Northern California Lake Fishing Report

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Monday, March 19th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 49-52

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: They say the month of March comes "in like a lion, out like a lamb", but to date it has seemingly been 19 days of lion-ness. That being said, they are still biting. When the lake chooses to calm down, late winter tactics are still ripping lips. Those I talked to said they hadn't seen any pre-spawn activity, so the spawn *might* be later than usual. We had a tough time finding them, but they are there. We took a few on a ned rig and we caught one on a spinner bait when the wind and chop was at full throttle.

      Tips: Late-winter tactics; either endure the rain and fish through, or wait for a sunny day and guess at what they're biting on.

    • Report: by Joe daddy » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:02 pm

      17...& 1/2” on baby brush hog.
      My brother threw in that same spot for about half hour with a pink robo worm. I threw about 3-4 cast then my line starts v-lining towards little rock pile. Should get even better next week after these rains comes through.

      PHOTO: http://www.westernbass.com/forum/lake-oroville-t113913.html#p597302

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 59 to 61 F

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: On the water: 12:00 PM
      Off the water: 4:30 PM
      Air Temp:
      Low: 36
      High: 59
      Barometric Pressure: 30.02
      Sky: Mostly clear with scattered clouds
      Water Temp: 59 to 61 F
      Water Clarity: Stained (green to brown) 1 to 2 feet
      Water Level: full and running over
      Wind: Very little wind, slight breeze at times
      Moon: Waxing Crescent (1% vislble)
      Fish Activity: Moderate
      Lures: Jigs, Crankbaits, Chatterbaits, Worms, Senkos

      Narrative: Headed out to KBR today with Mickey and Tanner for a few hours to catch the afternoon bite and to check on lake conditions for upcoming KBR Member's Tournament on 3/24/18. The ranch has received 2.5 inches of rain with the last storm and the lake is completely full and overflowing over the spillway into the lake to the west. The lake is really healthy and the spawn should be fantastic this year with the high water conditions. Now for the fishing.....We got on a great jig bite right away. Tanner got his first jig fish today, and now he's hooked! Caught a few on a crankbait and one on a chatterbait. We picked up a few more on worms and Senkos and then called it a day. The fish were holding in 3 to 8 feet of water. With a week or two of warm weather the fishing will be incredible!
      Submitted by Motherlode Kayak Angler Kayak Bass Guide Service - (209) 230-3159.

      Tips: Get ready for the spawn. 1 to 2 weeks of stable, warm weather and this place will be amazing!

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

    • Report: Photo: Dan's Delta Outdoors Staffer with a 10.14 Courtesy of Dan's Delta Outdoors

      Delta Report…. Dan’s Delta Black Bass Series brings the First One-Day Pro-Am in years back to the Delta as anglers from throughout CA converge on East County

      Isleton Fishing Report
      Striper Trolling and plug casting has stayed solid a bit with. Water temps raised a bit this week and a few more stripers in the Cache Slough area responded. Sturgeon remains the focus here. Diamondback anglers are heading to 41, Liberty and Cache Slough areas with roe and eel reporting success.

      Rio Vista Fishing Report
      Sturgeon anglers in front of Collinsville or Red Barn still get bit. Shore bound anglers are scoring both species. The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains Sherman Island in the area of the Power Lines, use Sardines or Red’s Bloody Eel.

      Many more Small stripes and occasionally, a 12-15 pounder caught. Savage 3D Glides working for casters and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers. Swim jigs around pumps getting stripers.

      Walnut Grove Fishing Report
      Trolling for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling Brite colors like Rat-L-Trap 46R is key as the spring push starts up. The Dirty “D” is keeping its name and muddier conditions make it tougher. Stay in the Wimpys area for best conditions.Best bet, Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures. Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional sturgeon or Striper those looking for bigger bites.

      Discovery Bay Fishing Report
      As water temps reach upper-fifties the black bass bite is rolling. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with Senkos and slow rolling blades searching ledges near sparse tulle flats. Others looking to beat the clear conditions are starting to crank Red-Eye Shad and 6th Sense Crankbaits.

      Frank’s Tract Fishing Report
      Black bass bite is Solid warm rain only helps the Big Girls bite. Strike King Wake baits are great options while spinnerbaits get the mentioned as well. Hematoma Beavers on over cast days also working well. We found a few Stripers on Bad Bubba Shad and Magnum Flukes

      West Delta Fishing Report
      The stripers starting to show anchovies and sardines in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd. Stripes to 18 pounds have grabbed Spooks and Pencil Poppers. Trollers it’s getting started. Chartreuse patterns are the best bet.

      Contra Loma Fishing Report
      Trout fishing is still good at the east side, north side of lake or from a boat with nightcrawlers, Power Eggs, or mice tails. Water up fast slowed the bite for now. Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures and nightcrawlers around the lake. Try a AC Minnow wake bait or a Savage Trout.

      Los Vaqueros Fishing Report
      Trout action best bet. They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Cowboy 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. There was a 1000 lb DFW plant on March 8th. There was also a 1000 lb Lassen plant this week. With the continuing plants, trout fishing has been holding steady with more limits being caught from all around the reservoir.

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Friday, March 16th, 2018

    • Report: From DVL Marina Impressive Striper caught off the shoreline 3/16/18 by Mark Barker. He used swimbait to catch this 23.27 lbs monster. Great job Mark!!!

      Photo: http://www.westernbass.com/forum/pound-striper-dvl-t113987.html

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 52-54

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I guided an expert angler yesterday all over the lower end of Berryessa, showing him areas that were new to him. We experienced all sorts of weather - mostly cold and a little wet. Early afternoon we even had the big north wind hit - rare during a storm, followed by more south wind. Thank goodness the big thunderstorms didn't hit until I was towing home. The bite was slow as the water temp was the same as a month ago. He did catch two nice bass, largemouth and smallmouth, in the 2 3/4 lb range. Missed a few good ones as the bite was timid. It was fun to run into a bunch of near keepers at the last place we stopped. They probably moved up as the sun finally came out. Robo worms worked as always.

      Tips: Can't say much as client will be involved in tourney activity this weekend. Bass do seem ready to come shallow in spite of the weather. Our bigger bass were not too deep. Water is clear - so far. May be different this weekend in the coves. But, remember, these are not warm storms. Check your temp guage!

    • Report: by kb » Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:10 pm

      The warmer rains will have the fish biting on jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, a-rigs and plastics. From the bank the Beals Point and Granite Bay Area will be good with some fish near the rocks.

    • Report: by HrdHookSets » Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:57 pm

      Early this week when it rained I found fish up in the shallows on top water explosions!!! As the rain was warm... Unlike today it was a cold front rain which no top water and pushes the fish towards inactive as much n found less fish but a few on plastics on the bottom... I dont own a boat just another shore fisherman with little knowledge....

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 52-55

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Went out to enjoy the nice sunny somewhat warm day before the rain An cold come back this week. Pulled up to the ramp to see there was a tournament going on (always check your lakes schedules). Luckily it was the final 15 who had fished melones the previous 2 days, still seemed to be a boat on every point. Anyways me and my dad were on, best 5 probably pushin 16-17 pounds, mixture of smallmouth and a 3 an 4+ largemouth. Didn't sound like all the tourney guys were doin so hot, our strategy seemed to be slowing down tossing the darker baits in the murkier areas An back to lighter colors in the cleaner areas. Caught them on points An steeper walls, most hit on the way down. Also most fish where holding closer to bank, I assume there beginning to look for a nice place to spawn.

      Tips: Keep casting, changing colors tell you get some attention. The fish are there.

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

    • Report: Delta Report…. Dan’s Delta Black Bass Series First One Day Pro-Am Entry and Registration now available for Download. All Pro-Am Entries/Membership Forms due Friday by 6pm. Draw Meeting Saturday 17th 5pm.

      This Weekend, NewJenn Bass Launches out of Russo’s Marina Saturday March 10th.

      Isleton Fishing Report
      Striper Trolling and plug casting has improved dramatically.. Water temps raised a bit this week and a few more stripers in the Cache Slough area responded. Sturgeon remains the focus here. Diamondback anglers are heading to 41, Liberty and Cache Slough areas with roe and eel reporting success.

      Rio Vista Fishing Report
      Many more Small stripes and occasionally, a 12-15 pounder caught. Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers. Red White Classic Shimmer jigs around pumps getting stripers. Sturgeon anglers in front of Collinsville or Red Barn still get bit. Shore bound anglers are scoring both species. The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains Sherman Island in the area of the Power Lines, use threadfin shad or Red’s Bloody Eel.

      Walnut Grove Fishing Report
      Trolling for stripers cracking the 12 pound plus keeps anglers smiling as the spring push starts up. Best bet, Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures. Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional sturgeon or Striper those looking for bigger bites.

      Discovery Bay Fishing Report
      As water temps reach upper-fifties the black bass bite is rolling. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with Senkos and slow rolling blades searching ledges near sparse tulle flats. Others looking to beat the clear conditions are starting to crank Red-Eye Shad and 6th Sense Crush 100x. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Bubba Shada bit more this week and trolled Angry Eye baits.

      Frank’s Tract Fishing Report
      Black bass bite is picking up at a consistent pace warm rain only helps the Big Girls bite. Chatterbaits are great options while spinnerbaits get the mentioned as well. Hematoma Beavers on over cast days also working well. We found a few Stripers and Black Bass with Glides and Red Eye Shad.

      West Delta Fishing Report
      The stripers starting to show anchovies and sardines in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd. Stripes to 18 pounds have grabbed Swim Baits . Trollers it’s getting started Angry Eyes Chartreuse patterns are the best bet.

      Contra Loma Fishing Report
      Trout fishing is still good at the east side, north side of lake or from a boat with nightcrawlers, Power Eggs, or mice tails. Water up fast slowed the bite for now. Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures and nightcrawlers around the lake.

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 52 to 53

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: The lake had a 2 foot chop on it. This made for a tough time to stay on your spot. The fish still eating when I could stay in contact with the bottom. I was running moving small moving baits. Ended the day with 10 bass. We moved in side a marina and caught about 20 to 30 crappie each.

    • Water Temp: 48.5 to 48.8, elevation 727.55

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Got launched about 6:45 am at Lime Saddle, off the water at 10 am. Nice not to have freezing temps for a change, nor blowing winds. Typical winter bite, near nothing going on no matter what I tried. Picked up 2 spots, both at about 35 feet, and that's it for this trip, small a fraction under 13". Tough bite as it always is every March. Water temps dropped a tad, high 48.8, low 48.5 in my travels. Rains only gave a couple foot gain on water level. Don't plan on catching many fish if you go out!! Picture in fishing forum.

Monday, March 5th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 54-55

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched out of glory hole on 3/4/18, and made a run to the south end of the lake hitting the coves below table mountain. Coves were unproductive, as was somewhat expected considering the post frontal conditions. Fish were found holding on rocky points in the 15-25 foot range. drop shotting morning dawn robo worms led to fish all around the 1.5-2.5lb range. Also tried some deep cranking to no success. Made another run up the river and found many more fish stacked up on points. The quality of fish were also better upriver, and fish to around 3 pounds were caught. Began throwing a 4.2 inch keitech with a 3/8 oz underspin and started producing. Ended the day with around 20 fish to the boat, and a number of short strikes. All but two were spots. Couldn't get the big bite, but most fish were pretty good quality in the 2.5 pound range. Best 5 probably between 12-13lb.

      Tips: The fish were definitely staging on main lake points with rocks. A lot deeper than I was expecting, as they were much shallower a couple weeks prior when I had fished the lake last, but I credit this to the major cold front that has pushed through the area the past week. Any point leading to a major cove produced multiple fish. Keitechs, and dropshotting produced the numbers, but couldn't find the bigger bite. With the weather changing back to being warm for a while the spawn should begin in full affect. It is good to note that both largemouths were males and both were caught in shallow water so theyre moving up! Any day now the lake will break loose

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

    • Report: Delta Report…. Spring Stripers Slow but will recover! Black Bass, Crappie slow progression. Dan’s Delta Team Event #2 Goes Outta Big Break Sunday!
      Isleton Fishing Report
      Striper Trolling and plug casting had improved dramatically, and the heavy wind and rain muddied the river. Water temps dropped a bit this week still a few stripers in the Cache Slough area responded. Catfish started stirring in dead end sloughs, Cut Baits and Crawlers get the top call. Sturgeon remains the focus here. Diamondback anglers are heading to 41, Liberty and Cache Slough areas with roe and eel reporting success.

      Rio Vista Fishing Report
      Small stripes and occasionally, a 12-15 pounder caught. Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers before this last round of storms. Sturgeon anglers in front of Collinsville or Red Barn still get bit. Shore bound anglers are scoring both species. The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains Sherman Island in the area of the Power Lines, use threadfin shad or Red’s Bloody Eel.

      Walnut Grove Fishing Report
      Most are sturgeon fishing as dirty conditions took over with eel and cured ghost shrimp best baits. Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional sturgeon or Striper those looking for bigger bites. Trolling for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling as the spring push starts up. Best bet, Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures.

      Discovery Bay Fishing Report
      As water temps reached mid-fifties a couple weeks ago the black bass bite is tougher again with cooler temps and “Dirty D” conditions. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with jigs and slow rolling blades searching ledges near sparse tuie flats. Others looking to beat the clear conditions are starting to crank Red-Eye Shad and KVD 2.5’s. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Bad Bubba Shad a bit more this week and trolled Vibrating baits.

      Frank’s Tract Fishing Report
      Black bass bite has toughened a bit with cooler muddy conditions. Black Blue Fizzles, Swim Jigs and FatSack jigs are great options while spinnerbaits get the mentioned as well. Hematoma Beavers on over cast days also working well. We found a few Stripers and Black Bass with Savage Glide Baits and Red Eye Shad.

      West Delta Fishing Report
      The stripers starting to show anchovies and sardines in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd. Stripes to 8 pounds have grabbed Hair jigs. Trollers it’s getting started. Chartreuse patterns are the best bet. Dino’s, Eel is the best bait over all, but roe and shad also scoring a few diamondbacks Broad slough and surrounding cuts. There were many shaker sturgeon reports and double hook ups. Bouy 18 at Collinsville West to Honker Bay has been best.

      Contra Loma Fishing Report
      Water cooled fast slowed the bite for now. Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures and nightcrawlers around the lake. Try a AC Minnow wake bait or a party crasher. Trout fishing is still good at the east side, north side of lake or from a boat with nightcrawlers, Power Eggs, or mice tails.

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Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

    • Report: Postby Larry Hemphill » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:22 pm

      This is just some late weather info - Wed, 7 pm. Big storm coming as most of you know. This is a cold one and there is 6 to 18 inches of snow forecast for the 2000 ft elevation. Will this happen? Who knows. Not sure I would take the chance. Ramps at Bullards are steep as are the approaching roads. Just thought I would let you know. Everything these past 2 weeks has come almost directly from Alaska. Skiers are rejoicing - maybe 4 to 6 feet of snow at higher elevations - finally!

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

    • Report: Delta Report…. Spring Stripers Show! Big Black Bass, Plentiful Crappie and Bass. The “O” Series heads out of Tracy Oasis this weekend.

      Isleton Fishing Report
      Striper Trolling starts getting better #plinefishing Angry Eyes are favorites. Water temps cooled a bit this week and a few more stripers in the Cache Slough area responded. Surprisingly Catfish started stirring in dead end sloughs, Cut Baits and Crawlers get the top call.

      Rio Vista Fishing Report
      Many more Small stripes and occasionally, a 12-15 pounder caught. Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers. Eel continues to lead the way for sturgeon anglers in front of Collinsville or Red Barn. Shore bound anglers are scoring both species. The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains Sherman Island in the area of the Power Lines, use threadfin shad or Red’s Bloody Eel.

      Walnut Grove Fishing Report
      Trolling for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling as the spring push starts up. Best bet, Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures. Most are sturgeon fishing now with eel and cured ghost shrimp. Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional sturgeon or Striper those looking for bigger bites.

      Discovery Bay Fishing Report
      As water temps dropped a bit in low fifties the black bass bite is rolling. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with jigs and slow rolling blades searching ledges near sparse tuie flats. Others looking to beat the clear conditions are starting to crank Red-Eye Shad and 6th Sense baits. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Bad Bubba Shad a bit more this week and trolled Vibrating baits.

      Frank’s Tract Fishing Report
      Brrr, cold am temps toughened the black bass bite yet anglers are still grinding away. Black Blue Fizzles, Swim Jigs and FatSack jigs are great options while spinnerbaits get the mentioned as well. We found a few Stripers and Black Bass with white swimbaits and Red Eye Shad.

      West Delta Fishing Report
      The stripers starting to show anchovies and sardines in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd. Trollers it’s getting started. Chartruse patterns are the best bet. Dino’s, Eel is the best bait over all, but roe and shad also scoring diamondbacks Broad slough and surrounding cuts. There were many shaker sturgeon reports and double hook ups. Bouy 18 at Collinsville West to Honker Bay has been best.

      Contra Loma Fishing Report
      Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures and nightcrawlers around the lake. Try a wake bait or a party crasher. Trout fishing is still good at the east side, north side of lake or from a boat with nightcrawlers, Power Eggs, or mice tails. Try fishing at Channel Point, Loma Island or from a boat with nightcrawlers or chicken liver.. Try fishing for Crappie or Bluegill with jigs or worms at the boat ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area.

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Saturday, February 24th, 2018

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      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: First time fishing Spring lake. Took my son as weather too nasty for him on lake Sonoma today. Joke on me as I wish I could include the picture of the bass I caught. One of my personal best between 6-7 pounds? as I didn’t bring my scale. White chatterbait with black/blue rage bug trailer. Caught near boat dock from shore. Wind 5-10 mph. Overcast and drizzle. Not a world record but nice to know this lake still holds some serious bass.

Monday, February 19th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 52-58

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Got out on Saturday before the cold front blows through. It is a little early yet, the bite is still tough in most area's. I found warmer water in protected spots which are easy to find. The tide was coming back in and the bite hit a high for a few hours for me. Caught some decent bass on reaction baits. It did not last long, hopefully it will rain some more before spring hits hard. "keep a tight line"
      Sug' out !

      Tips: Bring lots of snacks....

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 49.6 thru 57.4

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: It's been awhile since my last report but I went out this past Saturday with Steve. The morning surface water temperature was 49.6 degrees and warmed up to 57.4 degrees by the afternoon. It was a hard fishing day but we hung in there. We tried drop shot ting to swim jigs and it was hit or miss all day. We had some luck in the Narrows and on the east side pass the ranch house before the Vineyards (see photo). No sign of birds or any bait. In my estimation it will be about five or six weeks before the first spawn. A few weeks ago my daughter-in-law Sarah caught an 8 lb 2 oz largemouth bass (see photo) her personal largest. Good job Sarah!!!!! The lake is 9 feet under the Glory Hole so it is full. '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 bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.

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      Tips: We fished deep and shallow no birds no bait not a lot of fish and no fish jumping BUT THE GOOD NEWS LAKE IS FULL..

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 49-55

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Started the morning around 7am throwing 3/8oz underspins with 3.8" kietech trailer and Jackall TN70, off the bat we were catch fish just not the right size, made a round around the lake to look for the bigger ones, found a good area loaded with fish couldn't get anything big out from it, noon came and we started fishing docks targeting the shaded sides, couldn't get anything to go, I started backing away from The dock and fishing the deeper end and immediately started hammering fish, they were in the bottom in about 7-10ft of water, again nothing big. we then decide to try out for some crappies and found a point where the we're stacked up, we caught and lost count bite was just insane, after a few hrs crappie fish we decided it was time to pick up the swimbaits and swing for the fence, headed back to our first spot and right away my partner got bit, he and I was using one of my prototype 6" Bluegill glide bait, he swung and missed, a few cast later I got bit and same thing happened, we figured it must be the small ones hitting, we then came to a sandy bank and I position the boat in 7ft of water and made a long parallel cast, let my Gill bait sink down to the bottom and started my retrieve with a rod swipe, I like to do that when the bait hits the bottom, it causes the bait to have a irractic side to side action and let's the bait come up off the bottom to not get hung up, also if there is any fish near by or looking at it it can also trigger a reaction strike, soon as my bait came off the bottom I did a medium reel and pause retrieve, on my third reel turn I felt a tug then my rod loaded up and I set the hook, fish on! I Fought her to the boat and my partner grabs the net and we got her into the boat, it was a nice healthy 6lbs 10oz fish, we took some pictures and released her, made a few more cast then it got dark and we called it a night.

      Tips: I'm no expert at clear lake but if u want to catch fish throw underspins and reaction baits, fish shallow in the morning and move out deeper in the day, don't forget to throw the big baits for a chance to catch the big ones good luck!