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Today, I went to Avocado Lake (Fresno CA) for a chance at some relaxing Bluegill fishing. However, nothing was biting. No nibbles, no strikes, not even so much as a surfacing carp. I got no bites. I tried every trick up my sleeve but couldn't catch a fish for the life of me. I might go back tommorow, but I certainly hope things change. :( If anybody fishes in Avocado lake, Fresno CA, please let me know some tips for the area if you have any.

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Kevin sorry to hear about your bad experience the other day you should take the time out to give us in detail the way you were fishing that day .

Were you shore line fishing or were you fishing from a watercraft.?

How deep were you fishing?

Are you using sonar?

What types of rods and reels and linetypes were you using?

Live bait or artificials?
I was shore fishing

It is a pretty steep lake, with very steep and almost abrupt drop offs. It was very warm so I was fishing from 4 to 10 feet of water.

I was not using sonar

I was using a medium/light action rod with 10 pound test line

I was using live bait. To be specific, night crawlers on a size 10 hook.

Many lakes will stratify in hot weather.  Especially if they are deep lakes.  You can usually see the thermocline on your sonar if you turn the Gain/Sensitivity up.  The top of the thermocline is the coolest, oxygenated water.  There's where a lot of fish will go.  Try to find some structure/cover that  intersects the thermocline.  There should be fish there.

Kevin;; thats just a part of fishing;;  also draws us back to fishing..  just think;; if we  ( loaded the boat everytime;; caught every fish; nothing ever got away;;; wouldnt it get boring???   if you dont catch any one day;; take the time to enjoy the day itself!!!

Kevin, good luck with that lake. It's an infamous lake for sudden offset activities. The only way to entice them is live baits. Don't go for artificial. Stick with half, not 1/4, but a full half crawler, using dropshot rig (hook with 12 inches from line, with a minimum of 1/2in protrusion of hook line from main line) in the rig. You can call it an outrig of the main line.

As both Slip, Allen, and Carl indicated, there are a lot of factor involved. Playing with hot days can be super tricky, especially on a calm day. They will run for the deepest part of the lake. Light windy day, you'll get plenty of actions during early hours in the morning and later in the afternoon, and just before dusk.

Thanks for the advice. Just wondering have you tried fishing the Kings river next to it?

Kings River is a bit low compared to the past March. Still good fishing, but when there's a slow flow, it's considered as dead. Foraging becomes poor, and bites become non-existing. Move to the delta split at the northern fork, or look for very dense areas of plants were forage becomes greater.

I see. I'm kinda of new to the Fishing in The Fresno area. I like to get good tips on areas before I fish them. Sometimes due to time constraints I don't have time to do that.....

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