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 Iíve 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. Couldnít 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
didnít 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
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 wasnít
enough give in the line. Tried backing off of the drag
but it wasnít enough. I could hook those fish but as
soon as they would make a run I think they were puling
the hook out?? Thatís 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 1Ē 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 90ís 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!
Canít wait to get back. Didnít get checked at the
Military checkpoint and only about a 20 minute wait at
the border and we didnít 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
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