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Berryessa Lake, Elevaton: 419.62 ft. Daily Statistics
Sunday, Jan 15
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
1,186,846 45 1,593 0.00 ???
Tuesday, Jan 24
Hi: 52 ° F
Lo: 36 ° F
Today
Partly Sunny
Precip: 23%
Tonight
Mostly Clear
Precip: 1%

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

  • Report: From Lake Berryessa News

    Lake Level Status: 1/18/17
    The lake level is at 420 feet - 20 feet below Glory Hole, rising only 4 inches in the last 4 days, but still the highest level since the Spring of 2014.
    More good news is that the Capell Public Launch Ramp is open, although the courtesy dock has not yet been repaired and re-installed.
    The lake level at this time last year was 398.8 feet, 21.2 feet lower than today.
    The level has risen 21.4 feet since its low of 398.6 feet on 10/23/16.
    Rainfall total is 20.5 inches (only .06 inches today before the next set of storms), 8.8 inches more than last year at this time.
    At the present level, Lake Berryessa holds 1,192,583 acre-feet of water - 74.5% of its 1,600,000 A-F capacity.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

  • Report: From Lake Berryessa News


    Lake Level Status: 1/11/17 (10AM)

    The lake level is now at 417.4 feet - 22.6 feet below Glory Hole - up 3.9’ since yesterday - and the highest it’s been in 3 years! This is already 6.3’ higher than last year’s highest level of 411.1’ on 4/12/16 and higher than 412.0 (highest) on 3/7/15 and 415.7 (highest) on 4/8/14

    The lake level at this time last year was 397.1 feet, 20.3 feet lower than today.

    The level has risen 18.8 feet since its low of 398.6 feet on 10/23/16.

    Rainfall total (as of 1/11/17) is 19.88 inches, 10.78 inches more than last year at this time.

    The latest rainfall (10.81 inches since Jan. 3) has raised the lake level by 10.8 feet (1 foot rise per inch of rain for this period) and it is still rising. At this rainfall rate we’d only need about 23 more inches of rain to fill the lake.

    At the present level, Lake Berryessa holds 1,149,708 acre-feet of water - 71.9% of its 1,600,000 A-F capacity.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

  • Report: Lake Level Status: 1/10/17 (10AM)
    The lake level keeps rising and is now at 413.5 feet - 26.5 feet below Glory Hole - up 1.5' since yesterday. This is already 2.4’ higher than last year’s highest level of 411.1’ on 4/12/16.
    The lake level at this time last year was 397.1 feet, 16.4 feet lower than today.
    The level has risen 14.9 feet since its low of 398.6 feet on 10/23/16.
    Rainfall total (as of 1/10/17) is 17.1 inches, 8 inches more than last year at this time. This does not include the 0.49 inches that has fallen this morning.
    The latest rainfall (8.8 inches since Jan. 3) has raised the lake level by 9.6 feet (13.1 inches rise per inch of rain for this period) and it is still rising. At this rainfall rate we’d only need about 28 more inches of rain to fill the lake - about 4 more storms like this. Since the lake is shaped like a bowl, as the lake rises it takes more rain to make it rise higher.
    At the present level, Lake Berryessa holds 1,072,612 acre-feet of water - 67% of its 1,600,000 A-F capacity.

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

  • Report: Lake Berryessa News
    12 hrs ·
    3:00 PM Sunday: 3-6" of rain (since midnight) in the Lake Berryessa Watershed!
    HWY 128 is reported to be CLOSED somewhere between Markley Cove Resort and Pleasants Valley Rd.(Winters) due to flooding.
    Berryessa Knoxville Rd. is closed near East Side Rd. due to debris on the road.
    The Lake Berryessa News will provide more details when they become available.

Friday, January 6th, 2017

  • Report: Lake Level Status: 1/6/17

    The latest 4 day rainfall (2.88 inches) has raised the lake level by 1.8 feet (7.5 inches rise per inch of rain) and it is still rising.

    The lake level is at 405.5 feet - 34.5 feet below Glory Hole.

    From Lake Berryessa News
    The Bureau of Reclamation is preparing to open the Capell Public Launch Ramp but their dock needs some repair first

    The level has risen 6.9 feet since its low of 398.6 feet on 10/23/16.

    At the present level, Lake Berryessa holds 958,207 acre-feet of water - 59.9% of its 1,600,000 A-F capacity.

    The lake level at this time last year was 396.75 feet, 8.75 feet lower than today.

    Rainfall total (as of 1/5/17) is 11.68 inches, 3.4 inches more than last year at this time.

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 60-62

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: A very nice married couple called me last week and wanted to go bass fishing - for the first time!! Never bass fished before and wanted to learn more about it and about Lake Berryessa. Great people and we had a great time learning! This is a rod - this is a reel.....no, it wasn't that bad. The weather was cloudy and very cool. After lots of instruction about rod and reels, baits, areas to look for bass in different seasons, we started fishing. Soon they were casting spinning outfits very well and seemed to be working worms and other plastics very well. As one would expect, they lost their first few bites. Setting the hook for bass is always a learning process for beginners. In the afternoon they did land a few bass, but they were small. Funny - the small ones were in an area that usually produces bigger bass. One never knows! Great people and think I got them "hooked!"

    Tips: Drop-shotting Robo worms in shad colors seemed to work the best for them. MM111 worked a bit also. Most bites came from 15 to 30 feet of water.

Friday, November 11th, 2016

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    Water Temp: 65

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Jigged Berryessa today. Did pretty bad (everyone I talked too stated the same as well). The fish and bait were all spread out between the surface and 35 feet. The lake was turning. Hopefully things will pick up after it is done turning.

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 62-65

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launched from Putah Creek at 6:30am. Went to the north end with crank baits, under spins all far off shore hitting humps with gravel. Only small bass. Went into putah and fished rocky banks with steeper edges, still only small bass. Fished both bridges and caught crappie, spooning. All in all fun fishing just no size. Went off shore in the main body worm fishing, still only saw fish under 2lbs.

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 67-69

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I took two clients to Berryessa today - and wished I had a sail on my Ranger!! The wind in the delta might have been slight, but there were white caps after 9 am at Berryessa - even in the narrows! My two clients were from Japan originally and one is returning on Monday. The other lives in California now. They spoke in their native tongue most of the time - wonder what they were saying about the fishing?? it wasn't very good and they missed a few bites. We did land a few decent bass and some dinks went on the bite in the afternoon. Did have some excitement when we got out the spoon rods. I dropped a Blade Runner 1 3/4 oz UV morning dawn down to the bottom, showing them how to work a spoon. Suddenly I am holding on for dear life as a non-dink took the spoon. Whoa Nellie!! She was a 5 lb spotted bass - my biggest spot at Berryessa. Wow - the bite should be great - right? Not!! They caught a few, but most were very small. One bass was a little bigger than the spoon!!

    Tips: Robo worms were working some as were the spoons. They were throwing some of their own small crankbaits much of the time, and some other baits too. Not much action. The bait is still all over the place - from 10 to 50 feet! I think the water needs to cool a bit more before an active bite returns. Hard to judge the day - the wind was nasty!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 71 TO 76

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Subject: Fishing with Sid
    This past Sunday I took Fabrice and his five year old son Matthew out. The weather stayed cool the whole day and the fishing was a little off but father and son had such a great time with the fish they caught. Matthew brought his new rod and he wanted to catch a fish with it and I was going to make it happen. He was using one of my rods and kept catching fish after fish. At one point they had a double hook up that they brought within twenty and ten feet of the boat they were so excited that they stopped reeling for a split second and both fish jumped in the air and spit out the lure. This happened a couple of times during the day. After a fun filled day we headed in with a very happy Matthew smiling from ear to ear(see photos).
    'til next time.......................................................................................good fishing!!!!!
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    Tips: Tried drop shoting I prersonaly don't care for it but it catches fish 1 year ago my friend Albert caught a 10.5lb large mouth in two feet of water will try the same spot friday

  • Water Temp: 73-75

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: With the wind and unusual Sept cold front, wasn't sure how my guide trip would go. I had a great guy - a repeat Florida client from this past spring. In a word - we had the lake to ourselves - no one out there. Spooky moon showing thru the trees - not a surface fish or swirl to be seen, no bird sounds - nothing!! I guess they don't like cold fronts either!! So, my report is very short. He landed one bass - but is was his biggest California bass ever. Yes, she went 6.26 lbs!! Evidently, she doesn't know the rules of the a summer cold front - you don't eat! The largemouth cleared the water by a foot or so after he hooked her - what a sight - and sound!!! He played the fish perfectly! My net job wasn't bad either - lucky I guess!! Right at dusk I caught my only fish, a nice smallie at about 2 1/4 lbs. He did hook another good fish, but lost her.

    Tips: With the weather pattern we were faced with, I targeted the steepest walls I could find - and, those with shadows. I tried some different baits at night, but again, the 7" Berkley Power Worm is the only thing they would hit. His big fish was very shallow, up in the moonshade of over-hanging trees. My smallie was in about 20 feet of water. I thought we could get some other "shady" bass to hit, but it didn't happen. I hate cold fronts!!

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 78-82

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Mike and I fished Berry late Thursday afternoon - planning to night fish some also. That didn't happen! The wind was blowing when we started, then the lake went dead calm until just before dark. Then came the wind again - big time - and back to the dock we went. We caught a bunch of bass, with 4 good quality, over 3 1/4 lbs. My biggest smallie took a 6" shad colored Robo worm - great summer fish at 3 lbs 10 oz. A short but sweet trip - EXCEPT for the carp that Mike accidently snagged. It was a 20 lb bass before we actually saw it!! Ugh!!! I was there today (Sat) with clients who caught 2 nice largemouth and several smaller bass. The lake was dead flat calm until 2 pm and made a tough bite for them.

    Tips: We saw lots of small schools of shad that seemed to be scattered all over - but not on the bottom. Not many bass around the shad - maybe because of the flat water and weekend pleasure boating.

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

  • Water Temp: 77

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Took an old friend of mine Randy Stratton up to the the lake to see if we could find a spoon bite. Using a 1-3/4oz. morning dawn BLADE-RUNNER spoon, our first stop on an off shore reef, in the Spanish flat area, produced several spotted bass and smallmouth bass and squaw fish in the 2-1/2 to 4lb. range and a 42lb. catfish that kicked my butt. They were holding in about 30 to 40ft. suspended over deeper water. We also found several other schools of bass in the same depth all over the main body on flat points. Pretty good day with about 25 quality bass, now back to making more lures.
    Rick Tietz

    Tips: find the thermocline with your meter and look for stacks of fish

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 79

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: This past weekend was a highlight for me it seemed like every bass I landed was bigger then the one before. I limited out and my five largest fish weighed in at a total of just under forty pounds yes I said 40 pounds I couldn't believe it myself but it was great!!!! Bob is holding two eight pounders(see photo). The next day the fish were not as large and my limit weighed 16.5 pounds still a good catch see photo of Albert holding a 3.5 pounder. The color of the lure that worked best for me was chartreuse. My son and daughter-in-law fished the same areas with success as well landing limits of bass weighing between 3 to 5 pounds. I'm hoping I'll have some good size hits this holiday weekend too. 'til next time.....................................good fishing!!!!

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    Tips: it appears that there is a spawn going on or the female fish looked liked it was full of eggs

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

  • Report: Lake Level Status: 8/14/16
    The lake level is now at 402.38 feet - 37.62 feet below Glory Hole.
    At the present level, Lake Berryessa holds 911,793 acre-feet of water - 57.0% of its 1,600,000 A-F capacity.
    The lake continues to drop about an inch per day.
    Evaporation of the lake is averaging .25 inches per day.
    The water temperature is above 80 degrees.
    The lake level at this time last year was 400.65 feet, 1.73 feet lower than today.
    The Capell Public Launch Ramp is closed until next year.
    All recreation areas - Markley Cove, Pleasure Cove, Steele Canyon, Spanish Flat, and Putah Canyon - are open for launching and will remain open all summer and beyond.

Friday, August 12th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 78 to 83

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I went salt water fishing with my club on the "El Dorado" with Captain Robert for strippers and halibut. I came in second place with a halibut weighing 15.6 pounds (see photo of Tom holding a stripper). Back to my favorite fishing place Lake Berryessa I went early morning fishing with Mike and he had a fun day in the photo he is holding 2.5 and a 3 pound small mouth bass. Now is a good opportunity to see the structure where you usually fish since the water is so low you can study how the bass use the terrain. That evening I went out with John and the fishing was great our largest bass was over 5 pounds(see photo). The next morning I met Scott and his two sons Cooper and Cody at the dock and we set out for the day. Cooper fishing on the shore side caught three bass in a row and Cody fishing the deep side complained that he wanted to fish the other side but as he was talking he got a hit and started reeling in his catch which turned out to be a little over 18.5 inches and over 3 pounds so I asked Cody if he was ready to switch and he said no way(see photo of Cody's fish)!!! The next day I went on my son's pontoon boat and no matter what color lure we used with or without "Procure Scent" fish were hitting. Some days no matter what you do it works too bad that can't happen all the time. Large fish weighed over 6 pounds and the smallest fish weighed 2.5 pounds(see photos). We had friends and family visiting so I was busy taking them out and loving every minute of it. 'til next time.................................................good fishing!!!!

    www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or would like to share any stories or if you are interested in booking a guided fishing trip please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.

    Tips: some days everything works

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

  • Water Temp: up to 80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing with Sid
    Sidney Silberberg

    Today 8:52 AM

    I had a great time fishing last weekend. The weather was perfect and the water temperature was up to eighty degrees. My first day out was with Albert and John and we fished around little island with some good results but no big fish. That evening I went out again with Kevin and fished by big island and the bite was on. We caught limits and it didn't matter what color crank bait we used they were hitting on everything we even had a few double hook ups. Needless to say we stayed in that spot. Largest fish was almost nine pounds (see photo). Next day Kevin and I headed out early we naturally headed back to big island hoping for the same results. My plan was to start out there and if the bite was off we would head to the vineyards but happily the bass were waiting for us and we spent the day in that area catching limits again (see photos). George and I went out for a little while that evening he wanted to catch a fish on his rod and within a half hour he caught a nice bass weighing in at just over two pounds and a few others between 3.5 to 4 pounds. My last day was with Steve with the same results over all it was a great fishing weekend!!! 'til next time.............................................good fishing!!!!!!!!

    www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or are interested in booking a guided fishing trip please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.

    Tips: when you know where they are you can load up easy

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing with Sid‏
    10:57 AM

    To: Fishing with Sid, lake b Peter Kilkus new

    Summer is definitely here and the weather is HOT! I took Harry, Paul and Owen out for the day. Owen started the day by catching two bass in the shade against a rock wall we were trolling in approximately 15 to 18 feet of water and he was using a silver and blue crank bait which dove about 8 to 10 feet. Since we were in the shade I decided to fish the point for awhile using three different methods, a drop shot, a Carolina rig and a weightless senko worm. We tried our best but no bites and so we moved on. Next stop was a cove where I had a lot of success landing good size bass. Harry landed a nice 2+ pound crappie. The whole cove was full of minnows they were everywhere and we watched the bass feeding on this banquet for over an hour. We finished the day off in deep water where we went swimming to cool off before heading in (see photos). Looking forward to the July 4th weekend and wishing everyone a safe and happy one.
    '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.

    Tips: HAPPY JULY4th see you at the lake

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 77-79

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: FINALLY - a night guide trip!! And a good one at that!!! I took a father from Louisiana and his son who just moved to California for a late afternoon/night trip. The trip started slow with a few before dark and 3 topwater hits with none landed. After dark, we experienced one of the quietest nights I have ever seen at Berryessa, Not a SINGLE fish sound, NO bird sounds, No wind, deathly quiet!! Not normal. Even when the moon rose - no change. BUT - the bass did start to feed and they just hooked bass after bass!! First night bass, first California bass, and first spotted bass!! The dad's first Spotted bass was a dandy - 3 lbs 9 oz!! He will take that memory back home - what a fight!! They caught over 25 bass - I lost count! Only 2 undersize. Their limit was about 15+ lbs. No toads this trip. We mostly used the usual 7" Berkley Power worms - the favorite night bait at Berryessa!!

    Tips: We only found one area that was "hot!' Bass were scattered all over. One point did have a lot of quality largemouth on it. Finally, some spotted bass - I think they caught three, including the big one. I had a day trip mid-week that was really slow - not the fault of the clients. The first really hot day with dead flat water - very tough! We had a one hour breeze about 10 am and the bite was pretty good - after that, very tough!!

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 75-80

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I had another good trip Tues with a father/son pair of anglers. There was a slight breeze in the morning and a bit of high fog. The cooling trend was on its way! It burned off quickly and the bite started - with mostly smaller bass on Robo worms and topwater. After fishing Wragg Canyon, we moved out to the main body and worked walls and offshore structure. Dad showed us how it's done with his 4 lb 14 oz largemouth, caught on a morning dawn Robo worm. The bite again was best around noon, but didn't last as long as previous trips because of the wind that got pretty serious after 1 pm. Both father and son did very well catching lots of bass over 2 1/2 lbs - again - mostly largemouth with a few 2 3/4 lb smallies! One decent spotted bass. Their limit of 5 was around 16 1/4 lbs.

    Tips: The worm bite has been so good, as it was last year early in the summer, we used them most of the trip as bigger bass were eating them! No reason to waste time doing other stuff. The quality bass had moved a little deeper than previous trips and had positioned themselves a little differently. A few good areas that were holding bass were now vacant, so some movements are starting as the lake is beginning to drop, nearly 2 feet now. The main ramp at Markely was still open, but probably not for long.