Berryessa Lake and Reports

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Thursday, September 20th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 72-75

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I was able to do a trip on Tuesday with Justin Wolff, owner of Angler West TV productions. With a camera everywhere and being recorded with all the pearls of wisdom - just a normal trip, right? And the bass recovered from all the weekend tournaments, right? Not sure. Clara Ricabal works with his company and was along for the trip. Thankfully, she caught the biggest bass! As it should be! Actually, it really was a fun day except for the weather conditions. The forecast was for a cool, breezy morning. Well, not so. We had bright sun with no breeze and the lake went totally flat by noon. Not a breath of wind. Very tough conditions! Thankfully, we did get a slight breeze in the early afternoon and the bass became active! What's new - the usual afternoon bite - at least in my boat. We didn't fish the early morning - started about 10:30 am at their request. Not sure how many we caught, but a pretty fair afternoon bite. It started with a really nice smallmouth, near 2 1/2 lbs, and then several quality largemouth. No 3 pounders this trip, but all over 2 lbs. We had our best action on a point I like around 2 pm. Some bass had actually moved shallow in the afternoon. They were hitting with authority! Couldn't get a bite there in the late morning!

    Tips: I really enjoyed the time with both of them in spite of a slow bite. It is weird to lip your bass as you bring it in the boat, lift it up, and a camera is next to your ear! That was way cool. Justin is a master of the camera! Then the angler (Clara or me) tries to say something intelligent. We did sound like pro anglers - I think?? We are looking forward to the finished product, or show, or something! I hope he has an enlarging app on his camera - LOL! While a few anglers did well on the major weekend tournament, September is really a slow month at Berryessa and Clear Lake (daytime). Night fishing is best. October will bring the colder and longer nights and the overall bite, day and night, will improve!

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 75-78

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I enjoyed a really nice guide trip today with two excellent bass fishermen - one being from Utah. The bite was good - again better in the afternoon! We fished the narrows in the morning and the main body in the afternoon. Caught a few small ones on spoons, but drop-shotting was again the way to go. They each caught a largemouth and a spotted bass in the 3 lb range and several from 2 to 2 1/2 lbs. We did have some help with the first cloud cover in weeks which might have off-set the very cold, breezy morning. Most of our fish were still in the 40 ft range even though bait was all over the place. Small bass were chasing bait in the early morning, but no big ones were seen. Our best color Robo worm was the MM111. Don't understand - that is not a shad color!! We fished all over the west side of the main body.

    Tips: We found most of our bass on deep water flats - mostly off-shore types. They seemed to be roaming a lot. The bite would be on and off. As the afternoon cloud cover increased, the bites became "pressure" bites. Seemed like they were bothered by the clouds. I thought it would be the opposite. They really had to pay attention to hook their fish. Overall - very nice trip. Around 25 keeper bass, all 3 species, but only 12-13 lbs for our five best.

Monday, September 10th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 79

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing with Sid

    The month of August was full of family and friends visiting and wonderful weekends at the lake. The fishing was outstanding and the best part was teaching my nephews and my friends children how to fish. A few highlights were taking my new friend James out and he caught his personal best bass with me. Another weekend I took Max (age 7), his brother Dylan (age 4) and Jose (age 9) out for a couple of hours (see photos). They were so excited when they caught fish I think three new fisherman were born. Every time they tell the story of how big the fish they caught were it gets bigger and bigger. I want to thank Ranger Products rubber nets which made it easy to land the fish which I bought at Dick's Sporting Goods. As the summer comes to an end and the chill will soon be in the air I hope the fishing will continue to be as enjoyable as it was for the last few months. 'til next time........................................good fishing!!! 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 or call me at 650-583-3333.

    Tips: for pictures please email me I will be happy to send the photos with every story,Happy new years today I hope what ever you want comes to you.why I like the rubber net the hooks come out so easy,more time for fishing.on some of the days top water bite where ok we are about 16 feet down from the glory email

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 76-79

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: What is with the 3 PM afternoon bite?? That is supposed to be the dead period in August. Mike Sperbeck got 2 nice bass last week about the same time after we had just started. I took "Cover Girl" Clara Ricabal to Berryessa on Tuesday, (Last week - Western Outdoor News - holding two foreign fish - salmon!) I confess - I fished for them many year in my backyard Feather River. She wanted to learn about spoon fishing, summer areas for bass, etc. We were using Blade Runner spoons in the 1 1/4 and 1 3/4 oz size, Again, the bite was fair, not as good as normal. She is a talented angler and picked the technique up pretty quickly. She even caught the biggest bass, a nice 3 1/2 + pound largemouth. She always does! Good summer bass, again, caught around 3 pm! Who needs to get up early anymore!! She did some drop-shotting also, and that technique was still good. She has her own collection of worm colors, so not sure what was best. We had to deal with a fair amount of wind on the main body but still were able to fish ok. Our best five only about 12 lbs, but we had a short day because of her work schedule. Caught all 3 species again - one 2 1/4 lb smallie and several good spotted bass.

    Tips: One needs to look for the bait if possible as summer bass will follow it around. There are lots of bait balls but not as many bass around them as in normal years. There are bass roaming that are not tied to the bait. We found a big school or bait in the morning, caught a few and then left. Came back in the afternoon - the bait was nowhere to be found. Water level at Berryessa is excellent - only dropping very slowly. We found a lot of worm fish as shallow as 30 feet, but 40 to 50 feet was the prime zone.

Friday, August 24th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 79-83

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Had a nice trip yesterday with LONG time fishing buddy and owner/creator of Blade Runner Tackle, Rick Tietz! Most of you know he created the now famous Blade Runner spoon, with the most natural colors ever seen on a spoon. When I fish spoons with Rick, I do my best not to be embarrassed. He is the best! The bite was slower then expected in spite of bait everywhere now! Yesterday was cooler and windy which might have slowed the bite. Yea, we only caught around 50 and lost 15-20 more. It wasn't a search and destroy trip, just covered about 2/3's of the lake, checking out locations of bait, etc. Wow, Berryessa is one healthy lake!! In one section of the narrow, we saw an amazing feeding period of about 45 minutes, bass chasing bait all over the place. Makes one realize how many bass are in the lake - that don't BITE!! We did catch a few of them. I caught a few drop-shotting a MM111 Robo worm in 40 feet of water. We didn't catch any big bass, but several in the 2 1/2 to a little over 3 lbs. All three species were biting - and the smallmouth were back!!

    Tips: We didn't fish much on the bank, just tried to find off-shore structure with ledges, rock piles, and creek channels. These are the new homes of summer bass, following the bait! We use the 1 3/4 ounce spoons. Don't waste time with a light spoon! As in drop-shotting, get down to where the summer bass are.

Friday, August 17th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 79-84

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Mike Sperbeck and I started our trip out of Markley Cove about 3 pm, planning to do some night fishing. The afternoon/evening bite was good - better than we expected! Mike caught 2 very nice fish right away including a smallie over 3 lbs and and a 2 3/4 lb spotted bass. First place we stopped! And this is summer?? Those were in the narrows. We worked our way out to the main body, catching quality 2 to 2 1/2 bass of all three species. The smallies were back! We did catch a few dinks mixed in! Mike lost the usual "one that got away" right at dusk - a 6 lb plus that he lost on the first jump! Sad!! The mid afternoon good bite was a pleasant surprise! We were going to night fish some, but forgot about the Thurs night tournaments, and it was late, so we left at dark. If we didn't have a 14 lb limit, the best 5 was very close.

    Tips: We were looking for the bait balls in the afternoon and found a few - one big one with some fish around it. The intense heat this summer might delay the bait balls for a week or so. Mike tried some topwater baits and caught a few small ones. I only had one or two hits on a spoon. How can one beat 6" Robo worms for a steady bite under tough conditions. MM111 was the best color yesterday. As the summer progresses, I have found the bass not as attracted to the morning dawn color as they are in the late spring and early summer. Just my observation. The night bite and topwater bite should pick up when the water cools a bit.

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 83

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Subject: Fishing with Sid

    I took out Gary in the early afternoon and headed to the east side of the lake towards the vineyards. Along the way we caught some nice bass trolling. His five best bass weighed 16 lbs 7 oz the largest weighing almost 4 lbs. Our system was easy we used Procure trout scent on the crank bait and the fish kept biting. The next day I decided to fish in the narrows. I headed towards the dam and fished the rocky shoreline trolling back towards the main lake. I caught 41 bass in less then three hours with only one keeper weighing 2 lbs 4 oz it was a fun morning. The average size I was catching were about ten inches. Hope I get lucky when they get bigger next year. Fishing is still great and I hope it continues into the fall. 'til next time.............................good fishing!!!! 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 or call me at 650-583-3333.

    Tips: one day all large fish next day onlt one keeper that's why we call it fishing.

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

  • Water Temp: 81.5

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Last week my son and daughter-in-law went out fishing and did very well. They want me to mention that they attribute this to their "good luck charm" Amelia (see photo). On Thursday I took Mike and his 14 year old grandson Jack out for the day. Jack's largest bass weighed five pounds two ounces (see photo) and he set the bar for the day because it was his first catch of the day. We had to take swim breaks during the day the temperature climbed up to 102 degrees. They continued to land bass all day but Jack held the record for biggest catch which he let us know over and over all day. Job well done Jack!!! 'til next time...............................................good fishing!!!!! 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 or call me at 650-583-3333.

    Tips: top water has not happened a few blow ups and roll overs drop sh0ts and square bills are the two best ways to put bass in the boat .I look for signs call me I will go over the signs I look for your call sid 650 583 3333 9am to 9 pm.

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 84-92

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: No kiddin' - water temp at Markley at 6 pm Wed was 92 - on the surface! When we quit at 1 am it had dropped to 84. I guided another pro athlete
    for afternoon/night trip. Mr. Moody played for the Oakland Raiders during the Tom Flores era - early 80's. He wanted to learn more about fishing
    artificial lures. We mostly used Robo worms until dark and then 7" Power worms after dark. About an hour after dark, he hooked into a good one. I stood there with the net for several minutes, finally netting a bass that never seen to end. Couldn't believe what we saw in our headlights as she
    came out of the net. The longest spotted bass I think I have ever seen - but not skinny! She went 4 lbs. Pretty good for July! Don't think he will
    need minnows now as he had a good limit around 14+ lbs. We tried topwater, but just too hot.

    Tips: Besides seeing 2 eagles, I saw something I have never seen before in the summer at Berryessa. As we headed up past Big Island around 7 pm, I
    never saw or heard a single boat north of the island the whole time we were there. That was a first for me. The fire damaged trees was a sad thing to see in the narrows. I guess I could say that the slow night bite didn't surprise me. The bite died around midnight as the quarter moon set.

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 81

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing continues to be red hot at Lake Berryessa. My son and daughter-in-law landed some nice size bass this past weekend weighing up to 7.5 pounds (see photos of Sarah and her good luck charm Amelia). Friday night near sunset Kevin, Bob and I went out for a couple of hours. We went to the east side of the lake to one of my favorite sites and within moments of casting out the bite was on. Within a little over an hour we had limited out (see photos). I feel that the top water bite is ready to explode at any time and that is one of my favorite methods of catching fish. A few of my personal tips are I like to use P-line 6 lb. test green, Procure scents on all my hard baits and rubber worms and I like Speed Trap crank baits that sink down to 10 feet. These seem to work well for me continuously. 'til next time..........................................good fishing!!!!! 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 or call me at 650-583-3333.

    Tips: call me for any fishing tips related to lake berryessa 650 583 3333

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 78-81

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Shout out to Larry Hemphill for the kind words. Before fishing Berryessa, I would read his reports for tips and inspiration. Hope to book a trip with you soon Larry!

    Took a friend who's never caught a bass before to Berryessa. Even though the lake is over an hour and half away, I told him, "I can't guarantee a fish, but this place is the best chance". We launched at around 10:30 on July 5th. Being on the weekday and the fires, we were one of three boats. We pretty much had the lake to ourselves. Conditions for most of the day were calm. Almost no wind. I was nervous about that, hoping it wouldn't complicate things.

    Thankfully the spots that I am slowly accumulating were still decent. With no wind, the water was crystal clear, and we could see everything. Schools of carp, bass, blue gill, it was awesome. That meant the fish could see us too, so we had to be stealthy, slow it down and downsize. Small jigs and drop shots were key. Tried top water but only one taker. Friend hooked a giant Smallmouth, but lost it right at the boat. I would guess 5lbs. Welcome to bass fishing I told him.

    Tips: -Surprisingly, most of the fish we caught were shallow. Even the larger ones. No giants, probably out in deep water.
    -Slow down and downsize.
    -I'm very particular with line visibility and I feel that makes a difference.
    -Don't spook the fish. Be quiet, lay off the t motor, watch hatches slamming, maintain distance etc.

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 77-81

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I was happy for the previous posted report about Berryessa. Sounds like they had a great trip! I did my first night guide trip Wed - late afternoon/night. One night before the full moon. Not the night I would have preferred, as we were greeted by another cool front with a fair amount of south wind. We fished the narrows and some of the main body. In spite of the weather, the bite was fairly good the whole trip - lots of very shallow bass. Pressure was off me right at dark as my father-son team became a team - hooked 2 bass at the SAME time - seconds apart! No way to treat a guide - LOL!!! Luckily, the black light was on. Wound up putting both largemouth in the net in back to back swipes!! Lifted them in the boat - barely!! About 9 1/2 lbs combined! Dad's went 6 lbs 2 oz and son's - 3 1/4 lbs. That's the way to start their first night trip!! The rest of the night was good except for a few more quality bass they lost. The wind let up some around midnight and the bite improved. Several bass right on the bank after that. Good trip, especially seeing two bass over 6 lbs for back to back guide trips. I guess they do bite day and night!!

    Tips: My clients gave the topwater bite a good shot, using buzzbaits. With the cold wind, it was slow for them. They did have one or two good blow-ups, one a good bass! Had it been a nice evening, I think they would have done well. After dark it was fun to do a night trip in my new Z521. Jeremy of C&C Marine did his usual excellent job getting my boat ready for night fishing. Fun to remember how big those bass sound at night!! We fished a few different baits, but the 7" Berkley Power worm again was the best bait.

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 78-81

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Last week was our first time at berryessa and we caught 20, staying in just one arm of the lake. This time, with a little experience, we wanted to break that number.

    We launched at 12:30 pm. Given the extremely hot weather on Friday and Saturday, we were unsure how the day would go, especially since we were launching at a non-optimal time. Boy were we in for a treat.

    Without giving too much away, we fished the west part of the lake starting at school house island. We landed 49 fish on the boat, which should have been 60+ if we weren't screwing around. Most of the fish were smallmouth with a few largies and spots thrown in. It seemed like anytime we found likely underwater structure/ledges, a finesse jig or dropshot would kill it. Submerged humps, dropoffs, rocks, you name it. What an amazing lake. Too amazing really, now I'm spoiled.

    Most of the fish were caught with finesse. Around 2pm, after which we caught well past a limit, my partner decided to throw a topwater and only topwater for the rest of the day, because who doesn't like topwater? Some people will disregard the proven technique just for those few blowups. I can't say I disagree. Not expecting much, we were blessed to find a school of smallies munching on bait. Excited, he tied on a popper and lit them up.

    I would estimate our best five at about 13-14 lbs, all of them smallmouth. We did have a giant largemouth hit a zaraspook but we couldn't hook up. I'm hesitant on guessing weight but it would've definitely been the biggest of the day. I moved here from central North Carolina 4 years ago, and have not caught a smallmouth until 2 years ago. So catching this many smallies was truly heaven.

    Tips: If you're the type of fisherman who only throws reaction or senko close to the shore, you need to change your strategy. California reservoirs are not like the stained water reservoirs on the east coast. With frequently drawn down water levels removing shallow cover, you need to be comfortable fishing deep water. We literally threw everything just for fun. As stated before, a finesse jig or dropshot were the most effective for use, however we caught some on spinnerbaits, poppers, spooks, and cranks. Rocks and dropoffs were key, though flats were good if there were baitfish as well.

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

  • Water Temp: 78-81

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I have mentioned in my reports about the good average size of the bass this year - and it continues! Buddy Mike Sperbeck and I hit Berryessa around 2 in the afternoon. That is usually when I am getting off the lake! So, what does he do? Breaks the rules and lands a 4 1/2 lb+ largemouth about 3:30 on the of the hottest afternoons yet (glad we are not there today and Sat)! Overall, the bite was good up until dark - except - the topwater bite. I got one small bass on topwater and no other interest. I really wasn't surprised as it was suddenly very hot in the evening with surface temp in the 80's. Some of the smaller keeper bass showed up again yesterday. Once again, only 2 or 3 smallmouth, but Mike did get a nice 2 3/4 lb smallie. None of the numerous 3 lb bass clients have been catching on my guide trips showed up yesterday. I think summer is here! Bass will need a little time to adjust to the heat.

    Tips: Topwater might have been better on the east shore - around weeds and wood. Drop-shotting Robo worms worked well most of the trip. The new Yamamoto Senko "Moondust" attracted a lot of bass for us. Most all of our bass were caught in areas that have deep water access available. Not a lot of bass on the shoreline now. Our best five were probably around 12-13 lbs - summer limit!! One more item. The lake was almost empty out in the main body yesterday afternoon. Very quiet. Then, around Big Island, we thought we heard bugs coming. Then the bugs showed - 3 bass boats going north at the cruising speed of around 65-70! Then I remembered - Thursday night tourneys. Of course!!

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Since Memorial Day weekend the fishing has been red hot. On some days the top water bite was pretty good. My largest bass on top water was a little over 8 pounds and was caught on a whopper popper made by River2Sea. Kitty and her grandson caught some nice bass and a 3 pound trout (see photos). I took Abe and Freddie out and they each caught a limit of nice size bass (see photos). This past week I captained a pontoon boat for Tom, his two sons and his grandson (see photos). We had a very enjoyable time and caught bass drop shoting and Texas rigged Senko worms at the Vineyards using crank bait was the most successful method my favorite colors are blue and silver and chartreuse square bill. I feel that the fishing will be good through the summer. I want to wish all the Dads a very happy Father's Day and 'til next time............................good fishing!!!! 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 or call me at 650-583-3333.

    Tips: caught a few top water fish we used a whooper popper the fisherman next to me caught a 10 pounder he also caught it on top water Sammy email request to see photos.Eagles are having babbies the bald eagles on goat island nest the branch broke and the nest fell to the ground...6foot wide nest.good news they relocated near the tubes near the B O R.

Friday, June 15th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 74-78

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Just a quick report on my guide trip today (Friday). I had three clients today and they all fished well. Thank goodness for a big largemouth that saved the day. They caught fish nearly everywhere we fished, but the bite was much slower - one fish here and one there! Again, not many smallmouth, and none of the big ones we have seen lately. The cool down may have hurt the bite, but sure helped the fishermen! Beautiful day with increasing main body wind. 20 degrees cooler today than on Wednesday! I decided to fish them in Pleasure Cove during the morning. Sometimes the decisions are good, especially when a 6 pound largemouth finds the net! We were chasing shadows and one held this mini-toad. She took his drop-shot Robo worm and I was very happy that the small hook held up as she jumped once and fought for about 5 minutes! Fun, Fun!! We released her about a half-hour later, making sure she was ok!! I really felt the summer bite is here now as we didn't get the nice noon bite we have had for the past several weeks. Water temp up to 78 degrees in the afternoon. Spring is over although a cool weekend is ahead. I did hear in the Markley store that someone caught a 7 pounder today. That would be sweet. We were close!!

    Tips: With 4 in the boat, no treble hooks, so no topwater. Bass seemed more scattered now, and some of the dinks have reappeared. As you have noticed, steady weather patterns still haven't happened. Overall, it still has been a great spring - and a LONG one!!

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 73-76

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Can the bass fishing get any better at Berryessa? I guess so, somehow! Yea, more 10 pounders would do the trick! I took a well-known outdoor writer to the lake yesterday as he is doing an article on major lakes in California, for a magazine you all know. Would the bass cooperate?? Would the guide fine 'em?? Happy to report - YES on both questions!! Another good trip of 15-16 pound limit and a big fish of all three species. Perfect for his camera!! I caught a 4 lb largemouth, a 3 1/4 spotted bass, and a 3 lb + smallmouth. The latter has been tough to find lately. Funny, I have known the writer for many years and fished with him several times. He was struggling to catch bass which is not like him. He finally did catch a few. it was a hoot having him take photos in different spots around the lake. Near the end of the trip, we needed one more spot with a shadow. I knew all my years on Berryessa would pay off!! I found the spot in the narrows. He said "perfect!" We got the final photo.

    Tips: As for the fishing, this has been the best spring for bass - size-wise, that I have ever seen. I am doing all the right things? I seriously doubt it!! The bass are just bigger this year, plus the hundreds of small largemouth which have now dropped out of sight. There are "jaws" roaming around everywhere on their post-spawn bite. Still a lot of fairly shallow bass eating drop-shot worms and wacky-rigged Senkos. I would start adding small nail weights as the water warms. They will go deeper as hot weather sets in. I did get a few topwater bass but was too late for a good bite. I was going to try the jig bite, but never got around to it. I did notice that some quality bass were hanging just on the outside of newly forming weed beds. Just throw a #301 weightless Senko! You will see lots of bare banks with little rocks sections. Fish those!! Or an isolated tree in the water, etc!!!!!

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 72-76

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Just a short report. I did another guide trip yesterday - Wed - and found the bite holding up well in spite of the very "cool' late spring weather. Even postponed a trip for today until more stable weather. The bite was fairly good yesterday with one of the guys landing some nice ones in the 3 lb range. Around noon I did some drop-shotting out in deep water as my guys were working a more shallow area that was good last Saturday. We were talking some and I had stopped working my Robo worm. As I went to retrieve it, I couldn't feet anything. My line wasn't where it was!! And then - panic - I had something big on. And a few minutes later we saw it was big - sorta. My little drop-shot hook had captured a 4 1/2 lb largemouth - 4 1/2 exact on the scale. She had lost some of her belly but hardly had a spawning scar on her. Kept her in the livewell for awhile to make sure she was ok, and she was. Always fun to release a fish like that!

    Tips: Hard to give reliable tips since the weather isn't reliable lately. We left the main body soon after the big largemouth as the lake was white capping with a cool south wind. That's right - we had summer last Saturday. Our post-spawn limit did hit 15 lbs and some change - a good day. Topwater still isn't happening much.

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

  • Water Temp: 71-75

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: A guide trip at Berryessa on a Saturday in June? Well, maybe after Memorial Day weekend it would be ok. OK?? The trip was great and pleasure boaters weren't a big deal. We started in the narrows and finished at the very south end of the lake. The bite was pretty good all day until 2 pm. We hooked several quality bass, landing some and losing some. One of the fellows landed a beautiful post-spawn smallmouth a bit over 3 1/4 lbs - beautiful fish and not too skinny! Again - I tried to get the topwater bite going for them, missing two small blowups. About 9 am I was near the end of the cast, getting the popper close to the boat. The water just exploded in front of us - a violent blowup!! It took awhile but I got the 3 lb + spotted bass in the boat. WOW - too close for comfort! We had action most of the trip with one of the clients - a good angler - having a great day in addition to his big smallie. They drop-shotted most of the time, using 2 or 3 colors of Robo worms. Our best 5 was only about 13+ pounds - post spawn weights.

    Tips: Bass are moving around in deeper water now, but some still shallow until the sun gets higher. Shade pockets are holding some bass too. Lake is slowly dropping now. Our main hot spots were points and weed-bed edges. Senkos worked well on the edges. Surface temp is now up to 75 degrees. I think the summer pattern is beginning to take hold - good morning bite until around 10 am, a slow period, and then another bite from noon until 1:30 - 2 pm. After 2 pm, the bite just shut down, and will most days in the summer.

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 68-72

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Just a quick update on Berryessa, I took two clients yesterday out of Markley Cove yesterday. The day started on a real downer!! One of the fellows hooked toad on a drop-shot rig (Robo worm). We saw her three times - out of the water during her jumps! The third jump was her saving grace as she spit the hook. Got enough of a good look to estimate her at 7+ pounds. We all recovered and went on to have a really good day with lots of bass to 3 1/4 lbs. Again - largemouth everywhere!! They caught mostly largemouth and a lot of spots, but only a few smallies. We fished under cloud cover (not fog) most of the trip which might have helped the bite. very little wind. By the time we got to the main body in the afternoon, clearing skies and big south wind! They were still biting. The lake has begun to drop some, about 1 to 2 feet. After all said and done, around 35 bass and best five around 14 lbs.

    Tips: I spent some early time trying to get a topwater bite going for them. I thought it would be the perfect day for topwater - calm with cloud cover. I caught one right away, and that was it. I tried off and on thru the day - no interest in topwater - yet! It will happen! Lots of suspended bass on points - recovering from the spawn. After Memorial Day traffic calms down, should be a good month ahead. Interesting how "hot spots" turn cool and "no action" spots turn hot! That happened yesterday some. One area that had been good was lousy yesterday and another favorite area that had been lousy - turned good, err, great yesterday! These darn bass can really sent one to the "institution" in short order!