Kayak Bass Fishing Lake Hogan By Team Member James Snyder
Hey guys, today I (James Snyder) had the privilege of fishing with some shop friends this afternoon Andy Rau And Ken Shields at New Hogan Reservoir here in beautiful California. We left Lodi around 6 am to arrive to the lake around 6:45 to some amazing air temps of 67 degrees. Forecast said it would be in the high 70’s with winds from 0-12 mph gusts. For once the weatherman was correct!!! We made it on the water around 7:15 with light to no winds for the first 3-4 hours and the water was glass. Water temps started at 58 degrees and steadily climbed to over 63 degrees in some of the sun exposed and wind protected coves. Water was very dirty with only a few inches of visibility.
We started out with bass, striper and carp slashing all around us this morning. our fish finders were lit up with marks all over our selected area to fish this morning, its been a long time since I’ve personally had that many marks on my graph it was a nice change of pace. we started out hoping for a Topwater bite, WRONG! no luck there but we slowed down and started chucking A-rigs. no takers for me but Andy got a nice little 10in Striper early in the morning. We then slowed way down and broke out the fairy wands. our baits of choice today was the Ned Rig and drop shot. My colors of choice were green pumpkin red flake and green pumpkin purple flake for Ned rig and mm3 and Arron’s morning dawn for my Roboworms. Instead of your traditional drop shot with the hook 8-12 inches from the weight we instead tied the hook then instead of a weight we tied on the Ned rig. This allowed us to cover more of the water column and produced more fish! Luckily we figured this out early on and was able to put a pretty solid pattern together in a short time, I found that the green pumpkin purple flake Ned with a MM3 Roboworm was my ticket today.
Most fish were caught in 8-18 feet of water off bank points where rock and brush met the water line. between the 3 of us we had 30-40 fish caught. Andy pours all of my Neds and Drop shot weights and if your interested at saving a little money for a amazing product hit him up on his Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/a.rau1993 his prices are far lower then any big named product and has fast shipping. now for the fun part pictures! –
Thanks for taking the time to read about my day- feel free to reach out to me on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/james.snyder.739 or on Instagram @ Yakin_James always willing to help and answer any questions you might have about kayaks, fishing, or our northern California waterways. Tight lines and look for more reports in the future!
Andy Rau – Ned Rigs contact him @ https://www.facebook.com/a.rau1993
Map of New Hogan Res. gives you a rough idea of where to target different species of fish
First time kayaking with a friend who has her own kayak and was very helpful.
Very easy to learn and the employees in the group were eager to help and share information.
I found the pace a bit fast and wished I'd had more time to float and listen and view nature. When we reached the turn around point I was given some plant tips by a gentleman who kayaks with his cute dog (sorry I do not recall his name).
As we made our way back I stopped to take pictures of a few bits of fall color. As the weather had been warm, there was very little of the vibrant colors I was hoping for. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the trip and everyone was so helpful. Especially the employee who I had to ask to get me out of the vest because my hands were jelly, just like my legs. Thanks for being so understanding with this newbie!
Going forward, I will rent on my own so I can take my time, listen and look at nature and wildlife at my own pace.
Dan once again has great employees which shows he cares about kayaking and involving people who never have tried it before. The guided tour was great and Taylor did a great job.
It was a bit tough for me not having paddled in years. But, we made it and it was pretty! Bottled water at the halfway point was a must! And a snack!
Definantly doing this again next year!!!! All ten of us had a blast. Well just make sure that we do it when the weather is warmer next time instead of in October....lol
I dont think that you could ever get tired of enjoying the moon shining on the riveras your cruzin thru.
Absolutely loved it!!!