While O'Neill is known for high winds in spring, summer and early fall, late fall brings on ideal weather for fishing, cool calm days and cold nights. Because the forebay is not great in size, float tubers, pontoon boats, and other small craft can be used successfully. Additional information including camping and fishing regulations can be found in the California State Parks San Luis State Recreation Area brochure.
Camping: Camping is available both at the forebay at the San Luis Creek Campground (see brochure, call for reservations and fees) and at the Santa Nella RV Park 13023 State Hwy 33, Gustine, CA 95322 (209) 826-3105 (888) 826-3105 FREE (888) 826-3105 $31.00 including cable, 10% discount AAA and Good Sam membership.
|Hank Ferguson at O'Neill Forebay on May 7, 1992 with his 67.5 pound state record striped bass|
Club Lunch: Considerations are being made for a Saturday club lunch. Check back prior to the outing for an update. If you are attending the outing and would like to take on the duties of assisting in a club lunch, please contact President Marty, outing fishmiester!
California Fishing license
Float tube, pontoon boat, pram, kayak, canoe, boat
Waders, fins if necessary
7 to 9 weight rod
Reel with drag preferred
Sinking line, type IV through lead core or T-14
20# leader, 4-6 feet, no taper necessary
Striper flies; clousers, deceivers, whistlers, etc
WARNING: Any floating device, pontoon boat, float tube, boat, must be clean and dry and subject to inspection. Any sign that the device may be contaminated with invasive species such as mud snails, zebra or quagga mussels will be cause to disallow the use of the device.
It REALLY helps the fishmiester in his planning if he knows how many people are coming to the outing. PLEASE either e-mail Marty and let him know you plan to attend, or, even easier, just follow this link and click on the "Join" box in the upper right corner of the club's Facebook event section.
The club's November Fly Tying Session scheduled for November 7th will feature Jerry's Simple Clouser in two sizes and colors, perfect for the O'Neill outing.
Want to stay for dinner? Bob and Jean Fujimura offer this suggestion!
If you are a fan of Central California’s Basque family style restaurants, you will love the Wool Growers Restaurant in downtown Los Banos. The restaurant is 120 years old and one of the last family owned Basque restaurants.
Diner reviews sites like Yelp and Chowhound give this restaurant its highest ratings and we try to eat there whenever we are in this area or traveling on I-5. Dinners are fixed price at $20 (cash only) and choice of steak, tri-tip, pork chops, lamb chops, chicken, or fish and includes wine, soup, salad, beans, French bread, minor hot courses like chicken with rice or lamb stew, French fries, and dessert. Huge portions, good home style food, great service, and very popular with locals and travelers.
Dinner is served from 4:30 to 8:30 pm; lunch is from 11:30 to 2:00 pm. It is located on 609 H Street, Los Banos. Come hungry, share your dinner with the local community, and leave happy.
If enough members plan to go, perhaps a volunteer could coordinate the event so that members could sit at a group table.