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Monday, February 14th, 2005

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    Water Temp: Cold

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Well I worked the lake for a few hours with my partners on our float tubes. Bite was really slow due to the cold water temp. I was the last one back and was re-working the tully line on my way back, when I hooked into a nice solid 5lb. fish while flipping a creature bait.
    City: Daly City

    Tips: Water is still very cold. I caught that fish during the warmest part of the day.

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

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    Water Temp: Cold

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished for about 90 minutes. Senko and brushhawg jig along the tules. Fished Slow, but not a creature was stirring. The water is getting higher, due to the new water recycling plant in Daly City. They are not pumping the aquifer. If the water continues creeping up, we might have good spring fishing .
    City: Daly City

    Tips: might want to wait a bit, till it gets warmer

Saturday, January 29th, 2005

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    Water Temp: Cold

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished for a few hours in the morning throwing small plastics and got nothing. I'll have to try the late afternoon / evening bite to see if it makes a difference. I concurr with Mike that it needs to be a little bit warmer and the lake looks prime for spring. Time to break out the float tube.
    City: Daly City

Sunday, January 2nd, 2005

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Thanks for the report Mike! Keep them coming!
    City: San Bruno

Saturday, January 1st, 2005

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    Water Temp: 60's

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the southwest shore of south lake from my pontoon midday last Sunday. Caught nothing in 3 hours while listening to the Giants lose another one on my radio.

    Anyway, almost hooked up on the senko by the southern fishing pier, but I lost it.

    I wonder if the City would let me plant some bass in this lake. It sure could use it.
    City: san francisco

    Tips: Catch, Photograph and Release!

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

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    Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the lake for just about 2 hrs and managed to land four small bass. Bite was on plastics and worked slow.
    City: Daly City

    Tips: Fish it slow and crank it slow...........

Sunday, November 21st, 2004

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    Water Temp: NA

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Not a report; I am wondering how the fishing is at Lake Merced for bass? I have never fished it, usually spend my time at south bay lakes. Is it worth the effort? Do people nail some decent bass here? Pattern and lure suggestions, hot spots? Any info. would be most appreciated. Looks like the reports are very mixed: some people catch bass here, others say it is the worst lake around. If you can clear the water (no pun intended), let me know.
    Thanks
    City: Belmont

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004

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    Water Temp: Cold

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Its been some tough fishing lately with fall upon us, but worked the lake for about hour and managed 3 bass in the small to medium range. I worked a drop shotted 4" plastic. All fish were released to fight another.
    City: Daly City

    Tips: Work it slow. Crank it slow.

Sunday, October 24th, 2004

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    Water Temp: unknown

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished in South Lake Saturday afternoon for 2 hours and Sunday morning for 2 more hours. Split shot soft plastics on tule walls and points. Water getting lower and lower...caught several 1-2lb bass both days. Catch and release only.
    City: Daly City, CA

    Tips: Slowly fish Texas rig, split shot or drop shot finesse baits.

Tuesday, October 19th, 2004

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Norcalfisher,I was up there about a week ago and fished and got nothing. What part of the lake you fish...do you fish near the bridge???thank you
    City: San Bruno

Monday, October 18th, 2004

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Lake Merced in SF. Fished from 4:30-6:30. Not much going on. Caught one dink and that was it! Felt a few short bites but not much else.
    City: SF

    Tips: Fish slloooow! Be creative!

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    Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the lake for about 3 hrs yesterday in some windy and rainy conditions. But managed to fool about 8 fish into biting. All were about 1/2LB to 1LB in range and were holding in about 2 to 4 feet of water. I did hook into one nice fish that I couldn't turn around on the hook set as it headed for the tulles and spit out my lure. I'll get'em next time as all fished were released to fight another day.

    Tips: Fish it slow. Crank it slow.

Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

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    Water Temp: not tested

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Norcalfisher E-mail me so I can set up a schedule I'll bet lake merced will probably holds some record breaking bass. There's a lot of fishing spot I saw when I was cruising on it a few days ago. Thanks
    City: San Francisco

Monday, October 4th, 2004

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    Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the lake after work on Friday for just about an hour. Well, about on the fifth cast I nailed a 5 lber on a small plastic in the same area that my partner caught his 6lber. There are some big fish cruising around and if you happen to be in the right spot and know what your doing, BINGO. Hey, Darius I'm looking to tube Merced but don't have a tube partner. Let me know.
    City: Daly City

    Tips: Fish it slow and crank it slow.

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

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    Water Temp: not tested

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I've been fishing far out from where I lived I decided why not try some close one so first time lake merced I heard it was a good fishing lake years back so, I said maybe it still hold some fish but I would never know that unless of course I tried it myself, got off at work 3:00 pm took my float tube on my garage got by 3:15 set up pump float everything got in the water by 3:50 first cast none but once I got close to tullies wooohh you can see some action in there decided to throw jig football head bamm 3lbs 02oz then move another spot bam another 4lbs 12oz got out in the water 5:15 why? my wader got hole I was getting cold.
    City: San Francisco

    Tips: slowwwwwww fishing a lot of them just I got secret spot though LOL

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

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    Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Worked the lake on the evening bite coming off the full moon phase on the 28th with my partner. We ended up with about 8 fish in the 1/2lb. to 1lb. range. My partner took big fish honors and stuck a solid fish weighing in at about 6lbs. All in all it was a good night of fishing with spending a couple hours out there. Also all fish were released to go and fight another day for someone else or maybe us again!
    City: Daly City

    Tips: Worked it slow and cranked slow.

Sunday, August 8th, 2004

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished North and South Lake for a couple of hours. Stuck a large (5lb)LMB on a black/blue 3/8 oz jig with purple ribbontail trailer. Caught and released immediately. The fish are here - just have to be patient.

    Did see one gentleman with a 12 lb catfish at one of the piers along the South Lake...
    City: Daly City, CA

    Tips: Fish baits deep off of tule points and drop offs. Look for spots along the bank away from the trout fishermen. Fish slowly and downsize when they don't bite.

Wednesday, August 4th, 2004

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    Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Went fishing for bass for a couple hours and caught nothing. Did see a very large dead turtle. This lake is dead! Must be polluted or something.
    City: Daly City

    Tips: Don't waste your time here.

Monday, June 28th, 2004

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: WENT OUT TO MERCED THISMORNING CAUGHT 2 BASS 15 INCHES IN JUST 15 MINUTES I NEVER KNEW THAT THERE WERE THAT MUCH BASS IN THAT LAKE I THOUGHT THERE WAS VERY FEW FISH IN THE LAKE
    City: SAN BRUNO

    Tips: THERE ARE FISH IN THIS LAKE STILL.U JUST HAVE TO FIND THE HOT SPOT.

Friday, June 11th, 2004

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Has anybody thrown frogs at Merced with any luck?
    City: Daly City

    Tips: Fish slow and tight to cover.