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Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

  • Report: by Bassdrool » Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:06 pm

    If you have been wondering how the bite at Clearlake has been since re-opening check this video out. We have been on the lake 3 separate trips since re-opening and it does not disappoint. Fish can be caught on anything you want to throw but to me nothing beats catching 30 fish a day on a glide bait. This is only half of the days footage as the Go Pro battery died but it shows you just how good this lake can be. For more videos like this in the future please subscribe to The Bass Hookup on YouTube. Our passion is fishing and sharing knowledge with others, we do not hide baits, spots, or anything thing else in the hopes of making everyone's time on the water more successful.

    VIDEO here: https://www.westernbass.com/forum/new-clearlake-swimbait-video-t127874.html

Monday, June 15th, 2020

  • Water Temp: 69.6

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Just a quick follow up, after taking a few nights off, we were back at it Sat & Sun evening. What a difference between two nights! Sat was stellar as we caught both quality & quantity! Our limit went 31 lbs 15 oz anchored by an 8 lber & 7 lb 3 oz & we boated a literal plethora of fish! Sun was a different story as we fought the wind all night but Matt Guyot managed to snag his pb, a 6 lb 15 oz toad! Congrats Matt! We managed 17 fish with our limit just a tad under 25 lbs. pattern was pretty much the same as the last.

    Tips: I recommend trying crawfish style baits. A lot of the fish we caught looked like they had red lipstick on as the have obviously been eating them! Red in the bait seems to help. We had to ratchet up weights on Sun night to buck the wind, I really hope it eases up soon! They were even hitting this forgotten Texas rig craw plastic I bought probably 10 years ago from some bulk bin & found in a drawer in the garage. We used them all up & I have no idea where to get more! (They were red!) Stay on the Texas & jig for now & you’ll get strikes! We managed a few crank fish but found few areas to throw them in the wind. Stay safe & have fun when you’re out there.

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

  • Water Temp: 69.6

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing here is still fantastic! Manny Frias & I have been on the water these past two nights fishing through to morning. They’ve been on a jig, Texas rig & crankbait bite with a few blade fish thrown in for good measure. We found them in shallower water & I think they are cruisin’ for forage. We fished south & found them schooled up in many spots. Brushhogs in green pumpkin, double wide beavers in California 420, & 6th sense C15 cranks have worked best so far. Will hit the water for a few more nights. Manny caught his personal best with a nice 10 lb 6 oz beauty this morning. Our limits went 26 lbs 8 oz the 1st night & 34 lbs 3 oz the second. They were on rock structure for us & were hitting the Texas & jig on the fall a lot. We’d pick up the slack & they were there. I was surprised that the water temp was below 70 but really helped the stellar crank bite we experienced. We boated around 45 fish each night & have been having a ball!

    Tips: Slow presentation with the crank & other baits were working for us! They really seemed to like browns, greens & if it had red flakes, even better. They were very aggressive so you have to pay attention at all times. Stick to rock structure and humps & you will get bit! They likes dark colored cranks at night & shad pattern when it started breaking dawn. If you’re planning fishing here, I suggest soon as it’s been the best I’ve seen in a few years! Stay safe & have fun! (Hint: They’ve been crushing the jig at dawn!)

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

  • Water Temp: 66.6-70.4

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: We fished for 6 night’s starting Thurs. Weather was windy on the first night, calm for 4 nights then windy last night. We were boating around 30 fish an evening except Tues we had 45 & Weds 24. Our limits ranged 25-30lbs except last night when our limit was a little over 34 lbs. Last night, Ted drew a pair of queens! They went 7 lbs 11 oz & 9 lbs even! The patterns were scattered, what they would hit one night, they wouldn’t touch the next! They were fairly consistent with the Texas rig & jigs, however. The best baits had red flake in them. The blade & crank bite was hit & miss & We couldn’t buy a Senko or swim bait bite at all. They were deep & seemed to prefer a slow presentation. We also managed an 8 lb 9 oz on Tues night with a lot of fish in the 4-61/2 range so size has been good! There were some spots where they were stacked. Tues we were on one spot for over an hour & boated 20 fish! We even had a pair of ducks jump in the boat to say hello! We fished south & fishing right now is really good!

    Tips: A slow & short presentation worked best for us. Browns & greens with red flakes seemed best. Our best two Texas baits were brushhogs & double wide beavers, the best jig trailer was the sweet beaver. When we got into a blade bite, we were rolling it slowly to where you could just feel the blades thump. When they hit it, POW! We don’t know how good the bite is north as we didn’t have to venture up there, but it should be good as well. If you feel a little heaviness or pressure on your line while jigging or Texas rigging, be careful as they were picking up the baits & swimming with them. Ted’s 9 deadweighted until she saw the boat, then it was on! He at first thought he’d snagged some submerged wood! Anyway, fish is great right now if you get the chance to get out. Stay safe & have fun!

Monday, May 11th, 2020

  • Water Temp: 68.2

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished for 3 nights in front of this weather system with Manny Frias. Not knowing what to expect, we hit the water a little after midnight the first trip. We pretty much caught fish everywhere we tried. They were hitting Texas rigged Double Wide Beavers, brush hogs, jigs, blades, & crankbaits. Also got a few on swimbaits. We boated around 30 with size ranging from 3 lbs with the biggest at 6 1/2 lbs. The second night was a little more active with the same pattern except for some reason we couldn’t buy a crankbait bite! We did around 40 fish for the night same size range except our biggest came in at 9 1/2 lbs, our limit went 33 1/2. The third night was even better! The fish were really schooled up as we were able to stay in one spot for long amounts of time getting steadily bit. Pattern was the same as some crankbait bites came back but the blade bite suffered. (Go figure?) Manny sticks a very nice 8 1/2 lber & our best five came in at 40lbs 3 oz with our largest going 12 lb 5 oz. It was an incredible night! It’s the best I’ve seen in some time! They were dialed in on Double Wides & jigs & we boated almost 60 fish! At any rate, the fishing’s insane right now. The lake is open only to locals so far but as soon as you get the chance to fish Clear Lake, I’d highly recommend it!

    Tips: We fished south the whole time. We didn’t venture far as we were able to really catch them not far from our ramp. For us they were on rocky structure and fairly deep in the 12-20 ft range. Slow presentation was the key & they were just picking up the baits & running with them instead of mashing them. One 4 3/4 lber picked up my Double Wide & ran with it so fast I had to use my trolling motor to catch up to it so I could set the hook! They seemed to like dark colors with blue in the baits. We didn’t try baits with red this time because frankly we didn’t have to. Anyway, stay safe & have a great time out there!

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

  • Water Temp: 48 in am 54 at 2pm.

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing getting better , Fished yesterday and caught around 12 fish, Nothing over 3 pounds for the day. Theres been some big ones caught this week.Stayed north and caught fish on swimbaits, Arigs, squarebills, underspins and ned rigs. Theres clear water or stained to fish but we need some rain . Still 3 ft to full.

Saturday, February 1st, 2020

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    Water Temp: 49-52

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got on the water yesterday at 7:30am and dishes until 3:30. Fog was very dense in the morning. After the fog lifted it was sunny and hardly any wind. Fishing was very tough. Threw a-rig, crankbaits,jerkbaits,underspin,finesse swimbait s,drop shot,jigs and ned. Only got 1 fish all day and came in the ned in 6ft of water. Fished from 2-30ft of water on north,south and mid lake. Talked to a lot of guys out fishing and all reported catching 0-1 all day also.

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

  • Report: Postby On The Water Guide Service » Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:48 pm

    The Bass are biting pretty good up here at Clear Lake. The A rig is still the deal for both numbers and size for me on both ends of the lake. It seems like we were catching a little bit bigger fish in the deeper water in the south but getting fewer bites, whereas we are doing really well with numbers in the North end but they are mostly two pounders. One of the better days I had recently is when we caught and released 33 fish in about 5 hours fishing the North end from Lakeport to Nice/Lucerne. These fish were out in front of docks holding in 7' to 9' on a rocky bottom. That same day I talked to two other boats that had been worm fishing and hadn't even had a single bite. We had two doubles and they were hitting the A rig good enough where it was hard to put it down. If fishing the A rig is not your cup of tea, you can catch fish on a underspin with a 3.8" Keitech swimbait or a suspending jerkbait or LV500. For me the good bite was definitely around the docks. I tried hitting the tule edges and points from the Casino to State park but it wasn't happening yet.
    Water temps have come up slightly with the nice sunny weather we have been getting. I was getting 48 degrees in the morning and it was as high as 51 degrees by early afternoon. Tomorrow we are supposed to have a high of 70 degrees and I think the fish are really going to be chewing this weekend. Water clarity is really good with a slight stained look up north and pretty clear down south with about 2 1/2' visibility. The lake level is holding at 4.50 on the Rumsey gauge and we are only about 3' from being at full pool. This winter has been pretty mild so far and it has made for some good fishing conditions for being in January.

    Good fishing and we will see you on the water,
    Troy Bellah

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

  • Report: by Dave Brabec » Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:54 am

    I was out yesterday, More bait equals more birds.The Redbud arm is filled with Grebes . Some winters more than others. The lake has so many big shad right now even the coots are coming up with them.Fish are really fat . Catching fish that look like 3 pounders that weigh 5. Water was 49 degrees at noon . Only caught fish on the Arig.

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

  • Report: by On The Water Guide Service » Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:20 pm


    Winter is in full effect up here at Clear Lake. The days are shorter and the water is getting colder. The lake itself is in pretty decent shape though. The rain storms we have received so far have had little breaks in between so the lake level is slowly rising but the lake isn't blown out and muddy yet. The Rumsey gauge is at 3.81 and on an upward trend. All feeder creeks are running at about half capacity.

    I was only able to get out on the lake a handful of times this past month with the kids out of school and the holiday stuff going on, the warden had me on lockdown. :D The few times I was able to fish, I fished primarily the North end around Lakeport. The water temperature was at 44 degrees at 10am when I launched and only came up to 47 degrees by early afternoon. The water clarity was perfect with a slight stained look with about one foot visibility. I was unable to get down to the south end of the lake but I heard the water is pretty clear down there and the fish are holding in deep water with a slow bottom presentation working well. I did the best up north on the A-rig and I switched over to one with little chrome willow blades on the teaser wires. I was also using the Keitech swimbaits in the Sexy Shad color. The bass seemed to see that color a little better in the slightly stained water. I had to eliminate a lot of unproductive water before I started figuring them out. The fish were holding tight to the bottom and were in 8' and deeper out in front of the docks. I fished the A-rig super slow along the bottom parallel to the shoreline and it seemed like i was getting more bites by making the lure pulse occasionally on the retrieve by stopping and then starting the reel handle. Most of the time i was just covering a lot of water and catching very few fish but I did have one day where I located a small school of two pounders and caught several in a row. I did also catch a few on the LV500 with a painstakingly slow retrieve on the bottom in the same areas. I heard there is a bite going on a vertical jigging spoon down south and mid lake and I also heard of some recreational fisherman doing good on live jumbo minnows down there as well. There has been zero fishing pressure out on the lake. The past few times out, my truck and trailer where the only ones in the whole parking lot at the launch ramp. Winter fishing at Clear Lake can definitely be tough but it makes you a more well rounded fisherman to get out there and grind it out. Dress warm and fish slow.

    Happy New Years to everyone out there. May we all slay them in 2020
    See you on the water.
    Troy

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 60.1

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Had to go check the house after the latest power outage & had a chance to hit the lake Tuesday night. After throwing everything but the kitchen sink ( thought about throwing that too! Lol), I figured out that they were hitting crankbaits! I threw the 6th Sense C15 & C20 in a shad pattern & when they hit it, they crushed it! They would not touch any of the other usual suspects, but this was a small sample size! Wish I had more info, but that’s all folks! Nothing really big, best 5 went around 18 lbs. I fished south in Konocti.

    Tips: They were deeper in the 15-23 ft range. I was cranking rocky structure and humps. I would reel down fast to get to he structure, then slow down to bump it along. Usually half way to the boat, wham! If you get bit in an area, fan cast around, there were multiple bites in an area. Have fun & be safe!

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

  • Report: by On The Water Guide Service » Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:32 am

    Had a special celebrity guest client out this past week and let me tell you this guy could fish. The go to lure for me has still been the LV500 in any of the bait fish colors. I have primarily been using the Pearl shad and Ghost minnow colors. The key to being successful with this lure is to experiment with the retrieve until you find out how they want it that particular day. For example when I am fishing the shallow water in Lakeport, I have been doing well just burning it in over the tops of the submerged weed beds. Fishing the lure in deeper water I have been doing well with a yo-yo style retrieve sweeping the rod to the side and taking up the slack as the lure falls back down. Another productive lure right now is the Pointer100 suspending jerkbait in a baitfish color. I also recommend experimenting with your retrieve with this lure until you get the right cadence they want that day. A good rule of thumb is the colder the water gets, the longer the pause in between jerks. Headwalls and boat ramps are good places to target this time of year because the bass will school up and coral the baitfish against them and feed often. I have seen a mixed bag of baitfish in different areas of the lake. Some areas have big schools of threadfin shad while other areas have silverside minnows and some areas have lot's of juvenile crappie. The bass are really getting their teeth as they often do this time of year.

    There is still an awesome jig bite mid lake and South right now. Brown/orange, brown/purple, or just plain old brown have been working really well in 5 to 25 feet. I have been doing well dragging a 1/2oz jig on a rocky bottom with a Beaver trailer and a touch of Smelly Jelly XXX crawfish. Another hot bait right now is the Zman Fatty Z Ned rig in the green pumpkin color as well as dropshoting a 6" worm with a short leader close to the bottom. Over all I would rate the fishing as good right now with water temps ranging from the high 50's in the morning hours and low 60's by the afternoon.

    The water level is currently holding at 2.96 on the Rumsey Gauge which is actually pretty decent for this time of year and no measurable rain yet. Both ends of the lake are fishing well but I do believe the deep water bite is more consistent. The water clarity is similar all around the lake with about a foot and a half visibility.

    It sure is nice having the power turned back on after 4 days of darkness. Thoughts and prayers going out for anyone affected by the Wildfires here in California. Everyone have a safe and fun Halloween this year and we will see you all out on the water.
    Good fishing, Troy Bellah

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

  • Report: by StanL » Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:33 pm
    Fishing Clear Lake This Week Oct 15

    So.. i’m going to start this fishing report off a little different than what I usually do.

    First of all its different because its from Clear Lake and I usually write Camanche reports but then I took that day trip to Clear Lake a couple weeks ago and well I guess I caught the Clear Lake bug, so here is another from there.

    Next I have to share that Wednesday the 16th is me and my wife’s 37th wedding anniversary. We decided to go to Clear Lake last weekend to celebrate. I married the right one.

    When we hit the water Saturday morning the surface temperature was 65 degrees. We started fishing in the lower part of the lake with dropshots and Carolina rig’s but eventually switched to jigs.  We concentrated on points and breaks.

    I have to say this weekend was probably one of my best weekends on Clear Lake ever and my wife caught her personal best a 5.8 lb largemouth and I got two fish in the 8 pound class.

    I hope this helps good luck fishing

  • Water Temp: 64.4-67.6

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Don’t have a long report as we got on the water Monday night & Tuesday afternoon. The night bite was scattered as we managed to boat 12 fish in the 2 - 3.5 range. They were hitting Texas rig beavers & power worms, just picking up the baits & running with them. The moon was full and as it got later, we ran into a decent crankbait bite over rocky humps. We fished until 6 AM & had definite lulls in between. The action was just enough to keep us interested, but not hot by any means.

    On Tuesday afternoon, the bite was much more active! Ted was drop shooting Roboworms in Morning Dawn & getting bit on just about every cast. I tried the Frenzy Nail with Don Iovino’s 6” spadetail in Green Weenie & was getting bit often too. The fish were small in the 1-2.5 range with one 4 lber. We fished Buckingham south covering a lot of spots & got action everywhere. Boated 40+ fish but once again a lot were small. I wanted to fish more but came down with a viscous cold Tuesday night so I spent the rest of the trip on my couch. I really wanted to hit it Weds day but just couldn’t answer the bell. I was hoping to concentrate more on locating bigger fish but didn’t get the chance!

    Tips: It seems the day bite is better right now. Unfortunately they are now developing the old Konocti Resort putting in new docks on top of prime fishing spots so there goes one of my best go-to spots! Oh well. They seemed to be keying on green/brown colors and were really active on the dropshot & shakeyhead. It was a small sample size, but I’ll be back in a few weeks to see if the bite gets really active. In the meantime, stay safe and have fun!

Friday, October 4th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 66-68

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I finally made it back to Clear Lake yesterday! A break from Berryessa where I have lived for most of the year. Went with buddy Mike Sperbeck and soon realize why I missed it so much! Awesome bite for about 6 hours with lots of quality bass from 3 to 4.5 lbs. Only caught a few in the one to two pound range. The dinks were feeding too and Mike caught one 4 or 5 inches!! Lost one or two big ones - but that is normal!! Don't want to say too much since Mike is fishing an upcoming tournament in a few weeks. We just stayed in the south end, covering lots of water. Lots of pre-fishing going on. One point had 3 boats on it! Lake had small white caps all day but was fishable in his 20 ft Ranger! Weird this time of year to have semi rough water in the morning. The lake should flatten out with the warm weather coming this weekend!

    Tips: I have some but don't go into details if a friend or client is preparing for a tournament. All I can say is that the good reports from Clear Lake are probably true. Imagine that!!

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

  • Report: By StanL

    Day Trip Fishing Clear Lake

    As you know my fishing reports usually come from Camanche, but the opportunity came up for me to take a day trip to Clear Lake and I jumped at the chance.

    It’s been quite a few years since I’ve been there.

    My buddy Ryan and I left early and made our first stop at Limit Out Bait and Tackle and got our Quadra muscle sticker. It was the first time I've been in the store since Bob left. I hope to be back soon.

    We got on the water about 8:00 am and the surface temperature was 69°. The water visibility was about 2 feet.

    We decided to start fishing around Anderson Island and we both started out throwing reaction baits, mostly crankbaits, swimbaits but after a bit with no luck, we both picked up bottom baits. Ryan started throwing a River2Sea Papa Mur jig and I started throwing a Frenzy Nail with a Berkeey Green Pumpkin “The General “worm. With those we got a few small fish until we backed out Into a little deeper water. Then Ryan picked up the Frenzy Nail and BOOM, he caught one about 41/2 pounds. So I tied on a Carolina rig Baby Brushhog and we concentrated on deeper points and breaks in the midsection and lower parts of the Lake.

    We had to be off the water by around 3:00 pm. So all in all we had a great day and we ended up catching-eight fish. Our best five went around 17 or 18 lbs. I'll take that any day in October.

    I hope this helps good luck fishing!!

    Stan

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

  • Report: Postby On The Water Guide Service » Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:19 pm

    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,

    Troy

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 72 to 79

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished from 830a to 8pm. Started north end of lake in the weeds. For only small fish then moved to the docks more small fish. Final move out to 15 feet of bbn water out in front off weeds and rocks. Finding the bait. Caught better fish but was a challenge to stay on the fish. Ended the day with a fish an hour best 14lb

    Tips: Go early. Best bite of the day is from sunrise to 9 I found last week.

Monday, September 9th, 2019

  • Report: by Bjrano » Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:03 pm

    This was Labor Day weekend. No one was fishing but I was surprised at the location for my catch. It was right next to the walking foot path not 40 feet from our tent. I will give credit. It seemed as though there were multiple casting lanes along that trail. I I only fished about 50 yards of the path but got multiple strikes in my frog. Near campsite number 41 I dont recall the name of the slough.My son in law caught this one from the boat on a Ned rig.y Bjrano » Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:03 pm

    This was Labor Day weekend. No one was fishing but I was surprised at the location for my catch. It was right next to the walking foot path not 40 feet from our tent. I will give credit. It seemed as though there were multiple casting lanes along that trail. I I only fished about 50 yards of the path but got multiple strikes in my frog. Near campsite number 41 I dont recall the name of the slough.My son in law caught this one from the boat on a Ned rig.

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

  • Report: by coyote268 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:30 am

    Daughter Sandi came up as I live in Lakeport. We fished Saturday and Sunday and it was a zoo. Saturday we had a good day with around 15 in boat drop shotting north end with the best a 6.4 on a puff ball jig. Trying to get out of the water at 5th street was impossible so finally lucked out at third street. Sunday launched at state park and ran south and did good with smaller fish around Rattlesnake. Again mostly drop shotting. Sandi was on fire and had 3 over three but not quite four. Pulling out was easier at the park. A lot of nut cases out there and very rude boaters. Had to have a Danhatten Sunday night to calm down.