Kiernan Klovers 4H FISHING PROJECT

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Kiernan Klovers 4H Fishing Project



Sunday, April 13th

6:30am to 10:30am

Location - Lake McSwain

Species - Trout

Lower Parking Lot, in between the Swimming beach and Fishing dock (please see map)


Directions -

HWY 132 East towards La Grange

Turn RIGHT at the four way stop just before La Grange (CA-59/J59/La Grange Rd.)

Turn LEFT on Merced Falls Rd./J16

Follow signs into Lake McSwain

Weather -

Forecast shows high in the low 80's

Please see list below for item(s) to bring

I will be stopping at the Bait Barn in Waterford, for Coffee, Ice, and Nightcrawlers at approximately 5:20am.  If your interested in following me to the lake, feel free to meet me there.  unfortunately I will not be able to wait for any individuals at that location.....have to be at the lake ready for the others.




Recap of Monday, September 23rd Meeting


Learned to tie both a Palamor Knot and a Improved Clinch Knot (see illustrations below) and what knots work better on what lines.


Talked about Three different types of line - Monofiliment, Braid, and Florocarbon.  We learned how line strength is rated, and the characteristics of each of the three different lines.


We handed out and went over the California Fishing Passport and how it works.  Remember we are fortunate that our club is an Official Stamping Agent.


We talked about ideas for the year and what we are going to try and plan

Spring - Trout / Bass Fishing

Summer - Crawdad Hunting

Possible trip to some private ponds

Possible meeting with a California DFG Officer

Possible end of the year evening / night outing with BBQ




Below you will find the two knots that we learned / practiced at our meeting on January 28th, 2013.  Please take a moment and try them using the step, by step instructions.







(Use this list for reference on all our outings)


Items to bring - Below is a basic list of items I recommend bringing.  Not everybody will have all these items, and there is NO need to go out and purchase them.  I have stocked up on many of these items and will make sure to have them available. 

Fishing Rod/Reel

Fishing License - If you are over the age of 16 and plan on fishing, you MUST have a valid California Fishing License

Camping Chair - I do not have too many extra chairs

Rod Holder - You can always use a rock, or stick to keep your rod tip up and reel off the ground but an inexpensive rod holder works WAY better.

Bait - As we discussed at our meeting there are many different kinds of bait, depending on what kind of fish you are trying to catch.  I have plenty of trout bait in the "Green Bucket" and everyone is welcome to use it.  If you choose to fish with Nightcrawlers (my preferred live bait method) please purchase them ahead of time.

Terminal Tackle (Hooks / Weights / Bobbers / Etc.)

Hat / Sunglasses / Sun Block Block / Bug Spray

Clothing - It is to early to gauge weather, but please be prepared to fish rain, shine, or heat and remember we are fishing so please NO sandals

Snack / Lunch / Drinks 

Camera - Help make these memories last a's also a great oppurtunity for our 4h Photography members to take some great pictures.

Stringer / Bucket / Ice / Garbage bags - You will need something to put your fish in.  Typically I will keep them on a stringer and then transfer them to an ice chest when it's time to head home.