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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

  • Water Temp: 46

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fished the south Monday afternoon. Make a short story shorter, had 4 bites & 1 fish. Only out for 3 hours, but managed some light taps on a darterhead worm & a 3.5 on a jig. It was very slow, but was a nice day & got to exercise the boat!

    Tips: Fish slow, be aware that the bites are extremely light & enjoy the day!

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

  • Report: DanIsaac » Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:00 pm

    Clear Lake this week 1/8/2017

    As everyone Im sure has heard, this storm system has dealt moderate to severe damage throughout Lake county and conditions continue to be iffy at best.

    Major mudslides around the county make navigating treacherous as does moderate to severe flooding in Hidden Valley, Kelseyville, Upper Lake, Lower Lake, and areas in Lakeport
    as well.

    The lake itself continues to race towards full pool despite Cache Creek dam dumping near 3k cfs, and Putah Creek is near flood stage in the Hidden Valley area as well.

    I think I'd exercise some discretion if one really needs to come up early this week, ss the forecast for Thursday through Saturday looks much better, which would give conditions a chance to stabilize a bit.

    Should you choose to take a chance please be aware that there is a ton of debris in the lake
    so be careful!


Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

  • Report: Doug, Coast Guard » Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:29 pm

    The Henderson and Shag Rock points are the community holes this time of year, but a couple other patterns to consider are Wheeler Point, the deep east side of Monitor Island and cove near Indian Beach Resort. Make sure to use your electronics and do a little scanning. The docks near Nice/Lucerne in deeper water can hold schools, but you have to work a lot of docks to find one holding. But the fun part is there is typically a school when you find one.

  • Report: DanIsaac » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:03 pm

    Clear lake this week 12/27/2016

    Brrr……about says it best! With the lake at the highest level it’s been at this late in the year in a long time, the bite has slowed considerably for most. Morning air temperatures hover in the mid to high 20’s, as the day time highs struggle to get out of the 40’s, both have driven surface temperatures down into mid 40’s and the bite has suffered for most as a result.

    The good news, this week we find the lake at 3.56 Rumsey, an absolute great way to end the year. One or two more good storms and we may just see full pool by the end of February once more.

    Everyone wants to know “what should I do”? Well, if you find the secret please let me know. I fishED Christmas day and had the lake to myself. Unfortunately, I only managed to boat 6 keepers for about 22 lbs, and a dozen or so crappie to 3 lbs.

    Brown/brown jigs, 2.0 Squarebills, and a shakeyhead accounted for the bass, and the crappie feel for micro-swimbaits, all fished in 10-35 feet of water.

    All in all this time of year is pay your dues time for me, though it should start to improve when the day time highs start poking the 50’s once again.

    Happy New Year all and here’s to an awesome 2017!

Monday, December 26th, 2016

  • Report: jetlag » Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:18 pm

    Had a pretty slow day at clear lake. Caught 2 fish in the morning. Mid twenties when we launched. Both caught on LV 500's. Only saw one other fish caught. tried a few minnows but nada. was going to give them a try in the afternoon but had to cut the trip short. My 13 yr old managed to stick a hook deep in his hand. Left around 1 so we could wait 3 hours in the ER. Tried a couple of new spots that looked promising. Biggest was 2 pounds.

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

  • Report: Anthony Bridges / Dan's Delta Outdoors
    Delta Fishing Report…. Bait fishing Stripers Sturgeon continues to be Solid
    First Of All, Merry Christmas! Once again, Very little pressure from anglers on the river this week,. Great tides combined with Sunny days ahead to be setting as the Best winter bite we’ve had in years.. Still there is some cool water and tough bites.

    Isleton Fishing Report
    Sturgeon anglers are heading to 41, Cache Slough areas with roe and eel reporting success. Cooling water have slowed the stripers in the Cache Slough area. Spoons and hair Jigs have become favorite tools of lure tossers in the area. Many guides are drifting minnows in the area.

    Rio Vista Fishing Report
    The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon seems to be below Decker Island in the area of the Power Lines at Light 14 and the Red Barn, where boaters anchor and use threadfin shad or sardine filets. Small stripes and occasionally, a 10-pounder is caught. Eel/crawler combos continues to lead the way for sturgeon anglers in front of Collinsville

    Walnut Grove Fishing Report
    Slow for the trolling anglers, but stripers cracking the 15 pound plus keeps anglers hopes up. Drifting live baits are the top choices here as well, there seems to bit more call for chartreuse patterns here. Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional Sturgeon or Striper those looking for fun.

    Discovery Bay Fishing Report
    Black bass bite improved a bit as water temps stabilize in the fifties. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with rip baits and a-rigs searching ledges near flats om he Indian creek Side Others looking to beat the cool conditions are drop shotting 6 and 7 inch worms. Nice sized stripes are grabbing Bad Bubba Shad . There seems to be a run on Crappie Jigs. This would indicate a crappie bite but no ones talking.

    Frank’s Tract Fishing Report
    Black bass bite both OK but ya gotta Slow down with the weather rolling through more consistently. It’s no secret what staying in the 12-15 foot depth can produce. Kriet Kreratures are great options while FatSack Jigs and swim jigs get the mention as well. We found a few of Stripers and Black Bass with Hair Jigs, Swim Baits, like the Optimum Diamond Shad getting grabbed. Lot of Stripers in main River and Mildred areas.

    West Delta Fishing Report
    Sturgeon leads the way. Eel is the best bait over all, but roe and shad also scoring diamondbacks Broad slough and surrounding cuts. There were many shaker sturgeon reports in double power lines in Decker Island and Sherman Island. There were few shaker sturgeons also reports from Light 42 to Light 49 in the deep channel Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad, anchovies and sardines allow Sherman Island rd.

    Contra Loma Fishing Report
    Trout fishing has been good. They have been biting at the East Side, North side of lake or from a boat with nightcrawlers, power eggs, or mice tails Another 1000 pounds of plants helps spur the bite along.

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Saturday, November 5th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 64-66

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: In spite of the big tournament, a friend and I decided to fish the late afternoon and for awhile at night. But upon arriving I saw that a trailer tire was destroyed - I hit a big hole on the road at Williams. After AAA was able to finally get the right parts and get the tire changed, it was almost dark. The bite was totally off - with no bites until we found some willing bass at 9 pm. We got several bites, but they was not really taking our baits. Since the water was still rather warm, I put on a 10" Power worm with light sinker to work over some rocks. That is what they would finally hit as I landed a 6 1/2 pounder along with a 3 1/4 and a smaller one. My partner missed several good bites - rare for him. We quit about 11:30 pm. It would seem as no surprise to me that the day bite is better now than the night bite. When I started fishing and guiding after dark at Clear Lake about 25 years ago - no one was on the water in November after dark with the exception of R, C, Stevens. I'll bet I saw 5 or 6 bass boats out last night. It was a beautiful night - no wind!!

    Tips: Don't feel we had enough action to give tips. Most of his bites were on Kreature type baits and jigs, but they did seem to commit more to the Power worm - good hookups. Most bites were from 14 to 18 feet of water. Have the dinks headed for deeper homes? No dink bites!!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

  • Report: by DanIsaac » Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:43 pm

    Clear Lake this week 10/26/2016

    Wow, what a weekend and what a storm, raising the lake level to 1.45 Rumsey.

    Water conditions around the lake vary as does the bite. However, don’t let the ugly water scare you away. Trust me; fish are biting despite hat really weird looking water as witnessed by the photo below. John Pearl of John Pearl Guide Service displays three fish of his 46 lb. bag caught this past Tuesday in and around that ugly brown water, and I have it on good sources that other guides are wackin’ them as well.

    While secrets are hard to come by, good solid instruction can really shorten the learning curve, so anyone looking to learn or just looking to catch a good one, reach out and contact a guide and have at em’ yourself. Below is a list of just some of the local big fish specialists.

    Those who want to get after em’ alone, LV500s, Jackal TN70s, Strike King Redeye Shad, 1.5-3.0 square bills, Hudds, and deep diving cranks are all producing more than a few DDs, as is the good ole jig.

    With the surface temperatures finally beginning to become normal for this time of year, the bait is beginning to group up and the fish are on the bait, and now is the time of year when big fish can be found in all four reaches of the lake. Lakeport, Redbud, Mid-lake, and Rattlesnake are all kicking out some really good fish this week, and with the forecast stormy weather, it should only get better. Just beware the wind. Don’t challenge it, launch where you can fish and get after them safely.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

  • Water Temp: 62

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Showed up Sunday night & ran into some rainy & windy conditions. Ted & I got on the water at 11pm and because the wind picked up, we only fished for a few hours. I got a really fat 6.2 lber on a chatterbait right out of the gate in Konocti & thought it was on! Boy was I wrong! We managed a few more 2 lber's & that was it for the evening! We went out on Monday afternoon, got a few more small ones & then we literally got blown & rained off of the water after a few hours. I thought that we were done for the evening, but at 1am the wind laid down the the rain reduced to a drizzle, so we went out & caught 7 nice 3 lber's on a variety of different baits. No pattern, rythym or reason, but they were very tight to shore. Tuesday afternoon was pretty much the same as Monday, wind, rain & small fish. The night was really windy, so we elected to stay in. Weds turned out to be a bluebird day, so we started out at Wheeler Point & work our way up to Henderson, fishing a bunch of spots along the way. We caught a bunch of dinks & no big strikes at all. Had to come home Weds night, I'll bet all the big fish were hitting then & we had to leave! Lol

    Tips: They seemed to be very tight to shore around weeds & rocks. We caught them on jigs, kinky beavers, flapping hogs, chatterbaits, lipless cranks, & deep diving cranks. The colors that worked the best for us had blue with green pumpkin. The weather really limited our fishing & probably suppressed the bite as well. It was still nice to be out on the water though. I would move around & I think when the weather stabilizes a bit, the fishing will take off! There is, like the previous post states, a ton of baitfish in the water. The 6.2 we caught looked like an overstuffed pinata!

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

  • Water Temp: 63

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Lots of sub 2lb fish anywhere from 5-20 ft deep. There eatin jigs and drops shot baits. Also LV 500's will work. Lots of bait in the water but they seem to want crawdads more then the shad. Pretty soon the swim bait bite should turn on.

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

  • Report: Manny Nevarez II, 14 years old caught Personal best 11.0 lbs out of Clearlake CA. President of the Yuba Sutter Fishing Club, a competitive High School team consisting of 43 members. Caught on a Dobyns Rods, Daiwa reel and lucky rattle trap

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

  • Report: DanIsaac » Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:29 pm

    Clear Lake this week 10/04/2016

    Lake level this week is at 1.36 Rumsey, and water temperatures are running 63-67 degrees.

    While the days are becoming shorter, and the day time temperature dropping, the bite is beginning to heat up, as usual, and as most fall bites do.

    Unfortunately, the days of summer and double digit bites are behind us, though big bags can still be found for those who choose to chase em’.

    Crankbaits, chatterbaits, jigs, and finesse worms are all producing both north as well as south. Docks, rocks, grass, and shade are all must hits around the lake.

    This year October is not scheduled to be the busy month past years have seen tournament wise, thus it’s a perfect time to come up and throw some of the traditional fall baits.

    Jackall Muscle Deep 20, Strike King 10XD, 8XD, Megabass Deep Six, Norman DD22, 6th Sense 300s, Lucky Craft D20s, and LV500s can all produce some really, really big bites, especially on those dreary gray days. As can the A-Rig.

    On the bottom contact side, the Carolina rig, brown/purple, black/blue jig combinations, Roboworms, Senkos, and Dropshot rig will produce for those that choose not to chuck and wind all day.

    This past weekend I was fortunate to join a friend for the Triton Tournament, and while we had our chances, were forced to resort to the spinning rod and fish “used” water on Sunday. Fortunately, we squeaked out a 13th place finish fishing a Roboworm, and Bass Patrol Jig combination.

    Why more Triton Boat owners do not participate in this event is beyond me, as this was a very well run and fun event, not to mention the 20K in raffle prizes given away at the awards ceremony. Five Motorguide trolling motors, Power Pole, five Lowrance units, a half dozen Mercury props, a dozen rods, cases of Mercury oil, etc etc etc.

    Next year the date has changed and I would expect 120+ boats wouldn’t be out of the question. Triton owners, mark your calendar for this event next year, it really is a low pressure fun time had by all.

    This weekend brings the WNS Clayton Fire Benefit Tournament, Sunday at 9am in Red Bud Park. Yes, 9a-5, a three fish limit, and a $100 entry per boat. All proceeds will be donated to the CF Fund, and the raffle should be pretty cool as well.

    The WNS guys are really trying to make a difference and your support and participation could really help those who have lost everything as a result of the Clayton Fire. This is a perfect opportunity to bring a father, son, daughter, girlfriend, or wife, and really have a great time fishing a tournament with that special person.

    Hope to see ya there!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

  • Report: DanIsaac » Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:06 pm

    Triton Owners week 9/27/2016

    Lake level this week is at 1.60 Rumsey, and as the transition in to fall begins to work it’s magic on the Great Oaks and Valley Vineyards, both the landscape as well as the lake which it surrounds continue to transition daily, as does the bite.

    Water levels, water clarity, water temperatures, and day time air temps are all playing a part in driving the bite from poor to good and back to poor, some days on an hourly basis. Still, everyone has to deal with the same conditions so don’t let them deter you, just come prepared for everything as they say.

    This week we have daytime temps in the mid 90s down to a forcasted 65 degrees on Saturday and Sunday, so obviously things will continue to change on a daily basis.

    The weekend will bring the Triton Owners tournament back to the clearest of lakes after a one year hiatus due to the Valley Fire, and this year with conditions much better than they’ve been in nearly three years, anyone qualified for this one should really consider getting in on the fun.

    Crankbaits, soft plastics, and jigs are all catching fish and with the forecast gray skies this weekend, they will most likely spur the top water bite on as well. So, like I said, come prepared!

    Here’s hoping all the Triton guys have a good time! Be safe, be nice, and have a great time!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 9/20/2016

    September 20, 2016 brings us to 1.81 Rumsey and the lake level is falling quickly. All ramps remain usable and open. However, caution should be exercised everywhere.

    Water conditions are changing once again for the worse. Obvious signs of pelleting can be found just about everywhere around the lake, and yes it’s effecting the bite. Brown, tannick looking water is popping up everywhere all of a sudden. Water that had already cleared in the north is now reddish brown again, as is the narrows down into the Windflower/Rattlesnake areas of the east end.

    Water surface temperatures are now in the low to mid 70’s and are barely reaching 80 by the end of the day.

    As for the bite,,,,,well let’s just say I began the last two days with 8 rods on my deck, and when I put the boat back on the trailer, low and behold there was 15. Junk fishing has been the key phrase for me, as was the locations.

    Crank baits, spinner baits, jigs, chatter baits, and yes the dreaded spinning rod combo all contributed. The results though could not have been more different.

    Monday I might have had 9 lbs for the best five, emphasis on MIGHT! Today, I fared a bit better and managed a 24 lb. bag. The natural question "so, what did I do different?" Answer, absolutely nothing! Well, one thing. I did change the time spent in a specific area. Pulling up to an area I fished for 10 minutes and if there was no cooperation, I moved on. Obviously, that allowed me to cover quite a bit more water, and it seemed to help.

    So, are they deep or shallow? Actually, from what I could see most of the better fish have suspended on bait. So I found them throughout the water column depending on the position of the bait.

    Weather this weekend may change the bite for the better, but only time will tell. Good luck!
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Sunday, September 18th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 73-78

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Jim's day on the lake!
    Went with my buddy Jim McDevitt and his son Sean, first time on Clearlake for Jim or I this year. Sean has been telling us the lake is on fire, him and his cousin are killing them. Got a late start but first spot Sean brought us to was nice. Probably 6-8 fish in the first half hour. The same thing at the next place. Every place he brought is to we got fish. Heard about guys that say "50 fish days" but never been there to see it myself. Well I write every fish I catch in a little notebook with the lure and weight of the fish (or just "dink' when appropriate) and Jim and Sean helped keep it current all day. 22 fish per page and on page 5 the last fish of the day was literally number 100. Not sure how many we did not write or if we maybe double counted one or two but regardless it was a blast.
    Sunday started out the same. Got a fish on my first cast, then on my second, then Sean then Jim you get the pattern. They stopped counting after 20 or so, I had 37 in the book but totally safe to say 70 or so. We fished till 3:00 to head home.
    Details: Fish came from 2 feet to 22 feet, a few fish on Crankbait, couple on jerkbait, Sean even got one on an umbrella rig. But most fish on one form of plastic or another. Shad everywhere on the lake, almost every place you stopped they were everywhere. From 1" to 3". 80% of the fish were dinks but mostly good fighters, 15% were 1.3 - 1.95. Saturday only one fish to weigh 4.67.
    Sunday after about 15 fish we abandoned our pattern and changed locations and some presentation. Good news I got a 2.9 so things looking up. Then at about 11:00 Jim tossed a little 6" robo worm to a nice rocky point and got bit. Looks like a nice one. he smiled but said let's wait till he shows himself. Two or three minutes later he finally comes up and dances across the top. Jim freaked a little and said "Dave, do you have a net"? nice fight light action 10# mono and a tiny hook but eventually he guided her to the net 7.78 lbs. Jim's PB! He was shaking, dropped the poor girl twice trying to weigh it and take a picture to post to the gram.....It was a beauty, so happy for Jim, fun to see his hands shaking, hope it came out on my gopro! Sean stuck a 4.75 and the size seemed to be lookin up. Then a little while later some guys in a tourney jumped right on top of us kind of burned the spot. Great Clearlake weekend. Jim's ready to buy a house on the lake! Sean can be the guide.

    On a related note:
    Launched out of the little ramp in Clearlake oaks. Saturday evening went to leave around 7 and two guys pulling out. Long story short, inexperienced boater tried to pull out a large Pontoon Boat with a little Ford Ranger. Big Boat, small truck, inexperienced driver, you guessed it. Sunk the truck, barely got his girlfriend out of his window just before the truck finally sunk. Water pressure would not allow her to open her door and her window was up. She could easily have drown! 3 hours later after the Fire department declared the ramp unsafe the last 5 of us with boats in the water went to an adjacent ramp not fit or real boats and pulled out, we were first and it was a little sketchy, hope the others made it. In the end driver and passenger survived and the fire department team did a great job. Odd end to a great day of fishing.

    Tips: Get out there as soon as you can - the fish ate every kind of plastic you threw at them.

    Tip #2. Put the truck in drive and 4WD if you have it when you are on the launch ramp and don't back your tires up to the moss on the ramp! No one is really sure exactly what happened.

Friday, September 16th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 9/16/2016

    Lake level today is 1.95 Rumsey, compared to last year’s 1.05 on the same date. Water is still being Pulled around the lake so I expect we will be close to where we were last year by month’s end, 1.0 Rumsey or less depending.

    Watch the skies, and the water if you’re out this weekend as it is the annual “splash-in” weekend, with water aircraft of every era and style landing and taking off around the north end it should make for an interesting weekend, I know it was yesterday for sure. Pretty cool actually!

    Around the lake this week the word is CRANKBAITS! All shapes, all sizes, and all depths! Yes, the jig bite is still there but the better fish seem to have moved back and are suspending in and around the bait balls.

    The weights last weekend in the annual Bob’s Marine event were pretty impressive and again there was the haves and have not bags. None the less a fun time was had by most I spoke off as 12-15 lb limits were quite easy to come by.

    We ventured out twice this week and found fish in the 1 to 20 foot range both days and managed several decent bags throwing cranks in 1-25 feet of water and fishing a jig likewise. Either end of the lake produced for us. “Pick your poison” as they say as both the north and south end produced equally for us each day.

    Forecast overnight temperatures are beginning to touch the high 30’s each night so things should continue to get quite interesting over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

    Oh, one more thing! I was made aware yesterday that there will be a $100 all in tournament here on October 9, 2016 to benefit the Clayton fire victims. Redbud will be the host ramp and details will be posted later this weekend, and I will post and update with next weeks report. All proceeds will be donated to the Clayton Fire Victims Fund. One interesting thing is that the event is from 9am to 5pm so no early morning awakening with plenty of time to get here.
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Friday, September 9th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 9/9/2016

    Lake level is 2.16 Rumsey and dropping quickly. Water temperatures have dropped as well, most mornings you will see 71-74 degrees, with afternoon temps just barely getting into the low 80’s, and the water is beginning clear as well around the lake. As a result the bite is changing daily.

    Fall patterns are now becoming more and more prevalent with the squarebill now contributing to some big bags, along with its deep diving cousins. Jackall, Megabass, and Strike King squarebills, as well as their deep runners are all producing, and then there is the ole stand-by DD22.

    Now, in all honesty this has been a really weird week with the morning bite going to heck, unless you’re throwing a hard bait tight to the bank. Afternoons the deep crank and jig bite tend to make a rebound, with shade lines becoming more and more of a key.

    Forecast lower temps, and the cooler nights should begin to really kick this bite in, along with the morning topwater bite. Right now that has been spotty at best but don’t ignore it! Give it a shot!

    In closing, the key word for this week is “changing”, and it is daily, so get out and chase em’ down.
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Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 8/31/2016

    Sorry for the delay this week, I thought I had published this and realized today I had not done so.

    Lake level is at 2.42 Rumsey and the water temps are running 74-79 degrees. Water clarity is improving considerably and the bite seems to be doing so as well.

    Summer is winding down quickly and a sweatshirt in the morning can be a welcomed addition, and with it the “find em in one place” mode has changed considerably as well.

    Success for me this past two weeks has come at the expense of my Chevron card. While
    I was still able to find the numbers hanging out in all of the past haunts; the quality bites for me have come as a result of moving around, and doing quite a bit of it.

    The forecast for the Labor Day weekend is promising and most should see better than average success. In my opinion worth the trip out, and don’t let the wake boats bother you as they can actually help the bite at times. Just use caution because they do not.

    For the past month I have primarily targeted rock, this past week that has changed and I am now finding the better fish in and around weed, up on the flats, or at least what is left of the weed. There are not many lakes around where you can catch a 30lb. bag on a jig and turn around a week later and catch the same bag on reaction and swimbaits.

    September brings out those beginning to practice for the Triton Owners event and is the beginning of TOC Season as most are aware. However, I believe this year may differ just a bit, in that the bite this year should really produce some stud bags for anglers. These fish have plenty of “big bait” to chomp on, and they are doing just.

    Good luck, and have a safe weekend wherever you spend it.

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 77-79

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing buddy Mike and I hit the lake Wed for a few hours of summer fishing. Nothing of any size at first but tons of bass up to 2 1/2 lbs. Seems that all the small bass of 8 to 12 inches of 2 years ago are all keepers - some really fat!! We saw dead shad everywhere - and some huge ones - Wow!! We hoped to get a good bite at dusk - like our last trip. Didn't happen - with ONE exception! I was throwing a 5 inch Senko in a shad pattern and got an ordinary bite. This bass was different - by many pounds! After a grueling battle with 6 lb test, Mike nets my 7 lb even bass. Where did she come from??? After dark, as is usual for the summer, no bites.

    Tips: It really doesn't matter what you throw for a lot of action. Anything plastic works!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

  • Report: Man, what a difference a week can make. While the numbers bite remains good, the quality of fish being caught
    has diminished considerably with these cooler daytime temps, and with the coming weekend approaching I'm glad I can take the weekend off and wait for some warmer days, at least I hope we see some warmer days before fall arrives.

    This week the reaction bite seems to be the early morning ticket, with the jig and carolina rig coming on stronger once the sun is up and warms things up. Dingier water seems to be holding the better fish right now, with the cleaner water holding the numbers. Crankbaits such as the Lucky Craft BDS 2, 6th Sense 300, and Megabass S Cranks, along with a Jackall Muscle deep 7 can all entice bites if you find the right tempo. Personally I've been burning them on a 6:1 reel and a fairly high rate. Same can be said for a 3/8 Chatterbait fished on the flats or around tule lined banks. Be prepared though, there are some really nice fish holding in 2-3 feet of water when you find em'.

    Tuesday, as well as today, the jig bite did not come on until the sun was high in the sky and the water started to get dingy from the baby algae blooms. Again, fish are anywhere from 3-15 feet deep, in and around the rocky areas. Mid-lake, eastside, westside, and Lubo are all holding fish.

    Everyone asks, "what about up north"? What about it...;)? It's still there....yes you can find a topwater bite should you choose to look hard enough for it, and yes, the "trap" bite is beginning to happen as well. Find some canopy and the punch bite can be decent. For me though, the quality has been better south, but that's me. Trust me, there are a number of guys getting them up north as well. It really is a matter of personal preference where and how you fish, so just go fish and enjoy some of what has been a summer bite to remember!
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