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Lake: John Martin Reservoir

Shore Fishing at John Martin

Post By: tooper10      Posted: 6/14/2019 11:55:59 AM     Points: 0    
I have heard great things about JMart and was going to drive an RV down there for a weekend of fishing and fun with the family. My concern is my boat will not be ready and we will be in shore fishing mode. I know Lake Hasty will have shore fishing, but how about JMart itself? Are crappie, smallies, white bass, wiper, largemouth, etc. accessible from shore? How about catfishing at night? Any help is truly appreciated, thanks!!!
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: Jun. 14, 2:19:44 PM     Points: 62623    
There’s good shore fishing and all fish catchable from shore. If you have small kids access is a little more limited. Lake side camp ground has some places a little more kid friendly shoreline but it can go from 1’ to 30’ in one step. Watch out for rattle snakes.
 Reply by: dizzel      Posted: Jun. 14, 9:57:44 PM     Points: 23158    
Ya, 10/4 on the rattlers, I've seen plenty down there.
 Reply by: ssgenuine      Posted: Jun. 17, 4:33:35 PM     Points: 2    
About 20 years ago my son and I were fishing on the south side of the dam when we had a tarantula walk up to us while we were sitting on the rocks. According to the rangers it was a small one, Hah, that will wake you up for days...

I can't wait to get back there, maybe this weekend...

Good luck to you and the kiddo's.
 Reply by: ssgenuine      Posted: Jun. 17, 4:35:28 PM     Points: 2    
And thanks to Cookster for keeping us up to date on jmart. Such a great lake.
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: Jun. 17, 10:50:24 PM     Points: 62623    
You welcome, I wish I could do more lake updated but just haven’t been down fishing that much YET. I hope that changes here real soon.
 Reply by: tooper10      Posted: Jun. 18, 11:24:18 AM     Points: 0    
I really appreciate all the feedback. We have booked our RV and will definitely be heading down there the weekend of the 29th and staying at the Lake Hasty campsites.

Are there any particular hotspots close to there we should be fishing or is anywhere on the shore within walking distance from the campsite going to be good? I hear there is potential night-fishing for the channel cats down there. The dam a good area for that?

Again, thanks everyone, such a great community!!! I will definitely post pics of our results.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Jun. 18, 11:28:33 AM     Points: 50434    
go to the Dam.. and trust me .. you will KNOW where they are. lol Be on the NE corner of the dam early.. there will be a TON of people there. You can also fish where the bridge goes across the dam.. but it is only 10 minute parking.. what some folks do is have someone drop them off with the gear.. then go park the car\truck and take the long hike back. Both points on that part of the dam are very good.
 Reply by: Outdoor Experience With Tim      Posted: Jun. 18, 2:15:55 PM     Points: 6    
Check out my YouTube channel it has some good shore spots from John Martin res
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 Reply by: tooper10      Posted: Jun. 20, 1:25:02 PM     Points: 0    
Thanks Tim and Anglerwannabe! Can't wait to get over there!
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Jun. 20, 1:54:12 PM     Points: 2033    
I heard that the train trestle is “off limits” to pedestrian traffic and fishing due to a near accident. I don’t know if this is the bridge AWB is talking about, so you may want to keep it in mind.
 Reply by: catfishking      Posted: Jun. 20, 2:04:08 PM     Points: 742    
I fished there yesterday from shore did pretty good caught walleyes crappies whitebass bluegills catfish
 Reply by: WapitiStalker      Posted: Jul. 1, 3:45:32 PM     Points: 0    
So how did you do trooper? hope y'all had a blast down there
 Reply by: GoneFishin303      Posted: Jul. 2, 10:10:51 PM     Points: 87    
skiman - You are correct. the trestle is off limits for shore anglers. Check out the link below.

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 Reply by: TonoTrout      Posted: Jul. 3, 10:04:31 AM     Points: 3577    
So much for strict enforcement of the no fishing on the trestle. I was out there on June 29, and again on July 1, and fished from the CPW boat ramp to the trestle. I kayaked my way there and as soon as I made the turn around the small island I spotted 4 fishers on the trestle and another on the rock embankment. That place is a bit too enticing! Anyway, the fishing was great! I easily caught 40+ fish with the composite of crappie, walleye, white bass, drum, a LMB, a SMB, and even a carp all with jigs. It got hot as hell on Sunday 6/30. When I got off the water at about noon, it was 99. Monday was not as hot and no fishers on the trestle that day.

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