Crowley Lake Trolling Report

Report by Don Meier. A Kittredge Sports Guide (760-934-7566) and  CPR Guide Service (760-784-1524)

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Trolling Report August 25, 2017
I don’t like to report lousy news but the trolling all week has gone down hill with even a skunk under my belt this end of the week. The fish in the deep water are still there but will not eat.outside the weed beds in McGee the fish turn their noses up at artificial as there is so much real food inside. The north end has not started for me and tomorrow I am going trolling for the perch. Things will perk up as we get some cooler weather but right now it is tough.


Trolling Report August 17, 2017
After a couple weeks of family fun back on the lake and the catching has not stopped. I have been concentrating on the deep water with lures down 30 feet. Lots of legal cutts and a few browns including one over 5#. Easiest lures to get down are the Tasmanians unless you are using down-riggers. Tough fishing in McGee as the weeds are out to the 22 foot water and the fish are inside that depth. Not much at the north end yet but it will happen. Lots of fun and only our fly fishing friends to share the lake with.


Trolling Report July 23, 2017
Lots of quality fish coming to the boat. There is lots of clean water all over the lake. McGee Bay is not the only place to fish. Try some of the deep water putting the lures down 30 feet. Of course you can try outside the bait and midge boats over by the bathroom and the 24-32 foot water is holding lots of fish. keep the lures within 4 feet of the bottom. Good reports of big fish off the Chalk Bluff side and also the deep water channel outside the marina. Still the best lures have been the green Tasmanians but small minnow lures are working also. Bait season only lasts for another week and some of the best uncrowded season is in front of us.


Trolling Report July 14, 2017
Warm to hot days and biting trout. Best area has continued to be McGee Bay. When you can get in to the shallower areas around 18-20 feet the lures need to be down 16-18 feet. Fish hugging the bottom. If too crowded with bait and midge fishermen move out as the bite can be excellent in the 22-32 foot water. Fish still very close to the bottom. Best lures have been the Tasmanians in green with small rainbow Rapalas next best choice. All three species biting with many fish over 20″. Took a complete lap around the lake scouting a couple days ago and ended back on McGee.


Trolling Report June 30, 2017
June has ended up with a bang. Maybe the best day of the year today the 30th. Several areas have been outstanding with big browns, cutts and rainbows. First on the 395 side of McGee bay in the 28-32 foot water putting the lures down 24-28 feet has been outstanding. Next in McGee bay around the bathroom in shallower water around 18-22 feet putting lures down 16 feet has started to explode. Off Sandy point heading for the chalk cliffs in the 40 foot water with lures down 24-28 feet also is on fire. Get up here and have some frog patterned Tasmanians, rainbow colored minnow lures, and Needlefish in various colors and Thomas Bouyants in gold and red. I bet almost whatever you put in the eating zone will work.


Trolling Report June 20, 2017
Most outstanding area lately has been the 395 side of McGee Bay in the 28-35 foot water putting the lures down between 24-28 feet. Best lures have consistently been the Tasmanians in green patterns with the rainbow color minnow lures coming in second place. In this area you need to check your lures often as the stringy weeds being brought up by the perch fishermen with their anchors inside are everywhere. If you cannot keep your lures clean don’t be afraid to try the deep water as the fish are out deep also. Water level still coming up but hope it continues.


Trolling Report June 8, 2017
Yahoo the lake is coming up with incoming water. Even with the full moon the fishing is great. Areas to explore are McGee bay, Alligator Point, and outside the harbor. Today the fishing in McGee was off the hook out in the 30 foot water putting lures down 24 feet. Both Cutts and Browns attacked the lures with an occasional rainbow. Best lures were the frog colored Tasmanians in green red and pink. The minnow lures also worked mostly in rainbow imitations. Up in the north end the bite is instant but mostly small fish. Outside Christmas Bay is another area to explore. With the lake coming up expect the fishing to improve to the wide open status.


Trolling Report May 28, 2017
Great weather and turnout for the Memorial Weekend and the fish celebrated also. Several areas standout. McGee Bay on both the stormy flats side and the 395 side were good. Inside on the stormy flats side the fish were in the 12-18 foot water and the lures needed to be right next to the bottom. On the 395 side out in the 25-30 foot water the fish responded  to the lures down 20-24 feet. Also instabite up in the north end but mostly small browns. Best lures continued to be the Tasmanians in various frog colors and Rapala type minnow lures in rainbow imitations. Still watch out for the island high spots and give them a wide berth.


Trolling Report May 18, 2017
Since the beginning of the season the fishing has changed for the better, but changed in tactic. The fish have moved out a little and every day is a little different. Latey the best fishing has been in the deeper water around the 25-32 foot water putting the lures down 20-24 feet. Areas that have produced have been from Christmas Bay towards Alligator and McGee both on  the Stormy Flats side and the 395 side. Sometimes it is a Tasmanian bite and other times it is a minnow bite so the Rapalas and others really work. For the Tasmanians keep switching till you find a good one and the Rapalas/minnow colors should imitate rainbows. Frog colors of Tasmanians is where you should start. Great day last Thurs with 15 quality fish in 2 hrs. Good weather and fishing so get up here and join us. ps again   pay attention to the islands and the water close to them. Water level is low and possible boating accidents can happen. GIVE THEM A WIDE BERTH. We should see rising levels soon as warm temps are predicted and even some dangerous flooding coming out of the mountains. Most snow I have seen in the big mountains in 46 years living here.


Trolling Report May 7, 2017
Great weather and turnout for the opener. Depending how you were approaching the fishing it was either great or kind of on the tough side. Bright and shiny seemed to be the best way. Our natural colored lures that normally we would have out did not work nearly as well as bright stuff. Tons of small recently put in browns up in the 6 bays area but not much size. McGee bay on both the 395 side and the Stormy Flats side are giving up some quality fish both Cutts and Browns. Opening day big fish were Cutts. I have had luck in water from 13-22 feet always with the lures close to the bottom. Various stuff working from Rapalas, Tasmanians, to spoons like Thomas Bouyants and Little Cleos. Not up to our regular Crowley standards but tons of fish on the meters and they will break loose any time