Merced River

Discussion in 'CALIFORNIA RIVERS TALK' started by full moon, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. full moon

    full moon Guest

    The Merced River "hot spot" is approximately 80 miles from my house on the west side of Fresno (12 miles from Kerman). The main entree is stink bait, dough balls, and worms/crawlers. There are HUGE cats and carp in this body of water. Crawdads have never been tried there, but they should be contemplated ASAP! :tounge_out:

    Striped bass and large mouth bass get caught in this stretch of river.
    We have connections to the private property owners who let us in for $5 a carload of southern gentlemen.

    This "hot spot" is best during late spring to late summer.
    I have caught a 25 pound carp out there and catfish to four pounds.
    I have seen others off the bank walk by with 8 to 10 pound cats.
    The current is generally perfect! One to three ounces of weight max.

    :0a26: FULL MOON
     
  2. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Nice tip bro:wink: I am not familiar with Merced river. Don't sound that far away:wink:
     

  3. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

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    Fullmoon... Anthony...Welcome to the BOC from the south in California...thanks for the info on the river.... thought a lot about it as I have looked at it as I was on the freeway heading north.... Have you fished where it comes into the San Joauqin?

    Bayrunner Ray
     
  4. daystarchis

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    I wouldn't mind fishing that spot. I always thought about that river as I crossed it on the 99 too:wink:
     
  5. full moon

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    I will get back to you with general directions. Two ways to get there.
    I will share directions of preferred method to arrive and leave.
    ...hoping to get this done within 24 hours or so....

    Full Moon
     
  6. daystarchis

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    Gonna hit that same spot again tomorrow bro. Wouldn't mind trying that Merced river one of these days:wink:
     
  7. full moon

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    Hey Robb-

    I'll try to set up February trip to Merced River with you and Sean. We should invite Capt. Steve, also. Peter and I can help coordinate trip.

    When should we release are official nicknames for Sean, you, and I?
    I think they are great tags!

    Anthony


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  8. full moon

    full moon Guest

    Go North on Hwy 99
    Go West on Hwy 140
    Go North on Hwy 165
    As you enter the tiny town of Stevinson, take a left on 4th Ave.

    Note: There is bait store or two on left hand side of Hwy 165 northbound. As I recall, one market is at intersection of 165 and 4th. If not, it's next street northbound.

    As you head west on 4th St., this road winds to the right and turns into Cemetery Rd.
    It is called Cemetery Road for very good reasons.
    Take a left onto River Rd. Stay on River Road until you come to stop sign.
    The road at this point forks north and south. Make a left turn and go south. You will see that River Rd. has a River Road continuation by taking a right turn. Do so! Make a right turn onto River Road!
    If you keep your eyes focused on right side of road, you will pass one trailer park. Go past first park and continue west on River Road. You will see a second mobile home park with two entry ways. Take the second entrance and enter park by making a right.

    The first mobile home facing the second entry way is where you pay $5 a carload to enter. It is an elderly couple. If there are problems, call my cell @ 313-4349. Once you are granted permission, you will drive east inside park, until you see a dirt road that goes northbound. You will enter this dirt road until you see gate, close gate behind you after you enter.
    Drive all the way back until you see fence to the left with gated entry.
    I used to see trashed boat near the gate. There is plenty of good parking right next to gate. Carefully, go through the barbed wire and take the dirt trail that heads westward. If you search, you will find at least two to three great spots to fish from the bank, place a tent, etc.

    Tight lines, my friends. Tight lines.

    Full Moon


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  9. full moon

    full moon Guest

    Retrace your steps until you get back to Hwy 165.
    Make a left turn. Go north on 165 until you hit Hwy99.
    You'll be in Turlock.
    Go southbound to go back to Fresno.


    This is quicker, but less scenic!

    Full Moon
     
  10. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Looking forward to it. I forgot the nicknames. You or Sean remember?
     
  11. full moon

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    Robb=The Godfather
    Anthony=The Advocate

    Hey Sean, I forgot your new handle. Please help out Robb and I.
    Thanks!

    Anthony
     
  12. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Was it King James? :smile2::smile2::smile2:
     
  13. full moon

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    King James...as in James Road...I think you nailed it!

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  14. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    I got Todd's name..... Master Caster:wink:
     
  15. CatMan(Cali)

    CatMan(Cali) Well-Known Member

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    You got it Robb. What's up with that trip to the Merced River? Sounds like a cool place to check out. Anthony, can you make that happen?
     
  16. full moon

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    I'll try to set up a trip with you guys next day or so.
    It's late tonight, but call me at work tomorrow.
    Maybe we can hook up for lunch soon.

    Call me on cell tomorrow. Thanks for writing.

    Anthony
    313-4349
     
  17. CatMan(Cali)

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    Lunch sounds good. It may have to be next week sometime. I'll try and give you a call later on this evening before or after my son's wrestling practice. Robb is in the process of moving so he hasn't been posting much. Maybe we can get a trip set up at lunch.
     
  18. full moon

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    Hi Sean-

    Thanks for response. Call my cell early next week and we'll set something up.

    Anthony
    313-4349