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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-04-18
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 60-65
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: "You've Got Mail" - a fun movie, can apply to the Clear Lake south end this week - "you've got male" - as in bass males!! They were everywhere yesterday afternoon/night. A father with his 12 and 14 year old sons nailed about 17or 18 of them yesterday, not counting the ones they lost. They were clones - males from 2 1/2 to 3 3/4 lbs. They were even successful after dark during their first night trip (dad too) ever. The boys really out-fished dad, until they ran out of gas around 11 pm. Great casters too - amazing! Later in the evening, I tried to catch a big fish for them to see, but was 0 for 3 - couldn't get them in while fighting the wind. After dark I was trying different baits for them to use but only caught 2, about the same size.
Tips: We had a bumpy ride back to the dock, but all were safe and sound. Do I ever love my Ranger Z521!! The wind after dark was most frustrating. I think I know more about night wind there than anyone - but then it will change again. Last night it simply blew every-which-way, sometimes 2 directions at once. It even calmed down - for about 15 minutes - then changed directions again! Gotta love that lake!! I had them fishing many plastic baits with the new Berkely 5" Flappin' hog stealing the show. I had the kids using my favorite color, #954. The bass ate it before and after dark. Make sure you use a wide gap hook for baits like that. We were using the Gami superline EWG 4/0 hooks. My friend Jim Grassi was using that hook with me last week when he landed his 9.06 bass. All of our bass during the whole trip were very shallow - 5 to 15 feet - probably because of the wind.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-04-14
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 64-69
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I had two outstanding guests Friday and Saturday nights with one of them landing his personal best at 9.06 lbs - AT 1:20 am!! Some of you know of Jim Grassi, now Pastor Jim Grassi, one of the early tournament anglers and author of several articles and books on bass fishing and more recently on living a fulfilling Christian life. He is responsible for my career in bass fishing since he started bassin' first - talked me into going to Berryessa - where I caught my first ever bass - on topwater! Never been the same since!! After all these years, I really think I was more excited about his 9 lber than he was - my way of repaying him! My other guest was none other than former Oakland Raiders head coach and now assistant coach of the super bowl champs Seattle Seahawks, Tom Cable. Let me tell you - he may be a major NFL coach, but he is also a terrific bass fisherman! His casting ability - even at night - is simply amazing! He also owns a Ranger Z521 so he was right at home in mine! We fished Friday from 5 pm to 2 am, found the bite to be good before dark and then dead until midnight. Tom started the midnight bite with a 5.26 pounder, using a double wide Beaver. I fished some during the two nights and after his fish I broke a giant off - second time this year, ugh!! Tom lost a big one too. Literally on his last cast, Jim set on a big one - the 9 pounder! We had a little over 26 lbs for our limit, but it could have been a lot bigger!! Saturday it did not warm up as forcast and the night was breezy, cool, and then windy. Fishing was tougher, though Tom did catch 8 nice bass. He never stopped casting every minute of the two night we were out there, except to munch on a sandwich. Sat night I did manage a 4 1/4 and a 6.1 pounder. Tom's biggest was around 4 1/2 lbs. Lots of 3 to 4 lbers the second night.
Tips: In spite of Mr. Cable being a great guy and now a friend - I AM still a loyal 49er fan! I was able to discuss a few Super Bowl plays with him - very cool!!! Jim and Tom were lots of fun too! As for baits, we threw everything at them and they had some of their own baits. All soft plastics. I couldn't get a single jig bite. We stayed in the south end. Bass were in the top 15 feet the first night - some deeper the second night. I think Jim's 9 pounder was about 5 to 7 feet deep.

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-04-08
Location: Unknown
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Ok George, they're posted in photo section. Sorry that they're of single fish, we release them immediately after pics.
Tips: They are really healthy & full of fight!

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-04-07
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 54-58
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: It must be tournament time, or no one can write anymore. Not much help for folks here anymore. I took 3 guys out this last Thurs, hoping to get a good afternoon bite - but the wind killed us again. We started at 10 am - hoping for the water to warm. It did not - stayed at 57 all day with another day of south wind. One of the fellows landed a 3 1/2 lber, and a few other bites were missed in the wind. I finally started fishing a bit with a Senko and soon nailed a 6 lber and later a bare keeper. Finally, the guy next to me set on a good one that almost cleared the water. She went 5.05 lbs. He was very excited and so was I - saved the day! He was using a Berkely Havoc bait. Very slow bite - but I am sure they had bites they didn't feel.
Tips: We fished mostly on the west side of the Clearlake arm. Wind was no calmer on the east side. I was embarrassed for our sport when a bass boat cut in front of me and the only other boat within miles, coming off plane. He talked to the other guy but didn't even look our way! I guess this could be common tournament behavior, or we weren't worthy of his respect. However, my clients weren't impressed at all. What a shame.

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Name: george
Date: 2014-04-05
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: n/a
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Hey Clum, Post some pics! I would love to see some of these 35lb limits. Man I miss that place!
Tips:

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-04-03
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 56.2
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Doing this at 5:00 am & forgot to say our best five last nite went 38.7! They were: 9.9, 8.6, 7.2, 6.14, 6.8!
Tips: This was one of the best trips ever on this lake!

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-04-03
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 53.8-56.2
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Report for the last two days. Got on the water Tues nite @ midnight, slow steady showers but no wind. Best day number wise getting them on jigs, senkos, & crankbaits. We didn't move around much staying in Konocti Bay. Boated 17 with 10 of them going under 3 lbs. We did get a good limit of 34.13 with the best five going 7.6, 7.2, 7.1, 6.11, 6.9! Got chased off by heavy rain at 4:30am. Weds. Got on at 7:00 pm, ran to Henderson, Shag, Dollar & blanked. Got into a small bite in Jones Bay around 9:00pm & snagged a fat 9.9 & 7.2 on (you guessed it!) jigs. Ran to Konocti & scored a few sixes & a few dinks. Went in for dinner at 11:00pm, came back out at 12:30 & managed only two more but one was a nice 8.8. Bite shut down on us after 1:30 & we blanked the rest of the night. It was all a jig bite. We were happy about the big fish strikes, the pre spawn bite has been off the charts this season for night fishing!
Tips: We don't do much day fishing, but the night bite for us is the way to go. The water being so clear, I think you stand the best chance when it's dark. We caught almost all fish near Rocky structure in 12-20ft. Hop & pull the jig in a slow presentation. We were using Brown 1/2 oz. Rodstrainer jigs with green trailers. The Damiki Knockout was one that worked for us. The rain y weather may have helped as well!Best tip we can give is fish Clear Lake now! I've never seen it better!

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-04-01
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 54
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Got on the water @ 10pm for a really slow start. Around 11pm, picked up a few 2 lber's then stuck a 8.15 & a 7.14, all on jigs. As the night progressed,we added one here, then one there for a total of 11 total. Quality was still good, it seemed much slower than last night because we were out longer. All fish came on jigs tonite except one crankbait fish that went 7.2. We had to slow the presentation down and the bites were very subtle. They were also a little deeper, around 20ft. No blade, Senko, or Texas rig fish. Best five were 8.15, 7.14, 7.2, 6.11, 6.8 for a total of 37.2. We had a lot of dropped baits tonight so we had to Rush some hooksets.
Tips: Again we fished south, wanted to try Shag Rock & Henderson because the wind died, but was too tired plus we had intermittent rain! Anyway, slow down,watch your line because any pressure could be a fish! Also Rocky points were best for us. Even getting soaked, the quality was good & made it worthwhile!

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-03-31
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 55
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Got on the water @ 2:30am. Unbelievable fishing. We boated only 15 fish & with the exception of two 3.5's, they all were BIG! We caught two on the Senko, six on the crankbait,(finally a reaction bite!) & the rest on jigs. The color of the evening was green. Didn't matter which hue, they just wouldn't hit anything Brown. The wind started from the north, a light breeze, went slack @ 3:00 am & stayed dead for an hour. That's when the crankshaft bite was on. Wind then shifted from the SE & the jig bite took off. We were fishing south again in Konocti Bay. Our best five were 10.2, 8.14, 8.6, 8.2, 7.11 for our best limit ever ( including El Salto) of 43.3 lbs. Wow, congrats to Ted who caught his pb - 10.2. They preferred a medium retrieve & whatever we threw, they smacked it hard!
Tips: Fish this lake! Many of our fish were doubles off the,same spot. We caught them in 12-20ft & they seemed to favor Rocky structure! Will see if the weather let's us fish tomorrow night!

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-03-25
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 60-64
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Clear Lake is living up to its name - its gone clear again!! Mike Sperbeck and I decided to do a Monday evening trip - NOT KNOWING - the Holder tournament had been held Sat and Sun. Mike and I couldn't figure out why during the few hours before dark we could only catch 4 bass - the biggest at barely ONE pound!! What is going on?? As the sun set on a gorgeous evening, I finally stick a good one at 5 1/2 lbs, my first good Senko bass of the year. The fishing continued to be fair thru the first 2 hrs after dark and then simply died! Mike and I managed three around 4 1/2 lbs and I did get big fish at 6.87 lbs, on a jig. We both lost a really big bass. We could have had a really good limit had we landed one of those, but we were pleased with best 5 around 25 1/2 lbs. We had around 13-14 bass total - NOT counting the dinks!!! Our quality bass were all 10 to 20 feet - a little deeper than previous trips. We were using Senkos, beavers, Havoc baits, and jigs.
Tips: It was interesting to see after our trip, wiping off the Ranger, absolutely NO moisture on the boat. That is how dry the atmosphere is. That never happens on a cloudless night during the cold months. We covered most of the west side of the Clearlake arm which I am sure had been previously covered well by the tournament anglers! At least they saved us a few!!

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Name: Pinole Retiree
Date: 2014-03-19
Location: Pinole
Water Temp: 58 - 60
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: My buddy and I took our annual fishing trip to Clear Lake We fished three days, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (3/19/14 – 3/21/14) out of Lakeport. About noon Wednesday, we started fishing south of Lake Port but north of Long Tule Point. We stayed north of the point because I think every fishing boat on the lake was in the cove near the point. We caught a few nice fish to 4 ¼ lbs. The other boats were too far away to tell if they were catching anything. Later in the day, we move to the south side of Buckingham Pt. and located fish off shore in 5 – 12 ft. of water. Thursday we went north of Lake Port and found fish off shore again in 5 – 12 ft. of water near Rocky Point. The bite was on all morning. In the afternoon, we tried the entrance to Rodman slough. The water there was only about 2 ft. deep and very stained (almost muddy). Again boats at the entrance were stacked like cord wood. We did not catch anything and only saw a couple fish caught. Every boat there was throwing large swim baits. Friday, we headed south back to the fish we found Wednesday afternoon. The fish were there for several hours but then turned off or moved. Other places near by were tried with no success. We went back to our morning spot but the fish weren’t there. We found the fish again about 200 yards up the shore. In this area, we caught a 4, 5, and 6 pounder and many 3 and 2 pounders. For the three days, we caught 57 fish with our best 15 fish averaging 3 lbs 9 oz. Almost all the fish were caught off shore in 5 – 12 feet of water drop-shotting a purple 7 inch RoboWorm. Other techniques were tried with very limited success including various sizes of swim baits. Of all the fish we caught, only about 6 fish were female.
Tips: The fish are staging in 5 – 12 feet of water and should be starting to bed any day now. The only problem I see is that the normal bedding areas are too shallow because the lake is about 5 feed down. The fish will need to bed off shore. This will make it harder to find them.

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-03-14
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 54
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: After reflecting on this outing, & judging from this time last year, If you can possibly make it to Clear Lake in the next month or so, I'd do it! Fish are active & strong. You might have a few set back days if you encounter wind +/or rain, but if you can wait it out, you'll be rewarded. Larry started the madness for me about 7 years ago when I treated myself to a trip with him for my birthday. I was hooked on Clear Lake ever since! So thank you Larry!
Tips: If you're going for a guided trip, you can't go wrong with Larry Hemphill!

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-03-14
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 55-57
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: No wonder we could catch 'em during the day - clum caught them all at night - LOL!! Anyway, it's no wonder Berryessa looked so good for my Thursday trip after being on the water for 16 hours Tues and Wed - day trips. Sort of like being in a giant washing machine! When the "big wind" blows from the south it is hard to find anywhere to fish! Do I love my 521 Ranger, or what??!! Do I remember the past with 3 people in my 17ft10in Ranger in those conditions? How did we do it? It was called "above water drowning!" Tuesday my clients and I did our best but couldn't boat a fish, though we missed 3 bites. It was lonely out there - only 2 other boats. I was actually looking forward to my Wed trip because the wind was supposed to die down some. Yea....Right!!! It was worse! My husband/wife team and I started about 8:30 am in Jago Bay. No wind yet! I was using my brown/orange jig that clum likes so much and - behold! - a bite!! She went 5 1/4 lbs! The lady of the boat soon hooks her first - gets it to the boat - but loses another 5+ pounder. She then caught one near 4 lbs and hubby soon lands one. So far, so good! Until the wind reappears - worse than Tues! I finally give up on the west side and battled our way to the east shore. We spent the rest of the time exploring various structures which were new to them. We wound up with 8 in the boat for maybe 21-22 lbs - best 5. Weird - just as she lost a big fish in the beginning - he looses a big fish on his last cast of the trip. Broke his line - bummer!! Anyway, I felt pretty happy with the results of our trip and the knowledge they gained. Nice people!!
Tips: Talk about tough conditions - two days in a row! I was not sad to leave Clear Lake. Again on Wed - only saw 3 boats out! Jigs were the preferred baits for both trips - maybe the best and easiest baits to use in heavy wind.

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-03-13
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 53.8
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Although the fishing was spotty, the size was again phenomenal! 5best were 8.4, 8.2, 7.12, 7.6, & 6.14 for a 38.6 lb. limit! Got on the water @ 6:00pm & it was a slow start. The bite didn't get going until after 1:30 am. Wind was calm so we went to Jago & Jones bay but once again caught most of the fish in Konocti. They were back on the jig bite in 15-20 ft. Of water. We used Rodstrainer jigs in Brown/Orange for the trip with various trailers, mostly craw like the Damiki Knockout. Good trip except for the windy Tues. Gonna try to come back in 2 weeks. All of the fish are healthy, strong, & big bellied!
Tips: We moved around more tonight. When we got bit, they crushed it. We were working it in short hops then deadsticking it for5-10 sec. When you resumed, pow! Hold on when you set the hook, I was leaning the wrong way on one & almost got pulled off balance!

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-03-12
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 53.7
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Went out at 9:00pm, windy conditions. Only able to stay out for an hour,boated 2 around 4 lbs each. The wind literally started howling & we pulled the pin & came in. Stay tuned for tomorrow.
Tips: Love fishing as much as the next guy, but staying safe is a priority!

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-03-11
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 53.7
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: What a difference from yesterday. Weather much nicer & fishing a little tougher! Started at 6pm picked up a few dinks the 1st couple of hours. After it turned dark fishing improved, we caught good quality fish. They were on more of a Texas rig bite instead of jigs. We managed a few good jig fish, a 7+ & a 5+ but the big fish, an 8.12 was caught on Texas rigged Yamamoto Flappin Hog. We finished with a best 5 of 34 lbs even. They were: 8.12, 7.9, 6.7, 5.11, &5.9.We had to work a little harder, boated 16 with the average size a little smaller than last nite. They were deeper also in 22- 20ft. Bite died at 1:30am. Gonna try it tomorrow if the wind prediction is wrong.
Tips: Presented the baits much slower tonight, you felt a bump, then they ran with it. Most fish came in front of tules with structure in front. Greens were the popular color. Once again fished Konocti Bay.

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-03-10
Location: Unknown
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Did previous on tablet & it autospells, the values for Ted were personal bests. Also for got to mention the fish were up close within 8 feet off the bank.
Tips: Turn off autospell!

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-03-10
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 53.4
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Hit the water @ 7:00pm Sun. 1st strike broke a new Loomis rod on a hookset, thot this could be bad luck. Got lucky tho & put together a nice outing! Fished til rain chased us at 2:45am. Boated 20 fish, all healthy & chubby! 8.8, 8.2, 7.11, 7.8, 7.6; a great 39.3 limit. Tried like the Dickens to get to 40, but when they rain hit, the bite died on us. Fished south in Konocti Bay, most were on jigs with a few on Texas rigged Sweet Beavers. Ted got his phone @ 8.8 & got over 30lbs for his best 5 also a lb. Gonna try again tomorrow if weather let's us! No blade, Seiko, or crank bite, we tried. Smallest fish we caught was 4.7, everything else was,over 5!
Tips: 1/2 oz. Jigs were the ticket with small hops then slow drag for about 6", the trailers were Damiki creature green watermelon red flake. They picked it up most of the time but a few smacked it! The Texas rig was Sweet Beavers in Big Texan, slow presentation. Would have been nice to have caught one more 8-9 over but we're with what we got!

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-03-05
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 52-55
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: It is really a shame that there aren't more reports for Clear Lake. I enjoy posting them (at least for the good trips!), but I enjoy reading them too. We can always learn something - especially on current conditions. Enough of that! Mike Sperbeck and I hit the lake yesterday about 5 pm and had 11 in the Ranger by dark - with three all around 4 1/2 lbs. After dark, the bite got really weird - maybe because some of the 2 to 3 pounders are showing up. Mike lost several quality bass that just wouldn't stay on the hook - and he sets the hook with quality!!! I had the tail of a 6 inch Yamamoto grub bitten off my jig combo 3 times! That just doesn't happen at night in Feb and March. Very strange. And some of the bites were fierce - but nothing there when setting the hook. Some large fish started feeding about 11 pm and I was able to land a nice 7 lb 6 oz and 6 lb 10 oz bass that both hit a black/chartreuse jig. We were trying for our 3rd 30 lb limit in a row, but fell short at slightly over 27 lbs. We did boat 24 bass on our 6 hr trip - plenty of action! We were pretty happy over our 15 best (3 trips) over 92 lbs - great lake!!
Tips: I just have to comment on the weather. Clear Lake is known for the wind factor, but most don't know that it can get more calm than any other lake. All Sierra foothill lakes have a down-slope night breeze, east to west, for example. Clear Lake doesn't have that pattern, so nights can get so flat that you have no feeling of boat movement at you go from spot to spot. That is really cool during full-moon nights! Last night was one of those nights. All the shoreline lights were reflected as perfect twins on the flat water. Stunning!! As for baits we used - quite simple. Mike used small and giant Sweet Beavers and I used jigs. I tried D&M swim jigs and Berkley havoc baits (usually good baits), but could only get bit on jigs. So, what else is new? Again, 15 to 25 feet - some at 30. I tried deadsticking to no avail - they wanted the bait moving and twitched a bit.

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Name: bassfishinagain
Date: 2014-02-23
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 54-55
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Did not get an early start. Went out with Jim for first trip this year after getting some good intel , thanks Scott! Fished only the south mostly Redbud arm. First fish about 9:40 and then 10:20 both near Indian then a big lull third one in the afternoon on rocks at Rattlesnake. Lots of boats set up on key spots not leaving at all. Then back to Redbud in the afternoon, even more boats then. Little after 3 Jim hit 3 about 5 minutes. The slow moving pointer was the key. 8 fish total 7 were Jim's but he did credit me for putting him on the fish. Nothing on Jig, Swimbait, Drop Shot, crank bait or the "stupid" A- rig (there is one more of them on the bottom of the lake though). All fish were on jerk baits and no fish caught over 10' deep. Big fish 4.8 - best 5 went 17+. Beautiful day on the Lake, some wind but not enough to hurt. Water was stained way back and cleaned as you moved up. Saw a few A-Rig fish caught by tourney guys. Thanks Bob at redbud bait shop for the sticker / tips / hospitality, and for Jim's new pointer.
Tips: Fish seem to be moving up already! Contact Scott before you go and get the latest skinny.....

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-02-21
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 50-52
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Mike Sperbeck and I decided to see if we could repeat the 30 lb limit thing - and we did - barely. Actually, our trip last week was better than I reported. I thought I heard him say my big fish was 7.36 lbs, but she was actually 8.36 lbs. That gave us a 34lb 6oz limit. We started yesterday afternoon and actually caught 5 nice ones before dark, up to 5 1/2 lbs. After dark, Mike put on a show - hooking bass after bass, including an 8.12 and 7.76. He made up for his earlier bad trips. That's right - he caught 12 and I caught 4 - ugh!! I was pleased that some of the new places I wanted to try worked for him - HE caught all the good fish! Well - that must be the "guide" in me!! So, 30lb 3oz for our best five, on a beautiful, windless night.
Tips: Again, most of our bass were in the top 15 feet of water. One or two maybe 20 feet. The baits we used are easy to report - all jigs with various trailers. I tried Senkos and deep crankbaits - nada. We got some of the same "crunch" bites like last week, but many were just pressure bites - maybe because of the previous north winds. All of our bass were on or next to some type of major ledge or dropoff.

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Name: Dave Brabec Fishing Reports
Date: 02/17/2014
E-Mail: clearlakeoutdoors1@att.net
Weather: clear today
Water Temp: 52-55
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Lake Level: 1.04 above rumsy
Bass Fishing: I took the kayak out of county park on sat. Plenty of water to launch a boat . 3 ft deep at the little tule patch in front and 5-6 ft at the channel bouys
Best Depths: 3-30
Big Bass:
    ive counted 20 fish over 10# caught this year from reports to the shop
Tips: I caught a couple ripbait (128) at county park one was a 6#er . I fished two hours
Events: A/C team this weekend fpt classic 3-7--3-9
Store/Guide Information: clearlake outdoors
Name & Number: 707-262-5852

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-02-13
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 48-51
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: After a few slow trips, Mike Sperbeck and I decided to give it another go. Glad we did!! We started about 5 pm and quit at 11 pm, out of Red Bud. Mike got the first one - all of 8". Where did that one come from in the winter?? He got one more before dark - much bigger, and then things became exciting! I didn't have a bite until 7:15 when a big bass crunched my jig!! I set in self-defense and soon landed a tail-walking 7.36 lb bass. Very nice first bite!! We then moved to an area that isn't fished much by us or anyone else. Soon big Mike is grunting and hollering - NET. He must think it is another 11! She went 8.52 lbs - yes, I had big fish for about 15 minutes!!! In the next hour I caught 3 between 5.9 and 6 lbs and we both had more in the 4 1/2 lb range. We were able to do the 30 lb thing early this year - best 5 at 33 lbs 6 oz. We had 10 bites each - I landed 8, Mike 6 + big fish. A very fair and square trip for both of us, making the tow home a piece of cake!!
Tips: I caught all my bass on black/chartreuse Blade Runner and old Weapon jigs, with a 6" single tail Yamamoto grub. I think Mike was using a double-wide Beaver some of the time, and probably other baits too. None of the quality bass were deeper than 15 feet. Most were caught on off-shore structure. Rare to only wear a jacket during a Feb night. Cloud cover kept the air mass rather pleasant and probably helped the bite!

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Name: Dave Brabec Fishing Reports
Date: 01/23/2014
E-Mail: clearlakeoutdoors1@att.net
Weather: clear stable no wind 70s daytime 30s at night
Water Temp: 45-48
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Lake Level: 7 ft down from full but most ramps still usable
Bass Fishing: still kinda slow with plastics but guys are getting big fish.minnow bite is good
Best Depths: 10-30
Big Bass: 01/21/2014 - 13.54 -
    John Pearl on a swimbait
Tips: I went minnow fishing yesterday and we caught 16 bass to 8 lbs and 3 catfish 15-30 ft deep in 5 hour trip
Events: ABA team coming up 2-16
Store/Guide Information: clearlake outdoors
Name & Number: 707-262-5852

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-01-16
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 46-48
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: As I have said before - it takes a real man to make this report. Fishing was tough yesterday - at least in the lower lake. Mike and I fished for a little over 5 hours - from 4 pm 'til a little after 9 pm. I had 2 giant bites - yea - all of 3 1/2 and 2 3/4 lbs - after dark. Hey, at least I boated both of my bites!! Mike is still recovering from his recent 11.35 bass - hasn't had a bite in awhile. Mine were caught on black/blue hog-type baits in about 15 feet of water. Saw very little bait and few fish on the meter anywhere! At least yesterday - they weren't on the bank anywhere. I will end with the conditions - the warmest January night I have ever seen at Clear lake - and the full moon rise at dusk was nothing short of stunning! Problem is: too many sun and moon rises - how about rain clouds!!!
Tips: Nothing much to say. The water temp this time of year might inch up on the surface, but after dark is returns to 46-49 degrees. Starting in February, the warm sun will mean something as the rays begin to penetrate deeper and fish will start moving more shallow - especially up north. They might not have far to go this year.

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Name: scott39
Date: 2013-12-29
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 46
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fished south end from daylight til dark. Swimbaits, arig, crank, jig, ripbait, and minnows. Covered all depths. Got six bites between 5pm and 6pm. Boated 4, biggest 3.5lbs with minnows. Long day and drive.
Tips: My guess is the bite is early then late. You have to know were there at. We marked very few fish throughout the day. Weather needs to change

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Name: Dave Brabec Fishing Reports
Date: 12/23/2013
E-Mail: clearlakeoutdoors1@att.net
Weather: clear warm almost 70 yesterday
Water Temp: 44-48
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Lake Level: .66 or 7 ft low
Bass Fishing: ive had reports of several limits 27-31 pounds a rigs ,cranking , ripbaits , jigs all working and minnows
Best Depths: shallow in the afternoons
Big Bass: 12/14/2013 - 10.35 -
    george hill on a A rig
Tips: if you can find em you can load the boat
Store/Guide Information: clearlake outdoors
Name & Number: 707-262-5852

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2013-12-18
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 46-50
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: A brief report for a brief trip! A friend and I fished from 5 to 9:30 pm Tues evening, mostly in the south end. I hit the jackpot with the only bite we got. It was a GOOD bite - weighing in at 8.00 lbs. Gorgeous bass!! That makes up for the bass I caught a few years ago in a night tourney that went 5.99 lbs! Imagine - they wouldn't round it off to 6 lbs - LOL!!!! Water was dead flat calm with a full moon that was too bright. Moon is straight up in the winter - very few shadows except under docks. My fish took a black/chartreuse jig w/black/green sparkle Yamamoto 6" grub. I think about 20 feet deep - good hit too! Why was that the only one??
Tips: Glad we went last night - wind is blowing tonight! I used Berkley baits and swim jigs also - nada! My friend fished jigs the whole time - nada!

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Name: Dave Brabec Fishing Reports
Date: 12/16/2013
E-Mail: clearlakeoutdoors1@att.net
Weather: clear warmer to 60s daytime
Water Temp: 45-48
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Lake Level: low need rain bad
Bass Fishing: crankbaits are still king . i had a guy tell me he had a 28 pound limit on a a rig so that bite has started
Best Depths: 3-30
Big Bass:
    brendan sapp showed me some photos of several in the 8-9 pound class in the last two weeks
Tips: crankbaits, a rigs or go minnow fishing. not much fishing pressure but the fish are biting!!
Store/Guide Information: clearlake outdoors
Name & Number: 707-262-5852

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Name: Dave Brabec Fishing Reports
Date: 12/09/2013
E-Mail: clearlakeoutdoors1@att.net
Weather: cold
Water Temp: 45 ish
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Lake Level: .6 above rumsey
Bass Fishing: water temps dropped but the wind hasnt been as bad crankbaits and a rigs, minnow bite will be the best bet for a while
Best Depths: there is always some fish shallow
Tips: i took some minnows out in my kayak on friday and fished two hours in 8ft of water and had a 7,a 5 and a couple 3-4 pounders
Store/Guide Information: clearlake outdoors
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Name: clum553946
Date: 2013-12-04
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 52
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fished Sunday night & Monday afternoon & evening. The bite was tough for us. We pulled in right before the cold front. The only bites we got were on the jig. We threw just about everything else. Texas rigs, cranks, swimbaits, blades, were all a no go. The wind got progressively worse and so did the bite! We managed a 5.5 & a 3.5 with a few other hits. Broke off one good one in Konocti & that about sums the trip up for us.
Tips: I think it's hit or miss right now & we missed! The strikes we got were slowly presenting a jig. The bites were very soft! Keep an eye on the weather, I think if you hit it right, thr bite would be good. Also, lost one using Sunline Floro. The stuff doesn't seem to work for me!

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Name: Dave Brabec Fishing Reports
Date: 12/02/2013
E-Mail: clearlakeoutdoors1@att.net
Weather: clear stable calm warm for this time of year
Water Temp: around 50
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Lake Level: low we need rain!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bass Fishing: guys are still doing good shallow and deep cranking, but you can catch fish on lots of things,swimbaits,jigs etc. minnow guys are doing better now that the weather stablized
Best Depths: 2-30 you can still find shallow fish
Tips: alabama rig bite should be there just not many guys talking about it.find the shad and you will find fish.
Store/Guide Information: clearlake outdoors
Name & Number: 707-262-5852

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2013-11-30
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 54-56
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Mike Sperbeck and I hit the lake for awhile late Wed afternoon and for about 3 hrs after dark. A VERY special trip for Mike as all personal best trip are!! How does 11.35 lbs sound? Love that feeling when I can't lift the net into the boat with one hand! I tried to keep up (not really) but was 4 lbs short - my best was 7.25 lbs. We had 3 more between 5 and near 6 lbs for a best 5 of 34 1/4 lbs. First 30+ limit of the year!! We missed a few and landed three others between 3 1/2 and 4 3/4 lbs. We had a somewhat stiff south wind which made boat control quite different. It could have gotten some big fish moving however.
Tips: Jigs ruled for us - Mike was using his own homemade jig w/Yamamoto grub trailer. I was using one of the Blade Runner jigs - 1/2 oz. Rick Tietz said it was a newer brown/orange color. Not sure if the bass knew that in the dark of the moon! We stayed in the Clearlake arm most of the time. Areas that had steepest dropoffs held the biggest bass.

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Name: stickinlips86
Date: 2013-11-27
Location: Yuba City
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Just got back from my 4 day trip. Saturday was pretty tough with the high winds and big water to deal with. I did manage to catch a couple 5lbers on a crankbait in a craw pattern. Sunday the lake was like glass but the temps dropped big time over night. I decided to go get some minnows and just catch a few fish. The catfish bite out deep in 18 to 30 feet was really good. Caught a 20lber and a few others over 10lbs with a few small bass here and there. Monday was a different story all together. I fished midlake most of the day with crankbaits and swimbaits. Ended up with 29lbs for my best 5. Tuesday morning i stuck a 8.11 on a crankbait then a few 5's on a swimbait. I was off the water by 1pm.
Tips: Cover a lot of water, the fish are spread out. Throw your convidence baits and just stick with it. Once you catch one evalualte where that fish was and why it bit. Try to duplicate that.

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Name: stickinlips86
Date: 2013-11-18
Location: Yuba City
Water Temp: 60
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Decided to head up to Clear Lake to do some night fishing on monday. Fished from 5pm to 10pm. Talked to a gentleman who said the bite has been really tough latley. I guess he went out all day monday and didnt get a bite. I spoke with another gentleman that said the same thing. Im assuming the fish are in there fall to winter transition which would explain the tough bite. Well... first cast for me in Jones Bay got a 5.5 lber on a double wide beaver texas rigged with a 3/8 OZ wieght. Next cast same bait another 5.5 lber!I was stoked and thinking the bite was gonna be off the hook! Definatley not!Got two bites the rest of the night on a big swimbait and missed both of them. I guess the first cast curse struck again. The two i did catch were fairly shallow, about 5ft. The other two bites i had on a swimbait were in about 15 ft. Im planning on going back up saturday through tuesday of next week. I heard the wind is going to be really bad for next couple days so im expecting it to be a really tough post frontal bite. Ill post when i get back and let everyone know how it went.
Tips: No real tips for this trip but anyone planning on fishing clear lake this weekend better slow way down!

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2013-11-13
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 58-60
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: This report will be brief. Want to make sure this new system works - LOL! I took a client from Oregon yesterday, late afternoon 'til midnight. He is a very good bass fisherman and showed it during this trip! His first trip on the water ever, after dark. He caught 16 bass - including a matching pair of 6 1/4 pounders. He was liking after dark fishing more and more - imagine that!! I fished different baits and caught 7 - the biggest at 6-10, using a D&M Piranha swimjig. We fished all over the south end and some mid-lake. Best bite was soon after dark for the quality bass, and they gradually became smaller (3 to 4 lbs) after 10pm. I was very pleased with our 29+ lb best five - but didn't quite make the magic 30 lb limit. Most of the biggest bass were between 10 to 20 feet. Smaller ones a bit more shallow.
Tips: We used all soft plastics except for the D&M swimjig. He was an expert using the 6" Senko! We used Berkely Havoc baits, Power worms, and various jigs. Other than a few earth shaking hits. most were soft bites - some watching the line move sideways in the black light.

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Name: Dave Brabec Fishing Reports
Date: 11/04/2013
E-Mail: clearlakeoutdoors1@att.net
Weather: cool mornings around 30 60s daytime
Water Temp: 60 ish
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Lake Level: 1 ft above rumsey normal for this time of year
Bass Fishing: not many reports coming in but the reports im getting are good. lv 500, deep and shallow cranking, swimbaits and spinnerbaits are a good bet
Best Depths: you can catch em in a foot or 30 ft whatever you want to fish
Big Bass:
    11.49 in the aba toc caught by JodyJordan
Tips: minnow bite is coming on strong had a pair of anglers said they went thru 10 dozen on sat. catfishing remains very good .not uncommon to catch 15-20 pounders right now . lots of silversides still up and more threadfin shad than in the last couple years
Events: small club events only until new year
Store/Guide Information: clearlake outdoors
Name & Number: 707-262-5852

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2013-11-02
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 61-65
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Mike Sperbeck and went to the lake Fri afternoon/night for some quiet time of bass fishing. Wow!! When we hit Henderson Point about 6 pm - there was a November party going on. Didn't see a burger stand however! Nine boats on both sides of the Henderson wall, 3 or 4 boats on Shag, and a few elsewhere. I have never seen that in November - with boats fishing up 'til dark. I know there was a party somewhere - maybe today! Anyway, Mike and I fished Henderson and surrounding area for a few hours and still were able to catch some quality bass. We hit some of our favorite area on the way back to Red Bud, where Mike was able to land a 6 lb 7 oz bass - our biggest. I lost a real big bass after a good battle. Not my night! We landed 8 with the best 5 slightly over 25 lbs. All caught on jigs - fairly shallow - 5 to 20 feet. Nada on topwater.
Tips: I must say that I lost the big bass on one of "Cooch's Wadda jigs - and I don't think it was the jigs fault. Ran into Cooch - at night no less - and he wanted me to try one of his jigs which he was nice enough to give me. Obviously it was of interest to a really big bass. I would expect the water to cool pretty quickly now - which should cause the more compact "brush hog or jig" type baits to be more attractive to large bass. Big bass do tend to prefer "bulk" type baits in cold water. Longer, plastic worm type baits aren't as effective in cold water. Also, downsizing is often necessary during the winter days - but not at night.

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Name: daveluhrs
Date: 2013-10-20
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 63 - 70
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Figured it time to head back out to clearlake. Had not been out there since spring. Tiger and I fished from the narrows south, both forks, started with rock piles where we knew them and other deeper spots we had luck on in the past. Overall we did catch 12 fish but no real size, couple 3.5 and a 2+ and a couple other would be keepers but the rest dinks. Overall best 5 maybe 12 lbs. Nothing from the rocks for us, not a single fish. Tiger got two on a jig and I got a couple on dropshot and the rest came on senko (some with splitshot). Most of the fish came after 4:00. Alot of fishing with no bites - crank bait, rattle trap, spinner bait, swim bait, even a spook in the shallows. Limit out Tackle was very open with local info and what's "hot"- thanks for that! He told us there was alot of pressure on the lake the last 3 days. We are going to stick with our excuse that the big boys (FLW Two day tourney and ABA finals) with 150+ team boats over 3 days bringing who knows how many fish back to the weigh-in is why we were a little light :) Young girl at Clearlake oaks landed a nice catfish about 10# when we were pulling out. Weather was beautiful all day, almost no wind.
Tips: Missed several hookups on plastics for some reason. Did not fish north end of the lake at all - maybe should have tried it.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2013-10-03
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 66-69
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I guided a good angler from Chicago Tues and Wed evening - fighting wind most of the time. We fought our way to Henderson Point area where he caught his first Clear Lake bass - about 4 3/4 lbs! The man from Chicago was impressed!! I had him using a green pumpkin Berkely Havoc Craw Fatty. He caught another nice one pushing 4 lbs using a Power worm. I caught a 3 1/2 on a jig. We lost 3 or 4. The wind calmed down some. Last night was a different story - very dangerous wind conditions - as bad as I have seen for a few years.. The Wed night tourney guys went out and luckily made it back alive! I wasn't going risk that boat ride with a client, so we fished areas across from Red Bud. He missed 2 or 3 on his spinnerbait, which he loves to throw. I decided to try a red shad Dead Ringer 8" worm - with the giant tail working thru weed openings. After landed a mighty 10 inch monster, I got a fair hit in 3 feet of water. I managed a good hookset in spite of the bow in my line. Out of the water jumps a big bass and the fight was on. We guessed 5 lbs but the number kept going up in my mind! It took forever to land her in the wind but finally a nice 7 lb 2 oz bass joined our group! If there was ever a time I wasn't thinking big bass - this was it! You just never know - especially if you were using 8 lb test!!! We gave up a little while later. We joined the tourney guys trying to get our boats out as gale force winds blew directly into the ramp! Ugly - but all boats out ok - I think!
Tips: We didn't get a lot of bites during the 2 trips, but Berkely soft plastics and the Dead Ringer seemed to work ok. We tried some reaction baits with no success. I like to think the red shad was a good color for the beginning of fall. At least one of the bass agreed with me!

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2013-09-23
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 64-
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fished Mon - Weds. right in a cold front coming in. Wind was bad, worst being Tues night when we didn't even try to go out. Fishing was a little slow except for Monday evening when they were on a good bite. Caught them on jigs, Texas rigged double wide beavers, & a few crank fish tossed in. Tuesday evening was slow, they were off the double wide beaver & jig bite, they were hitting 7" Powerworm green pumpkin & Yamamoto Kreature in junebug. Weds. was the most consistent with all the aforementioned baits working plus we got a 6'5 on the 5" Senko . Even nailed a 5.5 lb bladefish. The best limits were Mon. @ 23.6 & Weds. @ 21.4. You don't want to know what Tues best limit was lol. There's a ton of Silversides all over the place so next Spring outta be great!
Tips: Wind started declining Weds evening, wished I could have fished just one more day! You have to hide from the wind. It got so ridiculous Tues. you lost contact with your bait. Since our fishing spots were limited, we pounded the areas we could fish! Didn't see anyone else fishing where we were at! what ever technique you use, slow it down a little, they seemed bait specific, so we through alot of different baits at the same spots to see what worked. We couldn't move around much! I do think, however, the bite's gonna be lights out in the next 6-8 weeks if you pick out the weather!

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Name: ranger924
Date: 2013-09-18
Location: Colfax
Water Temp: 71-74
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fished Monday the 16th all day & Tuesday the 17th in the morning until the wind got to be way too much to be worth the risk...especially since it was my sisters first trip in way to many years. Monday...fishing was good, launched out of Clearlake Oaks and ran up to the "wall" where she wasted no time in putting the first fish in the boat, a nice fat 3.5lber, which I promptly bested with a nice 5+...and so it went. We fished all the way to Glenhaven and put together a nice 25lb(+/-) limit for the day. Tuesday the wind had been up since the early AM and it wasn't a particularly a gentle ride up to the narrows. Fished from the islands down to Konocti before deciding the wind wasn't going to lay down and in fact was getting worse. The few small fish that were biting weren't helping to convince us out there. Made it back to the ramp safely only to have the left rear brake on the truck all but lock up as we were pulling off the ramp. Ended up having to have the truck towed to Lakeport to get it worked on....I know this is a "fishing report" but have to publically thank Bob from "Limit Out Bait & Tackle" as I called and explained the situation that being over 130 miles from home AAA would tow the truck but wouldn't touch the boat/trailer. I asked if I could get the boat/trailer over to the shop, could I leave it at the there until I could make arrangements to somehow getting it home. Well, Bob went "above and beyond" to help...and actually dropped his boat off and brought his truck over to the ramp and towed the boat back to the shop while I waited for the tow truck, then waited after hours for me to get back from the repair shop to pick it up and head for home. Restored my faith in at least some of the human race...Just can't say enough about that kind of unexpected response. It definitely made a bad situation a lot less stressful. Thanks again Bob!!!
Tips: Green & Brown jig & trailer combos seem to put most of the better fish in the boat on Monday, with a few on Brushogs pitched around & under the docks. Got a few on chrome & shad rattle baits from the stretches between docks, but didn't find the previously mentioned top water or blade bite though...

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Name: Dave Brabec Fishing Reports
Date: 09/16/2013
E-Mail: clearlakeoutdoors1@att.net
Weather: cooler in the 80s this week, windy sunday morning on south end
Water Temp: 70-75
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Lake Level: still dropping but launching is still fine everywhere
Bass Fishing: fished south for two hours sunday morning in the kayak .three on the buzzbait and a couple on a dropshot
Best Depths: the buzzbait fish were in a foot of water but you can catch fish deep
Tips: cooler weather should improve the bite we finally got some jumbo minnows in
Events: scbbc classic 9/28-29 triton owners 10/5-6
Store/Guide Information: clearlake outdoors
Name & Number: 707-262-5852

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Name: george
Date: 2013-09-07
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 75
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fished the Bobs Marine event so we got up there on Friday to pre-fish. On the water at about 9:00am on Friday and we started throwing top water; Spooks, Buzz baits and killed em. We had better than 25 lbs for our best five and were amped up for the tournament. Fished the east side near the narrows and started out with a Berzerk Baits green pumpkin jig with pumpkin trailer and stuck two in the 3.0 range than went on to stick a 6.3 on a buzz bait. We lost two pigs on the top water and ended up filling out our limit at 20.34. Second day we caught them on the same Berzerk jig and drop shot but bite was much slower. We could not get the top water going and ended up catching our limit on shaky head Robo worms MM.
Tips: Start out with top water and let the fish tell you what they want. Have a jig ready at all times and throw it' 3/8 oz Berzerk Baits gn/pkn jig worked best for me this year. Keep trying the top water and if you are not getting bit, MOVE!!! Try to put together several spots where water is different so if you are not getting bit at one, move to different depth and or color.

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Name: Dave Brabec Fishing Reports
Date: 09/09/2013
E-Mail: clearlakeoutdoors1@att.net
Weather: warm days , cool nights
Water Temp: 72--78
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Lake Level: still dropping
Bass Fishing: you can catch fish on anything right now but chatterbaits have been one of the top choices topwater can be a good bet for bigger fish
Best Depths: 2-30
Big Bass: 09/06/2013 - 11.36 -
    there was a 11.36 caught prefishing for the bobs marine tourny
Tips: 49.3 to win the bobs marine ,congrats to mike Rothstein and adam martin on the win (61boats)
Events: triton owners oct 5-6,should be a good bite for this event!!flw oct 10-12th, aba toc oct 18-19
Store/Guide Information: clearlakeoutdoors
Name & Number: 707-262-5852

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2013-09-02
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 72-75
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Fished late Sunday night to Weds. Fished south again & fought the wind! Had good luck with jigs, double wide beavers, with a few crank & blade fish thrown in for good measure! Caught a few on top water also using that River2Sea Whopper Plopper. Didn't get that many but they were in the 5-6lb range & blasted the heck out of it. Our slow day was Monday again, we managed 4 fish for the day, but at least they went 4-5.5 lbs. Best day was Sunday night where we boated 17 for the evening with best limit going 22.9 lbs. When they hit, they are fighting hard. They were in 15-25 ft range. Biggest fish came on the Strike King 10XD monster crankbait. An 8.8 lb'er smashed it in deep rock structure & really put up a tussle! That was the highlight of the trip! We averaged 10-12 fish the rest of the time out! The wind wasn't gale force, but unrelenting.
Tips: Jimmy at Clearlake Bait & Tackle told me about the Whopper Plopper & 10XD. I was was a little skeptical, but they worked. Big bait = big fish! Colors were Red Shad, Watermelon Red Flake, & Big Texan (Reaction Innovation color) Not one Senko fish & if Monday keeps on being slow, I'll start catching a Gorgonzola burger at the Saw Shop & watch Monday Night Football!

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Name: Dave Brabec Fishing Reports
Date: 09/02/2013
E-Mail: clearlakeoutdoors1@att.net
Weather: warm cooler nights
Water Temp: 70ish
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Bass Fishing: south bite still seems to be better. fished north sat morning ,we caught fish to 5 # on trashfish, spinnerbaits, swimjigs,and whopper ploppers
Best Depths: 2-30
Big Bass:
    9 and a 10 lastweek
Tips: move around and you can find a pack in one spot. frog bite has been better in afternoons
Events: bobs marine next weekend
Store/Guide Information: clearlake outdoors
Name & Number: 707-262-5852

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Name: Dave Brabec Fishing Reports
Date: 08/27/2013
E-Mail: clearlakeoutdoors1@att.net
Weather: clear warm
Water Temp: 70-75
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Lake Level: still dropping
Bass Fishing: Topwater has been good all day ,buzzbaits ,frogs , ricos had a report of a 28 pound limit on frogs!!I went out in the kayak fri morning and caught several buzzbait fish
Best Depths: 2-30
Tips: lv 500 bite has started , silversides are everywhere
Events: bobs marine team tournament is coming up sept 7-8th
Store/Guide Information: clearlakeoutdoors
Name & Number: 707-262-5852

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Name: David Wayne Rogers
Date: 2013-08-22
Location: San Jose
Water Temp: 81
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Started Fishing at 11:00 PM Monday night with the goal of catching a fish on the 8" Hud Dlx but after 3 hrs I only got slapped around, I did not know if it was bass or carp slapping it until a 3.5 bass finally got tail hooked!! it was fun but I thought I had a toad !!!, its hard to turn a fish caught by the tail:) OK, at 2:00 AM I said OK I will use my trusty Jig = Nothing ! Trusty 10 inch worm = Nothing !, Trusty Crank bait = Nothing, went to sleep at 3:00 got back up at 5:00 and nothing until 8:30 AM started getting them on 3 inch plastics :(, at 9:15 got my first good fish 4.2 lb in the shade of a dock, 1 hr later another 4.2 in 6 inches of water, I saw the fish chasing bait up in the rocks but I thought it was a dink but it turned out to be 4.2 with a 6 or 7 lber running along side her and I never saw the bigger fish again, 2 hrs later another 4.2 yes 3 4.2 on the dot and my scale does not lie, I test it all the time with my Olympic weights at home. Total 20 fish but only 3 good ones, the rest were 12 inches or less.
Tips: I used 3 to 5 inch plastics in Green Pumpkin seed T-Rigged & Dart head:( I got the first 4.2 on 3 inch plastic dart head and than I went to a fat 5 inch worm T-Rigged but same color. I caught fish in 6 inches to 10 feet max but with deeper water close by. Tons of silversides, at 5:00 am it looked and sounded like it was raining.

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2013-08-11
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 75-78
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fished Sunday through Weds. Stayed south & found them on rocky structure & points. Caught the majority of them on jigs with some good blade action & Texas rigs. They were partial to the Reaction Innovation Sweet Beaver for Texas & single Colorado black & chartreuse spinnerbaits. Also caught a few on cranks at dawn, They didn't hit it at night but crushed them at daylight! Best limits came on Sunday night (26.8 lbs.) & Tuesday night (28.7 lbs) Big fish were 9.1 on a jig & 7.1 on spinnerbait. Monday the fish took the day off on use & we only managed 4 fish in the 3=4 lb range. Throughout the trip, we caught a lot of them in the 3.5 - 5 lb range plus a couple of 6+ lber's. All in all a good trip except Monday!
Tips: Rocky stuff in the 15-20 ft range. We fished Jones, Jago, & Konocti. Wanted to try Shag rock, but my gps malfunctioned & didn't get it fixed til Weds. I would have moved more if I didn't have that issue & that's what I would recommend. Also caught a few blade fish on Dollar Island. Weeds are not much of an issue, best it's been in a long time. When you got bit, they seemed to come in bunches, so stay around a spot if you catch or get bit! Good luck, they are strong right now & fight like no tomorrow!

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