Fishing Reports for
the North Fork of the San Gabriel above Country Club Road


October 10 2009 - John McDonald

Begin and end times: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Weather Conditions: 57 degrees, cloudy
Water Conditions: Stained, but clearing

I caught 3 small bass under 1lb and then the one in the attached photo, about 3-4 lbs (no scale). Several fat bluegill off the grassy sides.

I have fished this spot about 3 times in the past 2 weeks with good success. Always catch a dozen or more. If you paddle up stream, it will get very shallow, about 2-4 feet and there are about 15 good size catfish grazing the bottom. Good spots to get out and wade fish, but I have stayed in the yak so far. I plan to head out again on Friday morning if the weather holds and will try my luck at wade fishing upstream. I really like this area and very peaceful. If you continue up stream, you will find a small dam and will need to portage to continue. I have not tried this yet, but the river looks like you can keep going.

February 27, 2009 - Don Johnson

Begin and end times: 7:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Weather Conditions: About 75 degrees, rising into the 80s, overcast
Flies that worked: 2/0 double aztec sunfish

I caught one bass (see the photo) and got another of about the same size close to the boat before he spit the hook. Both fish were hooked on a size 2/0 double aztec sunfish, one of Bob Pool’s bass flies. (Thanks Bob for showing me how to tie it.). I would have liked to catch more fish, but it looks like spring is here and it time to go fishing.

October 21, 2008 - Don Johnson

Begin and end times:12:30pm - 4:00pm
Weather Conditions:About 75 degrees, high blue sky
Flies that worked:size 6 swamp monster

Fishing was pretty slow until about 3:00; I caught some sunfish, two or three in the nine inch range, but nothing else. I caught the three pictured bass in the next fifteen minutes, then back small sunfish until I left for the day.

November 15, 2008 - Don Johnson

The hiking trail crosses the river on a low water bridge just below the dam at Chandler Park. I fished downstream from this bridge to a few hundred yards past the next place where the hiking trail crosses the river (at the footbridge where our Adopt-a-river plaque is mounted). There is a wide place in the river by the Georgetown Country Club where the Middle Fork flows into the North Fork. The hiking trail passes close to the river at this spot, and as I was fishing there a fellow with a camera and tripod paused on the hiking trail and asked if I minded if he took my picture. I said OK, so he set up the tripod on the river bank and took a few photos; I hope he caught one of my few tight loops.

When I was fishing the portion of the river that borders the Georgetown Country Club golf course I heard a golfer yell “Fore!!”. The last time the San Gabriel Fly Fishers did a river cleanup we gathered at least 50 golf balls from this part of the river, and when I heard that “Fore!”, I remembered those golf balls and looked up to check for an incoming ball, but it didn’t make it to the river, so I was safe.

I caught between 10 and 15 sunfish and one little 10 inch bass. A few of the sunfish were in the 8 inch range and were able to put a good bend into my 4 weight rod. Most of the larger sunfish came from a single spot about 50 yards downstream from the second hiking trail footbridge. There is a rock in the river not far from the north bank with a little current flowing between the rock and tree roots along the bank. I caught two or three nice sunfish when I fished this spot going downstream and two or three more on my way back upstream. In the spot where my photo was taken I saw several active small bass darting around and pushing up humps on the shallow water, but I was able to catch only one of them.

Everything was caught on a black and olive wooly buggers tied on 1/64 oz jig head hooks. The flow in the North Fork below the dam was only about 4.5cfs; I don’t know how much extra was added in by the Middle Fork and by springs. The water was clear, and the wading was easy.

October 31, 2007 - Don Johnson

I fished from about 1:00PM till about 5:00PM. There was a cloudless high blue sky with temperature in the low seventies. The water was quite clear; the flow was about 10cfs; I don’t know the water temperature. It was quite nice to see the river back to normal after the unusual summer rains and the extended high release from Lake Georgetown. I fished upstream past the point where the running water of the river meets the slack water backed up by the dam (a little over six tenths of a mile, according to Google Earth), then fished back down. The afternoon sun put the west bank into shade, so I fished that bank almost exclusively. On the way up I fished with a #6 olive wooly bugger and caught a lot of sunfish, mostly small but several in the seven to eight inch range. On the way back down I switched to a #6 black wooly bugger. I continued to catch sunfish, though at a slower rate, and I also caught 4 bass. The larger two of the bass were, by river standards, pretty nice fish. The bass were caught in the upper half of the lake.

October 23, 2006 - Don Johnson

I fished from about 8:00 a.m. to about noon, and caught only one fish - a 5 inch sunfish.