Berryessa Lake and Reports

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Berryessa Lake, Elevaton: 430.26 ft. Daily Statistics
Sunday, Nov 12
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
1,372,413 80 ??? 0.00 ???
Friday, Nov 17
Hi: 60 ° F
Lo: 42 ° F
Today
Becoming Sunny
Precip: 2%
Tonight
Dense Fog
Precip: 0%

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

  • Water Temp: thru Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 up to 67

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: thru Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
    By Fishing With Sid Edit
    Water Temp: thru 4/5/2017
    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)
    Report: Evan you did a great job with your drown video showing the lake when it was down 45feet and now when it is full and over flowing into the gloryhole just arrived back from miami happy easter to you and your family.
    Lake Berryessa Fills and Glory Hole Spills:
    The Video History
    This amazing series of Lake Berryessa News Drone videos by Evan Kilkus documents the 45 foot rise of Lake Berryessa in 2017.
    It was the second largest annual increase in the history of the lake. It was also the second highest level the lake has reached in its 58 year history.
    The lake has only spilled into Glory Hole 26 times in those 58 years. Also the rainfall total (46.7 inches as of 4/12/17) is the highest in 20 years.
    The video below shows how low the lake was 2 years ago. You should watch it before the others to get some perspective on the amazing rise of the lake in 2017.
    http://lakeberryessanews.com/photo-album/videos.html
    Low Lake Berryessa in 2014
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    Tips: fish are on beds now looking to go this week to the lake, Happy Easter to everyone happy holidays .

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 59-64

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I took myself to Berryessa on Wed to check out the eastside - not my favorite part of the lake. I'm a structure guy and the eastside is kinda boring. Talk about bushes and trees in the water - thousands of them!!! I guess it is no surprise that all the bass I caught were largemouth!! It was kind of a re-learning trip as everything is different with the lake up 50 feet. That really changes the shallow east side. I started about 9:30 am and quit about 6 pm. The bite was best in the early afternoon when some faint sunlight appeared. The wind only blew about an hour from the south and it wasn't too bad. I tried crankbaits early with no action and soon realized the Senko bite was ok. I used #301 most of the day 'til I ran out. They liked #222 also - very bright color. I had lots of action, landing 8 good bass for about 17 lbs - and 2 dinks - on a 6" Senko. How do they do that?? No trophies for me - biggest at 4 1/2 lbs

    Tips: I was able to find bass in the brush next to a depth change. They were fairly aggressive - some good hits! I did spend a lot of time looking the whole lake over. Amazing how this lake changes with an added 50 feet. Berryessa is not a reservoir and has lots and lots of flats and coves where water depth makes a big change in the bite. It helps to learn as much as possible when the lake is down so as to be successful when the easy spring bite becomes tougher in the summer and fall when bass move off-shore. I threw jigs also off and on, but couldn't get bit.

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

  • Water Temp: thru 4/5/2017

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Evan you did a great job with your drown video showing the lake when it was down 45feet and now when it is full and over flowing into the gloryhole just arrived back from miami happy easter to you and your family.
    Lake Berryessa Fills and Glory Hole Spills:
    The Video History
    This amazing series of Lake Berryessa News Drone videos by Evan Kilkus documents the 45 foot rise of Lake Berryessa in 2017.
    It was the second largest annual increase in the history of the lake. It was also the second highest level the lake has reached in its 58 year history.
    The lake has only spilled into Glory Hole 26 times in those 58 years. Also the rainfall total (46.7 inches as of 4/12/17) is the highest in 20 years.
    The video below shows how low the lake was 2 years ago. You should watch it before the others to get some perspective on the amazing rise of the lake in 2017.
    http://lakeberryessanews.com/photo-album/videos.html
    Low Lake Berryessa in 2014
    1. Fishing guide, Lake Berryessa
    650-583-3333 Book trips now!
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    Y.B.A.C. Fishing Chariman
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    Tips: fish are on beds now looking to go this week to the lake, Happy Easter to everyone happy holidays .

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

  • Water Temp: 58-60

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the Tri-Valley Bassmasters tournament on March 18th. Typical of lakes this time of year, had to work hard to catch anything. Fished from Spanish Flats to the dam. Threw the tackle box at them and got 10 small fish for our efforts. Biggest fish was a 22 inch rainbow. Saw fish down deep at 60 feet on the graph but few close to shore. Angler of the year John Herrera had the biggest fish weighing 4.0912331 lbs (we'll just round that off to 4.09). With the help of his partner John Williams, they had a bag totaling 12.15 lbs. Biggest fish was caught on a grub.

    Tips: Lake looks really nice, was nice to fish it with out a huge wake every few minutes.

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 52-57

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: I did a rare Sunday guide trip. Don't usually do Sunday trips, but these two are busy ER nurses with little time off. They came self-contained with their own equipment and baits. I think this was their first time to Berry, but I could be wrong. Excellent fisher-people with good baits and rods - she even had a G.Loomis NRX rod!! First one of my clients to have one of those great rods. I showed them around the lake and tried to stay out of the way of folks fishing a 30 + boat tournament. Bass boats everywhere! In spite of that, they landed 7 smallies and spots, but only up to 2 1/4 lbs. I really think they enjoyed the beautiful day - away from the pressures of their jobs.

    Tips: They caught their bass on a variety of baits - didn't seem to be a favorite. Most were in the top 15 feet of water. He even caught a nice one on a rip bait, which surprised me a bit considering the color of the water. It really was fun watching them fish hard - enjoying every minute!! Darker plastics seem to be the best. Now we all need to remember how to fish a full lake! What a beautiful sight!!!

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 58 to 67

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out with Albert on Saturday our first stop after the Narrows was the cove near the Ranch house. The water covered most of the trees on the side of the cove and I was able to steer my boat behind the trees to fish. We tried our luck there for about ten minutes but the water was so murky we had little visibility and decided to look for a better spot will definitely come back to this spot. Headed to the Vineyards and fished in two feet to a little over four feet of water landing four bass weighing in at a little over fourteen pounds using a chartreuse spinning bait only. The water warmed up from when we started at 58 degrees to 67 degrees with about a foot and a half visibility. What I liked about this area it had a lot of activity birds all around and the fish were jumping all over. Thinking that it was a school of large bass I threw top water lures waiting for the explosive hit with no luck then I noticed the fish had orange stomachs so what I had hoped was bass turned out to be carp. Albert caught his largest fish on a red and black Speed Trap. I attribute my success to using Procure scent on my bait which contributes to luring the bass in murky water to my bait and to Hobie polarized sunglasses which lets me see into the water and cuts the glare. My prediction is that within two weeks the bass should be on their beds as the water continues to warm up and get clearer. 'til next time.......................................good fishing!!!!!!!
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    Tips: Never to young to enjoy fish see photos

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

  • Water Temp: 52 TO 56

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out with Bobby on Thursday at eight in the morning to check out the lake before this Saturday's tournament. We trolled with a chartreuse Speed Trap lure which always catches fish but the water was too muddy and no bites. I decided to go take a look at the Glory Hole it was great to see the water spilling over the top after all the dry years. The lake looks great and I will have to adjust to the new depths and structures which I'm really looking forward to. We checked out many of my favorite spots but in fifty-two degree water and less then six inches visibility it was almost impossible for us to lure any bass our way. We ran into a boat that had some luck they had caught three bass and one weighed six pounds 12 ounces (see photo). All these bass were caught on different lures a Senko worm, a jig and a chatter bait in about fifteen feet of water. I enjoyed the day even though we had no fish we had a good time checking out the lake which promises to be very productive going into spring and summer. I met Albert the next day he was going to do some shore fishing and asked my advice on what to use I told him since the water is murky to use a strong scent Pro-Cure with garlic is perfect with a spinner bait white with chartreuse and it worked he landed this two pound four ounce bass in twelve feet of water (see photo). 'til next time...................good fishing!!!
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    Tips: bass where staging to spawn in about 15 feet. will be a great spawn when the water will be 5feet or more visibility,

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 54-55.3

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: I took a client from Nebraska yesterday, not really expecting a good bite. Just amazed to see a full lake again - just inches below the glory hole! The water color in the narrows is very dingy, with visibility of about a foot. I showed him the upper lake as far as Big Island, and the visibility was 6 to 8 inches. Very dark murky water. Did not see any boats up there, only in the narrows. Fishing was very slow for us, though his biggest was a nice 3 1/4 lb+ largemouth - in about 3 feet of water on a wall. I did lose a heavy bass also. We used so many different baits, I can't remember which bait he caught the 3 pounder on. I lost my big one on a D&M Piranha swim jig - set too late!! We started about 8:30, hoping for an afternoon bite. It didn't happen, probably because of wind and the incoming storm. Tuesday was probably a better fishing day with lots of sun!!

    Tips: Did not see much debris in the narrows, but saw a big area of it in the main body. Other than that, debris wasn't much of a problem. Don't have many tips because the bass didn't tell us much. I was surprised the jig bite didn't happen for us. My client was a great guy and very involved in Nebraska bass fishing organizations.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

  • Water Temp: 51

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Finally made it up to the lake after almost three months and what a difference the lake looks great and I was so excited to get out there and fish. John, Albert and I headed out on Saturday morning. The fog was pretty thick with less then twenty feet of visibility so we slowly headed towards the Narrows looking for cleaner water. Our first stop was to the back of the Monticello Ski School to see how it looked to my surprise their were about six other boats who had the same idea. They told me they hadn't had any luck to speak of. We drop shot for about five minutes and then decided to move to another location in the Narrows. I decided to go to the Dam thinking the water would be clearer there. It was a little better and we caught the first bass on a Speed Trap lure there (see photo). From there we headed back to the main lake and we fished over the mountain which is under water now by the Ranch house. We were drop shooting with one hit that John missed. We checked out some other spots but the water was so dark and the debris was so thick I decided to head toward home and make one stop at the rock mountain by Spanish Flats. We tried our best but the fish were not interested. The water temperature was fifty-one degrees with no wind it was a beautiful day but still to cold to coax the fish out. But it won't be too long before the fishing will be great. The next day I took Jim and his sons out with basically the same results (see photo).

    'til next time..........................................good fishing!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Tips: bright colors something that you can see in dirty or muddy water or hear.

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!!