Northern California Lake Fishing Report


Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

    • Water Temp: 75-79

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Lake level drop a few feet that made for a tough bite for us. Caught a few dinks and my partner landed a nice 5 plus on dropshot on a steep bank. It's July and she looked like she hadn't spawned yet. Went for strippers and got 3 all over 21 in. Lots of fry and bait swimming around. Tried topwater, crankbaits no luck. Senko, dropshot and brushhogs worked better. Anchovy and chicken liver combo for strippers. Good Luck and Please Post it helps everyone. Thanks

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

    • Report: CALIFORNIA DELTA FISHING REPORT, Weekend 7/14/2017:
      Water Temp. Mid to High 70's.
      Water Clarity: Stained 1 -2 feet
      Caught most Largemouth Bass Flipping Zoom Speed Worm in Purple Red Flake.
      Hit Mats for frog bite. Most Blowups came early morning or late afernoon. Had to cover miles between blowups.
      M.S. Slammer Rat imitation took some fish late afternoons. D/S 7 inch Robo also worked when bite became tough late morning.
      1/2oz. Cooch's Wadda Jig and Strike King Red Eye Shad also put points on the board.

      Team Bernadette Bass Fishing

    • Water Temp: 80 degrees, elevation 806.20 4 foot drop in a week!!

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Got launched about 5:30 am at lime Saddle, stopped fishing at 10:30 am. Decent bite today, but not many fish over 14", so typical of hot summer fishing on the lake. Landed 33 fish today, with more then half of them caught in the basic Lime Saddle marina area. Fish shallow and deep, still not finding any larger fish. Best today, right at 14 1/2" with all other fish 10-14", half of them 10-12" dinks, the other half mostly 13-14". Just two 14 1/2" fish as my best today. Stayed longer, not nearly as hot on the water today, but killer hot when working to get the boat off the water. Just a couple more months and won't have the damn heat! Saw a post on oroville, guy (foul hooked) says those posted catching many fish are lying about catching this many, wrong, just need the right baits or fishing locations. Caution, the ridge is now shallow at the launch, looks deep, not deep, they finally marked it today to prevent prop damage!! Picture in fishing forum.

Monday, July 17th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 82-88

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Took the family to Clear Lake for four days (Wed-Sat) July 12-15. The bite was very steady for fish in the 2 pound class, but the bigger fish were a little harder to come by. This trip was mostly for the kids and not so much for me, so I stuck with techniques that would get them numbers. We fished mainly from Henderson south concentrating on rock piles and rocky ledges. We caught close to 60 fish a day and only fished from sun up to about noon. The kids threw Texas rigged MM III and brown and purple 1/2 ounce jigs with oxblood sweet beavers as trailers. The worm seemed to get more bites and the slightly bigger fish. We did manage a few over 3 lbs and my daughter lost a six that got tangled up in the Talon brackets (dad's fault). On the last day I did pick up a buzz bait for about 30 minutes and managed a 5 plus, a 4 and several other fish in the 2 plus range. The buzz bait bite was very aggressive. I tried throwing a whopper plopper, but the fish were just swatting at the bait and the ones I did catch were foul hooked. I also managed a few frog fish as well out of isolated weed clumps along rocky banks. I'm guessing the top water bite and frog is really going to start heating up in next few weeks. Their was a big algae bloom going on which really affected the water clarity. All in all it was a great trip and I assume if there are two guys in the boat fishing all day they would easily catch a 100 fish a day.

      Tips: Buzz baits and frogs around isolated weed clumps. Jigs and worms on rock piles and ledges.

    • Water Temp: 81

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: garbage fishing except in the marina area, but its short lived. people are on here claiming 30+ fish a day which is a lie. you can fish from 5am to noon and only catch a couple small bass. not liking this summer bite at all. tired of getting skunked at lake oroville.

      Tips: go to the afterbay. its free to get in and launch. there are TONS of bass.

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

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      Water Temp: 74 degrees

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched out of Big Break with fishing newbie to the Delta—Kane from Australia— headed into Dutch slough. The weather forecast indicated small craft advisory but the winds were surprisingly mild until about 2PM. The jig bite was on, fished with swim jig with black and blue flapping hog trailer in about 8 feet of water. Caught most of the outside the weed and vegetation line. Biggest was about 2 pounds. Caught about 20 for the day, about 10 on jigs (larger fish) and a number of smaller on wacky rigged Stick-O baits in black/red flake color. Headed back in around 2PM and there were 2 foot rollers in the main channel leading back to the marina.

      Tips: I typically follow the marine weather warnings to a tee. The small craft warning, in place first thing in the morning made no sense when the wind reports from Big Break was less than 5 knots. The flag was blowing at the marina but there were no white caps in the main channel so we took off and fished wind protected places. But once the wind started to get more significant we headed back. Take each wave one at a time.

    • Water Temp: 74/78

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Very lucky to have overcast morning that lasted until around 9:15am with a slight breeze though out the day. Dropped the tub in at day break and stared getting hits right away. About an hour in found some lay downs around rock when the bigger bites started. there is a great weed line next to deeper water that the bass were all over. Caught around 30 or 35 bass by 11:00am with most being in the 1.5 to 3lb range and a few up to a little over 5lbs.

      Tips: I was reaction fishing all morning. Accurate casts is what paid off all morning. I have been following a pattern on henny this week. I did not fish the same portions of the lake today, just the same structure around the lake.

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 80 degrees, Elevation 810.38

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I got launched at Lime Saddle about 5:30am, stopped fishing right at 9:30am, getting too hot to fish much longer, even though fish were in the biting mood still. Decent fishing, but many more smaller fish then last trip. Seemed like half the fish today were runts, 10-12" with the rest 13-14 1/2". Only two 14 1/2" , one 14" for 27 fish for the morning. Fished deep and still could not entice anything larger today. Best fish came from the 30-35 foot mark. Seemed like most banks produced fish, just nothing of any size. No picture of the second 14 1/2", slipped and away she went before I got the picture. Water super warm on the surface, still 80 degrees. Lake lever dropped about a foot since last week. Picture in fishing forum.

Friday, July 7th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 80s

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished the PM yesterday from 5 to dark. The first thing I noticed was how bad the clarity was. It's maybe 1' in most places. The pleasure boaters and increased traffic from the holiday have it stirred up bad.

      I threw topwater but with the clarity being what it is you'd have to make the perfect cast on the right fish for him to even have a chance at it.

      I managed to find a few on a worm and a few on a square bill but nothing over 2lbs.

      Until the boat pressure subsides and the moon phase changes its going to be tough fishing during the day.

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 80-81 degrees, elevation 811.11

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Got an early launch at lime saddle, right about 5:30 am, stopped fishing at 9:30 am as the heat began to warm up. Lake level seems to be about the same, not much change since last week, exact level?? website is down. Water still warm, 80-81 degrees in most locations. Bite was fair, better fish this week, only two dinks at 12", with one 16", one 15 1/2" one 14 1/2" and some weird fish, never seen one before, for a total of 21 fish. Does anyone know what the heck this fish is. My better fish came from about 30-35 foot range, where the water feels better then the surface temps. Pictures in fishing forum.

    • Water Temp: 81-84

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I have the grandsons for a few days so I took them to Oroville. We didn't wet a line until 9:30, really tough to get 2 guys less than 10 years old moving. We started out in the middle fork with drop shot and wacky senkos and landed 12 to 15 dinks. They would rather swim than fish. We moved to the middle fork around 11 and I landed 5 more 10-12" fish on dartheads and drop shot while they went swimming again. Their grandmother was the life guard although she did catch a couple of senko fish earlier.
      Pulled off around noon. Ramp was getting crowded and I had to wait to pull out.

      Not like 5 weeks ago when the bite was hot and 50 to 100 fish wasn't all that hard.
      Lake is of course down 90' from full and holding but I still have guys asking why? I guess no one reads a paper or watches the news.

      Tips: Best colors Roboworm Morning dawn and KVD Chart/blue dream shot. The 3 to 4 fish on the senko hit 4" in white.

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 77 to 83.5

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: The long 4th of July weekend was great for fishing. I went out with KG and Casey and they had a good time catching fish and swimming (see photos). Next day I went out with my buddy Albert and we ended up with a limit of quality bass weighing up to three pounds eight ounces (see photos). The next day was a winner too (see photo). The last two days I fished with my son and daughter-in-law on my son's pontoon boat and we were catching bass left and right we had guests on board Lonny and his kids Lucy and Max who did a great job catching some nice bass (see photos). All in all it was a wonderful holiday weekend. 'Til next time...........................good fishing!!!!!

      Tips: items that I have confidence in are square bill crank baits,pro cure scents,plin e green 6lb test,salt impregnated worms,and polaroid glasses

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

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      Water Temp: 70

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished out of Russo Marina Yesterday- was on the water around 7:30 incoming tide. Fished the tues outside the marina using topwater frogs, had a couple of blow ups on a Ribbet rigged with a single hook. No takers. Caught one 2 pound LMB along the sea wall using a red/yellow crankbait. Moved across the marina but the tide was too low, bugs were everywhere, threw a frog for a while and had one taker but no connection. Moved into the major water by Little Franks and was hitting everything from dinks to 3 pounders using a jib weighted flappin' hog, and wacky rigged 5 inch Sticko from BPS. My buddy and I did about 3 runs down the same stretch and caught about 30+ fish between 10AM and 2PM. It wasn't that windy yesterday. The big boats were creating a little wave havoc as they were enroute to Mildred for the 4th of July. Sheriff's were out there too checking for licensing and boater safety.

      Tips: Throw everything at 'em.

Friday, June 30th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 78.2-79.8

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday nights. I have to say that the bite is still going strong. Hit town Monday evening & got on the water at 11:30 PM. I brought my daughter with me & this was a teaching trip! The goal was to teach her new techniques as she has always fished with just Senkos, so she learned to throw jigs, Texas rig, & blades this trip as well as the fine art of netting fish! Monday was a learning experience as we missed quite a few fish. We landed 9 that night with the best at 7.5 that I got on as jig. It was also her second fish to net & she did very well. The rest were 2.5 - 3.5 on jigs, senkos & Texas.Tuesday night started late on account of the Giant's game going 14 innings. We hit the water at 12:30 AM & ran right into a bite. Once again the majority were in that 2.5 - 3.5 range but we managed a big of 5.11. We hung around to see if there was a topwater bite & we caught quite a few small ones on the Whopper Plopper fished at a steady retrieve. They didn't want the stop & go. We boated 27 fish. Wednesday night we had my bud Manny join us & the bite was still brisk! Same pattern, 2.5's to 3.5's with a few 4 lbers & a big of 5.7. Well, actually, the big was 15.14 lbs. on a jig, but unfortunately it had whiskers! I wish I had a video of my kid netting that one! She couldn't lift it in as it was a load! I lost count of how many we boated, somewhere after 30. The topwater bite was softer, but they were busting in the weeds. Went to get my trusty frog pole out of the locker & realized I left it in the garage after I had the boat recarpeted! I guess I'm getting old & forgetful! I threw a 6" senko & worked it like a frog, got a bunch of blowups, but couldn't get the hook into them! I'm gonna go out on a limb & say the frog bite would have been outstanding! We stayed in Konocti again as there wasn't any real reason to move. The jig bite was the best. My kid lost a few on the jig, but managed a pair of 4's with it. I posted a pic in the fishing forum. She also killed it on the senko, her go to throw. They were either taking the jig on the fall or smacking the heck out of it. They seemed to be all over the place. Got them anywhere from 5" to 25" of water. The Texas worked well on the weed edge line & the Senko around rocky stucture. We fished it slow & the colors were darks with either red or blue. Reaction was soft with a few blade fish & no crank fish at all. The water was a little warmer than I expected, but they were on it! We didn't get the big fish bites like last trip, but we caught more fish! I dug out some old Don Iovino snakes & cow tongues the old man & I fished in Mexico together eons ago in rhythm & blues fished Texas & they got a lot of fish. He still makes them. The jigs were black or black & blue with black blue sweet beavers for trailers. They also hit the Big Texan double wide as well. The weeds are still not that bad, the fishings hot, so if you get the chance to go, do it & be safe!

      Tips: We fished the Texas at the edge of the weedlines & when you felt some resistence, we'd shake the bait, then pull slowly. Sometimes it was a fish swimming with it, or a fish would smack it after you shook it & pulled it free! The jigs we fished in rocky structure & got them in all depths. A bunch of times you'd either lose contact with it only to find a fish had swum under the boat with it or it would feel heavy & then your line starts moving sideways (weeds don't do that! lol) The Senkos were just tossed out there & they'd grab them. They seemed to prefer weightless Texas style as opposed to wacky. They like watermelon with black flake and rootbeer with all kinds of sparklies, I don't think they make it anymore as Jess used them all up! 6" was the ticket! The wind was not too bad, just the usual Clear Lake summer & the weather was gorgeous this week! We'll be back in a few weeks! (Don't forget your frog pole!!!)

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 73-77

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Yesterday I took a father and his 15 yr old son to Berryessa and we had a fairly good post-spawn trip. Conditions were a little tough with a bluebird sky and calm water. Wind came up as we going back to Markley. The son struggled to catch many bass but dad did well since this was his first real bass trip. He caught several bass including the biggest largemouth of the day - at 4+ pounds. When? 12 noon of course!! I caught a largemouth at 3 1/2 lbs at 1 pm. Funny now many post-spawn quality bass will feed at noon. Even though we fished the narrows a lot and some of the west side of main body, they only caught two 2 lb smallies and a few undersize spots. Most of our quality bass were largemouth. Smallmouth usually get going a little later in the summer, Our best 5 was around 12 1/2 - 13 lbs.

      Tips: I tried to get some topwater going but no takers. I had them worm fishing mostly since I could teach them to work the bottom better, and, worms are very effective in the post spawn. Aarons Magic, morning dawn, and shad colored Robo worms all worked well. The bigger bass were now a little deeper, down to 20 feet after last weeks heat spell. Most of our bass were found on points yesterday.

    • Report: by clearlakeoutdoors » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:04 pm

      I havent been fishing much so havent been doing reports.
      I went last Saturday ,water ranged fom 78-82 and got off the water at 10:30 am.
      Caught 3 fish on a frog early biggest was a 6+
      also caught fish on jigs offshore and we cranked some fish and caught shakeyhead fish also.
      Went back out yesterday and caught 2 on a frog and 4 on a buzzbait early.
      jig bite was good offshore and caught some more on the shakeyhead.
      crankbait bite wasnt as good as its been, no wind
      I caught around 20 fish before 10am big fish was a 5
      Algae bloom not bad in am but gets worse as it warms.
      Lake is still really full and lots of shad and hitch

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 80-81 degrees, elevation 812.69

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched about 5:30am at Lime Saddle, stopped fishing at 10am. Felt good being back after shipping last week during the heat wave. Couldn't bring my self to fish when that hot. Didn't do as well this week as past weeks, fish were smaller, but still plenty of them around. Only caught 23 fish this morning with all on the smaller side, best just 14 1/4" Banks are crawling with dinks, and or young fry. Me, I avoid fishing too shallow, most small fish and not looking to catch those tiny things. Water was 80-81 degrees in all the locations I fished, think the larger fish are hanging deeper where water is a tad cooler. My best fish hooked at about 30 foot or so. Just about all baits seem to work. Picture in fishing forum.

Monday, June 26th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 73-76

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I went out to Clear Lake for the weekend at my Aunts house on the Lake. It was a family trip so I didn't get a ton of fishing in but the fishing I did was great. Got out for a couple hours both Saturday and sunday. I fished the south only Jago to Konocti. Off shore rock produced good numbers but not great quality. The bigger fish I did catch were on deeper docks. I threw drop shot, frogs and jigs (black and blue) and the jigs ended up being the bait that worked the best for me this trip. I only fished from 10-2 both days and I caught close to 50 fish during both days. Most of the fish were in the 2-3 pound range with a couple 5 plus (pictures are in the forums). All in all it was a great couple days on the lake I wish I would have got a little more time on the water but a great trip all in all. Glad to see the Jig bite is getting really good again.

    • Water Temp: 65 to 75

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: FIshed Trinity from Wed 21st thru Friday 23rd, did very well all days but weather was very hot...up by the tailings where the water was moving smallmouth were hitting plastics very well, evenings in the shallows by brush was very good with top water. Rapala Crankbaits worked well in the was good after dark as well we caught several decent fish on spinnerbaits. We never got on the water before 10am but I am sure the early morning topwater would be really good as well.

      Tips: find some shallow brush and moving water

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 85.5 thursday 73.8 sunday

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: This past week was super hot the water temperature was 85.5 degrees on Thursday and cooled down to 73.8 by Sunday. On Thursday I went out with Tommie and his son Brogan. What seemed a little unusual was there were no birds in the water as we left the marina. We started off by trolling along the rock wall towards Monticello Ski School and hooked up with a smallmouth bass along the way. I headed to the back of the Ski school and we tried different baits including minnows but were not landing bass with any size to them. Still not seeing any bird activity. It got really hot and we all decided it was time for a swim to cool down which we did (see photos). Feeling refreshed I headed towards the Narrows Tommie was throwing top water and got a roll over. Then he threw a spinner bait but had no bites. He changed to a lipless rattle trap and landed a nice bass. I went to one of my favorite secret spots and we saw bass breaking every where chasing bait fish but they had no interest in what we were casting out but it was fun watching them. On the way to the vine yards both Tommie and Brogan caught fish but still no birds anywhere on the water. We stopped several more times to get in the water the heat was terrible. Coming back on the west side to the marina still have not seen any birds. We had a great day and hope to do this again soon. The following morning I went out with Tim and in about an hour without leaving the marina and using plastics only we landed four nice fish up to three pounds (see photo). Next day I took Steven and Caesar out and saw a few BIRDS but not many. I used the same route as with Tommie and his son but landed more quality fish up to four and a half pounds. We made cool down stops at least five times during the day (see photos). '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.
      Thanks to pro cure scents , Square bill crank baits, Polaroid glasses and the proper equipment fishing is good

      Tips: for info on the oldest fishing club call sid 650 583 3333 clubs name y b a c meets the third Monday of each month.about 120 members