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Los Vaqueros Reservoir Fishing Report 8/3/11

General Conditions

Stripers continue to provide the main action at the reservoir. Water conditions for fishing are still good. The water temperature is between 70 and 72 degrees at the 5 foot depth. The water temperature around 40 feet is 68 degrees.


Trout are receiving very light pressure as most anglers are going after striped bass. We only had a few reports of some trout being caught. Nightcrawlers are probably your best bet. Try fishing them on the edge of drop-offs. Trout are found in surprisingly shallow water except on very hot days or during the middle of the day.

Largemouth Bass

There are not many anglers fishing for largemouth bass. We see a few caught here and there but nothing very steady. Senko’s are your best bet. Nightcrawlers are also a good choice. Try fishing any trees or structure you are able to locate. Surprisingly we did see some big bass this week which were preparing to spawn and full of eggs. We appreciate you taking a picture of the bigger bass then releasing them to fight another day. The biggest largemouth of the week went 6.4lbs and was caught on a Panther Martin lure.


Fishing for stripers is best early or late in the day. We have checked in 50 fish over 8lbs in the last 5 days. We figure at least another 50 or 60 were caught and not reported. Anchovies continue to be your best bet but a few anglers trolling rattletraps have had success. Anglers fishing from shore are working a wide variety of baits and we are seeing fish being caught from all the open shoreline. Boaters anchoring off of points and casting into deeper water are also having good success on stripers. We had at least 3 or 4 boats catch limits everyday last week. Stripers average 6 to 12lbs with fish up to 25lbs. There are still many shakers being caught. Top striper for the week went 25.5lbs and was caught on a rattletrap.


We rarely see anglers targeting salmon this time of year although we did have a 2lb salmon caught on a Rapala. Trolling as deep as possible (30 to 60 feet) might be worth a try. There is no doubt the salmon are holding in the deeper/cooler water.


Liver, anchovies and nightcrawlers will all take catfish. We appreciate catch and release of the catfish over 20 lbs. Some of the 1 lb range catfish we planted two weeks ago continue to show up on anglers stringers. We will be putting another load of 500lbs in sometime in the next week or two. We had catfish checked in at 11.5lbs, 12.5lbs and 10lbs over the last 3 days. We also had reports of several 20lb plus catfish caught and released.


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