Fishing Report

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Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 75-79

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: We have been having 30, 40 and 50-fish half day guided fishing trips. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous and the fish have really been responding well to it. We have finally reached the end of summer and are experiencing fall-like conditions. The water levels are falling very slowly this year and conditions have been fairly stable. The water temperature has begun to cool and is in the mid to high 70’s.
      The fish are feeding heavily in anticipation for the colder months to come. With the shad schooling and the bass chasing them in many areas of the lake. There is an abundance of forage, including shad, sunfish, bluegill, and baby bass. When you find an area that has smaller fish you can be sure there are larger fish nearby.
      Each trip we are finding new patterns that will sometimes only last for a short period of time. It is very important to keep an open mind and be willing to make on the water adjustments. One day they will be crushing reaction type lures and the next day a finesse rig is the only way to get a bite.
      A topwater lure is always on deck. Early mornings and late evening are the best times to get some good blow-ups. Prop baits and walk-the-dog baits have been producing. As far as subsurface reaction baits are concerned; spinnerbaits, small swimbaits and crankbaits are working best. It just depends on the day and the conditions. Each day finesse rigs will get plenty of bites. A small shad patterned worm rigged on a darthead or shakeyhead and fished on rocky banks will put fish in the boat. Also, try using a dropshot rig once you have located some baitfish and feeding bass.
      We primarily target bass, but on each trip, we are getting some giant bluegill and crappie on our bass presentations. This past week we landed multiple crappie that weighed up to 2-pounds. The lake is very healthy and the future is looking bright. October is going to be a good month to catch some beautiful New Melones bass.
      We also fished the Delta a couple times this month and had a blast! Caught some giants with my good friend Nate Monroe and the topwater bite was cracking all day!

      Tips: Learn seasonal patterns and techniques to catch more fish and bigger fish.

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Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 74-75 mdegrees, elevation 726.98

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:40 am, stopped fishing about 10:15 am, when the breeze picked up. Wow, the lake sure is dropping fast, shocks me every time I launch and see maybe one 7-10 days before Lime saddle closes due to low water. Water cooled a bunch, now 74-75 degrees, another week and might hit 70 degrees. Bite seems to have changed too. Not one single fish caught about the 25 foot mark, all caught 30-35 foot range today, no matter where I fished. Could not find any shallow fish today! Caught 18 fish, mostly 12-13 1/2" fish, and one tiny tiny runt and best right at 15" Water looking better too, clearing up more and more each trip. Interesting, seeing marina dudes pulling out 50 foot house boats before the water closes the ramp. Should have gotten a picture, just never thought about it till too late. Looks like I'll be fishing middle fork soon!! Pictures in fishing forum.

Monday, September 18th, 2017

    • Report: Postby clearlakeoutdoors » Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:22 am

      Thursday the water was 75 -77 degrees and water midlake is pretty clear ,some areas north are clear and some is stained
      Fishing is a little tough .Plenty of 1-2 pounders .
      For me the better bite is shallow less than 5 ft. Squarebills ,flipping
      Weights are down a little from the norm.
      There was a shad die off the other night and lots of dead shad in the Lucerne area

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 80-83

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: After a vacation break, Mike and I hit Berryessa Fri afternoon for a few hours and added 2 hours at night. He had a good trip there last week, including one over 8 lbs. The bite was much slower Friday, at least in the afternoon. We would catch one here and there, but missed several good bites for some reason. We caught several largemouth between 2 and 2 1/2 lbs and Mike got a nice 3 1/4 smallie. We made the mistake of trying a lot of topwater before dark, without a hit. Water was just too warm - or something. That's topwater at Berryessa - "off" and "on!" Been that way forever!! I caught one keeper spotted bass after dark on the favorite 7" Power worm. Sometimes the night bite at Berryessa starts later, but we didn't wait around to find out.

      Tips: Bass were really scattered around - only found one point with several bass on it. The bite most of the time was a half-hearted effort - bass would exhale more than inhale!! Some active bass were very shallow in the late afternoon and did seem to prefer a jig to a worm. Best 5 made a nice limit, but not great. Cooling weather is ahead and that should help the bite a lot. I would assume the early morning bite is best right now.

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      Water Temp: 71-76

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Started the morning fishing points, outgoing tide, witnessed plenty of shad jumping just about everywhere, threw crank baits and produced a couple of keeper sized fish but amazingly when the fish saw the boat they for some reason came off the hook like they really didn't commit to taking it.
      Had fish come off of creature baits also, almost was like a spawning season bite, most fish caught were 12 1/2 ", weighed 1 that was thirteen "
      Also received a lot of bites but when setting the hook there was Nada. caught a small punch fish also.

      Good luck

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

    • Report: This week The Don Lee Memorial and Alameda County Sheriff 13th annual Bass Tournament combine to go Out Of Russo’s Marina Saturday. We our proud to support both these events.

      Hook, Line and Sinker series gets their year started Sunday at Russo’s Marina. This has been one of the longest running Am team series on the River, We are here to help you get started. Good luck to all the teams that are eligible to fish this series.

      Dan’s Delta Outdoors Fall/ Winter hours now in place, Monday throughThursday 11-6 with weekend hours unchanging 6 to 6 Friday and Saturday and 8-3 Sunday.

      Isleton Fishing Report
      Finally a bit cooler With Big Heat finally behind us, the salmon are still trickling into the area. The cooler evening temps have helped the bite a bit. Whiskerfish anglers Mackeral and Sardines are the best here. Still the Smallmouth continue biting to help you beat the summer doldrums . Scroungers tipped with flukes and DDO crank are good choices here for the hard fighting smallies.

      Walnut Grove Fishing Report
      Few More Salmon reports in the area as anglers recover still around as temperatures return more. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove.Bank anglers using liver’s and cut baits prevail for those searching for Whiskerfish. The Sacramento Turning Basin is still decent here as there continues to be stripes caught there by lure tossers. Spoons and small shad patterns are the top choices here as well..

      Discovery Bay Fishing Report
      Keep the moving baits tied on as Crankbaits and Chatterbaits are scoring bass on the main runway rock walls. Bass pushing the 3 to 5 mark are showing on occasion Bladed Jigs and swim jigs are the best for numbers . Plenty of juvenile stripers are in the area as well.

      Franks Tract Fishing Report
      Stripers and plenty of bait building in the area. Spooks And swim baits are key for lure tossing anglers while many of those bluegill caught in the area are becoming highly sought striper candy. Panfish are plentiful Red Worms leading the charge, Plenty of 2 to 4 pound Catfish on various cut baits are keeping the bells a ringing. Black Bass Anglers punching and swim jigs lead the way.

      West Delta Fishing Report
      From as far west as Honker Bay to the Broad Slough and Antioch pier persistent bait dunkers with Anchovies and Sardines ae finding fun action. Anglers in search of stripers are finding the bite to be decent but still those who stick with it are getting keepers to 12 pounds on occasion from both boat and bank. Salmon? Still a trickling in Occasional reports of Salmon grabbing Mepp’s and DDO spinners. 3 or 4 a day from Humphries Bass Bite stays solid in the Break and surrounding cuts.

      South Delta Fishing Report
      Cranking DDO Customs and Vibrating jigs are key for Bass. Bait Anglers are catching catfish and panfish throughout the area, While cutbaits and livers are tops for the whiskerfish the panish responde to worms under bobbers. Those fishing the forebay are seeing stripes on lures and bluegill.

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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 78 degrees, Elevation 735.08

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Got launched about 6:35 am today at lime saddle and stopped fishing at 10:15 am, surprised, only one other boat launched today, even though it cooled a bunch from last week. Water beginning to cool a tad, now 78 degrees every place I went and the algae is started to die and water clear up some. Fished all my usual location and found it slightly slow today. Caught 18 spots this am, most 13" to 13 1/2" and just one decent fish right at 15 1/2" Fished mostly 25-35 feet, but did catch a few at the 50 foot range. Soon as the water cools more the bite for better fish should improve. Guessing Lime Saddle has 2 1/2 more weeks before the water gets to low for the ramp. Picture in fishing forum.

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

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      Water Temp: 75.5

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fishing was tough. Had several small hits on top water first thing in the AM, all less than a 1 lb, and 1 more small one on a senko in the late morning. We did however catch two huge crappie by the dam both on jerk baits.

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 80-84

      Report: We are approaching the end of summer and anxiously awaiting cooler air and water temperature. The lake level is dropping approximately two feet each week. With water temperatures being very warm and falling levels, the fish have pulled off the shoreline and are seeking refuge in deep/cool water.
      During the spring, the water came up at a very rapid pace, flooding grass and bushes along the shore. This turned out to be the perfect conditions for a great spawn for all species. There is an absolute abundance of small baitfish, shad, bluegill, sunfish, crappie and baby bass. Once hatched, the small fish had plenty of cover to tuck away and hide from predators and provide fresh oxygenated water allow plankton to thrive. Now as these smaller fish are growing they are being pushed out of sheltered areas by falling water conditions and dying vegetation. The bass and larger predator fish are gorging themselves.
      The bass on New Melones are extremely healthy and full. On numerous occasions as we are landing a fish they will be spitting bait across the surface and onto the boat. Whenever this happens we will closely examine what size and color they are naturally feeding on and adjust our presentations accordingly. Many of the baitfish are very small and downsizing to a 2” worm has been a good option.
      To locate schools of actively feeding fish try using a reaction type lure. Small crankbaits and swimbaits can be used with a cast and retrieve method to cover water. Once you have located an area that is holding fish, try switching to a small soft plastic fished on a dropshot to continue to catch them.

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Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 78-79 degrees, elevation 745.88

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:50 am, stopped fishing at 9:30 am, getting warm, but muggy as all get out, not my kind of fishing weather, yet I still do it! Kind of slowing bite this am, warm water 78-79, and ramp is about to turn the corner. If the lake continues to drop like the last month, maybe the ramp will last 30 more days, then it's middle fork for me!! Miss fishing the area. Only caught 16 fish today, most 13-13 1/2", a couple 12". Best fish today, right at 15", second best just 14". Water is so murky with algae, like a green mud look. Pictures in fishing forum.

Monday, September 4th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 87.5

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: The past Labor Day weekend was lovely but the weather was HOT, HOT, HOT!!! In the last few weeks i took out Jonathan, Jason and Felicia fishing was slow because of the heat. The water temperature was over 87.5 degrees and the air was hazy from smoke. Even thought the fishing was slow they enjoyed swimming and exploring the lake. Quoting Don and his son Reid "we had a blast". Jay and his son Matthew had a great time. The best time I had this weekend was when I went out with my son Henry and he hooked up with what he knew was a good size bass as he brought it closer to the boat he asked me to net it for him. I got the net but did not succeed getting the fish into the net and before I could try again he jumped into the air by the boat and the line snapped. Needless to say my son was not too happy with my netting skills. We would have released the bass after taking a picture but never got the chance. We estimate the bass weighed over ten pounds my son says it's the biggest bass he has caught and he has landed some big ones in the past. 'til next week.............................good fishing!!!!!!!
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      Tips: found the rock piles will fish them next week using plastics.

Friday, September 1st, 2017

    • Report: Tracy Oasis Charity “RESTORE THE DELTA” Event is Saturday September 2, at the South Delta’s hidden gem Tracy Oasis Marina. 209-835-3182

      Next week BASS FEST 2017 returns to Bethel island’s Russo’s Marina. This will be a super fun weekend for Bass Anglers od all level’s. With Plenty of gear and manufactures in attendance.

      Dan’s Delta Outdoors Fall/ Winter hours start next week, Monday through Thursday 11-6 with weekend hours unchanging 6 to 6 Friday and Saturday and 8-3Sunday.

      Isleton Fishing Report
      No Changes, With Big Heat forecast the next few days, the salmon are still trickling into the area. The Warm evening temps temps should continue to keep the Catfish bite the bite rolling. Mackeral and Sardines are the best here. Still the Smallmouth continue biting to help you beat the summer doldrums . Scroungers tipped with flukes and DDO crank are good choices here for the hard fighting smallies.

      Walnut Grove Fishing Report
      Bank anglers using liver’s and cut baits prevail for those searching for Whiskerfish. The Sacramento Turning Basin is still decent here as there continues to be stripes caught there by lure tossers. Spoons and small shad patterns are the top choices here as well.. Few More Salmon reports in the area as anglers recover still around as temperatures return more. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove.

      Discovery Bay Fishing Report
      Crankbaits and Chatterbaits are scoring bass on the main runway rock walls. Bass pushing the 4 to 6 mark are showing on occasion Bladed Jigs and swim jigs are the best for numbers . Plenty of juvenile stripers are in the area as well.

      Franks Tract Fishing Report
      Decent action for Bethel Island residents and Visitors. Panfish are plentiful Red Worms leading the charge, Plenty of 2 to 4 pound Catfish on various cut baits are keeping the bells a ringing. Black Bass Anglers punching and swim jigs lead the way. Stripers and plenty of bait building in the area. Spooks And swim baits are key.

      West Delta Fishing Report
      Anglers in search of stripers are finding the bite to be decent but still those who stick with it are getting keepers to 12 pounds on occasion from both boat and bank. From as far west as Honker Bay to the Broad Slough and Antioch pier persistent bait dunkers with Anchovies and Sardines ae finding fun action. Salmon? Still a trickling in..A few reports of Salmon grabbing Mepp’s and DDO spinners. Still not great yet. Bass Bite stays solid in the Break and surrounding cuts.

      South Delta Fishing Report
      Bait Anglers are catching catfish and panfish throughout the area, While cutbaits and livers are tops for the whiskerfish the panish responde to worms under bobbers. Those fishing the forebay are seeing stripes on lures and bluegill.
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Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 78-79 degrees, elevation 755.48 feet

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at Lime Saddle about 6:45 am, stopped fishing right at 9:15 am before the heat came on. Wow, water has started to cool, down to 78-79 degrees, which is going to bring the bite back and better fish. Seems it helped the bite today. Found a location that gave up 6 fish for 6 casts. Never ever move on after catching a spot, remember they tend to school at times. Finally got a decent fish, one 16" and one 14 1/2" with the rest 13" to 13 1/2" and only 2 dinks for a total of 25 fish this morning. Most fish taken at about 25-35 feet, one at 40 foot mark. Also got another large mouth, small, 12" size. Three trips in a row catching large mouths. Guessing about 30 days before Lime saddle runs out of water, ramp right at where the corner begins. Pictures in fishing forum.

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

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      Water Temp: 72-78

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Got out early both Saturday and Sunday with my sons and daughter and fished the day through ~6pm. Mornings were comfortable but afternoons got HOT... but a beautiful weekend, winds were kind to us. Started at several spots in the south with barely a bite..no dock bite to speak of. We went North and found fish mid lake and from Buckingham through Henderson. The bite lasted throughout the day with over 100+ fish boated. Landed on a school late Saturday and the kids went on an every cast run for a bit and had a blast. Fish were in 10 to 15 feet of water. Sizes were in the 1.5 to 3lb range with a 4 an 6-06 boated. Heading back up for the labor day weekend!!

      Tips: The bite was definitely on the bottom, Dirty Jigs Super Matt Brown and Norcal craw with Yamamoto twin tail trailers took the honors. Also fished Yamamoto Hula Grub on Dirty Jigs pivot points and were getting smashed. Many drop shot fish with MM III most successful. Caught a few crank fish..but a lot of reeling with little production..went back to the Jig.

Friday, August 25th, 2017

    • Report: Best Bass Tournaments Last Delta/Wine Region Event of the season is Saturday August 26th at Beautiful Russo’s Marina. This promises to be a solid event as Always a well ran event.

      Fishing Report

      Isleton
      With Big Heat forecast the next few days, the salmon are still trickling into the area. The Warm evening temps temps should continue to keep the Catfish bite the bite rolling. Mackeral and Sardines are the best here. Still the Smallmouth continue biting to help you beat the summer doldrums . Scroungers tipped with flukes and DDO crank are good choices here for the hard fighting smallies.

      Walnut Grove
      Bank anglers using worms and cut baits prevail for those searching for Whiskerfish. The Sacramento Turning Basin is still decent here as there continues to be stripes caught there by lure tossers. Spoons and small shad patterns are the top choices here as well.. Few More Salmon reports in the area as anglers recover still around as temperatures return more. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove.

      Discovery Bay
      Catfish Kevin still racking up the Whiskerfish to 10 pounds. Fishing whole anchovies on sliding sinker rigs is key. Crankbaits and Chatterbaits are scoring bass on the main runway rock walls. Bass pushing the 4 to 6 mark are showing on occasion Bladed Jigs and swim jigs are the best for numbers .

      Franks Tract
      Decent action for Bethel Island residents and Visitors. Panfish are plentiful Red Worms leading the charge, Plenty of 2 to 4 pound Catfish on various cut baits are keeping the bells a ringing. Black Bass Anglers punching and swim jigs lead the way. Check Out DDO jr angler Tyler with his punched beauty.

      West Delta
      Anglers in search of stripers are finding the bite to be decent but still those who stick with it are getting small keepers on occasion from both boat and bank. From as far west as Honker Bay to the Broad Slough and Antioch pier persistent bait dunkers with Anchovies and Sardines ae finding fun action. Salmon? Still a trickling in..A few reports of Salmon grabbing Mepp’s and DDO spinners. Still not great yet. Bass Bite stays solid in the Break and surrounding cuts.

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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

    • Water Temp: 80-81 degrees, elevation 764.28

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Got launched at Lime Saddle about 5:45 am, stopped fishing at 10 am, as it was really getting hot with no breeze. Water still warm as can be, still 80-81 degrees, worst part, algae seems to be really clouding up the water with all the warmth this summer and it seems to hurt the bite some? Caught 18 spots today, best right at 14 1/2", and another surprise large mouth caught very close to the last one I caught. Small one, just 13 1/2" but a rare catch for Oroville. Most all fish went 13 to 13 1/2" today, with just two smaller 12" caught. Wishing for cooler weather, cooler water and better size fish that come with it. Water dropped 10.28 feet the last week, seems they are going to shut down Lime Saddle by the end of summer!! Pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

    • Water Temp: 70-72

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Awesome Lake, First time fishing it. Thanks to Ringo, at Lakeside Marina for the in site on the lake. Took my son and on the second cast using a Chart/white spinner bait caught our first 2lb fish off a shallow lay down.2nd fish came off the end of a dock pilling using a Hematoma 420 sweat beaver just over 3lbs. Continued using spinner baits and Zoom green pumpkin brush hog to fill best 5 bag of 17lbs. Great lake.

      Tips: Fish shallow in the morning, go deeper when sun comes out. Find shady corners of docks later in the after noon for the better fish.

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

    • Report: From Glory Hole Sports

      Glory Hole Sports customers Jay and Marty stopped in this afternoon to share their limits of rainbow trout, weighing from 3 to 4lb.14 oz. Trolling above the Parrots Ferry bridge down 40-80 ft. using kastmasters.

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 79-82

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I know about the die off and have seen some of it. Do not fear - there are many, many, bass still very much alive! My sore thumb nearly fell off lipping around 60+ bass for my clients. I lost my net last trip and forgot to get a new one. So Larry - a couple of guys were your clients, right? Not quite. A father and his 11 year old son and 9 year old daughter. Thank goodness for 21 ft Rangers!! I think this was their first official family bass trip. I told the bass to be on their best behavior, and they were. A 6 1/2 hour bite, unbelievable! it never slowed We used a variety of plastics, mostly Robo worms in 2 or 3 different colors. MM111 is coming on as fall approaches! Morning Dawn is still hot, along with the weather. We fished several areas mid-lake, working 5 to 15 feet of water. We also used Yamamoto Flappin' Hogs and some jigs w/Yamamoto trailers. I believed I worked harder on this trip then any in memory - someone had a bass on all the time with their triple hookup even - the whole family had one on except the wife - and she wasn't there!! I figured I'd net dad's first since he had the money - LOL! I've seen this happen before - as the afternoon set in, the fish got bigger. Both kids got one near 4 lbs. The success of this trip was only possible because I didn't have to be on the trolling motor - no wind to speak of. I was free to net 24/7!!

      Mike Sperbeck and I fished the lake on Thursday afternoon and found good action also. We fished the Rattlesnake Arm and up to Soda Bay. Again, an amazing shallow bite in the wind, bass biting in the top 5 feet. Mostly jigs that trip. We caught over 50 in 5 hrs, up to 4 1/4 lbs. As I mentioned before on a previous post, no dinks any more, just good bass in the 2 to 4 lb range.

      Tips: Though the bite is good nearly everywhere, it is a struggle to find a fish over 5 lbs in the southern area of the lake. Many of those bigger bass have a new zip code. What is that zip code for the Lakeport area now???

Friday, August 18th, 2017

    • Report: Postby tbass858 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:51 am

      Launched at B and W around 530 with a good high tide, we then ran up river a few miles and started fishing the main river throwing frogs and senkos. It was bitting great with the occasional better fish until we ran into this skinny girl, which went 8lbs even. As soon the the tide fell out so did the bite. We continued to scratch rats untill 2 when we left.