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Urban anglers looking for great spots for fishing in the Bay Area not far from home are in luck. Check out Coyote Lake fishing, in a 6,695 acre recreational area east of the town of Gilroy. It’s a hot spot and. here are the top 5 reasons to go Coyote lake fishing.
1. Coyote lake offers excellent fishing
The 449-acre lake offers excellent fishing for 4 species of fish. Black bass, bluegill, black crappie and Eurasian carp are the top species. There are other species to catch, too. While rainbow trout are no longer stocked, the holdovers are good sized. Channel carp are caught in moderate numbers, too.
2. Easy access for boats
While no swimming or wading is allowed, bank fishing is permitted. More importantly, power boats, canoes, and kayaks are welcome, and there is a boat launch featuring a three-lane concrete ramp and two docks. Boating is closed from mid-October to mid-April.
3. Coyote Lake Fishing is family friendly
Camping is allowed, and if you roll in an RV then you’ll find electric and water hook ups as well as a dump station. If you’re a camper then you’ll find tables, grills, fire pits and bathhouses.
4. There is plenty of water to fish
From tip to toe the lake is 3.5 miles long. It’s a half mile wide, too. Finding a place where to fish is easy, but be sure to check out the areas near the marina and in the lower Narrows. A few largemouth bass fishing tips include Texas-rigged rubber worms in the shallows and stickbaits for the edges. Powerbait works well for catfish, and grubs or live worms are solid choices for panfish. Throw a spoon like an Al’s Goldfish for the trout, and look for catfish at East Beach or at the creek at the south end of the lake. Fish near the dam and along the right side of the lake during the closed-boating months and target crappie around the dam in the evening during the hot summer months. A buddy who recently was fishing there sent me a Coyote Lake fishing reportwhich shows you can find there largemouth bass in the 5-7 pound range.
5. Pick pocket the edges
Mixed-use fisheries sometimes can be frustrating. Water and jet skiers tend to favor the middle of the lake where it’s about 100 feet deep. Fishermen stick to the shallows and work the east side. It’s steeper and there are rocky areas which offer great structure and holding water.
Bay area fishing spots are popular, but if you’re looking to go freshwater fishing in San Francisco area then give Coyote Lake a shot. All you need is a fishing license. The rest is all in place.