MIKE; What is it with a large lake like Don Pedro, virtually no fishing pressure, unlike Clearlake, Shasta or Oroville, even tournament weekends draw maybe 20 to 40 boats, with it being the 5th largest lake in the state, full of bass, deep lake. What makes it so tough. Three out of five days, you can not buy a bite, some weeks less. Currently 53 degree water temp, water stable, maybe rising slowly, clear. Could it be due to the very large amounts of trout planting the DFG has dome the past 12 months ?
PHIL & PEGGY
LAKE DON PEDRO, CA.
Thanks for the question. My take on Don Pedro is that it is remote, the closest town is Sonora for hotels to stay so it isn't very tournament friendly. The lake has a very good population of large bass. That is attributed to the DFG stocking of trout and salmon. The problem with the overall bass population of 12-17" bass is low in respect to Clear Lake or the Delta, because of the amount of spawning area available. Don Pedro has very little good spawning area. It has limited flats and lots of steep banks with very little cover. This is not conducive to having a good balance population of fish.
If you want to be successful catching bass and Don Pedro other than the spawning time of the year. You will need to throw bigger baits and a lot of trout baits. If you learn the areas that the big fish use, and how to approach them with especially the trout baits, you will find that it will not be unusual for you to weigh a thirty pound stringer.
Hope this helps.