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Monday, March 20, 2017

O'Neill and San Luis Fishing Map, Fishing Report, Hunting Clubs, 2017 private fishing nearby

San Luis Reservoir and O'Neil Forebay Fishing Map and 2017 fishing Report, How to fish this area, and info on Hunting Clubs nearby

 

San Luis Reservoir Fishing Reports (for a detailed fish map and report on O'Neill Forebay click here )

December 28, 2016 - The main reservoir is rising every day and is above 60% full. Trollers and drifters hook striped bass up to 24 inches by working 80-100 foot depths with trolling lures and live minnows. Others toss minnows from the dam, especially near the trash racks. 

Fishing Map of San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay

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About San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay- the biggest striped bass in the state

Californians like their lakes. They also like their striped bass. The bigger the lake, the better the fishing and the heavier the fish, the happier the angler. The Merced County impoundment is the best striped bass lake in the state as far as big fish go. Last year, a Madera angler caught a 55- pounder trolling a Rebel.
DFG deserves absolutely no credit for the fishery , the fish simply  get sucked into the Forebay San Luis Reservoir was built in  the late 1960s by the Bureau of Reclamation and  state Water Re-  sources. Water from the Sacramento and San  Joaquin rivers are  pumped into the  O'Neill Forebay  and San Luis Reservoir during the  winter and spring.  With it comes thousands of fingerling (baby) striped bass which get sucked into the pumps and tossed into the lake.
Some miraculously manage to make it through alive and those fish provide anglers with some good recreational sport fishing. It’s a Catch-22 situation, and a sad one when you consider the fact that striped bass runs are the worst ever  in the Delta system. Pumps like the ones at San Luis and Pittsburg are largely to blame, among other things like pollution and poaching. 
Nonetheless, let's focus on the available bass fishery and  leave the bureaucratic water wars alone for the time being.  First, a few words about the fish. All the stripers in San  Luis and O’Neill Forebay come from the Sacramento and San  Joaquin rivers, so you know you‘rc catching Delta fish. As  most of us know, Delta stripers are voracious feeders, tough  fighters and good eaters. That’s why we love hooking, battling  and eating them.
Because these bass eat just about everything  that moves, they grow rapidly. The state record striped bass  came out of the San Joaquin River in 1951. It weighed 65  pounds. The new record could be lurking in San Luis or  O’Neill Forebay. Who knows‘! Tales are told about stripers up  to 100 punds that have been netted by commercial Sacramento black fish anglers in the main lake.
We do know that  trophy-class stripers are available in both impoundments and  that’s evident by all the 40-pounders caught every year.  lt can happen, but you’ve got to be lucky. Instead, plan on  catching lots of bass in the 5- to 10-pound class because there  are certainly plenty of those linesides in the lakes. Fish in the  10- to 20-pound class are common, and targeted by the  anglers who fish it most frequently.  Limits are liberal at San Luis.

Typically, smaller fish can be caught from the surface  down to 25 feet, while the big fish lurk in 80 feet of water or  more. Local experts agree that bigger fish come out of the  main lake, while O’Neill Forebay has, perhaps, more but  smaller fish.

How do you catch ‘em? Trolling is the way to go, and  plugs like Rebels or Rapalas are the most effective bass  catchers. Trolling a yellow Hair Raiser on  one side and a broken-back, blue 7-inch Rebel on the other on a spreader. 

Besides Rebels, large silver Kastmasters are productive  because they imitate the lake’s natural food source — thread-  fin shad. Krocodiles and 2- to 3 ounce yellow or white Hair  Raisers should be included in your tackle box before heading  to San Luis.

 Rods should be short with a heavy butt for extra fighting  power. Rig up with at least 14-pound test line. Some go with  25 in case they hook that monster. Boaters equipped with fish  finders have the added, and necessary, advantage over those  who don’t . Boaters rigged with fish finders can save a lot of time if  they locate fish, then set their downriggers, leadcore line and  lures at the proper depth. It’s not uncommon to troll Rebels in  80 feet of water or more.
No fish finder? The technique is to troll at various depths until you  find a school of fish. Thenl concentrate on that spot until  you are sure the bass have stopped feeding or have moved.

Where to catch ‘em  San Luis Reservoir 
The east shoreline of Portuguese Creek and Lone  Oak Bay for trolling.  Willow Spring Bay in the south end for boaters  and bank fishermen.  The Dinosaur and Basalt launching ramp areas  for bank fishing.  The Romero Outlook.  O'Neill Forebay  Under the powerlines, on the approach to Highway 152 from the bank or a boat.  Along the deep canal just inside the levee for  trollers. Skirt the buoy line, make a U-turn and come  back along the face of the dam. 

San Luis Reservoir is a huge piece of water that features 65  miles of shoreline with 12,700_surface acres. O’Neill Forebay  is no slouch with its 12 miles of shoreline and 2,700 surface  acres  Stripers are schooling fish so where you find one, you’ll  undoubtedly find two or more.  

(for a detailed fish map and report on O'Neill Forebay click here )

 Location: San Luis Reservoir is  located between Los Banos and  Gilroy off Highway 152 which  runs perpendicular to Highway  99 and Interstate 5. The lake is  15 miles from Los Banos and 40  miles from Gilroy.  Size: The main reservoir features  65 miles of shoreline and has  12,700 surface acres when full.  O'Neill Forebay has 12 miles at  shoreline and 2,700 surface  acres of water.  Species: Striped bass, catfish,  some black bass.

Facilities: Boaters will find two  ramps on the main reservoir,  one at Dinosaur Point and the  other at Basalt. At O'Neill Forebay, there are launch ramps on  the west and south shores.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 O’Neill Forebay Stripers Fishing Map and Report, plus Hunting Public Lands and Clubs

 2017 O’Neill Forebay Stripers Fishing Map and Report, plus Local Hunting and Fishing on Public Lands and Private Clubs

For Fish info on nearby San Luis Lake click here



O’Neill Forebay stripers: Stripers are huge at this fishery, no other chunk of water in the state matches O'Neill for the size of its landlocked stripers 40 to 60 pounds, and this is a place where anglers can hook  them from a boat or from the bank.

 Most go between 3 and 8 pounds, and striped bass at 15 to 20 pounds are common. While fish even heavier are  harder to come by, they are there and show once in a while. Several line class records are held by the lake,  but the real attraction is the possibility for boat less anglers  to lip one of the really big boys. 

WEED CITY: They’re a blessing  and a curse. At times you would swear  ONeil is half water and, it seems,  half weed  growth. Hydrilla, water hyacinth, whatever you choose to call it, the green stuff  will foul your prop and grab your tackle even when you're extremely careful.  On the upside, the nourishing crop of  water plant is the perfect cover for bait-fish, and we have it to thank for the size  of ONeill’s bass. The aquatic trails provide  easy routes for the big fish to follow, and pockets where paths merge are  prime territory for live bait. 

Looking at the surface  of the diminutive lake reveals holes in  the weed growth. These are spots to target with live minnows. You’ll have to  hack your way in with your prop; be  prepared to spend time removing  bushels of salad from your drive unit. But once near the pocket, you’ll be glad you  made the effort.

 Rig a live jumbo minnow under a bobber and toss it into the hole. The free  swimming bait has an appeal like no  other, and it may be the best way to attack the potential trophy linesider.  Minnows will be effective almost anywhere along the submerged highway, 22  but the small clearings  are the only places  you can actually work  the bait. 

The real problem  comes when you do hook up and the fish O'Neill Forebay is known for big striped bass that thrashes through its jungle, heaping piles of leafy green on  your line.

TROLLING: Another good tactic for  O’Neill stripers, trolling is what you can  do in places where all the weeds won’t  be too much of a problem. When you start dragging gear, remember that the  big guys you’re after prefer a meal to a  snack. Foot-long plugs aren’t too large pick out  super-sized Rapalas,

Rebels and MaunsSuper Stretch divers. Cordell Spots with  the rattle are a good choice too.  The most commonly  used at O’Neil are blue and chrome,  chrome with a black back, and red and  white.

Get a little more depth when you  need it by running a spreader inline with  a 1- to 2-ounce Hairaiser jig on a drop  line. 

JIGS: Two ounces should sufice, and if  you add a live minnow on a trailer hook  you’ve got a killer rig. Use bait scent if  you don’t have minnows. Yo-yo  Hairaisers, Horizon Pirk Minnows or a  Gibbs Minno. 

BAIT:  bait bags more fish at  O’Neil than anything else, but also most people use it than anything  else, so it does most of the catching.  Cutbaits will entice the stripers into a  bite whether you toss out chunked  anchovy, shad parts but a live minnow is no doubt the most attractive of offerings that  are

alive and kicking.  When rigging to soak bait, go with a sliding sinker setup.

Use a Slido stopped  by a swivel and about 3 feet  of leader. Depending on where you fish the lake, you may need to make long  casts. A surf rod makes a  good launching platform.

 At O'Neil, night anglers  like to hang a bell on the rod  tip for an audible signal that  a strike has occurred. Other  more vigilant fishermen and  women use a small light on  the rod tip for a visual indication that a fish is considering the bait. 

HOT SPOTS: As on any  given body of water, some  spots just seem to produce  more fish than others. Often  these are places that are just  easier to fish; better holes  may exist but few are willing to expend the extra energy to work them over. The  wise striper chaser will try  the known and scout around  as well, hoping to find that  secret honey pot. 

Of the well-known locations, you may want to try  Check l and Check 13,  especially the deep channel.  The brickwall is a good zone  for trollers and jiggers. The  inlet to the Delta Mendota  Canal is a decent place to  toss bait.  Another nice thing about  the inlet to the canal is the  ability to fish from your  vehicle. It‘s kinda handy  when plunking at night to sit  in the warmth of the truck  watching your rod and waiting for that hammer-blow  strike. 

Quick Facts:

Where: O'Neil Forebay is located in the foothills of the Diablo Mountain Range just  west of Los Banos, near the intersection of I-5 and Highway 152. 

Size: It's a teeny little thing when compared to the size of its fish — only 2000 surface  acres with 14 miles of shoreline at an elevation of 540 feet. 
Target fish: Striped bass, black bass, catfish and panfish. 

Facilities: O'Neil has a boat launch ramp, camping, picnicking, hiking and biking trails.  Other services including tackle shops are located nearby in the towns of Santa Nella and Los Banos. 

Quagga boat inspections are in effect, as well as having compliant engines under the new rules this year.

Call: San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay Wind Conditions: 1 (800) 805-4805.
 

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