Eastman Lake and Reports

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Sunday, March 28th, 2010

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    Water Temp: n/a

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Bass are shallow at both lakes. Here i toss green pumpkin 1/4 oz. jigs with 4" watermelon red/blake flake twin tail grub trailers ( 208 ) for bass to 2 1/2 lbs. Traffic for boats and bank fishing were both busy sunday.
    City: madera ca.

    Tips: BLADES CHAR/WHITE, JIGS, BABY BRUSHOGS. SENKO'S, LIZARDS, COLORS PUMPKIN GREEN, WATERMELON RED/BLACK FLAKE, BLACK/BLUE, JUNEBUG, WILL ALL WORK RIGHT NOW. Bass are moving up and staying shallow now.

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: went to eastman and fished the morning. Threw blades for the first hour for 0.Put on the ol' trusty wacky senko and the first 3 casts caught 2 2 1/2 lbrs. Five minutes later caught a 5 lbr. Caught a couple more dinks before the wind picked up. Left at 11:00 with 7 fish on the day.

    Tips: watermelon red flake senkos wackey in 0-10 ft of water

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

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    Water Temp: 57-63

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: If you had talked to me at noon, I would have told you to stay home. I was not a happy camper with the morning bite. We had fewer than 10 fish by noon. Three blade fish and a few on senkos and split shot worms. The next three hours were a different story. My 7 year old and myself caugt around 30 fish in the next three hours. The fish were super shallow. I will keep it simple. Jerk jerk pause, Jerk jerk pause, Jerk jerk pause...... Enough said.
    City: Clovis

    Tips: Most bites came with the bait sitting still. Don't fish too fast. The pause was key. Water has some color in it so choose your colors accordingly.

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 52.7-54.3

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: It is great to see the lake with water in it. I fished this lake one time before when there was water and that was back in 06. then the lake was very full. I started fishing the this lake last year once I moved to Fresno. I am still learning this place and today was a learning experince. I took the advice of previous report and I started with the blade. about 5 minutes of fishing and I hook up with a chunker just under 3lbs its 6:30am. then 1.5 lbr about 6:50am. Then nothing until about 10 and I get one on the senko almost 3lbs. about 30mins later and 2lbr on the blade. The wind was kicking up and I am having a problem with the charge on my trolling motor battery so I leave the lake around 11:30. The senko fish was a fat female ready to pop. Normally i'd say she would maybe go 2 lbs. looked like a football.

    Tips: A lot of fresh grass in the water. rip the blades out of there and wait on the attack. Don't be afaird to go shallow all fish in less than 10FOW. I didn't fish deep at all, maybe i would have got a few more.

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 54-55

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: THE LAKE IS ALMOST ABOVE CHOWCHILLA SIDE RAMP,IT HAS COME UP ABOUT 75 TO 80FT. THE WATER HAS THE FISH SREAD OUT,STILL WE HAD 16.5 POUNDS FOR FIVE BASS.WE TRIED JIGS,WORMS,SWIMBAITS,EVERYTHING IN THE BOX.FINALLY I TIED ON A SPINNERBAIT 1/2 OZ WITH 2 WILLOW LEAF BLADES, ONE CHROME AND THE OTHER COPPER.CLEAR SPARKLE W FIRECRACKER COLOR SKIRT.
    City: PLANADA

    Tips: FISH EVERYTHING, THERE ARE ALOT OF CUCCABURR PLANTS IN THE WATER.TRY FISHING THEM??

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 53-55

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished a tournament w/ Fellowship of Christian Anglers Society. Started at first cove to the left of the dam. Caught a nice 2.5 lb. shallow on a lipless crank bait in the first 10 minutes. Continued fishing the area with out another bite, also trying jigs, and carolina rigs. Moved to the upper end of the lake and started catching again on jigs and texas rigged plastics shallow (2-10 feet). My wife had her limit by 9:30 and was able to cull a couple times. I was stuck at 3 fish and the fish stopped biting around 11:00. Kept working back and forth over the 75 yard stretch where we caught them before. Finally about 1:30 I decided to move out of the bank and found fish stacked up on a ledge that went from 10 feet down to 24 feet. I caught 6 fish between 1:30and 3:00, all 2 to 3 lbs. Ended up with 4 fish for a little over 9.5 lbs., enough to win by 2 lbs. My wife took 3rd about a tenth of a pound behind 2nd.
    City: Fresno

    Tips: When you find fish and they stop biting keep trying they won't be far from where you first caught them, and they will be stacked up this time of year. Try jigs, T-rig, and C-rigged plastics.

Monday, February 15th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 53

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished from sun up til about 2pm. Caught two nice trout fishing for bass. Little woman caught 3 bass, only one landed on the boat. Thought she had a "stick fish" and kept pulling and pulling...you know the dead weight of a darn log and all of a sudden it shot up and out of the water and i think she was gonna die. Landed it, nice 3.5lber. Fun day on the lake, beautiful day. Hard work but should be getting much easier in the next few weeks im guessing
    City: Clovis`

    Tips: Nothing on stick bait, spinner bait or cranks. Wife caught all hers on mini red senkos w/bullet weight, and she halfed 6" brown senkos and halfed 6" green senkos and hooked up on all she used...just couldnt seem to land em but one. Still think plastics are working best.

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    Water Temp: 60

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: WE BETTER PRAY FOR RAIN OR THIS LITTLE LAKE AND EVERY OTHER LAKE WILL BE A MUD PUDDLE. WE CAUGHT ABOUT 9 TROUT AND 18 BASS ALL FROM 2.5 AND THE BIGGEST 4.5 DROPSHOT CALIFORNIA WORMS IN THE 080.COLOR WITH THE GRAPE VEIN.20 TO 25 FEET ALL DAY.
    City: PLANADA

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    Water Temp: 53

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got on the water around 1p.m. and started fishing near the dam. Caught a 2 1/2 pounder on a jig. I picked up and moved to another spot. Spent a lot of time just idlinng around and looking at the graph. Later I stopped on a spot and caught another 2 1/2 on the first cast with a carolina rig.
    City: Fresno

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: The jig bite is picking up in depths of 12 to 30 feet. arkie football and bullet head jigs are all working from 1/4 to 3/8 oz.

    Tips: Slow down make contact on or around structure bass are keying on crawdad pattern baits.

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: anyone fished this lake lately? was wondering about the prespawn.
    City: fresno

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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    Water Temp: -50 last we wer

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: This is in response to the guy asking if anyone fished here lastely. As this is my most favorite lake, havent gone out for a month or so. last time i went it was all baby red senkos drifting the bottom...BUT, took my kids to Hensley just so they could do some trout fishing and i walked the shore dreaming of a few bass. Well it came true. I was fishing a few coves around the boat launch area...opposite of the swimming area launch. Kids caught their trout while mommie used a half 6" big red senko and caught a 3lber and then a bit later there are some rocks across the parkling lot and i was able to land my baby red senko right on the rocks and drag it off and bam, another 3lber...then it was time to go...i think bass are coming...God, what a long season it seems before the bass come.
    City: Clovis

    Tips: Large or preferred small red senkos. Weightless with the big ones and a small bullet on the small ones.

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 52.3 to 53.8

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: The bass are holding in 21 to 40 feet of water and jigs are still taking bass from 2 1/2 to 4 pounds. The cold weather has kept most anglers away from the lake. Bank anglers fishing for trout are also staying away. Bass are holding on and around rock structure and brush piles in deeper water also fish are holding on humps in depths of 30 feet or deeper. Green pumpkin,black,green crystal/blue,black flake jigs in 3/8 or 1/2 oz football head trailers 156 yamamoto 5" single tail grubs. This combo has been working here now going on 3 weeks now. Colder weather has slowed them some but you can still put some nice bass in the boat in several hour of fishing. Water is dingy/stained and still coming up but not to bad fish will stiil bite.
    City: madera

    Tips: Fish slow work the structure you target long cast let the bait settle crawl the bait slowly back to the boat by not losing contact with the bottom. Also vertical jigging here this time of the year is proved too be a very good method for catching the bigger bass that are being targeted. I do both and they work really well for me.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

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    Water Temp: 52

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished with my friend Nathan from 1:30 - 4:45 pm 14 bites/6 boated/3 breakoffs in rocks/5 missed. Water is about to turn over. Still has fine granular algae. 1.5 to 2.5 lbs
    City: Madera Ranchos

    Tips: Fish were 10-25 ft with a few scattered to 30 ft. Brush hogs/creature baits in green pumpkin/watermelon red

    Very light bite. Slow down your presentation. Fish the fall line on drops to adjacent deep water. If they don't eat it on the fall, deadstick it for 30 seconds once it hits the bottom. Once the thermcline hits, everything changes.

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 58-59

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Beautiful day out. Caught 21 fish. Best 5 went 10.8 Fish were aggressive, except for larger fish. First time I have not caught better quality. Fished from 10am to 3:30pm. Great to be out on the water.
    City: Madera Ranchos

    Tips: Look for same patterns and baits as previous posts.

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 61-63

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: The bite is really subtle. If you are not watching your line you will not even know they were there. Fished with my friend from Pacific Grove. Caught 22 fish. Best 5, 14 lbs with the largest 3.8 Had 35+ bites, but missed alot of fish and could not keep a few buttoned. 6 fish before noon, 16 between 1 and 5:30pm No kicker fish today
    City: Madera Ranchos

    Tips: Same patterns as listed in previous posts. You have to read your electronics and position your boat correctly. Look for structure or flats in 8-15ft that have deep adjacent water. Present the bait so that it comes down the fall line. They will eat it on the fall. If not, let it sit for 30 seconds+ deadsticking it. Twitch it and they will eat it. Watch your line for anything abnormal. They are not hammering the bait. Switch from offset wide gap hooks to straight shank. You will have better hook ups.

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

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    Water Temp: 61

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Sat 31st and Sunday Nov 1. Had to work super hard to catch anything. Caught 3 on Sat, all 3lbs, 2 at the exact same time Sun, one went 3.0 and the other 1.5. Fished damn area, some coves. One cove was full of fish but couldnt get any takers. Go every weekend and this was about the worst and Sunday, i havent seen that many boats on the water since we have been going there, every point, cove and inch of the damn was occupied. Not to mention the shore fisherman...without their licenses...where is the rangers????
    City: Clovis

    Tips: Took all on pink 7" worms and a weightless brown senko. Think the water is so cold, gonna have to land it right on their head and make em mad to bite. Threw swim baits, spinners, lots of cranks and every color plastic imaginable. Got most on drifting in open water, a few near the damn opposite swimming area.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 62-63

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Water has cooled a few degrees with windy system that just blew through. Still lots of granular algae in the water. Rising barometer and other atmospheric conditions factored into a tough bite. Had to work for them. 10 rigs out on the water. Most I have seen the whole year. Fished from 9:30am to 6 pm. 13 fish with two shorts. Best five went 15 lbs with a 3.65 leading the way.
    City: Madera

    Tips: All fish came on brush hogs. Had to really fish slow to the point of deadsticking and then twitching the bait in place. Only a couple ate it on the move. 10-20 ft either on structure or long sandy flats. Healthy fish. No takers on slow rolling spinnerbaits, swimbaits, crankbaits, or worms of any kind. Next week is back in the stable mid 70's. Bite should improve

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

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    Water Temp: 66-68

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Water is clearing but still has lots of fine algae particles. High sun all day. Fished from 10:30 am to 6;30 pm
    Caught 30 fish. 4 keepers and the rest 2 lbs and up with the largest 3.13 Had one that would have gone 5+ but flourocarbon line frayed on a rock. Best 5 went 16lbs. No big fish today, but lots of 2's and 3's.
    City: Madera

    Tips: Brush hogs and few on finesse worm. Got bit a few times on a swmimbait but could not keep them buttoned. Most fish came in 10-15 ft with a few 5-8ft. Two seperate patterns. Open lake structure like rock outcroppings. Also long sandy flats with no structure, 8-15 ft of depth. the fish are gorging for the winter and are healthy.

Friday, October 16th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 67

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished from 7 am to 1 pm. 10 bites. 1 miss, 1 breakoff of a 4 lber. Best 5 went 2.3, 2.10, 3.3, 3.7, 6.13 for a total of 18lbs 4oz. Overall not a bad day. Fog finally burned off around 10:30
    City: Madera

    Tips: All fish came on brush hogs except for one on a weightless senko style worm. The fish are gorging on baitfish, baby bass etc. I watched several fish come after a baby bass jerkbait, would nose it, but would not eat it. Through crankbaits, swimbaits etc, but no takers. Still alot of fine green algae in the water. You have to be methodical. Cooler temps will help when we get them. The window will be short.