Fishing Report

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Saturday, March 31st, 2018

    • Water Temp: 60 to 68 F

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Tons of action but no size at Lake McClure today.
      On the water: 7:00 AM
      Off the water: 4:00 PM
      Air Temp:
      Low: 47
      High: 80
      Barometric Pressure: 29.9
      Sky: Mostly clear with some clouds / overcast
      Water Temp: 60 to 68 F
      Water Clarity: Clear (up to 10 feet)
      Water Level: 836.67 as of 3/30, up 0.44 feet from day before
      Wind: Very little wind, slight breeze at times
      Moon: Waxing Gibbous (99% visible)
      Fish Activity: Moderate to high
      Kayaks: Hobie Outback, Native Watercraft Manta Ray 12, Native Watercraft Titan 12
      Lures: Soft plastics on the bottom

      Headed out to Lake McClure today with Barry and Will. I wanted to take a look around to see how the recent rains have effected the lake. The lake is really high and the water is clear. There is a ton of debris in the lake so be careful. There are some big logs / branches floating just under the surface that could cause some serious damage. Lake McSwain is down a few feet and is muddy throughout. The Merced River is running high and also muddy due to the rains and the release of water from McSwain. Now for the fishing report.....we launched out of McClure Point and focused our efforts on the southern end of the lake. We found fish on islands and primary / secondary points and cuts. The fish were in 10 to 20 feet of water. They were keying on bottom baits. Hand-poured 4" worms, 6" lizards, 4-6" creature baits, and ned rigs all worked on the bottom and slow. We weren't able to get any reaction or topwater bites. I didn't see any fish on beds in the areas that I scouted. We found a good mixture of largies and spots. Nothing big, just nice healthy fish. I did break one off on a ned rig on light line that felt like a big fish, you all know how that goes. There is more rain projected for later this week with a cooling trend. This should keep the fishing in a holding pattern.

      Tips: Be careful if you are headed out to McClure in a big boat. I would keep it slow and keep an eye out for logs and debris. Work bottom baits in 10 to 20 feet of water right now for consistent action. Fish should be moving to the bank soon with a week or two of stable, warm weather.

      Fishing report submitted by Motherlode Kayak Angler Kayak Bass Guide Service (209) 230-3159

Friday, March 30th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 57-61

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I did two really fun, good trips to Berryessa on Tues and Thurs. Tuesday I guided a father and his two 16 year old twin sons. In spite of the cold and some wind, we got into a very hot bite between noon and 1:30 pm. When it was over, it was over!! They caught around 13 or 14 quality bass - all 3 species - the boys catching spots up to 3 lbs 10 oz. Best hour of the year - so far!! Their best 5 around 16 lbs! We just fish the narrows as the main lake was too rough for any fun. Robo worms were the top bait, and mostly the same color! I have a great photo that I'll post. As you know - fishing days are not often repeated in the same way. Thursday was no exception. I had 2 clients from the Pacific northwest - outstanding anglers who have fished all over the world! And they caught a ton of bass yesterday, but more dinks than I think I have ever see at Berryessa. They did catch some better bass too, but nothing like what I saw on Tues. Bag bass was a 3 lb spotted bass, caught in the back of a cove, probably searching for a spawning area. We found a big school of bait on my new HDS 12, and bass that unfortunately were only 1 to barely 2 lbs. They were using a variety of their own baits. Bass they caught were from 20 to nearly 50 feet deep.

      Tips: It is a rare day to pull into the parking area at Markley Cove on an early Thursday and find the lot full of rigs - only a few spaces left. Wow - a different period of time now! I have a lot of tips, but usually keep my mouth shut or fingers still before a tournament. Good luck out there!

    • Report: Delta Report…. Spring Stripers show and Black Bass bite goes Off!

      Dan’s Delta Black Bass Team Series Launches out of Big Break Marina Sunday April 8 th.

      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
      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. 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
      Bite is recovering well as 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 Mokelumne 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. 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 are solid options. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Biwaa Strout a bit more this week and trolled Angry Eye baits. Packman A-Rigs also solid options

      Frank’s Tract Fishing Report
      Black bass bite is picking up at a consistent pace warm days only helps the Big Girls bite. Sandra Mathisen broke her PB with a 9-8 Black Bass and followed up with a 4-7 next cast Senkos 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 200 S-Wavers and Red Eye Shad.

      West Delta Fishing Report
      Sturgeon bite is tougher yet anglers has scored solid numbers of keepers daily in the Martinez and Pittsburg area. The stripers are showing with shad and sardines in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd. Stripes to 18 pounds have grabbed hair jigs. Trollers it’s getting started. Chartreuse patterns are the best bet.

      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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    • Water Temp: 58-61

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Man it's been heating up nicely all week I thought the bite An the conditions would be on point today but I was wrong big time. Launched at noon from browns ravine An found out the lake has risen 30+ feet in the last 3-4 weeks, I shot straight in lower arm to check out some of my usual spots, after gettin about 1/2 mile in I noticed the whole arm was chocolate milk, filthy! I then checked out a couple spots on main lake but boat traffic was heavy so I worked the upper arm the rest of the day, fished rock walls ranging shallow to deep, flipped trees, shallow flats some with mainly grass An some mostly rocky, fished deep boulders offshore. Light colors dark colors with no success except for my only bite a 2 pound spot slammed my creature in about 4 ft of water. No other fish were on that pattern. I'm not really what the fish do when the lake levels rise so much.

      Tips: I'll take some tips if anyone has any to offer

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

    • Report: by Kyle46N » Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:27 pm

      Wow....today was a day of mixed emotions. On one hand I'm ecstatic, caught a 25 lb bag. On the other hand, I feel like a failure, as I only caught 6 fish after seeing................hundreds. Just so happened 5 of them were 5 pounders. Hundreds of fish........you guessed it, beds everywhere. Fish are getting their groove on in full force. It seems like they are just getting on the beds, as I saw many fish still "courting". Male's chasing females in the shallows, then 30 minutes later they settle down on a a bed. Saw numerous fish just floating withing 10 yards of spawning shoreline, getting ready to move in. And ultimately, they were very skittish. Didn't seem to be locked on at all. I was spooking fish left and right. The 6 I caught just didn't see me coming. I "thought" I saw a bed from a distance, pitched the bubba rig and got lucky 6 times over the course of 8 hours. I guess that's why I feel like a failure...lol....I failed ALOT! I caught them all on the bubba rig with an oxblood 6 inch roboworm. Not sure the color mattered. I saw water temps up to 63 degrees. Mostly around 60. This was my first opportunity to see a Delta spawn. I've never seen anything like it. I've been on lakes in the southeast where there are fish on beds everywhere.......BUT I could not have counted the number of 4-6 lb fish I saw even if I tried. Absolutely incredible fishery. And to think in my short time here in Cali, I've heard numerous Delta pro's state that the Delta is not what it used to be. I can't imagine what it used to be. Anyhow, I'm psyched to see the bags that come from the tournaments this weekend. Those fish are only going to get more aggressive every day.

    • Report: by jiggin4bass » Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:35 pm

      As of 10 am this morning its at 96% with no water been released :D
      When this last storm came through it was at 58%

      Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:21 pm

      If you know the structure in this lake in 10 to 50 feet of water and as muddy as it is and the color selection of your baits it can be a really good fishing day on the lake.

    • Water Temp: 53.8 to 54.8 degrees, water level 788.55

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Got launched at Lime Saddle about 6:45 am, wood, lots of wood stacked up on the ramp as it always gets when water levels come up. Damn, hate that stuff, worst part is getting off the water!! and not taking home a cord with the boat. Slow, slow bite, good part, water is beginning to warm. Found 53.6 to 54.8 degrees in my travels. about 4-4.5 degree rise since my last trip. Picked up 4 spots, best right at 15", and a surprise coho, small one. Never caught one before, teeth surprised me. Didn't know how to hold them, for sure not like a bass. Water dingy from all the rains. Most fish caught at 30-35 feet or so. Guessing about the mid to end of April, bite will be wide open, it's coming, so be patient. Pictures in fishing forum.

    • Report: by Joe daddy » Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:00 am

      The water level is up about 40ft since my last fish. It’s on the first ramp at bidwell now. All my good holes are under water :roll: water clarity is pretty murky. Made for tough fishing. Should stable out in few days. Jitterbug caught one which he said was about 8” was around 11” by the time we got home. Told him to take a picture, he wouldn’t.

Monday, March 26th, 2018

    • Report: by Kyle46N » Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:12 pm

      Decided to check out the first day of the run of what looks to be beautiful weather over the next week or so. We were greeted with 20 plus mph winds, with gusts to may as well been 80 mph. Blue bird skies, and a north wind? Where did this post front come from? Anyhow, I went down Potato into White Slough and Disappointment. Everything was muddy to stained. So I kept going and ended up even further down White's. Finally found clear water and what I thought would be a perfect area for fish to get shallow with the climbing water temps, (ended at 59 today). Not much happened. My son caught a three to go along with a couple dinks I caught on a squarebill and punching. We moved to an island in the San Joaquin, only place we could find that didn't have white capped rollers, and started flippin. Not five minutes into it, I put a jig at the base of a Pampas grass bush, and had a 7 lber choke it down. My first Delta giant. Okay, okay....I know that's not a Delta giant, but it's my first Delta fish over six since I moved here this past summer. Felt good to say the least. Well, we couldn't get any more bites in that area, so we went to the back of another slough in the White's slough family, and caught about 10 1-2 lbrs on swimbaits. Water was clear, but with the tide almost out, all we could get was the little guys to chase swimbaits. When we could get fish to eat, they were in a foot or two of water, so I would say a run on shallow water real estate is getting ready to happen on the Delta.

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 57 to 60 F

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: KBR Member's Tournament (6th. Annual Art Dagamejian Memorial Tournament) was held on 3/24/18. 11 teams hit the water with the hopes of catching a giant! The team of Bill and Connor Oldcorn made it happen with a solid 9 pound plus tank! With all the recent rains the lake is at full capacity and overflowing the spillway. The visibility has decreased to 1 foot with a chocolate stain with water temps from 57 to 60 degrees. Despite the less than ideal water conditions the fish were chewing! Teams reported catching fish on a variety of baits and tactics from topwater to reaction baits to swimbaits to jigs to soft plastics. Most teams reported catching fish shallow in less than 5 feet of water. The big fish of the day came on a chatterbait in shallow water first thing in the morning.

      Results:
      First Place - Bill & Connor Oldcorn - 3 fish - 17 pounds 12 ounces
      Second Place - Brian Bertolotti & Steve Mendes - 3 fish - 15 pounds 14 ounces
      Third Place - Marlon Brughelli & Scott Pringle - 3 fish - 14 pounds 2 ounces
      Adult Big Fish - Connor Oldcorn - 9 pounds 4 ounces
      Youth Big Fish - J.T. Smith - 5 pounds 6 ounces
      Future Angler Award - J.T. Smith - 3 fish - 11 pounds 0 ounces

      Tips: Get out and fish. The warming trend is on it's way. This will be an incredible fishing season with all the high water.

      Report submitted by Motherlode Kayak Angler Kayak Bass Guide Service (209) 230-3159

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      Report: Been tough to get myself out there knowing Jake’s Beach is underwater now. Might go out this evening to see the new water levels, will report back.

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

    • Report: by BigBassDaddy1190 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:52 pm

      Both of the main creeks were completely blown out today. A lot of water coming in.

    • Report: After months of meager flows, Putah Creek finally begins to roar after 2-5 inches of rain in the watershed in March 2018. The flow is approximately 3000-5000 cfs. This is shot in the Crystal Flat Wildflower Preserve north of the Berryessa Estates right before Putah Creek enters Lake Berryessa .

      VIDEO http://www.westernbass.com/forum/crystal-flat-wildflower-preserve-north-the-berryessa-estates-right-before-putah-creek-enters-lake-berryessa-video-t114002.html#p597610

    • Report: by cdrake » Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:34 pm

      Was out today and fished the east delta. Water temps start around 52 and come up to mid 50’s as the sun gets up. Chocolate milk pretty much everywhere. Best water clarity was in whites slough with 3-4 ft of visibility.

      Side note, Find the grass to get bites, a lot of water is a wasteland due to the spraying.

    • Report: by Kyle46N » Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:22 pm

      As of Tuesday afternoon, the Mokelumne was blown out (brown), and that included many of the sloughs branching off of it, to include a large part of Potato slough south of Terminous and then into White Slough for a while. The San Joaquin was good though and that seemed to be pushing into White Slough and Disappointment to keep some clarity. That's the extent of the area I fished most recently. Last Friday I was down around Mildred, and Old River to south of Franks, and that was all very clear. Everything around Mildred was crystal clear.

    • Report: ATTENTION BOATERS! Due to the current forecast for wet weather, the Tuolumne River Arm debris barrier boom located 5 miles upstream from the Moccasin Pt. Recreation Area has been closed. Additional downstream debris barrier booms are still open. This boom will be re-opened as soon as conditions permit. These Debris Barrier booms will be periodically opened and closed throughout the rainy season based upon weather and Tuolumne River inflow forecasts.

    • Report: by jiggin4bass » Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:32 pm

      Eastman rose 8 feet in 24 hour period
      5400 cu feet per second flowing into the lake at 10am this morning.
      Hensley rose 5 feet in 24 hour period
      They are moving up fast

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

    • Report: Officials have downgraded the severity of the Moccasin Reservoir Dam from “imminent” failure to “potential” failure, the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office said.

      Waterflow from the dam’s emergency spillway triggered a flash flood warning Thursday for south central Tuolumne County, the National Weather Service said. The warning is in effect until 2:15 p.m. Friday.

      The flood waters will be contained by the Don Pedro Reservoir, which is about one mile downstream.

      The waterflow from Moccasin Reservoir Dam will have little impact on Don Pedro Reservoir. Moccasin Reservoir Dam can hold 554 acre-feet of water. Don Pedro Reservoir can hold 2.05 million acre-feet of water. Currently, Don Pedro is at 84 percent capacity, which means it still has room for 300,000 acre-feet of water.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

    • Water Temp: 50-51.2

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Mike Sperbeck and I made a short trip to Bullards to check on the bite. What bite? No more snow, ramps are good. I wasn't feeling real great, so I let Mike catch 'em all - all 3 of them. At least there was a minor bite. Weather and water are very cold!! I guess the word is out - only saw one other bass boat. We really need some sun, badly! Bullards is not an open water lake like Berryessa and Clear Lake and it really needs some sunny days to start warming the water. Not happened yet. Mikes biggest was about 2 1/2 lbs

      Tips: His fish were at least 40 feet deep and caught on walls.

    • Water Temp: 52

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: With all the rain everything had a little color to the water. Very slow day and had to through the drop shot and slow roll the A Rig. Ended the day with only 4 fish. I jumped in a harbor and caught some crappies, even that was slow 10 fish or so and on the small size.