Lake Merced SF. Some patterns are apparent at Lake Merced. The North Lake provides larger trout, but results are unpredictable. Also, a consistent stream of smaller trout come from the South Lake. And finally, boat anglers outscore shore anglers on both lakes.
So anglers, who want to be assured of fish work the South Lake in a boat, and anglers who want the best chance at a lurker, work the North Lake from a boat. Boat anglers are advised to work the tule-lined shoreline; 10 to 30 feet out from the tules is a good bet.
Lake Merced SF Fishing Spots
Some of the most productive shore fishing spots include the beach on the North Lake, and the bridge and fishing pier on the South Lake. Basic trout fishing methods work here. Bait fishermen score with cheese, nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, and marshmallows.
Fish with as little weight as possible and 4 to 6 pound test line. Size 6 to 10 hooks work well. Fish from a boat, if possible, because it provides better mobility. Move until you find a fish. Shore fishermen do well, but often need to wait the fish out.
Try a variety of baits until you score. Trollers and lure casters also take their share of fish. Mepps, Rooster Tails, Panther Martins and Z-Rays all produce fish. Some trollers often use small flashers in front of nightcrawlers. Black bass fishermen score on spinnerbaits and nightcrawlers. Carp are taken on corn and dough baits.