Northern California Lake Fishing Report


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.

    • 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!!