Santa Margarita Lake and Reports

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Monday, April 13th, 2009

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    Water Temp: unknown

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Had a good day for me. 5 fish in the boat all on dropshot as thats about all i known how to fish.W
    ORMS WORMS WORMS Seem to do OK. 3 about 1 1/2 pounds 1 about 3pounds and 1 4pounds all on blue gill worm. All north side heading to narrows Rocky points 15 foot
    City: sm

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

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    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Another Sunday jaunt to Margi for a bit of luch from last weeks outing. Much better temps this motning at 6:40 launch with 44o amd a nit foggy.

    Headed straight for last weeks spot loking for a jig bite. Trolled around the roak walls for maybe 1/2 with no takers so moved off 200 yards farther in the narrows. Move paid off as I boated a nice 4+ gal who gave me a good workout. Kept heading back with no other takers so I headed around the corner and hit the back stickups. Managed a few 1-1/2 pounder dropping a robo in the stickups but nothing of value so moved back towards the walls. Hitthe point in the narrows that makes the big right hander and lipped a solid 3+ on the same jig.

    Moved of towards the dam and it was filled with kayaker's tossing flyrod stuff so hit zaca flats. Pulled in nice 3 again and called it enough for the day. Some brisk winds came up but soon diminished to warmer sakies. Elected to call it early today as I think I had a head cold coming. All in all, another good day. Heard ABA winners Jared Lintner and partner were in with 30+ Saturday. Good job Jared!
    City: SM

    Tips: Blk/Blu stand-up 1/2oz jig with Trigger X june bug trailer took all my catch today. Tossed a Talon swim in the 5MPH zone towards the dam but no takers today.

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

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    Water Temp: 59-62

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Bite was very slow Saturday. Threw jigs, swimbait, worms, jerkbait with nothing. Finally switched to a roboworm on a shakey head to pick up 3 decent fish. The cold front moving in really changed the bite from earlier in the week.
    City: San Luis Obispo

    Tips: If nothings working try something different.

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 60

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Nice warm day. 4 lb. and 3 lb largemouth .Two dinks.
    City: Maricopa

    Tips: Hit the rocky points with wind at your back.

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 59

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I got A late start 11:00 my fist trip of the season. first fish 2 lbs on arron's magic 4" strait tail. next fish a dink on a Lizard, then A couple more. Later I got two more on brushogs. Big fish was 18" at least 3 lbs. 6 fish total. Margarita's on
    City: Pismo beach

    Tips: Fish were close to the bank and the bite was real soft.

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 59o -61o

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Cold! 28o when I hit the main gate. Shorts off - Levis on! Headed to the river to check out the situation as there were several trainlers at White Oak but saw no one. Hit passed the first dock entering the narrows and saw several boats mored. Must have had a breakfast or something going on at the campsites. . Back was empty at the stick up's but tossed a few anyway. No takers so headed back towards the dock area and the rock walls. Tossed a jig on the transition areas and popped a heavy! 7+ and the nice guy that was just down from me trolled up and said good catch - shes a heavy. Who ever it was THANKS! Never got his name. Toosed back in the same local up and down the banks and lipped another good 4+ so there were in there and I left them be.

    Headed towards the 5mph coming out and hit the sunshine side with a few others in the area. Went to a drop and it hit the water and she hit me. Good solid 3 1/2 male on a Robo in 18feet.

    Hit a few more smaller ones and called it a day at noon.
    City: SM

    Tips: Big gal was on an old Gilly Jig I got from Gilly just a few months before he passed. Wish I could locate that color combo again. Only a few left now. Black.Brown and purple flake jig with a Trigger june-bug trailer. Drop was on a Robo oxblood light red/flk straight tail 5 in. and a Robo ?? sorry.. some you don't give out.

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Thanks for the note Mike.. Much appreciated. Wish Saturday was a day for the 'top' but nada. Tri Valley meet was good as there were 41 boats on hand but we got stiffed as many did. Winners in with a over 30 [i was told as we left early] on 4! .

    A really tough day and Jared was on hand for this meet with a sharp lookin TW ride. Anyway, it was a hard bite to say the least. Saw some decent fish and they came in on swims. Like DUH! Never did pull it out as blades were working for many so the thought of tossing a swim never popped into my mind and it should have! They say always toss a swim -- in case --- never know whats good or bad till you try it -- Just like a top! LATEr...
    City: SM

Friday, February 27th, 2009

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Well thanks for the info 'Kiko The Sneko'. Much appreciated but you know that as a fisherman, you try anything to see what is hitting and gee, what a surprise.. I lost a top water hookup 4 feet from the boat. Guess Feb aint such a bad time to try anything out!!!!!!

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Bob Dixon. Thank you for posting. I am wating for warmer weather because my health is not very good. That is why you haven't seen posts from me. I guess you are the only fisherman left that shares info.
    Might meet up with ya someday.I frequent Margarita I will be in a little bass tracker. Aluminum, and a good lookin captain at the helm- ME .HA HA Take care n Good fishin . (all fishin is good)
    City: Maricopa

    Tips: Do the opposite of what I do and you will hook em up.

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

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    Water Temp: 51o

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Wow! Bring out the warm stuff! Arrived at 5:50 this morning to a very chilly 29o.. Put on the warm stuff and waited for better light with a 6:20 launch. headed for Zaca flats and tossed a top water --Nothing hit - Moved off to the banks and shot out a crank in several styles and colors - Nothing. Headed to the edge of the bouyed off area by the dam and tossed more -- Nothing. Then about 7:20ish -- FOG! Made it into the 5mph zone and worked the rocks - -Nothing - Fog lifted and I headed towards the narrows about 9ish. Pulled out the drop and finally scored a 15-16 incher. Stopped and chatted with three others -- Nothing in not even a hit. Worked the walls some more and hit a real shorty - then NOTHING! Sun finally came out and I started shedding clothes. Headed back towards White Oak and worked the edges. -- Nothing. Said OK, try again Saturday. Only four other trailers in the lot when I left at 11:20.
    City: S.M.

    Tips: Wait till maybe 10ish. Bite is really off and the fish are deep and the warming sun may bring them up more towards the edges. Bite was on a Robo 4".

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

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    Water Temp: unknown

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Lake record caught. Ron Reccord of Nipomo,Ca
    caught and released 13lb 3oz largemouth. Old school folks. 1/4 Dart head 8lb Flourocarbon on a Cecil Morgan handpoured salt grub! Way to go Bro!!!!
    City: san luis obispo

    Tips: 30 years on the water to yield a fish of a lifetime... Great job Buddy!

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

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    Water Temp: 60's

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: GOLD COAST BASS AFTERNOON MEET
    A good gathering this afternoon with 13 boats on hand for a 2 to 8 meet. Lots of grass weeds on the lake making casting tough as several bowls of salad were coming in with the baits. Props getting clogged as were a few motors. A few teams trying frogs late with a couple of good blowups . Senkos hooked wacky were taking in good keepers across from White Oak. Wind was up more than usual but the temps held for a nice day.
    Winners in with 16+, second in the 13 range. Several good bags above 9-11 pounds. Big fish at 6 and change. NEXT: CACHUMA on 20 Sept.
    City: SM

    Tips: Moring bite was good all week with 20+ bags. Afternoon shutdown made it tough to take in any fish. Zca Flats holding quality fish as was the back side in the narrows.

Friday, August 1st, 2008

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    Water Temp: 78-80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Tried the frog until 11:00 A.M... No bites. Fished
    fished edges of weedlines Florida rigged plastics
    and got bit quick 5lb and 6lb in a matter of minutes. Back to frogs about 3 P.M and found some.
    City: San Luis Obispo

    Tips: Everything looks good... More weeds than I've seen
    in years. You can scratch a good limit just have to make lots of casts, cover water and move around.

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

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    Water Temp: 72

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: 46 fish over two days, crappie, trout, largemouth, blue gill. Early morning, late afternoon, salt/pepper crappie jigs.
    City: Castaic

    Tips: In amongst the weeds, you lose a lot of gear but it's worth it.

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 54o

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Gold Coast Bass Meet -- 17 boats - VERY cold start today with a cold front that moved in over the past day and a half. Biting breeze at times with gloves the common rule. Finally took off my coat at about 1PM when the sun peaked in. But it sure shut off the bite today. Some so-so bags at the scales with a 4.50+ taking big fish and 13 and change taking home the cash. Pretty meager day for most including our boat. Senko's seem to have been the hitter today. Did get a tag on a swim but no keeper. Cachuma is next on 24 May. As for the inspections --- Give this Lake a thumbs up to the lake personnel. They weathered the cold morning and did a great job of getting everyone in and fishing. Still a little slow but BE PATIENT --- Wait your turn and follow directions and it will go a lot EZier for everyone.
    City: SM

Friday, April 11th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 61

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Very nice weather . Good fishing but bad catching. One large mouth bout 1 1/2 lbs. tried everything I had. Very slow day but the lake is beautiful right now. That alone is worth the two hour trip . NOTE!!!! They checked out my boat on the way in for the guagga muscle. And on the way out they said next time they will pressure wash my boat. OK with me if , it's free. So make sure your boat ,trailer, live well are DRY.

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 61

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Classic story - should've been here yesterday. actually about two weeks ago when the lake was dirty. the bite was on. with the clear water everyone's talking bedfish. leave 'em alone and go somewhere else and do some real fishing. you wanna sightfish - buy an aquarium.

    rattletraps, upper lake and the pool cove.

    scampis and irons in scrambled egg and rootbeer patterns.
    City: Grover

    Tips: senorita-colored big hammer - try and hang it up on the bottom...

Monday, March 24th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 65

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Nice warm day.Some wind but not too bad.Two bass about 2 lbs. on night crawlers. One cat on the same. Tried crank baits and swim baits with no results. Water is clear . Ten feet visibility.
    About 15 boats on the lake but I have no info on their results. Good luck to ya
    City: Maricopa

    Tips: Bring a kite in case it's too windy to fish.

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

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    Water Temp: 58

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Nice day on the water. Five fish for 15 lbs. Big fish was 5 lbs. Early morning bite from sun up to about 8:00. Four fish on lipless cranks, one on a white boogie bait.
    City: Los Osos

    Tips: Fish close to cover in shallow water near deep drops. Slow roll your bait.

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

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    Water Temp: 49-50

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Local club event at Margi proved to be a tuff day of fishing for most. out of 30 or so anglers 9 wieghed fish. Water is pretty dirty still (except up the river), but the lake is full and lookin good for spring. All we need is a couple of weeks of warmer Nights/days and things should get really good.
    City: Paso Robles

    Tips: No real tips to give from yesterday....winning wieght was 7.5 lb's with one fish! Tip of the day, pray for a bit of Luck!