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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)
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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!
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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