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Lake Chabot Fishing Report 7/26/11

General Conditions

Trout fishing is starting to slow down a lot with all this warm weather but bass, catfish and bluegill are getting more active. We’ve been receiving catfish plants since 6-20-11 from Bundy’s fish hatchery and Mt. Lassen will take over the plants for the rest of the season. Water level is about 4 feet from spillway and it’s been staying constant. When you bring in your big fish we’ll get your picture and give a “Lake Chabot Whopper Club” hat. Water temperature consistently remains in the low 70’s. If you have any questions please call or visit the marina.


Bass fishing is picking up with several bass getting caught daily. With this warm weather bass are hitting mostly in the mornings and evenings. Most of the anglers are throwing Senko’s and dropshots to get the fish to come out from their close to shoreline structure. Several reports of bass were getting caught over by raccoon point and bass cove by using top water lures in the morning and plastic lures off the bottom in the afternoon.  Livewells can be provided upon request thanks to Walton’s pond.  Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you.


This week the weather is warming up a little so fishing for trout will be a little slow. For all the trollers out there make sure you put on a lure that dives deeper than 15 feet.  Indian Cove has been staying pretty consistent pulling out several fish during the early morning using mostly powerbait and powereggs. Drift fishing is also another good way to pull out trout, especially back by the dam to half moon bay. Look forward to better trout fishing when the water temperature cools down a little. We will not get any more trout plants until late September early October.


The weather is warming up and so is the catfish bite. We’ve received 3,000lbs of catfish so far this season but most of the fish being caught right now are holdovers from past stocks. Last week Mt. Lassen put in 500lbs. of catfish into Lake Chabot and will do another plant later on this upcoming week. People are starting to catch good numbers of catfish but they haven’t been on the larger side. Current hotspot for catfish is back in honker bay, raccoon point and bass cove. The first dock at night will be great spot to fish for catfish, so make sure to come out early and claim your spot. Using mackerel and anchovies have been a great bait to help anglers catch their limits and the less weight you can get away with the better.

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