Northern California Lake Fishing Report

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Friday, April 28th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 58.7, elevation 844.44

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched about 6:30am today at Lime saddle, stopped fishing right at 10am. Water warmed a little more and the bite improved a little more. High water temp at 58.75 degrees. Caught my first dink of the year under 12", best fish today right at 14 1/2" with most about 13-13 1/2" Managed to catch 18 spots in the Lime saddle area out to the bridge at hwy 70. Didn't even consider the north fork, way too much wind for that area. Fish were scattered from 15 feet to about 30 feet, just one taken about 35 foot mark. Still a ton of wood around, be careful! Ramp still lots of wood, not as bad getting off as they use the boats to move it to open water, still a bear getting off the water, wood stuck under the boat, had to back off the trailer to free wood so the boat would set right with no wood under it. Pictures in fishing forum.

    • Water Temp: 50-55

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished last 4 days, around Trinity Center most fish were in about 8ft swim bait was the bait also caught fish suspended in bushes with spinnerbait 3 to 5 lbs good trip

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 60

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at Rivers End targeting Italian slough in the AM. Fished thoroughly shallow hydrilla and rip rap with jigs and sweet beavers, switched to orange lip-less and finally caught one on a senko up shallow. He didn't bite it very well, even with a good hook set, he flew off my line before I could land him in the boat. Throughout the rest of the day, I did get some very subtle bites up shallow at high tide, small ticks as if they were just curious, definitely NOT hungry. I couldn't see any beds, but judging by blood around their mouths and tails, these fish were making a bed.
      Went into Vic canal and caught one more small male up shallow. Staging phase most definitely as I saw fish on sonar down deep, but they were not interested in anything except just waiting for the males to finish the nest,
      Although it wasn't a productive day, I was excited to piece together the puzzle and hopefully this new moon will entice the spawn!

      Tips: Wait a few day, let the water warm up a bit

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

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      Water Temp: 57-62

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: On water with wife @ 9am. Off @ 7pm. Intermittent breeze and overcast. 22 fish in the boat for me with biggest at 7.25 lbs. Wife only managed 5 in the boat with biggest at 2.5 lbs. She probably lost at least 10-15 as the bite was so lite and she barely had them hooked. Most fish came on Lizards, small tubes, and worms. Big fish on personalized Yo Mama baits.

    • Water Temp: 58-60

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Went out Saturdays 4/15 and 4/22; nothing to speak of...very slow. Anyone think it's the weather? Just bein' sarcastic. Everyone we asked "how are you doing?", said "A couple of little ones". Some said big goose egg. Saw many boats flipping close and many going finesse. Not sure how they were doing.
      This last Sat looked promising as buddy immediately picked up a LiveTarget pumpkinseed shallow diving crank and got bit 2nd cast snappin it out of the grass at Mildred... then aboluly nothin' from then on til we ran up to White's and I picked up #2 on finesse wacky rigged 6" Watermelon / Chartr tail Zoom trick worm. Wind was really howlin' by then and we just decided to get outta there. Hoping someone else posts something more positive. Have to boat for a high schooler May 14 out of Russo's. Any tip will be appreciated!

      Tips: Currently not qualified to give a tip. Tried everything for the last two weeks, chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, traps, senko/stick baits, small jigs, dropshot. Senko/clones got some bites but nothing sizeable. I welcome any helpful tips! Thanx!

    • Water Temp: 58-62

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fish are in the Spawn. Talked to a couple guys in the Wild West Tourney and Clear Lake Outdoors, they all said the same, the bite is TOUGH. Lots of bass up in the shallows but have no interest in biting. Threw everything under the sun and the only thing they would have some interest in was a drop shot Robo. Bite did get better in the afternoon but, it still wasnt as good as weeks prior. Fished North Lake, didn't travel past Soda Bay. Hopefully the weather stays in a warming pattern and the fish get out of the Spawn soon. Please remember to post reports of the lake. It helps everyone have more success on the water. Plenty of fish to go around.

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 54.8, elevation 860.87

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Got launched at Lime Saddle about 6:30am, again, 50 foot of wood stacked up on the ramp. Crazy how that stuff picks the ramp for the night! Still a tad slow bite as the water still not warming up, high 54.8 degrees in my travels. Last year 62 degrees in early April. Once you find fish, great bite, finding them is the tough part. No big fish, caught only 7 basic 13" variety. Fished Lime saddle area and out to the end of the west fork. Last year this time, bit was darn near wide open. My guess 2-3 more weeks and bite should be full on. Pictures in fishing forum.

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

    • Water Temp: thru Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 up to 67

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: thru Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
      By Fishing With Sid Edit
      Water Temp: thru 4/5/2017
      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)
      Report: Evan you did a great job with your drown video showing the lake when it was down 45feet and now when it is full and over flowing into the gloryhole just arrived back from miami happy easter to you and your family.
      Lake Berryessa Fills and Glory Hole Spills:
      The Video History
      This amazing series of Lake Berryessa News Drone videos by Evan Kilkus documents the 45 foot rise of Lake Berryessa in 2017.
      It was the second largest annual increase in the history of the lake. It was also the second highest level the lake has reached in its 58 year history.
      The lake has only spilled into Glory Hole 26 times in those 58 years. Also the rainfall total (46.7 inches as of 4/12/17) is the highest in 20 years.
      The video below shows how low the lake was 2 years ago. You should watch it before the others to get some perspective on the amazing rise of the lake in 2017.
      http://lakeberryessanews.com/photo-album/videos.html
      Low Lake Berryessa in 2014
      No 1. Fishing guide, Lake Berryessa
      650-583-3333 Book trips now!
      www.fishingconnection.net
      Y.B.A.C. Fishing Chariman
      Sid 650-867-9999
      Tips: fish are on beds now looking to go this week to the lake, Happy Easter to everyone happy holidays .

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      Water Temp: 54-57

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Wife and I today. Not a breath of wind all day. Lake pretty full of debris. Very slow day with all the action occurring around noon. 10 fish total. All at 13" except for the pig my wife caught @ 7.75 lbs. Caught on a 4" Lizard, 1/16 oz. bullet, 6 lb. test.

    • Water Temp: 59 -63

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Reopened Sat. the 15th after major clean up from the flooding. Lake is looking great and fishing was real good. We caught 20 plus bass LM and Smallies. 25% of the fish we caught have all ready spawned, all in the 2.5 to 4lb. range. These fish were fighters, strong and healthy. Fished the South end all day Pitchin' Brushhogs in the tules. Go have fun and maybe catch a Big One. Kalihi Boy Out!

    • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Went out in the yak second day after storm so expecting tough bass bite and was the case. Was also right after full moon so wasn't sure how that would combine with the postfrontal stuff (if I remember right the full moon was during the storm -- anyone know how that works in practice?) Clarity was much better than previous week, could see bottom at ~9 feet, and the fish graphed on banks from previous week were indeed no longer there. Tried bluegill themed baits in coves but no takers. Shifted to Neko & Carolina rigged brush hog on break lines at 15-20 ft and the two bites came on Neko. Guys were beating the flats on opposite shore bluff all day but only overheard two bites. Note I'm a weekend warrior & no expert so just sharing observations.

      Tips: Chartreuse tip worked for me

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

    • Water Temp: ??

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Sprinkles of rain and all, decided to go fishing as the real rains were supposed to be late in the day. Seems the park rangers don't feel they should keep the lake safe and accessible to fisherman. Found the ramp loaded with a good 40 foot of wood, and not the fluff stuff, logs and good size logs. Figured I could get launched but sure loading the boat on the trailer would have been very hard with the amount of wood. Gave up and came home. Why doesn't the park rangers keep access for fisherman safe. ?? anyone know the answer. Pictures in fishing forum.

    • Water Temp: 57-62

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I took a father/son team to Pardee on Sunday and Monday - not my favorite days to guide! In spite of post front conditions and bright skies, the bite was pretty good on day one. Even the trout bite - yes - the father and I each caught a beautiful rainbow trout - 12 and 13 inches. Who said Robo worms don't catch trout!! They were not hatchery fish - beautiful colors and sharp tail fins!! Really gorgeous fish! Clients caught 7 bass and I caught a few, all males from 1 1/4 to 2 1/2 lbs. Interesting - all largemouth and one smallmouth. Monday the north wind really set in and blew the whole day and totally shut off the bite. The son did catch his first ever smallmouth, and that was cool. All the shallower bass available on Sunday were totally gone on Monday. Looking in the water both days for bigger bass and any beds - no sign of either!

      Tips: The best bait by far was the morning dawn w/chartreuse tail 6" Robo worm. Most were caught on a simple Texas rig. I did catch 2 on a small Yamamoto Flappin' hog. We looked at a little of the river arm and found it a bit colder and one cove full of wood. There was a lot of floating wood, so a slower speed is advised. The main lake is fine. I thought the east side would be the best, as is was at Berryessa last week, However, our best bite was on the west side. The lake is clearing now with 6+ feet is visability.

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 59-64

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I took myself to Berryessa on Wed to check out the eastside - not my favorite part of the lake. I'm a structure guy and the eastside is kinda boring. Talk about bushes and trees in the water - thousands of them!!! I guess it is no surprise that all the bass I caught were largemouth!! It was kind of a re-learning trip as everything is different with the lake up 50 feet. That really changes the shallow east side. I started about 9:30 am and quit about 6 pm. The bite was best in the early afternoon when some faint sunlight appeared. The wind only blew about an hour from the south and it wasn't too bad. I tried crankbaits early with no action and soon realized the Senko bite was ok. I used #301 most of the day 'til I ran out. They liked #222 also - very bright color. I had lots of action, landing 8 good bass for about 17 lbs - and 2 dinks - on a 6" Senko. How do they do that?? No trophies for me - biggest at 4 1/2 lbs

      Tips: I was able to find bass in the brush next to a depth change. They were fairly aggressive - some good hits! I did spend a lot of time looking the whole lake over. Amazing how this lake changes with an added 50 feet. Berryessa is not a reservoir and has lots and lots of flats and coves where water depth makes a big change in the bite. It helps to learn as much as possible when the lake is down so as to be successful when the easy spring bite becomes tougher in the summer and fall when bass move off-shore. I threw jigs also off and on, but couldn't get bit.

    • Water Temp: 59-62

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished 4/2 - 4/5, Sunday evening to Wednesday evening & to sum it all up in a nutshell, it was very slow. We usually fish south, but ventured north on Monday & the bite was pretty much non existant for us! There are huge schools & tight balls of Threadfin Shad all over the south portion of the lake. The conditions were good & the few fish we caught were literally stuffed! We were here a few weeks ago & did pretty well & I thought we were going to run into a "lights out" bite this trip, but I was wrong. We threw Senkos, blades, cranks, all kinds of Texas rigged plastics, ripbaits, swinbaits, jigs ect & could not get anything going! I hate to write a report like this & I hope it was just us! Will be back to give it another shot in 2 or 3 weeks!

      Tips: We went to Lake Mendocino on Tuesday as I figured we had nothing to lose & ran into a great Smallmouth bite there! I post a report there! As for Clear Lake, I have none this time!

    • Water Temp: 67

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Not having much luck at Clear Lake, decided to head over here for the first time on Tuesday 4/4. The lake is pretty much full & there was a very nice Smallmouth bite going on. They weren't very big as our largest went 2.5 lbs, but we sure had fun. The best bite was 5" Senkos in Green Pumpkin with a few lipless crank fish thrown in for good measure! Tried blades, but couldn't get them to go on them, but the Senko bite made up for it! We did the best on the west side of the lake in the fallen lumber & caught a little over 30 fish in four hours. We just kept running the banks!

      Tips: We tried quite a few spots just to get familiar with the lake but had more success on the west side. We threw the Senkos in about 6 ft of water at the edge of fallen trees & they just picked them up & ran with them. I would like to come back when the reaction bite is going strong. This is a really nice lake!

    • Report: Just want to thank Tom for all his excellent fishing reports on Oroville. It's hard to get a straight report that current.

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

    • Water Temp: thru 4/5/2017

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Evan you did a great job with your drown video showing the lake when it was down 45feet and now when it is full and over flowing into the gloryhole just arrived back from miami happy easter to you and your family.
      Lake Berryessa Fills and Glory Hole Spills:
      The Video History
      This amazing series of Lake Berryessa News Drone videos by Evan Kilkus documents the 45 foot rise of Lake Berryessa in 2017.
      It was the second largest annual increase in the history of the lake. It was also the second highest level the lake has reached in its 58 year history.
      The lake has only spilled into Glory Hole 26 times in those 58 years. Also the rainfall total (46.7 inches as of 4/12/17) is the highest in 20 years.
      The video below shows how low the lake was 2 years ago. You should watch it before the others to get some perspective on the amazing rise of the lake in 2017.
      http://lakeberryessanews.com/photo-album/videos.html
      Low Lake Berryessa in 2014
      1. Fishing guide, Lake Berryessa
      650-583-3333 Book trips now!
      www.fishingconnection.net
      Y.B.A.C. Fishing Chariman
      Sid 650-867-9999

      Tips: fish are on beds now looking to go this week to the lake, Happy Easter to everyone happy holidays .

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 52-54, elevation 842.90

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched about 6:45am at Lime Saddle, off the lake right at 11am. To begin, tons of wood in the launch ramp again, hate that stuff. Water seems to be clearing slightly, not clean but much better then two weeks ago. First fish a decent 15" spot, with the rest basic 13-13 1/2" for a total of just 5 fish today. Bite was slow, difficult to find them today. Good part is the water warmed a tad and water beginning to come up slightly, now 842.90. High water temp was 54 degrees, mostly 52 degrees in most locations. Had to fish today as rains are coming!! Still plenty of wood to avaoid, many large logs, so be careful. Picture in fishing forum.

Friday, March 31st, 2017

    • Water Temp: 49-52 degrees, elevation 838.70

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:40am, off the lake at 11am. A little breezy today, just as the weatherman said it would be. Surprised to see the lake cooled a tad rather then warm, down to 49-52 range, mostly 50-51. Cool water holding off the spawn, but bite not bad, not good either. Managed to get 7 spots today, largest right at 15", one 14 1/2", with the rest 13-13 1/2", nothing less then 13". Fished mostly the Lime Saddle area or basic area. Funny, ducks followed me for nearly an hour, begging for something to eat. Never had them act friendly like this before. Water still dropping, down to 838.70. Pictures in fishing forum.