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Name: WB Staff
Date: 2015-03-02
Location: Unknown
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Wholly COW! March already? Yep, and with each day, and each set of changing conditions, so goes the bite here. Last week we started off with nice weather, and it gradually declined through the weekend, as did the bite in most cases. Looking at the weights from the LCCC Tourney this past weekend though and you’d be hard pressed to call it tough. Still, had that tournament experienced the weather we had early in the week, I’m not sure 70 lbs. would have been enough. This week the forecast is for improving, warmer temperatures, almost the opposite of last week. It has started out cool, but is expected to warm into the mid 70’s by this weekend, so I expect the bite will pick right back up. How about that, 48 lbs. for the top ten or so, and I’m looking for the bite to improve? Definitely, more for overall bite, not so much for the quality. The fish we were catching definitely pulled back. I’m not sure if it was the boat pressure or the cooler temperatures (probably a bit of both) but they did become tougher to find, and stay on. Today we had surface temps of 52-57 degrees, and while the bite was tough for the most part, and even though I had a fuel rail go out on the big motor, it was still nice to get out. We had to move around a lot as the bite for us was one here and one there. To be honest, tough for the most part. Moving forward, FPT is here this week for their TOC, then the following weekend BBT is here for their Spring visit. Spring has sprung fellas. Break out the big sticks and get after them, or should I say let the sword fights begin!...;) Lake level is 4.52 Rumsey, and all ramps are open.
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Name: 620 Dude
Date: 2015-02-26
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 48/56
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Fished from 7 to 5 yesterday slow bite we caught 7 or 8 fish nothing til the water got to 55 fish were 2lb to 4/12 lbs on drop shots and small swimbaits around tules
Tips: We're not tourny guys anymore So just stick with the basic stuff til the bite opens up more

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2015-02-26
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 58-61
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I'm back - took a break from Clear Lake for 2 months. My buddy Mike and I returned late afternoon yesterday, starting out about 5:30. We caught several dinks right away and I got a small keeper. No bite at dusk - surprising. After dark I got a big bite on a double wide Beaver - but missed her. We stayed until midnight even though the bite was very slow. It was worth the time however as Mike got the big bite on a shallow rockpile, using a Brush Hog. She went 8.02 lbs! Fun to a bass like that again! Earlier, I finally landed one a hair over 5 lbs. I switched to a black/chartreuse jig just before midnight and was rewarded with our 4th big fish bite. She went 5 lbs 6 oz. So, counting my earlier monster 1 pounder, we wound up with 4 bass for close to 20 lbs. The hits were few but strong. Most bites were around 10 feet, on rock.
Tips: Most of our bites were on off-shore rock - not just rockpiles. We really had to cover a lot of water to find our bites. We just stayed south of the narrows.

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Name: x-pro fisherman
Date: 2015-02-21
Location: Chico
Water Temp: 57-60
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Just read the other guys post about Saturdays fishing. I have not been to clear lake in a very long time, and had to get my sticker as well at the tackle shop. Launched at Lucerne and fished around the north, lots of boats from nice to rodman, saw 1 fish caught and it was small. Talked to 3 to 4 guys all were having a hard time. We had 7 fish caught on 4 different baits, ripping, swim baits, A rig, and flipping plastics. We were at the mouth of rodman at around that time, and there were 10+ boats stacked in there, bait and grebe's were thick, at least 5 boats throwing A rigs, and not catching much. Lots of boats up rodman as well. I guess we just hit the wrong day. I will say all the fish we did catch were 4+ lbs, and that was nice.
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Name: daveluhrs
Date: 2015-02-21
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 56 - 60
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Late start not a good idea from what I heard. Had to get me 2015 sticker and give CL a try. Heard 4# avg fishing the north - rodman, the park and the north west flats. Started at the park at 10:00 tried swim baits, rattle trap and jerk bait for about 45 minutes. Many boats more than 1/2 throwing the arig but no fish noted. Then headed to the north west - same deal many boats 3/4 throwing the a rig. Tried that, swim bait, trap, jerk bait for over an hour - most of the spots I know had boats so I was further out but still in 4-8 feet no fish no boats in the area with a fish either. Hit a couple areas on the way over to Rodman mostly just the a-rig and a little swimbaits. Same result but less boats! Fianlly, a point east of Redman I did see a fish landed, looked like a 3# dad and his son. Hopped over to Rodman - not hard to find just follow the parade. Feb 21 and there were 15+ boats in there around 11:30. Stayed on the perimeter - don't like to crowd and figured fish would be moving in and out anyway. Fished there 2 1/2 hours swim bait and a-rig no fish and none hooked by the others. One nice guy, Dean said he caught 2 but it was much earlier and "you should have been here yesterday". Not exaggerating a new boat entered the area every 10 minutes or so and some of those guys just big motored it up right past all the guys patiently waiting outside with no regard for the others. On the other hand it was a beautiful day. Picked up one dink at rattlesnake on a staysee 90 before heading out to keep the skunk smell off the Triton. Spoke to 6 or 7 people who said it was tough - one said nothing after 9:00 but one guy reported several fish a-rig, swim bait and jig said he had a great day - good for him gives me hope
Tips: I don't fish clearlake much so I'm not the right tip guy so I'll relay the tip from nice guy at Limit out. Any reaction bait up north. All the standard places from the State park up to Rodman. There are definitely fish up there you could tell from the number of boats and yesterdays stories out there. One guy claimed 25 fish yesterday on nothing but a drop shot - which I never pulled out of the box Sat.

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Name: WB Staff
Date: 2015-02-15
Location: Unknown
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Clear Lake Blows Up is more like it! Let’s get the formalities out of the way first. Lake level is 4.43 Rumsey and holding, so we still need more rain. Finding surface temps in the 60 degree range is not as hard as one would think for the second week of February. For me, well, I predicted it, but I still can’t believe the way this lake fished this week. Fast forward to the end of March and that is pretty much where the bite is right now. Jerk baits, LV 500’s and swim baits were all contributing as was a Texas rig fished right on the bank. Yes, there are numbers of fish already roaming the shallows. Friday I had the morning to myself before leaving for Bass Pro in Manteca. Launching at 7 am I was able to fish until 1pm and had no problem finding willing fish. I managed 14 fish, and friends all reported 20+ fish Friday as well, fishing until 4pm. It never fails; have to leave just as it’s getting good! That said, at least the lake was busy again as ABA had their event scheduled for Sunday. So with plenty of pre-fishing going on, and with most local anglers predicting it could take 40 lbs. to win, we knew this could be good! That wasn’t far off! Sufficed to say 33+lbs was good for just third and it took a 10+ for big fish! Now, I could be mistaken, but I’m not sure I saw any double digit fish weighed in at any event last year, so that was certainly good to see as well. Watch for the complete ABA Results and look for yourselves, it’s pretty impressive. What’s to come? Well, with the warm temperatures forecast for this week, I’d say more of the same for sure. Oh, and yeah, the night bite is beginning to turn on as well, just be careful out there as there is some scattered debris floating throughout the lake.
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Name: WB Staff
Date: 2015-02-08
Location: Unknown
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Currently we have rain, and we should continue to see more through Monday, then the forecast is for clear, warming weather through the 17th, and yes the lake has come up nearly a foot since Thursday. We may just see 4 feet Rumsey by the time this system moves out. Currently the lake is at 3.75 Rumsey. Prior, to this system things were really beginning to happen around the lake, and I would suspect once this is system is gone, and the forecast stable weather moves back in, things will really begin to improve once again. Big fish, and I mean “big fish” was the word this past week. I know of six fish over 10 lbs last week, with a 12 and a 13 topping that list. Haven’t heard much? Nope, but that does not mean it isn’t going on. Trust me, while I cannot get into too many specifics, the bite was really beginning to take off around the lake. Unfortunately, with my busy schedule I depend heavily upon friends and contacts for their reports, and these reports here would be impossible to do without them, so thank you again fellas for trusting I WILL NOT violate your trust. That said, I can tell you that Mid-Lake North began to finally kick out numbers on a consistent basis this past week, as did the Rattlesnake arm. Glide Baits, Swim baits, , Jerk baits, LV500s, minnows, and A-rigs topped the list of reported producers. I managed to get out for a mid-morning excursion on Tuesday managing 13 myself, but apparently, had I listened to that little voice and gone a bit farther north, I may have really gotten on them. So, with the forecast of 70 degree weather by the end of the week through the 17th, and with the rising water, I think things will really begin to get interesting as a result. Soon, real soon. Yes, these fish were already “beginning to look” as they say prior to this system, and I think we’ll see more of the same. Personally, I’d get that glide bait and swim bait rod out and get after them. I think this spring is shaping up to be “one of those”, especially with the water temps being what they are. Not sure how, or what to do? Well, then you may want to consider contacting one of the guides around the lake that specialize in big baits. Trust me, it will accelerate the learning curve dramatically, and you may just have that day of a lifetime, not to mention, it will save you money down the road in that you will see firsthand the proper equipment, thus saving you from purchasing any wrong equipment, be it rods, reels, or baits. Interested? Here’s a couple of guys I’d have no problem contacting! Alphabetically: Matt Allen: 707-514-9704 Paul Bailey 818-584-5257 John Pearl 707-536-3984
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Name: WB Staff
Date: 2015-02-02
Location: Unknown
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Super Bowl Sunday! Yep, super Sunday was as predicted. The bite has improved to the point where some nice fish are finally beginning to show themselves. The reaction bite has been the best producer, but glide-baits and minnows are now accounting for their own livewell fillers. Numerous big fish reports have come in with 5-7 lbers becoming more frequent and two fish breaking the DD mark over the weekend. Mild air temps and warming, clearing water (again) has turned the bite on for most and those not finding a solid bite need to move around until they do find the bite, it is definitely there. This week with the forecast weather change I suspect the swimbait bite will kick in and begin to become a factor as well. Secrets? Nope, all of usual areas are producing fish to some degree with perhaps the muddier creek mouths being the only exception. The North end, Mid-lake, Rattlesnake and Lubo are all fishing fair to good, as is Shag, and it’s assorted reef areas. Megabass Vison 110’s, 6 to 8 inch glide-baits, LV 500s, Little Creeper Trashfish, and Osprey 6/7inch top hooks would be my choice of weapons to go at the above areas. Now’s the time for the big bites…so go get em’!
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Name: WB Staff
Date: 2015-01-30
Location: Unknown
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Clear Lake this week 1/29/2015 First of all, please accept my apologies for the late post. Normally I try and post by Wednesday so anyone who might be interested in coming up to the lake can have some current info with which to plan. Unfortunately, I’ve been a bit over my head these past couple of weeks. The good side is it’s been busy at ReelEx on top of trying to find time to break in the new Ranger 520c. Thank you again Ryan and CandC Marine, this is by far the best Ranger I’ve owned to date, and yes, it actually exceeds expectations. Finally getting back out in my own boat is a relief for sure. Today, after receiving several reports of a much improved bite over early last week, I was finally able to shake free to see for myself, and I was certainly not disappointed. While I did not find the 26-30lb bags reported, Jerk baits, LV500’s, and ¾ ounce jigs put 11 keepers, and 2 shorts in the boat, in-between making some break-in runs. Maybe 19-20lbs for the best five? I found water temps running from 50-53 and the fish are beginning to act like late February fish, and while most were 3 lbers, two good ones did make a mistake and ate the Vision 110 in light hitch today. Focusing on flats/breaks adjacent to deeper water proved to be the key today. Moving the bait with a prolonged pause and a hop to the jig proved to be the trigger for most of the bites, especially this afternoon. As for live bait, the minnow guys are out and reports have that bite as extremely good mid lake south, with some anglers going through as many as 4 dozen a day with good results. I know CLBT has gone through nearly 1500 minnows since last Wednesday, so I’d call ahead for minnows should you choose to head up this weekend. No rain in the coming forecast is certainly not good, but we might as well take advantage of it while we can. Plus the fish are in really good shape to boot!
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Name: clearlakeoutdoors
Date: 2015-01-24
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 47-52
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I keep hearing ( i cant catch fish even on minnows)So i went out yesterday to try.Fished minnows first time since last spring.Tried deep down by rattle snake for nothing . Fished a couple more area deep for nothing . Put a bobber on and fished in 8 ft of water and caught 6 fish in less than a hour and had at least 6 more take downs that we missed.Fish were all fat .
Tips: Move around till you find them.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2015-01-07
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 47-51
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Gee, No reports in the last 5 or 6 weeks. Must be no one fishing! OR, all the bass have been live welled to the north end. OR, they are in a funk! I have said this before - it takes a real man to make this report - and it's not the first time! The great thing about the trip was talking to Dan Issac at Clearlake Bait & Tackle as he reminded me that we were at the same Jr High school in San Jose - he as student and me as teacher. I had forgotten that! I was thinking surely the bite wasn't as bad as he and everyone was saying. Well - it was. Actually, the bite was fair - we got 6 of them in 5 hrs. My friend Mike landed the only one we saw - about 9 inches - just before dark. Our 5 bites were good ones but they would not hold on - lost them on the hookset. Mike did bring one half way in but she came off, he thought about 3 or 4 lbs. We hung it up about 9 pm in favor of hot coffee at McDonald's!!
Tips: Jigs, Yamamoto Flappin' hogs, and Brush Hogs provided our only bites. We have fished the Henderson area for three times in the last several weeks and have only had 2 bites. Must have been there the wrong days - yea - that's it!! Guess the bass liked all their new low water homes and decided to stay there!!

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-11-26
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 56-57
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Never thought this would be my exclusive forum for my reports! Guess no one is fishing Clear Lake anymore - yea, right!! Anyway, Mike Sperbeck and I made a brief trip yesterday afternoon - from 4 to 9:30 pm. We fished from the Oaks ramp to Henderson Pt. Speaking of Henderson - we fished the area for about an hour and a half - without a single bite! That might be a first for us. I had another terrible trip - losing the 5 I hooked. Mike landed 3 and missed 2. Biggest was 7 lbs 5 oz. We used a total variety of plastics - mostly dark colors. The few biters we had were all very shallow.
Tips: Again, in spite of a beautiful late fall evening, there was no sound of a single carp roll or even a bird. Very quiet!! That usually means a quiet bite! Oaks ramp is still good for launching, and if these coming weekend storms do work out, the lake may start rising a bit.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-11-12
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 60-62
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Well, someone has to do a recent report - so, here it is. A friend and I launched out of the Oaks ramp Tues about 4:30 pm. Ramp is still fine, but when taking out my Z521, I noticed the back trailer wheel went off the ramp. So, we're getting close. Hopefully, the predicted rain in the next week will come to past!! We fished until 9:15 pm with most of our action about 8 pm. I started off with a dink, which are rare when they move off-shore in the fall. The story is that the fishing was pretty good but the catching - not so good. I lost two over 5 lbs and one probably so, and he also lost a bigger one. I landed a 4 lb 7 oz and he got a 4 1/4, and we each landed a 3 3/4 pounder. We fished from the Oaks up to Henderson. Most of our bites were 10 to 25 feet. It always amazes me how I can loose the bass that smacked the bait, but land the ones that are just "there!" The two big one that I lost nailed the jig, all the others just held on until we became "suspicious"!
Tips: Because of the lack of cold nights to drop the water temp, I think it is going to be another week or two before we see some bigger bass. Fresh rainwater will help too. As (hopefully) the water becomes colder, short, compact baits should become more attractive to the larger bass. The D&M Piranha swim jig and like baits will attract cold water bass too. Beaver type baits are excellent in the winter!

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Name: WB Staff
Date: 2014-10-01
Location: Unknown
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: See it here: http://youtu.be/vP3uzA8yqGc
Tips: [youtube]http://youtu.be/vP3uzA8yqGc[/youtube]

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Name: Paul Bailey
Date: 09/14/2014
E-Mail: bigbaitbailey@gmail.com
Weather: Sunny/ Hot
Water Temp: Avg 78
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Lake Level: Just below Rumsey 0
Bass Fishing: The fishing has been tough to say the least. Carolina rigs, jigs, and small swimbaits have been best for me. The water is just too warm for the fish to go into a fall pattern this week. We need a cold low pressure to come in and flip the switch on them. H
Best Depths: 0-14
Tips: Use the graph and try to find cooler water! Seems like they like to feed right before dark then right at sun up then they disappear for day.
Events: Lots of tournaments coming thru the next 6 weeks. Just about every fish off and a Rayovac FLW tourny as well. This lake will be packed but as always its Clearlake and theres plenty of fish to go around.
Store/Guide Information: Bigbaitbailey@gmail.com
Name & Number: Paul Bailey
Pricing Specials/Open Dates: Email for pricing and dates.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-08-23
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 78-83
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I have to say something positive about the fishing these days - Beautiful water color - everywhere!! Mike Sperbeck and I fished late Friday/afternoon until midnight. We could have left just after dark and our report would have been the same. The night bite is dead here and at Berryessa. I'm sure that will change soon. Mike had fun with the 3 to 5 inchers - hooking one on almost every cast. One could almost walk on the Silversides. What a shame they aren't shad!! During the last hour of dark we did put together a limit - 5 bass for 15 lbs. Since I couldn't land the dinks, I did land the biggest at only 4 lbs on a green pumpkin Havoc bait. We each lost a big bass. We fished mostly in the south end. Never saw a boat of any kind after dark - sort of a private lake thing!!!
Tips: Our bigger bass were caught on spots with deep drops near shore. We didn't fish any off-shore stuff this trip. Some of you may know that there are only 3 lanes open (not ramps) at Red Bud. Others are shut down because of low water. Launching was fine at the open 3 - though one of the docks is very short.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-08-11
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 79-86
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Wow - I'm glad I'm NOT one of CLum's kids after a bad fishing trip - LOL!!!! I, too, have experienced the slow bite at Clear Lake, though we got a few. I took 3 young men Sat from 5pm to 1 am - out of Red Bud - fished up to Henderson. The word must be out - very few bass boats. Ran into a few guys fishing a club tourney out of Marysville. Saw one of my friends land a 4 pounder at dusk! Always fun to see someone you helped get into bass fishing having success!! We also got into a minor bite at dusk with one guy landing two in the 3 to 3 1/2 lb range. We got a few small ones also. After dark, out comes the night gear for their first night fishing experience. Black lights are not as "cool" in a full moon. The "downer" of the trip happened about 11 pm as one of the guys lost a big bass as it got close to the boat. He probably didn't set the hook hard enough. Bummer!! Henderson Point was deserted, so we fished there in some shadows. Another guy did finally land a nice 4 lb+ bass about midnight - probably hooked in about 20 feet of water. A few more missed bites and one more nice one in the boat before heading back.
Tips: Obviously - during most of the 24 hour day - the bass and bait are off the bank except for very short periods and an occasional stray shallow bass. The Silversides didn't even show up 'til about midnight. Not much wind action to add oxygen content. We used mostly Berkley Havoc baits and 10 in Power worms. The worms attracted the bigger bass including the big one that was lost. I fished a jig some and it failed!!! All bass hooked were on some type of ledge leading to deep water - even the little ones!

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-08-07
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 80.6
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Ted & I fished Sunday thru Weds fishing south. Boy, it was tough We fished from around 7 pm to 4 am each night, averaged about 4 fish a night. We caught the majority of fish on jigs & Texas rigs. There was no reaction bite for us except 2 blade fish caught at the same spot on consecutive nights. (I think it was the same fish as it was the same size & had a hole in his mouth where I hooked him earlier!) They were on or near rocky structure in about 12-15 ft of water. We fished deeper but no action for us. We managed a 5.5, 4.9, 4.8, & 4.2 for the bigger fish. The rest were between 2 - 3.5 lbs. We got our strikes fishing very slowly. We threw cranks of all sizes, blades, swimnbaits, senkos, worms, creature/craw type baits, frogs, & jigs. The best plastic action we had was texas rigged double wide beavers & yuki bugs. The most exciting action: a young otter grabbed my frog & tried to run away with it. I yelled at it like it was one of my kids & it dropped it! We fished Jago, Konocti, dollar, Buckingham, shag, rattlesnake.
Tips: Move around & you just have to keep throwin! There is a ton of Silversides & all of the fish we caught were fat except for one with a big head & skinny body (the 4.2) It was indeed slow for us, so you might look for better opinions than what I have to offer! Lol Will give it a try in about 3 more weeks!

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-08-04
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 85-88
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I guess I should do a report since no one has fished the lake since clum's last report! Actually, this one is 2 days late - took a day off from the computer!! I think I should give up night trips - the day bite has produced most of the quality bass for my boat this year! I took a newby to bass fishing Saturday, and we suffered in the heat together! Hopefully he understands Clear Lake a little better now and learned some techniques. He did have 2 bites, but missed them. I had 4 or 5 bites and did manage to put three in the boat - again, all on jigs! My first bite was about 10:30 am, about 25 feet deep, and went a hair over 5 lbs. After a 3 pounder, I had a heavy bass on but lost her. About 12:30, dying in the heat, a skinny 4 1/2 pounder ate the jig. Again, all bites about 25-30 feet deep. We fished from Jago Bay to Henderson Point.
Tips: Most of the bites this summer have been very subtle, even on a jig. Funny - the big bass that I lost crunched the jig!! The quality bass really seemed to be scattered everywhere - but deep (I'm just talking south and mid-lake). Rocks and ledges seem to be preferred, though I did get my first frog blowup! I think my client saw that good bass can be caught in tough conditions with some hard work, and hopefully we will do another trip in the fall when the bite is more aggressive. Though the lake is dropping steadily, water is in great shape on top and bottom. Little or no algae on top and no green goo on the bottom. When we pulled out about 2 pm, the lake was a chartreuse color everywhere - kind of pretty!!

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-07-09
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 83.4
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: It was really hot yesterday (Tuesday) & the water temp showed it! Got on the water at 9:00pm, fished Henderson & Shag, got 1 blade fish 7 1 crank fish 3 lbs apiece. Went to Dollar & Konocti & blanked for the next 2 hours. Tried Wheeler & managed a 4.9 jig fish. I wish I could say it got better after that, but we ended at 3AM with no more fish boated. Around 2AM in Konocti, tied into a 7-8 lb'er that broke off at the boat. Rats! Fishing a Texas Noris Bug that got hung on a rock, popped it out & bam, the big girl nailed it. Unfortunately, the rock also nicked my line (I use 20lb. Seaguar Abrazx) & when she saw the boat, she went sraight down & that was the end of that! At least got s good look at her, but we fished for another hour hoping the bite was turning around. Wish I cold say more, but "sometimes you're the Louisville Slugger & sometimes you're the Bug!" We were the Bug! lol
Tips: The lake went dead calm around 10:30PM & so did the bite! I thought we could drum up some Senko fish, but nary a strike! We threw cranks, blades, jigs with all different kinds of trailers (even went old school & tried Uncle Josh's Pork) a plethora of Texas rigged plastics, swimbaits, even topwater by the moon, but for use it wasn't there Tues night! We fished Jago, Wheeler, Konocti, Dollar, Henderson, Shag, Buckingham point, & docks all over the place & deep, shallow, slow fast,it was slow all night! Wish I could tell you more. we will be back in 2-3 weeks & see what happens! Looked at mt notes from this time last year & it was pretty close to the same results. When we had an oinker of an evening though, the following night was much better! Had to cut the trip by one day so we didn't get the chance to find out this time! Good luck out there & stay safe!

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-07-08
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 79.1
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Cont... moon set around 1am & took the bite with it. We waited to see if the bite came back like last nite but it didn't happen & we got off at 3:30am. Ended with 12 with best five going 5.2,4.14, 4.12, 4.10, 4.8 for a 23.4 limit. Blade fish were in 8-12ft, plastics 15-24ft. We fished rather slowly, some bites were strong, some very subtle. They seemed to like dark colors with red. We fished Rocky structure. No crank or senko, bites!???
Tips: Move around, fish a little slow & don't be afraid to fish deep! Oh yeah, check your gas tank visually, mine read 1/4 & you guessed it, ran dry at 1:30am. Thank goodness for aux tanks! Hope the bite doesn't die out tonite, stay tuned!

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-07-08
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 79.1
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Got on at 8pm, ran to Henderson & Shag, Ted got a 5.2 blade fish & I got a 4.14 jig fish. Moved to Dollar & picked up 1 top water & 3 blade fish at sunset. Went to Frazier & Konocti and picked up 6 more on blades & jigs.
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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-07-08
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 78.1
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Checking
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Name: David Rogers
Date: 2014-07-05
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: Did not bring t
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: OK, I have never landed a frog fish, yes I said it, 20 plus year of bass fishing and only 3 hook ups and none landed but I have only thrown a frog for 8 hrs total in my life, My largest bass to date is a 11.2 on a crank bait, 10 lber on a drop shot and many 9's and 8's on jigs and swim baits but nothing, not even a 1 lber on a frog so one object this year has been to get a frog fish, I don't care how big. I did my homework, watched ton's of Bobby's, Allen's, Ish's video's on Youtube you name it I watched it so I went to Jimmy's tackle shop at Red bud and bought 2 more frogs, Allen's favorite River2Sea spittin Wa in black Yellow and a another guy who posted a great video was using Spro Poppin frog in white. Jimmy said the Frog bite has been yearly and late, not much in mid day so I am off the bank (did not bring the boat on this family trip to visit family) I get to the bank at 5:35 and toss the River2sea about 30 yards out and start poppin her back in, I get the frog in to about 10 yards from the bank and it happened !! A 10.75 25.75 inch long spawned out female hammers my frog, I did not have a chance to count to 2 or 3 like I should because she had it in her mouth and was trying to pull the rod out of my hands so I just put the wood to her and did not worry about my 65 lb braid breaking, the next thing I knew I was looking a my 2nd biggest bass I ever caught lying in front of me !! I would have been happy with any size fish landed on a frog but a 10.75 !! If I would have caught that fish before she spawned she would have been my largest, after all I would have only need a few more oz to beat 11.2 :)Special thanks to all the guys who submit reports and video's and especially those who don't just show what they are using and how to use it but show you where and I mean actually locations on bodies of water like Larry did a few reports back but I understand why most do not because they are tournament fishermen and don't want to give those location away and I would not either, its their income ! :).
Tips: Pray WWJD POP POP Pause, POP POP POP Pause for 1 fish in 3.5 hrs, not much of a tip :) My fish was not around weeds, she was in about 4-5 feet of water between 2 docks in open water with very little weeds around. I did fish my frogs around and on top of weeds and mats but no luck not even a blow up. Best tip I could give for right now is fish from 30 min before dark to 30 min after sun up, from all the guys I talked to the bite has been dying after 6:30 AM and they have had to work really had to get those day time bites.

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-07-07
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 78.6
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Finally back on the water! Started at 7pm & actually caught a few during daylight! Started at Wheeler & nailed a 3.5 on a crankbait with the 3rd cast. Caught 6 on jigs until moonset at around midnight! That's when the jig bite hopped a train out of town & it took us an hour or so to figure out it left! Started getting bit on Texas rigged Kinami Noris bug (the one that's discontinued) of course! They also started hitting the spinnerbait as well so we stuck it out til it started getting light. We finished with 15, our best five going 5.2, 4.6, 4.4, 4.2, & 3.7 for a limit of 21.5. We were happy with that since we haven't been on the lake for two months! Fished south as always & we managed to pull 2 off of Frazier! Fished Konocti & dollar island as well.
Tips: Keep moving around. We caught them by one's as they weren't stacked anywhere. They were in 8-15 ft as we were fished just outside the weedline. Weeds & algae were not as bad as we were expecting & that was a,bonus! We were a little concerned as we didn't see much baitfish, the Silversides aren't out yet. Hopefully they show up soon so the fish will get fat this fall. Larry will be happy that I caught some daylight fish! Stay tuned for tomorrow night!

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-07-04
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 77-82
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Mike Sperbeck and I did a late afternoon/night trip Wednesday, but it was mostly about the daylight part. After dark the wind got pretty ugly and we left at midnight. I started off great - for a FEW seconds! I brought a very bass up to the surface. She shook her head and went one way - and my jig - the other! Big fish! Can't complain with two 9's that made it INTO the boat in the last month! The bite after that was fair - Mike with a near 4 lber and me with two, approx. 4 1/4 and 4 3/4 lbs. We landed a few smaller ones, but that was about it. After 11 pm the wind was simply getting worse and we left. My Z521 rode the surf pretty well going back to Red Bud - big swells!!
Tips: The jig continues to work for me - even into the summer! Water color was pretty good as we got above Red Bud. Lots of weeds showing now. All our bass were on rock structure. Even made the rough trip over to Henderson - first time this year. Wind was awful but we did land a few. I have hit Frazier Point for three successive times, and I think it is finally fished out? Those fish all live up north now - LOL!!

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Name: CalBassin
Date: 2014-06-23
Location: Elk Grove
Water Temp: 75
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I just got back from a family reunion at Clear Lake and I did a lot of fishing over 8 days. We went up there on the 14th with the hopes of a hot frog bite, but we quickly learned that the frog bite was basically non-existent as we had 3 hits on frogs all week. We started fishing main lake points and weed flats on the southern shore between Lakeport and Kelseyville and found some nice fish on Blue/Black Senkos fished weightless. We caught 10 fish over the first 2 days and only 1 of them was under 3 lbs with the biggest going 5 1/4 lbs. Later in the week we found males and a few females still locked onto beds and spent a lot of time sight fishing. We caught a good number of fish using white senkos with the biggest one being 5 1/2 lbs.
Tips: Fishing was slow, but the quality was great. I did see a lot of people fishing outside weedlines and doing well for numbers, but we were catching bigger fish than all of the people we talked to. Focus on those main lake points and flats with senkos and pitch weighted crawdad baits at outside weed lines as this is what we heard was working there. The fish are still up in the shallows and apparently are still spawning so don't forget to check around docks for bedding fish as that can be a lot of fun! Good luck and tight lines!

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-06-11
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 78-86
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: This is a fun report to do, but VERY general - because of the important tournament starting today. I hope it will be a good tournament! Why I guide day trips during heat spells is beyond me - but - that's part of the job! Where is the famous Clear Lake wind when you need it!!!! Water was absolutely flat most of the time. Anyway, the bite was slow most of Mon and Tues - but there was some excitement! The great news came yesterday when my Monday client called (Tues) and told me he landed his personal best yesterday - 6 lbs 10 oz - about 4 pm. He caught her on the first rockpile I showed him on Monday. He also caught a 3 1/2 pounder with me - first fish at the first place we stopped! Yesterday I took another client - new to the lake - preparing him for his week at the lake. Bite was simply dead for us, but I thought the teaching was good - LOL! For some reason, I decided to throw a jig again - to see if I could prolong winter!! A nice bass thot so and we netted a 5+ pounder! Then my client lands the token catfish - 8 to 10 lbs, then finally his first CL bass - about 2 lbs. I continued to show him lots of good areas to fish in the coming days. At 1:30 pm - temp pushing 100 degrees - I showed him a popular tournament tourist stop, and we started to fish. I picked up my jig rod with the 10# test Berkely flexline that I had NOT retied after the 5 lber and made a few casts while explaining to him the area we were fishing - along with a few "big bass" stories. Wasn't paying much attention to my jig until something weird was going on. The "rock" was moving, but didn't bite. I set the hook - in case - and the rock really moved! Soon I got a glimpse of the rock - oh my!! I fought the rock for awhile - then handed the rod to the client. "Let's get her" I said. Fun netting your own fish - and it wasn't easy! Again - had to use both hands to get her in - all 9+ pounds of her! After quick photos - we got her back in the water and off she went! I still can't believe that happened. As I told both of my clients - "You just NEVER know" - at Clear Lake!!
Tips: I won't bore you with anything more. Wonderful clients experiencing a "HOT" bite - and we're not talking fishing action!!

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Name: Dave Brabec Fishing Reports
Date: 06/02/2014
E-Mail: clearlakeoutdoors1@att.net
Weather: clear warm 90s
Water Temp: 77 water is cl
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Lake Level: 1.82 above rumsey but dropping
Bass Fishing: topwater bite has improved senkos, jigs, chatterbaits all are good
Best Depths: 1ft -30ft
Tips: fished aba on sunday caught our fish on buzzbaits, chatterbaits and flipping had 21.98 mcgeochs won with over 27
Events: WON Bass open 6/11-6/13
Store/Guide Information: clearlake outdoors
Name & Number: 707-262-5852

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-05-24
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 66-70
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I think I was reminded of what post-spawn is about - at least on Wed. I took 2 fellows out - showing them how to fish the lake and - unfortunately - how slow the bite can be. What a difference in 4 days - big weed growth and ugly looking water - big algae bloom. Not sure if that shut the bite down - but something did! Two smaller bass only, 1 1/2 and 2 1/4 pounders, caught on Yamamoto Flappin' hogs. They wanted to start at 7:30 am, earlier might have been better.
Tips: Things will be up and down for the next week or two. Post spawn bite should get going about the first or second week of June. Should be a weedy summer.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-05-14
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 66-71
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Just a quick report - Mike and I did the lake from 5 pm to a little after midnight. The lake was flat calm - what a concept!!! We worked the east and west shore of the Clearlake arm and found the fishing excellent for medium size bass. Mike got the catfish award this time - about 15 lbs. He also got the big bass award at 6.91 lbs, just before we quit. It was the night of the 4 1/2's - about 7 or 8 bass in that approx. 4 1/2 lb range. Not bad. Two of mine were just under 5 lbs, but Mike's big one was the only over 5 lbs. Action was spotty but consistant the whole trip. Fish were from 3-4 feet down to 20 already. Tule banks with rock were good last night. We did manage a nice post-spawn limit of 26 lbs with around 25 nice bass and a few dinks.
Tips: My, how the lake can change in 4 days - besides the flat water. Weed growth has been amazing with the warm days and some area with nasty looking floating stuff. That will change when the wind returns this weekend. The jig bite continues to be good for us, as well as the Senko bite before dark. A variety of Berkley Havoc baits were good too - black/blue. Mike and I were amazed at some of the savage hits we had after dark. Wow!! We were setting in self-defense! Not sure why that was unless the warm spell and post spawn hunger pangs fired 'em up.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-05-10
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 62-66
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I just looked at the wind speeds at Clear Lake for today (Sat). What a year for wind - maybe the worst I can remember at Clear Lake. I had a very good angler/client Thursday afternoon/night, and we were supposed to repeat on Friday. We started Friday about2:30 pm and lasted 'til about 7 pm. The lake was just like an ocean - went in for safety's sake! One 5 pounder and a dink - no post-front bite at all!. Thursday, in clouds and light rain, the bass (and catfish) were on the bite. My client and I were catching 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 pl bass, then they got bigger. After he landed one near 5 lbs, I got the "crunch" bite - and it was a good one. She went 9 lbs even - my first 9 of the year and 2nd 9 in the boat! After releasing the fish, he sticks another big one, but comes off in a few seconds. This was all around 7:30 pm. After dark the bite was fair but fishing was difficult as the wind was swirling. A bit north of Frazier Point, I got this huge hit in about 2 feet of water. I was very excited for about 30 seconds, and then - "Oh No!!" The 15 minute battle was on - and I won - I guess one can say that. Finally in the net, a near 24 lb channel catfish. At least this one didn't break my line - Berkley 12 lb fluorocarbon. She hit a jig! We quit about 1 am with a 28 lb limit of bass and a 24 lb one fish limit of catfish, LOL!!!
Tips: There isn't really much to say as this venture to Clear Lake was not typical! I am very happy to personally see several 8's and two 9's in my boat. Quality has been excellent in the south end this year, as CLum just mentioned in his previous post. I am just so disturbed about all the tournament fish going not only to the casino, but now all the way to Nice. With the very low water levels that are ahead of us, and the possible low oxygen levels this summer, I hope their survival rate is ok. Some of you younger anglers better hope it is! The future is yours!!

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-05-08
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 62
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Looking back on the trip, about half the fish we caught were spawned out & half were still carrying eggs so it appears that there's a gap with pre spawn & post spawn. It was nice to see such a strong reaction bite, when they hit, they usually crushed the tackle! The fish all seemed healthy with good color & deep red gills. They fought like the dickens & I hope the bite keeps on going! If you can get to Clear Lake, do it! So far it's been one heck of a season! (Best one I've seen so far!)
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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-05-08
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 61.2-63.0
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Pretty much the same as last night, we started earlier at 7:00pm got to fish Wheeler Point & picked up a nice 7.9 on a jig. After 30 minutes, the wind really picked up so we headed back to Frazier Point & Konocti. We caught a few more jig & managed one Carolina rig fish on a 10" red shad power worm. The rest came on reaction with the big 6th Sense & blades. Our best five went 7.9, 5.13, 5.9, 5.2, 4.10 for a best limit of 28.11. Not bad when you consider the wind really limited the spots we could fish!
Tips: They were deeper tonight, in the 15-25ft range, all relating to rock structure. Made it out to dollar island but got blanked out there. Colors were Brown's again with some red thrown in. This trip was about wind. We used bigger & heavier baits just to get to the bottom structure & also not having our casts blown back in our face. We wore our vests 100% of the time& took no unnecessary chances. We fished rather slow presentations & the strikes were hard. This lake is one of my favorites, the bites still good so have fun & stay safe! Also, they were stacked so if you get bit, throw back to the spot, you might get hit again!

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-05-07
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 60.4
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: What a difference a day makes! The jig and Texas rig bite went south but there was a decent reaction bite! We only boated 14 & they were smaller, but there was enough action to keep it interesting. Got on at 9:00pm & was off by 2:00am. The wind was terrible limiting the spots we could fish. We were using the 6th Sense Crush 500Dr (large deep diving crank) running it slow & bouncing it off the bottom. We also threw single Colorado blade spinnerbaits running them slow. We fished Konocti Bay again because of the wind. We caught one jig & one Carolina fig fish, the rest came on reaction. Our best five went: 6.8, 5.4. 4.7, 4.4, 4.2 for a total of 24.9.
Tips: They were in 15-20ft off Rocky points, got quite a few off Frazier point. We were throwing the crank as far as we could, reel done fast for the first few turns, then slow rolled it the rest of the way in. They crushed it when they hit it. We had no luck with the Luckycraft 20d as it was too light to cast in the wind. We put on the 6th Sense for the weight & started getting strikes with it. Jimmy from Clearlake Bait & Tackle turned us on to them!

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Name: clum553946
Date: 2014-05-06
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 61
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Ted & I hit the water at 11pm Monday waiting for the wind to die down. It was pretty bad so we didn't venture too far from our ramp. Fishing, however, was good! We nailed 3 fish on our first 4 casts, a couple of 3's & one 4 lber's. We got them on crankbaits & they clobbered the bait! Pulled out the jig rod & got two nice 7lber's, one was spawned out & the other was still heavy with roe. The night was very consistent for us, we boated 21 fish with our best 5 going 7.13, 7.4,7.2, 5.13, & 5.8 for a best limit of 33.8 which we were happy about because we,didn't know what to expect with the wind. Fish were in 10-15ft of water & were very active. We caught them on crankbaits, blades, swimbaits, jigs, & Texas rigs.
Tips: We were throwing the Luckycraft D20, single Colorado blades, Berkeley 5" swimbaits in Hitch, Skinnybear 1/2 oz Griz jig with Damiki Knockout trailers. Texas,rigged double wide beavers from reaction innovation also worked. Colors were Brown's with red flake. We worked the jigs & Texas rigs rather fast with pronounced hops. We stayed in Konocti Bay & played shuck & duck with the wind. We threw against the wind otherwise you couldn't feel the baits. They were mostly in rocky structure, but we were very limited in unusable fishing spots. We were lucky that the fish were stacked up on the spots we could fish! Hope the wind lays down tomorrow.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-05-04
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 64-69
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Timing was better this trip as we were able to beat the incoming cold front by a few hours Friday. I guided a father, son, and friend from 5 pm 'til 1 am and found the fishing to be excellent! They had all made pre-trip bets and all I heard the first few hours was who owed who 5 bucks!!! That was fun since they were all doing well. The "friend" landed a 7 pounder, while I started making a few casts before dark to see if a jig was working and a 6 1/4 pounder told us it was! So, their 4 and my 1 made a limit of near 26 lbs before dark - about 3 hrs. After sandwiches and a small break, the heavy artillery came out along with their first experience fishing with a black light. They loved it and the bass put up quite a show as they jumped before we landed or lost them. Two of the guys each lost a big bass! In spite of that, the bite was good and they landed enough to bring their total to around 27-28 bass. The guys landed around 12 or 13 bass over 4 lbs. The "son" caught fire around midnight and landed 6 or 7 in a row - while the other just couldn't figure out what he was doing. As I have said before, sometimes the "back seater" rules!! I thought the trip back to the ramp might be a problem with the worsening wind, but the Z521 did fine!
Tips: All of their bass except my 6 were in the top 10 feet of water - some right on the bank! I just fished off and on a little after dark and only caught 2 more. All of their bass before dark were caught on 5" Senkos, mostly #301. After dark, the new Berkley 5" Chigger Craw proved its worth! That WAS the hot bait and the one that "son" was using during his hot streak. I think I had him using the green craw color. The double-wide beaver worked also. Did not try any worms yet. We stuck with rocky areas with nearby flats for most of the trip. They caught several on dock pilings also. Some manmade rock walls held fish too, but most are too shallow to hold the bigger females.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-04-26
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: ?
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Now I have an excuse to thank the fellow who made the previous post. I appreciate it!! This is a very windy report. I had to postpone my trips last night and today. Two or three boats were pulling out after fishing for awhile out of Red Bud - too rough. And next week is supposed to be in the 80's. Timing is everything!!
Tips: Usually the cold front recovery period this time of year is pretty fast. Sun is higher now and the water should warm again quickly. Could be a spawning wave this week - new moon period.

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Name: jruc88
Date: 2014-04-24
Location: Merlin
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Larry, I live in Oregon and only get to fish Clear Lake a couple times a year, but I read these reports all the time. I hope you don't get frustrated being the only one that posts. I appreciate the time you put into it. Good news is, I'll be there for 7 days starting this Saturday! Maybe we'll run into you on the water and I can buy you a beer. Thanks Larry!
Tips: Sorry WB, it's not a fishing report, but Larry's a one man show here.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-04-24
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 61-64
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: It's nice to know that no one is fishing Clear Lake anymore - at least no one that can post a report! Mike Sperbeck and I will have the lake to ourselves, as we did yesterday afternoon. We start about 5 pm out of Red Bud - again - fighting the wind. We fished what protected areas we could and starting catching bass from 10 inches to 3 1/2 lbs. For the rest of the trip, the wind was a problem, but manageable. Just before dark the size changed and we were into better bass! I lost the biggest which I often do, probably 7 to 9 lbs, but did land the biggest at 6 1/4 lbs. We caught five between 5 and 5 3/4 lbs which gave us a 30/30 trip. Around 30 bass with our limit at 31 lbs. Interesting - all those males that were thick in the shallows last Thursday with my father/2 sons trip - were mostly gone. We fished about 6 1/2 hours.
Tips: Senkos were very good before dark, and the jig bite was back - hooray!! A few Berkley Havoc baits worked too. After dark the jig bite was still on as well as large plastics like the Berkley jumbo Chigger Craw (finally - a bigger craw) and 3 sizes of Reaction Innovation beavers. Bass were in attack mode and "I think I have a bite" mode. Every hit was different. I'm not sure what will happen at far as the spawn will go in the south arms. Water temp has not risen and should drop some this weekend. Dark of the moon is next Wed and weather will be much warmer. Maybe a pop in the action!!

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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!
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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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