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Saturday, August 29th, 2015

  • Report: BBt tournament went out of Konocti Vista casino this morning with overcast skies and sprinkles of rain. The lake now has a brown color pretty much the whole lake. I fished the Redbud arm on Thursday .Water was 75-79 degrees . I caught 2 on a buzzbait one was a 5 pounder. I caught fish to 6 pounds on a brown and orange jig, and some small ones cranking. Best 5 around 19-20 pounds. The LV 500 bite is coming soon as it cools a little. Lots of silversides in the south end and schools of bait on the depth finders everywhere. I personally think the bite was better when we still had some green water to fish. The frog bite comes and goes .I had an angler tell me he caught 13 on a frog one day last week. I think the spook bite will get better if the lake clears a little.
    Dave

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

  • Report: This week the report is provided by Gary Dobyns.

    Clear Lake
    Fishing is good. It is actually fishing better this summer than it has in the last couple of summers. Topwater, crankbait and jig are all good. The night bite is stronger in the south and so is the crankbait bite, including Shag and Henderson in that. Still fishing the grass in the north.

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

  • Report: The bite remains good up here at Clear Lake with very little fishing pressure to speak of. The more productive areas of the lake continue to be mid lake & the two southern arms. The' rust' like brown colored water seems to be slowly creeping southward but it has little to no effect on the deeper fish. Lot's of customers having 15 to 30+ fish days on a combination of jigs & crank baits over the rock piles & main lake points. Dropshotting baby brush hogs & 6" straight tail worm's has also been effective under & in between deep water docks . The top water bite just keeps getting better day by day also. There is a magical little one hour window in the morning, just as it is getting light out, where the fish are just getting silly on the Super Spook. I had some really nice fish in the 4 to 6lb range just blast the bait and come completely cartwheeling out of the water after it this past week. It pays to get an early start for sure.

    Spoke with a few guys punching & flipping some fish mid day on deeper grass with creature baits. Hollow bodied & solid bodied frogs are still working good as well. I look for the North end bite to get rolling here pretty soon we just need some cooler overnight temperatures to help with the water clarity. Don't get me wrong, you can catch them up North, you just have to hit them in the head. As for the smoke... it's pretty much none existent right now & all roads leading to the lake remain open at this time.

    Tight lines, Troy Bellah CLEAR LAKE OUTDOORS

Friday, August 14th, 2015

  • Report: The bite here at Clear Lake remains pretty awesome this week with a lot of anglers putting some decent numbers in the boat for their effort. The hot bite is definitely in the middle and southern arms of the lake where the water is deeper with a rocky bottom. The key to being successful right now is paying attention to the water color. Try to avoid areas where the water is a tannic brown color that looks like gravy. Those are the areas where the weeds are decomposing & oxygen levels are low and pretty much devoid of fish.

    The Jig bite is nothing short of EPIC right now in the south end of the lake. Throw a 1/2 or 3/4oz football head in the brown/orange or brown/purple with a beaver trailer & smother it in some smelly jelly & marinate that bad boy on the rockpiles & rocky shoreline in 8' to 25'. There is also a great crank bite down south with guys doing well on everything from a square bill to the XD10 in crawdad and baitfish patterns. The top water is going strong early & late on buzzbaits, Rio Rico's and walk the dog style baits like the super spook and G2 Lunker Punker. The frog bite is good but the overall lack of weeds is puzzling this year but I still have it on the deck ready to go if the opportunity presents itself & you stumble on to a decent mat. Chatterbait bite is good on dark colors especially in the afternoon when the wind comes up.

    There is not a lot of boat traffic or fishing pressure up here on the lake right now. All the ramps & roads are open & the lake is in great shape. If you guys get a chance, I would highly recommend coming up and getting on the good bite. Next month the FLW boys will be here beating them into remission. LOL. so get it while we can.

    tight lines & huge sacks,

    Troy Bellah Clearlake Outdoors

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 75-80

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Water on north end is tanic looking and most of the weed beds are gone. south end is green but no thick blooms. The jig bite is good. some people are struggling with the topwater bite and some are doing real well. The silversides are starting to show everywhere down south. Lots of bait balls on the depthfinders. lake level is 1.80 above rumsey
    no smoke on the lake. fishing is good

    Tips: windy days throw crankbaits
    jig bite has been real good
    some swimbait fish being caught
    the lv 500 bite is getting ready to bust loose.
    you can catch fish on just about any bait you have confidence in

Monday, July 27th, 2015

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 7/27/2015

    Lake level this week is 2.29 Rumsey, and it’s supposed to get hot, hot, hot this week so this will definitely go down again this week.

    Water temps are running 79-82 degrees and the algae is at a minimum due to the winds., this is a really good time to get out.

    This past weekend BBT had another 78 boats duel it out on Saturday with 27+ lbs to take the win once more. Great timing on their part.

    Right now the top water, and jig bite will get you through the morning, then it will begin to slow considerable as the day progresses. Still, if you grind it out with the jig and move a little deeper, you may just get rewarded for your efforts. Today we started with the jig and stuck with it, moving every half hour or so and we managed to put 27lbs in the boat with a 10 lb kicker. Half to three quarter pound jigs with an assortment of trailers brought 16 keepers in total to the boat. Brown, Brown Black, Brown Purple, Brown Red all contributed.

    Moving forward this rising moon will/is beginning to have an effect on the bite, to the extent it’s becoming an early morning, late evening pattern which will continue as the moon fills out. Not to worry though, that just means the night bite is about to explode, and I think it’s really going to get good!

    Warm temps, minimal bugs, biting fish, and a FULL MOON! Have at em’ and be careful out there!

    Thank you again for the opportunity WBass, I've had FUN this past year!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 7/22/2015

    Lake level this week is 2.42 Rumsey versus 0.72 Rumsey on this date last year.

    All ramps are open with no issues, except one should be aware there is road work going on around the lake. This work is beginning in the evening and running through 8 am or so each week day, and the delays can be lengthy. I would not attempt going anywhere early on a week day, unless you leave an extra 45 minutes or so to get where you want to go.

    Areas currently affected are Highway 29 West from Kelseyville to Lakeport in both directions, and Highway 20 West from the Oaks on up to Nice, again both directions can be affected.

    Fishing remains good to very good, with the crankbait and top water bites really beginning to come on strong. Leading the way on the crank side’s top baits are the Lucky Craft BDS, Strike King 8/10xd, and Megabass Deep 6, with the Whopper Flopper and Frog doing the most damage on top.

    Last weekend’s BBT event went off out of Red Bud Park with 81 boats and after all of the dust had settled, the winning team and their 29+lb bag took the win. Yes, 29+ lbs with an 11+lb kicker, and that was followed up with a 27, 26, 25, 24 etc etc, down to 19lbs for the final check. Not too dang bad for the middle of summer, and a 6 hour event.
    You can see all of the results at:

    http://www.bestbasstournaments.com/Even ... ?e=127&r=5

    This week BBT has yet another event here which will be going out of the Casino, making it even closer to the wide open Kermit bite, and the crank bite has gotten even better, so I would expect the results to be pretty much the same…..iffin’ the wind will lay down.

    Water conditions remain good, so now is the time to bring the chuck n’ wind gear and have some fun!

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 7/14/2015

    Tuesday finds the weather warming again, and the forecast is for warm/mild temps for the coming week, and weekend. Overnight lows will only drop into the low 60’s and daytime highs will approach 90 during the day.

    Water conditions continue to be good to very good depending on the area and time of day. Yes, there is a bloom mid-day but it has not made any areas un-fishable, but yes your line will get green as will your boat, but the fishing is well worth it for most.

    The above air temps combined with 78 degree water equals TOPWATER time, and yes, there is a fair to good early morning topwater bite. WhopperFlopper, buzzbaits, IMA Lil sticks, Spooks, and frogs will all add some quality fish to the livewell.

    Then as soon as the sun hits the water, the jig, dropshot, and senko bite takes over a bit. Then there’s the crank bite we’ve been waiting for. Yep, it has started with the arrival of the shad on wind-blown banks and ledges. Use your electronics to find the shad, and a Megabass Deep Six, DuoRealis, and 8XD will help add to your fish counts.

    This coming weekend we have BBT at Red Bud Park on Saturday, and it will most likely be a “junk fishing” derby. These types of tournaments are always fun, and I suspect 22-24lbs, will top what should be a fairly good sized field, still, if you are looking to jump into a tourney before the year’s out, this would be a good one as one can catch em’ just about any way they prefer. Deep, shallow, big baits, finesse baits, fast, slow, etc etc etc.

    Tip of the day….”don’t run from the wind”, it’s a good thing right now! The wind is positioning the bait, and once you find it you can catch em’ pretty good!

Friday, June 26th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 77-83

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I had another nice guide trip on Wed - out of the Oaks. I hadn't been in that area for awhile, so I pick a ledge to start on at 6:45 am. My client made a few casts with his rod but I saw that it was just too light. I gave him one of my G Loomis rods to use and within a cast or two, he hooks and lands a 5 lb 2 oz bass. We had been on the water for about 10 minutes! Why doesn't that happen on every trip??? Talk about taking the pressure off the guide! I had him using my hot Berryessa bait - a 6" MMIII Robo worm. We fished all the way from the Oaks to Henderson Point, where we found aa floatilla of boats - that means a LOT of boats for a summer Wednesday! We got bites and landed bass up until the time we quit at 2:30 pm. Our best 5 was about 17 lbs.

    Tips: I tried a frog in the afternoon with no takes. Also couldn't get big on a jig - the bait that was so good last June. After my client landed his 5, I missed another bass in the 6 to 7 lb range that jumped and said "look at me!" The breeze was blowing most of the trip which made for a confortable trip before Thursday's heat. Most of our bass were caught at the 10 to 15 foot depth. Couldn't get the deeper bass to bite!

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

  • Report: Clear Lake this Week 6/26/2015

    HOT HOT HOT!

    Early

    Get up early and chase a good to very good top water bite! Spooks, Stickbaits, and Buzzbaits are all producing a good number of bites EARLY each morning until the sun hits the water. The bigger bites are coming on the Spook and Ima lil’ Stickbaits fished in and around spawning flats. Once that bite goes slows, pick up your chatterbait and go through the same areas for some additional fun. Should you find the right area topwater bags of 22-27 lbs are not un-common.
    The fish are loading up and chasing the bait first thing in the AM…..4:30 AM until 7 AM has been prime time, so get at em’ early.

    Mid-morning

    Now it’s time to get out the jig, or Carolina rig and get after them on the ledge areas, deeper docks, and rockpiles. You may have to weed through some lil guys, but the better bites will come, just stay with it.

    Noon

    Kermit time, and while there not a ton of big bites, the action can be non-stop if you hit the right area. Tules lines, and weedy areas are all producing 2-4lb fish with an occasional 5-7lber thrown in if you stick with it.

    Afternoon-dark

    This is when the chatter bait takes back over once again and really begins to produce some good numbers and size, and don’t be afraid to chase the evening with the frog, or even the spook once more.

    Night Fishing

    The night bite is improving with this rising moon and should continue to get even better. Big jigs, swim baits, and chatter baits will all produce for those who brave the bugs…

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 78-84

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Mike and I made a quick trip yesterday afternoon, since we had not been there in a few weeks. Nice to see the lake still above last years level. We started about 3:30 and quit at dark. We found that some of the dinks are now keeper size - wow!! We caught 4 nice bass from 3 1/4 to the nicest - Mike's 7 pounder!!! Our 4 went about 17 1/2 lbs. I had the pleasure of snagging a big crappie on one cast and landed a catfish on the next cast - ugh! We were going to fish at night for awhile but just got tired of the wind.

    Tips: We just fished shoreline structure near deep water, using worms and beaver type baits. Could not get a Senko bite. I worked a frog some - just small bass were interested. I was VERY sad to hear about the number of bass that died during the Calif Open - and after. Isn't mid-June a little late for an 8 hr day on a noted "big bass" lake in California?

Friday, June 19th, 2015

  • Report: General Info

    Lake level this week is 3.29 Rumsey and falling, but the bite is actually beginning to improve dramatically. Now, the average fish runs 3-4 pounds, with an occasional 5 pounder for a picture.

    Water Conditions

    Water conditions vary day to day depending on wind and air temps but in general they are really good for this time of year.

    Techniques

    Carolina rigs, drop-shots, senkos, jigs, frogs, and chatter baits top the list of offerings
    producing 10-15 keepers a day. Plastic colors, MM3, green pumpkin/watermelon, and watermelon candy are the big three this week.

    Locations

    Both ends of the lake and most areas in-between are producing fish, with the North end and mid-lake topping most reports.

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 80

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Clear Lake this week 6/9/2015


    As I write this piece we have rain and lightning in Hidden Valley, and higher winds have dominated this afternoon. Wednesday morning’s California Open launch will be interesting to say the least.

    Forecast for tomorrow is high winds, lightening, and rain in the AM hours, with a high temp of just 82 degrees, not what the sight fishing guys wanted to see for sure. Forecast for Thursday and Friday are much better wind wise with higher temps returning by Friday afternoon. Hopefully this is good news for the fish caught, and we do not see another 100+ fish mortality rate like last year’s tournament produced.

    Water temps remain high, 73-82 degrees depending on the area, and yes, the dreaded algae is here mid-lake south. Still, the winds and lower temps should help this as well.

    Patterns? Junk fishing seems to be the word, and is definitely what we experienced this past week as well. Squarebills, punching, soft plastic topwaters, drop-shotting, trashfish, Chatterbaits, Carolina rig etc etc, and you never know what may bite!….. This pattern will likely continue through the end of the month, with the bottom contact bite improving as we go. I HOPE!

    Results, 10-15 keepers a day is not unusual, and an average bag is around 15lbs, still much better than most lakes would produce during post-spawn. I suspect we’ll see 6-10
    Bigger bags each day in the Open, then it will be the 12-15lb average bags that dominate.

    Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

  • Report: So what’s going on at Clear Lake?

    Well, for one, the bite has become as fickle as it’s been since late last year. Yes, there are still a few bed fish to be found, but water quality is quickly becoming an issue once again. Clarity is hit and miss from one day to the next, and yes there is the beginning of an algae bloom throughout the lake.

    Prepare to junk fish as they say, as that has been the most productive pattern aside from sight fishing. Everything from buzz baits to bottom walkers are putting fish in the net but finesse fishing plastics slow, slow, and slower has been the bite producing the best “numbers”. I suspect that will continue until this moon is going away, and then watch for the jig and chatter bait bites to kick in like any other June.

    RoboWorms, Senkos, Brush hogs, and Wooly Buggers, drop shotted, nail rigged, darter headed, wacky, or Texas rigged will all produce fish right now, but you will have to weed through the little guys in order to find a quality bite. That said, there’s also a flip/punch bite, and a top water bite here and there.

    Everyone was moaning last weekend about the junk bite, yet BBT and ABA had 25 and 31 lbs. taking top honors in their events, so it wasn’t all that bad! Just look at their results, BBT had the majority of their field weigh limits and I believe in took 19+ pounds to make the top 15 out of their 80+ boat field. I haven’t seen the full ABA results as yet but I suspect they’re very similar.

    This week the fishing pressure is already down, and the fish are getting somewhat of a break up north, but the wind has returned and is doing its dastardly deed making sight fishing nearly impossible to this point. Deeper docks and weed edges are what I would focus on until this moon is gone, and the catfish finish doing their deal as well, then I would head for a rockpile somewhere…….good luck!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

  • Report: Clear Lake this week…5/26/2015


    Boy, what a change over the past week. Overall I’d rate the fishing at fair to very good. The thunderstorms Friday and Saturday certainly did not help, but nonetheless, the bite wasn’t affected too much. Lake level is 3.77 Rumsey and the flows have been slowed dramatically, all of the way down to 45 cfps.

    Unfortunately the water quality did suffered some from the warmer temps and boat traffic, still it remains above average for this time of year as well.

    Apparently the boat/ water ski traffic did a pretty good job of dicing up the weed beds up north and the floating remnants made bladed top waters challenging to say the least. This weekend the whopper plopper and frog took the top water honors, and the punch bite began to really take hold.

    Mid-lake finds the ledge fishing beginning to pick up with jigs, and Carolina rigs accounting for the best results there.

    South end you’ll find the senko and drop shop bite producing fish in the 4-5lb range on the breaks, and deeper docks.

    Yes, there are still some bed fish to be had, but water clarity dictates when and where right now.

    This weekend BBT is out of Red Bud Park on Saturday, and ABA has their event out of the Casino on Sunday.

    Speaking of Red Bud Park; all of the new docks are finally in as is the new lighting. Five full launch lanes with a car topper lane to make six. With the final sealer being applied this week, and stripping to be completed by the weekend, along with the new landscaping which is also on its way, this in now IMHO the finest launch facility on the lake.

    What a difference, and yes, as promised CLPD is actually cracking down on the local element as well, so perhaps there is some hope after all. One would certainly hope so after spending close to a million dollars on these improvements. Fingers crossed.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 5/20/2015 Memorial Day Forecast

    Wow, almost June! Can you say topwater? How about big jig? Chatterbait? Trashfish? Glidebait? Well, it’s time, and the bite is on.

    Early morning, yes, there are still some bedfish to be had, but boy, passing up an early morning topwater bite just doesn’t seem right, so DON’T do it! Grab your buzzbait or frog and go after em’, they’re there to be had. Oh, and don’t forget the whopper plopper!

    Mid-morning, as the morning progresses I’d pick up my Trashfish or Chatterbait, and I’d start searching for some sub-surface chasers. Again, they are there and these fish are usually found in schools, so find one, and find a bunch is usually the rule.

    Afternoon time, I’d pull out the jig rods and start searching the usual deeper waters, and rock piles, again, find one and you’ll usually find a bunch.

    Evening time, I’d go back to chasing either the top water or sub-surface chasers of earlier in the day.

    Forecast for the weekend is 7-80 degrees and sunny so it should be fairly comfortable as long as the wind doesn’t rare it’s ugly head.

    Water levels are better than last year as is the dreaded algae, and the bite. So make the most of it guys and gals, get up to the lake and get a fix to last the summer.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 5/12/2015

    As some of you know I ran away last week to go chase some a State smallmouth, and when I did, Clear Lake blew up again, and another big wave of fish moved up yet again.

    The lake level un-fortunately is beginning to drop and sits at 3.86 Rumsey today, and I suspect we will see two or so by the 4th of July, as water is beginning to flow.

    Still, the bite is really beginning to pick up on standard type baits as well. Jigs, cranks, chatterbaits, and swimbaits are all beginning to add fish to the livewell for anglers who can ignore the temptation to move to the bank and chase bedfish.

    Personally, I’m headed out with the jigs rods this week to look for those big girls that went first back in early March.

    The weather is mild, so I suspect the lake to be quitter than normal for a Memorial Day weekend, and the fishing should benefit as well.

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Clear Lake this week 5/4/2015

    Conditions continued to improve here last week, and the bite did as well.
    Clear, warm water is driving the final stages of the spawn to get on with it, and the first stage fish are beginning to chase.

    Both ends of the Lake are now producing fish to 9 lbs on a regular basis once again. The average from what I’ve experienced personally is fish in the 5-7 lb range are not all that
    hard to find, with an average fish running 3-4lbs, and 20 fish days are not hard to achieve.

    Now that the first stages are coming off the bank and beginning to chase, the jig bite can’t be too far away. Still, double winged buzz baits, chatter baits, and frogs lead the way for non-bed fish contributors. Glide baits will get you bit as well, just be patient.

    My advice, go top water in the morning, wait for the sun to get up, and go hit the banks, and flats.

    As always, anglers beware, tis the season, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, and keep covered up.
    The sun can really sneak up on you right now, especially when the wind lies down.

    I expect this bite to continue through mid-month as weather allows. Then it’s anyone guess where it goes from there, so get on em’ while you can.

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Spring has sprung onceagain on Clear Lake, and the bed fishing is ON as they say.
    Water temps are now in the low 60’s to start the day and reach 70+ by the afternoon, and as an added bonus for a really confused Spring, the topwater bite is finally beginning as well.

    This week the water clarity we so much needed earlier this month finally hit mid-lake south and the bite broke wide open as yet another wave of spawners came into the shallows with this newest moon.

    Unfortunately, the jig bite is yet to come on, but should be soon to come, and I suspect the topwater bite will only get better as wave 3-4 start their fry guarding as well.

    Also, watch for fish busting on bait, as the spawning bays are all loaded with bluegill, shad, and hitch, and I mean they are everywhere!

    Your typical bed baits will all work, except here’s one tip. What color is everyone throwing this time of year? Yep, just look at any bass boat deck around here and you’ll see more WHITE baits than one thought available.

    So, you want to improve your chances of success? Yes? Then try a different color, and you’ll see a big difference in how the fish react to your presentation. Right now, white means “be afraid” to these fish. They’ve been bombarded with white for nearly two months now, and they indeed learn fast!

    Good luck and have fun!

Friday, April 24th, 2015

  • Water Temp: 59-63

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Mike Sperbeck and I made a quick trip to the lake on Tues, starting about 3pm. We got into shallow big bass immediately. They must have move in to warm up. He lost 3 big bass but did land several up to 7 lbs. Biggest I could land was only 4 1/2 lbs. The bite stopped as the sun set and the wind became a problem. Mike did land another 5 1/4 pounder an hour after dark, and with that we left as the wind was getting nasty. We could have had a 30 lb+ trip but only managed 23+ lbs for 5 bass. Still caught several of those dinks that are everywhere!!

    Tips: We found bass from 2 to about 10 feet - all clean with no spawning marks on them yet. If there were a few beds, we couldn't see them in the wind. We used a variety of soft plastics, most in green pumpkin color. I caught my biggest on a MM111 6" Robo worm. We stayed south of the narrows in the Clearlake arm. The constantly changing weather patterns could keep the spawn going for quite some time!!