Hogan Lake trip #3 2009
…maybe my last visit.
August 12, 2009
I believe these guys were waiting on the famous “boils” on New Hogan when stripers chase shad to the surface during a feeding frenzy. It would be a long wait for these fellas, I think. Up until a year or two ago, huge boils would erupt on the lake and some guys would just wait around for them, then speed over to the edge and toss lures into the frothing mess of feeding stripers.
It is my not-so-humble opinion that Hogan just isn’t what it used to be. A hot August day was just perfect for a lot of striper action, but this week’s trip in 100° weather was yet another skunk for ol’ FishWisher. Granted, I fished for just six hours, but that much trolling without a bump is very discouraging. My intent was to fish two day there, and bait fish under a light at night time. But after all that trolling in the heat, I was too disgusted to spend any more time trying for those finicky fish.
The water was 80°. For about an hour I anchored and just took in the glorious and secluded surroundings I found in one of the coves along the lakes edge. I enjoyed that hour of simply sitting in the boat and diving in a couple of times as much as any day this summer – and I should do that more often. I also cruised the lake at speed, checking out the conditions upriver. It was shallow up there, and not somewhere I’d likely find stripers.
The lake was the lowest I’ve seen it in the nine years I’ve fished it. This photo shows the old dam is high out of the water – and should be deep under water. Note the new dam in the background. I am hoping and praying for a wet rainy season this year – we sure need it!
Up close at the old dam. I’ve never seen so much of this old dam! Scroll down to compare this photo to the next one which was taken on June 24.More info on Old Hogan Dam here:
So… I think fishing Hogan is over for me this year. Perhaps things will improve there for next year. I sure hope so!
New Hogan Lake – 2009 Trip #2
June 24, 2009
It’s only June and the old dam is already rising high out of the low water.
I’m beginning to think Hogan Lake (in the low foothills east of Stockton, CA) will not turn on like it has in times past. I haven’t had a really good day of fishing there in years, and sometimes wonder why I keep trying. But I tried for over four hours rolling ‘chovies at 15′ to 35’ for no action at all. I spoke with two other boaters who were fishing and neither had a fish. Usually hot weather means good fishing there, and it was over 90° yesterday and the water was about 76° on the surface.
Next week I’m heading for Pardee unless it’s not windy on the delta (fat chance!). At least there I won’t be putting up with the lake lice!
I can’t complain too much – at least the weather was perfect and the earlier trolling time was calm and quiet.
Next week, maybe I’ll actually catch a fish at Pardee!
New Hogan Lake – 2009 Trip #1
May 7, 2009