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Name: Len Kovats
Date: 2013-03-09
Location: Wheatland
E-Mail: basslab1944@att.net
Water Temp: 51
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: My buddy Pat D and I got to the launch and NO dock as it was still in parking lot. Wind was killer and never layed down but they still ate crankbaits. Water down and muddy but rock banks and points produced our best 5 at 17 lbs.
Tips: Medium to deep cranks, red tiger with black was the key all day. Nothing on plastic or jigs. Gonna get better!

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Name: J.
Date: 2012-06-25
Location: Woodland
E-Mail: juan_lopezjr@hotmail.com
Water Temp: 70
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I usually fish Black butte during the summer with my buddies and we catch some decent catfish (Grizzly flats area). Well this time i went to buckhorn campground with my family and we didn't catch a thing! Correction: i caught a pikeminnow! I had just finished reading the report below about pikeminnow and how they are taking over the lake. I had never caught a pikeminnow at black butte lake before and i never wanted to. we catch those stupid things all the time at the sac river. I hate them. Pity to see them at black butte now. Will probably continue fishing over in Grizzly flats for catfish in the near future. Good luck folks!
Tips: New to fishing an need some tips? Experienced fishing and want to give us tips? either way, check out: http://breakingbank.blogspot.com

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Name: Predator2U
Date: 2012-05-27
Location: Cottonwood
E-Mail:
Water Temp: 69
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Fished early mornings during the Memorial Holiday weekend. Friday a front came in, rained a bit but Sat, Sun and Mon was clear and breezy. Concentrated in North coves with Carolina rigged plastics. Hit only one 1 lb large mouth on a 6inch watermelon punpkin seed brush-hog. Switched to every plastic and color I had (and I have 25-30 different types) - Nothing. Moved to the dam area and hit one more 1.5 lb large mouth on a berkly brown 8" power worm. Nothing else. Moved to the west end of the lake and through a 8" chartruse lizard. One 2 lb hit in the submerged trees but that was it. I used to come to this lake and catch 20-30 fish every morning. What was up??? Decided to call it a day about 10am and noticed thousands of little frylings in every cove. Lots of baby fish! What were they? So on my way back to camp I seen so many fish on the fish finder about 25 feet of water. I decided to throw out a brokenback rapala and troll for awhile. BAM! a fish hit hard and I fought it for a few minutes. This was a big fish and when I netted the brute, I couldn't believe my eyes. It was a squaw fish. A 32" Pike!!!. This lake has been over-run by squaw fish. The same fish that are creating havok in the Sacramento river. They eat every fish egg they can find. I trolled another hour and hooked three more 24-28" pike. This was it for me. Pike are no good to eat and they are a menice to water-ways every where. I believe that Black Butte Lake has been ruined with the introduction of this fish. I have been coming to this lake for over 30 years and this past year was the first time I have ever caught pike. What a shame...
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Name: Jonesy
Date: 2012-04-13
Location: Red Bluff
E-Mail:
Water Temp: I DUNNO
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Lake is WIDE OPEN, I took my 7 year old, we cranked several in the 2 lb range and I threw hard jointed swimbaits 6 inch Koppers LIVE, smoked 1 over 5lbs, all in a couple of hours then the boy cranked a catfish that broke his hooks, it busted the surface, it must have been 20 lbs or better. GOOD LUCK.
Tips: I fished from the shore, it was supposed to be a hunting trip that turned into a fishing trip. I fished near the small willows on the south end. All reaction bites.

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Name: Paul Poczobut Jr.
Date: 2012-03-09
Location: Orland
E-Mail: pozy_popeye_@hotmail.com
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Had the best day of my life fishing for bass. I caught 18 bass between 12:45 and 6:00 pm using on lure. I was fishing from the boat tossing a crayfish with orange belly crankbait deep dive. I caught a few 3 lbs and a few 2 lbs the others were smaller. Had about a 5 lb to the boat and flipped off as I was grabbing for the net. I was throwing it up against the bank on the east side of the lake.
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Name: Ollenberger
Date: 2011-06-09
Location:
E-Mail: chrisollenberger@gmail.com
Water Temp: 75-77
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Water level is still really high and lake clarity is unusually good! Went out at 2 PM and caught some decent bass from the time we launched till we left at 8:15 PM We sight fished structures and cover.
Tips: We used dark colored spinner baits. The bite is still a little slow, so make sure you have a slow retrieve.

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Name: LipRipper
Date: 2011-03-28
Location: Orland
E-Mail:
Water Temp: 50 - 55
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Great weather but terrible bite. Water was very muddy (less than 1 foot visibility) and very low. We tried everything that rattled and could be fished slow. All dark color baits used (rattlin' crank baits and jig/pigs). The low water level pushed fish down away from their typical structure so there weren't many pockets or structures to fish. Fish started to jump late afternoon as the weather was warm today but we couldn't catch one with spinnerbaits or sammy's. Visibility was just too dirty. Tried dropshotting senko's and trick worms (multiple darker colors) and still no luck. Can't wait for warmer weather and clearer water. This lake looks like a great largemouth spot.
Tips: Don't fish muddy, cold water!

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Name: Abel
Date: 2011-03-05
Location: orland
E-Mail:
Water Temp: 50 to 54
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: big fish day 4 small mouth bass 4 1/2 lb then a 5 lb then a 5 lb then the last 6 l/2 lb all small mouth bass.
Tips: we fished points.

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Name: local
Date: 0000-01-04
Location: red bluff 2011
E-Mail:
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: not a report.. but it looks like were gonna find out how a larger tourny will be on this lake.. on feb 20, 2011 cal bass fed will be holding a tourny.. i cant wait to c how goes.
Tips: gonna be cold and windy with muddy water. dress ward and keep a tight line :0)

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Name: Steve
Date: 2010-11-19
Location:
E-Mail:
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Again, not a report. Just a response to the request for a fishing tournament on this lake. This lake is too small to support the number of fisherpersons that will show up to a tournament. That is why they quit tournaments in the past. Tournament fishing should stick to the larger lakes that can support the pressure of a large number of quality anglers over a day or two. Black Butte is not large enough to support this type of pressure.
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Name: local
Date: 2010-11-12
Location: red bluff
E-Mail:
Water Temp: cold
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: the red bluff bass anglers club used to do a tourny on this lake. i know several people interested in a toury here. after all is our local lake and the local clubs would have affordable tournaments with a great tourn out if they would fish here year round. people wold not struggle so much here if they would fish it more often... they would realize how great this lake really is.
Tips: there r huge fish here.. i have caught bass on on every thing in the boat here all year long.

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Name: w,c fishin commision
Date: 2010-11-03
Location: sierra nevadaville
E-Mail:
Water Temp: 65-67
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: went out in the afternoon and on the first cast caught a 4lb cat. i worked my way down and got 6 more in the 15 inch range they seem to be biting on plastics p.s would anybody want to do a tourniment out here next summer?
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Name: west coast fishin commission
Date: 2010-10-05
Location: sierra nevadaville
E-Mail:
Water Temp: 76
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: went out about 8 caught 3 and my friend caught 3 all about 15 inches,i caught 2 one after another by the dam.grubs are doing o.k tried top watter no strikes,fish on the fishin commishion
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Name: sgtshotgunner
Date: 2010-07-14
Location: Orland
E-Mail:
Water Temp: 81.9/82.6
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fished from about 0800 until 1330, boated 5 fish. Two on spinnerbaits on weedlines, one on a crank, one spot on a rip bait, and one 4.3lb largemouth flipping a jig into willows. Missed a couple drop shotting and had a couple whacks that I missed on the spinner. Pretty slow, no real consistent bite.
Tips: Tons of shad. Tons. Everywhere you go. Fish are gorging themselves on 'em. Lots of suspended fish as well. I couldn't get them to hit though.

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Name: jr bass angler
Date: 2010-06-17
Location: red bluff
E-Mail:
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Went out with my brother around 1630. We went over by the arms next to the marina. We were throwing crawdads with a bullet weight. My brother caught two on the crawdad with the biggest around two ponds. Very windy day, really worked the trolling motor to stay were the fish were. Was only out there for about two hours. Too windy.
Tips: Crawdads worked well. Black with green claws. Missed a few fish

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Name: Skandy
Date: 2010-05-20
Location: Rohnert Park
E-Mail: 4skandys@comcast.ent
Water Temp: 64
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Spent 4 days at the lake from 5/19-5/23. Tough bite everyday due to the bad weather all week. Started out with rain and wind on Wednesday and the wind continued through Sunday when I left. Friday I finally found the fish on crankbaits and some topwater action early. Fish were on secondary points, but shallow. Speedtraps in crawdad colors worked well along the grass edge.
Tips: Get on the water early for some topwater action before the sun comes up. Spooks were better than poppers. Medium to deep running crankbaits.

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Name: sam
Date: 2010-03-21
Location: orland
E-Mail: samjenniegel@gmail.com
Water Temp: 61
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: fished for two hours saturday evening and had 7 fish to the boat and 5 on sunday afternoon. we fished the south end of the lake in the willows. found the fish hanging out in the shallows at the edge of deep water.
Tips: its a pretty soft bite and finesse baits were the only thing working. shakey heads and texas rigged craws were the key.

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Name: Robert
Date: 2010-03-14
Location: Berry Creek
E-Mail: rdaniels@fs.fed.us
Water Temp: 48 - 52
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Got on the water about 1000 water to the north was stained and around 52 degrees...tried everything: rock, trees, islands, banks and still nothing worked...fish were just not biting..still a bit cold. Did find some clear water at the south end but water was 4 degrees cooler around 48.
Tips: Give it another two weeks!

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Name: salty
Date: 2009-07-21
Location: chico
E-Mail:
Water Temp: 85
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: 7 to 20 feet of water almost any thing works right now. Bass in are boat up to 6pounds first fish of the day 4.14 on a jig and many more around that size. Fish the flats where they drop to deeper water thats where they are. The water is droping fast fish them while you still can.
Tips: work the flats that still have tree cover for the best luck texas-rig top-water jig and crank all hookin fish

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Name: Jr Bass Angler
Date: 2009-04-01
Location: gerber
E-Mail: los_infieles09@yahoo.com
Water Temp: 55
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Went out about 1430, launched off the ramp next to the damn, worked the whole edge around the ramp were the weeds were and some rocky points, my brother caught a 1 pound bass off a plastic crawdad and i caught another 3/4 pounder off a rapala diver, my little brother had one on but lost it.
Tips: we threw everything we had, just need the wated to warm up a little bit and clear up.

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Name: Joe
Date: 2008-06-25
Location: Redding
E-Mail: riverraider2233@sbcglobal.net
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: This is not a report but a request for one. I live in Redding it is to smoky here to fish Shasta. My grandkids are here for a visit and was wondering how the air quality is and how the fishing is at Black Butte. I am thinking of trying on Tuesday the first. Any information would be helpfull. I know Shasta very well so if anyone would like to know how the fishing is there I can help. Thanks Joe
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Name: Ray
Date: 2008-05-05
Location: Redding
E-Mail: primary@gvn.net
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: When do they typically get the crappie bite at this lake?
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Name: Robert Daniels
Date: 2008-04-13
Location: Berry Creek
E-Mail: rdaniels@fs.fed.us
Water Temp: 58-60
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Caught 6 fish half on sinkos and the other half on Crank Baits...not a real steady bight..no fish in the trees mostly rock banks and points...still a little to cold..
Tips: Need 4 days of steady warm weather!!!!!!

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Name: Ryan Kahl
Date: 2008-04-05
Location: Chico
E-Mail: rkahl@mail.csuchico.edu
Water Temp: 55-60
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: First time fishing the lake only fished for about an hour, the wind began to pick up at about 3:30. Caught three fish on robo-worms off a rocky edge on the east side of the lake.
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Name: Vince
Date: 2008-04-05
Location: Chico
E-Mail:
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: forgot to add the date
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Name: Vince
Date: 0000-00-00
Location: Chico
E-Mail:
Water Temp: 56-65
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fished this lake for the first time. Surprised at how many others had the same idea. By noon any submerged tree providing a lick of shade had 2 or 3 boats around it. Or so it seemed. Only managed one small LM each but saw a lot of fish gouped up on the graph anywhere from 10' to 40'
Tips: I could use some.

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Name: Tom Mc D
Date: 2008-04-04
Location: Red Bluff
E-Mail: tbmcd@sbcglobal.net
Water Temp: 61
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: The lake is filling, don't know if it will fill completely but it might get close. It is fishable now and will only get better. I caught 10 bass and only fished from 1pm to 5pm. I wish more people would post this lake. It is a nice little lake to fish and has some quality fish.
Tips: Take Carol with you she didn't catch a single fish, man is she pissed.

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Name: rbba
Date: 2007-11-14
Location: rb
E-Mail:
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: thanks steve!
Tips: I will leave a report this weekend

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Name: Steve
Date: 0000-00-00
Location:
E-Mail:
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: I was there several weeks ago, the water was at about the same level, and the ramp by the dam was OK as was the one at Buckhorn.
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Name: red bluff bass angler
Date: 2007-11-13
Location:
E-Mail:
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Is the luanch ramp at the dam still in operation? Wanted to start fishing this lake more with the rising cost of fuel, any information would be helpful thanks.
Tips: work more fish less to save gas money.

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Name: Joe Montana
Date: 2007-02-29
Location: Compton
E-Mail: cockbreath2aol.com
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Caught a 60lb Channel Catfish at Buckhorn today. Caught it on a whole hotdog.
Tips: Find big channels rike moi.

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Name: Joe Montana
Date: 2007-02-29
Location: Compton
E-Mail: cockbreath2aol.com
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Caught a 60lb Channel Catfish at Buckhorn today. Caught it on a whole hotdog.
Tips: Find big bass rike moi.

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Name: Fish Breath
Date: 2005-09-28
Location: Orland
E-Mail: fdfdfdfdfdfd@aol.com
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Caught a solid 20lb bass oday at buckhorn! Caught it on a whole large nightcrawler. Its my personal best!!!
Tips: find big bass like moi

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Name: bob
Date: 2007-05-18
Location: fishville
E-Mail: fishin commission .com
Water Temp: 73
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: went out at about 8am and got 8 bass and one brim the gititsz were workin good.i caught a few around the island at buckhorn fish on bra the fishin commision
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Name: Tom
Date: 0000-00-00
Location: Oroville
E-Mail: please dont spam the board.
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: first off, stop fighting and arguing, second it is not your business if one chooses to catch and keep or even release, if you have a license you are entitled to do what you want (within reason and morals). second you have no right to be a fishing Nazi, mind your own business, and let people fish the way they choose. also we donít care about your opinions if you donít have nice things to say then say nothing, are you 14 years old?.. this site is for talking and loving the sport of fishing not being a prick and an ass to others who just want to talk and enjoy them selves. if your going be a seven year old please find an AOL Chat room and leave us alone.
Tips: Fish to have fun, enjoy your self, an respect nature & the enviorment.

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Name: Fishy Breath
Date: 0000-00-00
Location: Onehunglow
E-Mail:
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Kuzz Bass tastey much better beaaaaach!
Tips: Keep nife vellllly sharp chop chop beaaaaaach!

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Name: C/R
Date: 0000-00-00
Location:
E-Mail:
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: To all "mongs" I don't have an eye chart so i will pick on all of you, Why don't you catch all of carp that you planted in this lake and eat them!
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Name: Fish Breath
Date: 2007-05-03
Location:
E-Mail:
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Yes I am A MONG MORONS WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS OK TO EAT FISH OR TO ASK A QUESTION!
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Name: Da
Date: 2005-05-02
Location:
E-Mail:
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Fish Breath ARE YOU A MONG
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Name: Fish breath
Date: 2007-04-29
Location:
E-Mail:
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: To C/R figure this out the limit is 5 clean them and eat them !
Tips: Use a sharp knife,throw the egg sack in the garbage,enjoy!!!!!

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Name: Joe
Date: 2007-04-24
Location: San Bruno
E-Mail: wildwestside@aol.com
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: I will be camping up there this week and will report back. Hoping to catch alot of crappie and bass. Ive fished this lake like 6 times in my life and have never managed a keeper bass. They all seem to be very small. Hopefully i can change that this week!
Tips:

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Name: C/R
Date: 0000-00-00
Location:
E-Mail:
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: to austin, pay you'r dues and figure it out your self. If you catch a fish in the spring put it back where you caught it so it can finish making its babies.
Tips: practice catch and release and people may give better info for the sometimes tuff bite this time of year with the changing conditions.

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Name: Austin
Date: 2007-04-23
Location: Chico
E-Mail: blackflag9594@sbcglobal.net
Water Temp: dont know
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: i was interested in what the fishing was like out there right about now. never been so im curious. i really wanted to fish for some crappie, never really tried before so i wanted to. just wondering if water high enough ect.
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Name: BASS SLAYER
Date: 2007-03-23
Location: local
E-Mail:
Water Temp: 60
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: The willows are in water and the BIG girls are on fire! But don't expect to catch a whole lot of fish. P.S. crappie are a waste of time with so many bass in this lake.
Tips: fish sloooow nomatter what bait you throw. Wick Cheese and a Bobber will catch plenty of squaw fish if the bass won't bite.

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Name: Corning Guy
Date: 0000-00-00
Location:
E-Mail:
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Guys who fish this lake! mind giving me a heads up on what this lake is like? bass and all other fish! heard it was a nice Crappie lake! any info will be great!
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Name: Adam
Date: 2007-02-14
Location: Corning
E-Mail:
Water Temp: 46-48
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Lake is really muddy right now. After rains it has probably come up 5-6ft...Got skunked today...used everything from a drop shot to shad rip bait...last trip was 2-4-07 caught some nice ones on blue and black jig with pork trailer..
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Name: jeff
Date: 2006-11-10
Location: chico
E-Mail: fishfan31@yahoo.com
Water Temp: 58.7
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Went out about 10:00am. Haven't been to this lake in 12 years or more! Flew blind today. Went with my partner and my 9 year old son and a friend of his and my 6 year old daughter. Thought it was going to be a good day! Had a 3lb in the first five casts just past the launch on a brn/orange rod strainer w/ 180 yamamoto twin tail trailer. Then nothing for about an hour and a half. Found some bait balls by rock walls. So we dropshotted a few and c-rigged a few more. all on warmouth 4.5in worms.
Tips: robos seem to work the best

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Name: mike&patty conger aka-(the kids)
Date: 2006-09-09
Location: orland
E-Mail: patricia5749@sbcglobal.net
Water Temp: 78
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: started fishing 6am at the s/w end in the jungle and picked up 7 bass around 1/2-2lbs.only thing they were hitting was patty's real worms.tried all the plastics and everything but the anchor but when it was all said and done at 2pm the worm's got top choice this time.
Tips: fish are in close to bank's.try plasic crowlers with small spinner just above hook.it seems to work 95% of the time .we fish this lake year round as it's only 15 min.from home.good luck and see you on the water.

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Name: Merle
Date: 2006-08-03
Location: chico
E-Mail: merle3@msn.com
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I took my float tube out to the Grizzley Flat area at about 3pm. I was off the water by 8pm with 30 fish. Half were caught on a popper and the other half were caught on a spinner bait.
Tips: The fish are on cover within the first 50ft from shore. Look for bait fish.

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Name: j0e
Date: 2006-03-12
Location: San Bruno
E-Mail: wildwestside@aol.com
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: I heard the crappie bite is on?! Can anyone confirm this?
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