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Sunday, May 24th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 68-72

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished for about 5 hours this morning. On the water about 6, off by 11. Found a good topwater bite in the morning. Wouldn't touch a Rico, but got a few to 3 pounds on a clear super spook, combination of smallies and blacks. Also caught a couple on Senkos, but they were smaller fish. Caught one on a shad colored crankbait. Little sucker crushed it on top while I was pulling out a backlash, so white topwater baits might work as well. One blowup on a white frog in open water (can't go anywhere without throwing a frog for at least a little while)! No takers on swimbaits (6" trout Hud), jigs, or rip baits. Couldn't find them after about 10 am. Water is very high, and fish were hanging close to partially submerged trees or bushes in the morning.
    City: Turlock

    Tips: Stick with topwater as long as you can. Very aggressive bites. If they miss it the first time, keep working it steady. All topwater fish caught missed it the first time but came back for it, so I would say it's best to use treble hook topwaters. All fish were grouped tight in specific areas

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 60

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Hey Shawn if you want to know more about smallies at Pardee, send me a email, Matt
    City: El Dorado Hills

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 59

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Took a couple of friends out today and we managed ten fish. The biggest one was close to 5lbs and we had a few that went 2-4lbs. Probably had about 16lbs for our best five. Most of the fish we caught were females that had not bedded up yet- in fact they looked like they had a ways to go before they laid (bellies were full, but not all the way- no sores or spawning marks. We only managed one smallie. I will gladly exchange information on the largemouth if somebody could clue me in on the smallmouth!!!
    City: Elk Grove

    Tips: lots of males around submerged wood. Females seem to be deeper and alone- we never caught two females in the same area. RUN and GUN.

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 58.5-60

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I have gone to Pardee three times in seven days and have caught at least 20lbs for my best five each time. I caught my first post-spawn female yesterday. I am a one trick pony right now- I can only get bit on finesse, no reaction. All fish are coming on the same shad pattern Pro Worm. That is all I can say...sorry.
    City: Elk Grove

    Tips: Think deeper than normal for this time of year, but don't go deeper than 20ft.

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 56-58.5

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Took me a couple of hours to get a pattern dialed in, but once I did, all hell broke loose. Not alot in terms of numbers, but I caught four fish over 5lbs with the biggest tipping my scale at 9lbs 12oz and the marinas scale at 9 1/2 lbs. Total fish for Saturday was 7. All fish fell victim to the same worm on very light line. No fish were caught off of beds- they were caught in areas adjacent to spawning areas. I looked for beds and found a few with some males on them but they were very scittish and uncommitted.
    City: Elk Grove

    Tips: Never go fishing without a camera. When I caught the big one, I realized I had no camera!!! I put her in the livewell (which was way too small on my 84 Ranger...she had to sit in there diagonally)and hauled to the marina. They dont sell cameras, but the guy working was kind enough to use his own camera to take pictures...I will post when he emails to me.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

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    Water Temp: 57-62

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I hoped to beat an in coming front today but didn't make it. I started fishing about 11 am and the wind was up. It clouded up and got nasty in the early afternoon. I only caught a beautiful trout (14") on a Senko. Finally I caught a largemouth nearly 3 lbs at the south end. She was pretty beat up from spawning. As I worked my way back to the ramp, I threw the same brown/orange jig of the side of a point and my line took off. Finally a decent bass - another largemouth at 4 lbs 10 oz - not a mark on her - yet!! And that was it - 5 bites - 2 bass and 1 trout. I did not venture into the river arm - probably should have. Wish I had better news - and better timing!!!
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: The lake appears to have dropped 2 or so feet since last week. It still has several feet to go before it fills - if it does. I saw a few on beds but wind took care of that kind of fishing. Didn't find any in the back of coves - except the trout!! The next warm front should bring a lot more bass up - but that won't be for a few days. Maybe big cold front on Monday.

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 57-61

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Lets see if we can out do Larry's day on the water. Basin Bassmasters spent the day looking for that "BIG" one also. 12 boats with some of the best anglers around. After the day was done three boats blanked and others had some nice smallies and largemouths. The winning weight was 11.10 for four fish with a 3.62 kicker. A 3.86 lb smallie came in with Joe Miller and me a 3.80 largmouth. The winner Jason and Mitch were using split shot wacky senko worm. Watch for the bass on the beds, some of them are locked on and others are spooky still. Also look for warmer water. Use Jigs, tubes, worms and swimbaits.
    City: Rocklin

    Tips: Look for the bass on the beds and work them slow.

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 55-59

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I made the long haul to Pardee yesterday to see if things were better 2 weeks ago. As usual, the largemouth were nicer to me, but a 4 lb 13 oz smallie put a smile on my face. She took a #301 5" Senko on my first cast with that bait - about 4:30 pm. I had caught a 2 3/4 lb smallie and two largemouth earlier in the day. After photos and releasing the big one, I fished the Senko for another hour straight - not a touch! Before I quit, I fished an off-shore rock pile from fun and got nailed by a 2 3/4 largie - again on the first cast (jig)! That was followed by 2 more 3 lb largies. So, hard work, but 7 bass total with my 5 best at 16+ lbs. Gorgeous scenery and wildflowers this time of year!! Almost makes slow fishing worth it, har!!
    City: Yuba City

    Tips: 6 of my 7 bass were on Blade Runner and Rodstrainer jigs - all brown/orange with a 5" #180 Yamamoto double tail grub. I always use the double tail in very clear water where sight is important too. I was using a 1/2 oz jig which they seemed to like. I did that because of the wind and fishing deep water - but most of the quality bass were 12 feet or less. I caught fish in the narrows and the main body. Water temp was about the same everywhere - best I found was 59.7.

Friday, March 13th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 55

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Went out Friday with a buddy fished from sun up to sun down with no bites we did not even see a fish. You can see down 20+ feet in some areas. We tried everything from deep to shallow cranks, swimbaits, jigs,drop shot, shaky head, off of points,islands and drop offs. There was not a cloud in the sky with hardly any wind i think that played a roll as well as the fact that it is just starting to warm up out there. Good luck and tight lines.
    City: Citrus heights

    Tips: It should be getting better everyday as long as the weather permits and we can get that water temp up so the fish become more active in there journey to the spawn.

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 55

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: no winds, good sun..no bass..swim baits, jigs, spinner, all were no good..we hooked many trouts on brown tubes..1 bass was reported around 4pm
    City: Elk Grove

    Tips: good luck on bass fishing....you'll need it..boats get in early for inspections

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    Water Temp: 51.5

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished all day Saturday with Big fish mike. I won the dollar fish one over 2 lbs. Too bad it was the only fish other than trout which are everywhere.Not bad for $23.00 for 2. Get there early for the zebra muscle check. Gates open at 5am.
    City: orangevale

    Tips: We used a cabellas underwater camer to locate some nice fish and got one to bite. We only saw 4 Bass all day and caught one? Go to clear lake and fish with minnows in the winter.

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Media Event took place with 18 boats. Out of the 18 boats only 11 fish were taken with the biggest going around 5 pounds based on info given. Very Slow!

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

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    Water Temp: mid 70's

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished up river from 7:00-10:30, throwing top water on the sunny points. Caught 8 bass. 5LM, 3SM. Big fish 5.2# LM. Another solid 2.4# LM on a Senko. Smallies were shaker size w/ 1, 14".
    City: Ione

    Tips: Get out early and beat the heat. Fish your strengths.

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 76-78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at 5:30am fished till 3pm. My brother and I landed total of seven fish three smallies and four LARGE MOUTH BASS. Im not too familiar with the lake but hear from guys who fish it frequently say that there are no spotted bass in pardee. Man I am not sure what to think at this point LOL. Anyhow Most of my fish came from dropshotting roboworms oxblood w/redflakes at around 5-20 feet of water. four of the seven was caught on craw color jigs deepest fish caught on jig was at 25-80 feet (my brother caught one at that depth dont have to believe me but its true) BTW there are mud-lines if you can call it that there are clay deposits in the earth and it creates a merky light brown color stain in the water I spotted two of them along the arms of the lake fished them with no luck.
    City: sacramento

    Tips: after the morning bite jig deep for fish as temps rise they go deeper.

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

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    Water Temp: 75 to 78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Launched at 4:30 in the morning with my uncle. Fished around the dock areas before safelight. Stuck a 2.5 lbs. blackie with white bomber crankbait. At safe light, we went back river and caught a few in the 2 lbs. range of both smallies and blacks dropshotting aaron's magic roboworms. Came back to the main by 9:30 and found about close to 20 more fish in the 2+ lbs. range spooning and dartheading. Biggest fish was 3 lbs. 13 oz. on a darterhead. Best five went close to 15 lbs. Good day on the water.
    City: Sacramento

    Tips: Don't forget shad colored plastics and aaron's magic worms. Most fish were spitting out shad so you know what that means.

Monday, June 30th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 75

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got Early Start, On Water At 5:20am. Fished Points, and Banks Off Main River.
    Caught First One On 6' Diving Plug. Switched Over To Split Shot'in 4" Plastics For Rest Of Day. Best 5 total 11Lbs. Most Were Spots.
    City: folsom

    Tips: None

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

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    Water Temp: 75

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Okay so I have to assume you guys that posted before me must not have bothered to select the appropriate water clarity button. Was bummed to get to Pardee and find 15 to 25 ft visibility!! Where's the 'stained' water and 'muddy' banks these guys talked about?? Then the clincher was the species. Of course there are smallmouth, but 'spots'?? These aren't spots! These are Northern strain LARGEMOUTH! So funny you guys call 'em SPOTS! Northern strain largemouth have a real compressed black line down their sides, kinda like a spot. Check the upper jaw when it's mouth closed, it extends beyond the center of a vertical line thru its eye.
    City: Folsom

    Tips: Water is soo stinkin' clear, better get out there early and pick up a couple on topwater. On Saturday they were pretty non-commital on the spook, flashing on it and swelling several times. We landed a couple to about 2 lbs. Picked up one on a dart head in about 20 ft of water. Caught a couple more on a LC Stacy 90 rip and jerk baits. Nothing big this day and saw no cruisers at all, and we looked real hard. Fished big Huddie swimbaits with no results-same for smaller ones. Topwater was most fun, who knows, hit it on the right day and it could be real good.

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the early morning part up river towards the back. Dead silent. Threw dropshots-NOTHING. Came back and saw a guy throwing gsr's. I finally caught 7 spots. Worked the points, took 3 out. Rock/mud gave me 4 more. Left around 3pm. Guys were reporting not to fly out back to pardee. No fish. Stick up front as the bass are feeding on trouts getting ready for a departure.
    City: Elk grove

    Tips: Get Out And Fish!!!

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    Water Temp: 69-72

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing was extremely well today. Caught a total of 27 spots and smallies. Bites came off a 1/2 oz white spinnerbait and a Rapala GSR 7 D/DVR. Worked the points and to my suprise the muddy banks. Can't wait till my next trip out.
    City: Stockton

    Tips: Stick to these lures and don't switch or you'll be sorry. The bite is on.

Monday, May 26th, 2008

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    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got on the water around 8. Started off trying topwater for nothing. Threw dropshot right up on a point and caught 4 fish in 5 casts. One went 5pounds. Caught 2 more on the dropshot, and one around 3 on a flickshake.

    Also, while throwing the huddleston pulled in some ld fishing line,. Pulled it out of the water and a huddleston was on it too!
    City: fair oaks

    Tips: Fish around 10ft off main lake points. Saw some more fish cruising. All fish caught on the fall, just as the bait hit the bottom