New Hogan Lake and Reports


Sunday, July 17th, 2022

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    Water Temp: 80 - 83

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Gates opened a little early Sunday and got on the water by 6am. Main lake had 4-6ft visibility. Up the river was very stained and pretty much gone past the wake/ski boat area. Water is really low. Air temp was hot at 103 when we got off the water around 1pm. 8 keeper size fish caught today with the best fish coming from topwater Berkley J Walker and Choppo. Other bites on Jigs, Dropshot and Shakey head worms in 5-15ft of water. Got our last bite around 1130am. Small stiper boils for the most part that didnt last long. Saw the best boils on the west banks main lake across from boat launch around noon.

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

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    Water Temp: 53

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Short story - early prespawn fish on the move. 2 bites, 2 fish 4#, 4.5#. Channel swing banks adjacent to spawning areas 5’ deep on 6” STC swimbaits.

    Long story - headed up mid-morning to test out my new Lowrance Active Target system and expanded network. Spent an hour fussing with settings and learning that I need to download a software update to the transducer/module.

    Focused on 3 steep points and banks with deep access and adjacent to spawning areas. Rotated through LV500’s, A-rigs/swimbaits and suspending jerkbaits fished 5’-20’ deep. Steep point in Whiskey yielded the first fish on a 6” STC swimbait on the initial drop. 2nd fish came 50 yards later on channel swing bank on the drop.

    Water in the back of the major creeks was clear with 3* warmer water compared to main lake. Several big spots of fish deep off of primary points and in the bottom of breaks that would not bite anything. A little bit of stable weather and it could bust wide open.

    Tips: Don’t let the cold weather fool you. There are some shallow active fish staging for the initial prespawn movements

Friday, December 11th, 2020

  • Report: by StanL » Fri Dec 11, 2020 6:38 am
    My ol’ buddy Ed Austin and I made a trip over to Hogan for the day. This lake always has a different feel than the other Mother Lode lakes around because of the stripers.

    Ed has been a regular here since the 1970s so whenever I get a chance to fish with Ed I usually learn something and this day was no different.

    When we were there we were seeing a lot of fish on my new Garmin Livescope in the bottom of Creek channels in about 35’ feet of water. I tried everything I could think of and then Ed pulled out a homemade 1/4oz deer hair jig (see the pic below) and started dragging it around. He schooled me on deep stripers. After a while of watching Ed catch stripers we decided to target largemouth.

    We started fishing deep points off the main body we found them in about 40 to50‘. I was using a Bass Union football jig and Ed fished a dropshot with a 6” Weenie worm. We ended up catching 6 largemouth and 5 stripers.

    The surface temperature was 56° and the water had about 6 to 10 visibility. One thing I learn was how line shy the stripers were. Ed used 10# Gamma fluorocarbon which surprised me. The largemouth were released but stripers got invited home for dinner.

    Hope this helps

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

  • Report: by WB Staff » Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:43 am
    StanL sent this one in from Hogan

    Hogan Fishing Report 10/19/20 -
    FYI The Lake Hogan day use fees have resumed.
    Today I got out on the water with my son and his father-in-law Mike. We hit the water about 7am and the surface temperature was 68°.

    We started throwing underspins and topwater baits with no luck. After a couple of hours my son picked up a dropshot rig with a 6” Roboworm. He tossed it up on a point and caught one right away. We thought we were on to something. lol NOT.

    So, after a while I picked up a Bass Union 1/2oz jig with a Strike King Rage Bug trailer and ended up catching 3 fish. My son caught one more on the dropshot and we fished until about 2:00 pm.

    So after 7 hours, we caught 5 fish for the day. I would say that is still pretty tough fishing! I recently got a new Garmin Livescope and ould see a lot of the fish are suspended and chasing bait. With cooler temperatures on the horizon the bite should be picking up soon.

    Hope this helps,
    Good luck fishing.
    Stan L

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

  • Report: by Whoopbass » Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:17 pm

    Myself and a buddy fished Hogan 3-4 weeks ago. We rarely fish the lake so we targeted Stripers right at sunrise. My buddy being hard headed wouldn't listen to me where to fish, he wanted to fish up the lake in a some cove he had action in last year. The guy is always fishing old patterns no matter if it was spring when he caught em and now its winter. To me it was obvious where to fish being that all the boats stayed out in the main lake and didn't follow us up river.
    No stripers in our first two spots but I did hang a nice largemouth on a crankbait that came off. I talked him into going back into the main lake and the stripers were boiling. There were some nice ones in the mix. It was a solid hour or more since the sun came up and those stripers didn't want anything to do with any lure we threw at them. Out of all the boats around us I only witnessed one guy catch a 10" striper.
    I presume that if we were on them at sunup we may have caught a few but those stripers were focused on tiny baitfish.
    I would like to know what bait the locals use in that type of conditions or do they just go home. The smallest bait we had in the boat were 4" flukes and some small skinny fluke that Berkley makes.
    We ended up going bass fishing for a few hours and caught around 8 bass with nothing bigger then 1.5 lbs.
    He kept whining so we went to Salt Springs and it was fairly tough. Only about a dozen fish to 3lbs.

Friday, September 11th, 2020

  • Report: Fishing Hogan Sept 11

    So, both my kids are in their 30’s and can remember what happened 19 years ago on 9/11.

    We decided the best way for us to reflect on the day is to spend some family time together. I decided to take them fishing and wanted to do a little something different so we headed to Hogan.

    When we got there I was surprised how many trucks were in the parking lot which usually means one thing, the stripers are boiling!

    And they were!

    Even so, we decided to concentrate on catching largemouth and smallmouth. We started fishing about 7:30 am. The lake was at 46% of capacity. The surface temperature was in the mid 70’s and the water had about 6’ to 10' visibility. There was a good breeze. The smoke in the air made low light conditions.

    We started throwing moving baits. It didn't take long before we had some action on topwater baits. By the end of the day my daughter and I caught 8 on Berkley Choppos. My son stuck with a Ned rig in the 15’ to 20' range. He mostly caught smallmouth. The fish seemed to be in the last deep water in the back of coves.

    One other thing I always thought was cool about Hogan is that they offer free use of life jacket program. If you need one, check it out.

    Hope this helps. Good Luck Fishing

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

  • Water Temp: 78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Catching spots on various drop shot worms fishing the heat of the day. Fishing underwater shade, off of island tops on the other side of the sun, shaded side. Been taking large mouths on a buzz bait as soon as I can find some decent shade lines in the backs of creeks at the end of the day. just put the Minkota on 30 keep the pedal down and burn the shade line. Most of the largemouths are coming out of the pockets small spots are on the points.

    Tips: In the heat fish whatever shade you can find.

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

  • Report: by StanL » Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:24 am

    Fishing Hogan This Week Feb 22

    Today I had a chance to fish with one of my longtime fishing buddies, Bud Porter. We got a late start and finally hit the water at about 10 am. Right away we saw the water clarity was stained with about 10 feet of visibility. The surface temp was 54 degrees and the lake was at 48 percent.

    We started throwing a lot of moving baits with no luck. After trying a few different down baits we ended up catching all of our fish on a Frenzy Baits Nail and WackaSack. We used a Strike King Ocho in the MoonJuice color. We were throwing all the baits on 20 pound braided mainline with an 8 pound Gama fluorocarbon leader.

    We were surprised how shallow the fish were. We managed to catch a mixed bag of smallmouth and largemouth. We got nine fish total all in less than 10 feet of water.

    All the fish came on secondary points. We would throw up in to about 5 feet of water and let it set there. After about a 10 count there would be a slight tick on the line. That is how every fish bit.

    I hope this helps.
    Stan L

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

  • Report: by WB Staff » Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:26 pm

    Posted this one sent in by StanL this week.

    This week we decided to head on over to Hogan. Here's the report from the day we were there.

    The surface temperature was 57° and and the fish are shallow.

    The quantity of the bite was pretty good, There was plenty of action; but most of the fish were in the 1 1/2-pound range.

    We caught them on everything from A-rigs to dropshots.

    We ran into Hogan local Kevin Caufman who had caught some nice ones. This is him shown.

    Good luck fishing!

Monday, July 31st, 2017

  • Report: From Glory Hole Sports
    New Hogan
    The water is warm and has dropped about 4-6 feet in the last month. The Stripers are pushing the shad to the surface for some really fun topwater action. It's a morning and late afternoon bite. Most boats are using white Whopper Ploppers or shad colored fluke's on the surface. On a good day you can put 8-10 fish in the boat, just fishing a couple of hours before dark.
    The boats trolling are in front of the boat ramp area and using Alabama rig or frozen shad. The Black Bass are in the post spawn mode top water action works in the morning and evening but you need to pull out the senko rod and fish deep in the afternoon or find those islands tops with quick access to deep water.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

  • Report: The brown and purple, 1/2-oz River2Sea Touchdown Jig got a workout today on New Hogan Reservoir.

    It was responsible for nine fish for Ed and Cole Austin,while John House and Stanley and Brian LaFever used it to catch six more.

    Water temp was 51-degrees.

    The bass pictured below were caught in five to 25-feet of water. The fish ranged from 2-lbs to five-plus.
    John House


Saturday, October 6th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 71

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: First time ever on this lake. Started about 8:30. Had first bass in the boat by 9:00. Off the lake by 3:00 with a total of 9 fish including one from my 7 year old daughter. Way to go Karley! Worms & jigs. Found them in 40' of water. Found them in 2' of water. Found them in coves and on points. Weird, no real pattern. I think the weather helped.
    City: Sacramento

    Tips: Be careful, water is low.

Friday, July 13th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Lots of fish in the dink to 2 pound range on the dropshot. Just look for bait with fish under them and drop down. Caught them from 15' to 28' on 4"-6" worms. #4 line seemed to get more bites than #6.
    Stripers also busting shad here and there.
    Water is at 673'.
    City: Santa Rosa

    Tips: Lots of wind and other water craft, so be careful.

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

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    Water Temp: 70 to 74

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Sonora Bass had a tournament we caught our limit it was slow the winning weight was 11lbs the big fish was 3.39 we took 4th with 10.25
    City: jamestown

    Tips: the fish seem scattered fish rocky points there are a few in coves 20 to 35 ft deep spider jigs, dropshot splitshot smallbaits crankbait produced small fish unless you get lucky

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Its my first time at this lake with little info to go on I got on the water and explore! Started on lower part of lake at 3pm fishing crankbait hook into some dinks here and there nothing big. Jumped to up river with nothing on top water or cranking! Middle of lake the boils started happening I had on a 95 ghost threadfin shad and only one hook up and lost it under the boat. Shad are very small I should of tried smaller bait 3in or they wouldn't hit the lure! No striper but still a good day or learning!
    City: Modesto

    Tips: Smaller bait light line and be patience on motoring over to boils or you will scare them back under!

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

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    Water Temp: 50

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Morning started out cold at a brisk 29 degrees. A lil wind put a decent chop on the water. Headed out to creek arms and coves past the spillway in search of so clear water. Visibility was 2-4 feet with a decent current. Caught 3 decent keepers up to 3lbs. Was using 1/2 oz. blue and black football jig with a blue and black rage craw trailer. found all three on shael piles on grassy banks on backside of points where the current was passing by fast. First bite was two hard taps. Other two were pressure bites. Pops hooked into a decent smallie using a texas rigged blueblack rage craw. Fished everything really slow taking up to about three minutes to bring in the jig. Went tto try the Claveras arm but water was very muddy with zero visibily and lots of crap in the water.
    City: Orangevale

    Tips: Fish very slow. When you think you are slow, slow down even more.

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

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    Water Temp: 71

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Overcast day seemed to turn on the bite in the back of the coves as they were spawning. I was in a Kayak and actually had them following me.

    Tips: Used the green 6" worms texas rigged and followed up with a shad type crank for the bigger fish.

Friday, October 30th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 61 - 64

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Targeted largemouth and smallmouth with little success. Came across a striper boil around 1130 and caught two using a rip bait and crankbait. Largest was 2lbs/22in. Boil lasted about 2 minutes. Another boat hooked into a quality fish to about 6 pounds (also stumbled onto the boil).

    Caught two largemouth to 3# on dropshot at the mouth of coves in 15ft of water. Bites were VERY light and I missed a few more fish with the same setup above. The water is cold and the bites are few. Also caught a couple small largemouth 8in or so. Missed a few bites on crank baits and spinner baits when we first started. We started fishing around 0930 thinking the warmer weather would spark a bite. It's still pretty cold.

    Where are the smallmouth and where are the big fish? Send me an email......
    City: West Sacramento

    Tips: Drop shot the mouths of coves. Let the fish take worm for a moment. Bites are light.

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished for bass, Caught about 15 some to 3#. crank baits and cut tail worms to 20 ft. striper boils all over ,long lasting,caught 3 by accident to 6#.
    City: Felix

    Tips: Just fish ,throw whatever ,most boils river end in coves,fun day

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Evening topwater bite is strong at the moment. Zara spooks caught 4 Largemouth one 3 1/2lbs. Dropshot robo worms with a slow return. Senkos with no weight. Decent bite at the moment!
    City: Escalon