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Lakes in The Bay Area without much Pressure?


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Went up to lake Chabot yesterday and saw about 100+ people fishing, decided to go to quarry lakes later in the day to maybe escape the crowds and went on a pier covered in powerbait and saw another 20 people or so in one small area. Now Ive decided next time im going fishing Im gonna look at what is least pressured and hardest to access. Does anyone know lakes that you maybe have to hike into or atleast dont have massive parking lots right next to them lol. Im willing to hike to get to the spot if thats what it takes to.

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I'm in the South bay and I was thinking about heading your direction to find fish! Great :( 

 

In the South Bay (it's generally tough here):

 

Uvas Res - has nice bass. Walk across the dam or stay on the road side. Water is low so you can walk the whole lake. Fished it a week or so ago and got no bites. Not unusual even during "season".

 

Chesbro Lake - avoid. Not a lot of bass. Crowded with carp hunters.

 

Coyote Creek - closed til April but a great place to get away from the crowds when it's open. I get good numbers here.

 

Coyote Lake - never fished from shore but known for good bass. I've caught em on the kayak.

 

Guadalupe and Almaden Reservoirs - no parking anywhere near them, but good fisheries. 

 

Calero has bass.

 

Delta - I'm going to fish for stripers and other goodies this winter. Not too far (especially for you) considering the awesomeness of the place.

 

The Bay. Could be interesting.

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12 hours ago, schplurg said:

I'm in the South bay and I was thinking about heading your direction to find fish! Great :( 

 

In the South Bay (it's generally tough here):

 

Uvas Res - has nice bass. Walk across the dam or stay on the road side. Water is low so you can walk the whole lake. Fished it a week or so ago and got no bites. Not unusual even during "season".

 

Chesbro Lake - avoid. Not a lot of bass. Crowded with carp hunters.

 

Coyote Creek - closed til April but a great place to get away from the crowds when it's open. I get good numbers here.

 

Coyote Lake - never fished from shore but known for good bass. I've caught em on the kayak.

 

Guadalupe and Almaden Reservoirs - no parking anywhere near them, but good fisheries. 

 

Calero has bass.

 

Delta - I'm going to fish for stripers and other goodies this winter. Not too far (especially for you) considering the awesomeness of the place.

 

The Bay. Could be interesting.

Thanks! Ill make sure to check out Coyote and Uvas. Almaden is normally packed whenever i go there lol but i went to Guadalupe and there was no one else fishing except me, pretty peaceful.

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15 hours ago, schplurg said:

Coyote Creek - closed til April but a great place to get away from the crowds when it's open. I get good numbers here.

Is this the area near Metcalf Park north of the golf course? I would see it from the highway when driving to and from Cal Poly when my daughter was in school.

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On 12/14/2020 at 11:32 AM, 5/0 said:

Is this the area near Metcalf Park north of the golf course? I would see it from the highway when driving to and from Cal Poly when my daughter was in school.

Yes, there and many other places all along the creek. But I do fish primarily in the general area you mention. There are the ponds and also the creek itself.

 

My Avatar photo is my PB and I caught it at those ponds last summer (5.25#). Highway 101 should be in the background.

On 12/14/2020 at 8:19 AM, trout123 said:

Thanks! Ill make sure to check out Coyote and Uvas. Almaden is normally packed whenever i go there lol but i went to Guadalupe and there was no one else fishing except me, pretty peaceful.

You mean the Almaden res up Hicks road is crowded, or the one off Almaden and Coleman? Just curious, I've never fished the one up the hill. I fished Guadalupe once and caught my Personal Worst there.

 

This little guy got a popper - I heard a little tiny "ploop" sound and found this on my line...

 

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Where did you park? I thought about Ubering there. I see no parking signs everywhere.

On 12/14/2020 at 11:32 AM, 5/0 said:

Is this the area near Metcalf Park north of the golf course? I would see it from the highway when driving to and from Cal Poly when my daughter was in school.

Actually I was slightly wrong -  the ponds I fish are south more toward Morgan Hill. The ones you see are probably the old Parkway Lakes that used to be stocked many years ago.

 

The ones I fish are south of the golf course. Anywys close enough ;) It's fun to hike around and fish there.

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15 hours ago, schplurg said:

Actually I was slightly wrong -  the ponds I fish are south more toward Morgan Hill. The ones you see are probably the old Parkway Lakes that used to be stocked many years ago.

 

The ones I fish are south of the golf course. Anywys close enough ;) It's fun to hike around and fish there.

Is there parking close by? I see possible access at Barnhart Ave. and Ogier Ave. Can you park along these streets or are they private?

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7 hours ago, 5/0 said:

Is there parking close by? I see possible access at Barnhart Ave. and Ogier Ave. Can you park along these streets or are they private?

Yes you can park at either place legally.

 

Barbless only (they check), artificial lures only, and no fishing November 16 to April every year.

 

Barnhart you just drive to the end and park. You'll see signs about the regulations, etc. There's a fence you walk through.

 

Ogier you park at the end past the trailer park. I park at one place or the other depending on which ponds I want to fish.

 

The place I fished the most this year is the road that goes to the golf course (from Monterey). It's the old entrance. You'll see the bike path, just park wherever and follow the path (I go North). You're fishing the creek there. no "ponds".

 

I wanna fish this weekend somewhere just to get a line wet. Might hit Uvas.

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6 hours ago, looking45 said:

 Check out Don Castro in Hayward. I’m usually the only one when I go there

Thanks for the tip. Is this one of the places that require the additional county license or whatever?

 

I've seen that they are $5 for a day, but can a yearly pass be purchased? I think it's only at stocked lakes. I wanna try the east bay, tired of the south! Maybe with the yak.

6 hours ago, looking45 said:

 Check out Don Castro in Hayward. I’m usually the only one when I go there

Thanks for the tip. Is this one of the places that require the additional county license or whatever?

 

I've seen that they are $5 for a day, but can a yearly pass be purchased? I think it's only at stocked lakes. I wanna try the east bay, tired of the south! Maybe with the yak.

 

Hey if anyone here wants to yak-fish the Delta, maybe out of Tracy, I'd like to not go alone. I've never yakked there and I'd be more comfortable with someone else nearby. 

 

My plan is to get out of the Bay Area this winter, and hit the Delta as well as try creek trout fishing (where, I don't know yet exactly)

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On 12/17/2020 at 2:51 PM, looking45 said:

 Check out Don Castro in Hayward. I’m usually the only one when I go there

Are there bass in Don Castro? I’ve heard that it’s pretty much silted in.

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On 12/17/2020 at 9:12 PM, schplurg said:

Thanks for the tip. Is this one of the places that require the additional county license or whatever?

 

I've seen that they are $5 for a day, but can a yearly pass be purchased? I think it's only at stocked lakes. I wanna try the east bay, tired of the south! Maybe with the yak.

Thanks for the tip. Is this one of the places that require the additional county license or whatever?

 

I've seen that they are $5 for a day, but can a yearly pass be purchased? I think it's only at stocked lakes. I wanna try the east bay, tired of the south! Maybe with the yak.

 

Hey if anyone here wants to yak-fish the Delta, maybe out of Tracy, I'd like to not go alone. I've never yakked there and I'd be more comfortable with someone else nearby. 

 

My plan is to get out of the Bay Area this winter, and hit the Delta as well as try creek trout fishing (where, I don't know yet exactly)

As far as I know all the creek trout fishing is atleast a 3 hour drive away. They stocked chabot yesterday with some massive ones but I still managed to get skunked. Still gotta figure out how the trout feed and act in these bigger lakes lol

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On 12/24/2020 at 2:11 PM, trout123 said:

As far as I know all the creek trout fishing is atleast a 3 hour drive away. They stocked chabot yesterday with some massive ones but I still managed to get skunked. Still gotta figure out how the trout feed and act in these bigger lakes lol

Yep it will be a long drive for the trout. I'm designing a foldable bed for the minivan just for that. :)

 

I'm just gonna have to get used to the idea of fishing multiple days to make it worth the drive! Haha I'm excited to try it. In fact that reminds me - I'm going to order the mattress right now!

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Crystal Springs reservoir has no fishing pressure.?

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On 12/25/2020 at 3:56 PM, WRB said:

Crystal Springs reservoir has no fishing pressure.?

Tom

I read about it a bit. Sounds like a high risk high reward type deal might have to see how hard it is to get in lol

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chabot is all trout and catfish pressure and little bass pressure. go rent one of the terrible boats with a trolling motor and catch some largies. Tough bite in the winter but if you do get one it'll be big.  I have had many days on chabot catching tons of bass.  been a couple years but last time there i caught over 30 in the 6-7lb range. 

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21 minutes ago, zeth said:

chabot is all trout and catfish pressure and little bass pressure. go rent one of the terrible boats with a trolling motor and catch some largies. Tough bite in the winter but if you do get one it'll be big.  I have had many days on chabot catching tons of bass.  been a couple years but last time there i caught over 30 in the 6-7lb range. 

Awesome thanks for the tip. Now I just gotta find them!

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