Hey all! I headed out on a new fishing adventure. My wife took her daughter to Cabo for a graduation present and girl’s week so it was my job to entertain myself for a week. I always enjoy adventure time on my own and this was no exception. I decided to head up to Pyramid Lake (California) on the Grapevine north of LA in search of smallmouth bass. I love catching smallies but have never gotten one here in California. After doing some research I settled for that lake. I had never fished that lake nor did I know anything about it except that I drove by it from time to time and always wondered what was in there. I found out that they have a largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass as well as trout, catfish and bluegill. There’s a good start right there! I booked a campsite at Los Alamos Campground about 5 minutes from the lake and paused for a moment when I realized that Basically I had the choice of any campsite in the campground. I wondered if it was actually a decent campground or if I was in for a particularly unpleasant surprise when I got there. Oh well, it’s an adventure! I started thinking about what baits to use and bring and figured worms, jigs, and Ned Rigs would be a good place to start. I had some extra nightcrawlers in the refrigerator from a previous fishing trip and threw those in the cooler as well. I drove up there it took about three hours to get there and saw the temperature raise substantially as I began going uphill. It got to about 106°F and I knew that it would be a warm day on the water. I brought along my float tube but did not know any of the restrictions in the area as this was a different county. After getting up to the area I consulted with people at the lake and they had no idea what the restrictions were for a float tube. I finally found out after talking to a couple of fishermen that I had to get a quagga mussel check and that you do not have to pay for fishing on the lake only for parking and for the launch of your vessel. The lake opened at 6 AM and I was on the water shortly there after. After making my way into a couple of bays that were recommended to me By one of the fisherman that I had met I began my fishing. I ended up hooking into something feeling pretty good not too long after starting my trip. It was on a bass jig with a brush hog trailer and it ended up being a catfish. I was kind of disappointed by this but I guess the fact is I was catching fish in a brand new lake and that is all that mattered. Shortly there after I ended up losing a nice largemouth on a Ned rig. It broke off after fighting it for a little bit I guess I had a little nick in my line, oh well. I headed into a new Bay and found some tules in the back of the bay and then ended up getting one flipping a jig there. My camera had overheated in the heat and I didn’t realize that so I didn’t get it in the video. I was kind of bummed by that. I got a couple of other small bites but that was it for the morning. I headed back to the car and grabbed my nightcrawlers from the cooler. I figured if the bass fishing was slow in the afternoon I could at least go for some stripers or catfish as I had heard that they would bite the nightcrawlers. The afternoon turned out to be very different than the morning. I ended up getting a number of catfish and largemouth and smallmouth bass in the afternoon. After getting my first smallmouth I felt as though I had gotten what I came for. All in all it was a great trip I got the smallmouth and largemouth later on Ned Rigs. I ended up getting a bunch of catfish on nightcrawlers too. Such a fun day on a brand new lake. It’s fun to fish the Home Lakes but always an adventure and something special to try something new. I ended up staying on the water until 6 PM. It was a hot day on the lake but I hardly noticed when the fishing heated up. I highly recommend going up there and experiencing it for yourself. If you want more details check out the video. Cheers all! See you on the water!