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Santa Margarita Lake fishing map and fishing report
Santa Margarita Lake Quick Fishing Information:
Location: Santa Margarita Lake is located
just north-east of San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo County.
From San Francisco, take Highway 101 south andturn left at Santa Margarita.
Species: Largemouth bass, striped bass, channel catfish,
crappie, bluegill,Fishing hours:
Summer hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.There
is no night fishing allowed.Boating:
Santa Margarita is a drinking water lake andno water skiing or swimming is allowed.
Camping: Santa Margarita Lake Campground islocated two blocks outside the gate. There
areapproximately 200 sites, and about
half have complete hook-ups for electrical, sewer and water. Thereis also a swimming pool, bathhouses, video
room,laundry, store, small playground
and hiking trails.
Santa Margarita Lake fishing map and fishing report
in San Luis Obispo County where water skiers areforbidden and fish are plentiful!
Solid sport for stripedbass, largemouth, crappie, channel catfish
and bluegill.All kinds of
ﬁshare chasingshad in the coves, and anglers who throw
shad-imitation baitslike Rapalas should
connect with the fish.The Lake has only
come up one foot this winter, but still there is opportunities for a decent
Catfish seem to be all over the lake, and a lot of
peopleare catching them from the bank, live or fresh dead shad is the best bait on
thecatfish, channel cats are also
chewing up mackerel andchicken livers. Stripers are starting to impact the action
too, with somegood 6 to 10-pounders
hitting hooked shad.
Crappie ﬁshing is also productive.The recent warm weather has brought shad up
shallow, andgameﬁsh are busy feeding on
them. Big stripers are loomingjust
under the surface, and crappie and catfish are in shallowwater lunching on forage fish.
Early Summer is probably the best time ofthe year to be on the lake for these
species.Bass ﬁshermen who use boats
will have the best successas the weeds
in along the shoreline make it tough to bank fish.lt can be done. though.
Santa Margarita bass are of northern-strain. so don'texpect them to run the size of their
Florida-strain cousinsfound in some
nearby lakes. Most will run 12 to 15 inches,making Santa Margarita an excellent place to splitshot or useother techniques designed specifically for
light tackle fishing.Pig-n-jigs,
crankbaits and spinnerbaits are all working forthe bass. Our source4s recommend light-colored cranks.
Bassers will find most of the fish in the top 10 feet.There is some submerged brush at Santa
Margarita. And you’re goingto ﬁnd the
bass concentrated around rocky structure. which isplentiful. The best way to work this kind of
structure is tosystematically fish the
rocky points. Set your bass boat outside the coves and pitch worms or crankbaits
into the bank.
Bass are most active now in the mornings and evenings,and that‘s a signal that topwater ﬁshing
should be good atdawn and dusk. Santa
Margarita has traditionally been atopwater lake, and the best areas are usually Swimming PoolCove, the cove by the marina, Vaca Flat and
the upper end,but hot spots change, so
check at the marina before you go.
Surface plugs that
gel a lot of play are Zara Spooks,Lunker Buzzes, Devil's Horses and Rapalas.During midday hours, plastic worms are a
solid bet,especially in black, brown
and purple, on leadheads.The bass and
otherspecies coming out of Santa
Margarita arc “fat, clean andhealthy
looking," the marina source said.
Striper ﬁshermen are
wrestling fish that average 8 and 9pounds, but a few in up to 15 pounds.The biggest share of the boils have been down at the logboom. They’ll boil for 5 or I0 minutes at a
time. Sometimesyou can throw anything
out there and they’ll take it_ ndsometimes they don‘t want to hit anything.
live shad's the best bait for the stripers.But linesides can also be fooled by imitators like largerainbow colored Zara Spooks and Shad
Santa Margarita is also a good catfish lake, especiallywhen you ﬁgure there is no nightfishing
allowed. Fishermenworking by daylight
manage to manhandled some real logs.The
two hot spots are right off the swimming pool and aspot off White Oak, although catﬁsh will also
be found up inthe Narrows, feeding at
inlet points from the Salinas River.L
A17 pounder came in
recently, but most of thecatﬁsh average
about 2 to 3 pounds The majority are channelcats. Your best bet for bait is to net shad and ﬂy-line it, but cutmackerel or anchovies will work too.
Consider ﬁshing fairly heavy line with lighter leaders, as
alot of these eats will top 10
pounds.Catﬁshing is best from a boat,
but bank anglers do get theirﬁsh,
especially near the swimming pool. And there is aboutseven miles of shoreline you can explore by
foot.One excellent area for bank
fishing is off the ﬂoats nearWhite Oak.
Take the road down the south side of the lake andthe dirt road that cuts off from there and
look for the ﬂoats.
Hit the lake early and late for the best action.Panﬁsh are also plentiful at Santa Crappie
are thick throughout the lake, and there are scadsof bluegill to keep the kids happy.Bluegills re thick in all theweedy areas of the lake. Take along some
Micro Jigs or 3/64-ounce Mini-Jigs, and
tip them with a piece of mealworm forthe bluegill.The easiest way to fish
jigs and worms is about 3 feet under a
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