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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!
State:
California
Latitude:
37.127595
Maximum Depth (ft):
135
County:
Madera
Longitude:
-119.872264
Normal Elevation (ft):
0
Inpoundment Type:
Reservoir
Water Clarity:
1-3 ft
Boat Access:
Paved Ramps
Surface Area (acres):
1500
Water Temp Factors:
Boat Limits:
Lake Management:
Army Corps
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Guest
2013-09-02
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
No water and can\'t bring in boats
Guest
2013-09-02
Species: Largemouth Bass
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
No water and can\'t bring in boats
Guest
2012-06-03
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 5
Water Temperature:
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!
Guest
2011-06-27
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 .
Guest
2011-06-15
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.
Guest
2011-04-19
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 Rating:
3.5
Hensley Lake Largemouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Cast towards submerged rock structure near the shore with minnow pattern baits. Berkley gulp! Minnows work great.
Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With Hensley Lake at 47 degree water temperature this is a great time to get out on the water and try hitting some deeper primary and secondary points. Largemouth bass will be feeding at this water temperature but will be much harder to catch. On Sunny warm afternoons its a great time to throw a crank bait, jigs or slow roll a spinnerbait at 5-10 foot on sunny points and drops off of sunny flats. Largemouth Bass will move into warm water on warm sunny days.
Hensley Lake Smallmouth Bass Rating:
2.5
Hensley Lake Smallmouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Smallmouth bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature at 47 degrees. It's time to fish deep and slow. Try some deep primary points, drop offs, and old river channels with rocks. Jigs, plastics and deep jerk baits will be your best bet to boat a smallmouth.
Hensley Lake Crappie Rating:
3.5
Hensley Lake Crappie Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Crappie biting on small crank baits while trolling along the shore.
Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Hensley Lake Walleye Rating:
2
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Walleye Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Hensley Lake Catfish Rating:
3
Hensley Lake Catfish Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- 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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Catfish Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The catfish family comprises of blue catfish, flathead catfish and channel catfish. Since catfish are warm water fish, they arenít going to be very active in this water temperature. They will still be feeding, but catfish will only be found very deep and feeding very slowly. Your best bet is give some of the more active fish species in your lake a shot until the cats are active again.
Hensley Lake Spotted Bass Rating:
3.5
Hensley Lake Spotted Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- 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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Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Spotted bass fishing is going to be slow with the water temperature down this low. It's time to fish deep and slow. Try some deep primary points, drop offs, and old river channels with rocks. Jigs, plastics and deep jerk baits will be your best bet to boat a Spotted.
Hensley Lake White Bass Rating:
3
Hensley Lake White Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
White Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Hensley Lake Striped Bass Rating:
3
Hensley Lake Striped Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- biting left to right, all over size
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Striped Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Hensley Lake Trout Rating:
3.5
Hensley Lake Trout Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- 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!
Trout Tips for Current Conditions (automated):

Current Lunar Fishing Tip:

The affects of the moon on freshwater fish and game are at a minimum right now. There will be another full moon coming up here in a few days. The fisherman should never use this as an excuse to not get on the water. The affects of the moon can only enhance the outcome of a day's fishing not decrease potential catch for today. On days without the new or full moon, all other factors including weather, barometric pressure, wind and cloud cover will make up today's equation for success.

Sunrise:

08:05 PST

Sunset:

17:39 PST

Moon Phase:


% Illuminated
Days to Full