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Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 84

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I took a friend out for a short evening/night trip. Bite was very slow - probably because of the heat, We did catch a good largemouth about 8 pm that went 5 1/2 lbs. We caught a few in the 2 - 2 1/2 lb range. After dark a 3 lb spotted bass and another largemouth just under 6 lbs. The two night fish hit the usual 7 inch black Berkley Power worm. Our best five were close to 20 lbs. Quality bass fishing but not quantity this trip. Saw lots of fish on the meter from 20 to 40 feet, assuming many were bass. I think the sudden heat spell slowed the bite.

    Tips: Topwater didn't work with the sudden heat. I guess that was the problem. It was strange to catch one of the big largemouth during the first 10 minutes of the trip on a hot evening. We were fishing evening shadows on a deep wall. Overall, I really think the sudden hot days that were late this year might have the bass a little disoriented. Even after a few hours of dark, the fish were not active as they were on my night trip two week ago. Warmer water with dark of the moon probably the reasons. Yet, bigger bass were biting. So - that's bass fishing - something different every trip!! That's why we keep coming back ---right??

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

  • Water Temp: 80-83

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I fished Berryessa on Sunday at possibly the worst time of the day, 9:30am to 3pm. Busy with my imminent move to the east coast, I couldn't pick a more optimum time. Us weekend warriors have to make do with the time we have.

    It was a hard bite for me, I searched shallow along Putah Creek and Schoolhouse Island area with no luck. I picked up 4 keepers 30+ feet deep with a drop shot. All of them came from one point. One of them at least was a nice 3lb 18inch long spot. He hit hard and fought hard. After 12pm it was like the entire lake shut down. I couldn't find ANY fish up Putah. Berryessa is like that for me sometimes, as in all the fish seem to vanish. My graph was showing empty much of the day.

    In hindsight I should've run around more, graphed more areas, tried to locate schools of fish. But hey, sometimes you just want to lazily put a line in water, fish be damned.

    Another confounding factor was that the pleasure boats and the jet skiers were out in full force today. Driving by Capell it looked packed, and by the time I recovered the boat, Putah Creek Campground was also full. There was one jackass jet skier that rode way too close to my boat. He then peeled off and did the same to another boater fishing. Then he did it again to some shore fisherman. He was staring us all down and made a fist or something. Be safe out there guys, there's a lot of idiots on the water this time of the year. Interestingly enough I only saw 1 or 2 other bass boats. The rest were smarter than me and probably were waiting for the evening.

    Tips: Well for starters don't fish the time I fish. There's a reason why reports recently have been at night. If you must, you'll have to run around to try and find them. Generally speaking bass either go deep or REALLY shallow during the hot deep summer days. I haven't had any luck really shallow, but Greg Blanchard put out a youtube video and he got some shallow. If you fish deep most likely they'll be at least 30 feet deep. Again, this is middle of the day, at night they seem to move up shallower, chasing shad back into the coves or creeks.

    Once again, the googan baits drag n' drop did the trick. I used the morning dawn color. Don't get me wrong I love roboworms but it's good to switch it up every now and then. I've been using Gamakatsu finesse worm hooks to t rig my worms in my dropshot setup, but decided to try the Owner down shot offset worm hooks. Very impressive, sharp, slim profile, and all the fish were hooked well.

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 80 plus

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing with sid

    This past week I took Al and his son Jon out for the day. The first two hours of fishing were a little disappointing. We caught many fish but none were keepers. We fished the east side from the ranch house to the vineyards. After an hour of worming the bass were still small so we headed toward big island on the west side hoping to hit some bigger fish. Sure enough we started to hit bigger bass. At the end of the day we ended up with a couple of nice limits (see photos). The following day I went out with Patrick following the same routine as yesterday but the bite was better and the bass were bigger (see photo). The fishing is great at this time and the weather perfect.

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    Tips: looking to go out for a full day of fishing next week will try many ways to catch bass.

  • Water Temp: 81-84

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I finished a guide trip with a good angler that I had to postpone from May during one of the many heavy spring rain days. In 2 hours we were soaked thru and thru!! Glad we did as the night bite was pretty good last night and the full moon rise was stunning! Never get tired of that on Berryessa or Clear Lake!! Only hooked one real big one - right at total darkness (no moon yet). I thought he had her hooked good but she came off - big fish!! We fished until 1 am and found the bite to be steady most of the time. All smaller bass of all 3 species - maybe up to 2 3/4 lbs. Toads were fast asleep!! I was happy that the bite did hold up most of the trip - lots of action from 1 to 2 1/2 pounders. Most bites from 10 to 20 feet. Didn't hook any deeper bass. Drop-shotting worked best before dark - MM111 was strong.

    Tips: We did get a fair topwater bite at dusk. Best just before total dark! Could hardly see them for the net job. One doesn't lip them at dark with treble hooks!!! After dark the bite was consistent with the smaller bass, mostly 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 pounders. Interesting that all 3 species of bass were active - almost an equal number of all three. Black Power worms were the best bait last night. Nothing fancy, just Texas rigged.

    I noticed that the bait wasn't very deep - 15 to 25 feet. That was the depth of most of our bites. After dark, we only heard one loud power boat at the north end. Berryessa was our private lake!! AND!!! A shout out to the brand new navigation blinking light buoys all near points in the narrows. Not sure when they arrived, but will be a great help during the dark of the moon. Fantastic!!!!

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 76-80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the weekend in Berryessa with a friend. Water was super calm in the morning and the lake was fairly clear. There were a ton of bait fish everywhere and we saw multiple bait balls throughout the entire lake. Started the morning at Markley cove and worked our way from the south side of the lake and later in the morning moved up towards Putah creek. We practically fished the entire Putah creek area where it was much calmer from all the boat traffic happening on the main lake area.

    I caught a few smallmouth on a ned rig with 1/5oz weighted shroom and Missile baits ned bombs using green pumpkin and black and blue flake colors. Also caught a nice 2lb 14oz bass on a megabass vision 110 jerkbait and another 2lbr on the same jerkbait. Most of the fish we caught were around 1lb or so. My friend caught all of his fish on a dropshot rig with a morning dawn roboworm.

    There was a lot of action on top of the water with a few bass chasing bait but we just couldn't get anything to bite with topwater. We missed a few blowups as we saw swirls behind out biats, but they just wouldn't commit. All in all, it was a decent day with both of us limiting out. We took pictures and released the fish back in the lake.

    Tips: Ned rigs and dropshot seems to be the ticket. I'm sure slow rolling a jig could also work. Most of the fish we caught were closer to the bank in about 10-15ft of water and various points are a great place to catch the larger fish.

Monday, July 8th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 78 to 80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing over the Fourth of July holiday was great!!! On Wednesday I took out Josh and his son Luke. We fished the shoreline on the east side and west side with fair results the largest bass weighing in at 3 1/2 pounds and the second largest weighing in at 3 pounds (see photo). The following day I went out with Lonny and his sons Max and Dylan. We trolled around the big island catching and releasing bass and the largest one weighed in at over five pounds (see photos). The next day I went out with my fishing buddy Albert and we did very well catching and releasing over twenty-seven fish mostly small mouth bass. We ended the day with two nice limits. All in all it was great weather, great fishing and a very enjoyable holiday with friends and family.
    ‘til next time..............................................good fishing!!!!!

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    Tips: try and fish early so you don't get wakes from the boats water skiers and tubers call for reservations early don't forget your fishing license and plenty of fluids.

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

  • Report: by Kyle46N » Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:40 pm

    Took my kids to Berryessa yesterday, started out on main lake points. We caught some good fish, 3.5 lb smallie, some 3lb largemouth, and about a 3.5lb spot. About 15 fish in all but a pretty good best five. We fished in to some coves in the narrows, caught only one largemouth, but lost what I guesstimate a 5 lb spot on a neko rig. She made one too many runs under the boat and pulled the hook. Kind of stung for a while. Otherwise, nothing in the coves. Fish were anywhere from 10 to 30 ft along the points, shallower in the morning, moving deeper later. Always on the downwind side, nose to the slope. We couldn't get them to eat anything but TRDs....3 and 4 inch. Had to really crawl it on the bottom. I threw alot of jigs, swingheads, and shakyheads in the same areas the kids were NEDing, but couldn't get bit. Hope someone can use this to get you or your family on some fun.

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

  • Water Temp: 75

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: This past Saturday I took Jessica and Andrew out for the day. As we headed out of Steele Park the wind seemed to pick up and we saw we were heading into good size white caps. I had planned to go to the Narrows first but the large waves prevented me from doing so. I headed west towards the Big Island and was able to cross over to the Ranch house cove where the water was calm and we were able to fish. I decided that worming would be the most productive method and it rewarded us with a nice 3 1/2 pound largemouth bass brought in by Jessica (see photo). I wanted to take them to the vineyards so we headed in that direction fighting the waves and trolling the shoreline. They had a few hits and hooked a few fish but the rough water worked against us and managed to knock the fish of the hook. It was a rough ride to the vineyards but we made it only to encounter the same conditions and the same problems. We tried worming but the wind and the waves pushed the boat to fast. We started heading back towards Steele Park which was a lot easier because we were working with waves and not against them. Andrew hooked a nice bass along the way (see photo). As we neared Steele Park I decided to go into what used to be Willie’s Ski School and the water was calm and there was a nice breeze and we ended the day there. With all the difficulties they told me it had been a great day and they would definitely do it again.
    ‘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 bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
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    Tips: looking forward to the holiday see you on the water

  • Water Temp: 80-83

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Yes, the lake was very murky Thursday. I tried to do this report yesterday, but didn't go thru. This will be short! Had an excellent trip Thursday with a wonderful client - fun and a good stick. I guess the guide is happy to say that when the client landed a beautiful 4 1/2 lb largemouth early in the trip and follows that with his first-ever spotted bass at 3 lbs 5 oz. Hey, this client is a keeper - LOL!! And the client is from big bass Texas, so he needs to be impressed. He land his two big 'uns and I lost my two toads - one a big smallie that I saw for a second or two. I showed him a big part of the lake and we fished some of the main body. Most of our action was in the narrows however. The new #980 Senko continues to work well and produced several bass. So - what does he catch his two nice bass on? What else - a morning dawn-chartreuse tail Robo worm - drop-shotted. Yea, a lot of thought went into that set-up!! Best 5 at 16 lbs. Should have - could have been better!

    Tips: It was hard to figure out the conditions as a very cool early morning breeze greeted us and the water was quite dingy. That surprised me! We tried topwater but only had one blowup. Figured the cool breeze shut that bite off. Caught a few on Keitech swimbaits. A good early summer pattern worked for us, finding every last east shore tree shadow we could find. Bass were there until shadows were no more!!

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: We fished from 12:30pm to 7pm. Water was more stained than usual. Launched off Putah Creek Campground and stayed in the general vicinity. It was a fun style of fishing, largies and smallies were biting near shallow cover. Best 5 about 10lbs. 21 fish total. Nothing special considering 50-100 fish days here are possible, but fun nonetheless.

    Tips: Postspawn patterns. Fished near the mouth of coves around the main lake and Putah Creek. Drop shots and finesse jigs. Best fish was a 2.5 lb largemouth that nailed a finesse jig in Putah Creek.

Friday, May 17th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 69

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing for the season started for me this past Friday. I took Tim and his children, James and Elena, out for the day. We went to the back of the Monticello Ski School for our first stop just to check it out. I saw no real signs of fish activity. Next stop was the Narrows where we trolled along the rock wall with no bites. I decided to go towards the vineyards. We trolled along the shoreline using Speed Trap crank bait and Procure rainbow trout scent and our first catch was a largemouth bass that weighed a little over 2 1/2 pounds which Elena did a good job bringing it in and her dad netted it. Tim was next to get a hit and he brought in a nice size bass and Elena did a great job netting it. Our next bite was a nice size crappie using the same lure. I found a spot where we could worm and throw crank bait at the same time. Using a 4 inch senco chartreuse colored worm with brass and glass set-up and drop shot set-up we had success landing bass. We all agreed that it had been a very enjoyable day.
    ‘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 bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
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    Tips: pro cure scents ,senko, speed traps ,brass and glass, drop shots, , top water,are successful ways to fish this lake call me if you need help or want to book a trip on lake berryessa only.

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 67-70

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: The surface temp at Berryessa is dropping, just like it is supposed to in the fall. Oh wait - this is the spring!! Yes, the water temp has dropped from a 74 degree reading last week to 68 today. And it was stormy today - Left after 2 hours. Will re-scheduled the trip. Yesterday I took Clara Ricabal to Berry and we found outstanding fishing! Maybe a pre-storm bite. We found a school of bait - and bass that bit for hours! I even caught a smallmouth an ounce or two under 4 lbs!! All 3 species were active and feeding.. Really not sure what our biggest 5 weighed, probably between 15 and 16 lbs. Great bite and it lasted for hours! That is rare.

    Today the school had thinned out and were not very active. With the incoming storm, thot it would be better. Water was flat today, but windy yesterday for the whole trip. That probably was the key.

    Tips: Shad crankbaits, salt and pepper Yamamoto grubs, Keitech 4.3 inch swimbaits, and drop-shotting were the keys to our success yesterday Fun to have a wide open bite again, in spite of the wind. But wind is often the key to a good bite in clear water. Lost several fish I'm sure because of the smaller hooks used for the swimbaits. The bass seemed to be hitting the baits on the run - vicious hits yesterday! The hooking percentage is always lower on that kind of bite. FUN though!!

Friday, May 10th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 68-71

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Well, I guess it's called post-spawn. I took a father, son-in-law team yesterday to Berryessa. We started early. about 7 am. First top-water bite for my boat this spring - fun, fun!! We all had action and one of them lost a big bass. They brought their own equipment and baits and fished very well. The lake was pretty quiet and we could fish several good areas. The summer pattern seems to be setting up already. After the early morning action, a lull for awhile. And then about noon, the bite picks up again and they caught bass thru the afternoon. I had some success with the Keitech swimbaits as usual and their drop-shot baits worked well. We caught lots of largemouth and spots but very few smallies.

    Tips: If no cold fronts are coming thru, go for the topwater fun! Berryessa has always been a good topwater lake - the most fun in bass fishing!! The lake is dropping very slowly, so the bite should remain good. Just too many tournaments and relocation of the bass. the recent cool night has dropped the surface temp about 3 or 4 degrees. Don't know if that matters much - didn't hurt the topwater bite!!!

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 68-74

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: After being out of the country for two weeks, it was nice to return to guiding on beautiful Lake Berryessa. It is still beautiful but we are about to loose the spring green hills as the "golden hills" are just around the corner. It didn't take long to realize that post-spawn had set in. Many areas that were "on fire" before I left were a shadow of their former self. Time to "re-dial" the conditions - and we did. My client, who I have guided a few times before, and I figured out the mid-day bite (he didn't want to start early). We finished near the mouth of the narrows with one here and one there. Again, dead flat, clear water. In a matter of minutes, a little breeze, then a little more, and then. waves!! And then - the BITE!! We caught several quality largemouth and spots in an hour!. By the end of the trip, best five around 13+ lbs including two spots at 3 lbs each.











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    Tips: The bite was similar to before I left for France. The #980 Senko was still the preferred bait of the day. He was doing a lot of drop-shotting with his favorite color of worms. They were darker colors I think. We saw a big sign of the summer to come. About 2 PM in the back of a major narrows cove, bass started to bust shad. Fun to see again - summer is here!! We were able to catch a few - some of the leftover bass around 12 to 15 inches. Was surprised to see the water temp at 74 already. Guess there was some warm weather while I was gone.

Monday, May 6th, 2019

  • Report: by Duke » Mon May 06, 2019 1:42 pm
    Thanks to the 28 Teams that fished the 8th event of the Pasote Tequila & Berryessa Bass Tournaments Circuit that was on Cinco de Mayo and hosted out of Markley Cove. We had a cool & breezy Blast Off! Wind did pick up by weigh-ins! Most of the teams got there limit while searching for a big bite all day, looks like a ton of bucks are being caught! Most reported catching their fish in 1 – 15 feet of water. Water temps are up into the 68 degree to low 70’s range with the water clarity slightly murky tan/green in areas and crystal clear in other areas. Teams reported catching their fish on Swim Baits, Drop Shot, and Reaction Baits. Most teams were fishing on the Main Body of the lake.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

  • Report: by Kyle46N » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:14 pm

    I've read plenty about Berryessa post spawn, and that there are bass everywhere in the shallows, but up until today, never had the chance to fish this time of the year. Deployed last year mid April and missed it, but my wife and kids had a ton of fun today. Looks like we missed the crappie spawn, but there bass everywhere in 10 ft or less. Threw small craw plastics on light jihheads, darter heads with TRDs, and Neko'd senkos, and ended up with fiftyish largies, spots, and smallies. Too much fun. Nothing big.....also like I've read, but fun. Surprisingly, our biggest fish came on flukes in 30 ft of water over balls of shad. Spots and largies around 3 lbs. Pretty cool. Anyhow, get out there and have some fun!

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

  • Report: Postby Duke » Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:36 am

    Thanks to the 26 Teams that fished the 7th event of the Pasote Tequila & Berryessa Bass Tournaments Circuit that was on April 14, 2019 and hosted out of Markley Cove. We had a clear and warm blast off with Duke almost forgetting to blast boats 20 through 25! We did have a breezy, sunny, and warm weigh-in with Chili Dogs for all! Most of the teams got there limit while searching for a big bite all day, but a few teams got their kicker! Most teams reported catching their fish in 1 – 15 feet of water. Water temps are up into the low 60’s range with the water clarity slightly murky tan/green, especially after the rain and winds again. A few coves seem to have clear water though! Top weights are getting better slightly, but overall still in the 13-14lb range. Teams reported catching their fish on Swim Baits, Jigs, Drop Shot, and Reaction Baits. Most teams were fishing off the Main Body of the lake in cuts, coves, and creek channel

Monday, April 15th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 61

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: We went out to Berryessa on Sunday, launched from Capell around 10:30 am. We fished the narrows (for the first time) the entire day and the bite was tougher than expected. First of all, the water level was very high. Rather than spend the entire day trying to graph rock structure I love to fish so much, we concentrated our efforts shallow. We pick them up on ned rigs, drop shots, and finesse jigs. We mostly fished coves to beat the wind. Ended the day early with 8, as my trolling motor steering cable broke. Common problem with early Minn Kota Ultrexes! Disappointing but stuff happens. Next time I'll have to do some dedicated graphing, gotta put the time in, shallow water fish aren't always there!

    Tips: The shallow water bite wasn't as hot as I wanted, but then again our plan of fishing the late afternoon/evening was foiled by our trolling motor issue, so who knows. Most of y'all know the drill, drop shots, ned rigs, and finesse jigs work year round. Each cove had a murky side and a clearer side, and the clearer side was always the ticket. There was a tournament off Markley the same day, so if I had to do it over again I would've made the run north to schoolhouse island and fished down the rock garden, I'm familiar with that area and it's always been kind to me!

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 58-60

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: This short report is late since I have been very busy with family activities lately - like going to grandson's little league games which seem to be every day - lOL!! And - 45 miles away! I did a Berryessa trip with 2 excellent bass fishermen on Tuesday. The day started out with a beautiful morning, clouded up at noon, and rained a little in the afternoon. Then, post-front. Not sure if that was the reason, but the bite was slower than previous trips - and - the bass were a little smaller. Again, we stayed in the narrows as there was a lot of afternoon wind. They caught all three species, and they were all caught in deeper water. Those shallow bank bass that were so willing in recent trips seemed to be less active - lots of pressure bites. They were drop-shotting their favorite baits I tried to get a jig bite going - no luck. I was really surprised at the slow bite, but that is what a weird weather event can do.

    Tips: Nothing much to offer as a tip because the bite was really off compared to previous trips. It is very interesting to see how the bass react in the spring to various weather patterns. One little weather change and they will change in a hurry! Still, overall a good day for numbers, not size.

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 58

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Enjoyed an awesome midweek day, weather dropped 10 degrees from the previous couple days, overcast all day never saw the sun. Got on the water about 7 off by 2. Caught all three species from 6 to 20 ft, there moving up towards the spawning areas for sure. Besides one reaction bite on a square bill all fish caught on finesse bites, dropshot, shakey heads, wacky, Texas. Nothing big but caught 10-12 fish. Should only be getting better specially when the water temp goes up some.