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Wednesday, August 24th, 2022

  • Water Temp: 80 ish

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished lake solo what a stink, Smelled like Veit Naum the day after. What a stink. Fished my ass off where I could find an opening in the carp on top of the water, that was a chore by itself. Anyway caught 6 fish on top-water from 21/2 to 41/2 lb.
    than by 9 am the lake went dead nothing I mean o- nada I might as well have gone bowling i'd of caught just as many fish

    I fished my ass off and only caught 6 fish and boy were they in sad shape, you had to feel sorry for them. All beat up and sores all over them. Poor fish way too many tournaments to close together. Give them a break

    If we don't get lots and lots of rain this winter this lake is done plain and simple. What do you think.????

    Just saying Mike Pellagrini

    Tips: Wait till it rains about 25" before you come back. That's what I'm saying.

Friday, August 12th, 2022

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    Water Temp: 78-80

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Launch updates: we tried Redbud but it was socked in with days of hardened slime..and OMG the smell. I would not recommend launching there. Very shallow unless you have a thin draft. Spoke with Launch coordinator and felt it would close soon. Most all other launches outside 5th street are closed. Clearlake Oakes has a deep hole off left side of ramp. 2-axel will get you in quick trouble. We did launch from shore at Clearlake Oakes 4x4 required due to gravel there.

    Fishin: We had the full moon. Fished Thurs-Sun morning. Net net.. we had a tough go. Caught ~3-5 fish per day. Fish 16 hours to 2 am Friday. Early morning bite and late evening bite. But very few. Like was noted after 9am..go do something else. What we did catch were stuffed with silvers. Found massive bait schools at Frazier and Henderson.
    We junked fished alot of the lake and threw the boat at them. Seemed completely keyed in on small..I mean small bait fish. We power fished inside grass along 20 and got a few. Henderson, Frazier, Shag, Soda, Rattle,Anderson, windflower Baylis Jago produced little to zero. We did not go skinny in upper lake and maybe that’s where they were.

    We have a home here and like has been commented the tournaments and pressure seem irresponsible. This fishery has changed so much in the past 5 years and not in a positive way. We need water or we are in trouble.

    Tips: Fish early and Late. Late is 11-2am. Fish small. We seem to be more successful on BFS kit.

Friday, June 10th, 2022

  • Water Temp: 70

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out for a few nights this past week. Fishing was pretty slow & the types of rigs they would hit were varied with no patterning. There were no big fish with the largest being 4 lb 9 oz on a Texas rig. Also Caught fish on blades, Senkos, cranks, jigs & underspins. They were also pretty deep in 20+ ft & we were fishing slowly. I think fishing will improve in a few weeks, they seem to be getting a little aggressive, but with the erratic weather & low water, l think the lake is going to turn on a little later than usual. Wish I had more to report!

    Tips: The fish we caught were healthy but skinny. I don’t think they’ve gone into full post spawn yet. I spoke with a few people & they seem to think they’re still some fish spawning. The one we got were aggressive so I hope the best is still to come. I will be out again in a few weeks & hope l have more to report.

Saturday, December 4th, 2021

  • Report: by Csuhchris » Sat Dec 04, 2021 4:49 pm

    Struck OUT Friday throwing the big bait at gooseneck and Henderson. Decided to actually tug on some fish and switched to small Keitechs with mega bass swimbait spinning heads. Also, swivel heads with a super fluke. Fish were actually super shallow (2 feet) and have heard anglers are actually having success with small crank baits in water as shallow as 6 inches! CRAZY and the amazing weather is pretty nice as well!

Sunday, November 28th, 2021

  • Water Temp: Cold

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Lake has been flat calm for the last week. Left the boat hooked up to the ball on the shore to void the crowds at the two ramps. Fished Henderson, Shag, Windflower, and Konocti Thursday-Saturday for a few hours. Hudd fish are starting to to be caught. Surprisingly a lot of pressure considering how slow it is… personally I’d go for the big bite considering you’ll get a handful of fish the entire day fishing finesse. Nights are getting colder!

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

  • Water Temp: 62.8

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: We were only able to get out for one afternoon & one night due to the weather. We launched out of 5th street Monday afternoon, it’s really shallow & you’re in 2 ft or less of water out to about a 1/4 of a mile so be careful! I had the jackplate as high as it would go, trimmed the motor up & idled out until I hit 6 ft water depth! Fished Henderson & Konocti with limited success. We caught four fish all told in three hours & they were isolated! They came on jerkbaits & medium cranks. They would not hit plastics or jigs& since we were a long way from 5th street, came in before dark. It was really windy Tues so we didn’t bother going out. Weds we shore launched next to our ramp & was able to get the boat in without issues. We fished from 6 pm til the rain ran us off at 1 am. We did better with most of the fish coming on blades. We caught 23 with the largest just a shade under 4 lbs. Our limit was just shy of 16 lbs. They seemed interested in silver/ chartreuse Colorado blade ran really slowly. We tried other colors but this was the only one that worked. We had some jig & plastic bites but they were picking the baits up & then dropping them. We managed a few with each of those techniques but they were mostly dialed in on the blades. They were up close, near rocky structure & fat as ticks! That’s all the info I have with the limited time we got to fish.

    Tips: There’s a ton of baitfish in the water right now! They’re all over the place & will light your graphs up! We were snagging them with the jerkbaits there was so many of them! We were casting those blades parallel to the bank & retrieving them slowly over the structure. The jig & plastic bites we got were largely on the drop but they wouldn’t touch a Senko for anything! Wouldn’t hit a crank or swim bait either! With the water so darned low, you have to search for new structure! The biggest thrill was nailing a 15 lb catfish on a blade! It was a great fight, woke me up, but alas it had whiskers when it got to the boat! Lol Be very careful, I broke off one of my transducers on a rock so be very cautious! Stay safe & have fun! I think the weather plus all of the baitfish affected the bite. With a ton of weather coming in next week, if it stabilizes afterward for a few days, the bite could really turn on!

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

  • Water Temp: 76.5

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I apologize, forgot to post this! I fished Monday & Wednesday evenings 8/23 & 8/25. Launching & loading the boat was a challenge but I was able to get in both evenings. Monday was fairly active with fish coming on blades, jigs, Texas, & cranks. They seemed to be fairly shallow in 10-12 ft. Fished rocky structure & docks with good success fishing slowly. The smoke was pretty bad as the moonlight was more amber in color! Largest was 4 lb 7 oz with the limit a tad under 20 lbs. Weds night was a different story! Got on the lake around midnight & didn’t get bit until 2 AM! Was about to pack it in with the skunkeroo when I finally picked up a 2 lb Senko fish! I rode a 26 mile bike ride that afternoon & quitting was starting to sound pretty good! Decided to give it 30 more minutes & if it didn’t pick up, I was going home. After about 30 minutes, it was as if the switch flipped & I caught several in succession. They would only hit a Texas rigged red,black beaver, not the jigs reaction or any other plastic, just this one! Ended up with 14 more between 2 - 4.7 lbs & then it was over! Mon I landed 23 fish, Weds 15 with a limit at 16 1/2 lbs & the largest again at 4 lb 7 oz. I was by myself this time & fished behind Buckingham down to Frazier. Not as wild as it has been for me but still caught some fish!

    Tips: I would try using all kinds of techniques until one works for you. I threw everything on the boat Weds until I finally hit a bait they would bite. What amazed me was the total lack of a reaction bite when they were on it on Monday night! I fished fairly slowly & dark colors seemed to be best! Close, rock structure got the most strikes! Hope this helps, I don’t know how long we can put our boats in, but I’ll give it another try soon! Stay safe, be vigilant when you launch, & have fun out there!

Sunday, August 29th, 2021

  • Report: LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Clear Lake’s dropping water level isn’t just presenting challenges to boaters and causing ramp closures, it’s now making it harder for the Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol to keep its boats on the water, and county officials are asking for help in identifying hazards on the lake.

    Clear Lake’s level was -1.54 feet Rumsey, the special measure for the lake, early Friday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey, or USGS, gauge.

    For context, a mean of daily mean values for water years of record for 1913 to 2021 based on USGS data, puts the daily mean lake level for Aug. 27 at 2.31 feet Rumsey.

    In 2014, the last serious drought year the state experienced, the lowest recorded lake level was -0.83 feet Rumsey.

    The lowest level for Clear Lake in the 1977 drought year was -3.39 feet Rumsey, but the lowest lake depth recorded, -3.50 feet Rumsey, was in September 1920, the USGS reported.

    FULL STORY: https://www.lakeconews.com/news/70146-marine-patrol-moves-its-boats-due-to-low-water-water-resources-looks-at-ramp-extensions-seeks-help-identifying-lake-hazards

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

  • Report: Prefish day 1
    ML – I fished the southern side of the lake and found fish on a decent pattern but it was pretty nasty down there.

    Prefish day 2
    ML - I then went back to my old stomping grounds where I did pretty well a few years ago in a YAB tournament launching mid lake. During prefish I got about a dozen bites and didn’t set the hook on the fish except for the 2 jerkbait fish.

    Competition day 1
    ML - It was really routine, I didn’t get a bite for the first hour and a half. There wasn’t anything happening in the dark. I fished deep since I couldn’t see the shore but no bites. Once the light started coming up I started throwing a frog. Once I started getting bit on a frog, I switched up to a 5.5” glide bait. Once I had my limit, I switched to a 7.5” glide and started culling. Once the glide bait bite stopped, I started flipping around some really huge submerged boulders with adjacent grass. The wind picked up and started pushing more bait into my area and I stayed within a 100-yard zone cycling different baits. Number one bait for really good fish was a Bobby D’s swim jig that I would pitch, bounce and then swim back to the boat.

    Competition day 2
    ML – I started off in one area close to my initial spot on day one. Again, no bites in the early morning. I only got one bite on the frog and missed it. I switched up to the swim jig and a chatterbait. The wind was blowing and it was cooler so the topwater bite wasn’t happening. Went down the bank with both and was flipping the swim jig and was fishing it like a regular jig. The chatterbait was taking care of a lot, I had back to 22 inch plus fish back to back on the chatterbait. They were pulled off the bank a little bit and were deeper. As the sun came up and things began to warm up, the fish moved back up and I started throwing some topwater and caught a few more. 103 inches that day and I didn’t even know it. I never look at the leaderboard while fishing.

    Competition day 3
    ML - I really didn’t know if the fish were going to be there. I beat them up pretty good the prior two days. I was planning on moving on to another spot located on the opposite side of the lake about 2.25 miles away. The shad school that I found on days 1 and 2 reappeared which was a blessing. They came through and I was able to capitalize on the active feeding fish. I chased the school up the bank. I broke my rod on the third fish and had to switch out. I came back and there were a few fish still hanging out feeding on the shad. I went back with the swim jig and went back to flipping, caught 1 more and I left. All the other fish I caught for the rest of the day didn’t help.

    Weekend wrap up
    ML - Leading up to this weekend (outside of the WWBT at McClure where I finished 5th.), my season has been challenging. I had lots of opportunities to do well but just a bunch of different mistakes. With this competition, you can’t afford to make bad decisions or have bad tournaments. Going into this tournament I told myself I was going to fish the conditions, not force anything and Use baits that I have confidence in. Doing well this weekend really took a lot of pressure off my shoulders. I felt like I stuck to my game plan, didn’t get distracted and it paid off

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

  • Water Temp: 79.2

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Made it back to fish the moon cycle & found that the bite is still good! Rufino & I fished Monday night thru Wednesday night & averaged 50 fish each night. It was pretty much the same as last time but each night was more lure specific. Monday night was active with jigs & Texas rig, Tuesday night was a torrid blade bite & Wednesday night was Senkos, cranks, & a little of everything else. They seemed to be on rocky structure & with the water being so low, the terrain was a little different than usual. The blade bite worked when we retrieved the blades super slow & the fish just hammered it! All the plastics were fished slowly as well & the Senkos were the 5” wacky rigged. Color seemed to lean towards purple & blue & we were really successful with the color “ junebug”! Our limits averaged in the low to mid 20’s with our biggest being 6 lbs 3 oz with a lot of 5+‘s also being caught. They’re still really strong & full of juice right now & are really fun to catch. We stayed south again hitting rocky points & structure. They were up close to the bank so don’t let shallow water deter you from fishing some areas. The water is pretty clear of slimy weeds for the most part so we were able to throw blades & cranks just about anywhere! We fished from 11pm to daybreak each night & the bite was real steady after moonrise.

    Tips: Fish slowly & once again, if you get bit, stay for awhile as they seem to be schooled up. They are actively feeding & once you find the right target lure, they will nail it! There were a few places that I thought would be great, but we got skunked on those so if there’s no activity, leave for another spot! Be careful as the water is low & pay attention to your depth. Stay safe & have fun out there!

Monday, July 12th, 2021

  • Report: by Pat » Mon Jul 12, 2021 5:58 am

    I was at Redbud and the Oaks on Tuesday and Wednesday July 6 & 7. Both are usable, but be cautious. I recommend using your trolling motor anytime you are inside the buoys/channel markers. A few weeks ago I tagged a rock coming into Redbud when the wind pushed me to the left a little ways. Stay inside the channel markers, those are the Red and Green buoys. You want the red on your right coming in (Red, Right, Returning) and on your left going out. It was still safe to use your big motor to power onto the trailer. As the picture shows, the algae at the Oaks is BAD, and it stinks. I attribute this to the fairly consistent wind from the NW blowing it in and then it just stays there and continues to grow.. At one point Clearlake Tackle was saying they were going to close after 4th of July, last week they were still open and indicated they are no longer planning to close, at least for the near term.

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

  • Water Temp: 76.8

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Rufino & I fished the last 4 nights & the fishing was very active! We would get on the water at 10 pm & fish all the way until the sun came out. We averaged 50 fish each night with our limits varying from a low of 20 lbs 4 oz to a high of 26 lbs 9 oz. We didn’t get any really big fish, but we caught a plethora of 4 - 5 lber’s with a bunch of 3+ lber’s too! We fished the Konocti Bay Area as we really didn’t have to move very much as the fish were stacked! They were pretty much non selective with technique. We caught them on Texas rigged, blades, cranks, jigs, underspins & even nailed them on senkos! They were in the rocks & docks in the 6 - 15 ft depth range. On Tues night we did some nostalgia fishing throwing 20 year old chartreuse blades, Norman D22’s, Bomber Waterdogs, jigs with Uncle Josh pork, & plastics that we haven’t thrown in years & were nailing them with Rufino pulling in one fish after another with a Bright chartreuse/blue Norman he found floating in the water! Last night, one of the first fish we caught had a large crawdad halfway down its throat that was bright red, so we keyed on those types of baits & really slayed them. Our biggest fish for the trip were a 6lb 7oz caught last night & a 5lb 15oz caught on Sunday night. The lake is very active right now but it’s the lowest I’ve seen for this time of year so if you can make it up here, it should be worth your while!

    Tips: Other than our tues night nostalgia fishing, they seemed to be keying in on red. If you get bit, stay & fan cast as there were multiple hits in each spot we fished. The reaction bite was stellar but we were rolling both the cranks, underspins & blades very slowly. Be vigilant when throwing jigs & plastics as we had a lot of instances where we would cast, engage the bail & a fish would already be swimming away with the bait! We hit the water last night behind the Weds Night shootout & the fishing was still insanely active so they’re on the chew! They may seem to be targeting crawdad’s & baitfish so choose your baits accordingly! Stay safe out there & have fun!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

  • Water Temp: Not sure

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Buddy Mike Sperbeck and I fished Clear Lake yesterday afternoon and up to midnight and found the bite to be quite good.
    Not sure how many we caught, around 40 I guess, but the quality was good with bass up to 6 1/2 lbs. No toads.
    The bite was tough around dusk with pretty heavy wind. Actually, the bite was good but they were hard to hook in the wind!!
    That's Clear Lake on a summer evening!!
    We used a variety of craw type baits as they out-produced the worms.
    The bite was on fire around midnight. Glad we didn't leave early!!!

    Larry Hemphill

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

  • Water Temp: 67.8

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: We fished Sun, Tues, & Weds nights & fishing has been outstanding! Didn’t go out on Mon due to the wind, but the other nights were on fire! We averaged over 50 fish each night with Sun & Tues limits being a shade over 23 lbs. Weds limit was higher at 31 lbs due to a nice 10 lber. They were concentrated on both docks & rocky structure with many strikes in the 15-20 ft range. We were south & had the best luck with Texas rig, jig, & blades. We rolled the blades really slowly, the Texas rig was most productive with Reaction’s Man Bear Pigs in dirty wizard & Ca 420. They were stacked up in spots with multiple strikes in each location. We’d position the boat in 20-24 ft & fan cast in all directions getting strikes parallel & perpendicular to the boat. We were using Rodstrainer jigs with sweet beaver trailers & anything with red was popular! We caught a bunch of fish in the 3-5 lb range & the action was pretty much non stop!

    Tips: I think that the post spawn bite is in full swing! The fish are aggressive & willing as they were very active! When you get bit, stay in the spot for a bit as we got multiple strikes as they seem to be schooled up! I also think the big fish are just starting to get active, I wish I could stay for a few more days! We caught a lot of fish in successive strikes & the fishing this trip was some of the best. If you get a chance fish this lake soon! Have fun & stay safe out there!

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

  • Report: by Csuhchris » Wed May 12, 2021 1:10 pm

    Went out this AM! The depth inside the launching area is approximately a foot deep. Using a trolling motor to exit while angled w/o being fully extended will only be possible a few more weeks. Was approximately two feet deep last week. Time to pull out your airboats!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

  • Report: by Mitch » Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:30 am

    Launch out of Red Bud and fish the whole Red Bud arm. Much deeper. Wacky Rig Senkos or Niko rig and work the "Scattered" tules and outside docks. The Bass up there like the darker colors. Junebug, Watermelon/red, Greenpumpkin etc.

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

  • Report: by farmboy9695 » Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:26 pm

    Came up Monday after the big tournament. Launched out of LakePort headed north the last two days. Water is low, caught a couple of bed fish, no real size. Fishing tomorrow and I’m thinking launching out of Lucerne. Any suggestions, I’m not a tournament fisher but would like to catch a few 4 or 5 lbs before heading home.
    I fished drop shot last two days and caught @6 total. About 2.5 lbs
    Any constructive help would be appreciated.

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

  • Water Temp: 62.2

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished this past Monday & Weds evening. There was a small cold front setting in plus the Won 3 day tournament. The fishing was ok with the majority of our fish coming on black 8” powerworms. Monday we caught 11 fish with the two biggest at 7 lbs 5 oz & 5 lbs 11 oz. They came late as the fish seemed to become active at 3 am. Weds we were only out for 2 1/2 hrs coming in at midnight. I fished with Don Iovino on Weds & we had a ball catching 12 in a little bit of time. Best fish was 7 lbs 2 oz that was the only crankbait fish of the evening. I think it would have gotten better later but we came in early. There were only a one jig fish but they were really on that black worm Texas rigged. Monday we had to hide from the wind but Weds was calm. They were very close to the bank & often just picked the bait up. Monday’s limit was a tad over 23 lbs & Weds limit was a tad over 21 lbs. The trip only yielded 1 blade fish, 1 jig fish & 1 crankbait fish. All of the rest were on the Texas rig. Hope this helps!

    Tips: I think spawn had started so you have to run into foraging fish. They were shallow but when you hooked them, the fight was on! We were south fishing in front of tules & back of docks. When the weather settles, I think the bite will improve! Have fun & stay safe!

Friday, March 26th, 2021

  • Water Temp: 54.8

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Came up for a quick trip as fishing has been really good. We fished a few hours late Wednesday afternoon, couldn’t get on the water Wednesday night as the wind was howling, & fished Thursday night. We ended up with four fish Weds in the 4-5 lb range. They were scattered in what they would hit, 2 were on the jig, 1 on a crankbait, & 1 on the Texas rig. (I’m not the best daytime fisherman!) Thursday night was much better. It was a shame that Rufino & I were suffering from “I can’t buy a hook set” issues, but we still managed to boat 19 fish. They were biting in spurts but really became active around 4 AM. They were hard on the Texas rigged Brushhogs & Beavers with a few blade & crank bites thrown in. The jig bite was slower with just a few fish. We were throwing baits with green & red & they were deep in the 20-22 ft range. We were fishing Konocti bay & didn’t venture further as we only had one night. Our biggest was 7 lbs 9 oz & our best five went 27 lbs 15 oz’s. I think we may have improved on that if we didn’t have two left hands last night!

    Tips: Slow presentation was key as was deep water access. They would be active for a bit, go dormant for a bit & repeat until we got to 4AM, then they got after it so you may have to wait them out. We also caught quite a few males but the females were still healthy, big bellied, & full of fight! Hope this helps, stay safe, & have fun out there!

Sunday, March 14th, 2021

  • Water Temp: 52.3

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out Friday & Saturday night for the first trip of the season for us. The fish are very active & healthy right now. Friday was the better of the two evenings as a weather system came in Saturday night. We fished Konocti exclusively as we didn’t have any reason to move. They were hitting the jig, blade & cranks with gusto! Found them in 10-15 ft around structure. Texas rigged plastics were working well too. Docks were very productive around the likings. The fish are macking on crawdads right now. Their lips are so red it’s as if they’re wearing lipstick! Lol. So, red jigs & trailers were really working for us. What was surprising was the reaction bite as they were hammering the cranks & the blades! I managed to nail a 11.0 on the blades & she was fat & sassy! Friday our limit went 37 lbs even while Saturday went 26lbs 5 oz. Friday fish total was 31 fish while Saturday slowed to 9 fish. The overall average size was big through both days with a lot of fish caught in the 5-7 lb range! I think when the weather stabilizes, the bite is going to be very consistent! I had heard it was really good before we arrived!

    Tips: Red is the color! For plastics anything that resembled a crawdad worked. The single wide beaver was productive for us. Jigs were worked over rocky structure, Texas rig & reaction baits were worked around the docks. Slow presentation was key. Some times when you made a cast, then you lifted your rod tip, the fish would be swimming away with it, so be vigilant. They seemed stacked so work areas slowly. There were big limits caught during the tournaments this past weekend, so the fish are really active! They’re also really healthy & fighting very hard! Stay safe & have fun out there! I’ll post a few pics on the forum.