8.0 lb. Largemouth Bass caught by Ronald Wilson fishing in California on 02/10/08

Posted by Ronald Wilson over 12 years ago

8.0 lb. Largemouth Bass caught by Ronald Wilson fishing in California on 02/10/08
8.0 lb. Largemouth Bass caught by Ronald Wilson fishing on Sunday February 10, 2008 at 11:15 near Coulterville in Mariposa County, California (CA), United States North America using a wooly hawg green pumpkin 1/16 ounce darthead a Creature by YUM Baits

The cold weather the first part of the year had put the black bass and trout bite off all over the central California lakes but for different reasons!
I started fishing this year at Lake McClure in January and the bite was fair for spotted bass but the trout fishing was slow! We caught limits of bass ok but nothing of any size and what bite there was, was a sluggish one where they just barely grabbed the bait because the fish were in the 40 foot area of the lake and cold! The bass did come up to feet on the banks in the afternoon when the sun warmed up the water a little!
However the trout bites we had on plastic were shallow and on the bank in 10 to 15 feet of water drop shotting for black bass!
New Melones was the next lake I fished and the fish were deep there also that is the bass were anyway!
The trout were shallow near bait balls in Angels Creek arm of the lake. It seemed the trout were near the bank here also!
The next Lake was Lake Don Pedro! I was fishing for salmon there and they were 50 to 100 feet on the wire! Slow rolling shad was the bait of choice however red and yellow Ex-Cel Lures worked also for a few strikes! We caught a half dozen and all were released except a 3 pounder that went home for dinner!
Guide Bruce Hamby of Sierra Sportfishing had a large fish on that was pulling drag as it departed! No monster but one well over 5 pounds, it sure would of made a good picture fish! His best salmon at the lake last year was over 10 pounds!
My next trip was Lake Camanche! Be prepared to spend a little time getting in to fish this lake as they are searching all the boats to make sure there is no water in the bildge or livewells, in fact expect to open up every compartment that the boat has to be inspected! If your registration trailer license is out of state or you come from certain parts of the bay area don’t even bother coming to that lake as you will be turned away! They are trying to keep an invasive muscle from invading the waters there and at Lake Pardee also!
The fishing at Lake Camanche was spotty to say the least we trolled all day for 2 small trout and went threw all the old baits that worked there in previous years! Never tried for black bass at all but I know its good fishing for them there!
Now the reason for the spotty black bass fishing is pretty simple cold water shutting down the bite and if you think about it the reason for the spotty trout bite is just about as simple! The cold water enables the trout to stay shallow and run the banks making it difficult for fishermen using downriggers or lead core line to catch them!
I know that there are times when the black bass come up shallow to feed but I just haven’t found them in the lakes so far this year!
I have talked to guys that have found them and they are catching spinner bait, swim bait and ripping fish this year off and on! Its all about being in the right place at the right time of day etc.!
Fishing in the central valley is fixing to bust wide open as the weather warms up along with the water!
Something that I don’t understand is the pond bass! The bite there has been pretty consistent on plastics, crank baits and spinner baits since early January even with the water temp in the low 40’s! I am just thankful that they have been active there as its been the best playground for me so far with several fish caught in the 8 to 5 pound class tugging at my line every time I go play with them! With 3 caught close to 14 pounds there last year I know the big gals should be chomping any day now!
Good Black Bass fishing is busting loose all over the valley with the warmer weather but I think it will take a couple more weeks of warm weather to get the trout back into deeper water where they can be targeted with success!
The salmon fishing will pick up also as the water temp really don’t affect them that much as they stay down there in there comfort zone in 50 feet or deeper water!
When the shad balls come up out of the depths the salmon and other fish will follow and the fishery for all the species should change for the better!

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Dennis Huskins

California dreaming!

Posted by Dennis Huskins Elite Member over 9 years ago

John A Wright

great

Posted by John A Wright Elite Member over 11 years ago

Brandon Mabrey

thanks for sharing

Posted by Brandon Mabrey Elite Member over 11 years ago

THE  HAMMER

THAT IS A HOG. GREAT JOB

Posted by THE HAMMER Elite Member over 11 years ago

Pedro Pacheco

NICEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Pedro Pacheco Expert Member over 12 years ago

Joe Pych

so, that's where they keep all the nice fish ;-)

Posted by Joe Pych Elite Member over 12 years ago

In a private fishing club pond!

Posted by Ronald Wilson over 12 years ago

Joe Pych

That's a really nice fish. Thanks for posting this information... great stuff!

Where was the bass in the picture caught?

Posted by Joe Pych Elite Member over 12 years ago

Albert Scantleberry

Heh Ronald this a long but interesting story with a
Good looking fish to boot.

Posted by Albert Scantleberry Expert Member over 12 years ago

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