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#10783609 - 04/21/15 06:09 AM Calaveras reds
fisherman doug Offline

Registered: 06/28/09
Posts: 24
Loc: fredericksburg tx
Can anyone tell me what kind of bait and type of rig works best for the reds on calaveras. I have never been before and want to take my son. He wants to catch a big red. Thanks for any advice

#10784122 - 04/21/15 09:24 AM Re: Calaveras reds [Re: fisherman doug]
Tejas Trofeo Offline
muy pequeño hombre

Registered: 06/30/10
Posts: 16366
lures, spoons and crankbaits like a DD 22.

#10786955 - 04/22/15 10:13 AM Re: Calaveras reds [Re: Tejas Trofeo]
ratandjmt Offline

Registered: 03/31/15
Posts: 67
Loc: San Antonio
Do you usually fish them around the dam or just troll around the lake? Being my 1st Red season in Texas I am after all the info I can get.

I did catch a few small Reds around Oct last year using bottom bouncers and red worms. I was drifting toward the dock from the power lines in the center of the lake. It worked great cause I just ate a sandwich and held my rod.

Edited by ratandjmt (04/22/15 10:17 AM)

#10787487 - 04/22/15 12:54 PM Re: Calaveras reds [Re: fisherman doug]
gar1970 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/23/11
Posts: 1174
Loc: southwest more west than south...
Freeline perch,talapia,crawfish around the rocks or go to the wall and use same bait under a cork. Good luck post a report

#10788642 - 04/22/15 05:59 PM Re: Calaveras reds [Re: fisherman doug]
Matt "Moondog" Mooney Offline

Registered: 04/13/15
Posts: 49
I have fished Brauning lake which is the sister lake to Calaveras and has the same freshwater redfish. I've been fishing for saltwater reds all my life and fishing for these freshwater reds is a completely different story.

The lures are pretty odd but here we go :
-rattle trap
-yeah-mon shad or crawfish (catfish bait)
- free lined perch or shad

You should have a lot of action

#10792860 - 04/24/15 07:52 AM Re: Calaveras reds [Re: Matt "Moondog" Mooney]
ratandjmt Offline

Registered: 03/31/15
Posts: 67
Loc: San Antonio
Thanks for the info. If weather is permitting I am heading out in the morning.

#10799744 - 04/27/15 07:56 AM Re: Calaveras reds [Re: fisherman doug]
ratandjmt Offline

Registered: 03/31/15
Posts: 67
Loc: San Antonio
Ended up getting out to Calaveras Saturday morning after the storm, around 1000. The kids caught a couple small cats near the dam and a few more around the bridges, most were on chicken livers. I threw lots of cranks, spinners, spoons and other shinny things around the dam and bridges (5-20ft) but never got a hit. Snakes were everywhere. The wall was packed when we arrived at the lake and when we left around 1400 there were cars lined up past the intersection waiting to get through the gate.

I did catch something out of the norm though. I thought I had some weeds but ended up with an Ugly Stick

Edited by ratandjmt (04/27/15 08:16 AM)

#10801845 - 04/27/15 07:24 PM Re: Calaveras reds [Re: ratandjmt]
TheGizzard Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 09/25/10
Posts: 518
Trolling and down-rigging are good choices to catch the good size reds.


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