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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.

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

  • Water Temp: 79.8

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Came up on Sunday & fished Sun, Mon & Tues evenings. The bite was decent & we ran into a decent crankbait bite. We didn’t catch anything big like last time with Rufino nailing the largest coming in at 4 lb 9 oz. on a crankbait. The Texas rig bite was all over the place, good in some areas & non existent in others. The most popular was the Yamamoto lg flapping hog in a weird color that was copper red on top & orange on the bottom. Double wide beavers & 10” power worms worked also. The jig bite was also sporadic but we caught some on it. Black red jigs were working the best with trailers with red in them. One thing, we had a lot of strikes on Texas rig & jigs that were dropped by the fish. I think they were from smaller fish! We averaged 15 fish per night and the limits were around 17-18 lbs. I think the day bite might be better but my boat’s fuel pump took a dive on Tues night so we couldn’t give it a try. We decided to catfish off our dock Weds night, what else could we do right? Not being much of a cat fisherman, the ones I catch are incidental bass fishing, but Rufino knew the ins & outs. So there we were, two frustrated bass fisherman stuck on a dock at midnight! Man it was crazy! Ended up with a five fish limit of 68lbs! I didn’t know a 20+ lb cat could fight that hard! Thank goodness I was using 65lb braid. I might have to rethink my position on catfishing. Lol

    Tips: We fished south again & used dark colors when the moon was up. They preferred a slower presentation both in reaction & plastics. A lot of the strikes were the fish just picking up the bait & swimming with it so be on your guard. Some were stacked so stick around a spot if you get bit. Well, that’s all folks, stay safe & have fun out there! Also, if your boat breaks, go catfishing!

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 80

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got off of work at 1:30 and got up to the lake by 5. I took my girlfriend with me this trip so I spent a majority of the evening driving around and showing her all of the cool spots on the lake. Fished for a couple of hours here and there and missed 4 and only got one in the boat. (How do you only get one fish in the boat at Clearlake? lol) Planned on fishing all day Sunday but because of family stuff that came up I had to drive home early in the morning. Anyway.... the lake didn't look to bad in any of the spots. There are definitely a lot of bigger mats showing up in the Northern end of the lake. The wind was blowing so the algae was not built up thick anywhere except for the bottom by Redbud. The water clarity from Lakeport to Nice was pretty bad, from Lakeside Park down to the south end of the lake looked pretty good. I missed all of the fish on topwater and one on a senko. I got one at the very end of the night on a square bill right before heading back to the ramp. Throw buzz baits, whopper poppers, and frogs when the sun is barely coming up or setting. Im talking like I caught a lot of fish this trip but I didn't because I was showing my girlfriend the whole lake. But, based on the conditions of the water and the weather, top water should be dead on right now and the reaction bite seemed to be picking up for crank baits compared to how its been the rest of the year (again, 1 fish) Even though I only got the one fish in the boat I still got it on camera. Checkout my youtube video to see my trip from this last weekend. Good Luck! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q3YtC1Cujg&t=15s

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 75-79

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Worked from 3am- 11:30am at the post office and then headed up to the lake. Got there around 2 and fished until 10 at night. The BBT fished Saturday morning and man did they sweep the lake. Had a couple blow ups on frogs mid day but only got one to the boat. Fished senkos and flipping jigs around the weedy docks in the North part of the lake. The sun went down and the bite was on. Whopper ploppers and squarebills at the mouths of a couple creeks where the weeds hadn't matted yet. Caught one 5 pounder on the plopper and the rest were 1-3lbs. Got out at 5am Sunday morning and there were other bass boats everywhere. We caught a few at the mouth of Kelsey creek and then when the sun went down we headed into a couple marinas and had come luck of the senkos and jigs again, punching mats and flipping under docks. The algae has started to bloom due to the 100 degree temperatures, the algae is only bad down on a couple of the southern arms of the lake. It was still a good trip for the short amount of time I had. I work 6 days a week, 60 hours plus, and I can still manage to make time for the lake so try to not make any excuses. I will be posting another video on my channel soon with a lot better camera angles, but Until i post it check out the one I have from june. Thanks, Goodluck. Nate . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KCdaFeNw0A

    Tips: Wake up early in the morning and fish shallow. As the day progresses and the sun comes up fish weed mats, docks, offshore structure, or any other shade or cover you can find. All of the natural colors have still been working for me, I haven't been throwing anything chartreuse yet.

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 79.8

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Sort of hit the wall last night. Water temp was up 2 degrees, went out later to miss the Weds night shootout & only had 5 strikes. Thank goodness my hookset percentage was 100! Caught one on a crank, 2 on Texas rig, & 2 on the jig. Threw blades, chatter bait, senko, dropshot with no hits. Fished the same areas as I’m solo this trip & didn’t want to get too far from my ramp that I couldn’t get back on my trolling motor. There was a lot of other places I’d have liked to try! I was still happy with the 5, beats getting skunked, the largest went 4 lb 2 oz & smallest 3 lb 1 oz for a limit just under 19 lbs. still a good outing in my book!

    Tips: I tried shallow & deep. All the strikes last night were in the 20 ft range. I ran the baits slowly, fast pace & shallow didn’t garner any hits. They seem to be off rocks, couldn’t fish docks on account of all the weeds. It was dead calm last night , maybe a little wind (not too much though!) would help. I’ll be back in a few weeks, stay safe out there and of course, have fun!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 77.8

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got on the water around 10pm & the bite was considerably slower. Worked through a few hours of small fish until the moon came up & then it picked up nicely. Still fishing the same pattern, I ran into a 7 lb 5 oz’er & a 5 lb 2 oz’er! Both came on the jig but had some Texas rigged fish as well. Caught a few on the crank but they were in the 2 lb range. Did manage one small blade fish that was puking shad so the pattern may be in transition. Best 5 was a little under 22 lbs. Gonna try again later tonite & see what happens.

    Tips: Big fish were deep again but there was some action up shallow where weeds weren’t a problem. If you get bit, stay for a while as they still seem to be stacked up.

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

  • Water Temp: 79.6

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Went night fishing Sunday & Monday nights and the fishing has been great! Fished south in Konocti again (like always!) and found them right off the bat. They’re pretty deep in the 15-20ft range and still seem to be on a crawdad pattern.

    Sunday the smallest fish was 3 lbs. Fished off rocky structure and points casting to deep water and ran into them. They seem to be stacked up as I caught multiple fish in each location. I fished the jig slowly with pauses and they smashed it off of the pause. I was rewarded with a nice 9 lb 2 oz with a five fish limit of a little over 25 lbs. I caught a lot of 3 1/2 lber’s for a fun evening. Caught one 5 lb on a crank plus there was good action on Texas rig too.

    Monday night was very similar to Sunday. Same pattern but my biggest was 6 lb 5 oz with a limit a little over 21 lbs. The crankbait bite was more active, I even caught a 2 lb Crappie on it! Not as many fish as Sunday but still nice at 17 fish. Sunday I lost track after 25. No blade bite at all on both nights. Going out tonight so I’ll post a report. Hope the bite is still on!

    Tips: I haven’t run across a jig bite like this in a while! I’m throwing 1/2 oz brown jigs with red in the trailer. Texas rig still best with double wide beavers and the crankbait is lavender shad run slowly over structure. No senko or blade strikes but I didn’t throw them much as I couldn’t put the jig pole down! Lol!

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 75

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fished Clearlake the last week from July 7th- 12th. The algae is still not nearly as bad as it usually is for this time a year, there is a little bit of a bloom starting in the south end. The weeds are still not matted either like they usually are this time of year. Fished mainly the north end of the lake. Top water (frogs and whopper ploppers) worked great early in the morning and late In the evening. I was throwing whopper ploppers over submerged grass and along the edge of the tules. Caught a couple squarebill fish but nothing too crazy. Once the sun came up I flipped senkos and jigs under all of the cover ( docks, tules, and brush). Deeper water was also working midday using drop shots and jigs on offshore rock piles. Overall it was a good trip. Get out before the sun comes up and when the sun starts to go down to catch the best fish. I will be posting more reports because I go up to Clearlake almost every weekend. Thanks, Nate. If you get the chance check out my YouTube video, I will be posting more as my camera skills improve. Thank you guys and good luck! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9KCdaFeNw0A

    Tips: Fish early, don’t be afraid to throw the frog deep in the tules/weeds.

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 70-80

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I finally fished Clearlake this Saturday. I'm moving out of California and I needed to make this trip and fish it once. Some friendly members here gave me some advice. I thought it might be interesting to post what I did and how I went at it as a newcomer. I had only one day to learn and fish the lake, thus I had to split my valuable time graphing and fishing.

    First impressions....wow what a lake, compared to what we get near San Jose. The defining feature of the lake to me is how abundantly diverse the cover is. There's tules, submerged vegetation, rocks, docks, mats, laydowns, dropoffs, rock walls, seawalls. I don't know if I just came at a certain time, but if there's a type of fishing you like, you can do it. Most lakes have a handful of techniques that work at a particular time of the year. My impression at Clearlake was you could do whatever you wanted and still have some success. You wanna spend all day flipping tules? Go ahead. Drop shot rocks and docks? Sure why not. Crank all day? The world's your oyster. I could go on but I digress.....

    I wanted to fish Friday night but it was too windy and dangerous. Saturday 6:30am I launched out of Clear Lake State Park. I immediately started flipping tules. It's the first obvious thing you see and very tempting. However, you can waste a lot of time and get trapped doing so. Plus everyone and their grandmother flips tules. It's the basic bitch pumpkin spice latte technique of fishing. I saw at least 8 boats at Quercus Point. There is submerged vegetation now and the fish are dispersed. I saw some people pick off fish here and there flipping shallow but I quickly changed strategies. Remembering the advice about rocks, I looked at my navionics and tried to find some. This is where having a good map card really helps. This particular one had good contour lines and lots of labels of potential spots. Shag Rock really stood out to me. I made the run there from Quercus point and quickly graphed rocks. I tied a dropshot with a googan baits drag n drop, and quickly caught a few 2-3 lbers. I then tied on a Keitech football jig with a Keitech crazy flapper and caught a few more. All healthy 2-3 lbers. The drop shot and finesse jig would be my primary weapons.

    Having caught all the fish I could around Shag Rock, I consulted the map again. There are just so many viable spots, it was hard to choose. I decided to keep my radius short and made my way to Soda Bay, which seemed to have docks near deep water. Again, having a map card really really helps. I picked off more fish at the docks. Saw a guide and his 3 clients on a boat. All 3 clients were fishing dropshots. Saw them catch some. Caught a few more at the docks then I then graphed around a little more to try and eliminate water. Ate lunch, then went back out, alternating between Shag Rock, Soda Bay, and near launch. Biggest was a nice 3, pushing 4 on the dropshot. Lost one of similar size. Came back out in the evening, the water was white capping and it was dangerous to venture out, so I stayed near the tules near launch. I got a new flipping stick and I was determined to catch some flipping. Managed to hook 3, land 2. Thus ended my trip. I didn't catch an enormous amount, or anything huge, but I learned a lot and made the most of my time. I saw people power fishing, dropshotting, jigging, flipping, all with varying degrees of success.

    Tips: I don't have any other meaningful tips. Just fish the way you want, you'll probably catch something lol. The only thing that I didn't do much of was fish reaction. If you're at a new lake, use maps, online or a map card. Get good at reading contour lines, have the patience to spend time graphing, have some faith, and just go for it. It's easy to do what you're comfortable with, but what you're comfortable with won't work all the time. Another thing I noticed at at each spot there were a ton of boats. Usually that's a bad sign, but this lake is so loaded with fish, I would catch them side by side with other anglers. I can only imagine what I can do with a small crowd and more familiarity with the lake.

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

  • Report: by ash » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:18 am

    Word on the street is wide open bites, docks with deeper water and rock piles are seeing more action. The Brown Jig like Canopy Grenades CA Craw or Brown Purple are always good on Clear Lake. https://canopygrenades.com/collections/jigs/products/fbjca-craw Match it up with a Berkley Max Scent Meaty Chunk in Watermelon Red and hold on. If they want less action that Berkley Max Scent Creature Hog in Watermelon Red fits the crawdads up there. Bluegil brown purple with a purple trailer that MaxScent Chunk in Black and Blue has been great for me up there earlier this year.

    You really cant go wrong right now drop shot a Max Scent Hit Worm Grande in bluegill or check out Texas Johns 10lber he caught on Monday on the Grande Lures Rattlesnack

  • Water Temp: 71.4

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Wow, what a difference a day makes! We started at 10 pm Weds night & it was chilly! The wind blew most of the night, the water temp went down 4 degrees in 24 hrs & the bite caught the last train outta town & went south! We boated only 7 fish and they were substantially smaller than last night. The wind restricted where we could fish so we hit the areas where we did really well last night. Once again they were hitting jigs & Texas rigged double wide beavers. We threw blades & crank a lot and were rewarded with a few short strikes. Ted did nail a nice 5lb 1 oz lean and mean post spawn fish & we managed a pair of treys with a few 2 1/2’ers. Best five went 16 lbs 1 oz & we felt fortunate to get them! Once again we fished Konocti & still feel they’re on a crawdad pattern. I think when the weather stabilizes & warms up, it will be off to the races once again! Have a great 4th!

    Tips: Throw jigs & double wide beavers or similar baits with red in them. We tried a few other color patterns with no success. Tonight they preferred a slower presentation barely crawling over the rocks. Look for rocky structure off of points and rockpiles. It was a great four days of fishing, we caught some numbers and a few nice fish! Glad to be back on the water and will be back in a few weeks!

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 75.2

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Ted & I started out on Sunday night and got into them right off the bat. We were fishing south in Konocti and were getting bit on wacky rigged senkos, Texas, blades & cranks. They were fairly tight and were plentiful ranging in the 2 1/2 - 4 lb range. Our biggest went 4lb 9 oz and our best 5 was around 19 lbs. Great starting night!

    Monday saw us start around 6pm with the pattern being pretty much the same. The wind was very brisk, but the fish were a little bigger with our biggest going 4lb 12 oz and our best 5 a little over 22 lbs. The wind died down a little and we picked up a few jig fish with the other previous techniques. Wind stayed brisk all night and they were on rocky structure. Reaction bite was really good early but dwindled as it got later.

    Tuesday, we started at 11 pm waiting on the wind to ease up. It didn’t so we went out anyway & I’m glad we did! The reaction bite disappeared but the jig & Texas bite went nuts! We were limited on fishing area ducking the wind, but we found them on rocky structure off points & on rock piles! They were fairly deep, wanted a slower presentation, but when they hit, they plowed into the bait! Our best 5 went 28 lbs, 11 oz with our biggest at 7 lbs even. We tried like anything to cull our bottom fish to get to 30 lbs but the wind eventually blew us off of the water. We going out tomorrow night & I hope this pattern will stay the same! It was interesting to see the pattern shift in just one day! We couldn’t buy a blade or crank fish when the two days prior, they were attacking it! Tonight they just went into full blown crayfish eating as the fish were puking up crawdad parts & their mouths were all red. Kind of like a kid with chocolate all over their face & the chocolate chip cookie jar’s lid is off!

    Tips: Everything we threw had some red in it. We threw double wide beavers or 1/2 oz jigs and never changed. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Look for any rocky structure & work the bait slowly. When they hit it, it was with conviction! We got bit on every spot we fished to so they were definitely on the chew. We averaged around 20-25 fish per outing. We tried other creature or worm profiles but got no takers. Like I said earlier, they seemed to prefer baits with red in them & a slower presentation. Be safe, I’ll post later for Weds night’s action.

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 76

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Well, I had a late start to this season due to hip replacement surgery but at least I can finally fish now! Wow Larry, sorry to hear about the close call! People like that are one of the reasons I favor fishing at night! We pulled into Konocti around 1 AM & saw a boat fishing dark! If I wasn’t using my spotlight and came in 20 feet closer to the left, it could have been close!

    Tuesday Ted & I decided to give Mendocino a try during the day. Wow, it was hot & so was the water. Make a long story short, we got off after 45 minutes & one 2 lber. Fished Clear starting at 10 PM & the bite was really good! They were hitting jigs, Texas rig, & senkos. After a bit, Ted asks if they hit drop shot at night to which I reply “ I don’t know “ since I don’t throw it very often. Had one rigged from Mendo so I pop an Iovino 6” straight tail green weenie on and they were on it in a big way. We probably caught 40 fish ranging 2 - 3+lbs but also had a 6.8 & 4.6 off of the jig. We were south once again. The jig & senko fish were tight again off of rocky structure or in front of tules. We moved a lot but caught fish everywhere we stopped. No reaction fish to speak of. We went out again Weds night fishing the same pattern. Found some a little deeper in the 15 ft range, but were up close too. Didn’t get anything over 4 lbs & it was a bit slower, but around 2 AM they started hitting spinner baits. That lasted for about an hour then things slowed down but it was nice when it lasted! Best five Tues nite went around 22lbs, Weds nite a little over 16lbs. Color we used was watermelon with red flake on the jig trailers, senkos, and the Texas rigged baits. The Iovino worms were the big hit on the drop shot.

    Tips: Look for structure with some deeper water in front of it. Weeds are a problem mucking your rigs up shallow. Move around a lot & throw tight then deeper. Rig your drop shot with enough tag to keep the worm above the weeds & twitch slowly. The jigs were presented slowly with light twitches. We also downsized our Texas weights to get thru the weeds. Senkos, Toss them as close as you can, you either get bit or a mucked up senko! We were able to fish some moderate wind both nights, gotta love the ultrex! All in all this was a fun trip! We didn’t run into any really big toads, but we caught a bunch of fish! Beats working any day in my book!

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 74-77

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Oh NO - hide the bass - CLUM is back!!! Some former clients just keep coming back for more fun!! Seriously, I thought your report was right on. I took a former client - good friend, to Clear Lake yesterday. Yes, CLUM, I do day trips too! We found the bite to be pretty good in the early morning for bass up to 4 lbs. Several in the 2 to 3 lb range. Walls (shadows), pilings, and weed edges were our structures. Totally flat water. Once in awhile a small breeze would come up, helping to survive the upcoming heat! Finally the lake want totally flat - and hot! No wonder CLUM and I night fish!!! After 11 am, we caught one here and there but the bite slowly died. back to the ramp by 1 pm! Fun trip until we got near the Red Bud ramp. Please KEEP reading!!!

    Tips: You.ve heard the term "WATCH YOUR BACKSIDE" !! Well, it happened again! We were traveling south, straight towards Red Bud, just off the pipeline, maybe 125 yards offshore. I am about the make the left turn towards the ramp but hadn't started yet. My client yells 'WATCH OUT" and here is a pleasure boat of some kind doing about 20-25 MPH about TEN FEET on my left side, trying to cross in front of me. This is a wide open lake area with no other structures or boats around. What goes thru a mind like that - IF there is a mind at all!! I don't think I was targeted - he would have not know me or my boat. That would not have been the end of it had I been alone, and there was no time to get his CF numbers. It takes a minute of two to recover from something like that!! He was heading to the west side of the sound end, past the houses.


    Keep you eyes open on Clear Lake!!!

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 76

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished last night & today and they were active. Only problem was the biggest ones topped out at three lbs! We fished south with the exception of fishing highway 20 across from Buckingham. Pretty much caught fish at all of the stops. The mucky weeds are really prevalent right now. If you want to fish jigs or Texas ect, you have to fish around 15 ft to get away from them. Trouble was we found them shallow. Decided to throw senkos to minimize the muck & it was on! So we had a great time but just couldn’t stick a big one or two! Anyway, still a bunch of fun and with this Lake, you never know when that next hookset is a toad! Biggest five went around 15 lbs.

    Tips: We found them tight against weeds or tules! Look for deeper water in front of the structure and cast as tight as you can. Tried fishing deeper, but no takers. Senkos were the hottest, but got a few on Texas rigged Yamamoto Cowboys in areas with minimal weeds. Stay safe out there and have fun!

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

  • Report: by On The Water Guide Service » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:13 pm

    An early summer pattern is finally beginning to emerge up here at Clear Lake. I couldn't hardly believe how much rain we got in the month of May and there was plenty of wind to go with it. The lake level has been holding relatively steady with the Rumsey gauge at 7.39 and water temps have been ranging from the low to mid 70's for the most part. Both ends of the lake have decent water clarity with about 2' to 3 1/2' visibility depending upon where you are at. Bass fishing is good right now with both ends producing some fish on a number of different techniques. I have been catching a few first thing in the morning on a Rico in the Tennessee shad and John Murray bass color. I have also caught some better size fish on the River2Sea Whopper Plopper 130 in the colors of Munky Butt and Terminator. I have been trying the double buzzbait quite a bit but haven't been real successful yet. water temps might need to heat up just a little more. The frog bite is starting to pick up a bit despite the overall lack of weed mats on the lake. The majority of the frog fish I have been catching have all been in areas where the floating duck weed has gathered together in a corner or pocket creating a little shelf for the bass to get under. I have been using the 2 5/8" Kopper Live Target frog with a nice quiet underhand pitch with no splash. twitch...twitch...boom!

    There is also a good jig bite going on all around the lake. In the north end, I have been skipping a 3/8oz jig under docks and in the south end I have been throwing a 1/2oz on rock piles, ledges, and deep docks with crawdad colors working the best. A whacky rigged Senko is a good bait to be throwing on the tule edges and under docks right now. I Have been also catching quite a few fish on a drop shot and Ned rig at all the concrete and metal headwalls all around the lake. I have heard of a few guys getting fish on crank baits and chatter baits as well. Crappie action is fair and they are biting in the morning if you can find them. I had a couple clients catch and release about 18 in a one hour period. We were using a chartreuse pan fish assassin with a sliding bobber. Some giant catfish have been caught recently by fisherman using mackerel, shrimp and night crawlers. Some of the better spots for the catfish have been the bridge at Rodman Slough and also by Rattlesnake island.

    The major bass tournaments are all winding down. The lake is full and in beautiful shape. It is a great time to hook up the boat and head up for some hydrotherapy. We will see you guys out on the water.
    Good fishing, Troy Bellah
    https://bassfishingclearlake.com/

Saturday, June 1st, 2019

  • Water Temp: 70-71

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Round two at Clear Lake started as a big surprise! I drove in to meet my clients about 4 pm at Red Bud and was shocked!! The tournament started on Friday!! I guess everyone knew except me!!! Anyway, fun to talk to some of my friends in the tournament. I guess near 25 lbs was leading. My grandfather/grandson team were ready to go and we launched as everyone was leaving!! We fished until midnight. What a difference in the bite from two nights ago - nearly a dead bite! I was happy to have a little action myself in landing a 5 and 6.1 lb bass - one at dusk and one about 10 pm. Was very happy that we all could see some larger bass. They caught a few up to 2 1/4 lbs. In fact the grandson caught their biggest at a spot I saved for last - stroke of midnight!! That's the way to end a slow trip!! Again - very slow bite.

    Tips: It is amazing how well a recovered post-spawn female bass can fight - especially at night. That is a largemouth fight at its best!! They cam really pull when lean and mean!!!! We used Power worms, Yamamoto Cowboys, and jigs. The two big bass were caught on 6" Berkley Power Plus ribbed worms. Just what they wanted at night. They worked two nights ago too!


    Lake was dead clam at dusk and until we quit. Swatted the bugs for a longer time at dusk - no wind! Glad they don't bite. Gone in about 20 minutes. Bass that did hit were very aggressive. Best 5 at 19 lbs - pretty good trip.

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 70-71

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Mike Sperbeck and I decided to try some late afternoon-night fishing at Clear Lake, Since most of my guide trips have been at Berryessa this year, I thought that sounded like fun! We got to Red Bud about 2 pm and found that many, many folks had the same idea. Might have been some tournament, but certainly lots of pre-fishing goin" on! We fished the south end and caught a few, here and there. The lake got quiet around 7 pm, but still some folks running here and there up until dark. We found a quiet area to fish the hour before dark - and the bite was ON! Almost like the 'ol days! It continued up until midnight when we called it a day - er, a night! Best 5 around 21+ pounds, and my biggest at 5.78 lbs. I caught that one about 11 pm. Great bite The bass moved up the hour before dark - 8 to 15 feet and were using newly formed weed edges. I love Berryessa but it is hard to beat those Clear Lake big largemouth. Man, they pull!

    Tips: I did a little cranking with no results. The evening bite was too good with soft baits to do much else. Senkos were working well as always. Kreature baits were great too. Worm bite was fair. First time this year found us casting to targets (weed lines, wood) as the bass were in certain feeding positions. We weren't too rusty!! Mike lost a really big fish which didn't seem to be a catfish. She got into some underwater structure and that was that! Would have like to have seen that one. Had to be a bass we thought.

Monday, May 6th, 2019

  • Report: by On The Water Guide Service » Mon May 06, 2019 7:54 pm

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    The spawn is on up here at Clear Lake. That huge full moon we had towards the middle of April got the first few waves of fish to move up and begin the spawning process. The lake is currently at the official "full" level of 7.50 on the Rumsey gauge which gives the fish plenty of back water areas to do their thing. water temps have been in the high 60's to low 70's range. Both ends of the lake have fish in all three stages; pre spawn, spawn, and post spawn. Sight fishing has been a little challenging in the north end with the combination of slightly stained water and with afternoon algae blooms and floating pollen on top of the water. The south end of the lake has a bit better water clarity but not much better.

    Fishing has been pretty good despite quite a bit of pressure from all the tournaments and recreational fisherman. There is a good flipping bite right now on the tule edges and pockets. It is hard to beat a 5" or 6" whacky or Texas rigged weightless Senko right now. Drop shotting a plastic worm has also been highly effective in the same areas. You can catch a lot of fish just fan casting in areas with a gravel or hard bottom. There is a lot of post spawn fish suspended underneath the docks especially in the south end of the lake. just remember that by the time you see them, they have already seen you long before. you can throw the kitchen sink in there and they wont touch it. The key is to make a long skip cast to the next dock ahead. Not the dock the boat is currently on.

    The very beginning of the topwater bite is just starting up around certain areas of the lake recently. There has been a few frog fish caught as well as a few Whopper Plopper fish. I have noticed huge clouds of fry up in the shallows and it wont be long until those fry guarders become fry eaters and the topwater bite will get crackin'. All we need is a good week of warm weather and it will get good.

    The crappie have slowed down a bit now their spawn is pretty much wrapped up. Although they were harvested at an alarming rate from the lake all spring, you can still manage to catch a few if you find the right docks where they are holding under. Talked with some folks that were catching a few catfish off the public pier at Red Bud park on cut maceral and shrimp. I did see some good size Bluegill in the north end around isolated tule patches. And finally for you bow fisherman, there are some monster carp schooled up in the shallows messing up my bass fishing. So come up and get those suckers.

    Tight Lines Y'all,
    Troy Bellah
    https://bassfishingclearlake.com/