Northern California Lake Fishing Report


Sunday, June 4th, 2017

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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.

    • Water Temp: 65-75

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Hi all.... I got out a couple more times this holiday weekend. The water is different in areas that I fished, from super clear and warm, to stained like tea, to muddy and cold. Choose your flavor right ? Well the flavor of the week for me was all but the cold muddy stuff. Caught fish on top water in the morning, then tried to get the frog working, I got a couple blowups but nothing to speak of. Spinner baits and other bluegill colored baits did well. Caught a good number of fish, but no toads. Thanks to all the soldiers, we will never forget your sacrifice.

      Tips: Go fishing

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 70.5

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Finally get to write a decent fishing report! Fished Sun night thru Tues nite. Hit the water around 11PM Sunday & got into fish right of way. We fished at night, all south & primarily stayed in the Konocti area. It seems some of the fish are coming off post spawn & are starting to be more active. We ended Sun day night with 17 fish, best five going 29.12 highlighted by an 8.8, 6.12, & 6.6. Tried to change out that last 3.8 for a 3.12 to get over 30 lbs but we just could not get 'er done! They were hitting the Texas rigged double wide beaver, Yamamoto cut tail worm, blades, cranks, & a few on the jig. (big fish came on the jig!) No takers on the Senko. Colors were dark with some red in them. Oxblood worked really well for us! Monday nite was slower with only 8 fish, but we did manage four 6's with the rest around 2 lbs. Tues nite was the small fish night, we had to work for them & manages one 5.15 on a blade. I think the small system coming in started to affect the bite, when we get more stable weather, I think the bite will get more consistent!

      Tips: Move around, we only had one spot where we caught more than one fish & throw a lot of different baits. They were up fairly close. The muck algae is starting to form, so you have to throw deep enough to avoid it, around 5 ft of depth or so. They seem to be hanging just off that weedline. Fished deep also to see if they were on rocky humps & did manage one 6lber in 18 ft of water, but for the most part, deeper water was pretty slow. All of the fish looked really healthy & I hope the jig bite picks up when the crawdads start to get active. I think they are getting more & more active & we will be back in 3 weeks to try it again! Stay safe & have fun!

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

    • Water Temp: 85.6

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Not like the last time we were here! Got on the lake at 3pm & the water was in the mid 80's! This is the only the second time I fished this lake & I thought the temp would be in the mid 70's. Anyway, to make a long story short, we caught one dink on three strikes. We threw lipless & med cranks, senkos, texas rig, & blades. I think with the temp, the bite is early morning or dusk! Will try again, but change the time we fish. Does anyone know if night fishing is allowed on Mendocino?

      Tips: don't have any, we were happy not to blank!

    • Water Temp: 58-70 degrees, elevation 828

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:35, stopped fishing at 10:40am when the heat began making me sweat!! hot today. What a difference when water warms back up from my last trip, up to 68-70 degrees today and the fish were loving the warmth more then last week. Killed them today (not really) released all. Managed to catch 44 spots this morning, with 4 in the 15-15 1/2" range, one 16" and one 17" along with many in the 14 1/2" range with only 2-3 in the 10-12" range. Also got my first smallie about 13". All thin as most have spawned already, but 2-3 still full of eggs. Pictures in fishing forum.

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

    • Water Temp: 62-72

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Hi all...Got out on Saturday from Orwood, headed to Mildred to have some fun. Every spot had 2 boats on it. I saw alot of spooked fish, the pressure must be intense on the fish while they nest. So off I went some punching honey hole close by. Picked up some aggressive fish there, then moved back south to check some other warm water, MISTAKE....the boat traffic was insane !!! I had to go to places where ski boats just don't know about, I found some cheese and caught fish right away...fished till past midnight listening to the frogs sing their songs. It's only gonna get better with the next moon phase. Have fun all !

      Tips: Check your headlamp

    • Water Temp: 68-73

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: The bass fishing on New Melones has been a little hit and miss. Some days we are finding plenty of fish, along with some giants and other days we are working for each and every bite. Even on the tougher days we are averaging 15 to 20-fish. New Melones is a great fishery and it is not uncommon to catch 30 to 40-fish in a day.

      Changing techniques and adapting to the conditions has been a major key to our success. We were faced with another week of unstable weather, cold nights, a drizzle of rain and gusty winds. However, we made the proper adjustments and found some quality fish on each trip.
      The fish are at the tail end of their annual spawn and are in a post spawn stage. When the surface warms we have been finding topwater fish in the mornings and evenings. When it cools we went with a subsurface reaction presentation. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and small swimbaits will put fish in the boat. The weather the next couple weeks looks like it will be fairly stable and the reaction bite will continue to produce.

      I had the pleasure of fishing with Rick Helmonds for a couple days. About an hour into the first day of our guide trip Rick stuck a giant 6.2-pound largemouth. We were targeting an area that would hold both spawn and post spawn fish. This beauty inhaled a swimbait in shallow water.

      Tips: Go fishing in the early morning and evenings to avoid the heat. Rovers and Ploppers are pulling fish to the surface for some exciting topwater action.

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

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 66-68

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I had the pleasure of taking a husband/wife team from Florida to our beautiful Bullards Bar! Florida with its 3 to 5 foot water they fish - Bullards was probably a shock to them when my Lowrance would often read over 300 feet!!! A new world in California! The fishing was fair since the lake continues to rise - now about 97% full. All the cover (trees and brush) are now under water, so most fishing is on visible structure - points, walls, etc. She fished for awhile and then most enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Bullards is a beautiful lake when full!!! He fished hard and caught a bunch of spots up to 2 lbs but never hooked a big one. Very few boats on the water. The dinks are showing up now but the bite is still slow.

      Tips: I think the bite will gradually slide into the summer pattern - lots of dinks with an occasional large spot. The June post-spawn bite can be pretty good on crankbaits and swimbaits, but will probably be tougher because of the high water that will be with us for awhile. Dropping Senkos around the flooded brush and trees should work pretty well this summer!!

    • Water Temp: 70-72

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I had another guide trip on Wed at Clear Lake and found the fishing to be better than my last few trips. The bite started slow but got goin' around 11 am. She brought some of her own equipment and baits. In addition to over 20 bass, we caught 2 bluegill (again!) and 2 crappie. We caught bass a little deeper this trip, down to 20 feet. Robo worms, Senkos, and Flappin' hogs worked best on this trip. We just stayed in the south end, fishing off-shore rock and a few docks.

      Tips: It seems that most of the bass have moved off the bank by now. I think a good post-spawn bite should start soon and maybe last thru June - if - we ever get some normal weather! Starting to see some floating cover now down south. Topwater and frogs around the corner??

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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      Water Temp: 68

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fish with my body Monday 15th ,buitifful morning and windy afternoon
      Got a dozen of fish mostly smallmouth, biggest one 3 lb
      Just read previous report from carp fisherman Sid.
      Please be real Sid.
      Everyone knows you are a carp fisherman.

      Tips: Fish with wacky rig senko and Carolina rig at 12-15 feet

    • Water Temp: 73

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Went out this past Friday it was windy but a beautiful sunny day. It was too windy for me in the main lake but I tucked myself into a cove by the Monticello Ski School and fished there the whole time I was out. I fished Senkos Texas rigged and wacky rigged and drop shot Robo worms (color: morning glory) covered in Procure scent (night crawler and garlic craw dad ). I let two bass go that still had eggs one weighed over eight pounds and the other over ten pounds. Ended up with a nice limit one weighing in at 5 pounds 6 ounces (see photo). The lake is clearing up but only saw a few beds. Top water should be happening soon. '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: lots of water ,all baits are working this past have only to find the fish.they are hungry but if your bait does not work switch to a bait that does.a couple fish on top water a couple on spinners a few on cranks but the balance on plastics.

    • Water Temp: 62-64, elevation 834.66

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Got launched about 6am at Lime Saddle, stopped fishing right at 10:15am. Today, one of the rare days without blowing winds this morning, dead calm, kind of spooky! Water cooled a lot, down to 62-64 all the places I fished. Bite was good, but not as good as my last trip, caught 29 spots, 2 at 14 1/2", with most around the 13" range and 1 dink about 6". Surprised, water dropping lots, down 14.07 feet from my trip last week. Think they are running the lake in the scared mode still, letting out twice the water coming in. Seems they never consider spawn when dumping water the way they are. Can't figure out why they do this, the way they do. Wood cleaned up a lot, hardly any but a few logs still floating around, be careful. Pictures in fishing forum.

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 59-63

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Man the bite has gone soft...still managed 31 with most in the 1-2.5 range. Biggest of the day was 4.5lbs. The wind was kicking our butts all day but stayed north all day so we avoided it as best as we could. Caught them on dropshot, jigs and crankbaits. Most of the fish are sitting in shallow cover. Didnt catch too many away from cover. Most bites came within a few feet of any exposed structure. Clear Lake is in dyer need of a string of hot days not followed by a massive cold front bringing rain and windy. The Bass have been banged around by this weather and most are still well in the spawn. The weather looks promising the next couple weeks so fingers crossed.

      Tips: Stay North and fish slow

Friday, May 12th, 2017

    • Water Temp: up to 73

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Went out this past Friday it was windy but a beautiful sunny day. It was too windy for me in the main lake but I tucked myself into a cove by the Monticello Ski School and fished there the whole time I was out. I fished Senkos Texas rigged and wacky rigged and drop shot Robo worms (color: morning glory) covered in Procure scent (night crawler and garlic craw dad ). I let two bass go that still had eggs one weighed over eight pounds and the other over ten pounds. Ended up with a nice limit one weighing in at 5 pounds 6 ounces (see photo). The lake is clearing up but only saw a few beds. Top water should be happening soon. '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: sorry corrected date Friday the 12th email me for pictures will send..see me at the lake for free procure samples.

    • Report: Delta Report…. Great Month for #FishOakley as Anglers from Throughout the West start rolling in for their First Major Event of the Year! FLW Costa Pro-Am going now at Russo’s Marina. The Weekend will wind down Sunday with the High School State Championship at Russo’s as well.

      Dan’s Delta Outdoors Team event #3 is Next weekend (May 20th) at Big Break Marina. Pre Registration available NOW at Dan’s Delta Outdoors. Each team member that comes in early to register will be given a raffle ticket for a 50.00 Dan’s Delta gift certificate.

      Isleton Fishing Report

      Striper Trolling and plug casting has stayed fair the last few days. Dirty “D” is a bit Windy this week. Trolling the Angry Eyes and Savage Preys is the best bet. Sturgeon anglers moved West . Catfish start to show in better numbers with Mackerel.

      Rio Vista Fishing Report

      WINDY, but forecast to improve later this weekend. Shore bound anglers are scoring both species. The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains Sandy Beach and the area of the Power Lines, use Sardines or Shad. Trolling is scoring many limits stripers and occasionally, a 10-12 pounder caught. Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers.

      Walnut Grove Fishing Report

      Trolling Savage Prey baits colors 8 to 10 foot deep is key as the spring push continues. The Dirty “D” is clearing its name and conditions are improving for Black Bass in the area. Spinnerbaits and Fizzle jigs are working in the Hog Area. Bank anglers tossing shad and Sardines prevail for an occasional Striper those looking for bigger bites. Drifting live baits for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling..

      Central Delta Fishing Report

      Most Blackie anglers are sticking with Strike King Blade minnows paired with Fatsack Swim Jigs. Wind and overcast this weekend slow rolling Fatsack Tackle blades and Strike King square bills searching ledges near sparse tulle flats. Stripers had another cameo appearance this week yet it was very brief. Crappie and Bluegill also had a improvement this week.

      Frank’s Tract Fishing Report

      After being beat up by crazy winds for a week, we got a third round of winds. Black bass bite is at a consistent tougher than normal bite. Hematoma Beavers on over cast days also working well. We are seeing a few big Black Bass with ¾ ounce Jigs. Others looking to score are starting to crank DDO Customs and Big Poppa’s are solid options.

      West Delta Fishing Report

      Bundle up and braving the wind is worth trying. The stripers are here anchovies and sardines in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd. Stripes to 28 pounds have grabbed baits . Trollers it’s getting started on both sides with Red Barn being the top choice, if they aren’t there move to the Eddo’s Side. Chartreuse patterns are the best bet.

      Contra Loma Fishing Report

      One of the best local bets! Try fishing for catfish at Channel Point, Loma Island or from a boat with nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Trout are biting on nightcrawlers at Channel Point, near the swim area, or from a boat. Black bass fishing has been good again this week, biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake. Try fishing for crappie or bluegill with jigs or worms at the boat ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area.

      Los Vaqueros Fishing Report

      The Best bet is fishing for trout with all the trout plants and cool water temperatures. They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Peninsula Cove. The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic scented PowerBaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty.

      Del Valle Fishing Report

      Trout is OK, most anglers are catching them on either garlic or colored Power Bait or nightcrawlers. Staff would also recommend using small spinners or smaller jerk baits, Lucky Craft, or yo zuri. Anglers have been catching trout in the deeper waters, as the fish are staying down at depths of 15-20 feet. Black bass are hitting pretty good. Find fallen trees, weed beds or the tulle patches. We would recommend throwing either a weedless senko or artificial crawdads on a ½- to a 1-oz football jighead. Anglers are also catching them on shallow to mid running crank baits.

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Thursday, May 11th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 64/72

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Hi all... I have been out multiple times in the last few weeks. It has been quite the adventure to say the least. The fish are spawning all over the river.... some places have crystal clear water, most places have very dirty water. (Which I believe is from all the farms moving water in and out ??? Can anyone confirm that ??) Well anyways, I am catching some quality fish on northeast side of the river. Where ever I can find decent visibility seems to produce well, plus I can see what I'm targeting. Try topwater early, then go with your top 5 go-getters....good luck and have FUN !!!

      Tips: Avoid the crowd if you can....FLW everywhere....

    • Water Temp: 70-74

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I had 2 guide trips - Tues and Wed - with typical Clear lake weather. Tues was very warm and the lake was FLAT most of the day. Wed the cold front came in with south winds and lots of white caps!! And we wonder why the fishing has been "interesting" this year? Tuesday my client did well, landing several bass in the 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 lb range. Could not find any willing larger bass. All the bigger bass my friend and I caught last week were no where to be found this week. Wed I took a fellow who just got off the plane from Japan to fish with my previous client who now lives in the bay area but is also from Japan. They had a nice trip and caught everything including 2 bluegill, crappie, several bass up to 2 1/4 lbs and the battle of all battles - landing a 15+ lb catfish on ultra-light tackle! I took a nap while he was fighting her - LOL!! It took him about a minute a pound to land her - about 14-15 minutes. That was something to watch!! Actually he did a great job to land her and was a happy camper!! A little earlier on the same rocky area, I was able to put a 5.1 lb bass in the boat. The wind made fishing difficult and slowed the bite a lot. Tues, we saw small bass and panfish everywhere around the lake. Wed we could not see any of those fish as they were all tucked in shallow cover.

      Tips: I cannot give any tips on the baits my clients used as they were totally self-contained with their Japanese baits and ultra-light outfits. The great thing is that if they were making fun of my Robo worms, I couldn't understand them, They spoke Japanese all day! They were both great casters and worked their baits very effectively! Tuesday we had a lot of success on Robo worms but I am too embarrassed to tell you what color - yet! More on the water tests! Senkos worked as usual. Tuesday we both lost a big bass - not sure why. I was sorry that the south end wasn't any better. The better days may be just ahead - or - many of the southern bass have been moved to the north. Naw, that wouldn't happen.