Northern California Lake Fishing Report

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Friday, March 17th, 2017

    • Water Temp: high 54.6, elevation 863.73

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 7:15am, off the lake at 11am. Ramp was packed with big wood going out and in. Thought they were supposed to clean the ramp now and then! guess not. Found water had warmed a tad, high temp found 54.6 degrees, elevation 863.72, still coming up. Water looks a tad better but still murky and lousy visibility. Bite beginning to come back slightly, got 5 spots today, all 12 1/2-13", didn't measure them. Wood is increasing as the lake comes up. Worked my way to the north fork, picking up a fish every now and then. N. Fork is dirty as all get out, and fair size wood jams all over the place. Might get on the lake next week, if the rain allows. All fish looked like the one in the picture. Pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 52-57

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: I did a rare Sunday guide trip. Don't usually do Sunday trips, but these two are busy ER nurses with little time off. They came self-contained with their own equipment and baits. I think this was their first time to Berry, but I could be wrong. Excellent fisher-people with good baits and rods - she even had a G.Loomis NRX rod!! First one of my clients to have one of those great rods. I showed them around the lake and tried to stay out of the way of folks fishing a 30 + boat tournament. Bass boats everywhere! In spite of that, they landed 7 smallies and spots, but only up to 2 1/4 lbs. I really think they enjoyed the beautiful day - away from the pressures of their jobs.

      Tips: They caught their bass on a variety of baits - didn't seem to be a favorite. Most were in the top 15 feet of water. He even caught a nice one on a rip bait, which surprised me a bit considering the color of the water. It really was fun watching them fish hard - enjoying every minute!! Darker plastics seem to be the best. Now we all need to remember how to fish a full lake! What a beautiful sight!!!

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 58 to 67

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Went out with Albert on Saturday our first stop after the Narrows was the cove near the Ranch house. The water covered most of the trees on the side of the cove and I was able to steer my boat behind the trees to fish. We tried our luck there for about ten minutes but the water was so murky we had little visibility and decided to look for a better spot will definitely come back to this spot. Headed to the Vineyards and fished in two feet to a little over four feet of water landing four bass weighing in at a little over fourteen pounds using a chartreuse spinning bait only. The water warmed up from when we started at 58 degrees to 67 degrees with about a foot and a half visibility. What I liked about this area it had a lot of activity birds all around and the fish were jumping all over. Thinking that it was a school of large bass I threw top water lures waiting for the explosive hit with no luck then I noticed the fish had orange stomachs so what I had hoped was bass turned out to be carp. Albert caught his largest fish on a red and black Speed Trap. I attribute my success to using Procure scent on my bait which contributes to luring the bass in murky water to my bait and to Hobie polarized sunglasses which lets me see into the water and cuts the glare. My prediction is that within two weeks the bass should be on their beds as the water continues to warm up and get clearer. 'til next time.......................................good fishing!!!!!!!
      www.fishingconnection.net 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.

      Tips: Never to young to enjoy fish see photos

    • Water Temp: 54-62

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished for three days & nights starting on Sunday the 12th. Pretty calm conditions. The evenings produced larger fish & the days more strikes. We fished south in Konocti Bay & Buckingham.Ted caught a 9.4, 8.8, & 6.7 for the trip, all at night around 2AM. They were hitting Texas rigged Flapping Hogs in Watermelon/Red Flake with the most consistency with strikes on the Kreaturebait & Double Wide Beaver also. During the day, they actually hit Senkos & also a few Crankbait fish. Most of the day fish were in the 2-3.5 range, I think they were mostly males staging. The best day was Tuesday which was the warmest & the water temp climbed into the 60's. The strikes were very subtle as most fish were just picking up the bait & running with it. Our best limit was around 20 lbs as we could not string any of the big fish together. A lot of that was due to me as I lost more than my fair share of good bites! I was snakebit this trip. Could be the speeding ticket I got pulling into Clearlake jinxed me! Lol. Ted had to carry the load! There were no blade, jig, or swimbait bite for us which was suprising; especially the lack of jig bite for us. It's usually one of the most consistent techniques. Also threw jerkbaits but no takers. All of the fish were fat & happy, there's a ton of baitfish in the water. Not a bad trip for early in the season.

      Tips: Move around until you run into fish. We were fishing slow as faster didn't get us any strikes! We were fishing an area in Konocti in front of a trailer & caught 6 fish one right after another. Then it took us 4 more spots until we got another bite. You just have to find them. Monday they were under docks in 14-20 ft, Tuesday they were shallower toward walls & structure. All of the structure I'm used to is under water right now, so you have to fish varying depths to find them. A small system came in Weds & slowed things down so I bet it's day to day for awhile. Coming back in a few weeks to see if the bites improving before spawn hits! Good luck & be safe!

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 49-51, Elevation 860.03

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Got launched about 6:30am at Lime Saddle, off the lake right at 10:30am. Good time on Oroville lake today, but fishing not so good. Only caught 0ne 13 1/2" spotted bass, but my luck, the battery died on my camera, so no picture. Didn't want to stress fish changing the battery. Water on it's way up again, ever since they let it all out during the spillway fiasco, now 860.03. Giant wood all over the lake, slow boating for now. Water is beginning to clear up a tad, much better then my last trip. Skipping next week, waiting on the water to warm some more. Up to 51 degrees in some of the coves. 49-50 most other open water locations. 58-60 degrees the fish will feel like eating again and catches will be good again. Picture in fishing forum.

Friday, March 10th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 52-57

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched out of 3rd street ramp. Surprisingly we saw only 15-20 boats on the lake all day and we travels from Lakeport down to south lake. Water was at 52 degrees in the morning and jumped up to 58 around 4pm. Water was remarkably clear, i've never seen the clarity in the narrows like that which is a good sign. Bite was a little tough in the morning with most of the fish caught on an A-rig. Debris was not as bad as i expected, only debris we had to watch out for was the east part of north lake. When the water temp hit 55 the bite came on hard! Hitting Drop shot, Jigs, underspins and the A rig. Most fish came at around 10-15 foot mostly around the docks at their furthest pillars. We did catch fish in the shallows when the water temp went up. They should be in the shallows soon. North lake produced the most bites. The bite should only get better as the warm temp heats the water up. Remember no wake 1/4 mile from shore. The marshall was patrolling most of the day. Happy Hunting! Fish on!

      Tips: Don't wait until the last minute to get back to the dock. 5th st. ramp is closed so when the sun sets and everyone came in at the same time, it was traffic jam at the ramp. By the time you get on trailer, it will be dark.

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

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      Water Temp: 53-55

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Mid February we experienced a climb in the water temps to 61 degrees here, fish were moving up and feeding in shallow flat areas. The past week the temps have pummeled back down to the low 50's and the bite has gotten very tough for most anglers. The fish are very inconstant in their feeding tendencies right now and we're struggling to catch a limit on most days. Water clarity is still very low, although in many areas it is clearing some to where we have stained conditions where ya can see 1-2 feet, as the winds have died down from last month, many areas are improving. The best thing right now is, it's winter on the Delta, at least when ya do catch some fish, they are in the 5-9 lbs range, with a few smaller 2 pounders showing up. You can catch em big in a small area right now and miss in others, as well as go back to that very same area and not git bit the very next day.

      Tips: Covering a lot of water up in the shallow, dirty areas with a vibrating jig has produced well, darker colored baits with long skinny trailers have worked best. TNT's Dragonfly & Cicada Claymores have worked best for clients and I when we find active fish. Pitching and flippen a black/blue or Dragonfly Wadda in 1/2 oz has produce the best results for us since mid January. Covering a lot of water, dissecting rocky and tulley scatter banks have been best, hopping n popping the jig from behind and out in front of the sparse tulle clumps.We're having to move around a lot to catch em, this will be hindered by the resent closures of the Delta by the OES in San Jaquine County. Currently from the top of Lil Mandy from Old River thru Columbia Cut to the SJR and too the deep south is all under restrictions. There's not a lot of info out for anglers in regards to the closures, yet in my travels the past two weeks, I can see where it is warranted by all the levee erosion at the top of the rocks that have been laid in place the past two years on many of the levee islands here in Contra Costa and thru the restricted areas. There are a lot of bass boaters out running around in this middle part of the Delta, I haven't seen any Sheriffs out issuing warnings or tickets, but I'd recommend until otherwise notified, fish north and east of the SJR and areas around and west of Frank's Tract and avoid the Middle and Southern parts of the Delta..

    • Water Temp: 46-47 degrees, 842.27 feet elevation.

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Been a super long time since being able to get on the lake, all rainy days for nearly a month or the lake was shut down needlessly!! Launched about 6:30am today, off the lake about 11am. Where did the fish go. Fished hard and only caught 1 spot about 13", nothing else. Tried just about everything and no bites except for the one fish. Water looks like half mud, pretty darn dirty if yo ask me. Fished the lime saddle area, and several locations going to the N. Fork, which was blowing as usual. Could not buy me a bite at all. Lots of wood in the water, be careful. These are pictures the day the lake got closed, right at 902 feet at lime saddle. Pictures in fishing forum showing lime saddle at 902 feet elevation.

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

    • Report: Delta Report….Big Black Bass start to show along with this shiny thing, Oh My the Sun!

      Isleton Fishing Report

      Water temps raised a bit this week and a few more 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. 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

      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. 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 reach mid-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 Big Poppa’s. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Bad Bubba Shad a bit more this week and trolled Vibrating baits.

      Frank’s Tract Fishing Report

      Like a army marching forward the black bass bite is picking up at a consistent pace. Black Blue Fizzles, Swim Jigs and FatSack jigs are great options while spinnerbaits get the mentioned as well. We found a Striper (1) 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. Trollers surprisingly, 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 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 up fast slowed the bite for now. 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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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

    • Water Temp: 52 TO 56

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Went out with Bobby on Thursday at eight in the morning to check out the lake before this Saturday's tournament. We trolled with a chartreuse Speed Trap lure which always catches fish but the water was too muddy and no bites. I decided to go take a look at the Glory Hole it was great to see the water spilling over the top after all the dry years. The lake looks great and I will have to adjust to the new depths and structures which I'm really looking forward to. We checked out many of my favorite spots but in fifty-two degree water and less then six inches visibility it was almost impossible for us to lure any bass our way. We ran into a boat that had some luck they had caught three bass and one weighed six pounds 12 ounces (see photo). All these bass were caught on different lures a Senko worm, a jig and a chatter bait in about fifteen feet of water. I enjoyed the day even though we had no fish we had a good time checking out the lake which promises to be very productive going into spring and summer. I met Albert the next day he was going to do some shore fishing and asked my advice on what to use I told him since the water is murky to use a strong scent Pro-Cure with garlic is perfect with a spinner bait white with chartreuse and it worked he landed this two pound four ounce bass in twelve feet of water (see photo). 'til next time...................good fishing!!!
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      Tips: bass where staging to spawn in about 15 feet. will be a great spawn when the water will be 5feet or more visibility,

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

    • Water Temp: 50

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Tough fishing , the water is muddy and cold. We threw the kitchen sink at them and boated 2 spots around 2lbs on a drop shot.

      The fish we did graph were glued to the bottom on island ledges.

      Once it clears up a bit the fishing should improve.

    • Report: i would predict tough fishing conditions for this year because the water level has not been up for several years. Last I heard the fish had not moved up yet and were still holding in there winter areas. Your best bet will be fishing near spawning flats in deep water.

      Tips: fish slow! water is cold and fish lethargic

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Monday, February 20th, 2017

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      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: The launching ramps are open and wet. The lake is still coming up. I haven't been on the lake yet so I can't report on the fishing. Hopefully soon!

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

    • Report: Delta Report…. Big Black Bass Start showing and warming temperatures! Some Studs start to show! ABA goes Out Of Russo’s Saturday!
      Isleton Water temps raised a bit this week and a few more 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- A few more Small stripes and occasionally, a 10-pounder is caught. Eel continues to lead the way for sturgeon anglers in front of Collinsville. Rio Vista Pier also is scoring both species. The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains below Decker Island in the area of the Power Lines at Light 14 and the Red Barn, where boaters anchor and use threadfin shad or Red’s Bloody Eel.

      Walnut Grove . Most are sturgeon fishing now with eel and cured ghost shrimp. Trolling for stripers is non exsistant. Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional sturgeon or Striper those looking for bigger bites.

      Discovery Bay As water temps reach mid-fifties the black bass bite is getting started! Most Blackie anglers are sticking with jigs and slow rolling blades searching ledges near sparse tuie flats. Others looking to beat the muddy conditions are starting to crank Red-Eye Shad and Blades. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Bad Bubba Shad a bit more this week ..

      Frank’s Tract Like a army marching forward the black bass bite is getting on track at a decent pace. Strike King Bullworms, Senko’s and Dragon Fly jigs are great options while Orange Bobby D’s spinnerbaits get the mentioned as well. We found a few Stripers and Black Bass with Jigs, vibrating jigs and Red Eye Shad.
      West Delta Sturgeon Still leads the way. 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. There were few shaker stripers and keepers in the area. The stripers starting to show anchovies and sardines in many areas, bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd.
      Contra Loma - 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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    • Water Temp: 51

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished the TriValley Bassmasters club tournament. Despite numerous phone calls, MID didn't open the Barrett Cove launch ramp until 08:30 ( Doh). May not have mattered, because fishing was really slow. Winning bag was 13 lbs. Biggest fish was a 4 lb large mouth caught by legendary
      Bassmaster Bruce. Grubs, jigs, and drop shot worked best in 5-10 feet of water. Best bite was in afternoon, though early morning was not possible to test. Previous high winds moved most of the debris off of the lake. Very few boats on lake.

      Tips: With very few boats on lake, Fish and Game AND Sheriff have little to do. Make sure you obey rules especially; fishing in counter clock wise direction and have license with you. If ticketed you may have to go all the way to Mariposa County Court house. Though there are plenty of uglier places to visit.

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 54-55.3

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: I took a client from Nebraska yesterday, not really expecting a good bite. Just amazed to see a full lake again - just inches below the glory hole! The water color in the narrows is very dingy, with visibility of about a foot. I showed him the upper lake as far as Big Island, and the visibility was 6 to 8 inches. Very dark murky water. Did not see any boats up there, only in the narrows. Fishing was very slow for us, though his biggest was a nice 3 1/4 lb+ largemouth - in about 3 feet of water on a wall. I did lose a heavy bass also. We used so many different baits, I can't remember which bait he caught the 3 pounder on. I lost my big one on a D&M Piranha swim jig - set too late!! We started about 8:30, hoping for an afternoon bite. It didn't happen, probably because of wind and the incoming storm. Tuesday was probably a better fishing day with lots of sun!!

      Tips: Did not see much debris in the narrows, but saw a big area of it in the main body. Other than that, debris wasn't much of a problem. Don't have many tips because the bass didn't tell us much. I was surprised the jig bite didn't happen for us. My client was a great guy and very involved in Nebraska bass fishing organizations.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

    • Report: From Cooch's Fishing
      The Almond blossoms are here, indicating a big wave to the shallow, muddy waters by the Delta bass is about to take place. A few anglers have reported this week of a few big catches. Yesterday's clients and I found a few smaller fish willing ta feed shallow on jigs later in the day as temps climbed to 54-56, even found one area popping 60 degrees! WHOA! I hate it when the River blows by 55 degrees in less than a week! Water is still very dirty in many areas off the SactoR and SJR. The further away from the two main Rivers you'll begin to find cleaner water if that's yer preference. We caught fish in both dirty and stained water patterns yesterday, yet the key for us seemed to be rock patterns. These river rocks will heat up areas faster forcing the craws out of the mud and the bass will follow in looking for them. All our fish had rooting craw red jaw lines! Delta still a lil tough fishing in most areas, but good fishing can be had by moving around and locating areas where the fish are moving up shallow to feed.

    • Water Temp: 56

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Rough day fishing. Went trough the tackle box. Nothing worked. Was prefishing for a tournament on Saturday. Maybe rapidly changing lake level has fish confused, probably most fish in McClure have never seen the level this high.
      On a good note: lake is beautiful, very little fishing pressure.

      Tips: Some huge trees floating in the water, be careful.

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

    • Report: by clearlakeoutdoors » Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:04 pm

      Ok guys the county had a meeting today and came up with new regulations. They imposed a no wake zone out to 2500 ft off shore.There is still alot of debris out there so i would not suggest running wide open out there.
      DO NOT RUN THE BANKS FAST OR THEY MIGHT CLOSE THE LAKE.
      Midlake remains fish able and the crappie bite is taking off .
      No news on county ramps opening but State park and Konocti vista ramps are open
      Dave