Calero Reservoir Fishing Report

Calero Reservoir Fishing Report

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November 3, 2017

Source: Andrew Yeh

Calero is the only lake open for boating in the Santa Clara County, all others have unfortunately closed for a few months. Water levels are decent and the fishing has been surprisingly good considering the cold weather.

Reaction baits in the shallows are working great right now – jerkbaits, squarebill cranks and lipless cranks imitating baitfish are producing. A few anglers I’ve talked to are getting decent fish on topwater first thing in the morning as well. Spooks, poppers and Whopper Ploppers are all working.

The crappie bite has died for shore anglers, if you’re on the boat you’ll probably be able to find them in 25-30+ feet of water schooled up. Just scan around and you’re sure to find a bunch, the lake is tiny anyways so it shouldn’t be too difficult. Chartreuse mini jigs are always great in the murky, deep waters of Calero.


May 12, 2017

Source: Miguel Maldonado, Gordon Dere, Andrew Yeh

The crappie bite was insane! large schools found all over the lake in about 16-25ft of water. We limited out using mini jigs on a double drop shot rig. Any plastics with chartreuse seemed to be the ticket. Larger fish were caught across the launch ramp but you can literally find them anywhere.


May 2, 2017

Source: Andrew Yeh

The crappie bite has definitely picked up for shore anglers. Large schools of crappie are found in the shallows along points and coves near the right side of the boat launch. Fish are caught on all variations of mini jigs and medium-sized live minnows under a bobber. The average size is usually no bigger than your hand but the numbers make up for it.


Source: Andrew Yeh, Stefano Massoud

August 18, 2016

Source: Andrew Yeh, Stefano Massoud

Crappie bite is great! Found in deeper water in approximately 20-25 feet. Any mini jig with chartreuse in it works well. We had the most luck on black/chartreuse and red/chartreuse but they’ll hit anything honestly. Fished on a drop shot rig and dragged around slowly.


May 3, 2016

Source: Andrew Yeh, David Deeds, Mario Saucedo

Headed out to Calero for a relaxing mid-afternoon session around 3pm. The bite was pretty decent, nothing huge but it was fun sticking some 2lbers all around the lake along rocky banks. They weren’t really hitting reaction baits so we slowed down and dragged shakey heads and a drop shot around. Later in the day it got very calm in the coves so we threw topwater and managed to stick a 3lber but missed a few other good blowups. Overall a pretty solid day, felt good to set hook on a few in general.


April 6, 2016

Source: Andrew Yeh

Super slow bite today, only had two fish from opening til around 11am. Some fish seem like they’re in the beginning stages of bedding and others have already established beds but are lightly defending them. We enticed a 2lb male to bite after around 20 minutes of constant irritation with a white jig, and our other fish came off a Texas Rig flipping an isolated tule patch. Still waiting for the fish to completely lock on their beds so the bite will pick up.


March 22, 2016

Source: Andrew Yeh, BJ Kendrick, Mario Saucedo

Bite was GREAT. Haven’t seen this many quality fish out of Calero in awhile. The light wind and cloudy conditions seem to be helping a great amount as well. Caught close to 20 fish all in the 2-4lb range with one pushing 5lbs. We were fishing fairly shallow and throwing tubes, shakey heads and a drop shot. We also caught fish on spinnerbaits when working the inside of each cove.

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