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Message started by RooPhillip on May 31st, 2011, 8:53am

Title: Lower Naci Memorial Day Report
Post by RooPhillip on May 31st, 2011, 8:53am

The Lower Nacimiento River at Camp Roberts was open for limited fishing this weekend.  25 anglers showed up for the weekend, according to the DFG checkstation.  It was the first of 5 weekend open fishing periods this season.  DFG stopped stocking trout in the Lower Naci in 2008, but have agreed to open the river up to fishing whenever there is a Camp Roberts hunt going on.  The regs for the Lower Naci were changed in 2009 to artificial barbless lures with a zero limit for trout.  Last season, one holdover trout was caught, along with numerous pikeminnow and a couple reports of bass.

One trout was reported caught this weekend (on gear, no pic available  :().  

My buddy and I worked it all day Saturday with streamers, looking for a trout (or even a pikeminnow) but were getting skunked hard, without a bite even.  Then, when we were about to hang it up, we found a school of stripers/wipers and caught about 20 between us in an hour!  Cool!  I had heard a couple reports over the years about stripers in the river, but had never seen one.

I'm a trout guy, so maybe you guys can help confirm the ID on these fish, but I think the first is a striper and the second is a wiper.  The thing I don't get is: where did the stripers come from?  As far as I know there are whites in Naci Reservoir but no stripers.  San Antonio Reservoir has stripers, so I suppose they could have moved up from there, but San Antonio has not spilled in years.  Would schoolies travel all the way up the Salinas from Monterey to the Naci?  Or, maybe they've been there the whole time and we've just never found one...

Naturally, we went back on Sunday!  We did get a few more, but the action was a lot slower than our last hour the day before.  A nice surprise, though!

The next Camp Roberts/Lower Naci open dates are July 23-24.  The flows will probably be cranking at 400 CFS in July, though, unlike the sweet 220 CFS we had this weekend.  For more inf0 on the Camp Roberts fishing, see

Title: Re: Lower Naci Memorial Day Report
Post by Lew_Riffle on Jun 1st, 2011, 6:26am

Looks like a whiper to me. Strippers are persistent migrators  who knows? Could be a people moved deal as well.   Guess you guys discovered a new fishery for yourselves.      LEW

Title: Re: Lower Naci Memorial Day Report
Post by Forum Admin on Jun 2nd, 2011, 8:45am

That's an exiting report RooPhillip  :) Thanks!

The first one does look like a striper. They are very good at traveling, that's how they end up all over the aqueduct system. Could have came from the Salinas and maybe originated in Santa Margarita.

Title: Re: Lower Naci Memorial Day Report
Post by RooPhillip on Jun 3rd, 2011, 7:53am

Yeah, I figured the first was a striper but wasn't sure.  You can see how it's much more "torpedo shaped" than the wiper, plus the lines are not broken.

Hey, good call on Margarita.  Didn't even think of that...that lake has spilled virtually every year for a long time too.  

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