Northern California Lake Fishing Report


Monday, June 19th, 2017

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      Water Temp: 68-74

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Lake Oroville has been fishing great for the last 3 weeks, 40-70 fish days are very common right now and its a great time to get the kids on fish during the cooler hours of the morning and evening! Most all of the fish are done with the spawn with only a few stragglers left behind that are in the upper stretches of the middle fork and north fork. As most cases with Oroville the average fish is a spot between 1.25lbs and 2lbs. Top baits for numbers have been 5" Baby Bass and Natural Shad senkos, 6" Roboworms in Oxblood light red flake and Warmouth fished on a Dart head or shakey head and of course the 2.8" Keitech in Rainbow shad and Tennessee shad have produced very many fish lately. There have reports of several big large mouth being caught and a couple spots in the 4lb class, most of the bigger fish caught recently have been taken on top water baits like the River 2 Sea Rover, Vixen and the Rio Rico during the low light hours. we expect to see the deeper crankbait bite fire off any day now as there are many fish heading off shore to points, breaks and relating to the pond smelt. Top areas of the lake have been the South fork, upper stretch of the North Fork and the west Branch, expect the mouths of the arms to get better as we get deeper into summer and the night bite to be good with the next moon.

      Its getting very hot so be prepared with lots of water and sunscreen and be on the look out for other recreational boaters, the heat has brought all the wakeboard boats out so keep an eye open. Be safe and good luck!

      Lake Oroville is currently at 812'
      Lime Saddle Marina, Bidwell Canyon and Loafer creek launch ramps are all open as of now.

      Tips: Fish topwater early in the day over points. As the sun comes up switch to soft baits in shad patterns fished on the same points and also bluff walls or anything with a shade line. The prime depth has been 1'-15' for the last couple weeks.

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 71-75

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: SO - clum - you caused the wind! I guided Thursday and Friday - day trips - with horrible wind both days, all day!! Huge rollers! Could only find some protected areas to fish. I had 3 clients on Thurs and they all caught a lot of bass - biggest at 5 lbs. All the dinks that had been pestering us have disappeared for the time being. They caught about 25 to 30 between them, many in the 3 to 4 lb range with a few bigger. Friday I had my 2 clients working the east side of the lower lake - trying to find some wind protected areas. I think the bass had the same idea since the bite was the best I have seen in recent memory. Clients started off at 6 am catching quality bass up to 4 1/2 lbs and the bite never stopped by the time we quit at 2 pm! I lost count of the bass they caught - well over 50 with only 1 dink! The limits were well over 20 lbs both days. Finally, these trips, only one or two crappie!! Nearly all the bass caught both days were from 3 to 15 feet - a few down to 20 feet. Bass were everywhere - docks, retaining walls, points, and weed edges. The weeds are forming but not bad yet. Lake is green at Red Bud area but fairly clear a little further north. We used 6 and 7 inch Robo worms most of the time with MM111 coming on strong! Morning Dawn is still good. Bass are beginning to look at beaver type baits also, along with the Yamamoto Flappin' Hog.

      Tips: As clum found out - the night bite should get better as the months go by. When the weather settles and the water warms, topwater and frogs will come on strong, I could not figure out what caused the heavy winds both days. There was a small storm up north of the lake which could have caused the pressure change, and the winds. The nice thing was - air temp was only mid '80's both days!!

Friday, June 16th, 2017

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      Water Temp: 72

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished Dutch Slough. Left Big Break around 7:30 AM. Incoming tide, with high tide around 9:30. Fairly windy. Fished the adjacent sloughs until NOON before it hit 90 degrees. Caught a SWEET 6 pound LMB on a wacky stick-bait. My partner and I landed about 7 fish ranging from 2 pounds to 4. Wind started picking up and called it a day. Started throwing a frog but no action.

      Tips: Bring plenty of water.

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 68.6 - 70.4

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Got up here Sunday night & fished Monday, Tuesday night & Wednesday night. The lake is going off right now which is surprising as we arrived right after a small storm system. I can't tell how long this bite will last but it's been crazy the past few days. Brought my daughter this trip, caught around 30 Monday afternoon but they were all small 1.5 - 2.5 range. Got better at night best 5 going 22.2, lbs big fish was 6.9 but they were active. Tuesday was friggin nuts. Big jig bite, best 5 going 5.5, 6.11, 7.7, 7.9, & 9.5 for a 36 lbs 5 oz limit! We boated 23 & tanked a few more that might have been big. It was one of those nights when you set the hook, you know that it might be huge! They were strong, really heathy and active. Wednesday night was really windy & we had to work to keep the boat on our spots. Started pretty slow then picked up around 1:30 AM on Senkos & blades. We caught 12 in a few hours in the 2 - 3 lb range as we couldn't really concentrate on any given spot. At least they were still biting! We only fished south in Konocti this trip. The weeds aren't too bad yet, but with this upcoming heat wave, they should really bloom fast. The fish weren't all that deep, in the 5-8ft range. Jigs, Texas double wide & kinky beavers, senkos & blades all caught fish. Even got a few on crankbaits rolled slow. (used some Norman DD22's that I found in a drawer & threw them as I was fishing some really abrupt struture!) I don't know what this hot weather will bring, but if you get a chance to give it a try up here, stay safe & have a great time!

      Tips: Every thing we fished, we fished slowly. Colors were some dark browns with red flakes (Big Texan!) They seemed to be in rocky structure & holding pretty close to shore. We were able to catch quite a few in each spot so they seem to be schooling up. They are in really good health with bright color & big bellies! I think that's why we didn't graph an abundance of bait fish; they're eating them up! The jig bite is great to run into, I think it will get better as the crawfish are now getting really active. We had to use heavy weights on Texas & jigs to deal with the wind. They picked up the bait & swam with it on occasion , so beware: that weed you think you're stuck on may very well be a big fish! All the reaction fish we caught hammered it, so pay attention or they will rip the rod out of your hands! Be back in a few weeks! Tight lines!

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

    • Water Temp: Forgot to look at temp, elevation 813.24

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched about 5:30 am today, stopped fishing about 10:10 am. Found fish again right off the dock where they sell gas, 12 fish right in the marina and my best fish of the day right at 15". Good bite, but about half the fish were smaller then past trips, lots of those 10-12" for some reason. Total 31 fish, one 15", two 14", 10-12 13-14", the rest dinks, taken in water 15 to 35 feet deep. Better fish came on the deeper side today. Water finally slowed dropping, hope the continue the water drop at this rate. Word is they are going to drop it to the 700 foot level before winter, old drought levels!! So sad Picture in fishing forum.

Monday, June 12th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 70-74

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: This last Saturday I fished a small club tournament on Don Pedro. It had been months since the last time I was on the lake. I started of at the boat launch in Mocassin throwing topwater and had a few giant blowups without hooking up. Large walk-the-dog style baits will draw the attention of the larger bass at this time of the year. I pitched a small worm and caught a couple nice ones.

      Once the sun was up I struggled to get anymore bites fishing slow. So, I decided to cover water with crankbaits and ripbaits. The bite was off the hook. I caught over 50-fish and never had to pick up the worm again. Many of them were small fish and I did not have a big weight. But, it was a great day to just get bites. I did loose a handful of better than average fish that would have given me a much better bag.

      Tips: Cover water and fish with reaction baits. TAKE A KID FISHING! Put on a small shad patterned ripbait or crankbait and beat the bank.

      Xperience Fishing Guide Service
      John Liechty (209)743-9932

    • Water Temp: 68-73

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: With the bass finishing their annual spawn and the water levels continually rising, finding areas where the fish are located has been a bit difficult. However, the quality of fish has been great. On most of our bass fishing guide trips we are landing at least one fish over 4-pounds and backing that with a handful of 2-pound fish.

      The fishing report I have for Monday morning, is it was one of the best June days I've ever had bass fishing on New Melones. I did a half day trip on New Melones with a good friend of mine Rob Betsch. The night before I mentioned to him that getting a bunch of fish was not likely, but we would have a shot at a couple nice ones. We did and then some.
      He started the morning with a 4-pound spotted bass that smashed a topwater lure. I boated a 4-pound largemouth tossing reaction baits. He threw out two casts later and caught a 5.5-pound largemouth. And I closed the day with a 7-pound spawned out giant. Wow! We only had a dozen bites, but most were larger than average fish.

      On Tuesday I had the pleasure of guiding Jake Robinson and his daughter Shiloh for an evening trip. The lake was beautiful and we traveled to the main river arm. Shiloh out fished us both and wanted to keep fishing when it was time to leave.
      Friday morning I picked up Cash and Jaxon for some early morning bassin’. We started with some small swimbaits, topwater and ring-tailed worms. About twenty minutes into the morning, Cash had a quality spotted bass that absolutely crushed his Whopper Plopper 90. The next stop Jackson hauled in a nice largemouth that inhaled a sunfish patterned worm as he swam it back to the boat.

      When is the best time to go fishing? Any time you can!

      Tips: Keep an eye out for the next best thing to go under water. The fish will continue to pull up on freshly flooded structure as the water continues to rise.

      Xperience Fishing Guide Service
      John Liechty (209)743-9932

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

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      Water Temp: 65-66

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Hit the water a little after 5:30 am and ran down the main lake. Wind was blowing 10-20 all day. Tried several top water baits for the first hour, but nothing. Partner was catching a few on a dropshot around the trees. As the day progressed we caught most of our fish using plastics in the 10' range. Tried reaction baits throughout the day and finally caught a 3.4 lb largemouth using a crankbait. We used a variety of plastics from dropshot, beavers, and brush hogs. Best fish was a 4.5 and best 5 for about 16lbs. Not too bad of a day, but very windy.

      Tips: Plastics around the wood from shore out to 20'. Lighter colors worked better.

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 72

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I went out this past Thursday and decided to fish the cove where Willy's Ski School used to be. I have always enjoyed fishing there and was not disappointed this time either. I spent the day there and caught a total of 22 bass the largest weighing in at 5 pounds 3 ounces (see photos). On Friday around noon I went out with John and we trolled from Steele Park to Spanish Flats and caught two nice trout and a bass then we headed back towards Steele Park hugging the shoreline and throwing plastics. It was a very successful day we caught a total of 31 fish the largest weighing 3.5 pounds (see photo).
      On Saturday at around noon Lonny and his kids Lucy age 8 and Max age 6 joined me for a fun day of fishing and jet skiing. We started by trolling towards Spanish Flats and got a few hook ups and landed a couple of bass. The kids were having a great time and I was teaching them how to drop shot which they picked up very quickly. The wind picked up and since Lonny and Max wanted to ride the jet ski we head back to the dock so he could launch the ski and while they went riding Lucy and I stayed in the launch area fishing where we were protected from the wind. She did a great job catching a few bass and landing them on her own (see photos). She learned one important lesson when you catch a bigger fish do not stop reeling in till you land it if the tension is loose the fish can spit it out. Lonny and Max got back from their ride and we all fished for awhile longer it was a fun day for all of us. 'til next time.................good fishing!!!!!! If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or are interested in booking a guided fishing trip please email me at or call me at 650-583-3333.

      Tips: used a lot of pro cure this week so that the fish wont let go,john said that's a lot of scent ,I said you did land the fish they would not let rained hail for 20 minutes on sunday the size of marbles.

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 68-70

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I took a husband-wife team to Berryessa on Wednesday, moving up their trip one day because of the rain today. What a difference in the weather from the last trip there. Wind all day, cloudy and much cooler. Main body saw big white caps - no fun. Bite was slower and the bass smaller. We stayed in the narrows the whole trip as they would not have liked the rough water. The gentleman ended the trip well on our last stop, catching a nice bass around 2 1/2 lbs. We caught all 3 species of bass. We used Robo and Berkley worms, mostly 6 inch. We still caught some bass in the back of some coves - trying to get out of the heavy wind. Still some late spawners I think.

      Tips: I tried a few topwater baits in the afternoon for fun and did catch 2 small bass and missed a bigger one. I'm sure the topwater bite was ok the day before! I tried a few small beaver type baits to see if the bass were interested. They weren't!! They just seemed to want a worm. Another cool weekend is on tap with maybe Sunday rain - again! I have always done well at Berryessa on topwater during post-spawn rain events, especially in the morning. Give it a try!!

    • Water Temp: 70-73

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I took two young men to Oroville for a morning of bass fishing. One was a good high school fisherman and the other gentleman really hadn't fished before. We went up the middle fork and found the bite to be ok, but not great. I was impressed that each of them caught a decent spotted bass - one at over 17 inches and one about 16 1/2 inches. However, in spite of their nice length, they were very skinny. I know they had just spawned, but I thought they were too thin. I just had the guys using Robo worms Texas rigged, because we were fishing too much rock to drop-shot. We used about 3 or 4 colors, with morning dawn and MM111 the best colors. Most bites were from 10 to 20 feet deep.

      Tips: It was just amazing to see the lake drawn down so fast in such a short period of time. Just a massive amount of water released the past 3 months. Living in Yuba City - below the dam - made the releases ok with us. There are many other baits we could have used but I knew the worms would work well for them. Bass still seem to be scattered all over the place in spite of the dropping water. Our quality bass were always a little deeper than the smaller ones. Water color is excellent - just right up the middle fork. The bald red banks - points - seemed to hold the better fish.

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 70's

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Took my son out for a day of fishing. We launched out of Markely Cove and fished the Westside near Big Island. Thank you Brad Amadeo for the waypoints. They were on hit! We then migrated to the narrows towards the end of our trip.We caught a few on top water, but our biggest fish came on plastics. Our best five (4 were my sons lol), weighed in at 13lbs.

      Tips: Find the shad spawn and you will find the fish. The trees are also holding fish.

    • Water Temp: 74, elevation 818 feet

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 5:30am, stopped fishing at 10:30 am as it was getting way too hot and I had caught my share for the day. Got into them right away in 15 feet of water on a tiny ride right by the last dock used for getting fuel. Picked up 13 spots and one decent 15 1/2" spot, headed towards N. Fork and found fish nearly every place I fished. Fish ranged from 15ft to 35ft deep today, but most fish skinny after the spawn, kind of look odd so thin. Fish will take just about anything tossed at them, not real picky now, except for suspended fish, those are hard to entice to bit. Found one location in 160 feet of water that must have had 120 or more fish suspended from 20-45ft, never have seen this many hanging together, but no takers, like they are taking a nap or something. Anyway, landed 36 fish today, with best fish, one at 16 ", two 15 1/2", and three 15". Water dropped so much since my last trip, ruined several honey holes, too shallow now. Pictures in fishing forum.

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 76

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: This past weekend my son, daughter-in-law and daughter went fishing with great results. They fished in many locations and caught some nice bass up to 4 pounds and trout up to 3.75 pounds (see photos). Looking forward to the full moon on June 9th fishing should only get better. As far as bait goes everything seems to be working crank baits, worms, spinner baits and top water. 'til next time..............................good fishing!!!!!! If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or are interested in booking a guided fishing trip please email me at or call me at 650-583-3333.

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      Tips: for pictures please email me at will send stories plus pictures to your email.this week look forward to fish shallow water plus top water'

    • Water Temp: 71-75

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I was privileged to take two well-known anglers to Berryessa on Friday - showing them some of the special features of the lake - as in "secret" structure. We learned mostly off-shore stuff and they made the best of it, catching many, many quality bass. No real toads as they are hard to locate in the post spawn. Learning the lake was their goal. The bite was very good in most areas where the largemouth and spots were active but the smallmouth, not so much. Clients came self-contained and used a variety of baits - mostly plastics. The bite was consistent most of the day where ever we went. After a brief slow period we found some huge schools of shad being hammered by quality bass. One of the most active post-spawn feeding periods I have ever seen!! They knew what they wanted and didn't hit my clients offerings very well. I wasn't fishing during that period but decided to test the Realis 90 Spybait that Jason Kincannon had showed me. I had only fished it once, briefly. I threw it a few times and got a good hit but missed it. A few minutes later it just stopped and got heavy - gaining 5 lbs! After a great fight, I landed that 5 lb largemouth. Thought I'd never get her in with the small hooks and 6 lb test. One of the guys was good with the net, too - LOL!!

      Tips: I can't give you an ides of the baits we used - lots of different ones. Most bass were on steeper banks except for the afternoon frenzy. But that activity had deep water close by. I'm guessing our limit was pushing 17 lbs with over 20 quality bass. Water color was almost perfect, clearing some after the big 3 day weekend. Great weather - great clients - great day!!

    • Water Temp: 70-74

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I took 3 young men to Clear Lake Saturday. They wanted a day on the water and hoped to catch some bass. They did - and some other species as well! This is the "new" Clear Lake - you never know what you are going to catch!! I had them using 6" Robo worms of various colors which motivated various species to bite. Lets see - they caught bluegill, several crappie, the token catfish - mud cat this time about 7 lbs - and many bass. Like yesterday at Berryessa, clients did better on quality bass in the afternoon. Weird! We fished the south end up to the narrows. Though one or two of them had not fished in a long time, their casting skills were quite good. So was their SNAGGING skill - LOL! They did find a lot of rocks, but hey, they were fishing along the bottom as they should. Those days happen. They did wind up with several bass in the 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 lb range.

      Tips: We are in the summer pattern now - most of the south end water is green with a thin layer of algae while above Wheeler Point, the water is clean. Weeds are beginning to show in the shallows and tule lines are well-defined. There are still some very shallow quality bass as we saw a fellow catch a 5 1/2 pounder next to the tules. We took his picture - fun!!

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      Water Temp: 73

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: New Melones bite has been ramping up this week, seems like we have been behind the other foothill lakes on the Kokanee bite, but not for two anglers on 06/03, hauling in 9 koks, 2-21/2 lb. range, and a few trout. This is what we have been waiting for and for now the Kokanee bite is on. Fish were caught between 35 ft. and as deep as 60 ft, 1.6 mph, using pink Apex lure with a pink dodger, tipped with kokanee corn.

      Bass fishing has been good on the lake with anglers averaging 3-4 lb spots and largemouth fishing senkos and top water baits. Last nights evening bite was good for a woman who landed a hog of a largemouth weighing just over 8 lbs. with a senko wacky rig fishing just off shore along a rocky cliff face.

      Trout fishing has been good, but you have to put your 6-8 hrs in to fill your limit. Gary Burns of Take to The Limit Guide Service reports catching really nice hard fighting bows, bring in a couple limits for his clients. Using the same setup your fishing koks with, hoochies/ dodgers are producing our limits Gary reports.

      Thanks, Gene Hildebrand
      Glory Hole Sports

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 70 - 83

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Once again my family spent Memorial weekend camping and fishing on Black Butte Lake.

      Although the water level was at or just under full pool, the top water temps were a little high. Ranging from 78 in the mornings to 83 in the afternoons, it was a bit warm and green alga was beginning to grow. We decided to fish southward in the Stoney Creek inlet where water temps were quite a bit cooler. Temps ranged between 70-73 and fishing was much better than on the main lake.
      First morning we found fish under the willows in about 8 feet of water. Throwing soft swimbaits (in various colors) was the ticket. The desired color varied as the day progressed. Starting with white in the morning and changing to smoke/dark in the afternoon was the pattern. They also seemed to want the larger 3.5” and rarely hit the 2.8” smaller variety. Regardless, the trick was to let your bait sink almost to the bottom before retrieving. Typically they attack it on the bottom of the fall.

      The first day I pulled into the boat 46 bass myself. My largest was 3 lbs 13 oz. Most fish were in the 1.2 – 1.5 lb range. An accessional 2+ was caught. In the 4 days we fished mornings only, the boat brought in 167 bass and 2 crappie. Not bad for a post spawned lake.
      Fishing the main lake (shoreline to the West)… it was tough with hot water temps and the beginning of an algae bloom.

      Tips: Take a child fishing... this could be the beginning of a lifetime hobby!

    • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Two of us caught about 45 fish but many were smaller. Two at 15 inches and one at 16 but most right around 12 or 13. We were dart heading with chartreuse or white grubs. The little guys were nipping a lot of tails off. We fished from 7 till 11 AM and launched at the ramp near the house boats. There was not a lot of debris on the water and that was a surprise. It was my first visit to Oroville this year. The wind chases us where ever we went on the lake.

Monday, May 29th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 73.5

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Memorial Day weekend was great the weather was good being with family and friends was great and the fishing was fabulous!!! My son's friend Dan was on fire he was catching bass left and right and some nice size ones (see photos). Another of my son's friends Kevin went out with me for the day and caught 22 bass whatever bait he tried worked he was so thrilled he's favorite was drop shoting (see photos). My son and I went out for about an hour and he beat me catching four fish to my three largest bass weighing over 3.5 pounds. I went out with Bob when I first got up to the lake I caught a bass right off the bat on a top water lure (chugger) it was exciting Bob caught three bass in about twenty minutes drop shoting. The last day I went out with Albert. We only used plastics and caught a limit of fish and came in by noon (see photos). Like I said the fishing was hot, hot, hot!!!! My son came in and Dan did it again he landed a large mouth bass weighing in at a little over five pounds. That ended a great fishing weekend.
      'til next time...............................................good fishing!!!!!!! If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or are interested in booking a guided fishing trip please email me at or call me at 650-583-3333.
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      Tips: knowing the lake makes the difference in catching a few or catching a lot.i will try some new places that were good last year if I can find them with all this water.