San Luis Reservoir and Oneill Forebay – A Flyfisheman’s Map
Bay of Pigs
This Spot is one of the most Prolific Places for Giant Freshwater Stripers on the planet. According to Al Whitehurst "On April 21, 1991 Terry Baird, who held the 16 pound tippet record before I did, and I were fishing there in a moderate north wind. From 10:00 am until 7:00 pm we caught between us 22 fish over 15 pounds, including at least 8 over 20, a 30, and a 37, with many 4 to 15. That night Terry christened the Bay of Pigs, as we barbecued a fillet. Next morning, with calm conditions, one fish between us about 20 inches."
Named after the Square Rock on the Road. A favorite spot for many seasoned SL Flyfishermen like Lee Haskin.
Named after Dave Seller. A good place to start fishing the Dam
The only Guardrail on the Dam. This area marks the north border of a contour change on the dam face that is not visible in high water. Many big fish have been caught in this area fishing to the rocks.
Only Fishable in the high water years, fantastic cover for baitfish with lots of brush and trees.
Parking Lot Cove
Sometimes great Topwater action here. When the water is high, there is a tree that provides great cover for bait. Sometime large fish ambushing bait around the tree.
Ears (aka Bongos)
Sometime large stripers school up in these coves.
Schools of Large Stripers cirulate this area
Lots of smaller fish but once in awhile, some big fish. Worth a try when its tough.
Ten Mile Hour Point
There us to be a sign on this point. Should have read BIG PIGS WALKING.
Whitcaps when the wind blows NE, but calm and sheltered when the NW wind blows. Can change quickly
A great place to get out of the wind if its coming out of the NW
The Rock Pile
A submerged rock pile at high water.
Trees and rocks on the point make this a favorite spot for stripers on this bank.
The Outake to the Coyote Pumping station in Morgan Hill 42 miles away.
Dam at Dinosaur Point
The Dam at Dino is a great place to find busting fish.
a partially washed out earth dam north of Dinosaur Point.
Honker Bay Tree Line
One of the best Structure areas when the water is high
Great Wall to fish . Look for the grate in the middle.
This treeline can hold schools of stripers
The 152 Channel
This is the main Channel
These flats can hold fish when the weeds concentrate fish in channels and holes
This deep channel off the South Island concentrates fish.
The Medeiros Wall
The Wall has current when the Dam is pumping out
Once caught 100 stripers here in an afternoon.
The Medeiros Flats can hold lots of fish when the weeds get sparse.
Three Trees Cove
A great topwater area when the lake is over 75%
These islands fish well when they are 30 feet under or in low water around the edges.
The Trash Racks
The Iconic location of some of the biggest stripers in the lake.
- 152 Flats
- Big Windy
- Cottonwood Rocks
- Dam at Dinosaur Point
- Dave’s Rock
- Dink Bay
- Ears (aka Bongos)
- Earthen Dam
- East Cottonwood Tree Line
- Honker Bay Tree Line
- Las Piedras
- Little Windy
- Medeiros Flats
- Parking Lot Cove
- Rock Pile
- Sunken Islands
- Teener Cove
- Ten Mile an Hour Point
- The Bay of Pigs
- The Medeiros Wall
- The Outake
- The Trench
- Three Trees Cove
- Trash Racks
- Willow Point
The San Luis Gentleman’s Club evolved over the years with a core group or regular Fly Fisherman that fish the lake on a regular basis and share reports and tips. Cloud Flyfishing.
“Here’s tae us! There’s gey few like us–and they’re a’ damned or deid!”
Hogmanay toast, trad. attr. Gordon Highlanders