Northern California Lake Fishing Report

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Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

    • Water Temp: 56-59

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Mike Sperbeck and I fished our second Mountain Bass Association tournament at beautiful Lake Almanor yesterday - Saturday. I didn't hear the total number of boats, but over 30, We survived the early morning start but felt like popsicles when we arrived at our spot. Brrrrr!! By around noon, the weather had warmed with the sun out and the afternoon was drop-dead gorgeous!! What a beautiful lake - especially with the snow on all the surrounding mountains. The bite seemed a little slower than last year, probably because of the very cold weather the weekend before. Lots of beautiful smalies were weigh in, but only one over 4 lbs. Last year there were three and Mike had caught one of them. This year the big limit was over 17 lbs and two limits of 16+ lbs. Last year Mike and I had one of the 17 lb limits and took third. This year we fell a notch and didn't get a plaque. Darn - they were good looking plaques. We took fourth, one place out of the plaques! We did get a check and they paid down to 7th place - nice. Great bunch of anglers and good fellowship after the tournament. Next year I hear the are handing out heated jumpsuits. That is a rumor I am starting!!

      Tips: Since there were no wrap-ups by the top finishers, can't give any tips. Folks were fishing all over the lake, just as we did. I though we got off to a rough start as Mike's second fish was a beautiful 5 3/4 lb brown trout. Wow - gorgeous fish!!! biggest brown I have see up close. How many of the trout boats we saw would love to catch that fish!! Don't think we caught anything deeper than 25 feet, but most were 10 to 20 feet. We got bites from super-jerks to nothing bites. Mike got our big smallie at 3.75 lbs and caught 3 of our 5 smallies to weigh-in. Lake was calm all day - very nice!!

Friday, April 20th, 2018

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      Water Temp: 59-63 degrees

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I took a good friend of mine out on Thursday 4-19 who is a novice fisherman. We got on the water at 9:30 AM and the water temperature was at about 59 degrees. After launching out of Markley Cove we headed straight to Little Portuguese Cove. We were using a split shot rig with real worms and had a ton of success. The fish seemed to be in about 5-15 feet of water and the bite was very soft. We pulled in a lot of fish without setting the hook because we didn't feel the hit. We caught about 30 fish and had many more hits and fish on that we lost before getting them to the boat. Berryessa is about as good as it's going to get right now. We had success in the narrows, Paradise Cove and pretty much everywhere we went. After running out of worms (we had about 50 worms to start the day) we switched to drop shot and had success with that too. We hooked into 3 smallmouth bass that were in the 2.5 to 3 pound range and the looked full of eggs. We released those fish in hopes of catching some of those babies in a few years!! Also caught 2 big crappies. Good luck and hope to see you all on the water!!

      Tips: split shot live worms was catching us a ton of fish. Slow moving them.

    • Water Temp: 56.6 to 57.8 degrees, elevation 811.82

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Got launched at Lime Saddle about 6:20 am, stopped fishing about right at 10 am. Damn, windy city this am, hate those days as my small boat moves like a kite in the winds. Winds tapered off about 9 am or so. Bite picked up a tad, but water still cool, 56.6 to 57.8 degrees in my travels. Even though the water still not quite right, bit much better today. Picked up 23 spots, best at 16", 1 15", 3-4 14" with most all others 13-13 1/2", and looking slightly fat, getting ready to dump those eggs. Fish are moving in closer to the banks, got a few at 15 feet, most 20-35 feet. Wild guess, 2 more weeks and should get 30 plus fish in the morning. Pictures in fishing forum.

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

    • Report: Unread postby AKBASSFISHING » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:50 am

      California Delta 4/14/2018 – 4/15/2018
      Water Temp 60 - 62
      Visibility 1 – 3 feet
      Wind 5 – 10 mph (4/14) – 8 – 18 mph (4/15)

      My Father and I fished the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge this weekend. Overall, a fun and exciting event that drew a decent crowd.

      (4/14)
      With adrenaline and coffee powering our bodies, we made our way to the launch ramp. We put in the water at around 5:30 in the morning and were set to fish at 5:50. With light just starting to peek over the horizon, we made the run to our first spot.

      In previous weeks, this spot had proven very fruitful; a nice spawning flat. With the tide dropping out, we prepared to wreak havoc, but the fish had other ideas. After burning precious hours, a three pounder on a Senko is all we could muster.

      With the tide quickly falling and our spot being hammered by multiple boats, my father called an audible. He decided to hit our next spot earlier than we planned to be there. With haste, we flew to our next spot.

      (You know we had gone fast when you look at the motor and have about a hundred dead bugs on it haha)

      We arrived at the spot with renewed hope. Not even five minutes at the spot, I got a light tick. I reeled down and slowly swept the rod across my chest; the fish didn’t move when I hooked her. Suddenly, she pulled back.

      “Get the net!”, I grunted.

      With the fish fast approaching the boat, my father swiftly grabbed the net and put it over the side. As I brought her next to the boat, she proceeded to jump about a foot in the air. With speed and precision, my father caught her mid-air. In the boat, we could see she inhaled the Senko and the Tsuyoi Weedless Wacky Hook pinned her securely with minimal effort.

      With a good fish in the boat and the last hour remaining, we ran back to weigh her.

      At the scale, she weighed 6.08; good enough for the first seat. We had arrived with 15 minutes left in the hour, but the last five minutes had been the longest I had ever experienced. In the end, she held up.

      Happy with the day, we prepared for the following day.

      (4/15)
      The clouds and slight breeze blew over the delta. An epic day was in the brewing, but as the hours passed, those thoughts quickly evaporated. Reaction baits got short strikes and the slow presentations got bit, but not the correct quality we needed.

      With the low tide and the the wind making an appearance, our bite had come and gone. Before we knew it, time was up.

      Thankful we had got it done the previous day, we headed in. To be able to participate in the final 12 was a cool experience.

      Met some cool people and had a blast at the event. Thank you to everyone who made it possible and also to my father who made the last minute call that saved the day.

      Notes:

      The bass are in all three stages of the spawn. You still have some pre-spawners, spawners, and post-spawners. Pick your poison when chasing them.

      Fishing slow was the main key to getting bit. The reaction baits got lots of short strikes, might be switching over to a crankbait soon.

      These fish are also getting hammered right now, so thinking outside the box may be the key to getting that extra bite.

    • Water Temp: 60 to 64 F

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: 2018 MKA Motherlode Series event was held on Sunday, 4/15/18 at Lake Don Pedro. The weather conditions were great, the lake is nearly full, and the water is crystal clear in most places. The water temp was in the low 60s. The air temp peaked in the mid 70s. Few clouds with light to moderate winds did make it a little challenging. The bite was a little off from what most predicted. The fish were primarily holding in 20 to 30 feet of water and were focused on bottom baits that were either stationary or slow-moving. Most anglers reported catching fish on dropshot, carolina rig, ned rig, and stick baits. Ultimately, Kong Thao from Fresno, CA. figured them out and brought in a solid 3 fish, 56" limit for the win. The Trapper Tackle Big Fish of the Tournament (20.5" largemouth caught by Kong Thao) came on a Huddleston Deluxe swimbait in the same depth range. Kong reports that he focused his efforts on a cove that led into a spawning area. He described that were was a point in the middle splitting the cove into two arms. Additionally, there were fallen trees and rock piles which only made it more appealing. He quickly caught a 18.75" spotted bass on a Neko Rig which gave him the confidence to stay in the area. A little while later, he caught another solid fish on the Neko Rig, this time it was a 16.75" largemouth. He then saw trout busting the surface of the water and thought that they might be getting chased by bass. He picked up the Huddleston 68 Special Swimbait and chucked it between a rock pile and brush pile. The fish bit it on the way down and the fight was on. "I was afraid I was going to lose the fish. I set the hook and I hauled it in as fast as I could", said Thao. When he put the fish on the board it measured out at 20.5" and he reported he was "pumped". He was not expecting to win the tournament as he was on 15" fish in pre-fish. He took some advice from a good friend on where to fish and then followed his instincts to ultimately be crowned the 2018 MKA Motherlode Series Lake Don Pedro Champion. Report submitted by Motherlode Kayak Angler (209) 230-3159.

      Tips: The fish were out deeper than expected. It's important to adjust and let the fish tell you what's happening. Anglers that were able to adjust did well in this tournament.

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 64.3

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: This past weekend I was able to spend fishing at Berryessa. I arrived late afternoon on Friday and went out with my friend Bob. We decided to fish from the ranch house to the vineyards and it payed off. Bob's five largest fish weighed a total of 12.5 pounds (see photos). We both caught limits of bass and a 2.5 pound crappie. We stayed out till we saw the sunset and headed back as it started to get dark. The following morning I went out on my own and decided I would start at the vineyards and fish my way back. There were about nine different tournaments and every point I passed had a boat. I searched the shallows to see if the bass were bedding and sure enough they were everywhere. I caught one on a jig which weighed just under six pounds and full of eggs I released her immediately and she headed straight back to the nest. With all the boat activity going on I was amazed that the fishing was so good. I found what worked best for me was the Speed Trap crank bait for a bigger fish but drop shoting caught more fish but smaller size it was all fun. My five best keepers weighed a total of 14.6 pounds which was fine with me (see photo). My buddy Albert called me but I was out by the vineyards already so I told him to fish from the shore drop shoting and he caught four nice bass (see photo). 'Til next time...............................................good fishing!!!!!!!
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      Tips: the fish know when the spawn is happening and its now ,in the vineyards I saw 2 big pigs boars,the bass is pushing the bait against the shore. feel free to call me for any fishing info.from 9am to 9pm 7 days a week. I used pro cure scents on drop shot worms.

    • Water Temp: 57.5 to 85.3 degrees, elevation 806.12

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Got launched at about 6:20 am, off the lake at 10 am, and to my surprise, 95% of the wood had been cleaned up and no issue at all launching, have never seen it this clean this time of year as the water comes up. Guess the dock owner decided to do his part and keep the ramp a tad safer then in the past. Water cooled over the last rains, found 57.5 to 58.3 in my travels. Kind of what I thought would happen with the rains last week. Bite slowed a tad too, had to work hard and got 11 spots, all 13-13 1/2" range, nothing larger today. Most taken 20 to 35 feet. Water got messed up, cloudy everyplace I went. Bottom line, the super bite is still another 2-3 weeks out is my guess. Picture is typical of all my fish today. Picture in fishing forum.

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

    • Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:31 am

      California Delta 4/10/2018
      Water Temp 60-64
      Visibility 1 – 4 feet
      Wind 5 – 15 mph

      Another little front is moving through the area… better go fishing…

      Got out on the water around 7:00 in the morning. Conditions looked great, overcast skies with a light breeze. We had high hopes for the day, but were cautiously optimistic.

      Made a short run to our first spot. The tide was just bottoming out, and we could see clean weeds with clear patches all around. This area was sure to be a spawning flat.

      After some pitches with the Senko and no bites, my father switched to a drop-shot and almost instantly got bit. He set the hook and his rod doubled over. A good five-pounder thumped on the deck (definitely set high expectations for the day with that fish).

      Knowing the fish are most likely shallow, I switched to a frog. Working along weed edges seemed to be the most effective compared to working over the weeds. This yielded me my first frog fish of the year. Solid three-pounders seemed to like chomping the frog.

      Around 11 is when the wind started to pick up, we switched tactics in favor of reaction baits. A craw colored crank worked well, but the spinnerbait seemed to consistently get the nicer fish.

      For the remainder of the day, we worked our way to the Central Delta. The bite was very consistent on the weed flats near spawning grounds. We picked up lots of males when casting closer to shore, but backing a few yards off the same area and casting to the outside weeds got us the bigger females.

      Overall, we ended the day with around 19 pounds for the best five. Fishing was consistent throughout the day, but when the wind picked up, the fishing was even better.

      Senkos, Drop-shots, and frogs worked best when the wind was calm, but when it picked up, crankbaits and spinnerbaits did the rest of the damage.

Monday, April 9th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 59.5

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: If you have not fished this lake, there is a $20 entrance fee for car and boat. There is one ramp with one floating dock so sometimes there can be a delay launching or getting your boat back on trailer. This was my first visit this year.

      The water was quite muddy and cold due to recent rains. I started fishing around 8:30 and quit 3 hours later with six bass, the largest was 15". I caught most on a morning dawn and one on a chartreuse grub. I caught them all in shallow water --one in 2 1/2 feet of water next to a tree. My friend Curt was fishing in his boat and he took 5 all on morning dawn. It looked like there were six or seven other boats on the lake but the jet skiers were around zipping around even with the cold water.

      Tips: Fish the bushes...

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 60 to 64 F

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: On the water: 7:00 AM
      Off the water: 4:15 PM
      Air Temp:
      Low: 44
      High: 68
      Barometric Pressure: 30.1
      Sky: Clear, bluebird skies with only a few thin clouds
      Water Temp: 60 to 64 F
      Water Clarity: Clear (up to 10 feet)
      Water Level: 839 as of 4/7, up 3.7 feet from day before
      Wind: NW 6 to 12 mph (average 9 mph)
      Moon: Waxing Crescent (48% visible)
      Fish Activity: Moderate
      Kayaks: Hobie Outback, Hobie PA 14
      Lures: Soft plastics on the bottom

      Narrative:Headed out to Lake McClure today with guide client Jim Williams. Jim was the winner of the MKA Kayak Bass Guide Service raffle. Jim chose to go to Lake McClure to get more acquainted with the Motherlode lakes since he is primarily a Delta fisherman. We started out in the Temperance arm mixing it up with some reaction baits, jigs, and plastics. We quickly identified that they wanted it slow moving and on or near the bottom. Jim picked up two on the dropshot right away off a secondary point close to the bank. The dropshot bite tapered off and then we switched over to the carolina rig and picked up a few dragging lizards, creature baits, and worms rigged with Trapper Hooks on flat points, and cuts near secondary points. We then worked our way out to the main lake and found a good Ned Rig bite. I broke off a nice one (again) near a known spawning area just off the main lake. Jim got on a steady bite and was boating a nice mixture of Spots and Largemouths. We worked our way back to McClure Point fishing the main lake rocky walls, points, and cuts. We got on a steady bite of solid keepers. The wind was really howling and we worked our way back into McClure Point. Jim then hooked a GIANT on the Ned Rig. He threw into the back of a wind-blown cut and she bit. She surged for deep water and then she jumped with a big head shake and spit the hook. I was right behind him and got a good look at her. She was a huge Largemouth that was between 8 and 10 pounds. Jim ended the day with a total of 14 fish in the boat and the memory of that Donkey breaking the surface!
      Submitted by Motherlode Kayak Angler Kayak Bass Guide Service (209) 230-3159.

      Tips: You can catch steady numbers of fish in the 10 to 30 foot range but the big ones are up shallow. It should only get better over the next few weeks. The lake is almost completely full. This is going to be a great fishing year in the Motherlode.

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

    • Report: Delta Report…. Dan’s Delta Black Bass Series #3 Launches out of Big Break Marina Sunday April 8th. Along with the Delta’s Best Pro Teams Oakley’s Teen Team Open will run in conjunction with Dan’s Delta Pro Teams bringing Nearly 100 Boats to Big Break Marina in Oakley Sunday.

      Striper, Sturgeon, Bass and More….

      Isleton Fishing Report
      Striper Trolling and plug casting has started to recover a bit from the dirty water.. Water temps raised a bit this week and a few more stripers in the Cache Slough area responded. Sturgeon remains the focus here. Diamondback anglers are heading to 41, Liberty and Cache Slough areas with roe and eel reporting success.

      Rio Vista Fishing Report
      Trolling is scoring many more Small stripes and occasionally, a 12-15 pounder caught. Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers. Red White Classic Shimmer jigs around pumps getting stripers. Sturgeon anglers in front of Collinsville or Red Barn still get bit. Shore bound anglers are scoring both species. The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains Sherman Island in the area of the Power Lines, use Lug Worms or Red’s Bloody Eel.

      Walnut Grove Fishing Report
      Trolling for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling Brite colors 8 to 10 foot deep is key as the spring push starts up. The Dirty “D” is clearing its name and conditions were improving yet forecasted heavy rain will slow the progression. Stay in the Steamboat area for best conditions. Best bet, Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures. Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional sturgeon or Striper those looking for bigger bites.

      Discovery Bay Fishing Report
      As water temps stabilize in the 60’s the black bass bite is rolling. Bed fish are around. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with Senkos and Tail Slapper swim baits, Wind, Rain and overcast this weekend slow rolling blades and crankbaits searching ledges near sparse tulle flats.

      Frank’s Tract Fishing Report
      Had Novice anglers John and Cody out this week, there first ever fishing experience netted them 8 striped bass to 10 pounds. Black bass bite was picking up at a consistent pace til this storm series arrived. Hematoma Beavers on over cast days also working well. We found a few Stripers and Black Bass with 200 S-Wavers and Red Eye Shad. Others looking to score are starting to crank Red-Eye Shad and Big Poppa’s are solid options. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Savage Glides a bit more this week and trolled Angry Eye baits.

      West Delta Fishing Report
      Sturgeon anglers have scored solid numbers of keepers daily in the Martinez and Pittsburg area. The stripers starting to show anchovies and Lug Worms in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd. Stripes to 14 pounds have grabbed DDO Meizers. Trolling anglers it’s getting started. Chartreuse patterns are the best bet.

      Provided by Dan’s Delta Outdoors, 1625 Main St Oakley CA 925/234-4694 Follow us on Facebook

Friday, April 6th, 2018

    • Report: by Duke » Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:23 pm

      Lake is still fishing well! I’ve been out a bunch with water temps in 57-60 degree range with slightly off colored water in the main body and extremely muddy off main body! Creeks have a little color after the storm passed. The third wave of spawning fish are moving up for the next full moon.

    • Report: by Whoopbass » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:14 am

      Nice report and accurate of the conditions.
      I was out Wednesday and done okay with my best fish going a bit over 6# and also losing a beast puching when she peeled line and then broke me off.
      I go back out Thursday and I couldn't manage anything over 3# and there were boats all over my area. Wind was awful at times. There was also a lot of debris in the water so be careful out there.

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 61-64

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I was beaten by a six year old!!! Actually true, but not like it sounds, sorta!! I was looking forward to guiding a six year old young lady with her dad and his brother! I fished some and they fished hard and she beat all of us men with her 3 1/4 lb largemouth. She hooked, fought, and landed the bass by herself. Do I hear junior high bass tournaments?? Fun, fun!! We had another good day at Berryessa and doing some sight fishing for the first time. Water is clear enough to do that. With 4 in the boat, we were limited to mostly drop-shotting Robo worms, and MM111 was again the best color. Morning dawn worked too. Points to the very backs of coves held bass. We stayed in the narrows as I wasn't sure how the little one would do after several hours. She did fine!! Had to be close to a rest room also. Sure glad they leave one in the narrows all year! We found some deep bass also, 25 to 30 feet! We caught 20 + bass with again a nice limit around 14 lbs, all released. Mostly spots and largemouth with a very nice smallie.

      Tips: Saw an amazing thing that one doesn't see often. We were fishing a good spot in the early afternoon and saw a few bass close to the boat. Along comes this 4 to 6 lb smallmouth, swimming slowly about 2 feet under the surface. What a sight! She seemed to be fine - don't think anything was wrong with her. This was not in a cove, she was swimming in open water off-shore. This incoming storm will interesting. An April gully-washer with one to three inches of rain. So, how will this effect the spawn? I guess we'll find out!!

    • Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:44 pm

      California Delta 4/5/2018
      Water Temp 58-62
      Visibility 1 – 3 feet
      Wind 5 – 10 mph

      Technical Difficulties continue to plague me haha.

      Saw a front was coming into the area and had the opportunity to make it on the river. Launched at around 7:30 in
      the morning from Sugar Barge.

      On Tony’s second cast, he hooked into a meaty three-pounder with a Senko. All indications pointed to an epic day, but the fish had other ideas. The low light and slight breeze on the water seemed like the reaction bite was going to be phenomenal, but after two promising stops and two short strikes, it was clear that the fish DID NOT want a moving bait.

      After some more forced reaction bait fishing and getting schooled by Tony and my Father, I finally switched over to a Senko. Almost immediately, bites started to come in left and right. We had a small flurry on a small stretch of tullies, but the bite shut off almost as soon as it began.

      The search continued, which eventually led us into the western portion of the delta. I was shocked to see so many anglers on the water for a Thursday. After talking to a couple, they also agreed that the bite was tough.

      With the tide now almost bottomed and only a few nice fish to account for, we headed back to Franks to see if we could change our luck. Just as I suspected, Franks was crawling with anglers as well. Attempting to get away from the crowds and do something a little different, we started to throw Senkos at the grasslines. To our surprise, we started to get bit. Small males at first, but then some better females. Best fish went about five-pounds on a Senko with a Tsuyoi Weedless Wacky Hook.

      With the day salvaged and the wind starting to pick up, we called it a day and headed home.

      Tips: My only suggestion is that “I” can’t seem to buy a reaction bite right now, and that the only thing that will get bit are Senkos. Fishing slow(er) will get you bit.

    • Water Temp: 59 to 63

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: On the lake early and fish some new water for average size fish. Moved over to our honey hole and found good number of fish as did half the lake. As we where passing Rocky point to go to to our area count close to 20 boats. Most fish are of average size with a big fish going 3.5 in this area. Left the heard and found another area less fish better quality. Ended the day with with over 30 fish for the boat and top 5 over 16.5

      Tips: Leave the herd and find new water.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 57-58.3 degrees, elevation 794.30

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Got launched right about 6:30 am, stopped fishing at 9:45 am. Good news, water is warming up and almost getting to the full on bite. Found 57 to 58.3 degrees and the fish are beginning to come back from where ever they go during the winter. Picked up 12 spots, first fish 1 decent 14", two in a row right at 15", two 14" and the rest solid 13-13 1/2" Had to work hard for them, my best bite this year. 2-3 more weeks and full on bite. Water looking good too, clearing up from the last rains. Guessing this next rain will muddy it back up and slow the warming a fraction.Most fish taken from 25-35 feet. Last picture is the typical of this trip, first two, the 15" fish. Pictures in fishing forum.

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

    • Water Temp: ???

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Had an awesome day fishing cachuma last week! The fish were up pretty shallow in there pre-spawn areas. Flipping creature baits in the brush and slow rolling smaller swimbaits were the ticket. In 6 hours I managed around 25-30 fish! Nothing over 3 pounds but some solids chunks. Not sure how long this bite will last but I’ll be heading back as soon as possible!!

      Tips: Fish shallow early for best results.

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

    • Water Temp: 60 to 68 F

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Tons of action but no size at Lake McClure today.
      On the water: 7:00 AM
      Off the water: 4:00 PM
      Air Temp:
      Low: 47
      High: 80
      Barometric Pressure: 29.9
      Sky: Mostly clear with some clouds / overcast
      Water Temp: 60 to 68 F
      Water Clarity: Clear (up to 10 feet)
      Water Level: 836.67 as of 3/30, up 0.44 feet from day before
      Wind: Very little wind, slight breeze at times
      Moon: Waxing Gibbous (99% visible)
      Fish Activity: Moderate to high
      Kayaks: Hobie Outback, Native Watercraft Manta Ray 12, Native Watercraft Titan 12
      Lures: Soft plastics on the bottom

      Headed out to Lake McClure today with Barry and Will. I wanted to take a look around to see how the recent rains have effected the lake. The lake is really high and the water is clear. There is a ton of debris in the lake so be careful. There are some big logs / branches floating just under the surface that could cause some serious damage. Lake McSwain is down a few feet and is muddy throughout. The Merced River is running high and also muddy due to the rains and the release of water from McSwain. Now for the fishing report.....we launched out of McClure Point and focused our efforts on the southern end of the lake. We found fish on islands and primary / secondary points and cuts. The fish were in 10 to 20 feet of water. They were keying on bottom baits. Hand-poured 4" worms, 6" lizards, 4-6" creature baits, and ned rigs all worked on the bottom and slow. We weren't able to get any reaction or topwater bites. I didn't see any fish on beds in the areas that I scouted. We found a good mixture of largies and spots. Nothing big, just nice healthy fish. I did break one off on a ned rig on light line that felt like a big fish, you all know how that goes. There is more rain projected for later this week with a cooling trend. This should keep the fishing in a holding pattern.
      Fishing report submitted by Motherlode Kayak Angler Kayak Bass Guide Service (209) 230-3159

      Tips: Be careful if you are headed out to McClure in a big boat. I would keep it slow and keep an eye out for logs and debris. Work bottom baits in 10 to 20 feet of water right now for consistent action. Fish should be moving to the bank soon with a week or two of stable, warm weather.

Friday, March 30th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 57-61

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I did two really fun, good trips to Berryessa on Tues and Thurs. Tuesday I guided a father and his two 16 year old twin sons. In spite of the cold and some wind, we got into a very hot bite between noon and 1:30 pm. When it was over, it was over!! They caught around 13 or 14 quality bass - all 3 species - the boys catching spots up to 3 lbs 10 oz. Best hour of the year - so far!! Their best 5 around 16 lbs! We just fish the narrows as the main lake was too rough for any fun. Robo worms were the top bait, and mostly the same color! I have a great photo that I'll post. As you know - fishing days are not often repeated in the same way. Thursday was no exception. I had 2 clients from the Pacific northwest - outstanding anglers who have fished all over the world! And they caught a ton of bass yesterday, but more dinks than I think I have ever see at Berryessa. They did catch some better bass too, but nothing like what I saw on Tues. Bag bass was a 3 lb spotted bass, caught in the back of a cove, probably searching for a spawning area. We found a big school of bait on my new HDS 12, and bass that unfortunately were only 1 to barely 2 lbs. They were using a variety of their own baits. Bass they caught were from 20 to nearly 50 feet deep.

      Tips: It is a rare day to pull into the parking area at Markley Cove on an early Thursday and find the lot full of rigs - only a few spaces left. Wow - a different period of time now! I have a lot of tips, but usually keep my mouth shut or fingers still before a tournament. Good luck out there!