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With the summer coming to an end, fall patterns are begging to emerge up here at Clear Lake and the lake is changing daily. Cooler overnight air temperatures have brought water temps down a bit this week with readings in the high 60's in the morning and low 70's by the afternoon. Another noticeable change is that the weeds are dying back slowly and are becoming less numerous around the lake. There is still however a great deal of matted thick weeds all around the docks in Lakeport from the Skylark Resort up to about Rocky Point. The docks and shoreline are very fishable all along the Nice, Lucerne and highway 20 side of the lake as well as the rock piles in the narrows. The tule edges from Konocti Vista Casino all the way down to the State Park have been producing some nice fish for fisherman flipping the pockets and edges. Another good bite in the north end is to fish any isolated offshore weed clumps you might find in 6' to 10' of water. These weed clumps can often be way off shore by the 5mph buoys or way out in the middle of a bay. Drop shot, Senko, chatterbait, and spinnerbait have been working well in these areas. There is a lot of silverside minnows up in the shallows in the North end and the fish are keyed in on them right now. I did have a couple fun days catching them on a Lucky Craft Pointer 65 jerkbait, but you do have to go through a bunch of little fish before you get a good keeper it seems like. The LV500 or lipless crankbait bite is starting to come on strong up north and the yo-yo technique ripping it out of the weeds has accounted for some of the bigger fish being caught on that end of the lake. Topwater has been pretty much non existent for me ever since the cooling trend began but i still have my topwater box in the boat just in case we get a few warm days in a row.
It still seems like most of the people are fishing the narrows and south two arms right now and with good reason. There is a good jig bite down there and a Carolina rigged brush hog is working well also. I was able to find some schools of big threadfin shad (3" to 4") suspended offshore in like 25' and those areas were definitely holding the bigger fish right now. I had a couple good days throwing a Speed Trap squarebill crank bait in a shad pattern down by Rattlesnake Island and over by Monitor Island but you do have to weed through some dinks to get a good one. I'm looking forward to a good S-Waver and glide bait bite to be starting up soon. Water temps need to get just a bit cooler.
Sometimes the bite can be a bit tough this time of year especially with all the tournament pressure and the abundance of baitfish everywhere. If you find yourself struggling at all. I would recommend drop shotting a 6" purple plastic worm real slow on the bottom and you will catch them.
Good luck out there and we will see you on the water,
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