In Millerton Lake anglers have great success landing rainbow and brown trout, largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass, striped bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish. There is a slot limit on black bass - return any between 12 and 15 inches. For striped bass the minimum size is 18 inches.
Heavy use of the main body of the lake by personal watercraft operators and water skiers, send most fishing boats up the San Joaquin River arm where water skiing is not allowed. For catfish and bluegill anglers are finding the best fishing in the shallows of the coves and along the banks. The crappie like to hideout in the coves also and like the bass they seek out underwater structures.
Fishermen work the rocky points for bass. Those zeroing in on stripers often try the area around the mouth of Fine Gold Creek. Kayak anglers say that a stealthy approach without any kind of motor is the best way to catch Millerton bass. Trout tend to gather up the San Joaquin River arm, but Millerton is not known as a great trout fishing lake.
Bass: Rebels, Pop-Rs, Drop shotting with Robo Worms, spinnerbaits, For Stripers try Zara Spooks, Rebels, and Chug Bugs
Trout: From the bank try Berkley PowerBait. Trollers do well with almost any kind of minnow imitation such as Rapalas and Needlefish
Crappie: Small Minnows, Spinners
Catfish: Nightcrawlers, Mackerel, Mini-jigs, Crayfish, Anchovies, Chicken Livers, Clams
Bluegill: Worms, Grubs, Nymphs
The Fresno Bass Club is a non-profit freshwater club that fishes a year round schedule of monthly catch and release bass tournaments all over California. They meet at 7 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Yosemite Falls Restaurant at Ashlan and Hwy 99. The club is always looking for anglers of all skill levels, both boaters and non-boaters. All you have to do is show up at a meeting to join.
The Fresno Bass Club has scheduled a number of tournaments at Millerton Lake throughout the year. They have improved bass fishing at Millerton by planting thousands of Florida-strain bass fingerlings in the lake in recent years.
Website: Fresno Bass Club
Ricky will take you onto Millerton Lake, one of his favorites, and up into the San Joaquin Channel insearch of striped bass. He provides you with a fly rod, a fully rigged kayak and a lunch.
Website: Paddle & Flies
There have been reports of sightings of something strange lurking in the waters of Millerton Lake in recent years.
See the June 23, 2009 and March 19, 2010 blogs for:
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