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Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 9/20/2016

    September 20, 2016 brings us to 1.81 Rumsey and the lake level is falling quickly. All ramps remain usable and open. However, caution should be exercised everywhere.

    Water conditions are changing once again for the worse. Obvious signs of pelleting can be found just about everywhere around the lake, and yes it’s effecting the bite. Brown, tannick looking water is popping up everywhere all of a sudden. Water that had already cleared in the north is now reddish brown again, as is the narrows down into the Windflower/Rattlesnake areas of the east end.

    Water surface temperatures are now in the low to mid 70’s and are barely reaching 80 by the end of the day.

    As for the bite,,,,,well let’s just say I began the last two days with 8 rods on my deck, and when I put the boat back on the trailer, low and behold there was 15. Junk fishing has been the key phrase for me, as was the locations.

    Crank baits, spinner baits, jigs, chatter baits, and yes the dreaded spinning rod combo all contributed. The results though could not have been more different.

    Monday I might have had 9 lbs for the best five, emphasis on MIGHT! Today, I fared a bit better and managed a 24 lb. bag. The natural question "so, what did I do different?" Answer, absolutely nothing! Well, one thing. I did change the time spent in a specific area. Pulling up to an area I fished for 10 minutes and if there was no cooperation, I moved on. Obviously, that allowed me to cover quite a bit more water, and it seemed to help.

    So, are they deep or shallow? Actually, from what I could see most of the better fish have suspended on bait. So I found them throughout the water column depending on the position of the bait.

    Weather this weekend may change the bite for the better, but only time will tell. Good luck!
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Sunday, September 18th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 73-78

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Jim's day on the lake!
    Went with my buddy Jim McDevitt and his son Sean, first time on Clearlake for Jim or I this year. Sean has been telling us the lake is on fire, him and his cousin are killing them. Got a late start but first spot Sean brought us to was nice. Probably 6-8 fish in the first half hour. The same thing at the next place. Every place he brought is to we got fish. Heard about guys that say "50 fish days" but never been there to see it myself. Well I write every fish I catch in a little notebook with the lure and weight of the fish (or just "dink' when appropriate) and Jim and Sean helped keep it current all day. 22 fish per page and on page 5 the last fish of the day was literally number 100. Not sure how many we did not write or if we maybe double counted one or two but regardless it was a blast.
    Sunday started out the same. Got a fish on my first cast, then on my second, then Sean then Jim you get the pattern. They stopped counting after 20 or so, I had 37 in the book but totally safe to say 70 or so. We fished till 3:00 to head home.
    Details: Fish came from 2 feet to 22 feet, a few fish on Crankbait, couple on jerkbait, Sean even got one on an umbrella rig. But most fish on one form of plastic or another. Shad everywhere on the lake, almost every place you stopped they were everywhere. From 1" to 3". 80% of the fish were dinks but mostly good fighters, 15% were 1.3 - 1.95. Saturday only one fish to weigh 4.67.
    Sunday after about 15 fish we abandoned our pattern and changed locations and some presentation. Good news I got a 2.9 so things looking up. Then at about 11:00 Jim tossed a little 6" robo worm to a nice rocky point and got bit. Looks like a nice one. he smiled but said let's wait till he shows himself. Two or three minutes later he finally comes up and dances across the top. Jim freaked a little and said "Dave, do you have a net"? nice fight light action 10# mono and a tiny hook but eventually he guided her to the net 7.78 lbs. Jim's PB! He was shaking, dropped the poor girl twice trying to weigh it and take a picture to post to the gram.....It was a beauty, so happy for Jim, fun to see his hands shaking, hope it came out on my gopro! Sean stuck a 4.75 and the size seemed to be lookin up. Then a little while later some guys in a tourney jumped right on top of us kind of burned the spot. Great Clearlake weekend. Jim's ready to buy a house on the lake! Sean can be the guide.

    On a related note:
    Launched out of the little ramp in Clearlake oaks. Saturday evening went to leave around 7 and two guys pulling out. Long story short, inexperienced boater tried to pull out a large Pontoon Boat with a little Ford Ranger. Big Boat, small truck, inexperienced driver, you guessed it. Sunk the truck, barely got his girlfriend out of his window just before the truck finally sunk. Water pressure would not allow her to open her door and her window was up. She could easily have drown! 3 hours later after the Fire department declared the ramp unsafe the last 5 of us with boats in the water went to an adjacent ramp not fit or real boats and pulled out, we were first and it was a little sketchy, hope the others made it. In the end driver and passenger survived and the fire department team did a great job. Odd end to a great day of fishing.

    Tips: Get out there as soon as you can - the fish ate every kind of plastic you threw at them.

    Tip #2. Put the truck in drive and 4WD if you have it when you are on the launch ramp and don't back your tires up to the moss on the ramp! No one is really sure exactly what happened.

Friday, September 16th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 9/16/2016

    Lake level today is 1.95 Rumsey, compared to last year’s 1.05 on the same date. Water is still being Pulled around the lake so I expect we will be close to where we were last year by month’s end, 1.0 Rumsey or less depending.

    Watch the skies, and the water if you’re out this weekend as it is the annual “splash-in” weekend, with water aircraft of every era and style landing and taking off around the north end it should make for an interesting weekend, I know it was yesterday for sure. Pretty cool actually!

    Around the lake this week the word is CRANKBAITS! All shapes, all sizes, and all depths! Yes, the jig bite is still there but the better fish seem to have moved back and are suspending in and around the bait balls.

    The weights last weekend in the annual Bob’s Marine event were pretty impressive and again there was the haves and have not bags. None the less a fun time was had by most I spoke off as 12-15 lb limits were quite easy to come by.

    We ventured out twice this week and found fish in the 1 to 20 foot range both days and managed several decent bags throwing cranks in 1-25 feet of water and fishing a jig likewise. Either end of the lake produced for us. “Pick your poison” as they say as both the north and south end produced equally for us each day.

    Forecast overnight temperatures are beginning to touch the high 30’s each night so things should continue to get quite interesting over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

    Oh, one more thing! I was made aware yesterday that there will be a $100 all in tournament here on October 9, 2016 to benefit the Clayton fire victims. Redbud will be the host ramp and details will be posted later this weekend, and I will post and update with next weeks report. All proceeds will be donated to the Clayton Fire Victims Fund. One interesting thing is that the event is from 9am to 5pm so no early morning awakening with plenty of time to get here.
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Friday, September 9th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 9/9/2016

    Lake level is 2.16 Rumsey and dropping quickly. Water temperatures have dropped as well, most mornings you will see 71-74 degrees, with afternoon temps just barely getting into the low 80’s, and the water is beginning clear as well around the lake. As a result the bite is changing daily.

    Fall patterns are now becoming more and more prevalent with the squarebill now contributing to some big bags, along with its deep diving cousins. Jackall, Megabass, and Strike King squarebills, as well as their deep runners are all producing, and then there is the ole stand-by DD22.

    Now, in all honesty this has been a really weird week with the morning bite going to heck, unless you’re throwing a hard bait tight to the bank. Afternoons the deep crank and jig bite tend to make a rebound, with shade lines becoming more and more of a key.

    Forecast lower temps, and the cooler nights should begin to really kick this bite in, along with the morning topwater bite. Right now that has been spotty at best but don’t ignore it! Give it a shot!

    In closing, the key word for this week is “changing”, and it is daily, so get out and chase em’ down.
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Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 8/31/2016

    Sorry for the delay this week, I thought I had published this and realized today I had not done so.

    Lake level is at 2.42 Rumsey and the water temps are running 74-79 degrees. Water clarity is improving considerably and the bite seems to be doing so as well.

    Summer is winding down quickly and a sweatshirt in the morning can be a welcomed addition, and with it the “find em in one place” mode has changed considerably as well.

    Success for me this past two weeks has come at the expense of my Chevron card. While
    I was still able to find the numbers hanging out in all of the past haunts; the quality bites for me have come as a result of moving around, and doing quite a bit of it.

    The forecast for the Labor Day weekend is promising and most should see better than average success. In my opinion worth the trip out, and don’t let the wake boats bother you as they can actually help the bite at times. Just use caution because they do not.

    For the past month I have primarily targeted rock, this past week that has changed and I am now finding the better fish in and around weed, up on the flats, or at least what is left of the weed. There are not many lakes around where you can catch a 30lb. bag on a jig and turn around a week later and catch the same bag on reaction and swimbaits.

    September brings out those beginning to practice for the Triton Owners event and is the beginning of TOC Season as most are aware. However, I believe this year may differ just a bit, in that the bite this year should really produce some stud bags for anglers. These fish have plenty of “big bait” to chomp on, and they are doing just.

    Good luck, and have a safe weekend wherever you spend it.

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 77-79

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing buddy Mike and I hit the lake Wed for a few hours of summer fishing. Nothing of any size at first but tons of bass up to 2 1/2 lbs. Seems that all the small bass of 8 to 12 inches of 2 years ago are all keepers - some really fat!! We saw dead shad everywhere - and some huge ones - Wow!! We hoped to get a good bite at dusk - like our last trip. Didn't happen - with ONE exception! I was throwing a 5 inch Senko in a shad pattern and got an ordinary bite. This bass was different - by many pounds! After a grueling battle with 6 lb test, Mike nets my 7 lb even bass. Where did she come from??? After dark, as is usual for the summer, no bites.

    Tips: It really doesn't matter what you throw for a lot of action. Anything plastic works!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

  • Report: Man, what a difference a week can make. While the numbers bite remains good, the quality of fish being caught
    has diminished considerably with these cooler daytime temps, and with the coming weekend approaching I'm glad I can take the weekend off and wait for some warmer days, at least I hope we see some warmer days before fall arrives.

    This week the reaction bite seems to be the early morning ticket, with the jig and carolina rig coming on stronger once the sun is up and warms things up. Dingier water seems to be holding the better fish right now, with the cleaner water holding the numbers. Crankbaits such as the Lucky Craft BDS 2, 6th Sense 300, and Megabass S Cranks, along with a Jackall Muscle deep 7 can all entice bites if you find the right tempo. Personally I've been burning them on a 6:1 reel and a fairly high rate. Same can be said for a 3/8 Chatterbait fished on the flats or around tule lined banks. Be prepared though, there are some really nice fish holding in 2-3 feet of water when you find em'.

    Tuesday, as well as today, the jig bite did not come on until the sun was high in the sky and the water started to get dingy from the baby algae blooms. Again, fish are anywhere from 3-15 feet deep, in and around the rocky areas. Mid-lake, eastside, westside, and Lubo are all holding fish.

    Everyone asks, "what about up north"? What about it...;)? It's still there....yes you can find a topwater bite should you choose to look hard enough for it, and yes, the "trap" bite is beginning to happen as well. Find some canopy and the punch bite can be decent. For me though, the quality has been better south, but that's me. Trust me, there are a number of guys getting them up north as well. It really is a matter of personal preference where and how you fish, so just go fish and enjoy some of what has been a summer bite to remember!
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Monday, August 22nd, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 8/22/2016

    Lake level this week is 2.89 Rumsey, and it’s time to be really careful in and around boat ramps, and rock piles.

    All ramps are open and operating just fine. However, 2.5 Rumsey or so is where things start to get a bit dicey on some of the ramps around the lake. Just remember to trim up coming in and going out and you should be fine.

    Road closures from the past two weeks are all gone, though you may find construction zones all around the lake depending on the day and time of day.

    Lodging? Well, that’s where things are beginning to get a bit dicey as well. Apparently, KVCasino’s remodel is a bit behind schedule, and with the downtown renovations in Lakeport, the fire clean up in the Lower Lake area, the various Highway construction projects around the lake, and they assorted firefighting agencies and evacuees around the county, lodging is extremely tight. Will this continue into the Triton, and TOC tourney timeframes? I would think so, at least to the degree I would have a back-up plan or two already in place just in case.

    Options? There isn’t many. However, there is the Twin Pines Casino Hotel in Middletown, the Rancheria in Nice, and Blue Lakes resorts on Highway 20 west of Lakeport. Certainly most of this will depend on the progress at KVC and any remaining fire issues that may linger.

    Fishing? It remains better than normal, though it is beginning to slow just a bit. The topwater bite is finally beginning to pick-up with some consistency, as is the crankbait bite. Still I just can’t put the jig down, and with multiple 30lb days last week I don’t think I’m going to anytime soon.

    Water conditions continue to improve and are nearly fall like at this time, though surface conditions continue to hover around 85 degrees. Cooler nights this week will likely contribute to an even more improved topwater bite in the AM so I would still be prepared to throw it. Toads, Ploppers, and smaller buzzbaits are all getting bit right now.

    Have fun!

Monday, August 15th, 2016

  • Report: Well, as most have heard Lower Lake has burned and the fire continues basically out of control.

    As a result the Lake can only be accessed via Highway 20 out of Lakeport, 20 out of Williams, and Highway 175W out of Middletown (which I would not advise). You cannot access the intersection of Highway 29 in Lower Lake.

    Please be advised, all arteries around g get lake are extremely busy so major delays can be expected.

    Please be advised accommodations are FULL around the lake as a result of evacuations and fire fighting personnel.

    Power is off and on in the Lower Lake area as is Internet services so be prepared fuel and food wise if you do come up.

    Waiting a couple of days or accessing the lake from Lakeport might be ones' best bet at this time.

    As far as the bite, it is still above average but certainly not what it had been over the past three weeks...all in all though it is still pretty good.....just hard to get too excited with all of what is going on.

    Prayers go out to all of those impacted by this fire.
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Sunday, August 7th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 8/7/2016

    Lake level is 3.47 Rumsey and water temps are running 77 to 85 degrees depending.

    Well, the bite has finally begun to slow a bit, at least for the quality fish we had been seeing. Anglers can still expect to catch their fair share of fish, but now the lil guys are beginning to dominate.

    However, if you are willing to run and burn some fuel, the topwater bite is beginning to become a little more predictable around the lake, just not in large quantity in any one area, and when I say this I mean respective of quality fish. Like I said, the 1-3 pounders seem to be everywhere.

    Ploppers, frogs, spinnerbaits, jigs and drop-shots will all get you bit, and you never know the net bite just might be her. Just like these two plopper and jig fish which were part of a 30+ bag.

    Water conditions are better than the past couple of summers, at least so far. Yes, there has been a pretty bad fish die off around the lake, and yes there is a mild case of algae, but neither has affected the bite.

    With regards to the fish die off, it’s just a dang shame this lake isn’t managed for what it truly is. Despite the neglect, and lack of a management plan by F&W, this place continues to amaze most. It is truly scary to think what possibly could be if were managed as the trophy fishery it truly is. Like I said, just a shame and that’s all the further I will comment.

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Saturday, August 6th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 81-85

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing buddy Mike and I hit the lake yesterday about 5 pm and fished 'til 11 pm. We found no bad algae, but the lake is green in most areas in the afternoon but in nice shape! I agree with clum - the bite right after dark is non-existent. That is usually the case in August - no bite until midnight or after. But before dark -- sometimes awesome as it was yesterday. I even caught a 4 pounder at Fraiser Point about 6 pm. I almost don't fish it anymore - too many great memories of 30 years ago. Most of those bass live up north now. Anyway, I have had so much success with the 7" black Power worm while guiding at night at Berryessa, I decided to find out if Clear Lake bass like them too. They do!! Mike even asked me if he could have one! I told him they were really expensive in my boat - LOL! I caught the Frazier bass on one and a 5-2 in the narrows at night. Mike landed a 4-10 on one also. The bite was great as dusk - landing bass after bass in about 5 to 15 feet of water. Our best five were only about 19 lbs - couldn't get a BIG bite. I must say that those 8 to 12 in bass from 2 years ago have done well feeding and growing! Many are now FAT two-plus pounders - and do they fight!!

    Tips: It was impossible to get a deep bite going - if there was one. We caught a few next to the weeds, but found in the hot afternoon, they were out just a little deeper, buried in the rocks. Could not get a crank bite as I did on the previous trip. Some places we tried were simply too windy with rough water

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 80-84

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got on the water Tuesday night around 10 pm,fishing was pretty slack for the first couple of hours. Finally got some action on Texas rigged Sweet Beavers pitching them to the weedline and working it slow. There was no crankbait or blade action & the jig bite was slow as well. Ted did manage to stick a nice 7.9 & we caught quite a few in the 2-4 lb, range for the evening. Since there seemed to be a good day time bite, we got out in the afternoon Weds and ran into a brisk lipless crankbait bite. We were south and caught around 30 small bass in the 1-2.5 lb range and also ran into 16 crappie! No bigs but very entertaining! Went in for dinner at 10pm and came back out at midnight. There was a good blade bite and we caught 14 with a best at 6lbs with many 3-4.5 lbs. They were also hitting the jig as well. Best color was watermelon with red flake for jig trailers and dark red blades.

    Tips: Not being a good day time fisherman, we were pleasantly surprised to get into a good day bite. Just throw those lipless around rocks and the fish will hit it. The bite died at the onset of dark however. For the blades and jigs, run them slow and they will pick it up and run with it. We stayed south in Konocti and by Wheeler Point. The weeds were not very heavy, but I don't think they were spraying in the areas we fished. This allowed us to fish a lot more places than normal for this time of year! Have at it, the lake is fun right now!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

  • Report: From Lake County News

    LAKEPORT, Calif. – Warm water, lack of oxygen and a heavy biomass load in Clear Lake are among the factors that local and state officials believe are behind a fish die-off in the Lakeport area that occurred over the weekend.

    Melanie Pressley, who lives on the lake in the north Lakeport area, said the lake looked good on Saturday night, but when she got up Sunday, she saw hundreds of dead fish on the water.

    She said there was a wide variety of fish involved in the die-off – “big, small, medium, anything in between.”

    Pressley said that in the 10 years she has lived at her current residence in Lakeport, she's never seen such a die-off, although they're not uncommon on the lake.

    “I've heard of it, I've never seen it in a big mass like this,” she said.

    Carolyn Ruttan of Lake County Water Resources said she got a report of the die-off on Sunday. She confirmed Pressley's statement that all types of fish were involved.

    The area where the die-off occurred starts at Berger Bay, which Ruttan said is the midpoint between north and south Lakeport on the eastern side of Clear Lake, and moves south along the southern part of the lake's upper arm.

    “In my opinion, it's low oxygen,” Ruttan said of the die-off's cause.

    Read more: http://www.westernbass.com/forum/clear-lake-fish-die-off-this-weekend-t103814.html

  • Report: by Gary Dobyns » Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:23 pm
    There are a fraction of the weeds that were there in early June. The lake also has a strange color to it now. Still fishing is excellent 60-70 fish days with numerous 5-6 pound fish. Lots of fun guys!!

  • Water Temp: 79

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Here til Weds. Hit the water @ 7:30pm, fished south in Konocti, ran into a grip of 2 - 2.5 lber's on blades & jigs. Best was a 4.3 husky fish, broke a few good ones off,but the action was fairly brisk on the small fish. Going to give it a try again tonight

    Tips: There was some good action on bigger fish yesterday, so My guess is to move around a lot. We primarily fish at night!

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake, here comes August!

    Amazing is all anyone can say. Last year we saw so many juvenile 1 pound fish early in the year everyone was hoping for things to come. Well, things to come are here. The number "willing" of 2-4 pound fish in the lake right now is nearly
    unbelievable. Better yet, the big girls have not been shy either, and it should only get better in the coming month or so.

    Putting the closing moves on July this weekend has been some of the best fishing anglers have seen in years, anywhere in the state. This harkens back to the crankbait bite we experienced in 08'/09' on the Delta. Yes, it is that good.

    I'm pretty certain this is a bite we will be talking about for some summers to come, better yet it's a bite it doesn't take an expert to experience. Safe to say one can actually get bit on just about anything they want to throw. Deep crank, shallow crank, chatterbait, spinnerbait, senko, drop-shot, carolina rig, swimbait, buzz bait, etc etc etc.

    My understanding is 25 lbs did not get a check today, which isn't all that unusual, except, IT's SUMMERTIME!

    Anyone who hasn't been up and experienced this yet, you may want to re-consider. Call any of the tackle shops and I'm sure they'd be more than happy to send you in the right direction!

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Thursday, July 28th, 2016

  • Report: by clearlakeoutdoors » Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:28 am

    End of July yes there is algae .I think part of the reason the bite is so good is the stained water! Ive seen the lake way worse and never fished any areas that had the nasty algae smell. Some of the lake is worse than other parts.Any shad color spinnerbait will work. I personally like terminator with the large blade gold.My friend was throwing a golden shiner one yesterday.

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

  • Report: by clearlakeoutdoors » Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:59 pm

    Fished till noon today ,Water 82 at noon.Caught 30-40 fish on everything.Even caught 2 smallies.I would just like to add that the spinnerbait bite is as about as good as it gets right now. Took a rookie out and thats all he threw and caught 15 or so on it.Our best five 22-24 #
    Dave

  • Water Temp: 75-78

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I had trips on Monday (not my favorite day to guide) and Tuesday. Monday an uncle and 14 yr old (future pro!!!) fished with me and got into bass right away - amazing Monday bite! Lost count or the number of bass landed - maybe over a hundred bites! The bass only ran to about 2 lbs but the young man ended with a 4 lber at our last stop! Believe me - this young man has a future in our sport!! Tues found somewhat bigger bass hitting and the crank bite was on after 11 am. One of the clients did something I have never seen before - ever!! Four fish in a row on a crankbait - largemouth, smallmouth (3 lbs), catfish, and a crappie - all on the same crankbait in about 25 minutes - in the same spot. I wouldn't believe it if I didn't see it! I think the feed bag was on!!

    Tips: We used a variety of Robo and Berkley worms - mostly 6 and 7 inch. As has been reported, bass were fairly shallow most of the trips. Tuesday a nice breeze help up survive the heat and I believe helped the quality of the bass (and other species!) We only fished rock areas, points, and one great dock that had lots of bass under it! Most of the others had nothing!

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

  • Water Temp: 75.8

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Well, I haven't posted in a while, fished Mon - Weds with my teenaged daughter this trip. Poor old Ted couldn't get away! Hit the water @ 2:00 AM early Tuesday & fished south in Konocti Bay. There hasn't been a steady jig bite this season & I was happy to see that there's one now! Got a nice 8.8 on the Rodstrainer jig plus a 6.1. Missed a few that was my fault from being rusty & tired! Went in at 5:30 & limit went 23.8 as I also caught quite a few 3+'s. The next two days was devoted to teaching my kid how to fish. We had a rocky Tues evening with her missing quite a few fish on the Senko. I managed to get a few 3-4 lber's but that was it. Weds I decided to let her throw the Senko wacky as her problems were getting the hang of a good hookset. Found some weedfree water around docks & let her have at it! Got onto a good spot & all I did was unzip the fish for her! She caught 9 fish with two 3+'s & one 4.2! Made her day & made mine even better! Anyway, gonna grab Ted & come back in a few weeks! I haven't been able to fish here consistently in the last 18 months due to my Dad's illness, but I'm gonna try to go back to coming more often!

    Tips: The Sweet Beaver & Flapping Hog in green/reds were effective & the jig bite was really good! They were in tight around tules & rocks & I got quite a few strikes when I popped the jig away from the rocks. The Senko bite was good too. They seemed to prefer the 5" over the 6" & in watermelon red flake. Only a few dueces on the blade, didn't throw the crank too much as I didn't have a netter & I don't like lipping fish with a mouth full of treble hooks! OIh yeah, caught one frog fish that went 2.5 at dusk!