Berryessa Lake and Reports

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Berryessa Lake, Elevaton: 399.94 ft. Daily Statistics
Sunday, Aug 23
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Tuesday, Sep 1
Hi: 94 ° F
Lo: 59 ° F
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Sunday, August 30th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 80

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: This past Friday evening just before sunset I took Travis and his son Alejandro out for a couple of hours. We fished along the west side and within the first ten minutes Alejandro landed a nice bass which had him grinning from ear to ear!!!! The next fish was caught by Travis trolling a chartreuse lure that went down approximately eight feet. As the sun was setting and we were heading in for the day Alejandro caught a 3.5 pound smallmouth bass and there was that grin again good job (see photo). Next day bright and early Albert, John and I set out for the day. We started by the rock structures heading towards the Narrows. Albert is throwing top water lures with no success and I landed a couple of nice bass using a silver and blue crank bait. We decided to try the back of the big island where you can only use an electric trolling motor. In the back coves we saw many minnows and many three inch bass. I thought this would be a great spot but it turned out to be difficult because of the dense grass just below the water line. John was throwing a drop shot with about 22 inches between the weight and hook and he was catching small bass and a sunfish but nothing of any size. Albert caught a nice bass using the same rig set up (see photos). We will come back to this spot again in the future. We had a very enjoyable day. 'til next time...................................................................................good fishing!!!!
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    Tips: Water down over 41feet coves that existed before are now dry ,we found new stumps humps trees and bushes should be noted and new coves

Friday, August 21st, 2015

  • Water Temp: 79-82

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I had another very nice trip Wed with a father and 13 yr old son. I was looking forward to some productive topwater fishing but a chilly wind (I didn't expect that) killed that plan. We saw no early morning surface activity at all. As we were heading to the main body, I saw a point still in shadows - one that I hadn't fished in years! Within a few minutes, the young client was fighting with a good bass. I netted his near 3 lb spotted bass - great start! It was the first spot in three trips! As we moved around the main body, I was looking for a shallow island with some deep water access. Bingo!! I found one. Remember, everything is different with the low water. In the next hour, dad puts a near 3 1/2 lb smallie, another 3 lb smallie, and a 2 3/4 lb spotted bass in the boat! Wow! also, he lost a 5 lb+ largemouth as she jumped, and I hooked a big bass which I lost in a few moments. A really good hour! Dad caught a few more before we quit in the afternoon.

    Tips: I must confess that I love the guide trips where we are able to get into some quality bass, rather than numbers. I love big bass and so do my clients!! August has been a good month for me the past several years. Again, the best bait by far was the MM 111 6" Robo worm! We were going to drop shot, but the 'ol Texas rig worked fine. Most of the bass they caught were about the 20-25 foot depth, except for the early morning spotted bass. Their limit was about 14 1/2 lbs! Fun day!!!

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 78-82

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I had two guide trips this week at Berryessa. The lake was beautiful but the ride in from Winters wasn't!! What a shame!! Anyway, Wed I did a 6 hr afternoon trip with a great angler visiting from Sweden! Jolly good fella, AND - a good fisherman, though there are no bass in his country! I hope Berryessa would show its best manners, and she did. He caught several bass, but the three biggest went just under 12 lbs - including a 5 1/2 lb largemouth, taken at dusk on a MM III Robo worm. That color continues to work! Also a 3 1/4 and near 3 lb smallie for him on the same color worm. I took a guy and gal yesterday afternoon/night and found the bite much slower. Weather was perfect as was the first trip, but big fish bite was way off. Don't know why, except that is bass fishing! He caught several nice bass, but nothing bigger than 2 lbs. Wed saw several bass surfacing, chasing bait, active birds - where Friday was like the Dead Sea. NO activity - heard one fish the whole trip and no birds anywhere. I did see 2 skunks race my truck as I left about 1 am!!

    Tips: We did try the spoon bite on Wed but didn't find big schools of shad - a bit early yet. We lost 3 good bass on the blade runner spoons and landed a few small ones. I tried Senkos on both trips - not a bite!! Most bass were on "new" off-shore structure - some I had never seen before. His 5 1/2 came from such a structure - I WILL remember that place!! Not a topwater hit on both trips - usually I get at least one in August and it is a good fish! Last night, the 7" black Berkely Power worm was again the bait of choice - bass were hitting it well after dark.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

  • Water Temp: 77 to 82

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: This past Thursday I took Ken out. We headed out at 7 AM sharp Ken had asked me for a tour of the lake and that's what we did first. We went to the Narrows then the ranch house all the way to the stumps and then the vineyards which were under water two weeks ago and now are part of the shore line. We headed to the boy scout camp which is past the bridge and we started fishing in the trees. Up to now no fish and the water was less then one foot visibility. I decided to go where the water was clearer and deeper which was by the Big Island and we started catching bass. At the end of the day he had a nice limit with bass up to 4 pounds (see photos). The next morning at 7 sharp Lawrence and Pete headed out with me . We started catching fish almost instantly. When Lawrence caught a fish Pete netted it and vice versa . We had limits (see photos) so we took a tour of a few spots on the lake that I know they will like to fish in the future in their boat. As we were starting to head in for the day I couldn't start the main motor. I turned to my back up motor and it would run for about twenty feet and die not good!!!! I got hold of the sheriff and they came out and towed us in. In case of emergencies we are very fortunate to have the services of the sheriff's department. Luckily I only needed a new starter which was repaired that afternoon and I was able to use my boat Sunday with Mark and his kids Akiva, Yakira and their friend Zusya. We started to troll and the kids wanted to jump in the water because it was very hot out. Since it was so hot the kids wanted to stay in the water so I decided to go to the Monticello Ski School and let them swim in a safe and enclosed area if no one objected. When we got there it was Kid's Day and Lucy invited the kids to stay and participate in all the events. Needless to say they had a fabulous time (see photos). 'til next time...............................................good fishing!!!!!!
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    Tips: Thank you Lucy,Frank ,David,lonny,and all the members of the Monticello ski school for making 3 kids very happy.

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

  • Water Temp: 77to 81

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing with Sid
    8:54 PM
    To: Sidney Silberberg, lake b Peter Kilkus new

    Wishing all the Dads out there a very Happy Father's Day!!! John, Albert and I went out for a great day of fishing. Since John had to get back early we fished hard and fast. We saw lots of bait all over the lake and in about 120 feet of water John landed a 3+ pound trout which he planned on having for dinner that night. I caught a few nice bass. (see photos) I went into a shallow area where we could see nice size bass swim through the grass chasing the bait fish. The grass was very thick so it was difficult to throw any kind of bait and we didn't have time to really try anything because we had to get John back home but I will make sure to try that spot next week maybe with a fluke. 'til next time....................................................................good fishing!!!!!!
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    Tips: Fluke and Carolina rig will be on my agenda` for next week Albert was drop shoting only catching small bass same method he caught hi's 12.5 pounder a couple of weeks ago fishing with me shallow.

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 78-81

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I had another really nice guide trip yesterday with a really good fisherman! My 521 Ranger seemed really roomy after guiding 3 guys on Saturday. The bigger bass were active again in the narrows and main body, and just like previous trips, were most active between noon and 2 pm. I caught a nice one - a 5 lb 10 oz largemouth while my client (an excellent fisherman) caught several quality bass including a 4 lb largemouth. Our best 5 were again almost 18 lbs. Six inch Robo worms were the main bait again and MMIII was the best color. I did work a topwater bait for awhile and had a giant bass explode on it - but totally missed it! Fish needs to go to accuracy school!!! Again, we didn't catch many small ones. We did catch some of our bass as deep as 25 feet, so they many be moving to deeper water now as the heat is on!

    Tips: I would think that drop-shotting will become more effective as the bass more deeper. I didn't see any bait on my meter yet. The quality bass are really spread out - some major points only have one or two willing bass on them. You have to move around a lot. Weedbeds are beginning to appear everywhere, but only a few feet off the bottom.

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 74-77

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Would I be smart enough not to guide on a summer Saturday?? I guess not! So, out of Pleasure Cove, I guided 3 young guys - who spoke Japanese the whole trip - with a bit of English! In spite of the pleasure boat activity, I had a second good trip at Berryessa in a few days. I took them on a milk run over half the lake and found some good quality post-spawn bass! This was their first American bass trip and they put together an 18 1/2 lb limit - one of the guys landing a 5 pound largemouth. This trip we fished shoreline structure as well as off-shore structure. After a good morning bite, as was on my last trip, the bigger fish were caught around noon to 2 pm. We didn't fish mudlines as many do, just structure around the 10 to 25 foot depth. They only caught 3 dinks and 3 or 4 smaller keepers. About 7 of their bass were 3 to 5 lbs, including a 3 1/4 lb hybrid smallie/spot. Beautiful fish!! They lost 2 big bass as well, but landed their other bass with lots of skill. One of the fellows was a top bass fisherman in Japan.

    Tips: Since there were 4 in the boat, I was planning to start them with 6" Robo worms. They worked so well we just stuck with them. Several colors were good, but again, MMIII was the best color. I had them using a Texas rig the whole time. Drop-shotting didn't work as well. That technique usually works better as the summer progresses.

Monday, June 8th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 68 to 78

    Report: Fishing with Sid‏
    The past week was a fisherman's dream the weather was great and the bass plentiful. I had a few trips set up for the week the first was Carl and his brother-in-law Dave. We caught bass up to four pounds and one three pound trout. The next day I took out David and Brandon who is fifteen years old had a good day caught limits of bass to 4+ pounds and a trout. That evening I got a call from David that the y had such a great time could I take them out again the following day which I did. It was a great fishing day again with huge bait balls all over the lake we were catching bass like crazy. I took out John the following day and headed straight to the area where the bait balls had been the day before. We were back to the launch ramp by two o'clock after catching over twenty bass the largest 6+ pounds. It was non stop with all the bass being caught in the top ten feet of water and we were fishing anywhere from 40 to 120 feet of water. We were able to cast just about anything and it worked. What I enjoyed the best was using a wacky worm set up smeared with "Procure Scent" any flavor seemed to work and casting it into the bait ball and watching the bass smack into it. My friend Dr. Randy came up for a day of fishing and I told him the fishing was great all week and I hoped it would continue. The night before the wind had picked up quite a bit and it scattered those wonderful bait balls so I had to look for them. I trolled the big rocks by Monticello Ski School using my favorite blue and silver crank bait and he stood at the bow casting a top water chugger and on his eleventh cast he got slammed but didn't react fast enough so no fish. We headed to the Ranch house next and saw some bait balls but nothing like the days before and with no size to speak of bass. Next I headed to the stumps and then the Vineyards with no luck either. I decided to try one more area past the bridge and past the boy scout camp where the trees are sticking out of the water and Randy loved the area. I set him up with brass and glass with a wide gap hook and a senco worm using crawdad garlic Procure scent texas rig and on his second cast into the trees he set the hook on a 3+ pound bass. He ended up catching some nice bass in this area and told me he loved this spot. Please enjoy the attached photos.
    'til next week....................................................................good fishing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or would like to book a guided fishing trip please email me at bestgiude@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.

    Tips: Tips: the lake is 33 feet down lots of bumps and stumps that you never knew are popping up

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 68 thru 78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing with Sid
    The past week was a fisherman's dream the weather was great and the bass plentiful. I had a few trips set up for the week the first was Carl and his brother-in-law Dave. We caught bass up to four pounds and one three pound trout. The next day I took out David and Brandon who is fifteen years old had a good day caught limits of bass to 4+ pounds and a trout. That evening I got a call from David that the y had such a great time could I take them out again the following day which I did. It was a great fishing day again with huge bait balls all over the lake we were catching bass like crazy. I took out John the following day and headed straight to the area where the bait balls had been the day before. We were back to the launch ramp by two o'clock after catching over twenty bass the largest 6+ pounds. It was non stop with all the bass being caught in the top ten feet of water and we were fishing anywhere from 40 to 120 feet of water. We were able to cast just about anything and it worked. What I enjoyed the best was using a wacky worm set up smeared with "Procure Scent" any flavor seemed to work and casting it into the bait ball and watching the bass smack into it. My friend Dr. Randy came up for a day of fishing and I told him the fishing was great all week and I hoped it would continue. The night before the wind had picked up quite a bit and it scattered those wonderful bait balls so I had to look for them. I trolled the big rocks by Monticello Ski School using my favorite blue and silver crank bait and he stood at the bow casting a top water chugger and on his eleventh cast he got slammed but didn't react fast enough so no fish. We headed to the Ranch house next and saw some bait balls but nothing like the days before and with no size to speak of bass. Next I headed to the stumps and then the Vineyards with no luck either. I decided to try one more area past the bridge and past the boy scout camp where the trees are sticking out of the water and Randy loved the area. I set him up with brass and glass with a wide gap hook and a senco worm using crawdad garlic Procure scent texas rig and on his second cast into the trees he set the hook on a 3+ pound bass. He ended up catching some nice bass in this area and told me he loved this spot. Please enjoy the attached photos.
    'til next week....................................................................good fishing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or would like to book a guided fishing trip please email me at bestgiude@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.

    Tips: the lake is 33 feet down lots of bumps and stumps that you never knew are popping up

Friday, June 5th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 75-77

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I had a delightful guide trip yesterday with a father, mother, and their barely 5 year old son - who LOVES to fish. We had a great day with beautiful weather and a quality bite! We fished the narrows and the southern main body. Their 5 biggest bass weighed nearly 17 lbs - including mom's 5 1/4 lb largemouth and the boy's first ever bass - yes, a 3 lb smallmouth! And better yet - on his "snoopy" type rod and reel - wow!!!! He hooked, fought, and landed that bass all by himself. I did nothing to assist him - just netted the prize!! Unbelieveable!! What a thrill for me - and his parents!! He was using a MMIII 6" Robo worm. That was the hot worm for them. Most of their bass were caught in 10 to 15 feet of water near island tops and ledges. Best bite was between 11 and 1:30 pm.

    Tips: There are probably some bass still spawning, but I was looking for post-spawn bass that might be more active for my clients to hook. We only fished Texas rigged Robo worms with 4 people in the boat.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 67 to 72

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: 0n Thursday evening I took Albert and his lovely wife Beverly out for an hour or so. I decided to fish the west side of the lake. We were trolling for trout and had just started and sure enough I got a hit and asked Beverly if you would like to reel the fish in. She did a good job and we had our trout on board. The next three hits were all bass and by the time she had reeled in the last fish she was pooped but had really enjoyed it (see photo). Friday I fished on my own and prepared all the rods for my customers for the following day. I limited out on bass (see photo). Saturday I had my hands full I took out a group for a bachelor party fishing trip. In the first half hour we caught three nice size bass up to 3.5 pounds. The main fisherman who are holding up fish are Deric is the first in blue then its Adrian, Dan, and Matt. We took a ride around the lake and I pointed out some key spots from the Narrows to the Ranch house to the Vineyards fishing along the way. We ended up past the bridge fishing along the trees in the water. At the end of the day when they dropped me off at the dock they said to me that they had a blast (see photos). Sunday I went out with Kevin and his choice of fish is trout but he also enjoys catching bass. He caught a limit of bass up to 4+ pounds then we went looking for signs of trout. Kevin was thrilled because he ended up with a limit of trout too. All in all it was a great Memorial Day weekend on the lake. 'til next week...................................................good fishing!!!!!!
    www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or would like to book a guided fishing trip please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.

    Tips: once again knowing the signs to look for usually bring success plus the right colors to use.

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 69-73

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I guided 2 great fellas from the east coast on Tuesday, and 3 great senior citizens from the west coast (bay area) on Wednesday. The bite was slow but steady both days. Thot I was at Clear Lake sometimes - we caught several dink largemouth - kinda rare for Berry - but a GOOD sign!! My clients caught 1 3/4 to 3 lb bass of all 3 species (some nice spots!), including a 3 1/2 to 4 lb spot lost at the boat!!! First trip found us in the main body - second in the narrows. On Wed, all three seniors landed the first 3 bass within in 20 minutes - small, large, and spotted bass - each around 2 1/2 lbs. Wow - I was a happy camper - and so were they!! We caught mostly largemouth and spots - only 2 smallies. I fished them around rocky areas - mostly off-shore - about 10 to 20 feet deep. Weather was very nice both days, with a light breeze.

    Tips: We did all sorts of Berryessa techniques using Robo worms, Flappin' hogs, beavers, and Senkos. No treble hooks. One senior brought his own tackle which included the "kitchen sink!" He was throwing everything plastic - and some of it worked!! Nearly every bass both days was between 2 and 3 1/4 lbs. No 1 1/2 pounders - weird! We used Texas rigging, drop shot, and split-shot rigging. Both days 5 fish limits were about 12 1/2 to 13 lbs - pretty good May bite!

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

  • Water Temp: 70 TO 74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing with Sid‏
    I fished every day of this past week. The first day I fished with my friend Tom and limited out on bass weighing up to 2.5 pounds (see photo). Next day Bob and I went out and you guessed it limited out again on bass weighing up to 4 pounds in a short span of time. Fishing was great and I was looking forward to another successful day with George and Shawn. We set out early morning and started in the Narrows and worked my way to the vineyards. No sign of birds anywhere but we saw lots of bait balls and fish were jumping all over I was thinking this is going to be a great day but to our dismay after trying every which way to entice the fish all we managed was a 1.5 pound bass. It was a ROUGH day. Next day I took Albert and Frank out. I hit all the right spots with no luck. We tried our best but that's how it goes sometimes. The next day I went out by myself and fished in two of my favorite coves. I decided to use the wacky worm setup and ended up catching sixteen bass the largest one under 2 pounds and most of them under 1 pound it was a lot of fun. The next day I took Richard and Grant out. I started deep in the Narrows and as we headed into the main lake we saw lots of balls of bait and fish jumping. I headed into the back of a cove where Albert had caught his 10.5 pound bass hoping we could do a repeat of that moment but it did not happen. We trolled towards the vineyard and Grant got a bite and landed a 1.5 pound crappie on a Speed Trap crank bait. I took them to a spot I thought would be good and we switched to the wacky worm using a dark color Senko worm. Within the first few minutes Grant got smacked hard and landed a 8 pound bass (see photo). He was elated and after a few pictures he kissed the bass good bye and we watched it swim away. No breaks for Grant he cast out again and landed a 2+ pound bass. We fished three points by the Bureau changing the dark worm to a lighter color and you guessed it Grant gets another hit. For me it was a great week of fishing even the bad days are still great. 'til next time..........................................................................good fishing!!!!!
    www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or would like to book a guided fishing trip please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
    City: San Francisco

    Tips: when it rained the next 2 days where bad so you have to adjust and find out what the fish want.

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

  • Water Temp: 70 plus

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: This past Saturday I went out with Albert. We launched the boat at 10:30 AM and Albert asked his usual question "where are we going to fish"? I told him looking at the surface water temperature which was almost 70 degrees and the water being calm our best bet was to fish in around 2 to 4 feet of water. We went to one of my favorite coves on the east side of the lake. I started in 12 feet of water and ended in two feet. Visibility was clear and we could see the bass. Albert may have thought we were in too shallow water but I knew the larger bass usually are in the shallower water. When Albert cast out his line we were in bout 3 feet of water and he threw towards the shoreline which was about one foot deep. Half way back to the boat he got whacked big time and I knew he had a good size fish on. When we netted the bass and brought it aboard Albert had a huge grin from ear to ear. It weighed in at 10.5 lbs and after taking a few pictures (see attached) we released it and watched it swim back to shallow water. This was Albert's biggest bass so far at this lake. It was very exciting!!! There was a boat next to us where Jay and Casey were fishing after watching Albert bring in his bass they threw to the same area using a fluke bait and landed a 3+ lb bass (see photo). Now I headed out to the vine yards and using the same technique landed a bass weighing 2 lbs. Heading back towards home we trolled along the west side and Albert caught another 2 pounder. we went in early after enjoying a great day and Albert still had that grin can you blame him!!
    'til next time...................................................................................good fishing!!!!!!!
    www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or would like to book a guided fishing trip please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
    City: San Francisco

    Tips: shallow and top water will be my goal next few weeks

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing with Sid



    10:40 AM






    To: Sidney Silberberg, lake b Peter Kilkus new


























    Just got back from Florida where I fished every day. Fished with my nephew's and niece's kids in the creek behind my sister's home where we caught some nice bass. I also took the kids out salt water fishing once on Capt. Mo's boat and once with Capt. James boat. The largest fish caught was under two pounds but on each trip the kids with the help of the captains and myself caught 36 fish on light tackle. It was great fun for all of us. My last guided trip on Lake Berryessa was just before I left for vacation. I took Nilas and his son Peter out for the day. We caught a few nice bass largest one up to four pounds. We saw a lot of smallmouth bass in two to five feet of water ready to nest (see photos). Looking forward to upcoming guiding trips. The fishing will only get better as summer approaches. 'til next time............................................................good fishing!!!!!
    www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or would like to book a guided fishing trip please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
    City: San Francisco

    Tips: email me you can request pictures

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 59-62

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I took two clients on Friday, out of Markley - maybe the last of two times using the main ramp. The lake appears to be down about a foot. This was the 3rd day of a north wind and rather cool temps. We fished the narrows and some of the lower main body. The bite was slow for us, only landing about 6 or 7 bass and missing a few more bites. One of the spots and one of the smallies were pushing 3 lbs and the rest were 1 1/2 to 2 1/4 lbs, not much to write home about. The afternoon bite was dead!!

    Tips: Most bites were on 6" Robo worms in a variety of colors. Our bites were 10 to 20 feet and the water was a bit dingy for sight fishing - because of the wind. Most bites were on deeper flats, near deep water.

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 62/66

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Smallmouth are on the beds and we had a ball caught them all day long from 2 /4 lbs

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 57-61

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I did another "teach the lake" trip yesterday (Tues), covering a lot of on-shore and off-shore structure. The weather in the morning was windy, cool, with a little rain. I'm sure this moved some bass off the bank - most of the ones we caught were 20 to 30 feet deep. He caught the biggest at 2 3/4 lbs - a smallie-spot hybrid, using a Robo worm. As the sun was coming out and the lake calming down, he had to leave early for business reasons. Ah - life before cell phones!!

    Tips: I can't be much help because the warm days coming up will change the bite - it will get better! Bass should move shallow again - starting to make their bedrooms!!

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

  • Water Temp: 57 to 62.5

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I went out Friday with Judge and John. Our first stop was to show them the fish in Willy's ski school. I couldn't find their bedding area but saw four nice size female bass and one male swimming around in three feet of crystal clear water by a fallen tree did our best to catch them but they weren't interested in any bait we threw out. After spending almost an hour getting frustrated we headed to my favorite location. We fished in two to four feet of water using Carolina rig, texas brass and glass and a top water chugger with good results. John was throwing the chugger into very shallow water many times without any success he was ready to change his bait but decided to try one more cast and it was worth it a 5.5 pound bass hit the chugger at full speed and the fight was on. From this point on he was hooked and his full limit of bass were caught on top water baits. Judge was using brass and glass with senko 6" worm I told him to slither it slowly along the bottom and on the first tap you feel set the hook. He caught a few nice bass using this method. We had a very good day (see photos). Judge had such a good time he joined me and Albert the next day too. On Sunday Greely and his son Elijah went out with me for a few hours. I went to the same spot I had fished on Friday. Elijah was using a Carolina rig set up with a baby red and black brush hog slathered with Procure crawdad scent and he landed the first bass of the day which he successfully brought to the boat (he is eight years old). He was so happy I gave him the brush hog and he's dad told me he brought it to school for show and tell. We only fished a couple of hours but had a great time. I enjoyed watching the father and son bonding (see photo). 'til next time......................................................good fishing!!!!!!!

    www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or would like to book a guided fishing trip please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
    City: San Francisco

    Tips: Lake is down 28 feet use caution when fishing points and shallow waters

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 58-61

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Why does one guide for bass on a day after a 97 boat tournament and all the other fishing boats? Because that is when the clients have to go - so we did!! Actually, the fishing was pretty fair in the main body. I had one pretty good young angler and one that had never caught a bass before - his second bass trip. Well, we got that monkey off our back when his first bass hit the net at 3 lbs - smallie!! The experienced fellow - and probable future pro, caught 3 or 4 with his biggest also a 3 lb smallie. They really were twins. I was showing them some of my favorite baits and colors and did manage a few quality bass - the biggest a 4 lb largemouth. We only wound up with 7 or 8 bass, but a respectful 13 1/2 - 14 lbs. Most of our bites were on various color 6" Robo worms, 4" Berkley Chigger Quads, and similar baits.

    Tips: We fished main body points and ledges. We actually found a few quality smallies in the back of one of the large coves - about 5 feet deep. We didn't throw anything with treble hooks.