Pardee Lake and Reports

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Hi: 72 ° F
Lo: 52 ° F
Precip: 2%
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Friday, May 3rd, 2019

  • Water Temp: 63

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: The bite has been pretty good last few trips but today couldn’t find any fish feeding. Spawn is in full affect, fished locked in on beds everywhere. Caught a couple just to get the skunk off the boat but bed fishing isn’t what I’m out there for. Think I was the only bass boat on the water. Stayed on main lake most of the day due to all the debris floating down the arm. Love starting the year fishing the lakes but think it’s time to get back on the delta

    Tips: Pardee in my opinion is primarily a finesse lake, 99% of all the fish I caught are on some type of plastics

Monday, June 25th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Ill do my due diligence as an angler and report.. Killer day on the lake. I launched a bit late but the top water bite was still on.. Had a "bumper" come up and smack a hulla popper but apparently it was just a nose bump. My lure bounced about 5' in the air and landed back on the water. I stayed with that popper for awhile but ya really can't cover too much water with a popper so I switched to my buzzbait. Worked the shallow shade lines for awhile and finally got bit on a chatterbait. A nice 2#er. I landed another decent bass with the same chatterbait over some grass (1.5lb) Landed another bass with the same chatterbait in some laydowns and then my biggest catch of the day.
    I was working a laydown and checking out the water.. I seen bluegill sharing space with bass under a tree. This told me, the bass and bluegill need that space to survive so they're going to defend it. I rattled that cage awhile and.pulled some bass with a senko and chatterbait. Just about to leave when I tossed one more cast in the heart of the tree and a 3# took it. That's the best I got today. About a 10# bag, respectable but not all the great either. I had a few feeding bites but for the most part, a defensive bite in shade. Any day fishing is a great day though!

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 52-55

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Went out to enjoy the nice sunny somewhat warm day before the rain An cold come back this week. Pulled up to the ramp to see there was a tournament going on (always check your lakes schedules). Luckily it was the final 15 who had fished melones the previous 2 days, still seemed to be a boat on every point. Anyways me and my dad were on, best 5 probably pushin 16-17 pounds, mixture of smallmouth and a 3 an 4+ largemouth. Didn't sound like all the tourney guys were doin so hot, our strategy seemed to be slowing down tossing the darker baits in the murkier areas An back to lighter colors in the cleaner areas. Caught them on points An steeper walls, most hit on the way down. Also most fish where holding closer to bank, I assume there beginning to look for a nice place to spawn.

    Tips: Keep casting, changing colors tell you get some attention. The fish are there.

Monday, July 31st, 2017

  • Report: From Glory Hole Sports
    The lake is full and beautiful just be careful up river of all the floating wood debris.Trout and Kokanee are still being caught. Set your downrigggers at about 30-40 feet deep. The bait most people mention is pink and watermelon hoochies behind a small dodger. The bank fishermen are doing good next to the stony Creek spillway, rainbow point using power bait.

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Went out in the yak second day after storm so expecting tough bass bite and was the case. Was also right after full moon so wasn't sure how that would combine with the postfrontal stuff (if I remember right the full moon was during the storm -- anyone know how that works in practice?) Clarity was much better than previous week, could see bottom at ~9 feet, and the fish graphed on banks from previous week were indeed no longer there. Tried bluegill themed baits in coves but no takers. Shifted to Neko & Carolina rigged brush hog on break lines at 15-20 ft and the two bites came on Neko. Guys were beating the flats on opposite shore bluff all day but only overheard two bites. Note I'm a weekend warrior & no expert so just sharing observations.

    Tips: Chartreuse tip worked for me

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 57-62

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I took a father/son team to Pardee on Sunday and Monday - not my favorite days to guide! In spite of post front conditions and bright skies, the bite was pretty good on day one. Even the trout bite - yes - the father and I each caught a beautiful rainbow trout - 12 and 13 inches. Who said Robo worms don't catch trout!! They were not hatchery fish - beautiful colors and sharp tail fins!! Really gorgeous fish! Clients caught 7 bass and I caught a few, all males from 1 1/4 to 2 1/2 lbs. Interesting - all largemouth and one smallmouth. Monday the north wind really set in and blew the whole day and totally shut off the bite. The son did catch his first ever smallmouth, and that was cool. All the shallower bass available on Sunday were totally gone on Monday. Looking in the water both days for bigger bass and any beds - no sign of either!

    Tips: The best bait by far was the morning dawn w/chartreuse tail 6" Robo worm. Most were caught on a simple Texas rig. I did catch 2 on a small Yamamoto Flappin' hog. We looked at a little of the river arm and found it a bit colder and one cove full of wood. There was a lot of floating wood, so a slower speed is advised. The main lake is fine. I thought the east side would be the best, as is was at Berryessa last week, However, our best bite was on the west side. The lake is clearing now with 6+ feet is visability.

Friday, April 29th, 2016

  • Report: Hi, well here is a few few caught, one is a Beast Largemouth 6lb + fish caught on 6lb test flouro 100% seagar clear, also many other good bass including some smallmouth, there is also a really nice trout i caught only took maybe 5 casts with a blue fox inline spinner and fish on!
    Really nice fish over 3 1/2 lb's under 4lb's this fish was caught using 6lb flouro seagar as well.
    the weather was either cold or slighty warm at best,
    fish were caught on plastics and lures see video below for some big fish!!! lots of fun
    Watch Video:

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

  • Water Temp: 55-58

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Mike Sperbeck and I made our first trip to this beautiful lake (especially in the spring!) on Wed, and found the bite to be kinda slow. Usually I catch the big smallie when we fish there, but it was his turn this trip. Not a monster, but a solid 4 lb smallie. He landed 3 or 4 other smallies while I got 2 largemouth at 2 1/2 lbs and a smaller one. They all seemed to be at the 10 to 20 foot depth! We really covered most of the lake and found on here and one there! We didn't stay for the evening bite - if there was one!

    Tips: Small beaver type baits worked the best - mostly in green pumpkin color. I caught one of the largemouth on a 6" Robo worm - MM111 color. I forget what Mike was using for the big smallie. Points seemed to be the preferred structure they were using. I think the north wind - though not real bad - did prevent a better bite. It was a post front kind of day!!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I forgot to mention another 2 1/4 lb largemouth on a Senko. Five total for the trip, only about 13 lbs total.

  • Water Temp: 58-63

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I guess I am the only one who posts reports for Pardee - check the date - this is a NEW report - 2014!! I started about 12:30 pm (yes, I wish it could have been 12:30 am!), running around, looking things over. I started fishing seriously in the river arm about 1:30 pm, My first bass was a nice largemouth pushing 3 lbs. My next was even nicer, a beautiful unspawned (is that a word?) largemouth at exactly 4 1/2 lbs. They both hit a #301 wacky Senko. Still in the river arm, using a jig, a 2 3/4 lb smallie wore me out trying to land her. Wow!! My last fish was a bare keeper smallie. The sun was bright and wind mostly calm - great if one were sight fishing. I looked around some but didn't see any beds. I fished 'til about 6 pm and was the last one to leave. I threw swimbaits the last hour, but no hits.

    Tips: If island tops are your thing, you will be very happy (unless you run aground on one! Be careful. Most are clearly marked. I didn't find much on the islands, all my bass were on shoreline structure except the small one. All bites were about 12 to 20 feet - all midafternoon.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

  • Water Temp: 76-78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Looks like no one fishes the lake in the summer - no reports! Well - someone has to be brave! I took a client out yesterday for a "teach the lake" trip and found out why none of you were there! Actually there was another bass boat on the lake! I showed him most of the lake - productive areas on and off the shoreline. Sunrise really never happened through the smoke - weird! I only had 2 or 3 bites - landing a 2 3/4 largemouth and a smallmouth that was close to 3 lbs. Boy, those smallies can fight in warm water!! He had a few bites also but couldn't hook them. Someone needs to develop a meter that can locate fish at Pardee in the summer!! For some strange reason I put on a brown/orange jig w/Berkley twin-tail trainer about 1 in the afternoon and that smallie nailed it!! Who ever heard of fishing a jig in August??? You never know!

    Tips: The lake is still at 97% level. Seems like we should be fishing the spring shallows! I think they plan to start dumping water very soon. Both of my fish were caught on off-shore structure - about 50 yards off-shore. His bites were on the bank in shadows. He will do well on his next trips - I'm sure!

Friday, June 21st, 2013

  • Water Temp: 74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: hit the lake about 7 for the first time ever. threw the kitchen sink at them from shallow to bout 30ft and not a lil nibble. as it was the first time we fished up the river till around lunch time. great looking lake just have to find the right cover and structure then things should change

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

  • Water Temp: 72-76

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Well, I think summer has hit Pardee! I took a good fisherman to the lake Monday - starting at 5:45 am - hoping for a nice topwater bite. Unfortunately, the delta breeze kicked in about then and shut off any good topwater bite. All day we had action on small largemouth - none over 11 inches. Saw lots of inactive fish suspended on the meter. After he left, I rested in my truck and was able to take a brief nap. I went out again about 6:30 pm - throwing all topwater in shadows I could find. I started catching all undersize and 2 legal smallies. About sunset I had another small blowup - this time on a Devil's Horse! I suddenly realized this was no dink and finally landed a beast of a 3 1/2 lb largemouth. A few minutes later I threw a Chug Bug to a feeding fish and nailed a near 3 lb smallie. A typical Pardee smallie - about as tall as she was long. A mini-pig!!! That action made the trip home a little more pleasant - a 20 1/2 hr day-night for me!

    Tips: I talked to Fred at the marina and he said that Pardee will rise another foot and should stay that way for most of the summer. It is almost full now. Bass should be found at a variety of depths this summer - some deep and some semi-deep in weed patches.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

  • Water Temp: 64-72

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Sorry I didn't check clarity box! Bet you wondered where the MUDDY water was!!!!!

  • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: I did a complete report and it didn't go thru, so this is a short one! I took a his/her team to the lake yesterday and found the fishing to be very slow. Carp were everywhere on the east shore from the ramp. Didn't know there were that many carp in the lake! Bite must be slower now - we were the only rig at the ramp by 7 am - saw 2 boats all day!! We only caught small largemouth and a token BIG trout. After they left, I looked over some new areas until the late afternoon shadows appeared. Soon I was into a decent topwater bite with my beloved Storm Chug Bug. I caught several nice largemouth, lost several, and ending with a great 3 lb smallie on the bug. You could hear the explosion all the way back to the ramp!!

    Tips: I imagine early and late in the day will be the best bite from now on. I talked to another boat with 2 guys bass fishing and they hadn't caught any as of late afternoon. Not sure how long they had been fishing. The hills are still alive - er, green - but are fading quickly as summer arrives!! What a beautiful lake!!

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 50-52

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I fished beautiful Lake Pardee yesterday with my buddy Mike Sperbeck. We started about 10 am, and was again shocked by the water clarity. I expected this with the lack of rain. We started in the main body with no success, then moved up the river. About 12:30 pm - our first bite and Mike puts a mighty 10 incher in the boat! Boy - that was worth a 2 hr drive!! Well, my attitude changed very quickly as I immediately set on a good fish with my brown/orange Blade Runner jig w/Yamamoto #180 grub trailer. She jumped and Mike yells "there is your 5 lb smallie!" Some of you know I am still trying to land one over 5 - I keep losing them. Again, this one was close at 4 lb 7 oz. A thrill anyway! The bite picked up - after Mike's second 10 incher! He did have last laugh when he landed a 5 1/2 lb largemouth later in the afternoon. Back out in the main body - after thinking about it for awhile, I decided to throw a 6" Basstrix swimbait. One feels like a genius when one catches a 4 lb 2 oz smallie on the first cast of his current thinking. She ate the swimbait! But no more hits on it. We ended the days with 6 bass for Mike and 3 for me with our best 5 around 18 1/2 to 19 lbs. No toads but very successful day.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: We caught bass both on the bank and off-shore structure - from 10 to 30 feet deep. Mike had several swimbait hits too but only landed one. Fishing might have been better in the late afternoon but the lake went dead-flat calm! That is rare for Pardee. Fishing will probably be pretty good everywhere for a few of these warm days, but weather may change next week and possibly move them off the bank again.

Monday, February 18th, 2013

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    Water Temp: 51-54.5

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: First time on the lake. Spent the first 2hrs in south end with no bites. Moved to river arm and caught first fish at 10am on 1/4oz darthead/4in light blue worm. 4 more fish the next 3hrs including 2 smallies fishing the north banks of river arm. Only 2 keepers but the first one was 6lbs. Not bad for my first Pardee fish. Can't wait to go back during the spawn.
    City: Brentwood

    Tips: All fish but 2 were caught on 1/4oz darthead with 4in light blue worm. Other 2 were caught on 1/2oz brown/purple jig. Caught all fish in about the 20ft depth on sunny main lake points leading into coves.

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

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    Water Temp: 60-72

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Some of you many be shocked at my 2-4 foot visibility entry, but there was lots of floating pollen in the water and made the lake almost look like Clear Lake. Not much sight fishing yesterday. Also, we found 60 degree water way up the river and about a half mile south - water was 68. Big difference. My guide trip ended rather sadly as my client (a good fisherman!) lost a 5 or 6 lb largemouth just before we quit. She wallowed on top and spit the hook. That makes the long ride home a little tougher. He caught most of our 12 or 13 bass, including his biggest smallie yet - a little over 2 lbs. Most of our bass were just 1 to 2 lbs. The major spawn hasn't started yet, so good days are ahead. He wanted to learn the lake better, so we spend a lot of time learning new areas for him to fish in the summer and fall. Lots of time spent with heads in the Lowrance HDS-8.
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: Jigs were working as were the new Berkley Havoc baits - especially the green pumpkin "Craw Fatty." That's what he lost the big one on. His hook might have been too small. Tried some rippin' and cranks - no takers. Lots of trout/salmon boats and a few bass boats. Not too many bass on off-shore structure. They are definatly moving shallow. What a beautiful lake in the spring!!!

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

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    Water Temp: 54-61

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished tournament on the 10th. 17/90 bassclub.
    Launched just after safe light, tried points just outside launch area, nothing. Ran up river and caught 2 on rocky points with drop shot. No bites till afternoon again on drop shot. Winning team caught two smallies with one just under 5 lbs. tough bite.
    City: Modesto

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    City: san francisco