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Amistad Report #8906990 05/07/13 07:00 PM
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Its been awhile since I got a report out, so this is what I got.. The Big Blue has shrunk just a little currently 60.7ft low. I can tell you we still have plenty of water. Ive fished this lake since 1994 and the lowest it got in the mid 90s was 58ft. It fished very easy back then because the fished grouped up in areas and you could whack em. Why isnt it fishing that easy now? Well a couple reasons, one the water has not been sustained at a constant level long enough. Once the water sustains the fish can set up and we can start growing a little grass. Two we still have fish trying to figure out where they want to spawn. Yes we still have pre spawn fish.. Majority of our fish have spawned but we are still catching females full of eggs (leave the debate that bass spawn more than once). All of our cover is on the bank and the spawning bays and flats the fish have been going to for years are out of the water also. Big fish on this lake have spawned on ledge shelves for years and the same has taken place this year the only problem is less ledges and more fish trying to do it. Im excited for the future of this fishery, we saw this happen in the late 90s and once the flood hit and filled the lake 2000-2007 lake catches were record breaking. Amistad will be fine, all lakes cycle. With that being said heres whats been working for me.

Shallow pattern- Top water in the morning is finally starting to heat up. Repo man, Spooks, River 2 sea and Sexy dawgs are working, feather on the back hook is key. Square bill bite is also working on shallow flats and points. What brush and trees you can find flip it!

Mid Depth- Points are the ticket anywhere the channel swings up to a point. You may be in 30-80ft of water casting up in 5-15ft. T-rig with a Mag trick worm. The football jig bite has been slow for me compared to years past. Series 5 and 6 cranks have worked well on windy points and middle of ditches.

Deep Pattern- SWIM BAITS! Optimum BLT, Osprey and Top Shelf 5-7 inch baits. This bite is tough but rewarding. Parallel the deep ledges and SLOWLY retrieve the bait and hold on. Remember you are only going for a few bites so patience is key. DD22 and Drop shot have also been working in the ledges.

Hope this helps ya out, and feel free to give me a shout if you are headed down. Tight lines!
Olin Jensen (830)734-8715 Jensensguideservice.com


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Re: Amistad Report [Re: Olin Jensen] #8907115 05/07/13 07:37 PM
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When I look at the Deablo East webcam it looks like people are parking along the ramp and not having to walk all the way up to the parking lot. Is that correct?

Re: Amistad Report [Re: Olin Jensen] #8907181 05/07/13 07:51 PM
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You have to have a special permit to park there. You can apply for one at the park service.


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Nice report, sounds like your locked in!

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Thanks Olin.

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I was told by a border patrol officer that you have to be handicapped in order to get one of those permits.

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Being mentally handicapped count for ramp parking permit? I know I qualify.

I am going to Amistad in two weeks and I appreciate the intel Olin. If I catch a fish, that is fine. If I don't catch a fish, that is fine too. I won't have to take any phone calls or be at the office. Heaven indeed.

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I already have the handicap one from thier parks office. Fuess I'm OK to park there.

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Anyone know if the Box Canyon ramp is still open and working? Havent been in over a year, and am going this weekend.


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http://www.nps.gov/amis/planyourvisit/lake-levels.htm
Schroll down for info. Shows to be closed.

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Heading there Thursday night and will hit the lake at safe light on Friday.

If I catch a fish, that's okay. If I don't catch a fish, that's okay. I won't be at work.

I hope to return with a lot of pictures to post.


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Box Closed
Diablo 1 ramp lane shuttle service on weekends
Rough Canyon 1 ramp lane
454 opened 1 ramp lane a little muddy. Parking limited
Didn't go by 406


Was working today and visited all of them.

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How is the parking at 454 ?

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The area NPS bladed for parking will take about 20 trailers. Might be able to park along the road edge to add a few more. Porta-potties and a courtesy dock.

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Forgot there is a pretty good dip in the road past the first little concrete bridge, if you're going fast its enough to maybe make the boat come off the ground so slow down at the dip sign. I know because I hit it a little fast.

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