Successful Day of Kayak Fishing

Santa Margarita Lake - CA (San Luis Obispo County)

Channel Catfish
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Santa Margarita Staff

by Santa Margarita Lake Staff

Father son duo has a successful day kayak fishing. Got a 17.5 and a 16.5 pound catfish. Ramzie & Kodie Cook will never forget this day!

Catfish are feeding in deeper water. Going for worms or cut baits. Bass have been hitting on light colored flukes or dark senkos set up wacky rig style. Bluegill and redear are loving these red worms and hitting around 6 feet deep. The water clarity is still poor but fishing is turning around. Even heard a few crappie being caught with yellow or grasshopper colored jigs like 30 feet down in the center of coves.

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