Santa Margarita Fishing Report

Santa Margarita Lake - CA (San Luis Obispo County)

by Santa Margarita Lake Staff

Bass bite is slow during the colder morning hours but pick sup well in the afternoon. Swim or dive baits of light color on brighter days and darker colors on cloudy days seem to be the key, there is an occasional top water catch the catfish have been big lately, we are learning the the bigger the hook the bait the larger catfish we land. Try a #9 halibut circle hook and a chunk of mackerel. A little talk of bluegill going for redworms again on the warm afternoons. Crappie are deep at 20 feet plus changing jig colors by the hour in seems.

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