Lake Medina held the state largemouth bass record from 1943 until 1980 when the record was surpassed by the first Florida strain on Lake Monticello.......the rest is history.
The 80's was a fun time to be a bass fisherman! The florida strain bass had taken hold in a number of lakes especially Monticello and Calaveras and Braunig.
There was somewhat of a competition between Monticello and Calaveras to see who produced the states biggest largemouth and dethrone Monticello. It ended up going to a small private lake called Echo lake.
It's hard for someone to grasp, but Calaveras was rated at one time the number one bass lake in the state, and maybe even the U.S. at one time.
What's sad is Calaveras has become a put and take lake for freshwater redfish and Hybrid Stripers. Catfish hold their own, but the bass fishing is nowhere near what it once was, and in fact trying to catch a bass is only for someone who has great determination, and not afraid to admit defeat.
On the other hand Monticello is still a pretty good bass fishery as well as the other species.