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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

  • Water Temp: Water temp- 64-66*

    Report: Lake McClure Fishing Report
    11-9-18
    On the water - 6:30 am
    Off the water- 12:30 pm
    Water clarity- clear

    Today I took a couple of clients (Henry and Naz) out on beautiful Lake McClure for a half day trip. We started off on the south end of the lake fishing main lake points and creek channels between 25 and 50 foot of water, drop shotting 4” shad pattern worms. We caught a lot of fish between 12 inches and 2 1/2 pounds, the bite was fast and furious for the first couple of hours!
    After about 9:30 am we decided to start bouncing main lake points and steep rock bluff style banks throwing some more drop shot baits, tube style baits, and jigs. We caught several more fish, with the biggest still going right around the 2.5 to 3 pound range.
    We ended the day with well over 75 fish, not bad for a couple who has never been bass fishing a day in their life! The fish seem to be following the shad, so when you find the bait, you find the fish, simple as that.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

  • Water Temp: Water temp- 64/67*

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: by RCook » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:47 pm

    Fishing report for Lake McClure Sunday 11-4-18

    On the water at 6:00 am.
    Off the water at 5:00 pm.
    Water clarity- very clear.
    Water temp- 64/67*

    Today I took a couple of new friends Darren and Lizzie out to Lake McClure for a day of fun fishing.

    We started off in one of the creek channels throwing top water, as there were a lot of smaller fish busting bait on the surface. We had a fun time for the first couple of hours and caught several on top water, as well as a few others on plastics out deeper.

    When we had had enough of the smaller fish we decided to go look for the bigger ones, which I have been noticing are moving quite a bit deeper.

    We fished main lake points near steep drop off’s with tube baits rugged on 1/4 oz dartheads, made by Fattys Worms, And drop shotted six-inch morning dawn worms.

    Once we moved out deeper (50-80’) we did not get nearly as many bites but we found the quality.

    We ended the day with around 14lbs for our best 5, with a beautiful spotted bass kicker weighing just over 4 lbs (caught by Lizzie of course!)

    Both Lizzie and Darren caught their personal best spotted bass, so it was a great day with great friend.

    There is great fishing to be had at all of our Motherlode lakes right now, time to get out there!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

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    Water Temp: 66-68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Glad to be back in a bass boat. Purchased a new to me Champion last week and finally got to take her out. Got on the water at 7am launched out of Barrett Cove south ramp. Weather was clear w/about 5 mph wind. Stopped at a point on the main lake working my way back into a cove. Fished a little of everything poppers,spinner bait, jigs, and crankbait. Caught fish on all of them. Got a lot of action on topwater but the fish were not committing to biting only landed 3 out of the 15+ strikes I had on the popper. Fish were caught from 3 ft of water to 30ft. Bigger fish came on jigs several close to 3lbs. Moved to several different areas and caught fish at all of them. Fished until about 1pm(had to leave early) all and all caught over 20 total(stopped counting at 15).

    Tips: Bass fishing is wide open. Have fun and rip some lips.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

  • Report: by TravisH » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:58 am

    There’s a decent Topwater bite from sunrise till about 8:30am then the fished pushed out in the 30’ depth range an we caught them on points an island tops throwing the dropshot and Ned rig.. The finesse bite was wide open for average sized spots an I also had a 5lber on a River2sea Rover first thing in the morning along with a good jig fish around mid morning.. I fished the horseshoe bend area an up the river arm..Also while on the water I was recording Sonar logs for upcoming Updates for Navionics so look forward to some new info soon . Hope this helps some, best of Luck!

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 66

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: My buddy Ryan Cook headed out to Lake McClure on 4/28 and shared what he found:
    "Decided to head out McClure for an afternoon session and the bite was on fire. We fished about 6 hours and caught over 40 fish. We targeted wind-blown flats where we found bass pushing bait into the shallows. They were busting bait on the surface for over 4 hours in a couple different key areas. We threw underspins and a variety of topwater baits. Nothing big, but we did find a couple in the 3 pound range."

    Tips: Head out to McClure for some steady action. McClure is a beautiful lake with a great mix of spots and largies.

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

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 60 to 64 F

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: On the water: 7:00 AM
    Off the water: 4:15 PM
    Air Temp:
    Low: 44
    High: 68
    Barometric Pressure: 30.1
    Sky: Clear, bluebird skies with only a few thin clouds
    Water Temp: 60 to 64 F
    Water Clarity: Clear (up to 10 feet)
    Water Level: 839 as of 4/7, up 3.7 feet from day before
    Wind: NW 6 to 12 mph (average 9 mph)
    Moon: Waxing Crescent (48% visible)
    Fish Activity: Moderate
    Kayaks: Hobie Outback, Hobie PA 14
    Lures: Soft plastics on the bottom

    Narrative:Headed out to Lake McClure today with guide client Jim Williams. Jim was the winner of the MKA Kayak Bass Guide Service raffle. Jim chose to go to Lake McClure to get more acquainted with the Motherlode lakes since he is primarily a Delta fisherman. We started out in the Temperance arm mixing it up with some reaction baits, jigs, and plastics. We quickly identified that they wanted it slow moving and on or near the bottom. Jim picked up two on the dropshot right away off a secondary point close to the bank. The dropshot bite tapered off and then we switched over to the carolina rig and picked up a few dragging lizards, creature baits, and worms rigged with Trapper Hooks on flat points, and cuts near secondary points. We then worked our way out to the main lake and found a good Ned Rig bite. I broke off a nice one (again) near a known spawning area just off the main lake. Jim got on a steady bite and was boating a nice mixture of Spots and Largemouths. We worked our way back to McClure Point fishing the main lake rocky walls, points, and cuts. We got on a steady bite of solid keepers. The wind was really howling and we worked our way back into McClure Point. Jim then hooked a GIANT on the Ned Rig. He threw into the back of a wind-blown cut and she bit. She surged for deep water and then she jumped with a big head shake and spit the hook. I was right behind him and got a good look at her. She was a huge Largemouth that was between 8 and 10 pounds. Jim ended the day with a total of 14 fish in the boat and the memory of that Donkey breaking the surface!

    Tips: You can catch steady numbers of fish in the 10 to 30 foot range but the big ones are up shallow. It should only get better over the next few weeks. The lake is almost completely full. This is going to be a great fishing year in the Motherlode.

    Submitted by Motherlode Kayak Angler Kayak Bass Guide Service (209) 230-3159.

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

  • Water Temp: 60 to 68 F

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Tons of action but no size at Lake McClure today.
    On the water: 7:00 AM
    Off the water: 4:00 PM
    Air Temp:
    Low: 47
    High: 80
    Barometric Pressure: 29.9
    Sky: Mostly clear with some clouds / overcast
    Water Temp: 60 to 68 F
    Water Clarity: Clear (up to 10 feet)
    Water Level: 836.67 as of 3/30, up 0.44 feet from day before
    Wind: Very little wind, slight breeze at times
    Moon: Waxing Gibbous (99% visible)
    Fish Activity: Moderate to high
    Kayaks: Hobie Outback, Native Watercraft Manta Ray 12, Native Watercraft Titan 12
    Lures: Soft plastics on the bottom

    Headed out to Lake McClure today with Barry and Will. I wanted to take a look around to see how the recent rains have effected the lake. The lake is really high and the water is clear. There is a ton of debris in the lake so be careful. There are some big logs / branches floating just under the surface that could cause some serious damage. Lake McSwain is down a few feet and is muddy throughout. The Merced River is running high and also muddy due to the rains and the release of water from McSwain. Now for the fishing report.....we launched out of McClure Point and focused our efforts on the southern end of the lake. We found fish on islands and primary / secondary points and cuts. The fish were in 10 to 20 feet of water. They were keying on bottom baits. Hand-poured 4" worms, 6" lizards, 4-6" creature baits, and ned rigs all worked on the bottom and slow. We weren't able to get any reaction or topwater bites. I didn't see any fish on beds in the areas that I scouted. We found a good mixture of largies and spots. Nothing big, just nice healthy fish. I did break one off on a ned rig on light line that felt like a big fish, you all know how that goes. There is more rain projected for later this week with a cooling trend. This should keep the fishing in a holding pattern.

    Tips: Be careful if you are headed out to McClure in a big boat. I would keep it slow and keep an eye out for logs and debris. Work bottom baits in 10 to 20 feet of water right now for consistent action. Fish should be moving to the bank soon with a week or two of stable, warm weather.

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

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 51

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the TriValley Bassmasters club tournament. Despite numerous phone calls, MID didn't open the Barrett Cove launch ramp until 08:30 ( Doh). May not have mattered, because fishing was really slow. Winning bag was 13 lbs. Biggest fish was a 4 lb large mouth caught by legendary
    Bassmaster Bruce. Grubs, jigs, and drop shot worked best in 5-10 feet of water. Best bite was in afternoon, though early morning was not possible to test. Previous high winds moved most of the debris off of the lake. Very few boats on lake.

    Tips: With very few boats on lake, Fish and Game AND Sheriff have little to do. Make sure you obey rules especially; fishing in counter clock wise direction and have license with you. If ticketed you may have to go all the way to Mariposa County Court house. Though there are plenty of uglier places to visit.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 56

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Rough day fishing. Went trough the tackle box. Nothing worked. Was prefishing for a tournament on Saturday. Maybe rapidly changing lake level has fish confused, probably most fish in McClure have never seen the level this high.
    On a good note: lake is beautiful, very little fishing pressure.

    Tips: Some huge trees floating in the water, be careful.

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

  • Report: by steve black » Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:39 pm

    Took the wife up there today,first time up since spring time, McClure PT ramp open, plenty of water to launch. A number of trucks at both launching areas but the lake seemed empty. No complaints here lol Water temp A.M. 65 to 68deg, lake had good color.
    Found the shad balls and found the spots racing through them. Slow rolling spinner baits through them, both of us limiting out within half hour. Lots of fun for the wife, those spots pull hard, ranging from a pound and half to 3 lbs.
    Take the wife and kids out, while theirs no yahoo's to ruin the day, :D Good luck
    Steve.

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

  • Report: by Keith Rakoncza » Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:05 pm

    Fishing has been hit and miss at McClure Robert. The spots are FAT CHUNKS! I did get this 10.2 to go a few weeks back there. South launch ramp at Barrett Cove is good with all islands marked pretty well. Lake is at 43% I believe. Good luck!

    See pic here: http://www.westernbass.com/forum/post568969.html?hilit=mcclure#p568969

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

  • Report: by george » Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:34 am

    Hey Robert, I was up there the first week of August and had no problems launching out of Barretts Cove south ramp. Water level I am thinking is about sixty percent and looked great but the bite was tough. We spent the week on a house boat and I found the few decent fish I caught on steeper nothing banks.
    Got into a fun spoon bite on river points but they were mostly shakers. I think if a guy spent the time in the river spooning you could find some better fish.

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

  • Report: by Roscoe » Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:59 pm

    Today I went to ladds from 5:30-12, caught 20 non keepers but catching fish constantly. Got home around 1:30 and went up to Pedro. The lake is down but still a good lake to go fish still. Caught 5 , only 2 keepers but overall the lake is still very fishable. Now heading in I've seen something that I never thought I would see. There was a ski boat up on a steep rock roughly 10' stuck up on the rocks. The guys were injured but were getting medical attention when we came across them. And remember with this drought out fishing spots are getting used by skiers and jet skiers so pay attention fellow anglers and good luck.

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

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    Water Temp: 56

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Lake is exstreamly low with the old railrod trussel towers rising forty feet out of the water just south of Barretts Cove Marina. There is no river so dont be shocked when you run up there; this lake is at about 20% and the lowest I have ever seen and I have fished it for thirty years.
    Caught about a dozen on drop shot and small spinner baits but no size, biggest being about 2 lbs. Best five may have been 8 lbs.
    Nothing in Cottonwood or Temperance and Portuguese cove is dried up so we went to main lake points and fished them out until we got bit. Find a bait ball and get a idea of the baits depth than drop shot while you very your hook position from six inches off the botton all the way to six feet or more off the bottom until they eat it.

    Tips: The bigger fish have to eat at some point, I think they are doing that at night and until the early morning hours so if you are going throw a big fish bait i would do it for the first couple of hours. It has taken less then ten pounds to win the last few events up there and one cast could match that with a swim bait, jig or spook.

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 82

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Thought I would post such no one has lately. On the water by 5am hoping for a topwater bite. No reaction in the am so I switched to jigs and dropshop and picked up a few small fish on the southern end. Moved to the main lake mid-morning and checked a few coves for baitfish near temperance and finally found them. Boated over 30 spots in about 2 hours on spoons. Better grade fish were down 40 to 50 ft while the smaller fish were shallow. Caught a few largemouth amongst the spots.

    Tips: Move around untill you find the bait. All the fish I caught were suspended and willing to bite. Look deeper for the 1 to 2lb fish. They were in big schools right now.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

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    Water Temp: 52

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Tough fishing. A lot of fishing pressure, must have been over 100 boats out there. A boat at just about every spot we went to fish. Caught 2 spotted bass up to 2lbs on jigs, both in around 50 feet of water. Saw other people catch a fish here and there. My partner and most other people were catching on small roboworms.

    Tips: Fish slow. Most the time you can't even feel the bite, just dead weight.

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    Water Temp: 54°

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Father in law got a new stratos deal took all day. We got on the water about 4:30 pm after a tournament. Wind was about 8 miles an hour +. We fished the banks by temperance nothing there then we shot to the dam found a point casted the wind caught a 2lb black bass. Night fished caught a 12.5 pound black bass on a shad coloured rattle trap 10ft deep 8:30pm full moon total time fished about 5 hrs. Awesome boat awesome fish time of my life at McClure
    City: turlock

    Tips: Jerk baits and rattle traps worked for me. All fish caught shollow

Friday, February 15th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 50.9 to 54

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: went to piney creek caught a couple in 50 feet on jigs.....then fished the canyon and caught 3 more in 10+ feet of water. total bag about 8 1/2 pounds
    City: Modesto

    Tips: Slow roll the jig, no luck in drop shot.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fun day in Jan. Got on the water around 8am and instantly started putting fish in the boat. I fished 25-40 ft. Throwing dart heads and jigs. Landed 25+ spots and only 1 black. Can't wait to go back this week.
    City: Turlock

    Tips: Watch your graphs. Look for structure and you will find the fish. Very big schools right now. Good luck!

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Great Fall fishing, early morning top water with R2S Loon Whopper Plopper then later in the day chased shadows too continue top water.R2S Powder Bling blades around lay down wood.Bass full of shad and are putting on the feeding bags for the winter. Fish in less than 25feet and willing to chase. Best 5 around 15lbs.Can't beat days like today.
    City: Merced

    Tips: Cover a lot of water,be safe and wear your PFD's