try baby brushogs also thats another bait that might produce some nice bass.Im a die hard jig fisherman and its tuff for me to throw other baits other than jigs and a few buzzbaits. There are several baits that are producing here and there are a few bigger bass being caught not only from boats but there producing from the bank also.

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

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    Water Temp: 68.9 to 70.6

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: The jig bite here is on for bass in the 2 to 3 pound class. We got on the lake today at 3pm and fished till 7:30 pm and we targeted all of are fish in 17 to 24 feet of water on 1/4 oz bullet head jigs and 3/8 oz football head jigs. It was breezy but it didnt hurt the fishing at all.Warmer weather ahead should bring out more anglers watch for snakes if your bank fishing.
    City: madera ca.

    Tips: Dead sticking the jigs with very little movement triggered the bass into striking the baits. Im hitting it again next week with even warmer weather in store it should hold up well on this bite. We had some good numbers on bass for the short amount of time we fished.

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 65-70

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out about 2pm Sunday after getting pulled over at the left of the entrance...said we were going 5mph over the speed. 26yrs no ticket and he was yelling that this was gonna be one expensive fishing trip...long story short, he let us go. Threw everything in the boat from spinners to every kind and color plastic you could imagine. I never got a bite...frustrating. Hubby got 2 in the 2-3lb range and one trout after a stick bait, took the whole treble in its throat. Day couldnt have been any more beautiful but hot enough to put some blisters on this winter colored body. All his fish were taken in 10ft or less but they were stacked up in 20ft.
    City: Clovis

    Tips: Wish i could tell ya. He got both bass on a white swim bait. Some good hits on creature baits.

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 56-68

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: That granular algae is back. Spent Thu/Fri and 1/2 Sat at the lake and I give the bite a 3 out of 5. Two weeks ago, with water in the mid 50s at midday, we pounded them with jerk baits and stop & go cranks up close. This time, only a couple on that technique, but plastic was the ticket. We caught most fish in 10ft or less in the 2-3lb class (typical Eastman size) Shallower near deeper proved best for us. I mixed up the plastics and they basically hit all of them - some bites damn near took your rod out of your hands, others subtle line ticks. All in all, great trip. Not the numbers or size we were looking for, but still killer. City Limits usually by noon.
    City: Pacific Grove

    Tips: Be ready. Some will really bite agressive, others will lightly pick and move. Water on camp side in upper sixties on sunny days by 4pm; day use side typically high 50's to 60 by 4pm. Snap your pics and gently release! There is talk of opening up river 5 months a year next year; keep fingers crossed.

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    Water Temp: 65

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: RANGER KEITH INFORMED ME OF A 15LBER+ WAS CAUGHT A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO.THE FISH WAS CAUGHT IN THE KEEP OUT ZONE BY A COUPLE OF GUY'S THAT DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT IT?THE FISH WAS TAKEN HOME.
    City: PLANADA

    Tips: PRETTY SLOW HAD TO MAKE ALOT OF CASTS,JIG'S,WORM'S,JERK BAITS.IF YOU LIKE FISHING GRASS THIS LAKE HAS IT,10 FISH BIGGEST WAS 4 LBER LOOK LIKE A MALE REAL HEALTHY THOUGH!

Friday, April 9th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 64-67

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Got to the lake at 7:00 p.m. to check out the night bite. Started in upper lake (5mph zone) throwing blades until I broke it off. Went to a shallow crank and caught 3 fairly quick right off the bank. My partner was throwing a buzz bait which they were eating pretty good. I picked up a chatter bait and caught another 4 or 5 on it. The bite slowed down around 10:00 and we picked up a couple more here and there. All fish were 2-2 1/2 lbs. never found the toad I was hoping for.
    City: Fresno

    Tips: The fish seemed to go after anything moving near shallow grass. Maybe try deeper water nearby for a kicker.