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Uvas Reservoir

July 28, 2008 SJB Articles No Comments

Uvas Reservoir is located in Morgan Hill, CA and is one of the smallest fisheries regulated by the Santa Clara Valley Water District. I’ve fished here quite a bit, and it’s one of the few places you can still fish at night. There is plenty of largemouth bass and catfish and I’ve personally witnessed bait fish swirling in schools near the shore. If you are brave enough to hike the steep banks on the center island you will find a real nice dropoff on the Eastern side of the “Central Island”.

Here is the definition directly from their website:

Uvas dam and reservoir are located on Uvas Creek about two miles upstream from the intersection of Watsonville and Uvas roads in southern Santa Clara County. The Spanish name for grapes, “uvas,” is preserved in a number of place names, all apparently referring to the abundance of wild grapes. Uvas Creek got its name from the land grant CaƱada de las Uvas (grape ravine) dated June 14, 1842. Uvas Dam was a part of the South Santa Clara Valley Water Conservation District. It was completed in 1957. The reservoir’s capacity is 9,835 acre-feet of water. The surface area is 288 acres.

The only real negative aspect about this fishery, is that the water level fluctuates tremendously throughout the year. I feel that this plays a huge role in keeping the fish somewhat small here. I can say that they are very aggressive as the small bass were attacking my spinnerbait on the fall.

It’s a nice drive out here and being that it’s Calero and Chesbro’s next door neighbor you can easily fish all three in the same day.

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