March 14, 2015
While not coming close to the production in the previous report I’m happy to say our only trip to Oviachic this year was very successful as well…!
Mike Pendergraft and I took my son and young nephew down this past Monday & Tuesday. We stayed at Angel’s and used his boats & guides.
Honestly, I’ve never met anyone who works harder at their business than Angel does. The improvements to the Marina and the rooms are quite obvious since the last time we were there and Angel just couldn’t be more helpful or accommodating. The food in the Restaurant is just great…!!!
Mike and I caught solid fish both days. Between us we had around 125 for the trip. My son Ari (only his 5th time on Oviachic in 8 years) added another 35 to the mix. My nephew Barrett (13 years old) had a wonderful first trip to Ovichic and caught several fish both days.
Most of our fish were caught in about 15 feet of water in structure off rocky banks. We had most of our success across from, and at the base of, 3 Sisters. I got back to back 3.5’s on a Red Eye Shad, we caught a few between us on Spinnerbaits, but by far the most fished caught were on the 8 inch Zoom Lizard. Mike and I caught several 5’s each on that bait. While Watermelon/Chartreuse was the standard I caught my biggest ones on the Kudsu color (same green body but with bright green flakes rather than black). It probably doesn’t make a difference but they consistently hammered that color. The only fish I broke off in the two days hit that particular bait. She came out of the water (her mouth was just massive…!), dove for a tree and wrapped me up. She was clearly bigger than any of the 5’s we caught.
We found shade to eat lunch in at the north base of El Captain’…
BTW…Verizon in Mexico…here’s the deal: Before I left I added the “Mexico Plan” (started in 2015 I was told). It gives you 1000 minutes of Talk time for only $10.00 a month. Text’s cost .05 cents to receive but .50 cents to send. We just turned the texting feature off (much to my son’s chagrin) to avoid getting slammed with incoming messages. When I got back I dropped the “Mexico Plan”.
Verizon even prorated the cost. Mike was getting service out on parts of the Lake. Both Mike and Ari had service at the Marina.
We learned something coming over the Border (which all of you may already know…): You can get your Permit in El Palme ($59.00)…and that Permit covers only the State of Sonora. [No problem since we’re only going to Obregon.] However… if your truck is registered in a Corporate Name they WILL NOT issue you a Permit in El Palme. You must get the Permit when you first cross the Border and they take a $400.00 Deposit on top of the $59.00. We were told the Deposit would be credited when we turned in the Permit on the way back…but who knows…?
No problem on the roads in or out except to the Lake itself. They’re improving the road to a 4-lane blacktop all the way up to the last town. We were detoured way around the agricultural fields then brought back to the road. It will certainly be nice when it’s done. I know Angel is very happy about it…!!!
I hope this information was helpful to you all…
March 13, 2015
My buddy Richard Westergard and I took a quick (and last trip of the season) to Lake Oviachic this week, fishing from 9am till 6:30pm on Monday, all day Tue, and first light till 5pm on Wed before heading home to make some evening obligations on Thursday.
We boated right at 280 bass for those 3 days with the largest being close to 7 lbs and at least a 6 lb fish every day and even found a smattering of fish still up very shallow to spawn even though the water has been dropping steadily for several months. While we found next to nothing clear up the river past the hard LH turn, I hear that a few guys were finding some fish over 8 lbs up there inside coves, numbers were very limited. Our better places were up by LR II and A D C. It seemed like LR I humps could be kicking it anytime but were only getting started now. We did OK as far north as 1 ½ miles past LR II, which was certainly better than last season, but nothing yet like the 4-year stretch of a few years ago.
We found fish on outside humps to 20’ and fish up in 2’ on nest. The lizard did the most damage but in some spots the 4’ square bill crankbait was again terrific, even outdoing the spinnerbait that had been so good for bigger fish 2 weeks ago and was still good at times. At one spot we caught close to 40 fish in 75 minutes in a 30’ radius on the shallow crank, from 3-5 lbs and finished up slowly drowning a big Senko at 12’ for a 6.1 kicker that was too lazy to catch up with the crank.
Angel was once again a great host and was helpful in working around our schedule. As we talked with him just before departing, we all felt like this year required an extra bit of effort to catch as many fish as we did each time, certainly not the easy ‘dragging’ bite that I saw last year in March and April or ease of catching normally experienced at Oviachic of late. The fish seemed to keep me guessing this year as to where they’d be and what they’d eat and I’m not sure that I figured it out as well as the past 5-6 years but with any luck, I’ll get to go again next Fall and strive to have as good as time again, hoping that the road situation gets better and the bigger fish that were so plentiful to find up till 2 years ago, start looking to come to the party again.
I did get pulled over and a ‘red light’ ticket in Hermosillo (U-turn at intersection after staying at San Sebastian Hotel for the night) that was probably warranted but it never makes me feel good when the cop wants you to give him cash directly and no receipt.
March 5, 2015
I just returned from a 4/12 day trip to Obregon, Feb 27 – Mar 3, travelled with my buddy Jeff Mabry and a four boat group of mostly firemen from Phoenix led by Bill McGonigle. It’s nice fishing with firemen because not only are they pretty cool guys but its comforting to have the medical assistance handy if you need a suture or an iv drip after a hard day on the water. Most days each boat caught 50-70 fish, with the biggest five going 20-25 lbs. On days 3 and 4, we had cloud cover and rain ranging from drizzle to downpour, but it also proved to be the best fishing, with both fish counts and size going up. Several boats approached the 100 fish count, and the biggest five were around the 30 lb mark. A handful of 8’s, 7’s and 6’s were caught, quite a few 5’s and 4’s, and a ton of 2-3 lb fish. As usual, I am always a day late taping up my fingers, I need to learn to tape-up before the damage is done, instead of waiting until my fingers are cut and frayed from line and teeth.
Success was found with a variety of baits, but bait selection was affected by the usual factors including sunlight, wind, rain and local forage. Seemed like if you were not on fish, it was best just to pick up and move until you found the mother load, as there were heavy loads of toads in certain coves. This is the 4th year I have been coming to Obregon, and I have definitely noticed an increase in the amount of shad in the lake. We saw huge balls of shad in the deeper water in every cove we fished, something I don’t remember 4 years ago, which was also confirmed by Angel. One particular day, the best day for our group, one boat had great success on rico’s, another on squarebills and spinnerbaits, while another found success on texas rigging a variety of darker green baits, so obviously the bite was quite wide open. My buddy Jeff was determined to catch a whopper-plopper fish, and found a nice 5 pounder who participated. He then determined to catch his first frog fish, and found a nice 3 pounder to play along. In both cases, however, many many casts before finding these willing participants. The best success overall seemed to be 2-12 feet deep.
One day three of the boats ventured into the river well past El Cap 2, but the results were not good. Many, many nets back there, and while I am used to seeing nets inside the mouth of coves, I saw a lot of lets paralleling the banks, which made fishing almost impossible. I even saw several newer style nets that are directly on the surface of the water, there is no passing that style of net. There is nothing worse than tangling your trolling motor in a gill net while its owner is 200 yards away watching you, only to get it untangled, then do it again…probably a good time to pull up the trolling motor and move out of the area. The river just hasn’t fished well the last couple of years, and the trend continues, but the bright side is you don’t need as much fuel. The majority of our group’s fishing time was spent primarily in the coves from 3 Sisters to El Cap 2, nothing new to you Obregon veterans, but the limitation still leaves a vast amount of fishable water, so much that you rarely saw another boat. I always like to try different areas, especially with the changing water levers, but sometimes it comes at the expense of numbers, and you always seem to return the same areas where you always catch fish, which is the bigger coves. The island in front of the launch is about 10 feet out of water, and seemed to remain there our entire trip, likely due to all the rain. It seems this time of year, if you go down for 3 or 4 days, you are bound to have wind on at least one of the days. This year was no exception, as we had wind on three days, which makes for a wet and bumpy ride across the main basin between the launch and 3 sisters.
The highway to Obregon is in very good condition for the most part, we travelled at 65-70 MPH. There is still lots of construction on the prison bypass in Hermosillo, so we drove through town, and while narrow and congested, it is still a good route. There is still construction on the road from the highway to the lake, and on the way there we were detoured 4 miles on a dirt road across canal banks next to wheat fields, scenic but slow. The rains forced the closure of the detour due to the soft dirt/mud, but they opened the main road to the highway on our return, and though still under construction, was hard packed dirt and much easier to drive. We only had one mechanical breakdown while at the lake. One of the vehicles blew a power steering hose after putting his boat in the water, but as always Angel found someone to fabricate a replacement within a day.
A great trip overall, now back to fishing the local Arizona lakes and 10 fish days.
February 20, 2015
Arrived mid afternoon on Monday 2/16 and launched to go get a few hrs fishing in and see how the Merc 250 Pro XS was running with the 24P Fury prop. It still turns.
74 mph with 2 guys, all our gear and 50 gal of gas and quickly took us to a 6.3 lb fish in 12' of water using a lizard. The next day saw several over 6 on a big spinnerbait in 5' of water with 6.12 BF of the day. Wed we needed to head north so we only got 4 hrs fishing time in but not before a spinnerbait caught another one close to 6 and then a big Senko produced a 7.13. We checked a few 25' deep humps before heading in and found some 3-4 lb fish there, as well as up in Dry Creek offshore. It was 78 degree water in the pm and not as strong as bite as last month. TW was real slow as was the river bite for us from LR II north to the hard LH turn upriver with nothing over 3 lbs. It seemed to me to be the lull after the spawn although we did catch a few still with eggs but nothing like the two Jan trips. Angel was helpful as always and the restaurant food was good, especially those onion rings!!
We took a detour over to Novillo for a quick look on Friday morning and boated 63 before leaving at noon. A smattering of 3-4 lb fish but most were on the small side and the lizard was best, inc one 8.75 lb big girl in 12' just before leaving. The water temp was only 71 when we got off the lake so I wonder if those Novillo bass are spawning a month behind Oviachic? There was a pretty steady lizard bite upriver with non stop attacking, aggressive one pound fish whacking the lizard on almost every cast but the hook up ratio was quite low on those little guys. Water level was still pretty good there with 18' out front of the church and the NW pass of airport island still useable with 8' of water. A couple of cautions; the lady that works the inland border stops for visas in the morning is MEAN with a lot of attitude and will demand $22 from you for a 6 month visa! Also there was local cops working hand held radar just past the toll booth going south into Hermosillo and then again near the prison.
It's the first time I've ever got to the border and had NO cars in several lanes but of course we got pulled over and put through the new fancy smancy X-Ray machine that took 40 min because it wouldn't work right and had to be rebooted several times.
February 6, 2015
I just got back last night the 9th of Feb from Oviachic fished 5 days and had a ball we went looking for big fish in the river and as south as El Capitan 2.With all of our efforts the results were about the same,Not many fish but larger ones were the norm. We fished as far as we could and still get into the shoreline and the backs of coves. We were about 1 mile farther than the red brick house on the point on the left side of the river going up. We caught fish on crank baits even deep divers in the brush and on spinnerbaits and also weedless lizards and baby brush hawgs watermelon colors best and the water color is great,Twenty fish a day is about all you can get up there per boat.
but as soon as you go back down to the Virgin Mary area its 75 to 100 a day but much smaller is the norm. We had 1 71/4 bass and maybe 8- 6 lb fish in a week and 30- 5lb fish. We had lots of fun and the weather was just awesome with no wind.I found a couple of new things from the restaurant ask Angel he recommended them. I will be back in March see you soon Danny
February 6, 2015
Fished Oviachic Feb. 3- Feb 6 with a bunch of ex KBI guys and the new UCG bunch(and a couple of firemen).Fish counts averaged about 50 per day per boat with a couple of boats upping that to 100 fish on the best days. Most fish came on lizards and spinnerbaits in 8' and less water. From El Cap1 to El Cap 2 was probably the best area with very few fish coming out of the river, although they seemed to be a bit bigger. Casey Knipp caught an 8.2 on a lizard in the river on the first day. I caught an 8.2 and an 8.7, which made up the bulk of over 8# fish on our trip. A few 6's and 7's were caught with pretty much everyone catching 5 pounders.
Great weather, the basin was like glass the last evening trip back. Angel took care of everyone with gas and great restaurant food.
Going back mid March, looking forward to it.
January 30, 2015
Last week of Jan fishing report for Lake Oviachic, MX. Day temps mid 80's to 70 on Friday, storm day. Daytime water temps 68-74. Lake is down close to 5' from approx 90% full two weeks ago, and dropping more.
Fish in the boat for two of us (RCW) ranged from 70 for our last day of fishing till 11 in the rain on Friday, to 125+ on Thur when it was overcast all day and top water was rocking. The best lure on this trip, and the first I've ever used one, was a square bill 4' crank. TW was second. The lizard was good as was Senkos. We spent some time outside in deeper water but we mostly targeted spawning bass and there were lots of them, probably in excess of 150, 4-5 lb fish with a smattering of 6's and one 7. Angel's place is really popular right now so make your reservations well ahead of time!
Word to the wise, when coming back across the border, stay in the LH lane even if it looks good in the RH cause that RH lane pretty much serves that one lane only and the LH gives you ez access to 5 lanes without cutting in.
January 22, 2015
We got to the lake at 1:30 uneventful trip. A little bit of road construction North of Benjamin Hill. There is a 4 mile detour on the turnoff to the lake. They are widening the road to Hornos to 4 lanes. We started fishing at about 2:30 the day was overcast so we threw topwater all afternoon. Caught 28 fish. Next day got out at 6:30 and we threw tw all day. Caught 104 fish, mostly 3's and 4's. Sunday got out a little later and the sun came out so only had a tw bite for a little while. Mostly a lizard bite. They seemed to be hitting on Green and not Plum. We ended up catching 55 with John catching a 6lb 13oz, it was the big fish of the trip. Monday we went up the river and only caught 44, but they were alot bigger more 4's and 5's. Tuesday we had no tw bite at all so we were fishing lizards and they were starting to hit both Green and Plum. we ended up boating 62. The lake level was the highest I have ever seen it, so it was harder to find fishable water. Most of the brush was Mesquite so it had a bunch of thorns, so the fish were around it, not in it. We left at 9 on Wed we had to dorp the boat off at Angels, didnt want to go to early, so we maid it back to Gilbert in 9 hours. 2 car wait at the border which was awesome. Angel was a wonderful host as usual. The weather could not have been better. There was no wind at all.
January 10, 2015
Oviachic fishing report for Jan 5-8, 2015. Sam Sherwood along with Dick Westergard and Bob Flaherty, all from Mesa.
Monday; started at 9:30, boated 77 by 5:30. I never fished a lizard this day and others didn't catch much on it. Spinnerbait and crank were good with some TW late. Big fish 5 lbs.
Tue; 65 fish boated this day mostly fishing lizards after a slow morning TW and spinnerbait bite. Had some slow stretches here and there. Big fish 5 lbs
Wed; overcast all day with little wind so TW was the ticket. 70 fish by 2 pm before we had to tow someone in. 95% of all fish were on TW. Big fish was 6 lbs on TW. (HC was the place to be)
Thur; Boated 50 fish by 11 after starting at 7 and packed it in to headhome. First 2 hrs on TW for half the fish and then lizards for the next 2 hrs and the other half of the fish, mostly on points up near LR II. Biggest fish was 5 3/4 on a lizard.
We never fished below 3 sisters other than 'all day cove' the first morning and an hour in the Dry Creek area after the tow in, and never up past 'Mary' except as noted. 68 degree water by late pm and we never caught a fish deeper than 10'. We were headed up lake every day before 6:45 thx to GPS, and not back in till 6 the first 2 days but packed it in early the last 2 days. 68 degree water in late afternoon
January 2, 2015
I recently traveled to Obregon with a group of friends, the Grimmetts, Bells, Scotts, Schoenour, Southard, and Mcgonigle, our dates were 12/26-31, 2014. The highway improvements are starting to show, as the road was in the best shape I have seen in four years. It was an easy drive the whole way with some construction detours in Hermosillo if you travel by the prison. After turning off the main highway and heading towards the lake, about a couple of miles from the highway, there is an estimated 4 mile detour on a dirt road. The road, though dirt, is not that bad, but if you haven’t been on it before you will certainly question whether you are going in the right direction since it seems to take you at least a mile away from the main road and there are virtually no signs other than the initial detour arrow. The road is located atop a thirty-foot wide earthen canal, but stay the course and you will be ok. Fuel costs are much higher at $4.12/gal than what we are paying presently in the US, but the total averages out nicely.
The water level was quite high, the island in front of the restaurant is not visible, but the water does appear to be dropping, though not terribly fast. A rain front had just passed prior to our arrival, but overall the weather was decent, though we did have windy days on Days 1-3. The water temp seemed to average 65-69 degrees. There were 5 boats in our group, and we fished hard every day from 730AM until around 5PM. Our group fished primarily in the coves between 3 sisters and El Cap 2. One of our guys ventured to the river, but found little success, so it wasn’t worth the fuel needed for the lengthy ride. Our guys found success with a number of baits: spinnerbaits (slow rolled on bottom), cranks (in brush/trees), lizards, and occasional topwater (by trees). I like to try different baits while in Mexico as I find no better lake to improve skills with newer baits. I caught three 5’s on in 10-15” water on the same point towards the back of a cove with a 10” Larry the Lizard. I also caught a six and a few nice 4’s on a gr-pumpkin chatterbait in 6-10 feet of water, I like the chatterbaits because I get the benefit of fishing the bottom but can work the baits much faster. I had some R2Sea tilapia squarebills which were very effective. I threw a River2Sea Whopper-plopper which produce several nice fish in the trees, but the dang hooks are so big they easily get snagged. Angel believes you get more bites with clear line over braid, so I used fluorocarbon leaders on my braid and felt it produced more bites than straight braid. My partner found much success drop-shotting with a Zoom trick worm, though he did use 4/0 hooks and 17 lb line on a casting reel, but it certainly gets caught more often than a texas-rig. Quantity of fish can certainly be found shallow, less than 5 feet, but the better fish seemed to be located deeper, from 10-20 feet deep. The majority of the fish caught were 1-2 lbs, our group’s big fish was 7.1 lbs., and we also caught 3 sixes and probably 10 fives. Our group was fishing a tournament, highest three day total, with the winning weight being just over 67 lbs which I only mention that because it had a bearing on how some of our group fished, going for quality over quantity. The big fish were tough to find. I spent an afternoon sight-cruising the shallows and did not see much, other than a ton of 2-inch tilapia.
I want to share a boat problem I encountered while at the lake, if only as a testimony as to how far Angel goes to ensure a good trip for his guests. I was back by the virgin Mary and discovered my boat would not change gears, fortunately it was stuck in forward so I was able to return to the lodge. Angel has a mechanic who is essentially always on call who came to the lake and removed the lower unit on my 2009 Evinrude 250HO only to discover the linkage within the lower unit was broken that connects the shifting rod to the lower unit gear shifter. He removed my lower unit at 430PM, took it back to Obregon, repaired it with the factory part, and was back the next morning at 830AM for a successful installation. I was only charged $150, which made me a quite happy since not only was I able to continue to fish but also likely saved money over the local shops in Phoenix.
December 13, 2014
Bobby Meyer and I arrived friday Nov. 28th to fish for 14 days. After the first day I knew this could be a great couple weeks of Bass fishing. We have been there in the fall many times before but mostly marginal trips. This was an exception.I loved the fact that the lake was almost full and the water color and temp was perfect at 75 degrees. First day we messed around the 3 sisters fishing everything. Nothing special happening except lizards in the bushes. As the day went we noticed that the bass started hitting the plastics harder and all of the better fish (3 to 4 lb) hit it on the way down.We were using 5/16 weights and we thought it was better to use the lighter weight. I tried something on this trip I used hi vis Power Pro yellow (65lb)with a 6 ft piece of 25 lb Shooter flurocarbon tied on the end. I got great hook sets no lost fish and could see the line great. The first day only produced about 60 fish with lots of 1 1/2 size with big fish of 5 1/2 lb. I was not very impressed so far. The next day we started at the early time of 9am My fishing partner was slow going because of a bum hip. We never beat 8:30 am but we fished hard until 5pm every day.
Nothing special day 2 but we still caught close to 70. Monday was special because we started to catch bigger fish and all on plastics mostly in the Dolly Parton area. Monday night we decided to go to the 3 sisters area and try top water because some of the guys said it was good that day. We started fishing top water at 9am and we never used any thing else for the whole day for well over 100 bass. The next day was our worst day with only about 60 fish we spent too long looking for the top water bite. Dec. 4th our 6th day We are starting to see better bass swimming around in the coves especially the spawning areas from El Capitan to Virgin Mary. We started fan casting the shallow shorelines and bushes and started catching more 4 and 5 lb bass and very fat bass. We took Angel out with us on day 7 so around 1pm we went in and picked him up. We were already having a great day with around 130 fish and told Angel how good the fishing has been so he was excited to get in on the action of worming in this shallow bite. Angel counted every bass we caught and released and at the end of the day we caught 70 more with lots of 3 and 4 lb fish. We have never caught this many bass before. Angel must have been a guide years past because he was on top of his game. I was dissapointed to see that we could not get anything going in the river. Water looks great water temp was also great but had no action when I tried it. Best fishing was the area between Virgin Mary and 3 sisters.We fished lots of places we normally dont fish and had decent fishing we averaged close to 100 a day. The other guys in camp said the topwater bite was great every morning and some days caught as many as 50 in 3 hours. The rest of the days were very similar and had a blast every day catching these fish in areas we never fished before.
I dont want anyone to think we kept many fish in fact we didnt keep any until the 7th day. The limit at Oviachic is 5 a day. I believe this year will be special I cant wait to see the river start producing.
Roads were better than we have seen in years and launching is a snap.
December 12, 2014
Of the four days we fished we had two OUTSTANDING days (over a 100 fish per day)…. Mostly topwater in the coves from three peaks to the Virgin Mary Camp.
Seemed like rico’s that had “orange” coloring blended in worked the best for us. We didn’t catch any wall hangers, but Will did stick a 7 pounders… we caught lots of 3,4&5s… and quite a few dinks that must have made their way up from Bartlett lake??
There was a “good” lizard bite .. and a few Spinner bait fish as well.
The weather was awesome!!! Mid 80’s in the day time, very little wind. The last day Friday it did cloud up and drizzled a bit. Angel took great care of everyone as always!!!!!
The surface temp was around 76…. The lake level is dropping making the fishing a little easier than it was in NOV.
Roads going down are under construction… so take it easy.
Hope you get a chance to get down there and have some fun…
Good fishing, Good Health, and Happy Holidays to all of you…
November 10, 2014
Wednesday November 5th:
Crossed the border a little after 6 am. The first check point after the toll both we were all stopped and asked for the boat permits, first time for that!!! Hit Kilometer 21 at about 6:30. We had all done the truck permits on-line so the 8 of us only needed to get our visas. Of course there was only one window open to pay for the 180 day visas and there were several Canadians that were getting permits for their motor homes so it took a little longer than we hoped, but we prevailed.
As we approached Obergon it started to rain off and on till we got to the lake. Really cooled things off a bit. The road into the lodge was nice and they repaired most of the pot holes. Arrived at the lake around 2:30 PM. The lake is the fullest I’ve ever seen it. It looked to be just a couple of feet from full pool.
A couple of guys fished at the Dolly Parton and caught fish, mostly plastics. I think a 5 was the largest.
Thursday, November 6th:
Woke to wind and lots of it, but no rain. Decided to make the run to the sisters. Had to take it slow or we were beat to death. Started at a cove before the sisters where Dennis had fished before and started to catch fish right away. No size but still fun. Some on top water and some on plastics. Noticed the water temp was 79 degrees. Couldn’t believe it was still that high. There were times it got to 81 degrees in some areas. Moved around to try to establish some type of pattern. As the day progressed the bit continued to slow down. We went up the river as far as El Capitan 2. There is so much lush green vegetation in the water that it provides a lot of cover for the fish. Of course it was difficult to get any lure under the canopy of cover. The trees were covered in spider webs. So if you got hung up in the trees you had to deal with the spiders as well as getting the lure out. The bite continued to slow down. We made a run to Dolly Parton to try our luck there. The wind had laid down by now. We maybe caught a couple of fish their but no size. We mixed it up between plastics, crank baits, spinnerbaits, top water but no real pattern yet. We finished the day with about 35 fish. Maybe the largest was pushing 3 pounds. One of the guys caught a 7 pounder by flipping a lizard over a tree to the back of it and pulling it out. If he didn’t have braid it would have broke off for sure!
Friday, November 7th:
Woke to more wind again. Went to a cove before and to the left of the sisters and started there. Dennis was throwing top water again with some takers. We mixed it up to keep catching fish. I was able to catch fish on plastics. Caught some on a Senko. A single tail grub, black and blue was also effective. But caught most on the Watermelon/Chartreuse lizard. Still no size to speak of. Again maybe a 3 1/2 pounder. But the fishing was more consistent throughout the day. Maybe caught about 50 fish.
Saturday, November 8th;
More wind today! Decided to start where we left off Friday evening with top water. Got on fish right away. Caught a 4 pounder. Dennis caught a 6 on a chatter bait. Things were looking up! Keep the top water going and continued to catch fish on and off throughout the morning. Decided to move to a cove before the sisters and continued to catch top water fish. Moved to the back of a cove using top water. I had a giant fish blow 3 feet out of the water to get that lure. I thought I was Peacock Bass fishing. Had her on for all of about 5 seconds and she spit the lure. Rounded the corner and caught another 4 pounder. We continued to catch top water fish all day long. Even when the water was flat with no wind. I dumped a couple of more bigger fish. I think the problem was using the braid. There wasn’t enough give in the line. Tried backing off of the drag but it wasn’t enough. I could hook those fish but as soon as they would make a run I think they were puling the hook out?? That’s why they call it fishing! Still was just awesome! Actually saw a 3 pounder come under the top water lure, pause and then bust it! We ended the final day with about 75 fish.
We noticed an incredible amount of Tilapia in the water. Sizes were from 1” to 5 inches. Everywhere we went there were Tilapia. With all the vegetation in the water the fish have a lot of cover. We did noticed that a lot of our fish were being caught out in deeper water, 8-15 feet. Some of our top water fish came from those depths. Was hot all 3 days. Into the 90’s but manageable.
We did eat at the restaurant Saturday night and asked Angel for steak and it was delicious. Well worth checking out! The other guys in the group had Carne Asada! If you want steak be sure and ask him in advance so he has time to get them for you. He also has some new hats in! Can’t wait to get back. Didn’t get checked at the Military checkpoint and only about a 20 minute wait at the border and we didn’t get checked their either. Left Oviachi at 5 am and crossed the border at 12:30.
Well the first reports for this season have just come in with great fishing reported at Oviachic and good reports from Novillo. The best thing about the fall is the top water action. This is not usually something you can get great numbers from but the best is the sight of a big bass hitting your top water lure. Both of these lakes have lots of green bushes in the water and the draw of all bait fish is huge either eating plankton or green bushes. Some of the guys that reported said the green bushes were to hard to fish and when they got close to pitch a jig or worm in these bushes the nats drove them crazy. As you can imagine it is easy to catch fish on just about everything you throw as long as you are some what shallow. Worming and cranking accounted for the best results and the guys said if the area you are fishing is slow move 100 yards away until you find them. Every one is interested in the river at Oviachic and the river is muddy and very slow so far. The virgin Mary area back to 3 sisters is the best area for better fish numbers and size. Typically in the fall the bass aren't fat yet and it shows lots of 3 and 4 pound bass only a few 7s. The lake is full and thats great for the future should be a great spring. The best numbers i heard of is about 125 a day for a boat load of fishermen but 35 to 50 a day per fishermen was more normal. Novillo is also very good for numbers but size was not very good just lots of fun. Up the Yaqui past the power lines was the best area to fish.
The road to the lake from Espiranza is in good shape and we are hoping by spring the new road they are building to the gold mine will be done. The pot holes that we usually have to deal with as you get past Hornos are better so far this year. I never count on that section being in good shape. Every thing else is about the same just smooth sailing. If you have any ideas for something we can give Angel for taking so good care of us let me know. He is awesome ...........Danny