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Almaden Lake
6099 Winfield Blvd, San Jose, CA
Phone: (408) 277-5130

Rating:

Map: Mapquest Map

Size: ~8 acres

Water Level: N/A, but always full +/- 4-5 feet

Depth: Appx 50'

Species: largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish, carp

Fees: none

Boating: non-power boats, float tubes

Pros: big bass, flippin' bite (even in winter), no parking fee

Cons: small, not a lot of cover over 2 feet deep, too urban

Description: Almaden lake is a pond that's the center of a small urban park in San Jose. The water here is contaminated with mercury, so don't eat the fish. This is also why no trout are stocked. It is circular, with a small island. The bottom is mostly gravel and sand. Cover consists of patches of tules around the lake with more tules and some brush by the island. The pond is shallow, with some heavy weedgrowth at times.

Fish: Largemouth Bass: There are some bass in this pond up to 10 pounds. Overall, the fishing is only fair, though. It is so small that you can run out of options fast. Try flipping the island or fishing spinnerbaits. Flipping here can be a good bet in winter. The pond is so shallow, the bass will often hide in shallow cover even in poor fishing conditions.

Note: the nearby perc ponds also hold a few small bass.

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