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Fishing Reports  


January 23 - January 29, 2016

With a short day on Saturday evening we caught about 25 bass, then proceeded to catch 1200 bass over the next 6 days as follows. We had 3 groups on this trip Jan. 23 through Jan. 29. David Welcher was my partner on this trip. All of our big Bass came past the Second El Capetian. Best baits were Brush Hogs, Lizards, Spinner Baits and Top Water.

Day 1
We had 99 fish up to 8 lbs,
Jamie and Mike had 60 fish up to 6 bs
Sam, Dalton and Chuck caught 82 up to 4lbs

Day 2
We had 66 fish up to 6 lbs
Jamie and Mike had 62 fish up to 5 lbs
Sam, Dalton and Chuck caught 139 up to 6.8 lbs

Day 3
We had 58 fish up to 6.7 lbs,
I missed a big one, she came up and spit the Brush Hog right back at me. Got a close look, she was between 10 to 12 lbs.
Mike and Jamie had 46 bass up to 5.5 lbs,
Sam , Dalton, & Chuck had 36 bass up to 5.5 lbs.

Day 4
We caught 69 fish up to 5 lbs.
Mike and Jamie caught 64 up to 5lbs.
Sam, Dalton, and Chuck caught 79 up to 5 lbs, and they had boat problems. Angle sent a mechanic out to the lake and problem solved.

Day 5 North River
We caught 69 fish up to 5.6lbs.
Mike and Jamie's caught 30 up to 5
Sam , Dalton, and Chuck caught 44 up to 5 lbs

Day 6
We caught 64 fish up to 5.7
Mike, and Jamie caught 61 up to 5.9 lbs.
Sam, Dalton and Chuck caught 70 fish up to 8 lbs 12 ounces with Dalton catching the monster on a Spook.

Pictures from the trip

Donald Harper

December 9, 2015

It was not the best of Oviachic!, it may have been my worst of Oviachic, but it was still great. Angel as always was there for our needs..

Westfall 'schooled' us on top water the first 2 days (it was overcast both days). Seemed the bite changed everyday but by sharing information we were able find fish. The numbers were never big but we did pull a few 5's and 6's. On my last day I managed to flip a 7'2" with what else green pumpkin lizard. What was different was the large number of dinks (the lake will have a future). Most fish were found around Cap 2, but later in the week fish were also found by Cap 1. Westfall, Marchetti and Seaman stayed with Meyer for a second week, we will have to wait and see if they continued to pattern the lake. So the bite was as it always is - whatever your favorite pattern is - it works. Surface is a viable try even with the sun out, worms and lizards work any where from the bank out to 20 foot (the best depth seemed to change each day).

I can't wait to go back as the quality and quantity will only get better.

Tight lines,



December 15, 2015

What a fun 2 weeks fishing Lake Oviachic Bobby Meyer and I tried to fish the whole east side of the lake above 3 sisters. We went in and out of every pocket that looked fishable and made it all the way to just before El Capitan 2 when we ran out of time. Most of the fish were very shallow and the bite went all the way to the very back of the coves. The first 4 days were fantastic for top water with a variety of lures my favorite was the Whopper Flopper from River 2 Sea. You better have one when you go or you will be very sorry. Eventually the top water bite went away. Fishing then changed some and spinner baits and worms were the best but still in the same places. We didnt do very good in any water deeper than 15 ft. When the top water bite was good it was good all day. I think we all should try this any time of day because it worked. Danny Marchetti has been fishing top water for as long as I have known him and he is very succesful especially at Oviachic. A couple of boat loads from Phoenix FD. told me they caught these fish all day for 3 days and all on top.Not many big fish over 6 lbs but one of these FD guys caught a 9 lb big fish.

The river was dead and i dont know why dont waste your time but that will change when it gets warmer. My friend Earl says he catches plenty of fish on the main lake with a 5 inch Senko with a 5/0 worm hook not weedless. Earl fishes just about every week.

This trip allowed me to work with my friend Rick Seaman who I have been working with to write a book on advanced bass fishing thoughts so we analized the things we wanted to learn from and Rick and I have already written a bass fishing book for beginners and this will help us write another on Rick and Danny Marchetti tore apart the lake and found lots of stuff to talk about. They also did fantastic finding different bites that were going on. They also had 4 fish over 6 lbs. This time of year is tough for big fish in fact the local tournament 24 lbs for 4 fish won the last tourney just a few weeks ago.

In our group we had a few break downs but Angel came through again and brought a mechanic out each time we broke down and had us back fishing in just a very short time. Something that is going on at the lake that is disturbing is the other people that are trying to get into the motel business close to the lake and think they will get the same great service from angel and his mechanic if they are not staying there are kidding themselves. Dont screw up a good thing that we have keep Angel on top of things and you wont be sorry. I have seen so many times that Angel fixes things that we break and I love that service when we are not close to home. I also like the Security that take care of us when we are sleeping that makes me feel secure.

Dan Westfall

December 15, 2015

Lake Oviachic, MX Fishing Report 12/8-10/15

I took one of our EPIC Plumbing field supers, Dave Casey, to MX this week, fishing Tue, Wed, and Thursday. No cloud cover as we had in Nov and Wed afternoon proved to be in the hot category weather wise so that we had to hunt some shade for several hours, but overall, I think the catching was a little better this trip.

Every day was about 125 fish in the boat for the two of us with 3 distinct catching patterns including top water, plastic, and cranks with the latter putting fish in the boat the fastest and the best consistent average size most of the time but it did get tiring. I suspect that with my usual fishing partner Dick Westergard, who loves TW catching and knows the lake protocol that Dave did not, we would have pushed 200 most days, but Dave was getting after it by the last day on how the fish wanted what. We could TW the first 2 and last 2 hours of the day and do reasonably well even though the water temps were 4-5 degrees cooler than 3 weeks ago. In the heat of the day on Thursday, I even got lazy enough to try trolling and sure enough it put fish regularly in the boat over a 25’ bottom. Most all of our fish were between El Capitan 1 and II. I did crank quite a few fish on deep, rocky shorelines one day while Dave drug some plastic in 25-30’ and he did catch a few small fish here and there but the crank was easily out producing it in size and numbers. Most of the fish were in 2’ for TW and 6’ for the lizard with the crank catching them in all depths. If for some reason we hadn’t caught fish for awhile, which was rare, tossing a crank would change that result quite quickly. Big fish of the trip was only 6 lbs off a likely looking secondary point inside a deep rocky cove. There were several times we had dbl fish on the same crank or TW but they’d usually come off before getting them in the boat but here is a pic of one time they did not. I suspect an Alabama rig might have worked well in some areas. The tilapia were almost everywhere and if they weren’t, the fishing was usually slower in that area.

Going down took us 8 ½ hours and coming home took 8 hours partly because I left my boat there and Dave had a party to get to so the wife was happy! ? The water was down about 5’ from my last trip 3 weeks ago, still pretty high comparatively speaking. We kept 10 fish each day to fillet and always had at least a 3 lb average as we tossed back the ‘bigger’ fish but the normally larger fish found at Oviachic when going through this many numbers, are still not readily showing up as of yet. We could however catch an awful lot of 2 ½ lb fish along with other dinks that bodes well for the future as does the abundant tilapia population.

As last time, the road to Hermosillo is good with no crossovers. From Hermosillo to the Guaymas turn off, I think there was only one crossover but after the Guaymas toll booth, there are multiple cross overs that will slow you down with one way traffic. The nice concrete highway they are putting in through this stretch however will pay dividends down the road for many years to come but you’ll need a good stereo to turn up to drown out the road noise as they don’t believe in any rubber additives for that concrete! Once again we didn't get stopped at the MX inspection station coming home but our border crossing was just over 30 minutes when arriving at 1:45 on Friday.

The food in the Marina Del Ray restaurant was just as good as always so I'm way ahead of needing to make those New Years weight loss resolutions

Sam Sherwood


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