Clear Lake and Reports

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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.

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  • 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 #

  • 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!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 7/20/2016

    This week finds the lake level to be 4.21 Rumsey with surface temperatures in the mid to high 70’s.

    There are times during the year when you are asked the question “how is the bite”, that you just can’t bring yourself to tell the person asking how it really is. No, not as a result of secrecy or being protective rather because no one will believe you, and you will have to deal with the tilted head response or the “yeah right”.

    We had this for a time back in February when some of us exceeded 40 lbs for our best five multiple times during a three week period. Ready for this?.....Yes, it happened again on Monday, and I nearly backed it up again this morning, unfortunately I dropped an 8 at the boat and had to settle for 37 lbs. Yeah, I know, poor baby. However, it’s not just me, several guides here have reported the same results, with one claiming he thinks it was one of the best bites he has ever experienced here.

    See, I told you! I can see the tilted heads through the screen! Well, choose to believe what you will, but this is a bite one has to experience to believe.

    Me? I’m throwing a jig and a crank. Brown and a shad pattern. Where? Let’s just say Henderson south and everywhere in between. How deep? Not deep at all, 2-15 feet. When? My best bite has been daybreak until 10 am or so with it then picking back up around 1pm. Isn’t there a topwater bite? Answer, at times, but from what I’ve seen, no a lot of big ones on a regular basis. The jig and crank on the other hand produced an 11, two right at 10, and a mess of 5-8 pounders. Yes, you will have to weed through the 2 pounders but the big girls are in there with them, just keep fishing.

    This weekend is the BBT event Saturday out of Red Bud, and I will curious to see how this holds up for them. I suspect it may take a bag to win it, but catching fish sure shouldn’t be a problem, then next week the weather is supposed to heat way up and the topwater should really begin to heat up along with it… least one can hope!

    Oh, watch what it takes to win the WNS Moonlight event this evening.....3 fish prediction, 25 lbs!
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Friday, July 15th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 7/15/2016

    Lake level is down to 4.4 Rumsey or so, and the water temperature are hovering in the mid to high 70’s, and yes there is a daily algae bloom.

    This week there is more than just an information report to share. While the fishing continues to improve overall, there is word of a major “fish kill” in the south end, and Cache Creek.

    While the direct cause of this “fish kill”, or “die off” is un-clear at this time, the fact that there was a lot of air boat activity in and around the affected areas all this week may just be a coincidence, but that is doubtful. Hopefully someone will look into this, even the crawdads are headed for the hills!

    Weed spraying activity seems to be at a heightened level of late, and the disappearance of massive weed lines is not encouraging, especially mid-lake south. The bite has gone along with it as well; brown water equals “no bites”.

    Moving around and looking for cleaner or green water will pay off with a jig, deep crank, chatterbait, or topwater (1st thing). We spent Wednesday doing just that and were rewarded with a 32 lb. bag on deep cranks and jigs.

    Last week I mis-reported that BBT was here last weekend, that was in-correct and I apologize, too many irons in the fire lately. However, BBT is here on the 23rd and 30th of July and the bite should be pretty good. A good time to jump in one for sure!

    Red Bud and Clear Lake Bait and Tackle will be hosting these two events which is a change so don’t be late!

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Friday, July 8th, 2016

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

    Down we go! Air temps, and water temps are dropping as is the lake level.
    This week the lake is at 4.77 Rumsey, and water temps are in the low 70’s to 80 degrees in the afternoon.

    As a result, this past week the deep diving crankbait bite has turned on and a Strike King 10XD in a Perch pattern will load the boat, as will the Megabass Deep Six in a Crawdad pattern.

    Targeting areas in the southern extremities of the lake in 10-25 feet of water has been the pattern I have been running, and all of the likely areas are producing good numbers. Lubo, No Name, Jensen Point, Wheeler, and Bayshore points are all holding some nice fish, as is Monitor Island.

    The cooler temps have apparently triggered the fish and they are chasing, and while the topwater bite for me has been erratic at best, the jig bite remains extremely strong. Fish can be found in 2-25 feet of water, and don’t be afraid to move your jig fairly quickly, and or toss a swim jig. Both can be yo yo'd back to the boat with impressive results.

    This weekend has a number of smaller events up north as well as BBT out of Red Bud so be aware and be careful running around the lake.

    Dr. appointments and “reels” kept me off the water all but one day this week, so I thank those who are so open and willing to share info for me to pass along in these reports. Too many to name but you know who you are. Thank you!
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Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

  • Water Temp: 82

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: If you're coming to fish Clear Lake you might want to pack a couple of frogs and spinner baits. I'm just sayin.

    Tips: Morning and late evening frog bite has been strong. Spinner baits fished over rock piles helped us put 20 in the boat.

Friday, July 1st, 2016

  • Report: July 4th Weekend at the Clearest of Lakes!

    Well, while it might not actually be the clearest of lakes, it is beginning to fish like the lake we all know and love!

    The projections for the weekend are GOOD to VERY GOOD! Yes, while it may be a busy weekend on the water, the fishing is really, really good right now, and it doesn’t take much imagination to catch em’, even in the heat of the day.

    How you ask? Jigs, jigs, and more jigs, that’s how! Personally, one of my favorite bites of the year, whether a football head or vibrating model, right now they are on the chew and snapping both, HARD!

    When it comes to Mr. Football Head, 3/8 and ½oz Brown with a blue, purple, smoke or cinnamon double tail trailer will get ya bit, as will the same tipped with a PBJ Beaver, or I believe they actually call it Oxblood. Either way fish em’ in 2-20 feet of water adjacent to rock and hang on, or check out one of the many rock piles as they are beginning to kick out some nice fish as well.

    Want to chase em’ and find a reaction bite, then tie on a vibrating jig. My preference is a Ladies Man Custom Bait, either 3/8 or ½ oz version in green pumpkin, or ghost minnow. Tip it with a matching Keitech, or one of the new Strike King swimmers and go fish the flats and or tule lines early and late. Hit the right spot and you can load the boat, and while they are usually 2-4 lbers, a 5-8 lber is not uncommon.

    So, with this extremely hot weather, the bite has really begun to heat up, and I suspect it is only going to get better. Caution though, be smart and hydrate or this heat will get ya!

    Here's wishing you all a safe and happy 4th!
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Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 6/28/2016

    Lake level is 5.24 Rumsey and water temps are 70-85 degrees depending on time of day.

    Finally, a more consistent bite is beginning to greet anglers this week, and one will be rewarded for weeding through the shorts. Trust me, stick with it and you will be rewarded.

    Whether you choose to power fish, or finesse em’, one has to be willing to wade through the smaller fish in order to put a good sack together. Basically, for the first time this year one say the pattern is about normal for the time of year. Yep, “summertime” pattern.
    Chase em’ on top early, cover water mid-morning, and hit the shade in the afternoons.

    Early morning a buzz bait, spook, or whopper plopper should raise some interest, and mid-mornings the chatterbait, crankbait bite is now going pretty good, as is a Carolina rigged brush hog. Once the sun gets up and there are shade lines, the drop-shop, nail rig, and senko begin to takeover.

    Whereas up to now it’s been hit and miss depending on the day, the bite is really beginning to improve as was expected. Just be prepared for the heat, it can be quite stifling.

    Top colors this past week? Watermelon candy, MMIII, Aarons Madness, Yamamoto’s 330, 301, 926, and PBJ. Oh, minnows are back in stock at Clear Lake Bait & Tackle. I suggest you call ahead and reserve yours as they will go fast over the holiday.

    In closing, again please wear your PFD at all times. We unfortunately lost yet another angler this past week. Even one drowning is too many. This one unfortunately makes four in the past month alone here on Clear Lake.
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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 6/22/2016

    Interesting, this week we find the lake level has come up a bit and now rests at 5.50 Rumsey.

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    Water conditions continue to decline and yes, most of the lake is now green. However, as most anglers let this phenomena stop them from coming to Clear Lake in the summer, some realize it has little to nothing to do with catching fish, and in most cases can actually help the bite. This is actually the case as of this writing. The bite continues to improve despite the algae bloom.

    This week it appears that the fish are actually beginning to chase in earnest, and as this full moon decreases, that will most likely continue to be the case, and should actually continue to improve.

    Buzzbaits, Ploppers, Frogs, Chatterbaits, Dropshots, and Jigs topped the list this week.

    Where? Most any of the flats, or deeper set of docks is holding good numbers of fish coming out of post spawn, as is most if not all of the tule lines.

    How? The topwater bite up north can be stellar if you can find the fish that are on the shad. Same with the Whopper Plopper and Chatterbait. As for the Frog, I have been focusing on the shaded tule lines once the sun is up, and there are definitely more than a few fish willing. The Dropshot is working under and around deeper docks, and the jig is cleaning up on the deeper ledges.

    Get out early and chase em’ till noon, take break and hit em’ again in the evening. There are some good ones starting to show themselves. Be patient and weed through the lil guys and most will eventually get a shot at a good one.

    Please remember, unless you’re in a tournament now is not the time to be holding fish in a livewell. With the low oxygen content, and high water temps, it is imperative that we practice Catch, Photo, and Release, and if you do happen to be in a tourney, even a six hour club event, please use ice and leave your livewells on for the duration, it can make all the difference....;)
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Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 6/15/2016

    Current conditions find flows out of Cache Creek Dam have increased and the lake level with the accompanied high winds have dropped the lake level to 5.74 Rumsey. Water condition continues to be better than average and surface temps have dropped to the low to mid 70’s.

    We currently have a rising moon and as it reaches full moon status the bite has slowed in the early morning with mid-morning beginning to share the primetime title. That said, there is a bit of a first light topwater bite, here and there. As the sun rises early and into the afternoon, the chatterbait bite is beginning to kick in in earnest, as is the jig bite (finally).

    Now is the time of year that holds a ton of potential with post spawners beginning to get on the shad, and when you find em’ it’s on!

    Buzzbaits, Whopper Ploppers, Spooks, and Frogs will get em on top, and the chatterbait-jig bite will fill your afternoons. Move around and watch closely. Target submerged weed areas and hard edges, anywhere the fish can pin the bait and you’ll usually find them.

    I would concentrate my morning efforts up north, and move to the mid-south end as the day progresses.

    For those who have inquired about the minnow bite. Well, there aren’t any minnows, and the tackle shops say they will not have another delivery until after the 1st of July. That may also be why the crappie bite has been reported as slow as well?

    Either way, the fishing is still better than average so take advantage of the cooler temps and get after em’!

    On a side note, be aware that Limit Out Tackle in the Oaks is now CLOSED Monday thru Wednesday, so plan accordingly.
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Thursday, June 9th, 2016

  • Report: DanIsaac » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:28 am

    This week finds the lake level at 6.02 Rumsey, and with the water temp reaching nearly 85 degrees by mid-day, this bite is fickle at best, including the crappie...

    We were hoping with some cooler overnight temperatures we just might see a topwater bite develop. Not! Well,
    at least not anything to jump up and down about...Still if a guy doesn't mind flipping a slow falling plastic, he can still boat a decent limit.

    For me the key has been finding cleaner water with tules....find tule lines with cleaner water and work em' extremely slow with a 5" Senko or Zoom swamp crawler wacky rigged. Yes, you will have to weed through the 12-13" lil buggers, but stick with it and the better bites will come, and don't be surprised by a really good bite here and there as there are some really big cruisers working those tule edges.

    This past week we worked this very pattern, and it produced a 26, and 29 lb limit on back to back days, so while it's not a glamorous technique, it is continuing to produce this week as well from all reports.

    Personally, I use 12-14 fluorocarbon, a 2/0 Mustad J-Hook, and a 926 Yamamoto 5" senko. When tossing a finesse worm
    I use a Zoom Swap Crawler, with a small nail, wacky rigged with the same set-up. Does the color really make a difference? Actually, yes, right now they are biting the darker shades over lighter shades. Why? I have no idea, but I'm certainly not going to argue! We must have thrown 30 different colors at em' the other day, and the darker laminate shades out produced lighter shades 2 to 1......go figure.....

    Have fun and be aware Wild West is here with their Team TOC so you will have company. Lights on early and have fun!
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Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

  • Report: Well, I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately here there was a tragic accident this past weekend, one which should remind us all the importance of wearing one’s floatation device.

    Saturday three individuals went in the water off of Anderson Island and only two came out. The body of third individual was retrieved Monday from amongst the wreckage of the boat on the bottom of the lake. So please, put your vest on, our families deserve at least that much from us while we’re out playing.

    Ok, now for the report. Crappie, Crappie, Crappie! I must have had a dozen inquiries regarding the Crappie bite this past weekend; unfortunately I just don’t have the time. Rarely do I check my PM’s and my emails are blown up with reel questions most weekends, so here ya go. I apologize if I disappointed anyone....

    Crappie can be found all around the lake with the Jago, Jensen, Rattlesnake, and County Park areas topping the list. Tulie lines, docks, and shady areas are all holding fish in the 1-3lb range. Crappie jigs, 2.8 Keitechs, and small underspins are all catching fish. Seriously, they are everywhere, and one hundred fish days are not uncommon for two anglers most outings.

    Bass on the other hand are a little more difficult to find, at least quality fish. Yes, there are still some bedding fish but you obviously have to find clearer water, which may not be all that easy after this past weekend. Chatterbait, and underspin fish can be found on most flats, with most running two-three pounds. Fish a jig deep and you just might come across a couple better bites, and as usual, Kermit is beginning to put fish in the boat in a big way, still average is 2-4lbs, mostly fry guarders.

    Lake level continues in the sixes, at 6.45 Rumsey, and the forecast is for HOT weather all through the week and into the weekend. My suggestion, chase the topwater bite in the AM, then cover some water with a chatterbait or underspin, then go play with the crappie, and end your day tossing Kermit! See ya out there!
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