Northern California Lake Fishing Report

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

    • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Burr, another cold one on the lake today, 38 degrees at the ramp when I launched at 6:40am. With the rains we have been getting the water still looks good, not clouded up at all. Never made it to the north fork, winds blew so hard, that my trolling motor would not hold the boat, had to use the outboard on idle to hold position. Gave up fishing at 10:30, way too much wind for me and my little boat. Picked up a fish here and there, with last point in the winds giving up three fish. Kind of a slow bite today, got just 9 fish, best right at 15". Most caught 25-35 feet. One of these days, no wild winds might help me catch a few more. Did pick up one fish on my last cast of the day at the docks. Picture in fishing forum.

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

    • Water Temp: 60-62

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: A very nice married couple called me last week and wanted to go bass fishing - for the first time!! Never bass fished before and wanted to learn more about it and about Lake Berryessa. Great people and we had a great time learning! This is a rod - this is a reel.....no, it wasn't that bad. The weather was cloudy and very cool. After lots of instruction about rod and reels, baits, areas to look for bass in different seasons, we started fishing. Soon they were casting spinning outfits very well and seemed to be working worms and other plastics very well. As one would expect, they lost their first few bites. Setting the hook for bass is always a learning process for beginners. In the afternoon they did land a few bass, but they were small. Funny - the small ones were in an area that usually produces bigger bass. One never knows! Great people and think I got them "hooked!"

      Tips: Drop-shotting Robo worms in shad colors seemed to work the best for them. MM111 worked a bit also. Most bites came from 15 to 30 feet of water.

Friday, November 25th, 2016

    • Report: California Delta Fishing Report… Stripers and Sturgeon Rolling Wow finally keepers out number shorts. From Pittsburg to Three Mile the West Delta bite rages! Best Bite of the year is NOW!
      Isleton
      The salmon bite winding down as is the season. The bite in the area has been just mediocre all week. While we are continuing to getting reports of success from Salmon searching anglers, still Spinners are leading the way. Water temperatures have dropped with the cooler evenings. While fewer are fishing they are seeing larger salmon getting close. Stan’s Spinners are the best bet for those who want to try.

      Walnut Grove
      Stripes and sturgeon showing. More Stripes are in the area as anglers see the fall bite picks up. still around as temperatures return more seasonable in the Walnut Grove area as the trolling bite is OK mostly small fish. Red Eye Shad and small shad patterned plastics are the top choices here as well. Bloody Eel and Ghost are starting to get a few Sturgeon.

      Discovery Bay
      Wow Water temps finally in the 50’s have the bite stabilizing. Watch for birds as the bait finally balls up making it a bit easier to target both blackies and stripers. Stripers are moving throughout the Disco area and attacking A-rigs, Swimbaits and finally Big Wood like Dan’s Delta Mizers. The Stripes and Blacks are in main river Holland riverside south to Italian Slough. Hair Jigs and Strike King Bad To The Bone RedEye Shad getting bit. Black Bass cooler evening temps have water temperatures dropping and the bite on upswing! Reaction bites during the weather more finesse techniques when storms pass.

      Frank’s Tract
      Quality Stripers and bass bite both responded well to the cooler temperatures. It’s no secret what a little fall weather can do. Rip baits are great options while small swim baits and swim jigs get the mention. We found plenty of Stripers and Black Bass with Hair Jigs, Swimmers like the Diamond Shad getting grabbed. Flurries of Stripers on Old River Flats. On average getting 20 plus keepers a day to 10 pounds with an occasional Twenty!

      West Delta
      Anglers in search of stripers are finding solid numbers of keeper stripers from both boat and bank. Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad . Antioch Pier scored stripers to 33 inches this week. Shad is top offering. The West as in Honker Bay to the Broad Slough plug casting is getting fish when wind cooperates. Go On Top with Dan’s Delta Mizers, during the day go old school with Hair Jigs Like Dan’s Classic Shimmer jigs or Spro in open water White/Dark Green and White/Blue best this week. Sturgeon are grabbing the spotlight. Eel is the best bait over all, but roe and shad also scoring diamondbacks Broad slough and surrounding cuts.

      Los Vaqueros Reservoir
      Plants of trout continues to spurs the action. They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Peninsula Cove. The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic-scented PowerBait, nightcrawlers or Kastmaster lures. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty. Trout fishing is still decent, especially in the morning, with limits being caught around the reservoir and more fish being caught overall. Lots of limits are starting to show up from South Cove and from boats around the lake.

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    • Report: Los Vaqueros Reservoir
      Plants of trout continues to spurs the action. They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Peninsula Cove. The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic-scented PowerBait, nightcrawlers or Kastmaster lures. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty. Trout fishing is still decent, especially in the morning, with limits being caught around the reservoir and more fish being caught overall. Lots of limits are starting to show up from South Cove and from boats around the lake.
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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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      Water Temp: 58

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Water levels and temp: Water levels have risen significantly in the last two weeks due to the recent rain, which has lifted the 5 mph restrictions, so put the pedal to the metal! Water temps are ranging from 57-59 degrees. Surface temp was also in the upper 50's to low 60's. Wind was blowing pretty good on the main body at 10- 15 mph with gusts to 20mph. Calmer water was found on the south and north arms and within creek channels. Water clarity is surprisingly clear even after the rains

      Fishing: It’s all about the bait! If you can find balls of bait fish you will find the bass. Right now the bass are scattered and aren’t schooled up like they usually are but, again, if you can find the bait you will have a good chance of putting multiple bass in the boat. Fish were found at 20-30 foot depths with the occasional shallow water fish.

      Fishing locations: Concentrating on the creek channels and offshore structure on the main body will give you the best opportunity to find and catch these guys. New York Creek produced a couple decent fish down at the 30-foot range. Offshore Rock Piles and Island Tops seem to be holding fish too. Any creek channels or offshore structure holding bait is going to be your best bet. Anderson Island and Anderson Creek had holding fish as well in 30 foot depths.

      Bait: Finesse, finesse, finesse! That’s the name of the game in Folsom Lake right now. Drop-shot a Robo Worm. Shaky Head, Neko rig senko, and 3/8 oz football jig in green pumpkin or brown and purple with double paddle tail grub trailers will get the job done. A few shallow fish were caught yo-yoing a lip-less crank bait in red eye shad or LV500. Even The Staysee 90 got a few.

      What to expect: You want ‘em? You’re going to have to work for them. Expect the fishing to be a little tough, especially with the colder weather coming in, but don't give up!! Find the bait and drop it on their heads. My predictions are the fish are in early winter mode so you're going to have to put the bait right in front of their face. Good luck!

      Tips: Most important tip is to be patient.and Find the bait!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

    • Water Temp: 57-58

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Burr, left home in Magalia, 38 degrees, not as cool at the lake but still cool. Surprised at how many boats launching today, as today was the only day to fish Oroville, with rain coming the rest of the week. Got launched about 6:30, to me a surprise, had to wait in line today. Guys, pre-prep your boats at the top of the ramp, not at waters edge!!! get it in the water and out of the way of others. Pet peeve of mine!! Bite was decent, picked up 4-5 fish the first hour, then it slowed slightly. Almost couldn't fish, my depth finder decided to go off and would not come back on for like an hour. Not knowing depth really sucks, makes one feel blind, not used to fishing like that, but eventually it decided to work. Loose connection or something. Anyway, caught 14 spots, all basic 13-14" like in the picture. Gave it a final cast at the dock and got number 15! always one last cast. Water still dropping Picture in fishing forum.

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

    • Water Temp: 62-64

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Mike Sperbeck and I started our trip with a great meal prepared by Sandy and Laurie - wow - great food!! We then headed out about 4 pm and only caught 3 before dark, but they were approx. 2 1/2, 3 1/2, and 4 1/4 lbs - good start. The hour after dark was something special, hooking bass after bass - mostly in the 3 to 4 lb range. Bass were in the top 15 feet of water, but that bite faded in about an hour. The bite slowed and the bass we did catch were getting smaller - only up to 1 1/2 lbs. No more dinks this time of year. Our best 5 went about 18 1/2 to 19 lbs. Could not get the "big" bite.

      Tips: I tried topwater and crankbaits - but no takers. Bait was 30 to 50 feet deep as were the afternoon bass we caught - using jigs. I did some spooning but no takers. After dark they were hitting compact baits like brush hogs and Yamamoto Kreature baits. I was going to do some night cranking but never got around to it.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

    • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Weatherman said sprinkles, guess what, RAIN!! Launched about 6:40am, stopped fishing about 10:30 as I was soaking wet. Decent bite, never left the west branch, mostly fished lime saddle to hwy 70. Fish seemed scattered, some shallow, some deep. Decent fish, but no big ones, all basic 13-14" variety, but looking nice and fat. Landed 15 spots, biggest right about 14". Had I had good rain gear would have fished more in the rain, but soaking wet clothing, not fun.!! Picture in fishing forum.

Friday, November 11th, 2016

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      Water Temp: 65

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Jigged Berryessa today. Did pretty bad (everyone I talked too stated the same as well). The fish and bait were all spread out between the surface and 35 feet. The lake was turning. Hopefully things will pick up after it is done turning.

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      Water Temp: 59

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launch at about 6:50am at Bidwell Marina with my buddy. Rode across to Loafer Creek to fish. Caught a few fish with crankbaits and lipless while trolling. Found some hot spots and was pulling decent amount of fish out from points. Mostly 13-14s and a few 12s when fishing bottom. Fish are starting to get fatten up. It slowed down at about 11 so we came home. Good day of fishing for us.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

    • Report: Provided by Fisherman's Warehouse

      Though some Salmon are still being caught, most anglers are transitioning to Stripers and sturgeon in the Delta. Striped Bass are being caught throughout the delta and sturgeon seems to be best from Sherman Island down.

      Early morning top water bite has been good on Super Spooks and pencil poppers. Swimbaits like River 2 Sea S-Wavers and Savage glide baits are working good too. Bait anglers are having good success with cut and live baits.

      Sturgeon fishing has been hit or miss with one day being exceptionally good and the next a little slow. Big Red Lamprey with night crawler combo seems to be working the best but if you find the right spot all the traditional baits are working.

    • Water Temp: 61-62

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched with Jeff today in his boat about 7:30am at the damn, pulled off the water about noon. Ok fishing day, not bad, not great. We managed just 17 spots, fishing mostly the main lake and a short line dip in the middle fork, then back to the main lake. Calm day, hardly any winds for the lake today. Decent fish, most 13-14", no big ones today. Best fish 14" or so, but did not measure it, went 1.3 pounds. Better luck next trip!!! Picture in fishing forum.

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

    • Water Temp: 62-65

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched from Putah Creek at 6:30am. Went to the north end with crank baits, under spins all far off shore hitting humps with gravel. Only small bass. Went into putah and fished rocky banks with steeper edges, still only small bass. Fished both bridges and caught crappie, spooning. All in all fun fishing just no size. Went off shore in the main body worm fishing, still only saw fish under 2lbs.

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

    • Report: Delta Report…. Strong bite continues for Delta anglers

      Dan’s Delta Outdoors Finale of the 2016 Black Bass Series Goes out of Big Break Marina Saturday November 5th and 6th. This catch and release tournament is the Final of 7 events. The Best anglers from the years series will be doing battle for the Tournament of Champions title and nearly $7000 in prize money. Go get ‘em Boys and girls!

      Bait fishing tactics from both boat and Bank Seminar November 17th. Come receive instruction From The Dan’s Delta Staff on the best striper bait fishing tactics and techniques.

      Isleton The salmon bite remains strong as cooler evening temps take hold. The bite in the area just improved all week. Salmon anglers are seeing success. a few fishing finally started getting solid reports of success from Salmon searching anglers with Capt. Stans Spinnerss leading the way. Water temperatures have dropped with the cooler evenings. Many anglers to the west are seeing more salmon daily… getting close. Capt. Stans Spinner’s are the best bet for those who want to try.

      Walnut Grove Continuing solid Salmon numbers with many decent Scores reported Capt. Stans Spinners and K-14 getting mentioned. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove. Few Stripes are in the area as anglers recover still around as temperatures return more seasonable in the Walnut Grove area as the trolling bite is OK mostly small fish.. Red Eye Shad and small shad patterned plastics are the top choices here as well. Small swimbaits are scoring Largemouth and Smallmouth in the Meadows.

      Discovery Bay Where did they go? Stripers that had been starting to group up in the Marina side seem to have disappeared. Have faith! They are still in the area, the bait and stripes are in main river Holland riverside south to Italian Slough. Dan’s Classic Shimmer Jigs and Strike King RedEye Shad getting bit. Black Bass cooler evening temps have water temperatures dropping and the bite on upswing!. Strike King small Double Buzz and Poppers getting mentioned often. Jig bite on points is also good, the all new TNT Booby Trap is a great replica of Delta Craws come by and check them out !

      Frank’s Tract Stripers and bass bite both responded well to the cooler temperatures. It’s no secret what a little fall weather can do. Walking baits are great topwater options while small swim baits and swim jigs get the mention. We found plenty of Stripers and Black Bass with Hair Jigs, Weedless Swimmers like the BIG 6thSense Hollow Bodies getting grabbed. Lot of Stripers on Old River Flats.

      West Delta Humphries Salmon continue to grab spinners Mepp’s lead the way. Anglers in search of stripers are finding solid numbers of keeper stripers from both boat and bank. Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad . Antioch Pier scored stripers to27 inches this week. Shad is top offering. The West as in Honker Bay to the Broad Slough plug casting is getting fish when wind cooperates. Go On Top with Dan’s Delta Mizers, during the day go old school with Hair Jigs Like Dan’s Classic Shimmer jigs or Spro in open water White/Dark Green and White/Blue best this week . Sturgeon quietly is slipping into the spotlight. Eel is the best bait over all, but roe and shad also scoring diamondbacks Break and surrounding cuts..

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    • Water Temp: 64-66

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: In spite of the big tournament, a friend and I decided to fish the late afternoon and for awhile at night. But upon arriving I saw that a trailer tire was destroyed - I hit a big hole on the road at Williams. After AAA was able to finally get the right parts and get the tire changed, it was almost dark. The bite was totally off - with no bites until we found some willing bass at 9 pm. We got several bites, but they was not really taking our baits. Since the water was still rather warm, I put on a 10" Power worm with light sinker to work over some rocks. That is what they would finally hit as I landed a 6 1/2 pounder along with a 3 1/4 and a smaller one. My partner missed several good bites - rare for him. We quit about 11:30 pm. It would seem as no surprise to me that the day bite is better now than the night bite. When I started fishing and guiding after dark at Clear Lake about 25 years ago - no one was on the water in November after dark with the exception of R, C, Stevens. I'll bet I saw 5 or 6 bass boats out last night. It was a beautiful night - no wind!!

      Tips: Don't feel we had enough action to give tips. Most of his bites were on Kreature type baits and jigs, but they did seem to commit more to the Power worm - good hookups. Most bites were from 14 to 18 feet of water. Have the dinks headed for deeper homes? No dink bites!!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

    • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Cool morning, burr. Launched at lime Saddle about 7am, fished till 10:45am. Wow, was it breezy today, hate that wind on days like this. Just so so fishing, with just 15 spots. Largest right at 15 1/2" taken on the submerged ridge from the point to the island where the West branch takes off in 25 feet of water. one other 15", no pictures as the battery died on my, let her go rather then stress her. Most all fish today 13-14" and fat looking, no 12" fish for a change. Water is on the way back up, not sure how long, but we did get a one foot rise with the rains. Quiet on the lake, very few boats today!! Pictures in fishing forum.

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

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      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Launch at Spillway at around 7am. Fishing tournament going on today (didn't know). My buddy and I knew it was going to be crowded today so we hit some spots that anglers didn't expect. We tried first fishing at around the Spillway area, but nothing was hitting. We rushed towards Foreman Creek and bam we hit feeding ground. The fish were scrambled around the area but were hitting pretty good. Sizes are decent 12-14. We caught about 15-20 fishes, all bottom although fishes were coming up for bait. Not bad considering the weather and anglers running around trying to find good spot to fish. No angler came to our spot so it was good to have it to ourselves. Decent day of fishing. We left around noon.

Friday, October 28th, 2016

    • Water Temp: 64-67

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I made a quick 3 hr trip Tues before dark and found my number one rule about bass fishing was still in effect - "Whatever happened on your last trip will NOT happen on this trip!! The clouds were just starting to move in as part of the present storm. Thought the bite would be good - especially topwater. Not a chance!! I only had one topwater bite, which was a 1 1/2 lb largemouth that I landed. So - what do I do?? I wacky rigged some Senkos and threw Robo worms. That did the trick just before total dark. I caught 3 more spots from 1 3/4 to 2 lb 10 oz. Missed another and broke off a big fish. So, not a total bad trip. I broke off the big one on a jig.

      Tips: All I had to do was look at the surface water to tell the topwater bite was off. I saw only 3 or 4 bass break the surface. Never got a bite on the spot that was the best on my previous best. Again, my fish I did catch were off the bank on structure. The lake will be coming up this weekend with the present storm and the Sunday storm.

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

    • Report: Delta Report…. Fall Bite con
      Striper Fisherman’s Challenge October 29th at Lauritzen’s Marina. Dan’s Delta Outdoors will have many “In- Store Specials” for Bait and Lure Tossers for this event. You Could win a boat trolling motor package.
      Up Next… Dan’s Delta Outdoors TOC November 5th and 6th at Big Break Marina, The Best anglers from the season series will be competing for Championship Title.
      Isleton Many anglers are seeing salmon daily. The salmon bite remains strong as the rain rolls through. The bite in the area continues to remain strong all week. Salmon anglers are seeing success, with Capt. Stan Spinners leading the way. Size is improving yet numbers are slower this week. Smallies are getting more attention now as 2 to 4 pound fish show more often now… Jigs and flukes are getting them!
      Walnut Grove Continuing solid Salmon fishing even with weather rolling through. Stan Spinners and K-14 getting mentioned. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove. Few Stripes are in the area as anglers recover still around as temperatures return more seasonable in the Walnut Grove area as the trolling bite is OK mostly small fish.. Red Eye Shad and small shad patterned plastics are the top choices here as well. Small swimbaits are scoring Largemouth and Smallmouth in the Meadows.
      Discovery Bay More Stripers now starting to group up in the Marina side. Hairs Jigs and Strike King RedEye Shad getting mentioned for the Stripes. Black Bass responding well to cooler evening temps have the bite on the upswing!. Cigar baitfish patterned baits and 6th Sense Poppers getting mentioned often. Jig bite on points is also good, the all new TNT Watermelon Candy is a great New Addition to the line check them out !
      Frank’s Tract Stripers and bass abound. Walking baits are great topwater options while Bubba Shad and swim jigs get the mention. We found plenty of Stripers and Black Bass with Hair Jigs, Weedless Swimmers like the Havoc Sick Fish getting grabbed. Lot of Stripes on Old River Flats and in the Santa Clara Shoals.
      West Delta Salmon success stories still abound. Slime Rockets best on the incoming tide with Mepp’s Flying C’s in Pittsburgh and Humphries areas. More Anglers in search of stripers are finding solid numbers of keeper stripers from both boat and bank. Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad. Antioch Pier scored stripers to47 inches this week. Shad is top offering. The West as in Honker Bay to the Broad Slough plug casting is getting fish when wind cooperates. Go On Top with Dan’s Delta Mizers, during the day go old school with Hair Jigs Like Dan’s Classic Shimmer jigs or Spro in open water White/Dark Green and White/Blue best this week . Bass Bite stays solid in the Break and surrounding cuts. Cranking Strike King Square bills in bait fish patterns and spinnerbaits is key.
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Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

    • Report: by DanIsaac » Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:43 pm

      Clear Lake this week 10/26/2016

      Wow, what a weekend and what a storm, raising the lake level to 1.45 Rumsey.

      Water conditions around the lake vary as does the bite. However, don’t let the ugly water scare you away. Trust me; fish are biting despite hat really weird looking water as witnessed by the photo below. John Pearl of John Pearl Guide Service displays three fish of his 46 lb. bag caught this past Tuesday in and around that ugly brown water, and I have it on good sources that other guides are wackin’ them as well.

      While secrets are hard to come by, good solid instruction can really shorten the learning curve, so anyone looking to learn or just looking to catch a good one, reach out and contact a guide and have at em’ yourself. Below is a list of just some of the local big fish specialists.

      Those who want to get after em’ alone, LV500s, Jackal TN70s, Strike King Redeye Shad, 1.5-3.0 square bills, Hudds, and deep diving cranks are all producing more than a few DDs, as is the good ole jig.

      With the surface temperatures finally beginning to become normal for this time of year, the bait is beginning to group up and the fish are on the bait, and now is the time of year when big fish can be found in all four reaches of the lake. Lakeport, Redbud, Mid-lake, and Rattlesnake are all kicking out some really good fish this week, and with the forecast stormy weather, it should only get better. Just beware the wind. Don’t challenge it, launch where you can fish and get after them safely.