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Bass Lake Fishing Report 2023 [Tips, Spots, Pictures, and Everything You Need to Know]

How To Fish Bass Lake | Your Bass Lake Fishing Report

Bass Lake is a moderate sized lake that sits 200 miles away from San Francisco or 272 miles away from Los Angeles.

Overall it’s considered a quiet lake (in the off season), but can be crowded (in the summer peak season) due to its smaller size and the summer traffic (tourists passing through on their way to Yosemite). In this post you’re going to be given the blueprint to fish this lake.

So what are the best tips for fishing Bass Lake? There are three important factors you must know if you want to know how to fish Bass Lake successfully. First, you need to know what kind of fish is in Bass Lake. Second, it’s important for you to know which part of the lake each species can be found. Lastly, knowing what are the best baits that work on Bass Lake is vital. However, tactics, baits, and locations will be different for each type of fish that you target. So let’s talk about the steps you need to take in order to give you the best chance of catching a fish on Bass Lake.

Key Takeaways

This lake gives locals and visitors the opportunity to test their luck in catching one of the many game species this lake has to offer, such as trout, salmon, bass, catfish, bluegill, and much, much more!

Here’s the most recent and updated Bass Lake Fishing Report – it gives you a quick and easy list of some really good fishing spots. If you’re looking for more detail on how to fish each spot scroll down into the article. 

  • The Falls
  • Slide Creek
  • Recreation Point
  • Whitney Cove
  • Sheriff’s Tower Point
  • Willow Cove
  • Salter Creek Cove
  • Buoy Line By the Dam

Here are some additional fast and helpful tips just for you: 

  • The easiest way to fish this lake is by boat, but there are areas to fish from the bank, or by kayak or float tube.
  • There are public boat ramps to use.
  • Camping and RV parking is available.
  • You can buy tackle and groceries at the lake or at one of the tackle shops listed below! 

About Bass Lake

Bass Lake is more shallow than most other reservoirs in California. body of water with the average depth being 30-75 feet and a maximum depth of 95 feet when the lake is completely full. Being nearly 7 miles long and just over a ½-mile across. Fishing Bass Lake can be incredible when you have over 1,170 acres to fish.  

Bass Lake is known to be one of the better Kokanee fisheries in the state, but also grows some big trout and bass.

This is a reservoir that serves as an hydroelectric power source for local California so on some days you’ll notice a good current when the water is being drawn. That’s important because current triggers fish to start biting!

Below is everything you’ll need to know about fishing Bass Lake

Important Lake Warnings

Algae blooms may be present which may affect fishing, swimming, and water contact in general. 

According to parks.ca.gov, “every one of California’s new laws requires boat operators to have a California Boating Card. The card is required for anyone under the age of 41 to operate a boat in California’s waters.”

If you are fishing and camping, fire bans may be in effect due to the ongoing drought conditions.

What Kind Of Fish Are In Bass Lake

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Kokanee Salmon
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • Crappie
  • Bluegill and Sunfish
  • Catfish

Bass Lake Fishing Tips & General Strategies

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It can be a challenge to break down Bass Lake and decide to get started.
But lucky for you, Bass Lake is highly regarded as one of the best bass and trout fishing lakes near San Diego, California.

Trout

With frequent trout planting efforts, this lake gives anglers a massive opportunity to catch healthy trout.

As with most trout, during the summertime trout prefer the coolest water the lake can provide that is just above the thermocline. And in Bass Lake anglers commonly report the thermocline being approximately 30-45 feet deep.

The easiest way to catch these silvery fish is to troll with a downrigger.

Bass Fishing

Bass Lake also has some great bass fishing. Florida-strain largemouth bass were planted here some time ago and can grow to become giant fish.

Many complain that Lake Murray has limited fishing structures, however I completely disagree… you just need to know how to fish it correctly. This is not an impossible lake to fish.

The majority of natural habitat in this lake are emergent and submerged aquatic vegetation, there are a ton of rocky slopes, cuts, coves, points and some ledges. In addition, the lake is strewn with rock piles, concrete dumps that were left during the lake’s creation. Not to mention all the docks that line the lake often provide excellent habitat for bass.

Bass are not as pressured as trout are in this lake, but since it’s a deep clear water reservoir, you will probably have to use light line techniques like the drop shot, Neko rig, wacky rig, or Ned rig. However if the lake is breezy you can get away with crankbaits, spinnerbaits, underspins, umbrella rigs, or even flutter spoons!

There are smallmouth and spotted bass in this lake too and they tend to prefer rocky terrain such as steep rocky banks, ledges, and drop offs.

Lastly, this was a highly engineered man made lake, meaning there are lots of road beds that hug the banks, so scan for those to fish as well.

Most of the fish such as bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish will spawn in the spring. Bass will spawn in 1’-15’-feet of water notably on rocky structure, gravel flats, humps, and small creek inlets and cuts.

When the summer heat sets in, the bass, bluegill, and crappie will move to deeper water to approximately 15’-30’-feet of water. Focus on drops offs, channels, points, submerged humps. Deeper area with chunk rock ranging from baseball to basketball size will attract predatory fish like bass, crappie and catfish because it provides a safe area the prey (crayfish, bream, and minnows) can hide.

If you can find the ideal spot at the ideal depth then it will most likely assist you in catching fish.

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But Where Are The Best Places To Fish At Bass Lake?

And in no particular order here is that list of the best fishing spots at Bass Lake.

DISCLAIMER:  The material provided is for general information purposes only. It’s important to understand that any information provided in this article can change at any time. Any maps or graphics featured are not to be used as navigational aids. Fishing Blueprint will not be responsible for any personal injury or property damage from any misuse of the maps or graphics provided.   It’s completely impossible to give you every single spot where you can potentially catch a fish.  But, what this list does do is to give you a helping hand and narrow down to the most productive fishing spots.

The Falls

Look carefully at this spot with low water level…

Just to the east of Slide Creek you will have the Falls. 

This spot is great because it provides a constant source of oxygen and current. 

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During the summer, both areas have surrounding emergent vegetation and grass flats. 

It’s a fairly large area that has very little change in depth and is covered in vegetation. Sometimes this vegetation can grow to the surface creating a floating mat or canopy. 

When the weeds are just developing or dying off, this huge flat fishes very well, creating deep channels in the vegetation. 

Bass will hide in weed-filled holes and ambush bait.

The flats are relatively shallow (between 3 and 5 feet deep) and what makes this spot unique is all the cover the fish can hide in and call home. 

There is a steep drop off in the Falls where the North Fork Willow Creek drains into the lake and you’ll notice a drop off from a couple of feet to approximately 10 feet.  

This deep water provides bass sanctuary if the fish feel threatened, they can retreat to it.  Fishing the outside edges can frequently result in fish being caught.  Fishing the outside edges can frequently result in fish being caught.

Furthermore, there are some spots within this area that will create large ‘holes’ in the weedbed. These open areas will frequently hold bass.

Holes should be fished with a grass flipping jig, wacky rig senko, Mojo rig, Texas rig, weedless tubes or even a drop shot.

If the grass is submerged you fish over the tops with a topwater lure, buzzbaits, frog lure, chatterbaits, or whopper plopper. 

Fish the weedline edges parallel with crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, frog lures, soft plastic swimbaits, umbrella rigs, swim jigs, underspin jigs or chatterbaits

There are several hard bottom patches, small rock piles, and high spots on humps that should be checked for fish. 

Lastly, there are several small drainage ditches that should be checked for fish as well. 

In the winter and spring, trout have been known to be caught cruising the outer weed edges. 

Located: northwest end of the lake

Structural features: vegetation, inlet causing current

Best species to target: bass, crappie, trout (spring and winter)

Most effective way to fish this spot: boat, kayak, or float tube

Slide Creek

Look carefully at this spot with low water level…

This area is a relatively shallow cove/bay and its banks are lined with flooded brush and small trees. It has a relatively large creek channel with multiple smaller drainage ditches that feed into the primary creek channel. These intersections should be scanned and can hold fish all year long. 

The red arrow represent the ditches, and the green arrow represent the trees and large bushes. 

This cove is known to attract bait fish that feed on plankton which collect here by blowing wind, yet also offers shelter and protection to smaller and younger fish to avoid predation. 

The bass will position themselves on these isolated pieces of structure, eating up the bait fish as they swim by.

In the spring, check for shallow spawning bass over gravel bars and in protected areas behind larger trees.

Holes should be fished with a grass flipping jig, wacky rig senko, Mojo rig, Texas rig, weedless tubes or even a drop shot.

If the grass is submerged you fish over the tops with a topwater lure, buzzbaits, frog lure, chatterbaits, or whopper plopper. 

Fish the weedline edges parallel with crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, frog lures, soft plastic swimbaits, umbrella rigs, swim jigs, underspin jigs or chatterbaits

There are several hard bottom patches, small rock piles, and high spots on humps that should be checked for fish. 

Lastly, there are several small drainage ditches that should be checked for fish as well. 

In the winter and spring, trout have been known to be caught cruising the outer weed edges. 

Located: northwest end of the lake

Structural features: vegetation, inlet causing current

Best species to target: bass, crappie, trout (spring and winter)

Most effective way to fish this spot: boat, kayak, or float tube

Recreation Point

Look carefully at this spot with low water level…

This is a very unique point that must be scanned when fishing this lake. The point drops into deep water however the sides of the point lead into shallow flats. This type of point will hold fish all year long. 

In the spring the deep section of the point is a great pre-and post-spawn location.  In the summer and early fall the shallow flats are great to fish in the morning and in the evenings. The sharp drop of the point tends to be productive in the middle of the day in summer and in the winter fish this in the middle to late in the afternoon to let the sun warm the rocks.     

Effective baits for this area include: topwater lures, buzzbaits, crankbaits, soft plastic swimbaits, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, swim jigs, hair jigs, and underspin jigs when the bass are aggressive. Flutter spoons work great in the deeper channel sections as well.  

If the bass are timid, then drop shot, football jigs, Texas rig, Ned rig, Neko rig, Mojo rig, Carolina rig, and tubes all work really well.

Located: north end, west side

Structural features: main lake point, deep 

Best species to target: 

Most effective way to fish this spot: boat, kayak, float tube, shoreline. 

Whitney Cove

Look carefully at this spot with low water level…

This area is a relatively shallow cove that is primarily sandy and clay. What makes this special is this coved is near deep water and has isolated rock piles and boulders. Furthermore, this is lined with docks and holds bass all year long.

The red arrows represent the channels, the green arrow represent vegetation, and the purple arrows are the primary structures at the mouth of the cove.

This cove is known to attract bait fish that feed on plankton which collect here by blowing wind. Then the bass will position themselves on these isolated pieces of structure, eating up the bait fish as they swim by.

In the spring, check for shallow spawning bass over gravel bars. 

Effective baits for this area include: topwater lures, buzzbaits, crankbaits, soft plastic swimbaits, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, swim jigs, hair jigs, and underspin jigs when the bass are aggressive. Flutter spoons work great in the deeper channel sections as well.  

If the bass are timid, then drop shot, football jigs, Texas rig, Ned rig, Neko rig, Mojo rig, Carolina rig, and tubes all work really well.

Located: northeast end of the lake

Structural features: shallow cove with deep water point near by

Best species to target: bass, crappie, trout (spring and winter)

Most effective way to fish this spot: boat, kayak, or float tube

Sheriff's Tower Point

Look carefully at this spot with low water level…

This main lake point jetties out into the main lake channel and separates a small protected cove to the north, and Willow Cove to the south.

The red arrow represent hard structure such as isolated rock piles that will attract bass and bluegill. 

The point has a hump that has a steep drop into the main lake and there’s a significant saddle between the hump and body of the point. Additionally, there are also several drop offs and ledges which makes it unique.   

This point holds largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass all year long. 

In the spring and early summer this area is good for trolling for trout. 

Largemouth bass can be caught in the rocks as well, but also in the cuts, pockets, and coves where submerged brush and weedbeds are present.

Effective baits for this area include: topwater lures, buzzbaits, crankbaits, soft plastic swimbaits, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits, swim jigs, hair jigs, and underspin jigs when the bass are aggressive. Flutter spoons work great in the deeper channel sections as well.  

If the bass are timid, then drop shot, tubes, Ned rig, Neko rig, Mojo rig, Carolina rig, and football jigs all work really well.

Located: Mid lake, East side

Structural features: Rocky banks, submerged weed beds, rocky banks, flooded brush when lake is a full pool

Best species to target: Largemouth bass, Smallmouth bass, Spotted bass, Trout, Bluegill, Catfish

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, Kayak

Willow Cove

Look carefully at this spot with low water level…

Look carefully at this spot with low water level…

This section features a long rocky cove. The bank is characteristically very steep and made from large chunk rock to boulder-size substrate on one side and the other is filled with docks.

The red arrows represent hard structure, the bright green arrows point to phenomenal spawning patches.  The yellow round circle shows isolated rock piles at the mouth of the cove. 

This cove fishes great all year long.

The back of the cove is filled with vegetation and floating mats which can be absolutely phenomenal during the summer. 

Naturally, crawfish, bluegill, minnows, and shad seek shelter in this area.

Given this embankment’s large area, it’s best to focus your efforts on cuts, points, boulder piles, and on transition areas from larger rock to smaller rock size.

Effective baits for this area include: topwater lures, buzzbaits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, umbrella rigs, chatterbaits, jerkbaits, underspin jigs, swim jigs, hair jigs, and soft plastic swimbaits perform well here in breezy conditions.

In contrast, slower moving baits such as drop shot, football jigs, tubes, wacky rig, Texas rig, Neko rigs, and Carolina rigs can be phenomenal when the conditions are calm or the bass are holding close to the rocks.

Flutter spoons work great in the deepest part of the bank or over any secondary structures directly related to the bank.  

Located: North end of the lake

Structural features: steep artificial rocky bank, docks, vegetation, floating debris mats

Best species to target: Largemouth bass, Smallmouth, Catfish, Crappie

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, Kayak

Salter Creek Cove

Look carefully at this spot with low water level…

Look carefully at this spot with low water level…

Look carefully at this spot with low water level…

This short winding cove features a relatively deep creek channel.  The secondary creek channel swings provide anglers with ample opportunity to target bass. Additionally, there are several steep rocky sections in this cove that need to be investigated for fish.  

 

Lasty, it may not seem like it, but it’s really important to scan this area for smaller ditches that run into the creek channel. Why? Because ofte channels that have ledges, drop offs, and rocky high spots, ridges associated with the creek channel swings. 

Effective baits for this area include: topwater lures, buzzbaits, crankbaits, soft plastic swimbaits, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits, swim jigs, hair jigs, and underspin jigs when the bass are aggressive. Flutter spoons work great in the deeper channel sections as well.  

If the bass are timid, then drop shot, tubes, Ned rig, Neko rig, Mojo rig, Carolina rig and football jigs all work really well.

Buoy Line By the Dam

Fishing just outside the buoy line of the dam can catch you an abundance of rainbow trout and even some kokanee salmon.

If the water is low, graph the cove just to the west of the dam in Wishon Cove and you can find bass and crappie suspended over ridges and rocky shelves. 

This section of the lake can get very windy. And even with the best trolling motor the wind can quickly blow you off your spot which will significantly decrease your chances of catching a fish..

That is why we strongly suggest buying a quality drift sock. For those who don’t know, a drift sock is like a parachute for the water. If it’s breezy to windy, you need to slow your drift otherwise your lure will not be in the strike zone long enough to catch a fish.

By the way, we found a really good quality drift sock made by Mythik Outdoors, and best of all they’re sold on Amazon.com. Go here to learn more about drift socks and read the reviews from actual customers.  

Some of the effective baits for this area include: Fish attractor (ie: flasher or a dodger), trolling spoons, inline spinners, Rapala minnows, flatfish lures, streamers and flies. Better yet, just buy a complete done-for-you trout lure kit

Oh, before I forget, did you know that there is an article about how to troll for salmon, trout, and kokanee the right way? Go here to find out more. 

Located: South end of the lake 

Structural features: Steep banks, drop offs, deep channel, cold water

Best species to target: Trout and Salmon

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat or kayak Trolling with a downrigger, trolling without a downrigger

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How To Catch Fish In Bass Lake?

Rainbow Trout

California Department of Fish and Wildlife grows and stocks local lakes and reservoirs like this lake with Rainbow Trout.

Due to this lake being relatively unpressured, deep, and colder, and most other desert reservoirs, the stocked trout do very well. 

Furthermore, trout are produced in local fisheries, they are healthy and have no limit on the amount of trout that can be consumed.

Typically trout are stocked frequently, however, it can vary. 

Sometimes you’ll read this lake has steelhead trout, but no rainbow trout, or visa versa… 

This can be confusing for a lot of people. Are rainbow trout and steelhead trout the same?

Short answer, they are nearly the same species.

But, if you have ever wondered, what is the real difference between a rainbow trout and a steelhead trout? We wrote a definitive report called, “What’s the Difference Between A Rainbow Trout Vs Steelhead”.  Click here to read it, so you can end the confusion once and for all. 

General Trout Details

Spawn: March-May

Food: insects and crustaceans. 

California State Record: 27 lbs 0 oz. Caught 10/02/2005 in Lake Natoma.

Table Quality: Depending on the fishes diet, the meat can be white to orange-red in color. The meat is firm, flaky, and is considered excellent eating.

Angling techniques:

  • Trolling with or without downriggers
  • Trolling flies
  • Fish attractor such as a  flasher or a dodger – great when trolling.
  • Trolling spoons such as a Krocodile spoon, Super Duper, Crippled Herring, Cast Champ, or  Hus-Lure – simple, easy to use, can be trolled or cast-retrieved at any speed.
  • Inline spinners such as the Blue Fox Classic Vibrax Spinner, Bang-Tail and Shyster – get a ton of bites.
  • Minnow style baits such as the Luhr-Jensen Quick Fish and the Rapala BX minnow – known to hook up giant fish.
  • Real or artificial corn – great because it will never spoil or mold over.
  • Natural salmon eggs – it’s hard to beat natural salmon eggs at bait. When trout are eating salmon eggs, they’ll eat up a couple of jars in less than an hour!
  • Artificial salmon eggs – great because they float off the bottom – ideal in rocky or grassy conditions.
  • Real worms – such as meal worms or nightcrawlers.
  • Artificial worms – great for trolling and will never die.
  • Dry flies (floating flies) – The insects that land, float, or live on top of the water, which are represented by dry flies. Investing in a kit gives you a wide assortment of flies and a good selection of types and sizes allow you to quickly adjust to any situation.
  • Wet flies (sinking flies) – Wet flies imitate insects that develop and inhabit below the water level before emerging and rising to the surface. Investing in a kit gives you a wide assortment of flies and a good selection of types and sizes allow you to quickly adjust to any situation.  
  • Woolly bugger flies – One of the most popular fly patterns ever is the Woolly Bugger. These mimic small fish, leeches, larvae, and worms. Investing in a kit gives you a wide assortment of flies and a good selection of types and sizes allow you to quickly adjust to any situation.  
    • Steamer flies – They can also mimic larger animals found in streams and rivers, including crawfish, larger leeches, and smaller fish. Investing in a kit gives you a wide assortment of flies and a good selection of types and sizes allow you to quickly adjust to any situation. 

      • **The number one key to successful trout fishing, is to use light line (2 to 6 pound) and small hooks (10-14 sizes), and small sinkers.

        Kokanee Salmon

        The landlocked Sockeye salmon are known as Kokanee.

        Kokanee salmon mature in lakes or reservoirs and move into streams in the fall to spawn, whereas Sockeye salmon mature in the ocean and migrate into streams.

        Kokanee were initially introduced to California waters as fingerlings in 1941.

        While our drought is a serious issue that is unlikely to go away anytime in the near future, there is more than enough water to target kokanee.

        Yes, the water level is at 50%, and the fish are not holding over the traditional fishing spots.

        So it’s just a matter of fishing the right locations at the right depth…

        That’s where having the right electronics really helps.

        We anglers must work harder than we’re used to in order to catch these cold-water beauties.

        Kokanee can be caught dodgers, spinners, spoons, and even simple red hooks. 

        To attract the attention of the fish, anglers will tip their spinners and spoons with bits of corn or use an attractant. 

        Because this fish has a mouth full of sharp teeth which can easily cut a line, a lead leader is strongly recommended.

        Kokanee will be seeking cooler water in June, which will most likely be 100-200-feet water depth, so trolling with a downrigger is absolutely a must.

        By the way, if you don’t know how to use a downrigger, that’s okay! A lot of fishing guides we talked to don’t like to talk about such an effective way to fish. Regardless, you deserve to know… click here to learn more

        General Kokanee Details

        Spawn: September – December

        Food: Zooplanton, insects, small crustaceans, shad or other small fish. 

        California State Record: 5 lbs 2 oz. Caught 7/20/2013 in Lake Tahoe.

        Table Quality: Depending on the fishes diet, the meat can be white to orange-red in color. The meat is firm, flaky, and is considered excellent eating.

        Angling techniques:

        On a Side Note: Tips For Trolling for Trout, King Salmon, or Kokanee

        If you have access to a boat or kayak, try to put as many lures in the water as possible (obviously, check local laws, regulations, and restrictions, as well as knowing if certain locations have limits) and as far away from the boat as feasible.

        Some utilize planer boards and even down riggers to keep the lines away from the boat.

        Here’s where a smart professional fishing-guide can and will hook you up with some of the biggest, toughest-fighting fish you’ll ever encounter.

        Having high-quality electronics aids in establishing the depth at which fish are continuously feeding, as well as which food source is being consumed the most frequently.

        If you examine the shoreline’s structure along with using your fish finder, study the underwater topography of the lake.

        If you notice a cliff, it’s likely that the water at its base is deep. 

        If you observe a chain of islands or exposed main lake humps, there’s a good chance there’s a shallow shoal or channel between them.

        Trout prefer drop-offs, channels, and ledges, so you’ll want to troll parallel to these locations rather than over them. 

        If you stumble upon a place and catch a trout, there’s a good chance there are more.


        Luckily there is an in-depth report that you can access, called How To Troll for Trout [A Beginner’s Guide], you’ll learn all the special tips and strategies many of the fishing guides will keep to themselves. Click here to learn more, so you can extend your fishing season all year long.

        Largemouth Bass

        You may be wondering… How do you fish for bass in  Bass Lake?

        Largemouth bass is a carnivorous member of the sunfish family.

        California grows some MONSTER bass.  At any time you could hook into a bass that could be your all-time personal best.  

        In general, if the water clarity is clear to a slightly stained lake. Meaning finesse techniques (like drop shot fishing), small lures (like football jigs), and thin diameter line gets you the most bites when the wind is calm. 

        On the other hand, if the water is moderately stained or murky, then you need to choose darker lures. This also means you can get away with using thicker diameter line.

        Since the 1980’s this lake has been stocked with Florida-strain largemouth bass. Bass fishing in this lake is not as popular as trout or salmon fishing. Luckily, you can still catch a giant bass by lobbying large swimbaits for glide baits in trout patterns. 

        Once your arm gets tired you can still catch a ton of fish by throwing a drop shot rig, small crankbait, or dragging a Texas rigged Senko around a fish attracting structure.

        If that doesn’t catchem, you can switch to either a drop shot rig or a Neko rig and target points, boulders, or channel swings. 

        That’s why we wrote this Bass Lake Fishing Report for you… so you can get the inside scoop about the top spots and best lures to use to help you out…

        If you’re still not sure how to catch a bass, don’t worry. A complete section on Bass Fishing 101 was written to help you out. In that section, you’ll learn about the top ways to get you catching bass fast.

        Read more: Beginner’s Guide To Bass Fishing Basics – Tips, Secrets & Things To Avoid

        General Largemouth Bass Details

        Spawn: Spring, March-May

        Food: Shad, minnows, small trout, small salmon, bluegill, perch, crayfish

        California State Record: 21lbs 12 oz. Caught in 1991 in Castaic Lake at the main boat ramp.

        Table Quality: Decent. Firm white meat. 

        Angling techniques:

        Smallmouth Bass

        Smallmouth bass are a sibling species closely related to largemouth bass. They have a pretty brown/golden color and carry the nickname of “bronzeback”. There are a few physical features that make it different from the largemouth bass. Aside from being bronze in color, they will have gray-brown vertical bands and the most defining feature is the jaw does not extend past its eye. 

        Overall, smallmouth bass are most likely going about half the size of largemouth bass. However, pound for pound, a smallmouth can be incredibly aggressive and will put up an amazing fight. 

        General Smallmouth Bass Details

        Spawn: March-May

        Food: fish, crustaceans. 

        California State Record: 9 lbs 13 oz. Caught 7/3/2007 in Pardee Reservoir.

        Table Quality: Similar to a largemouth bass it’s firm, white, flaky, mild-tasting

        Angling techniques:

        Spotted Bass

        Spotted bass is a cousin to a largemouth bass and shares some similarities and differences. 

        Both are extremely hard fighters and very fun to catch. 

        A spotted bass’ jaw does not reach over its eye line. The jaw of a largemouth bass is longer and extends over the eye line.

        On a spotted bass, the dorsal fin is clearly attached and has a mild slope. The dorsal fin of a largemouth bass is separate, or nearly so. This is most likely the most important difference between the two species.

        A connected irregular dark lateral line runs along the side of a Spotted Bass. There is no discernible lateral line in largemouth bass.

        Drop shot, tubes, Ned rig, Neko rig, and Mojo rig (which is a modified split shot rig that won’t damage your line) around fallen trees or rock piles. Senko’s along with peanut butter and jelly colored jigs are a great color all year round. 

        General Spotted Bass Details

        Spawn: March-May

        Food: fish, crustaceans. 

        California State Record: 11 lbs 4 oz. Caught 2/12/2017 in New Bullards Bar Reservoir.

        Table Quality: Similar to a largemouth bass it’s firm, white, flaky, mild-tasting

        Angling techniques:

        White and Black Crappie

        If you like crappie fishing, this lake is filled with them. 

        The best time to fish for crappie in this lake and other lakes similar to it is in summertime while you’re night using a submerged green light. If you don’t know what a green fishing light is, or if you’re unfamiliar, then click this link to learn more.

        Green light fishing at night in this lake is amazing. If you haven’t done it you are missing out. The nights are cool and the night sky is filled with stars…

        Anyway, I digress…

        White crappie tend to linger over submerged brush and timber and are found in schools. The white crappie are much more tolerant in warmer water than their black crappie cousins. 

        White crappie have a more “silvery” appearance and lack the dark vertical bars when compared to the black crappie.  

        Black crappie can be described as having irregular black dots and blotches on the back and have more of a “silvery-olive” background.

        Average weight of a white or black crappie in this lake is probably going to be just under a pound. 

        General Crappie Details

        Spawn: April – mid-June

        Food: Larvae, small fish, and crustaceans. Threadfin shad and minnows make up their main diet. 

        California State Record: 

        • White crappie: 4 lbs 8 oz. Caught 4/26/1971 in Clear Lake using minnows.
        • Black crappie: 4 lbs 8 oz. Caught 2/17/2021 in Clear Lake using minnows.

        Table Quality: The meat is excellent. It’s firm, flaky and white. 

        Angling techniques:

        • Live minnows under bobbers
        • Crappie jigs
        • Crappie tubes
        • Silver spoons
        • Spinners

        Catfish

        There are four species of catfish in California, the blue catfish, bullhead catfish, channel catfish, white catfish.   

        Catfish are predatory animals and scavengers. Some can get very big, while others remain small. They tend to spend most of their time on the bottom of the lake versus swimming higher in the water column suspended. 

        Catfish can have up to 8 whisker-like barbels by their mouths to help them detect food. 

        Blue catfish can get very big. They can weigh more than 100 pounds and grow to around 5 feet long. They have 8 whisker-like barbels by their mouths. They prefer larger cut bait and live bait 

        Conversely, bullhead catfish tend to be smaller and will weigh on average about 1-2-pounds, but can grow to around 4-5-pounds. 

        Channel catfish weight will range from 0.5-to-15-pounds in this lake, however the average weight will be between 1-4-pounds. 

        The smallest of all catfish in North America is the white catfish. These catfish are considered rare by anglers’ standards. They average 1-2 pounds and will grow to only about a foot.

        All species prefer warmer coves, but can also be found scavenging near the marinas, or around the dam.  

        All can be caught with live bait, cut bait or dough bait. Some of the best baits you can use are chicken livers, hotdogs, anchovies, mackerel or sardines, catfish stink-bait/dough baits, or even night crawlers. warm coves or near the dam. 

        General Catfish Details

        Spawn: March-June

        Food: Carp, bluegill

        California State Record: 

        Blue catfish –  72 lbs 14 oz. Caught 4/22/2003 in Colorado River (Riverside).

        Bullhead catfish – 4 lbs 8 oz. Caught 10/7/1993 in Trinity Lake.

        Channel catfish –  53 lbs 8 oz. Caught 9/22/2008 in San Joaquin River.

        White catfish –  22 lbs 0 oz. Caught 3/21/1994 in Land Park pond (Sacramento).

        Table Quality: Soft white meat. In the summer the meat will taste muddy.

        Angling techniques:

        • chicken liver
        • hotdogs
        • stink bait
        • small live bluegill, sunfish, or perch
        • Frozen cut bait; anchovies, mackerel or sardines.

        Bluegill or Sunfish

        Also known collectively as “panfish” or “bream”, these small fish are both predators and prey. They fulfill a mid-tier predator role in the ecosystem. 

        Panfish are highly aggressive and eat minnows, bass fry (newly hatched baby bass), and insects. 

        The bluegill has teal-blue coloring on the bottom portion of the chin and gill plate. It also has a solid black opercula flap just behind the gill plate.

        Fun fact: The oldest reported age for a bluegill is 10 years.

        With the exception of appearance and size, the redear sunfish is quite similar to the bluegill. The dorsal fin of the redear sunfish features tiny vertical bands that go downward. It has a black dorsal color and a yellow-green ventral tint. The male’s operculum has a cherry-red edge, while the female’s has an orange coloring.

        These panfish are found on the shoreline and prefer nearby structures. They are incredibly aggressive and will quickly attack anything that looks like it could be eaten. Due to their aggressive behavior, they are one of the easiest fish to catch and are a great way to introduce someone to fishing.

        General Bluegill/ Sunfish Details

        Spawn: April and May

        Food: Small fish and insects

        California State Record

        Bluegill – 3 lbs 14 oz. Caught 6/22/2008 in Rancho Murieta Reservoir.

        Sunfish (red ear) – 5 lbs 3 oz. 6/27/1994 in Folsom South Canal (Sacramento) 

        Table Quality: Firm, white meat 

        Angling techniques: 

        • Worms
        • Dough balls
        • Slim Jim sausages pieces on a small hook (not lying… it really works)
        • Small spinners
        • Trout flies

        Yellow Perch

        Sometimes called the “raccoon perch”, or even “ringed perch”, yellow perch can be best described as having six to nine vertical black bars draped over its golden colored sides.

        Particularly on spawning males, the bottom fins flash with a bright orange brilliance, kinda like hot metal being pulled out of a kiln.

        They are some of the most beautiful of all freshwater fish.

        Perch are found on the shoreline and prefer nearby structures, and are incredibly aggressive and will quickly attack anything that looks like it could be eaten. Due to their aggressive behavior, they are easy to catch and taste amazing.  

        General Perch Details

        Spawn: February thru July

        Food: Small fish and insects

        California State Record: 3 lbs 10 oz. Caught 5/22/1979 in Crowley Lake.

        Table Quality: Firm, white meat 

        Angling techniques

        • Worms
        • Dough balls
        • Slim jim sausages pieces on a small hook (not lying… it really works)
        • Small spinners
        • Trout flies

        Boat Ramps at Bass Lake

        Wishon Boat Launch

        Wishon, CA 93669

        Lanes: 2

        Restrooms: Yes

        Showers: no

        Gas: no

        Tackle, groceries, snacks available: no

        Fish Cleaning Station: Yes 

        Camping nearby: Yes

        Pines Marina Bass Lake Boat Rentals

        54432 Rd 432, Bass Lake, CA 93604

        (559) 642-3200

        thepinesmarina.com

        Lanes: Yes

        Restrooms: Yes

        Showers: no

        Gas: Yes

        Groceries/snacks available: Yes

        Electric: No 

        Camping nearby: No

        Marinas at Bass Lake

        Pines Marina Bass Lake Boat Rentals

        54432 Rd 432, Bass Lake, CA 93604

        (559) 642-3200

        Nearby boat ramp: Yes

        Restrooms: Yes

        Showers: no

        Gas: Yes

        Groceries/snacks available: Yes

        Electric: No 

        Camping nearby: No

        Bass Lake Boat Rentals and Watersports

        54406 Rd 432, Bass Lake, CA 93604

        (559) 642-3200

        Nearby boat ramp: Yes

        Restrooms: Yes

        Showers: no

        Gas: Yes

        Groceries/snacks available: Yes

        Electric: No 

        Camping nearby: No

        Miller’s Landing Resort

        Miller’s Landing Resort

        37976 Road 222 Wishon, Bass Lake, CA 93669

        (559) 642-3633

        Nearby boat ramp: Yes

        Restrooms: Yes

        Showers: no

        Gas: Yes

        Groceries/snacks available: Yes

        Electric: No 

        Camping nearby: No

        Tackle Shops Near Bass Lake

        Pines Market

        Pines Market, 54432 Rd 432, Bass Lake, CA 93604

        (559) 642-3141

        Old Corral Grocery & Tackle

        41872 Rd 222, Oakhurst, CA 93644

        (559) 683-7414

        Yosemite River Fly Shop

        40827 CA-41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

        (559) 683-7664

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        Camping Near Bass Lake

        Spring Cove Campground

        • Sites – 61 total. 
          • RV – sites available. Good for small RV’s or trailers only
          • Standard tent sites – available
        • Dump station available: Yes
        • Showers available: no
        • Fish cleaning station available: no
        • Low season: October – March
        • High season: April – September 
        • Pets welcome: Yes
        • Campground map – click here
        • Reservations – click here

        Wishon Point Campground

        • Sites – 46 total. 
          • RV – available
          • 8 sites are tent only
        • Dump station available: Yes
        • Showers available: no
        • Fish cleaning station available: no
        • Low season: October – March
        • High season: April – September 
        • Pets welcome: Yes
        • Campground map – click here
        • Reservations – click here

        Cedar Bluff Campground

        • Sites – 22 group sites only.  
          • Campsites designed for small groups of 10-24 people
          • RV’s welcome
          • Standard tent sites – available. 
        • Dump station available: Yes
        • Showers available: no
        • Fish cleaning station available: no
        • Low season: October – March
        • High season: April – September 
        • Pets welcome: Yes, two per site maximum
        • Campground map – click here
        • Reservations – click here

        Lupine Campground 

        • Sites – 4 group sites only.
          • Campsites designed for small groups of 25-50 people
          • RVs welcome
          • Standard tent sites available
        • Dump station available: Yes
        • Showers available: no
        • Fish cleaning station available: no
        • Low season: October – March
        • High season: April – September 
        • Pets welcome: Yes
        • Campground map – click here
        • Reservations – click here

        Crane Valley Group Campground

        • Sites – 7 group sites only.  
          • Campsites designed for small groups of 10-24 people
          • RVs welcome
          • Standard tent sites available
        • Dump station available: Yes
        • Showers available: no
        • Fish cleaning station available: no
        • Low season: October – March
        • High season: April – September 
        • Pets welcome: Yes
        • Campground map – click here
        • Reservations – click here

        Forks Campground

        • Sites – 27 total. 
          • RVs welcome
          • Standard tent sites available
        • Dump station available: Yes
        • Showers available: no
        • Fish cleaning station available: no
        • Low season: October – March
        • High season: April – September 
        • Pets welcome: Yes
        • Campground map – click here
        • Reservations – click here

        Recreation Point Group Campground

        • Sites – 4 total. 
          • Tents only. No RVs allowed.
          • Group sizes 25-50. 
        • Dump station available: Yes
        • Showers available: no
        • Fish cleaning station available: no
        • Low season: October – March
        • High season: April – September 
        • Pets welcome: Yes
        • Campground map – click here
        • Reservations – click here

        Other Activities You Can Do At Bass Lake

        Fishing is not the only thing that brings people to the beautiful body of water. Here’s a list of other things you can do!

        • Biking
        • Bird watching
        • Boating
        • Skiing
        • Kayaking
        • Canoeing
        • Sailing
        • Swimming
        • Camping
        • Horseshoes
        • Picnicking
        • Hiking
        • Gentle walking trails
        • Nature photography trails
        • Wildlife viewing
        • Mountain biking
        • Stargazing
        • and most importantly… relaxing.

        In Summary...

        As you now can see Bass Lake fishing can be tough at times, but it’s not impossible and with the help of the Bass Lake Fishing Report… It definitely helps you get started on the right foot quickly and easily, so you can avoid wasting hours wondering where and how to get started.

        Did You Get All This?

        As fellow fisherman and content creator I thrive on helping others… I feel like I can do the most good by helping others… And frankly… I would feel like I did something wrong if you didn’t walk away feeling a little better about this lake.

        I truly want to over deliver for you…

        So Let Me Ask You Another Question… 

        After reading this helpful report:

        • Can you see how this could change the way you would fish this lake?… To make it easier, faster… and… with less headache, less frustration?
        • If nothing else, do you now have a better sense of where you can get started, even if you have have been here?
        • Do you feel that you have a good grasp of what species to expect in this lake?
        • Do you have a good understanding what baits are needed to catch each of the different species of fish?
        • Earlier we came up with some helpful spots to catch more fish, can you see yourself considering any one of those spots? Which ones are you the most excited about implementing when you get to the lake?
        • Is it fair to say that using these spots would give you a significant advantage over someone else who’s fishing this lake? 

        I Need To Ask A Favor From You And It’s Not Going To Cost You A Single Dime… 

        If you have gotten anything out of this free report; whether its knowing where to get started, what kinds of fish are in this lake, what baits to use, where to launch your boat, where to buy a frosty beverage, where to camp, and other things to do when you’re at this lake…

        Then I need you to do something that is going to help you your fellow angler…

        And that is share this report.  Please share it to as many people as you can.  It’s free to you and it really helps me out as a creator. 

        Lastly… thank you for spending your time reading through this report and I hope you have a luck on the water.  

        THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN HELP ME THE MOST:  There’s a lot of information about this subject you have found helpful, and I’m sure you’ll be able to put some of the knowledge bombs to use.  But sharing this report helps drive traffic which in turn helps me at absolutely no cost to you.  I love creating reports like this for you, and you like reading these types of reports please share this with your friends, family, and fellow anglers.   

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        Accessories You’ll Need

        Fishing Rod

        RodThe popularity of fishing is growing and people are becoming much more conscious of different rods that can help them.

        Fishermen want the best technique-specific rod for the money.

        Luckily, the report I wrote provides you with detailed information in order for you to make buy the rod for the money, and more importantly which rods to avoid at all costs.

        >> What Rods To Use For Bass Fishing? 10 Awesome General Purpose Rods Reviewed

        Fishing Reel

        Reel – Having the correct reel to match with your rod is just as important.  A good reel should be light and have a buttery smooth drag. There are several great reels on the market, but I recommend the a quality Shimano  baitcasting reel. It’s a great reel packed with great features. So much so that it could easily be priced in the mid $200 range.

        >>How To Choose A Great Bass Fishing Reel For The Money [and which to avoid at all costs]

        Fishing Line

        Fishing Line – Having a good line is just as important as having a good rod. I recommend fishing with a good fluorocarbon line. Furthermore, it’s super sensitive because it has little to no stretch, and underwater it’s invisible to the bass!  If pride or money is on the line I would use Sunline Sniper FC.

        >>21 Tips To Choose The Best Fishing Line

        Fishing Lures & Baits

        Fishing Lures – It’s pretty hard and darn near impossible trying to catch a fish without using some sort of lure or bait.  More importantly these baits you should never forget at home or it could lead to a horrible day on the water

        >>5 Bass Fishing Lures You Never Want to Leave At Home

        Fish Finder

        Finding lunker bass has never been easier when using a fish finding sonar unit.  Packed with additional features to make your day on the water even easier.  Maps that can plan your day or help you find your way back even in the darkest of nights. Bright bold numbers and letters to make reading the maps easy even in the brightest of days, and colors that pop and make it quick and easy to identify fish. 

        If you have a boat, kayak, canoe, or float tube, you need a fish finder. 

        Here’s our choice for the best fish finder between $299-$800:

        Humminbird HELIX 7 CHIRP MEGA SI

        It has all the features for any serious fisherman whether you’re an avid weekend warrior, or a tournament angler. This has all the bells and whistles you’re looking for. 

        >> Click HERE to Read The Reviews About Humminbird HELIX 7 CHIRP MEGA SI now

        Here’s our choice for the best economic fish finder:

        Garmin Stryker

        While others look for bites, your fishfinder and GPS plotter help you reach your daily limit. You can mark preferred docks, ramps, and hotspots to easily return to them later and even share waypoints.

        Click HERE to Read The Reviews About Garmin Stryker now!

        Life Vest

        According to Statista, “In the United States, 658 people died as a result of boating accidents and 2,641 people were injured in 2021.”

        And it gets even worse… The National Safe Boating Council reported, “Where cause of death was known, 81% of fatal boating accident victims drowned.”

        And if that’s not enough the incidence of deaths has climbed dramatically in recent years.

        So if you’re on the water you NEED to wear your life vest. Protect you, your friends, and your families lives by wearing a life vest every time you’re on the water.

        I recommend the ONYX PFD. It’s comfortable for all day use and there is lots of room for the air to move around so you won’t get sweaty.

        >>Click HERE to read all the reviews actual customers!

        Sunglasses

        Sunglasses – Do you find yourself fishing in variable light and water conditions? Fishing in open water? Fishing in the bright hot sun? Then, only to leave the lake with eye strain and a splitting headache?

        If so, I strongly recommend investing in a pair of Costa Sun Glasses. Thousands of anglers, charter guides, and tournament professionals put their trust into Costa, and so should you. Here’s why…

        Costa’s co-injected bio-based nylon frame material is robust and durable, as well as extremely comfortable to wear for all-day use. TR-90 nylon is an excellent material for sports and performance frames since it is heat and cold-resistant.
        Costa builds their glasses with class-leading technology. Their 580G glass lens sets them apart from the competition. These lenses are ideal for long days on the lake or sea since you won’t have to worry about scratches on the lens when you wipe the saltwater off. Needless to say they’re Costa’s most durable lenses.

        Anyone who spends time outside, especially on the lake, needs polarized lenses. However, not all polarized sunglasses are the same. Costa is 99.9% polarized, giving it the most effective possible in blocking reflecting glare, and minimizing eye strain and headaches.

        >>Click HERE to Read The Reviews On These Costa Sunglasses Right Now!

        Landing Net

        Landing Net – As you are reeling in that monster fish, you don’t want to injure yourself or knock the fish off the hook by trying to grab it.

        The PLUSINNO floating landing net is designed with foam padding on the hoop and provides buoyancy for fishermen. Now, If the net is dropped or blown overboard, the floating design makes it simple to retrieve – so you won’t have to be concerned about losing it! The rubberized net cannot be snagged. It keeps the fish safe for catch-and-release, and the non-absorbent covering avoids waterlogging and odor absorption in the net.  It’s collapsing design allows for easy storage.

        That’s why I recommend a dependable telescopic landing net.

        >>Click HERE to Read The Reviews On This Floating Landing Net Today!

        Fishing Weight Scale & Culler

        Fishing Weight Scale – Whether you’re going to keep your catch or just take a photo of it and brag to your friends it’s important to have an accurate scale. The Rapala Tournament Model Touch Screen Scale makes weighing and logging your catch easier and more convenient. The large digital scale has a lot of functions and is easy to use. simply keep track of your current catch and its place in your overall weight. To see the weight, just suspend the catch from the heavy-duty composite clamp or the accompanying stainless steel hook.  Adding the important details to your catch couldn’t be easier – simply input your catch’s weight and tap on one of the eight storage places. The culling process makes it simple to identify fish that should be released for the greatest overall weight.

        I recommend a Rapala Tournament Scale that has a large LED display like this one fishing scale here.

        >>Click HERE to Read The Reviews on This Tournament-Grade Fishing Scale & Culling System now!

        Fishing Hat

        Wide Brim Fishing Hat – Nowadays, you have to protect yourself against the sun’s harmful rays.  That’s why I recommend the SA Straw hat. It fits any size head and it feels really comfortable.  Now you can keep the sun off your face while you enjoy your outdoor activities with UPF 50+ sun protection. Rest assured these lightweight and stylish hats give you 360-degrees of sun coverage. Both men and women can wear these hats.  As an added BONUS, these hats also include three face shields for UPF neck protection, which protects your skin from dangerous UV rays.

        This hat is well worth the money, and the craftsmanship is excellent.

        >>Click HERE to Read The Reviews On The SA Straw Hat with 360-degree Sun Coverage!

        Fishing Sun Shirt

        Sun Shirt For Fishing – Don’t stop at only getting head protection, you also need to protect your chest, back, arms, and torso. According to the researchers finding skin cancers on the shoulders and forearms rank within the top-5 locations to get skin cancer.  That’s why the UV protective PFG Fishing Shirt by Columbia is strongly recommended.

        Nowadays, it’s so important to be safe at all times. Omni-Shade helps prevent sunburns and long-term skin damage by blocking UVA and UVB radiation. UV absorbent yarns and a tight weave architecture prevent the whole spectrum of damaging UV radiation. This is the finest in outdoor moisture control technology. Omni-Wick technology absorbs moisture from the skin and transfers it to the fabric, where it spreads throughout the surface and evaporates rapidly, keeping you cool and your clothes dry.

        I’m 6’0″ and 200 pounds, and I wear size XL. I ordered a size L and it fits well. Darker shirts provide a more subdued appearance. FYI.

        >>Click HERE to Read The Reviews On The PGF Fishing Shirt with Built Cooling Technology and UV Protection today!

        Sunscreen

        Sun Screen – Skin cancer is a very real threat and it’s only getting worse. That is why you need a powerful sunscreen that is personally used and endorsed by hundreds of dermatologists from around the world. 

        That is why you should put your trust in Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Sunscreen. The state-of-the-art Purescreen Technology absorbs, reflects, and scatters harmful sunrays in this specially designed water-resistant sunscreen lotion – and it’s created with 100 percent organically derived zinc oxide… it’s definitely not some test tube concoction the other competitors are trying to sell you. 

        Neutrogena’s sheer body sunscreen lotion is fragrance-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, dye-free, and chemical-free. Dry-Touch technology aids in the non-greasy drying of this thin sunscreen.

        For effective protection against the sun’s damaging rays, this hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and oil-free lightweight sunscreen is the number one dermatologist-recommended suncare brand.

        This zinc-based sunscreen lotion has received the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance and is mild enough for sensitive skin. It is suited for everyday use.

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