Alex Niapas caught an 11.65-pound largemouth (part of a 20.23-lb limit weighed in with Garrett Anderson during a WON Bass event on Melones) on California Reservoir lures. With so many bait fish available the bass are very healthy. Timing is very important when targeting bass feeding on shad. Morning and evening are the best times to locate feeding fish. Use lures that mimic injured and fleeing shad. Topwater baits such as Pop-Rs, Spooks, and Gunfish will work best. Also, hard and soft jerkbaits work well sub-surface. Fall is a great time to fish at night. Be very quiet and move your baits slowly. Dark colored baits work best.
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