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Sunday, June 27th, 2004

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    Water Temp: Warm

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: 6:00 a.m. start at the dam and only small fish were caught on split shot. Headed under the bridge and worked the South wall throwing senkos. A 3.5 was caught right up on shore with a lemon/white senko. More fish were caught on the wall with split shotted worms. Wind took control at 10:30 and we split.
    City: Tehachapi

    Tips: Senkos on the rock wall, split shot. Purple 4" (Fat Sack) worms.

Friday, June 18th, 2004

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    Water Temp: warm

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Started fishing at approx 6 o'clock. Went straight to the dam and the first three casts were all good fish. We had drop shotted and split shotted 3 fish that went over 2.5. Bite got slow at the dam and we headed for the mouth of the cove by the overpass. Caught a bunch of dinks and there was one fish that probably went 3.5 on a black crankbait. Bite died at dark, went to lure point and the wind picked up.
    City: Tehachapi

    Tips: Get out and fish! And when you do post your results. Lightning shad fatsack worms, purple straight tails and crankbaits.

Tuesday, May 11th, 2004

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    Water Temp: 74 - 78

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the afternoon to dusk. Started in back where the river comes in. Caught a few dinks & 1 keeper on topwater. Also caught 2 keepers on 5" Senkos (watermelon) Went past the bridge next & managed a few Senko fish. Wind was blowing pretty hard. Finished at the dam & caught a couple of nice keepers on Iovino's Splash-It. Went in at dusk.
    City: Visalia

    Tips: Fish the Splash-It slow with a long pause. Didn't try Texas rig today, but it may work well. Fish are starting to get active!

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    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Heading for Lake Success on the 15th of May for the weekend. Any inputs would be for fishing day and at night would be great. Thanks, Kevin
    City: Lemoore

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004

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    Water Temp: 68

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Arrived at about 0630hours, fished southfork around trees and the bassfactory produced. wacky/weightless senkos! Tried northfork and nailed more using same combo. went back to southfork...and again same results.
    City: Tulare

    Tips: Tree + Senko = BASS! POST YOUR REPORTS!

Saturday, March 13th, 2004

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    Water Temp: 60

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: One of the best days we have had in a long time, not only lots of three to four pound largemouth but also shooting lots of film. Tom Stewart Producer "Travel Gear" Sexton Media/Discovery Travel Channel got in contact with me over the phone wanting NKFT, to take a small part in an upcoming fishing edition of "Travel Gear" for the Discovery Travel Channel. Out of the whole year we could not ask for a better sunny day with great fish. Here's the total weight for March 13, 2004 @ Success.

    1. Todd Langston Big fish @ 3.38 Total Weight @ 15.23 lbs.

    2. Todd Gulley Big fish @ 3.51 Total Weight @ 14.90 lbs.

    3. Sam Franco Big fish @ 3.58 Total Weight @ 12.60 lbs.

    4. Jerrod Thornail Big fish @ 4.22 Total Weight @ 12.49 lbs.

    I was lucky enough to come in second.
    To view pics of the event, go to www.nkft.com. Click on "Tournament Schedule". Then click the pictures link on the Lake Success date.
    City: Bakersfield

    Tips: Caught my fish on Lightening Shad and Blue Flash Sluggos. Both on the split shot. Also used Baby Brush Hogs on a short drop shot. People were catching them on a variety of baits and presentations. Most were caught in 2 to 10 feet of water.

Saturday, October 18th, 2003

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    Water Temp: 70's

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Well, we inally got some decent ish in the wells this tourney. Winning weight was 13.8 or a limit.Second went to a new guy that actually had to borrow my old round tube to ish. He had 9.9 pounds with three ish!!! You should have seen the crank bait he was using. It was some unky looking old crankbait with a skirt on the end o it. Go igure. Note to sel: Don't let new guy borrow tube. Just kidding. I think that was cool that he did that well. I bet he'll have a hard time trying to use anything else. You know how that goes.I took third with 8.41 pounds with our ish.It turned out to be a great day. Even the people that didn't do as well were happy to see all the better quality ish.Our next one is at Naciemento on November 22nd. I know that's not too ar or some o you. We'll be camping Friday and Saturday night. Tourney will be Saturday.The ee schedules are as ollows:You can ish as a guest one tourney without paying membership ee o $25.00.$20.00 Entry$5.00 Big Fish (Optional) 60-40 pay-out, 1st and 2nd Big Fish$10.00 Side Pot (Optional) 100% pay-out. Highest over all weight or person entered in side pot.We're looking to get a good turn-out.Todd G.
    City: Bakersield

    Tips: Cinnamon Blue Slugs and Mararita Mutilator Robos.

Saturday, June 7th, 2003

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    Water Temp: 85

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished rom 4:30pm to 7:30pm and caught one ish(13" dink). Used baby brush hog in watermelon red and T.D., but cuaght the ish on a yamamoto grub pearl w/ silver lakes.
    City: Porterville

    Tips: Good luck

Monday, June 2nd, 2003

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    Water Temp: 81-83

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the Sierra Sporting Goods Open on 5-30-03. The ishing was good early morning, but as soon as the sun hit the water the ishing slowed down. Caught 12 ish between my partner and I , all between 13"-15". Used tiny brush hogs, senkos, lizards, luckycrat pointers, and yamamoto grubs to catch them.
    City: Porterville

    Tips: Almost any small baits in pumpkinseed, watermelon red, and smoke w/blue lakes, will catch ish in the early morning!

Sunday, May 11th, 2003

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    Water Temp: 62-71

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Water level was really high, ished rom 7-2 no luck.

    Tips: Wait or two weeks then try again.

Saturday, April 12th, 2003

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    Water Temp: 55+

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Caught 7 between 6:00 a.m. and noon. With the exception o one that was a little bigger and one a lot smaller, all were around two pounds. Caught all on 4" Senko in pumpkin with black lake color. Bite shut down ater sun was out or a while.
    City: Bakersield

    Tips: Fish are rom bank out to 12' o water. Also in and around small trees.

Thursday, April 10th, 2003

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    Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing was great today as we expected! Two o us used loat tubes and started ishing rom the irst launch ramp as you come into the campground. We ished toward the back o the lake then clear across to the rock bank on the opposite side o the lake near the river inlet. Probably 80% o the ish we caught were in the 2 lb range, only a handul o undersized (less than 15"), one ish at 4 lbs and another at 7. Did I mention that we caught and released 60+ ish between the two o us between 8 am and 4 pm? Light line (6 lb test even or the 7 lb'er) and plastics were the ticket. The ish are still bedding. The 7 pounder had a little wear on her tail but didn't look like she'd been nesting or long. Isolated SMALL trees seemed to hold the most ish or us. Very ew ish came rom the larger trees. Ater the tournament on Sunday I'll be glad to post exactly what we were using, but or the time-being I'd just say plastic worms in brown w/black lake. Keep it light and you can't miss. Don't rule out the lats in 4-6 t o water! We caught ish there as well. Doubt that weather will make much dierence this weekend as the bigguns seem to be pre-occupied with bedding. Good luck. See you there on Sunday!
    City: Bakersield

    Tips: Light, light, light..... 4-6" brown/black lake

Sunday, April 6th, 2003

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    Water Temp: ?

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Sunday ishing started late or me (about 11:45 am), however, loat-tubing the back end o the lake in the trees in 4-10 o water turned out pretty good. Wacky-worming worked best. Sinkos, light line (6 lb). The ish weren't slamming ANYTHING but they WOULD pick these things up and sit there with them until you set the hook. Brown with black lake was the ticket. Most ish were 2-3 pounders and I caught and released 11 ish with only two under 15 inches (and those just barely). The previous Wednesday I ished the same time period and sat out there in the pouring rain and lightening storm at times and did every bit as well with the same stu. A couple larger ish on that Wednesday came on brown 8" lizzards Texas rigged. Things should be red hot on Thursday and I WILL be there to ind out! Good ishing.
    City: Bakersield

    Tips: 4" sinkos, brown w/black lakes, and 8" lizzards brown or green weenie colored.

Sunday, March 9th, 2003

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    Water Temp: 57 59

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got on the water about 7:30 a.m. First ish at 9:10 about 2lbs. By 10:30 a.m. had 6 ish in the boat. Smallest ish all day about 1.5lbs. Largest 5 ish about 12-14 lbs. Largest ish 3.5lbs. Tried spinner isrt no luck, when to dropshot and landed all six ish in 1 hour. Let lake about 11:30. Great day.
    City: bakersield

    Tips: Fish it slow and even slower. Best bet is to let it all slow and work it back 2 turns then stop 2 turns then stop. They will hit it when you stop it.

Saturday, March 8th, 2003

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    Water Temp: 57 deg

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Went to the lake or the day to check on ish location and water level and water temp. For this time o year the water level is low, it is usually 6-8 eet higher. The water temp is about right, the water level increased by almost 8 eet in 2 weeks. Within the next couple weeks the water level should be about right or the ish to start moving into the the shallows to build beds.
    City: Bakersield

    Tips: Late Feb and Mar are good ishing ish are moving into shallows to build beds. Light colored 3/8 oz spinners along the shoreline usually work. Natural color worms on dropshot work also. Summer night ishing with buzz baits work well, summer time brings out all the jet skiers, most have no respect or isherman. My point is summer time day ishing is hard to do.

Monday, March 3rd, 2003

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    Water Temp: unnone

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: went to success launch my boat did not get away rom dock. talk to outher ishermen no one caut anything boat broke down bad trip any one need a ishing partner
    City: tulare

    Tips: i took the wrong boat

Monday, February 17th, 2003

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    Water Temp: don't know

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: pH was 7.4Got to the lake at about noon and let at 7:00 pm. Tried watermelon colored Senkos or about an hour total, but never got a bite. Tried a spinnerbait and got a bait, but I lost it.
    City: Bakersield

    Tips: I really suck at ishing

Saturday, February 8th, 2003

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    Water Temp: cold

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the Visalia Bass Tournament. I may have had one bite. My partner may have had two. Only two teams had more than one ish, with about only hal weighing in. The winners had our. They must have had scuba gear.
    City: Visalia

    Tips: Take Aquaman along !!!

Sunday, October 20th, 2002

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    Water Temp: MID70'S

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: FISHING HAS BEEN GOOD IN THE PAST WEEK. SHALLOW TO MEDIUM RUNNER CRANKS IN SHAD COLOR HAVE BEEN SUCCESFULL IN LANDING QUALITY FISH. RUN 'EM THROUGH ROCKY HILL, OLDMEN'S GROVE, AND CLOSE TO THE DAM. USE CAUTION WHEN LAUNCHING YOUR BOATS.
    City: PORTERVILLE

    Tips: THE WEATHER HAS BEEN IN THE MID TO UPPER 70'S, THUS CAUSING FISH TO FEED ON THE SURFACE. SHAD COLOR CRANKS; SUCH AS THE TENNESSE SHAD COLORS, HAVE BEEN SUCCESFULL IN LANDING QUALITY FISH. FISH DURING THE MID DAY HOURS WHEN THE WATER TEMPERATURE IS NOT AS COLD AS IT IS DURING THE MORNING OR NIGHTFALL.

Saturday, September 7th, 2002

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    Water Temp: 80 ?

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the Visalia Bass Team Tourney with Trevor Hernandez Saturday, Blasted o at 0600am at Lure Point. We were the irst boat o and we had the pick o the lake. We made a u-turn and ished to the bridge side o Lure Point, a stone throw rom take o. For about a week in preishing some decent ish came out o the no pressured hole. :) Started ishing crankbaits and worms, but only a ew dinks. I swithced to a sonar/silverbuddy type lure and immediately started catching ish. Trevor and I doubled on our irst keepers. Ater that it was ish ater ish ater ish. We limited out and culled a ew ish by 1000 hours. It slowed down ater that. We had second place, BUT one o our dink 15"'rs took a dump and DIED. 1/4 pound penalty bumped us to 3rd. Finished the day with 7.90 pounds 4 ish, beore penalty.
    City: Tulare

    Tips: Watch or the ish boiling on shad and cast a sonar/silverbuddy past the boil, let it hit the bottom, rake it or pull it through the boils, and hang on or the stike when you begin another rake/pull.