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Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished for a couple of hours staring around 11:00am to about 1:00pm. There was absolutely no one at the South Lake or Impoundment. I just brought my ultralight gear. I started with an F-5 Rapala in silver and black, 3" brown Senko rigged Texas and whacky style. after about 45 bminutes, I moved and switched to a 4" wooly hawg creature bait on a jig head, Tule dipping off of the pier.

    I didn't get anything, but had a nice outing on my day off and smoked a great TTT Trinidad Dominican Cigar.
    City: Daly City

Monday, October 29th, 2007

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Although I have not posted as often this year, I have to say that the regular bass guys at Merced all put in a great deal of time on this Lake(s). I believe we practice catch and release with the fish we catch. I know that the occasional lunker is caught (my personal best at around 9lbs) along with mostly 1-2 lb. variety of LMB.

    I fish from the banks, piers, docks, etc. and have caught fish from all of those spots along the Lake(s).
    City: Daly City

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    Water Temp: best when over

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Put in at least 100 hours of fishing primariy the north, south, and impound lakes on my porta boat and from the docks this year so far and caught a total of 10 LM bass from the three. Even fished a nice looking spot in the east lake once but caught nothing (is that still against the rules?). Most of the bass were less that 2 lbs with my personal best from Merced of 5-6 lbs. The fish are few and far between but fiesty and healthy looking. I have asked the CA DFG for help in improving the LMB fishing at Merced but have not reveived a response yet. If we all catch and release the LMB fishery at Merced will only get better with time. We have a jewel of a lake in our backyard that we all need to nuture and protect.
    City: San Francisco

    Tips: Drop shotting purple and red colored worms in and along the tule edges and of course persistence. Please, please, please, catch and release.

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Got off work early today and hit the South Lake and Impoundment about 3:00pm. At the impoundment, threw a Rapala floating minnow (F5)on my ultralight Shimano V Rod and got one baby bass on my third cast. Fished the South side by the bridge with a gray/white 5" Sluggo for about 30 minutes - not a bite. I left at 4:10pm

    I'll hit the boat docks next time out - and stay longer. At least long enough to smoke a fat cigar.
    City: Daly City

    Tips: Keep at it. Fish slow.

Friday, September 21st, 2007

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    Water Temp: 69

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Caught two 1lb'ers and a 2lb'er in the south lake fishing purple worms.
    City: San Francisco

    Tips: Purple is the color right now. Catch and release, PLEASE.

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

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    Water Temp: 69

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: WooHoo, finally caught a Lake Merced Bass (pic posted). About a 4lb'er in the south lake around 3:30 pm off my Porta Bote in a little inlet through the tules near an old fishing pier drop shoting a purple creature worm. Also caught a little dink bass and side hooked a 3lb carp in the same spot. Released the bass but killed the carp.
    City: San Francisco

    Tips: Persistence.

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

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    Water Temp: Cold

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished both Sunday and Monday for about 2 1/2 hrs each day. Caught 1 small bass at South Lake each day, tule dipping with 3/8 oz. black and blue jig with a 4" YUM Wooly Hawg trailer in pumpkin green color. The water appears to be falling and the tules are growing back at the John Muir Drive Pier.
    City: Daly City

    Tips: Try jig fishing the tule walls - vertically fishing each little hole in the reeds and swimming the jig occasionally along the points and breaks in the tules. Try to use jigs with a rattle and use scent, if you can.

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

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    Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: fished for a while with some buddys and caught 2 small dinks in about 5 min on a drop shot in the south lake. no one else hooked up, my buddy lost one on a jig. there are big fish in there but if every one keeps the big fish the will not exist for much longer, CATCH, ADMIRE, AND PUT IT BACK!!!!! if you wanna keep a fish keep the small 1 or 2 pounders, give em a chance to grow!!!! and why would you want to eat anything from that lake anyway? at this rate the fishing in merced is going to be nonexistant if people keep on keeping the fish from there!! the spawns are to small and only happen every few years in this lake. SO STOP KEEPING FISH A$$ HOLES!!!!!!!
    City: pacifica

    Tips: TIGHT LINES ><{{}}*> AND REALSE IF YOU CATCH

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Same to you Petey, really nice delta bass. I want to find some spots in the delta as soon as I get my boat and trailer registered. I'm with you on 10 bass in 2 days, if I catch 2 it's a great day at Merced. Someone asked if they could plant more bass, I was one of the people back in the 1970's that used to do it, Don't.
    City: Daly City

    Tips: I've seen some live crayfish lately this lake never had them. They're going to be detrimental to the native species and if bullfrogs ever get in it'll be bad news for the yellow legged frogs if there's any left. Haven't seen a stickleback in 10 years and the little shrimp aren't as plentiful anymore.

Monday, August 13th, 2007

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    Water Temp: Warm

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: LMB man, go to photos, submit photo. J, I'm still looking for those spots after 10 years of Hawg Hunting here. Bought a pontoon and 12' Gregor this summer to find them. I find it disturbing that people I meet fishing here hide there catch because others make them feel bad for keeping it. I go fishing because it make me feel good and people should be proud of your catch. I used to keep everything I caught when I started 40 years ago, but now realize I'll never catch my 8+ if I keep the 5, 6 and 7's so they always go back. 1-2 lb'ers always end up on the dinner table. 8-4 pic I posted was caught by my daughter and her choice was to release it.
    City: Daly City

    Tips: Catch and Release - To each his own. If you do eat the fish out of this lake, be careful to fully cook it, they have alot of parasites (nematodes).

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Glad to see the posts here. I haven't fished the Lake in a couple of months, but did catch a very big bass a while back. I didn't have a scale with me, but I would conservatively estimate around 9 lbs. Someone on a bike, riding the trail at the South Lake bridge saw me bring it in and came down to see the fish. He said he didn't know there were such large bass in the lake. Unfortunately, I have no pictures. Hope to get back soon...

    Mike
    City: Daly City, CA

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

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    Water Temp: warm

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Met someone today that said his biggest from the North Lake is 12lbs. Talked to many people that claim their best from Merced are 10-13lb. I'm pretty sure I hooked onto double digit bass but couldn't get them in. I have not seen one over 8-4 (my daughters) and don't need proof. I KNOW they're out there. Caught my personal best (7-10) July 2nd on a pumpkin baby brush hog using light spinning rod with 6lb test. The worker in the trailer when the concession was running said there are more and bigger LMB in the south lake because people used to bring them back from clear lake and berryessa released them. Picked up a one pounder today on the same rig as the 7-10 a few weeks ago.
    City: Daly City

    Tips: The bass here are very finicky and it's not easy to get them to bite. Like all the other successfull bassers advise, fish slow. These fish have probably seen everything and been caught a few times because of the limited shore access, try something different.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: 12.5lb bass at Merced? Im gonna have to see some proof....
    City: SB

Friday, July 6th, 2007

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the north lake early in the morning, first cast using a spinnerbait and hooked on a 9 to 8 lb. LMB after i casted about 3-4 times i hooked on to another good sized LMB it came up to the surface but threw the spinnerbait away. After fishing for about an hour i got bored and decided to move to south end of the lake and was catching little 1 to 2 lb. LMB using a jig and trailer. i caught a carp unexpectedly using that same jig to so it was a good weekend at lake merced. caught about 10 fish over the weekend.
    City: daly city

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Does anyone know any good spots at merced?
    City: SF

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Started fishing there again quite frequently for the elusive Lake Merced LMB. Been out on my folding boat on the north and impound lakes (with sonar/fish finder)and fished the north and south lake piers, morning to late evening til after sundown a few times. Impound lake looks like it should be primo LMB habitat. Saw a lot of large carp and a few gold fish there. Tried spinners, swim baits, cranks - diving/surface, worms, jigs, but nada, zip, nothing.
    City: san francisco

    Tips: Need some.

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

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    Water Temp: not too bad

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Impoundment and South Lake for 3 hrs. today. The weather was warm and skies were blue. Fished for a while with a nice young man named Julian. Saw a good size (3lb)bass cruising around, but didn't catch it. Tossed soft plastics, spinner bait and Rapala floating minnow...no luck today, but had a great time. There are many "guppie" sized fry in the water right now. With this nice weather, it may be time to break out the tube...
    City: Daly City, CA

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Impoundment with my son today. Got a couple of strikes on light tackle(4lb line) and small floating Rapalas and Senkos. No fish though... When and if we get a couple of warm days,the fishing will pick up. time to get out the tube...
    City: Daly City

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished with Tim from Half Moon Bay today - saw him stick a nice clean 4 lb LMB on a smal broken back crankbait. I got 2 on a floating Rapala minnow after he left. One was about 1-2 lbs the other one was bigger much bigger. All fish were caught and released.
    City: Daly City

    Tips: It looks to be a good year at the Lake - keep on the lookout for cruising fish. Fish slow - as usual

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

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    Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: fished w/ romi and jj for a couple hours i got 2 fish 1 about 3 pounds and a 12incher romi got a 12 incher and jj got a 3 pounder and a 12 incher most on drop shots and 1 on a senko not bad for a cold day at merced
    City: pacifica

    Tips: A BAD DAY FISHING IS BETTER THEN A GOOD DAY AT WORK <*){{}}><