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Bass Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-07-03 08:23:05

Go to the deep water near the dam or Sheriff’s Tower for trout and kokanee. Bass will take nightcrawlers. Boat traffic is getting heavier. Water temp is in the mid-70s. (559) 642-3737

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Edison Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-06-11 22:29:45

Brown trout bite remains good. Shore fishing and trolling are productive. Bass plugs, broken-back Rapalas and nightcrawlers have been working. Vermillion Valley Resort (559) 259-4000


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Huntington Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-07-09 23:10:29

Huntington Lake fishing has been fair at times near the inlets from streams. Wind and dust were reported around the shores of Huntington this past week.

 (559) 893-3234

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Lake Nacimiento (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-07-16 23:28:31

Go out in the morning or evening just before sunset for the best chance at white bass or spotted bass.  White bass have been boiling continuously, if you come across one, throw a surface lure or a shallow diving lure.  1/8oz or 1/4oz Rooster tails, crank baits, or Poppers work the best.  To catch Spots head into Las Tablas and fish the shorelines near the entrance of the cove, use plastic worms or swim baits, Rooster tails, or small crank baits.

Lake Nacimiento Resort Marina (805) 238-1056

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Lake San Antonio (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-07-16 23:28:59

Stripers continue to bite at Lake San Antonio.  We are receiving a lot of reports of Stripers biting in the morning between 7 and 10 am.  Using plastic swim baits, or hard baits like crank baits, poppers, or spinner baits work the best.  We expect to start seeing boils soon, when these occur you could throw anything out there and hook up.  Largemouth and smallmouth Bass are also being caught on a daily basis, hotspots include the point just south of Half Moon Bay, the northern shoreline of the bay, or the shoreline approaching the Dam. 

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Lopez Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-07-16 23:29:18

Lots of bluegill and crappie are taking red worms near the dam. Trout bite is slow despite recent plants. An 8 pound bass was caught-and-released Wednesday near the launch ramp. (805) 489-1006   

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Millerton Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2010-12-08 18:10:23

Pressure is light. Stripers have been few. Trout seem to be getting most of the attention from the few anglers heading out. Friant Trading Post (559) 822-2688

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Modesto Reservoir (fresh water lake)
Updated 2011-04-14 07:24:42

The crappie bite is on here. Small minnows are the ticket. Rumor is there is a good bass bite but anglers are tight-lipped. Bait Barn (209) 874-3011.

Pine Flat Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2012-10-31 19:28:26

Lake is low but cooling. Crappie and bass bites are good. Catfish prefer hot dogs for bait. (559) 787-2506

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San Luis Reservoir (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-07-16 23:29:40

Stripers from 18 to 32 inches come from the forebay. Limits come at night at Check 12 and under the 152 Bridge. Anchovies, pile worms and blood worms work well. (408) 463-0711

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Santa Margarita Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-04-02 21:52:25

Water clarity remains good. Little pressure since the wet weather. (805) 438-1522

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Shaver Lake (fresh water lake)
Updated 2014-07-16 23:30:12

Just when the kokanee started slowing a tad, the trout bite picked up enthusiastically at Shaver Lake. Dick Nichols, of Dick's Fishing Charters said that his clients have been working hard for 2 to 3 mixed limits each trip. The best trip this past week had Mike Balesstreri, of Shaver Lake, Chuck Delfina of Madera, Bill Beatty of Clovis and Mal Ross of Fresno bringing 3 limits of mixed fish on board. Their biggest was a nice 3 1/2 pound rainbow caught by Ross. Nichols says that more trophy sized fish are popping up. One of his clients lost an estimated 7 pounder near the boat and Shaver Lake regular Lee Gates boated a 3 pounder this week. Nichols sad that the recent planters by DF&W have scattered to many locations and are quick to hit a blade/crawler combination at 20 feet deep. The kokanee's are still at about 60 feet. Trout Busters tipped with crawler on the back hook and corn on the inside hook behind Mountain Flashers have been great for him and other regular Shaver anglers like Gates. Orange or pink Apex tipped with corn behind Mini Mountain Flasher are attracting most of the kokanee and a few trout at 60 feet deep. The island and Black Rock still are Nichols favorite spots.

Bank fishermen seem to be scoring easier on crawlers or Power Bait with the dam, roads 1 and 2 and the point providing the best success.


Dick Nichols (559) 841-3317; Shaver Lake Marina (559) 841-3324; Shaver Lake Sports (559) 841-2740

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