San Justo Lake and Reports

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Saturday, December 30th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 51

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Ended the year with a blank day...only fished about three hours in late morning and had no action on swimbaits, giant tubes, chatterbaits, or even a float-n-fly presentation. Did not even try to usual winter presentations of jigs or blade baits. There were more boats on the lake than I've ever seen...must have been a lot of guys trying out their new "toys." The parking lot was full and mostly with truck-trailer combo's. Trout trollers out-numbered bass anglers about 4 to 1. There was apparently a trout plant of 2000 lbs of trout about two weeks ago. The trollers seemed to be getting some of the stocker trout. All the popular spots for bass had multiple boats hovering around the spots.
    Many thanks to Todd and his staff at Big Red Concessions. They've taken really good care of John and me this past year. We appreciate their well-run boat-rental operation and are looking forward to many more outings in the coming year.
    Happy New Year to all, and may 2007 bring you tight lines!
    City: Monterey

    Tips: Get on the water at every opportunity!
    Give a helping hand to parents who are trying to introduce their children to fishing.
    Please practice catch, photograph and release (CPR) when bass fishing.

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

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    Water Temp: 57

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Ditto last week's report. Another slow day. John got one about 1.5 lbs, and I landed a nice 3 1/4 lb. bass that took a black Swimming Senko rigged with 3/16 oz. Florida screw-in weight in about 8 feet of depth. There were still many fish showing suspended over main lake basin, but neither John nor I could get them to hit anything. I had a dead-sticked Castaic Trout on the water most of the morning, but had no action on it.
    City: Monterey

    Tips: Hang in there, keep movin', keep castin', and have patience.

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 58

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Another tough bite for us today. I managed only one nice 2 lb bass on a slow-rolled white spinnerbait in 15'. John got skunked for first time in several outings. It was a bluebird day, virtually no wind and sunshine most of the morning. We both tried several presentations, including lots of casts with swimbaits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, Swimming Senko, and jigs...but no bites. We both fished mainly in the 15 to 30 foot zone, trying to avoid the bank area that is pounded by most of the anglers here. We both fished in the weedbeds weeds along the shore...I tried on the surface and John punched through with weighted jig, but neither of us had any action there. I again found a lot of fish suspended between 40 and 60 feet but couldn't get them to hit deep lures like blade baits, horse-head jigs, swimbaits, and slow-rolled spinnerbaits.
    City: Monterey

    Tips: There were several bass taken on drop-shot plastic worms and deep-fished spoons, by following the baitfish schools (shad and hitch) and fishing in and under them. The schools are constantly on the move, so it's a challenge staying with them...follow your depth-finder.

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 56

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: John got two (both about 2 lbs) on a shad-colored crankbait, but that was it for us today. After a rain the day before that made us bail out the rental boats we use, we enjoyed a bluebird day with very little wind and mostly clear sky...cool in the morning but comfortable after 10:00 a.m. Even though there was a trout plant earlier in the week, trout-finished swimbaits didn't yield any fish for us. John did have a blow-up on a dead-sticked Castaic Trout (floating version), but the fish expelled the lure before John could set the hook. I tried the same floating Castaic Trout (dead-sticked and waked), and slow and fast-sinkng trout swimbaits but had no takers. Tried again to entice the many fish showing on the depthfinder in the main lake basin between 40 and 60 feet, but they weren't interested in anything I showed them, including spoons, Chatterbaits, LA Slider swimbait (cast), or Castaic swimbait (trolled with lead-core line).
    City: Monterey

    Tips: Find the underwater structure (points, humps, brush-piles, rock-piles) and you'll probably find the fish....they aren't everywhere - there are large areas that are devoid of fish or baitfish...like fishing in a bath-tub. If where you're fishing isn't producing, move.

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 58

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: John nailed six nice bass early, by 9:00 a.m.. He got a 3, a 2.5, a couple of 2's, a 1.5, and an 8" bass. The larger bass came on a 7" plastic worm and shad-finish crankbait. The 8" bass took a 7" worm...are bass voracious predators, or what? I fished hard for six hours, tring a variety of presentations from large swimbaits to a 7" Swimming Senko, and I couldn't buy a bite. John's action slowed after 9:00 a.m., too, and he tried several things but couldn't get any furrher bites. We fished under a partial overcast with virtually no wind. The lake has turned over now and the temperature is a uniform 58 degrees from the surface down to 40 plus feet.
    City: Monterey

    Tips: Find the structure...underwater points and humps, and you may find the bass. Many other areas are devoid of fish and baitfish. Some areas of the main lake basin are holding many fish in the 40 to 60 foot depth range, but they won't hit deep presentations that usually work for suspended bass.

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 64

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Another beautiful day on the lake with virtually no wind...the lake was like glass most of the morning...but the fishing was SLOW.
    John got only two (one 1.5 lbs, one 2.5 lbs) and I got skunked...not even a bite in five hours of fishing (or casting, actually). John's fish were taken on a plastic worm and a slow-rolled white spinnerbait, both in about 20 feet of depth.
    I tried lots of different presentations, including spinnerbaits (steady retrieve and slow-rolled), crankbaits (shad finish), buzzbaits, chatterbaits (white), swimbaits, Tiger Tube, and black, T-rigged Swimming Senko, but I couldn't buy a bite from the shallows out to about 30 feet.
    City: Monterey

    Tips: Keep movin' 'til you find the fish. Much of the water appears to be barren...no baitfish or bass. When you find the fish, they'll bite.

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 66

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Another beautiful day on the lake...sunny, clear, and very little wind. Started the day with a bass on the first cast, a short distance from the dock, on a shad Risto Rap crankbait. Later, got two more on that lure and three on a white crankbait slow-rolled on the bottom in 15-20 feet of water. Not fast action, but enough to make a nice day on the water. John managed only two bass today, both on white spinner-baits slow-rolled on the bottom. All of our fish were between 1 and 2 1/2 lbs.
    City: Monterey

    Tips: Thermocline is at 32 feet. The lake had dropped another foot or so, and the bass seem to have pulled off the shore and are holding deeper. Try both shad crankbaits for the suspended fish (many showing on the depthfinder at about 12 feet), and slow-rolled spinnerbaits for those on the bottom to 25 feet deep.

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 66

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Beautiful, sunny, windless day on the lake...and a fine day of fishin', too. Not many boats on the water as some folks may have given up after the slow fishing of the last weeks.
    Beginning early in the morning, I got a total of four bass on crankbaits, both crawfish and shad finishes, to 2 1/2 lbs. Made lots of casts with buzzbaits and Tiger Tube, but no action on those from the big'uns.
    John had a slow start, not getting a fish until mid-morning, and then he got ON'em!!! Beginning with three fish on three successive casts, he wound up with nine nice bass to three lbs...all from the same spot...and all on a slow-rolled white spinnerbait fished at 15 to 25 feet deep. He'd heard about that presentation on a TV show the day before, gave it a try, and wound up with a very successful day on the water.
    City: Monterey

    Tips: Key to John's success was the slow retrieve and bumping the spinnerbait into something...hits came after the lure deflected off of the bottom or some other object (weeds, rocks, stick-ups, etc.) on the bottom.
    Water temp has dropped in the last couple of weeks, and thermocline is now at 32 feet. Cooler water signals time for slower presentations in the still-oxygenated zone above the thermocline. Lake turnover may be right around the corner.

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 69

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Tough bite today...as in nada for John or me. Fished from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. under perfect weather conditions...very little wind until about 1:00 p.m. John got some pecks on a 5" Senko but that was it for us. We both tried a variety of presentations from shallow to top of thermocline at 28 feet. Lots of baitfish visible on surface, and in some areas being chased by small bass or crappie, but no takers. I made a lot of casts with the buzz-bait but couldn't raise any biters. Scott got a couple of buzz-bait bass early in the morning, and one mid-morning, but none later. The main dam seemed void of fish...virtually none showing on the depthfinder and no bites on surface or sub-surface presentations anywhere along the dam.
    City: Monterey

    Tips: No help here...nothing we tried today worked, including blade baits on the bottom.

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 72

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: John and I fished from 8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and expereinced a VERY slow bite. Late in the morning I finally caught a 2 lb. 6 oz. bass on a buzz-bait but that was our only fish of size for the day. Thermocline is at 28 feet and lots of fish show up on the graph suspended at 10-12 feet. Bottom presentations got no response and crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and swimbaits fished at the 10-12 foot depth yielded no strikes.
    City: Monterey

    Tips: Find the schools of baitfish and go after the bass chasing them with jigging spoons.

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 75

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., trying to work the buzz-bait bite after the wind came up. Wind was whipping across the lake at 10-20 mph. Fished the windward mud bank again, making several passes with white (silver), black, and red buzz-baits, Tiger Tube, and waterdog swimbait...Nada, zip, nothing...not a single bite or even a swirl.
    Most bass anglers are experiencing a very slow bite now on this lake. But the bigun's were there...a bank fisherman using a nightcrawler caught a 12 lb. and a 5 lb bass from the rocky bank next to the parking lot.
    City: Monterey

    Tips: Last week's aggressive bite occurred right around noon, so I was probably late for it today. Next time I'll be ready from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Please practice catch and release.

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 74

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: John and I spent a very slow morning on the lake until just before noon. The wind had picked up a bit and on a windward mud bank I hooked but lost at the boat a nice bass (about 5 lbs) on a buzzbait. A few minutes later, a bit further along that mud bank, on the same lure, I hooked and landed a 6 lb. 10 ounce bass. Nice fight! John also caught a smaller bass on the buzzbait. We tried the same pattern for another 45 minutes without further bites. Still, one nice bass in the boat made my day, and John's bass kept him from being blanked for the day.
    City: Monterey

    Tips: When the wind picks up, there is an increase in activity on the windward shores. The bass seem to cruise along those banks in an active feeding mode and are vulnerable to reaction presentations like the buzzbait. This is a time to keep moving and make a lot of casts.

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Yesterday, after a slow morning, John experienced a super buzz-bait bite from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. He caught nine bass, topped by a 5 lb. scrapper, three 3 lb'rs, and three 2 1/2 lb'rs, all caught on a white buzz-bait on the outside of the weed-line on mud banks and 15-20 feet out on rock banks. The wind had come up by then and it was choppy, which seemed to turn the bass on to the buzz-baits.
    We tried to repeat the pattern today but it didn't happen up until noon. There was little wind and glass-like calm through most of the morning. About 8:30 a.m., I caught a nice 2 1/2 lb. bass on a Spit-n-Image dog-walked along a rock bank, and hooked a 2 lb'r on the same lure a few minutes later on a mud bank, but he came un-buttoned.
    The wind finally did pick up a bit later in the morning, but neither of us could get any bites on the buzz-baits today. Other presentations, including crankbaits, spinner-baits, and swimbaits failed to produce for us today, and we had to be off the late at noon.
    City: Monterey

    Tips: Wait 'til the wind picks up around noon, and sling the white buzz-baits on an angle toward the shore. Expect the hits as the lure passes over the outside of the weeds. Casting parallel to the outside of the weeds can increase the exposure to bass holding outside the weeds.

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 64

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: All those bass with soremouth finally got over it...John and I spent a very nice Fathers' Day morning on the lake. John got his five to 3 lbs, and I got two to 2 lbs. It was a very nice day with little wind until we were getting off the lake at noon...then the wind picked up. There were very few boats on the lake this morning. Our fish came on Senko's, jigs, plastic worms, drop-shot worms, and a buzz-bait, mostly from about 12 feet deep.
    City: Monterey

    Tips: Change presentations 'til you find what depth and speed of retrieve are working. There are still some late spawners, but most of the bass seem to have moved out to somewhat deeper water off the banks.

Saturday, June 10th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 65

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: All those bass that Prunedale Bob caught last Wednesday still had soremouth today. John caught three bass (must not have been amongst the 87), but I got skunked...not even a bite.
    We counted 14 boats on the water today and very few people were having any luck...Bob stuck so many there were few left that didn't have soremouth.
    Hopefully, by next weekend, all those bass will be ready to bite again.
    City: Monterey

    Tips: Avoid the lake for a few days after Prunedale Bob sticks so many bass.

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 73

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fish juming all over. Very hote Bite this morning catching 87 bass 1-5 pounds. Had agreat day on the water.
    City: Prunedale

    Tips: Go to San Justo!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

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    Water Temp: 65

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Arrived at around 6 and fished until 11 or so, caught 12 bass, biggest going about 2.5. All fish were caught dropshoting in 15-30 ft of water off points
    City: Salinas

    Tips: Roboworms in sculpin, shad/aaron's magic patterns..have fun out there

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 64

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Shallow or deep...take your pick. There was a good buzz-bait bite beginning late in the morning for me...got seven small bass on three different buzz-baits beginning about 11:00 a.m., mostly on rock banks. Meanwhile, John caught seven nicer bass drop-shotting in 25 feet out side the deep weedbeds. A couple of trout fisherman caught nice bass while trolling for trout over the main lake basin...must be some suspended bass out there recuperating from the spawn.
    City: Monterey

    Tips: Try buzz-baits early, then drop-shot until late in the morning when the buzz-baits might work again. Lake level was dropping again, about a foot in the last week. If that continues, the fish will probably move off the banks and go deeper.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

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    Water Temp: 60

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Didn't know there were crappie in this lake but to my surprise I caught a two punder.
    City: Marina

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

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    Water Temp: 58

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Oh, Yeah!!! John smoked'em today! He caught 16 bass ranging from 4+ to l+, mostly 2 1/2 lbs. He used a Brush Hog he modifies in water from 4 to 8 feet deep along mostly the rocky banks. He gets near shore and casts parallel to the bank. He had another 15 hits he missed, and lost two at the boat. He REALLY had the pattern for today, skunked his Dad BIG TIME! I managed only one 2 1/2 lb bass on a Speed Trap crankbait, in Delta Craw finish within a few feet of a rocky point. I tried to repeat his pattern along a lot of muiddy bank areas but could not duplicate his success. Even another extensive rocky bank on the north shore did not produce for me with the basically same presentation John was using, even with the same scent. Today was John's day to be "in the Zone."
    City: Monterey

    Tips: Fish the rocky banks, in the 4 to 8 foot depth range, and use dark crawfish imitations.