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Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 62-67

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Maybe a sign of hope? Reports have been tough for Clear Lake this fall but we wanted to try it for ourselves. Started around middle lake and found them! We caught over 60 bass and 1 16 pound cat from 7 am to 1 pm. All of the fish came from 1 to 7 feet of water on a 3/16 oz. Coolbaits Down Underspin and a 3 inch Keitech trailer. Fish ranged from a few inches to 5 pounds. Hopefully the bite continues to get better as fall goes on.

    Tips: Finesse working the best for numbers with a few big fish thrown in. Find the clearest water you can and throw a CoolBaits Underspin!

Friday, October 6th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 70.8-74.2

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Ted & I were At Clear Lake 9/24 - 9/27. We fished primarily at night with a few afternoon jaunts as well. I was suprised at the lack of weeds around the areas we fish. We actually fished areas that normally at this time of year, are all mucked & weed choked. We fish south to midlake this trip, mostly in Konocti & Buckingham. We did get a fair amount of bites, but the size was lacking! We boated several that went from 1.0 - 3.0. We did get two big fish hits & I broke them both off. One took me into a dock anchor cable & the other one grazed me off a rock. Got a good look at both, but they still don't count! We caught them primarily on Texas rigged Yamamoto lg flappin hogs & creature baits with green pumpkin being the most productive color. The afternoon trips were more of the same, we just tried it to see if there was a difference in pattern. We only managed one jig fish, two blade fish & a few more on senkos. No swimbait or crank strikes at all which was weird given the water temp. Did graph quite a bit of baitfish & there was a lot of activity with fish rolling. Other than that, nothing else outstanding to report. We'll give it a try in a few more weeks.

    Tips: We lightened up the weight to 1/4 oz on the Texas rig as they hit it the creature on the fall. We fished very slowly, basically crawling it along the bottom. Many times they just picked it up & swam with it. Tried using a lighter rig with 8 lb line & finesse fish, but broke too many off on the hookset. Guess I'm too used to 20lb line & hard sets! Lol. Anyway , gave up on that after too many breakoffs. So, I guess fish slow & give the lake some more time. Seems the weather pattern is getting better. The other thing is during the night, the wind was totally slack. Usually it's brisk this time of year. I figure the bigs ones have to eat sometime & hope I'm there when they decide to start!

Monday, September 18th, 2017

  • Report: Postby clearlakeoutdoors » Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:22 am

    Thursday the water was 75 -77 degrees and water midlake is pretty clear ,some areas north are clear and some is stained
    Fishing is a little tough .Plenty of 1-2 pounders .
    For me the better bite is shallow less than 5 ft. Squarebills ,flipping
    Weights are down a little from the norm.
    There was a shad die off the other night and lots of dead shad in the Lucerne area

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

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    Water Temp: 72-78

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got out early both Saturday and Sunday with my sons and daughter and fished the day through ~6pm. Mornings were comfortable but afternoons got HOT... but a beautiful weekend, winds were kind to us. Started at several spots in the south with barely a bite..no dock bite to speak of. We went North and found fish mid lake and from Buckingham through Henderson. The bite lasted throughout the day with over 100+ fish boated. Landed on a school late Saturday and the kids went on an every cast run for a bit and had a blast. Fish were in 10 to 15 feet of water. Sizes were in the 1.5 to 3lb range with a 4 an 6-06 boated. Heading back up for the labor day weekend!!

    Tips: The bite was definitely on the bottom, Dirty Jigs Super Matt Brown and Norcal craw with Yamamoto twin tail trailers took the honors. Also fished Yamamoto Hula Grub on Dirty Jigs pivot points and were getting smashed. Many drop shot fish with MM III most successful. Caught a few crank fish..but a lot of reeling with little production..went back to the Jig.

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 79-82

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I know about the die off and have seen some of it. Do not fear - there are many, many, bass still very much alive! My sore thumb nearly fell off lipping around 60+ bass for my clients. I lost my net last trip and forgot to get a new one. So Larry - a couple of guys were your clients, right? Not quite. A father and his 11 year old son and 9 year old daughter. Thank goodness for 21 ft Rangers!! I think this was their first official family bass trip. I told the bass to be on their best behavior, and they were. A 6 1/2 hour bite, unbelievable! it never slowed We used a variety of plastics, mostly Robo worms in 2 or 3 different colors. MM111 is coming on as fall approaches! Morning Dawn is still hot, along with the weather. We fished several areas mid-lake, working 5 to 15 feet of water. We also used Yamamoto Flappin' Hogs and some jigs w/Yamamoto trailers. I believed I worked harder on this trip then any in memory - someone had a bass on all the time with their triple hookup even - the whole family had one on except the wife - and she wasn't there!! I figured I'd net dad's first since he had the money - LOL! I've seen this happen before - as the afternoon set in, the fish got bigger. Both kids got one near 4 lbs. The success of this trip was only possible because I didn't have to be on the trolling motor - no wind to speak of. I was free to net 24/7!!

    Mike Sperbeck and I fished the lake on Thursday afternoon and found good action also. We fished the Rattlesnake Arm and up to Soda Bay. Again, an amazing shallow bite in the wind, bass biting in the top 5 feet. Mostly jigs that trip. We caught over 50 in 5 hrs, up to 4 1/4 lbs. As I mentioned before on a previous post, no dinks any more, just good bass in the 2 to 4 lb range.

    Tips: Though the bite is good nearly everywhere, it is a struggle to find a fish over 5 lbs in the southern area of the lake. Many of those bigger bass have a new zip code. What is that zip code for the Lakeport area now???

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 80-84

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Well "clum," another successful day trip! Can't help it - LOL!!! Seriously, I took a client to Clear Lake yesterday who knows the lake some, but wanted to learn more productive areas to fish. We looked over areas from Red Bud to Soda Bay. The bite started out slow but got much better as the cloud cover thinned out during the day. I was curious to see if a front from the south would shut off the bite during the day, as it always does at night. We had a great trip, so I guess that weather pattern doesn't bother the day bite. We fished mostly soft plastics - worms, beavers, Yamamoto Flappin' Hogs, and other baits he was throwing. Darker colors worked best. Again, we found bass pretty shallow in spite of lots of Friday pleasure boat activity. We landed over 40 nice bass, with a 4.12 big one and a few bigger than last trip, some over 3 lbs up to 3 1/2. I showed him two areas that I hadn't fished for awhile, and they were good too. Those resident bass must have missed me!! Our best five was again around 16 to 17 lbs.

    Tips: Just a concern that I had yesterday, previously hearing about some dead bass on the surface recently. We did see 4 or 5 dead bass - actually one nearly dead that was a quality bass around 7 or 8 lbs - dying on the surface. All the bass we caught seemed fine. My client was fishing worms a lot, and some jigs. I threw jigs of different colors and again brown or brown orange seemed to work well. MM111 Robo worms worked better yesterday, especially in the afternoon. Didn't get around to Senkos yesterday as other baits were working well. My client called the big fish yesterday - fun, fun. There is a dock that he likes that I really don't fish. He got a 3 1/4 and I got the 4.12. Good call! I noticed the surface algae has moved further north, but is not bad at all.

Friday, July 28th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 79

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Well, they are definitely not on a night bite! I was with my youngest daughter & we fished this past Mon-Weds night in Konocti Bay. This was a very slow trip with all small fish caught. The wind was pretty slack which is unusual for this time of year. The lake was just dead. No rolling fish, not even any ducks splashing around! We threw Texas, jigs, Senkos, blades, cranks, swimbaits. The only thing they really hit was the Don Iovino Doodle Snake in rythym & blues. Didn't seem to want the double wide or any other creature type bait! I think it's a daytime bite right now. I didn't fish that hard as I didn't want to discourage my daughter as she's new to bass fishing! I'll be back with old Ted in a few weeks & really hit it harder to see if it was just bad timing for us! (I hope!)

    Tips: Judging from Larry's post, I would try daylight fishing. I didn't get to frog or topwater fish as I didn't stay til after daybreak. There wasn't any other boats on the water & activity levels just seemed low. Other than that, I don't have any tips except don't do what we were doing! Lol

  • Water Temp: 80-83

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: After some vacation time, decided to hit Clear Lake Wednesday with buddy Mike Sperbeck. We took his boat and decided to fish the early afternoon 'til dark. We fished Red Bud to Henderson Point and found the bite to be a little better than we expected and it was pretty good most of the trip. I know enough about Clear Lake to realize that certain sizes of bass are active during certain periods of time during the year. Yesterday, that theory held up as all the near 50 bass we landed were in the 1 3/4 to 3 lb range. A little humor on the trip was my fighting and landing a 4 pounder while Mike had all he could handle with a 9 incher - the only dink of the trip. Always fun to have the biggest and the smallest of the trip landed at the same time!! Our limit might have gone 16 lbs - at least close. Wind really wasn't a problem - a little brisk at dusk.

    Tips: As has been reported for the last few weeks, the jig bite was the reason for a fairly nice trip. Different color combinations worked well as long as there was some brown in it. We used various Yamamoto plastic trailers. We found one or two group of bass in schools - again not big ones - 2 to 2 3/4 lb average. For awhile we were hooking bass on every cast, really! That doesn't happen much, unfortunately!! Also, I caught the 4 pounder in an area that I haven't caught a quality bass in several years. Most of our bass were in the top 10 feet of water. We did try deeper areas but couldn't get bit. I switched to a red shad 10" Power worm at dusk and hooked a much bigger bass but lost her. Heard that before??

Monday, July 17th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 82-88

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Took the family to Clear Lake for four days (Wed-Sat) July 12-15. The bite was very steady for fish in the 2 pound class, but the bigger fish were a little harder to come by. This trip was mostly for the kids and not so much for me, so I stuck with techniques that would get them numbers. We fished mainly from Henderson south concentrating on rock piles and rocky ledges. We caught close to 60 fish a day and only fished from sun up to about noon. The kids threw Texas rigged MM III and brown and purple 1/2 ounce jigs with oxblood sweet beavers as trailers. The worm seemed to get more bites and the slightly bigger fish. We did manage a few over 3 lbs and my daughter lost a six that got tangled up in the Talon brackets (dad's fault). On the last day I did pick up a buzz bait for about 30 minutes and managed a 5 plus, a 4 and several other fish in the 2 plus range. The buzz bait bite was very aggressive. I tried throwing a whopper plopper, but the fish were just swatting at the bait and the ones I did catch were foul hooked. I also managed a few frog fish as well out of isolated weed clumps along rocky banks. I'm guessing the top water bite and frog is really going to start heating up in next few weeks. Their was a big algae bloom going on which really affected the water clarity. All in all it was a great trip and I assume if there are two guys in the boat fishing all day they would easily catch a 100 fish a day.

    Tips: Buzz baits and frogs around isolated weed clumps. Jigs and worms on rock piles and ledges.

Friday, June 30th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 78.2-79.8

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday nights. I have to say that the bite is still going strong. Hit town Monday evening & got on the water at 11:30 PM. I brought my daughter with me & this was a teaching trip! The goal was to teach her new techniques as she has always fished with just Senkos, so she learned to throw jigs, Texas rig, & blades this trip as well as the fine art of netting fish! Monday was a learning experience as we missed quite a few fish. We landed 9 that night with the best at 7.5 that I got on as jig. It was also her second fish to net & she did very well. The rest were 2.5 - 3.5 on jigs, senkos & Texas.Tuesday night started late on account of the Giant's game going 14 innings. We hit the water at 12:30 AM & ran right into a bite. Once again the majority were in that 2.5 - 3.5 range but we managed a big of 5.11. We hung around to see if there was a topwater bite & we caught quite a few small ones on the Whopper Plopper fished at a steady retrieve. They didn't want the stop & go. We boated 27 fish. Wednesday night we had my bud Manny join us & the bite was still brisk! Same pattern, 2.5's to 3.5's with a few 4 lbers & a big of 5.7. Well, actually, the big was 15.14 lbs. on a jig, but unfortunately it had whiskers! I wish I had a video of my kid netting that one! She couldn't lift it in as it was a load! I lost count of how many we boated, somewhere after 30. The topwater bite was softer, but they were busting in the weeds. Went to get my trusty frog pole out of the locker & realized I left it in the garage after I had the boat recarpeted! I guess I'm getting old & forgetful! I threw a 6" senko & worked it like a frog, got a bunch of blowups, but couldn't get the hook into them! I'm gonna go out on a limb & say the frog bite would have been outstanding! We stayed in Konocti again as there wasn't any real reason to move. The jig bite was the best. My kid lost a few on the jig, but managed a pair of 4's with it. I posted a pic in the fishing forum. She also killed it on the senko, her go to throw. They were either taking the jig on the fall or smacking the heck out of it. They seemed to be all over the place. Got them anywhere from 5" to 25" of water. The Texas worked well on the weed edge line & the Senko around rocky stucture. We fished it slow & the colors were darks with either red or blue. Reaction was soft with a few blade fish & no crank fish at all. The water was a little warmer than I expected, but they were on it! We didn't get the big fish bites like last trip, but we caught more fish! I dug out some old Don Iovino snakes & cow tongues the old man & I fished in Mexico together eons ago in rhythm & blues fished Texas & they got a lot of fish. He still makes them. The jigs were black or black & blue with black blue sweet beavers for trailers. They also hit the Big Texan double wide as well. The weeds are still not that bad, the fishings hot, so if you get the chance to go, do it & be safe!

    Tips: We fished the Texas at the edge of the weedlines & when you felt some resistence, we'd shake the bait, then pull slowly. Sometimes it was a fish swimming with it, or a fish would smack it after you shook it & pulled it free! The jigs we fished in rocky structure & got them in all depths. A bunch of times you'd either lose contact with it only to find a fish had swum under the boat with it or it would feel heavy & then your line starts moving sideways (weeds don't do that! lol) The Senkos were just tossed out there & they'd grab them. They seemed to prefer weightless Texas style as opposed to wacky. They like watermelon with black flake and rootbeer with all kinds of sparklies, I don't think they make it anymore as Jess used them all up! 6" was the ticket! The wind was not too bad, just the usual Clear Lake summer & the weather was gorgeous this week! We'll be back in a few weeks! (Don't forget your frog pole!!!)

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

  • Report: by clearlakeoutdoors » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:04 pm

    I havent been fishing much so havent been doing reports.
    I went last Saturday ,water ranged fom 78-82 and got off the water at 10:30 am.
    Caught 3 fish on a frog early biggest was a 6+
    also caught fish on jigs offshore and we cranked some fish and caught shakeyhead fish also.
    Went back out yesterday and caught 2 on a frog and 4 on a buzzbait early.
    jig bite was good offshore and caught some more on the shakeyhead.
    crankbait bite wasnt as good as its been, no wind
    I caught around 20 fish before 10am big fish was a 5
    Algae bloom not bad in am but gets worse as it warms.
    Lake is still really full and lots of shad and hitch
    Dave

Monday, June 26th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 73-76

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I went out to Clear Lake for the weekend at my Aunts house on the Lake. It was a family trip so I didn't get a ton of fishing in but the fishing I did was great. Got out for a couple hours both Saturday and sunday. I fished the south only Jago to Konocti. Off shore rock produced good numbers but not great quality. The bigger fish I did catch were on deeper docks. I threw drop shot, frogs and jigs (black and blue) and the jigs ended up being the bait that worked the best for me this trip. I only fished from 10-2 both days and I caught close to 50 fish during both days. Most of the fish were in the 2-3 pound range with a couple 5 plus (pictures are in the forums). All in all it was a great couple days on the lake I wish I would have got a little more time on the water but a great trip all in all. Glad to see the Jig bite is getting really good again.

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 71-75

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: SO - clum - you caused the wind! I guided Thursday and Friday - day trips - with horrible wind both days, all day!! Huge rollers! Could only find some protected areas to fish. I had 3 clients on Thurs and they all caught a lot of bass - biggest at 5 lbs. All the dinks that had been pestering us have disappeared for the time being. They caught about 25 to 30 between them, many in the 3 to 4 lb range with a few bigger. Friday I had my 2 clients working the east side of the lower lake - trying to find some wind protected areas. I think the bass had the same idea since the bite was the best I have seen in recent memory. Clients started off at 6 am catching quality bass up to 4 1/2 lbs and the bite never stopped by the time we quit at 2 pm! I lost count of the bass they caught - well over 50 with only 1 dink! The limits were well over 20 lbs both days. Finally, these trips, only one or two crappie!! Nearly all the bass caught both days were from 3 to 15 feet - a few down to 20 feet. Bass were everywhere - docks, retaining walls, points, and weed edges. The weeds are forming but not bad yet. Lake is green at Red Bud area but fairly clear a little further north. We used 6 and 7 inch Robo worms most of the time with MM111 coming on strong! Morning Dawn is still good. Bass are beginning to look at beaver type baits also, along with the Yamamoto Flappin' Hog.

    Tips: As clum found out - the night bite should get better as the months go by. When the weather settles and the water warms, topwater and frogs will come on strong, I could not figure out what caused the heavy winds both days. There was a small storm up north of the lake which could have caused the pressure change, and the winds. The nice thing was - air temp was only mid '80's both days!!

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 68.6 - 70.4

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got up here Sunday night & fished Monday, Tuesday night & Wednesday night. The lake is going off right now which is surprising as we arrived right after a small storm system. I can't tell how long this bite will last but it's been crazy the past few days. Brought my daughter this trip, caught around 30 Monday afternoon but they were all small 1.5 - 2.5 range. Got better at night best 5 going 22.2, lbs big fish was 6.9 but they were active. Tuesday was friggin nuts. Big jig bite, best 5 going 5.5, 6.11, 7.7, 7.9, & 9.5 for a 36 lbs 5 oz limit! We boated 23 & tanked a few more that might have been big. It was one of those nights when you set the hook, you know that it might be huge! They were strong, really heathy and active. Wednesday night was really windy & we had to work to keep the boat on our spots. Started pretty slow then picked up around 1:30 AM on Senkos & blades. We caught 12 in a few hours in the 2 - 3 lb range as we couldn't really concentrate on any given spot. At least they were still biting! We only fished south in Konocti this trip. The weeds aren't too bad yet, but with this upcoming heat wave, they should really bloom fast. The fish weren't all that deep, in the 5-8ft range. Jigs, Texas double wide & kinky beavers, senkos & blades all caught fish. Even got a few on crankbaits rolled slow. (used some Norman DD22's that I found in a drawer & threw them as I was fishing some really abrupt struture!) I don't know what this hot weather will bring, but if you get a chance to give it a try up here, stay safe & have a great time!

    Tips: Every thing we fished, we fished slowly. Colors were some dark browns with red flakes (Big Texan!) They seemed to be in rocky structure & holding pretty close to shore. We were able to catch quite a few in each spot so they seem to be schooling up. They are in really good health with bright color & big bellies! I think that's why we didn't graph an abundance of bait fish; they're eating them up! The jig bite is great to run into, I think it will get better as the crawfish are now getting really active. We had to use heavy weights on Texas & jigs to deal with the wind. They picked up the bait & swam with it on occasion , so beware: that weed you think you're stuck on may very well be a big fish! All the reaction fish we caught hammered it, so pay attention or they will rip the rod out of your hands! Be back in a few weeks! Tight lines!

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 70-74

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I took 3 young men to Clear Lake Saturday. They wanted a day on the water and hoped to catch some bass. They did - and some other species as well! This is the "new" Clear Lake - you never know what you are going to catch!! I had them using 6" Robo worms of various colors which motivated various species to bite. Lets see - they caught bluegill, several crappie, the token catfish - mud cat this time about 7 lbs - and many bass. Like yesterday at Berryessa, clients did better on quality bass in the afternoon. Weird! We fished the south end up to the narrows. Though one or two of them had not fished in a long time, their casting skills were quite good. So was their SNAGGING skill - LOL! They did find a lot of rocks, but hey, they were fishing along the bottom as they should. Those days happen. They did wind up with several bass in the 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 lb range.

    Tips: We are in the summer pattern now - most of the south end water is green with a thin layer of algae while above Wheeler Point, the water is clean. Weeds are beginning to show in the shallows and tule lines are well-defined. There are still some very shallow quality bass as we saw a fellow catch a 5 1/2 pounder next to the tules. We took his picture - fun!!

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 70.5

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Finally get to write a decent fishing report! Fished Sun night thru Tues nite. Hit the water around 11PM Sunday & got into fish right of way. We fished at night, all south & primarily stayed in the Konocti area. It seems some of the fish are coming off post spawn & are starting to be more active. We ended Sun day night with 17 fish, best five going 29.12 highlighted by an 8.8, 6.12, & 6.6. Tried to change out that last 3.8 for a 3.12 to get over 30 lbs but we just could not get 'er done! They were hitting the Texas rigged double wide beaver, Yamamoto cut tail worm, blades, cranks, & a few on the jig. (big fish came on the jig!) No takers on the Senko. Colors were dark with some red in them. Oxblood worked really well for us! Monday nite was slower with only 8 fish, but we did manage four 6's with the rest around 2 lbs. Tues nite was the small fish night, we had to work for them & manages one 5.15 on a blade. I think the small system coming in started to affect the bite, when we get more stable weather, I think the bite will get more consistent!

    Tips: Move around, we only had one spot where we caught more than one fish & throw a lot of different baits. They were up fairly close. The muck algae is starting to form, so you have to throw deep enough to avoid it, around 5 ft of depth or so. They seem to be hanging just off that weedline. Fished deep also to see if they were on rocky humps & did manage one 6lber in 18 ft of water, but for the most part, deeper water was pretty slow. All of the fish looked really healthy & I hope the jig bite picks up when the crawdads start to get active. I think they are getting more & more active & we will be back in 3 weeks to try it again! Stay safe & have fun!

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 70-72

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I had another guide trip on Wed at Clear Lake and found the fishing to be better than my last few trips. The bite started slow but got goin' around 11 am. She brought some of her own equipment and baits. In addition to over 20 bass, we caught 2 bluegill (again!) and 2 crappie. We caught bass a little deeper this trip, down to 20 feet. Robo worms, Senkos, and Flappin' hogs worked best on this trip. We just stayed in the south end, fishing off-shore rock and a few docks.

    Tips: It seems that most of the bass have moved off the bank by now. I think a good post-spawn bite should start soon and maybe last thru June - if - we ever get some normal weather! Starting to see some floating cover now down south. Topwater and frogs around the corner??

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 59-63

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Man the bite has gone soft...still managed 31 with most in the 1-2.5 range. Biggest of the day was 4.5lbs. The wind was kicking our butts all day but stayed north all day so we avoided it as best as we could. Caught them on dropshot, jigs and crankbaits. Most of the fish are sitting in shallow cover. Didnt catch too many away from cover. Most bites came within a few feet of any exposed structure. Clear Lake is in dyer need of a string of hot days not followed by a massive cold front bringing rain and windy. The Bass have been banged around by this weather and most are still well in the spawn. The weather looks promising the next couple weeks so fingers crossed.

    Tips: Stay North and fish slow

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 70-74

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I had 2 guide trips - Tues and Wed - with typical Clear lake weather. Tues was very warm and the lake was FLAT most of the day. Wed the cold front came in with south winds and lots of white caps!! And we wonder why the fishing has been "interesting" this year? Tuesday my client did well, landing several bass in the 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 lb range. Could not find any willing larger bass. All the bigger bass my friend and I caught last week were no where to be found this week. Wed I took a fellow who just got off the plane from Japan to fish with my previous client who now lives in the bay area but is also from Japan. They had a nice trip and caught everything including 2 bluegill, crappie, several bass up to 2 1/4 lbs and the battle of all battles - landing a 15+ lb catfish on ultra-light tackle! I took a nap while he was fighting her - LOL!! It took him about a minute a pound to land her - about 14-15 minutes. That was something to watch!! Actually he did a great job to land her and was a happy camper!! A little earlier on the same rocky area, I was able to put a 5.1 lb bass in the boat. The wind made fishing difficult and slowed the bite a lot. Tues, we saw small bass and panfish everywhere around the lake. Wed we could not see any of those fish as they were all tucked in shallow cover.

    Tips: I cannot give any tips on the baits my clients used as they were totally self-contained with their Japanese baits and ultra-light outfits. The great thing is that if they were making fun of my Robo worms, I couldn't understand them, They spoke Japanese all day! They were both great casters and worked their baits very effectively! Tuesday we had a lot of success on Robo worms but I am too embarrassed to tell you what color - yet! More on the water tests! Senkos worked as usual. Tuesday we both lost a big bass - not sure why. I was sorry that the south end wasn't any better. The better days may be just ahead - or - many of the southern bass have been moved to the north. Naw, that wouldn't happen.

Friday, May 5th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 68-74

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: First time ever fishing Clearlake May 1 to 4. The guy's at Clearlake Bait & Tackle said the bass bite was very slow and recommended fishing for crappie as they're biting very well. We did spend some time fishing for bass, caught a few 4.5 lb bass and one 10 lb bass on live minnows. I threw lots of keitech swimbaits and only caught a few 8" bass. All our bass were in the konocti bay. Others were saying there are fish on beds on the north but they weren't more specific. We threw the small keitech easy shiners in electric shad and couldn't keep the crappie off our hooks. Average size for crappie 1.2 lbs. Crappie are biting pretty much everywhere on the lake. There are lots of shad right now as well so not sure if that is whats slowing down the bite or not. Good luck and tight lines!