Bullards Bar Lake and Reports

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Bullards Bar Lake, Elevaton: 1,908.12 ft. Daily Statistics
Friday, Jul 20
Storage (ac. ft.) Ouflow (ft.3/sec) Inflow (ft.3/sec) Precip. (in.) Evaporation (ft.3/sec)
756,454 1,501 134 ??? ???
Saturday, Jul 21
Hi: 93 ° F
Lo: 70 ° F
Today
Partly Sunny
Precip: 7%
Tonight
Partly Cloudy
Precip: 8%

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

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    Water Temp: 64-67

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Not to many days where the breeze never picks up, but this was one of them. Overcast most of day. Excellent bite till about 1:30. Then it slowed down considerably. Most fish came out of around 15 feet. 4 pounder off a big boulder in about 5 feet. 44 fish in the 12-15 inch range. At least that many smaller than 12. Wife put around 20 in the boat. A nice 3 pounder was her reward for sight fishing a huge hollowed out stump that had a bed in it.

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

  • Water Temp: 57-62

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I had a nice guide trip yesterday (Fri) with a very good lady bass angler who I have guide before. She is a talented bass fisherwoman!! She comes self-contained and ready for bear - er, bass!! Fishing had really changed in the last week with a move to the shallows. We caught them as shallow as 2 feet!! Average depth was around 10 to 15 feet in the morning and down to 25 feet in the afternoon. I can't seem to time Bullards well this year. Lots of cold wind yesterday - again! When I left Yuba City in the morning, howling wind. When we left the ramp at Bullards, sunny and calm - until about 11 am. The wind found us - imagine that! This time is was a Clear Lake pattern - wind switching directions all the time. Didn't seem to slow the bite however, except may for the bigger bass. We did catch lots of keepers up to near 2 lbs, but didn't get any toad bites. Still a lot of shadows in spite of the higher sun now. We did find some of the bigger bass in the shadows. She came prepared with some of her favorite baits and they worked well. That will be her secret! Drop-shotting MM111 Robos worked well for me. Maybe because of the winds, big bass seemed hard to find.

    Tips: Hard to give any tips because the smaller bass bite was wide open. Flats with a drop-off produced well yesterday. The bigger bass were always a little deeper, 20-25 feet. Senko bite in the trees was pretty good.

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.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

  • Report: Postby Larry Hemphill » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:22 pm

    This is just some late weather info - Wed, 7 pm. Big storm coming as most of you know. This is a cold one and there is 6 to 18 inches of snow forecast for the 2000 ft elevation. Will this happen? Who knows. Not sure I would take the chance. Ramps at Bullards are steep as are the approaching roads. Just thought I would let you know. Everything these past 2 weeks has come almost directly from Alaska. Skiers are rejoicing - maybe 4 to 6 feet of snow at higher elevations - finally!

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

  • Water Temp: 50-53.8

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I have fished and guided on Bullards Bar for many, many years. Yesterday (Thurs) was a first! When I launched at the dam about 1 pm, there were 3 or 4 truck/trailers parked and there was barely room for me. I found enough room and was off to fish. As I was approaching the main body. 3 boats were coming back to the dock. I think only one might have been a bass boat as there was only one bass trailer. The others were small boats. I wound up fishing my private lake (Bullards) until near dark. There might have been a boat out of Dark Day ramp. but I never heard or saw another boat the whole afternoon. it was my private lake for the afternoon - me and the floating spider webs. They were everywhere! Thank goodness this wasn't really a fishing trip for me since what fishing I did was not very productive. I caught one 14-15 in spot and missed 3 more bites. I went up the river arm for the first time all the way to the 5 mph sign. I always fish the main body, but it was fun to explore on a beautiful day! All my bites came on 6" Robo worms which I bit down to 5" worms.

    Tips: As for the lake, the water temp was roughly 50 to 53 1/2 degree. The lake level is steady, rising just slightly. Lake water is clear everywhere with very little debris. More up the river arm, but not bad. Lake level is 79% capacity

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 54?

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I visited Bullards twice in the past few days - once for a short 3 hr trip by myself and a guide trip yesterday. There were several rigs in the parking lot at Dark Day on my first trip and many bass boats on the water. I had a few bites and landed a smaller bass. Yesterday (Tues) my client and I arrived at the ramp at 9:30 am and, behold!, not a single bass rig there. We only saw 4 or 5 bass boats all day which had launched at the dam. It was a "teach the lake" trip and we drop-shotted several good areas. We did find two good schools of bass from 50 to 75 feet, but they really wouldn't eat. He is a good stik and had lots of subtle bites, but the bass wouldn't inhale. He did catch a small spot and shortly before we quit, he landed a nice 2+ pounder. I think he was using the MM111 Robo worm - not sure about the color. That seemed to get the most bites yesterday.

    Tips: The lake is at a pretty steady level with not much incoming water. The current weather pattern is bringing drop-dead gorgeous afternoons, but remember, the sun doesn't warm the water in late December! You may be warm in the December afternoon, but the bass aren't!! It seems to me that the fishing is better as one goes further up the river.

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 66-68

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I had the pleasure of taking a husband/wife team from Florida to our beautiful Bullards Bar! Florida with its 3 to 5 foot water they fish - Bullards was probably a shock to them when my Lowrance would often read over 300 feet!!! A new world in California! The fishing was fair since the lake continues to rise - now about 97% full. All the cover (trees and brush) are now under water, so most fishing is on visible structure - points, walls, etc. She fished for awhile and then most enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Bullards is a beautiful lake when full!!! He fished hard and caught a bunch of spots up to 2 lbs but never hooked a big one. Very few boats on the water. The dinks are showing up now but the bite is still slow.

    Tips: I think the bite will gradually slide into the summer pattern - lots of dinks with an occasional large spot. The June post-spawn bite can be pretty good on crankbaits and swimbaits, but will probably be tougher because of the high water that will be with us for awhile. Dropping Senkos around the flooded brush and trees should work pretty well this summer!!

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

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    Water Temp: 57-62

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: On water with wife @ 9am. Off @ 7pm. Intermittent breeze and overcast. 22 fish in the boat for me with biggest at 7.25 lbs. Wife only managed 5 in the boat with biggest at 2.5 lbs. She probably lost at least 10-15 as the bite was so lite and she barely had them hooked. Most fish came on Lizards, small tubes, and worms. Big fish on personalized Yo Mama baits.

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

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    Water Temp: 54-57

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Wife and I today. Not a breath of wind all day. Lake pretty full of debris. Very slow day with all the action occurring around noon. 10 fish total. All at 13" except for the pig my wife caught @ 7.75 lbs. Caught on a 4" Lizard, 1/16 oz. bullet, 6 lb. test.

Monday, January 16th, 2017

  • Report: FROM YUBA COUNTY WATER AGENCY
    January 16, 2016
    New Bullards Bar Reservoir reopened
    The Yuba County Water Agency has reopened New Bullards Bar Reservoir to watercraft
    following a break in the security boom near the dam.
    The security boom stretches across the reservoir near the dam to block logs and deter
    boaters from maneuvering too close to the dam and spillway.
    As a result of the recent heavy storms, the log boom broke, leaving sections of it on either
    side of the reservoir, which created safety concerns because of the high water releases
    through the spill gates on the dam.
    The repair required waiting until the spill was reduced, due to the close proximity of the spill
    gates. After the gates had been closed, YCWA was able to secure the log boom back in its
    rightful place and the reservoir is now open for boating.
    For more information about New Bullards Bar, please call 530-741-5000.

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

  • Report: Larry Hemphill » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:03 pm

    Bullards Bar is closed to all boating until further notice. I think this went into effect yesterday. The log boom that is in front of the spillway was destroyed by the high water outflow. Our local paper said it would remain closed until the overflow at the spillway is over. I think you saw the video that was posted here yesterday. By the way, those videos were amazing - thank you!! I will keep you posted if I hear anything new, or when the lake reopens. It could be awhile. The spotted bass are excited about all their new shallow water homes and condos!!

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 66-69

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I was up at Bullards Bar last week with a friend for a few hours and found fishing quite slow with small bass only. We did fish during a hot afternoon. Yesterday I had a guide trip with a father/son team from Colorado - and found the fishing much better. We started about 7:30 am, and dad got started right away with a few better spotted bass - the biggest at 2 1/4 lbs. The bite was pretty good most of the trip as we landed around 50 spots. Even though the lake was flat calm with bright sun (typical late summer tough conditions), a hint of fall was in the size. Maybe 20 of the bass were in the 12 to 14 inch size - a sign that fall might be around the corner. In fact - winter may be here this Friday!! We fished out of Dark Day ramp and stayed mostly in that part of the lake. Only saw one other bass boat and two other pleasure boats - with one GREAT wake boarder - Wow!!

    Tips: My two guys brought the "kitchen sink" - 8 rods and lots of baits. Some of their baits worked!! Drop-shotting was the main attention-getter with Robo worms of several colors working. Shad colors were great. Points were the best structure, along with shadowed walls in the afternoon. With the sun lower on the horizon now, one can fish lots of shade water. That will be a good plan until the lake gets some color - or clouds. The first clouds in several days rolled into Yuba City tonight! You probably know that all the trees are far above the waterline now.

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

  • Report: Lake water level is 68% Full
    Water Level ELEV. 1882.43
    Water Temperature: 76 deg;
    (Updated 09-24-2016)

Monday, July 4th, 2016

  • Report: Why should a lake with the word “NEW” in its name be talked about in such recent glowing reports? These great reviews are usually for newly formed lakes, after they are filled.

    When a new lake is opened, the first six or seven years usually provide excellent fishing for bass, bluegill and other panfish; but, the “NEW” Bullards Bar Lake was completely filled in 1971. A 45-year-old lake is not new – unless – something is new about the fishery.

    Yes, there is something REALLY new at Bullards Bar – GIANT Spotted Bass!

    Read the rest: http://www.westernbass.com/article/the-really-new-bullards-bar-reservoir

Monday, June 20th, 2016

  • Report: by Larry Hemphill » Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:30 pm

    You should have no trouble catching a lot of bass in the early morning. Problem is - they are mostly 6 to 12 inchers. You might get into a bigger bass if you work the steep drop-offs and points. Also, drop Senkos next to the off-shore trees. That might be your best bet for a quality spotted bass!

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

  • Report: Lunker Larry's client with a post-spawn spotted bass at 7 lbs 14 oz - Bullards Bar, using a Robo worm.

    I had a guide trip Friday and today - Sunday - a rare Sunday trip for me. There really wasn't much fishing pressure either day. Mornings were calm with bad winds both days starting late morning. I guess I should start with todays (Sun) trip as the father of my father/son trip showed son how it's done!! Did he ever - to the tune of a 7 lb 14 oz post spawn spotted bass. That's the way to start a trip!!! I had him fishing a morning dawn 6" Robo worm. When I saw that fish rise to the surface, I just about freaked!! Quite a tussle at the boat but I somehow got her in the net on the first swipe. After those Bullards spots spawn, they are still tall - top to bottom! After that, they just caught small ones up to 13 inches - smaller than the Friday trip. That trip started off well as I put a 4 1/4 lb spot in the boat and lost another big one which broke my line. In spite of the horrible wind that came up, we caught several keepers up to 2 lbs. The total bass caught on both trips was about the same, 25 to 30+.

    Tips: One has to assume that the bigger spots are only up shallow early and maybe late in the day. They just are hard to find now during the post-spawn. I was surprised that the Senko bite hasn't been very good - at least in my boat. It is hard to get away from the Robo worms - in 2 or 3 favorite colors, when trying to get clients into post-spawn action. Almost every cove now has flooded trees - some totally submerged. Wow - talk about cover. The lake is still rising - now about 91% - and should fill before long. Bullards Bar is a simply gorgeous lake when full - enjoy!!

    Pix here; http://www.westernbass.com/forum/post562090.html?hilit=bullards#p562090

  • Water Temp: 62-65

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I had a guide trip Friday and today - Sunday - a rare Sunday trip for me. There really wasn't much fishing pressure either day. Mornings were calm with bad winds both days starting late morning. I guess I should start with todays (Sun) trip as the father of my father/son trip showed son how it's done!! Did he ever - to the tune of a 7 lb 14 oz post spawn spotted bass. That's the way to start a trip!!! I had him fishing a morning dawn 6" Robo worm. When I saw that fish rise to the surface, I just about freaked!! Quite a tussle at the boat but I somehow got her in the net on the first swipe. After those Bullards spots spawn, they are still tall - top to bottom! After that, they just caught small ones up to 13 inches - smaller than the Friday trip. That trip started off well as I put a 4 1/4 lb spot in the boat and lost another big one which broke my line. In spite of the horrible wind that came up, we caught several keepers up to 2 lbs. The total bass caught on both trips was about the same, 25 to 30+.

    Tips: One has to assume that the bigger spots are only up shallow early and maybe late in the day. They just are hard to find now during the post-spawn. I was surprised that the Senko bite hasn't been very good - at least in my boat. It is hard to get away from the Robo worms - in 2 or 3 favorite colors, when trying to get clients into post-spawn action. Almost every cove now has flooded trees - some totally submerged. Wow - talk about cover. The lake is still rising - now about 91% - and should fill before long. Bullards Bar is a simply gorgeous lake when full - enjoy!!

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

  • Report: by greatwhite888 » Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:32 am

    Both Dark Day and Emerald Cove are open. I tried to go Tuesday morning but it was snowing pretty good as I got to Dobbins. As I started up the hill I saw a car that had slid off an embankment and several other drivers that talked me out of towing the boat up through the snow so I turned around. Was pretty sure I could make it with 4 wheel drive but didn't want to risk it while towing a boat. I'm sure whatever snow fell has melted by now though and the low Friday morning is supposed to be around 40 so their shouldn't be any ice on the ramps. I hope not because I'm headed up Friday morning as well! Good luck!

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

  • Report: by kraetzer » Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:30 am

    Got a random day off yesterday and thought I go up there - 10 to 15 trailers on the dark day ramp parking lot, guess the word got out :lol:
    Fished from 11am till 5pm mostly in the Willow Creek arm. Water temp was from 48 to 51 degrees. Watch out for debris!!! Big floaters all over the lake.
    Nice warm day and the water has some color to it, so we fished the 0 - 40 feet range most of the day.
    Got a couple of dinks and missed a couple of bites. I think we should have fished deeper. Later in the day we moved out into 60-70 feet of water and got a couple of bites and also saw some fish on the meter.
    All bites came on a shaky head with a mm roboworm and a brown and purple jig.
    No recommendations or tips but I think I will stay out deeper the next time.

    Good luck and tight lines.

Monday, December 28th, 2015

  • Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I've been out the past three weekends with very little success. The water is on the rise with a slight stain to stained in some areas. I've tried from 1ft to 80ft using just about everything from rip baits and a rigs to a dart head, jigs and everything in between. I know someone out there has figured out how to get the big girls but i'm definitely not one of them. All i can catch is rats. I'm pretty sure the lake is on a turnover or the inconsistent weather has given the big girls lockjaw. Yesterday the ramp was iced over so be careful launching the boat. 4x4 was necessary after a few boats launched and the ramp froze. Fish have been scattered in all depths but the 15 to 30ft zone seems to be where the majority of bait is holding. Tried main lake points, secondary points, bluffs, cuts, you name it. Lots of suspended fish as well.

    Tips: 4x4 if its below freezing and watch out for debris floating in the lake. yesterday was the first day in 3 weeks the lake had a lot of wood floating around. Be safe and have fun.