Hensley Lake

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Est Water Temperature:
61° (What's This)

Barometric Pressure:
29.94 (Rising)

Wind Speed:
North at 00 Knots (0 MPH)

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Welcome to FishingNotes.com Hensley Lake fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Hensley Lake water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!

Hensley Lake is surrounded by the oak woodlands of the Sierra Nevada foothills. The 1,500 acre lake was created by the construction of Hidden Dam on the Fresno River. The dam is 163 feet high, 5,730 feet long and has a capacity of 90,000 acre feet of water. Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control, irrigation, resource management, and recreation; the lake attracts a growing number of park visitors each year. Numerous game fish abound in the waters of Hensley Lake. Species include largemouth black bass, carp, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Rainbow trout are planted during the winter months. Some of the best fishing is found in the coves around the lake. Anglers may keep 2 bass over 15" in length. [Hensley Lake. www.nwk.usace.army.mil, 02/03/2008




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Army Corps



Water Clarity:
1-3 ft

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Paved Ramps

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Hensley Lake Community Fishing Reports
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
No water and can\'t bring in boats
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
No water and can\'t bring in boats
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 5
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Fishing for big mouth bass on June 2, 2012. Caught about 13 bass and only one keeper, 20\" bass. Best bait was the watermelon seed senko with Texas rig style and the torpedo. Using the torpedo with a slow reel and pause seems to do the trip, caught about 4 or 5 of the. Bass with that technique. Good luck!
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 77
Went to Hensley today 6-26-2011 and it was difficult fishing .The amount of boats and jet skies is very high come near noon .Thats when its time to leave as the lake gets really busy . On to the fishing .Tried a lot of baits .started out at day break with blades, not a bite, top water-nothign, crankbaits, nothign , then just stuck with plastics .Caught bass but they were in between 7 to 12 inches .They are prefering shad colored plastics , also caught one a sinko as well and a fluke .But you really have to be slow, cover the water multiple times .My fishing buddy in the back of the boat caught more fish than me from the back of the boat , that should show you how slow the bite was as he was basically strolling . Also thier is an abundance of small perch about 1"to 2" all over the place, especially by the banks, rocky areas and trees .Thier is plenty of food. Another thing is the amount of carp we saw today .I beleive Hensely lake has a serius carp problem ,I bet thier are tons of carp in the lake right now ! .Unfortuantely,Hensley Lake is also getting some serious pressure .Most of the bass i caught had previous hook marks from being caught before and when i see this,I know its because of fishing pressure .Hesnley Lake will never be what it once was due to the amount of people now useing the Lake ,the fishing pressure and no supplamental planting of fish besides the seasonal trout plants .
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 78
Just fished in another tourney at Hensly, not so good for me this time, but some of the teams had some good bags. There are alot of small fish to be caught so you are not going to get skunked, but the big fish are limited at this time. Try drop-shot on submerged structure and fish slow. Points seem to be holding the majority of the fish, but again they are on the small side. Top water bight in the morning is beginning to pick up and it will only get better with this increase in heat. I did see the grass hoppers on the bank in the millions, so they will begin to improve the bight. Pay attention to the size of bait in the water and the size of the grass hoppers, this will give you an idea of what size lure you should be using for top water action. So set the hook and grip some lips, and always return the fish to the lake, they will only get bigger. Good luck fishing, Bri-lo.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 68
Just fished a tounement on Saturday April 16, 2011. Winning weight was 15+ Lbs I took third with 10+ Lbs. Big fish for me was 3.46 and 3.32. Coves not producing any fish yet and no top water bight. Shad colored Senkos and Green or brown Baby Brush Hogs with Jig Head. We did boat 15 fish but most were small. Stick to the points and islands they seem to be holding the maajority of the fish at this time. Fish slow and make several cast to the same area. Plastic is the key to landing big bass. Let the weather settele down and the sun to stay out and the bight will improve. Good luck fishing...Bri-lo :)
Hensley Lake Largemouth Bass Fishing

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- Cast towards submerged rock structure near the shore with minnow pattern baits. Berkley gulp! Minnows work great.
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Hensley Lake Smallmouth Bass Fishing

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Hensley Lake Crappie Fishing

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- Crappie biting on small crank baits while trolling along the shore.
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Fall Fishing Tip provided by Guide Chatt Martin: One tactic is all you need. Trolling. Get a pink or black colored crankbait that gets down 8-12 feet (I like Bandit 200 and 300 series crankbaits), and put it 80-100 feet behind a boat and drive that boat around in 8-12 feet of water pretty slow. 1.2-1.8 miles per hour seems to be the blessed speed. You will catch crappies, and you'll be surprised how many. This is a great tactic when you don't have a fishfinder.
Hensley Lake Walleye Fishing

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Hensley Lake Catfish Fishing

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- Catfish are really hitting big chunks of chicken liver and every once in a while a fat night crawler will do the trick. Best time seems to be at or around 6pm. Crappie are also bitting pretty good through out the day when using small redworms.
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Hensley Lake Spotted Bass Fishing

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- I was glad to find out bass are in full swing, use a weightless senko rubber worm with a texas rig. The senko color of choice seems to be watermelon with gold flakes and the dark grey smoke color. Use the quick light twitch technique after cast and sink of the senko, most of the time I had luck on the intial sink, but if not try the twitch technique and slow retrieve. Haven't caught no trophy bass yet but, I'm gonna keep trying it's fun in the mean time pulling them out of the water. I would say the size is average right now, so far with what I've caught, use the senko and texas rig set up and good luck.
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Hensley Lake White Bass Fishing

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Hensley Lake Striped Bass Fishing

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- biting left to right, all over size
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Hensley Lake Trout Fishing

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- Trout is decent on the day use side (buck ridge) with power bait,night crawlers,and kastmasters.Possible limit if you have the patience,good luck!
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Hensley Lake Solar and Lunar Conditions
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Full Moon fishing can be at its best. The gravitational pull on the earth is at its peak when the moon and sun are rising and setting at opposite times of the day. This combination can generate extraordinary fishing opportunities especially if combined with perfect weather variances. The full moon may have the fish extremely aggressive and actively hunting for food. Try fishing a little faster today and with several different baits and techniques. When fish are more aggressive, it?s always fun to fish a little more aggressive. Watch the peak fishing times and make sure you are on the water during that part of the day to take full advantage of today's solar/lunar peaks. Full moon days can be great fishing. Good luck today!
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