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Don Pedro and McClure bass action remains worth it for local fishermen

WON Staff Writer
 Published: Aug 04, 2017
MOCCASIN — Recreational boating has clearly taken over the Mother Lode reservoirs in response to summer vacation and the lon run of hot weather in the Central Valley, but there are still bass fishermen hitting the lakes like Don Pedro and McClure early in the mornings or in the evenings.

FISTFULL OF ’BOWS — Mike Abourezk of Farmington and Charlie Wilson of Escalon hold up a sample of what they caught at Don Pedro on Friday, July 21, while fishing with guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing. They had limits by 11 a.m.


Mike Gomez of Berserk Baits said, “The fish are there, but you have to figure out the summer pattern to see where they are located. Overall, the action has slowed, but experienced fishermen are figuring out the pattern and putting together decent weights. There is a topwater bite at both Don Pedro and McClure, with the River2Sea Rover or with wake baits, and after the surface bite dies, you can drop to the bottom with jigs such as the Purple Hornet or brown/purple along with plastics on the drop-shot. The fish can be found as deep as 50 feet by mid-day. Using light line is the key to getting deep with a light weight on a shakey head or drop-shot.”

Recreational boating is heavy after 10 a.m., especially on the weekends at both lakes, and fishermen are either getting in early and leaving early or launching in the late afternoon to fish into the evening hours.

The Detweiler Fire off of Highway 49 has been primarily contained, and the smoke from the fire dissipated over a week ago.

The trout bite at Don Pedro remains solid with shad-patterned spoons as deep as 60 feet with the rainbows dropping in the water column with the heat. Fishermen will have to search around for the bait in order to locate the rainbows, and an occasional king salmon is possible under the bait schools. Kokanee remain absent for the most part.

At Don Pedro, anglers can access current weather conditions at with a live webcam at .

Both lakes are nearly full, but water releases have continued with Don Pedro dropping to 98 percent and McClure at 94 percent.

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