Northern California Lake Fishing Report

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Saturday, April 15th, 2017

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

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

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

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      Water Temp: 54-57

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

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

    • Water Temp: 59 -63

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

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

    • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

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

      Tips: Chartreuse tip worked for me

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

    • Water Temp: ??

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

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

    • Water Temp: 57-62

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

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

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

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

    • Report: Dan’s Delta Black Bass Series #2 Launches out of Big Break Marina Saturday April 15th.

      Striper, Sturgeon, Bass and More….

      Isleton Fishing Report

      Striper Trolling and plug casting has started to recover a bit from the dirty water.. 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

      Trolling is scoring 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 Sardines or Red’s Bloody Eel.

      Walnut Grove Fishing Report

      Trolling for stripers cracking the 20 pound plus keeps anglers smiling Brite colors 8 to 10 foot deep is key as the spring push starts up. The Dirty “D” is clearing its name and conditions are improving. Stay in the Liberty 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 stabilize in the 60’s the black bass bite is rolling. Bed fish are around. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with Senkos and Tail Slapper swim baits, Wind and overcast this weekend slow rolling blades and crankbaits searching ledges near sparse tulle flats.

      Frank’s Tract Fishing Report

      Had Novice anglers Nick and Clay out this week, there first ever fishing experience netted them 8 striped bass to 10 pounds. Black bass bite was picking up at a consistent pace til this storm series arrived. Hematoma Beavers on over cast days also working well. We found a few Stripers and Black Bass with 200 S-Wavers and Red Eye Shad. Others looking to score are starting to crank Red-Eye Shad and Big Poppa’s are solid options. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Savage Glides a bit more this week and trolled Angry Eye baits.

      West Delta Fishing Report

      Sturgeon rockin’ Jay Lopes is among the many guides and anglers has scored solid numbers of keepers daily in the Martinez and Pittsburg area. 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 Classic shimmer jigs. 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 the way. 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.

      Del Valle Fishing Report

      Black Bass are on fire with anglers reporting having caught and released up to 12 bass. Most are smaller and in shallow water creating their beds. Best bet is still Senkos, either wacky or traditionally rigged. Also try a plastic crawdad, on either a half-ounce, or a one-ounce football jig head. If you do catch a bass, please release it, as she maybe pregnant. Remember that by taking one bass, anglers could be taking thousands away from the lake, so please, during the crucial spawning period, release any bass caught. Trout have been active this last week. They have been in the shallow water; anglers are having good luck on Power Bait, nightcrawlers, Rapalas, mice tails and Kastmasters. Many anglers have reported catching their limits.

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Thursday, April 6th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 59-64

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

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

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

    • Water Temp: 59-62

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

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

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

    • Water Temp: 67

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

    • Water Temp: thru 4/5/2017

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

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

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

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 52-54, elevation 842.90

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

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

Friday, March 31st, 2017

    • Water Temp: 49-52 degrees, elevation 838.70

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

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

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

    • Report: Delta Report…. San Joaquin OES South Delta Boating Restriction update. Click Here

      Spring Striper Start to Show !

      Isleton

      Striper Trolling and plug casting has started to recover a bit from the dirty water. 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

      Capt. Stan reports, 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 Sardines or Red’s Bloody Eel. P

      Walnut Grove

      Trolling for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling Brite colors 8 to 10 foot deep 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

      As water temps Stabilize in the 60’s 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 Big Poppa’s. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Bubba Shad a bit more this week and trolled Angry Eye baits. Packman A-Rigs also solid options

      Frank’s Tract

      Black bass bite is picking up at a consistent pace warm days only helps the Big Girls bite. Mike Birch of The Dan’s Delta Pro Staff landed a 11.58 yesterday on R2Sea Whopper Plopper and AC Minnows are great options while spinnerbaits get the mentioned as well. Hematoma Beavers on over cast days also working well.

      West Delta

      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 Red/White Classic shimmer jigs. Trollers it’s getting started. Chartreuse patterns are the best bet. We found a few Stripers and Black Bass with 200 S-Wavers and Red Eye Shad.

      Contra Loma

      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

      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.

      Del Valle

      Trout have been active this last week. They have been in the shallow water; anglers are having good luck on Power Bait, nightcrawlers, Rapalas, mice tails and Kastmasters. Many anglers have reported catching their limits.Black Bass are on fire with anglers reporting having caught and released up to 12 bass. Most are smaller and in shallow water creating their beds. Best bet is still Senkos, either wacky or traditionally rigged. Also try a plastic crawdad, on either a half-ounce, or a one-ounce football jig head. If you do catch a bass, please release it, as she maybe pregnant. Remember that by taking one bass, anglers could be taking thousands away from the lake, so please, during the crucial spawning period, release any bass caught.

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

    • Water Temp: 52-54 degrees, elevation 847.44

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:45am, off the lake at 10:45am. Fished the local Lime Saddle area. Bite seems to be improving ever so slightly, but a long ways from being good. Did catch my first 15" for the year along with a 14 1/2, and the rest 13" range for a total of 6 spots. Me and my Camera have issues, dead battery again and no spare with me, so no pictures!! The 15" fish was takes in about 15 foot of water, all the rest 25-30 foot range. Water no warmer yet, high 54.4 degrees, most areas 52 degrees. Water clearing ever so slightly, depending on where one is at on the lake. Think the water people are scared as the lake is down about 20 foot from my last trip, now 847.44. Guessing they are spooked by the mess up at the damn. Someone cleaned the ramp of wood finally.

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

    • Water Temp: 58-60

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished the Tri-Valley Bassmasters tournament on March 18th. Typical of lakes this time of year, had to work hard to catch anything. Fished from Spanish Flats to the dam. Threw the tackle box at them and got 10 small fish for our efforts. Biggest fish was a 22 inch rainbow. Saw fish down deep at 60 feet on the graph but few close to shore. Angler of the year John Herrera had the biggest fish weighing 4.0912331 lbs (we'll just round that off to 4.09). With the help of his partner John Williams, they had a bag totaling 12.15 lbs. Biggest fish was caught on a grub.

      Tips: Lake looks really nice, was nice to fish it with out a huge wake every few minutes.

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

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      Water Temp: 62.5

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished out of Big Break Marina on Sunday. Incoming tide at 7PM- High tide around 8:30AM, pushed quickly into Dutch Slough and started fishing with spinners and jigs. Fished from 7AM to Noon and the bite was ON in the shallows. Caught a total of 26 fish with the majority in the 2-5 pound range. Biggest was 6 pounds, caught two five's, and a lots of 2s and 3s. Slow presentation wacky style with pumpkin trick worms won the day.

      Tips: When you think the bite is going to be on, get ON IT.

    • Water Temp: 59

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Exactly like the man said...Got out on Saturday out of Orwood,. Water is stained and clearing up nicely in areas. Fished from there to franks hitting every good spot I know. The bites I got were good ones. A 5.6 in Old, A 4.11 in Franks, and a couple smaller. Not a limit, but better than nothing right ?? Rain again this week, so who knows what will happen....I LOVE THE RIVER !!!

      Tips: Just keep fishing....

Friday, March 17th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 65-67

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: When I get my boat checked out with Jeremy at C&C Marine, Sacramento, I often add Lake Amador to my trip. I thought I would night fish a little, but just fished the afternoon. Found some bass already on beds, though they were very hard to see. I caught 3 males, all about 2 1/2 lbs, and lost a bigger female. Just before dark, I made a blind cast next to a rock and got hammered! Fought that bass for a long time and finally netted a 4 lb male largemouth! He was not a female, just a big male bass!! All my action was in various coves.

      Tips: I was pitching brown jigs with a chartreuse tail - weird bait but works when sight fishing. Water is still dingy, but fishable! One can see the results of the winter storms - lots of trees blown over - split in two, etc!! There is lots of NEW cover in the water. Lake has only dropped about a foot from high water mark.