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Near the South Bay of California it has been very rough fishing due to the drought. What are the best baits to through is droughted pressured waters?

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So cal even worse . Was at clear lake in July levels were good and Vail and skinner in September it was pretty slow fishing. Jigs deep dI'd best

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Hello and Welcome to Bass Resource ~

 

Perhaps a finesse type approach would work.

 

A-Jay

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i live in San Diego and lakes here are pretty low , your best bet is to fish deep water drop offs with jigs and plastics . for me , weighted wacky rig is the ticket !

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Being a native Californian for over 70 years I can tell you droughts come and go, the lakes rise and fall, the bass populations go from boom to bust, in cycles. We are in a 4 year drought that is about to end. The lakes will rise covering brush and plants that has grown during the low water levels creating good recruitment of the years spawn, the cycles of good bass fishing restart....only to repeat another drought cycle.

Enjoy your time on the water it will get better and may have another down turn.

Bass survive by being adaptive, to catch them you need to adapt to the current conditions.

What are the bass eating and where are they located, same question regardless of the water levels. It's easier to determine where bass are located with reduced water areas to fish. Low water level means few places with cover, more places with structure...fish the isolated structure areas wherever there is prey.

Tom

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Being a native Californian for over 70 years I can tell you droughts come and go, the lakes rise and fall, the bass populations go from boom to bust, in cycles. We are in a 4 year drought that is about to end. The lakes will rise covering brush and plants that has grown during the low water levels creating good recruitment of the years spawn, the cycles of good bass fishing restart....only to repeat another drought cycle.

Enjoy your time on the water it will get better and may have another down turn.

Bass survive by being adaptive, to catch them you need to adapt to the current conditions.

What are the bass eating and where are they located, same question regardless of the water levels. It's easier to determine where bass are located with reduced water areas to fish. Low water level means few places with cover, more places with structure...fish the isolated structure areas wherever there is prey.

Tom

Thank you for posting this.The last paragraph also applies for South Florida.

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There is no special drought lure, use the same lures that you would normally use this time of year. The fish will use different areas that are better suited for the current water conditions. These places are usually close to the old areas.  If the lake is being drawn down the fish will tend to suspend. 

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