2017 New Hogan Reservoir Fishing Map, Fishing Report, Local Calveras Hunting Clubs, Striped bass, Largemouth and crappie:
2016 New Hogan Fishing Report and Camping Areas
May 1 2016 Update:
Striped bass action on upswing as the water has turbidity clears. Try bait, shad/anchovies using a harness. Level at 40% , boat ramps launching available.
New Hogan Reservoir Fishing Information Quick Facts:
Location: An impoundment of the Calaveras River, New Hogan Reservoir is formed by a dam about 30 miles upstream from Stockton. lt's about seven miles long and has a number of arms formed by feeder creeks. The reservoir is one of the lakes nestled in the foothills of the “Mother Lode" country.
Species: A variety of freshwater fish including largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill, and rainbow and brown trout. The action is good both from boat and from shore.
Facilities: New Hogan Marina offers moorage, gas dock, motor sales and repairs, and a general store including bait, tackle, groceries, camping equipment and fishing licenses. There are five boat launches at the reservoir, four in the day-use area near the marina and one unimproved concrete ramp in Acorn campground.
Camping is available at Acorn, at Oak Knoll, “primitive" camping and at Deer Flat, which is accessible only by boat.
Here's How to Fish New Hogan and local Hunting and Fishing Clubs
There‘s a good reason for New Hogan Reservoir being included in the “Mother Lode" foothills lakes:
lt's a wealth of ﬁshing opportunity. The list of freshwater species at the impoundment of the Calaveras River includes largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass, crappie, catﬁsh, bluegill, and rainbow and brown trout. And there’s always the chance that a landlocked salmon or a spotted bass will be landed as well. To learn how to fish New Hogan , read on.
The reservoir stretches for close to seven miles with its sometimes rugged shoreline, its many shallow coves and its small islands. The ﬁrst place boaters will want to head is the south trees area in the Bear Creek and Whiskey Creek arms. Where it's peaceful even with water- skiers out in the lake. There’s some large trees in there and work right in among them.
Check the New Hogan fish map above, Bear Creek Arm as very good for crappie anglers using Mini-Jigs or small minnows. The action is not as good in the Whiskey Creek Arm because there is less brush for cover. Another good place to try is in the Haupt Creek Arm in the north end of the lake. ln addition there are some other crappie holes dotted here and there.
For the most part, the crappie run right around the one- pound mark. New Hogan once kicked out the state record crappie- a fat 4 pounds and 1 ounce. The largemouth bass inhabit the same areas as the crappie. Good cover for crappie is good for bass as well.
There‘s also bass hooked Wrinkle Cove, but only go part of the way up because of a swimming area at the end of the cove, as well as in other parts of the reservoir. The California Conservation Corps has dropped brush to improve fish habitat. ln other areas, the corps has even planted willows for cover.
Bassers will want to use minnows or black and purple plastic worms to entice the bass in the spring. As the water warms up in early summer, anglers should switch to spinnerbaits and surface plugs. The same gear will be effective for the smallmouth bass which can also be pulled from the south trees area and in the Haupt Creek Arm.
The smallmouths run as big as 3 pounds at New Hogan. An occasional spotted bass landed, but any bass from the south trees area have been hit well during the spring and the action continues to hold until the warmest days of the summer.
Then the bite will slow, but until then anglers can expect to land largemouths up to 8 and 10 pounds. On the sunnier days this spring, bass ﬁshermen will also want to try the other many shallow coves and rocky points around New Hogan. Look at the New Hogan fish map and the shallow coves near Deer Flats or the rocks near Coyote Point as good spots to try on the warmer days. Lake records came Coyote Point area, ar 15 pounds 1 ounce.
Striped bass also bend poles at New Hogan. The largest striper hooked at the reservoir hit 24 pounds. and the best action is the narrows toward the north end of the lake. The narrows are just past a group of islands and the water there is cool and deep.
ln the spring, the stripers will be deep, but with warmer weather, the ﬁsh will sometimes be boiling off shad, especially in the early morning and the late evening. Two methods are popular with striper anglers. Both the troll and the cast-and-retrieve are effective ways to entice the large bass with minnows or broken-backed Rebels.
Although the state is no longer stocking the reservoir with trout, anglers can expect to land some average-sized rainbows and browns from New Hogan. The upper stretches of the Calaveras River Arm are the trout anglers best bet. Both rainbows and German browns are taken there, and generally run 12 to 13 inches.
Small minnows or salmon eggs are the best baits to entice the trout. There’s some good trout action in the Calaveras River below the dam as well. The river is known to hold a lot of rainbow trout, most people ﬁsh the river with eggs or worms, but ﬂy ﬁshermen do well too. Brown Mosquito ﬂies size 12 or 14 throughout the spring and summer and they‘re especially productive in the evenings. Have a great time and check out our fishing map site and fishing reports for more information.
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