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Friday, July 22nd, 2016

  • Water Temp: 75.8

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Well, I haven't posted in a while, fished Mon - Weds with my teenaged daughter this trip. Poor old Ted couldn't get away! Hit the water @ 2:00 AM early Tuesday & fished south in Konocti Bay. There hasn't been a steady jig bite this season & I was happy to see that there's one now! Got a nice 8.8 on the Rodstrainer jig plus a 6.1. Missed a few that was my fault from being rusty & tired! Went in at 5:30 & limit went 23.8 as I also caught quite a few 3+'s. The next two days was devoted to teaching my kid how to fish. We had a rocky Tues evening with her missing quite a few fish on the Senko. I managed to get a few 3-4 lber's but that was it. Weds I decided to let her throw the Senko wacky as her problems were getting the hang of a good hookset. Found some weedfree water around docks & let her have at it! Got onto a good spot & all I did was unzip the fish for her! She caught 9 fish with two 3+'s & one 4.2! Made her day & made mine even better! Anyway, gonna grab Ted & come back in a few weeks! I haven't been able to fish here consistently in the last 18 months due to my Dad's illness, but I'm gonna try to go back to coming more often!

    Tips: The Sweet Beaver & Flapping Hog in green/reds were effective & the jig bite was really good! They were in tight around tules & rocks & I got quite a few strikes when I popped the jig away from the rocks. The Senko bite was good too. They seemed to prefer the 5" over the 6" & in watermelon red flake. Only a few dueces on the blade, didn't throw the crank too much as I didn't have a netter & I don't like lipping fish with a mouth full of treble hooks! OIh yeah, caught one frog fish that went 2.5 at dusk!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 7/20/2016

    This week finds the lake level to be 4.21 Rumsey with surface temperatures in the mid to high 70’s.

    There are times during the year when you are asked the question “how is the bite”, that you just can’t bring yourself to tell the person asking how it really is. No, not as a result of secrecy or being protective rather because no one will believe you, and you will have to deal with the tilted head response or the “yeah right”.

    We had this for a time back in February when some of us exceeded 40 lbs for our best five multiple times during a three week period. Ready for this?.....Yes, it happened again on Monday, and I nearly backed it up again this morning, unfortunately I dropped an 8 at the boat and had to settle for 37 lbs. Yeah, I know, poor baby. However, it’s not just me, several guides here have reported the same results, with one claiming he thinks it was one of the best bites he has ever experienced here.

    See, I told you! I can see the tilted heads through the screen! Well, choose to believe what you will, but this is a bite one has to experience to believe.

    Me? I’m throwing a jig and a crank. Brown and a shad pattern. Where? Let’s just say Henderson south and everywhere in between. How deep? Not deep at all, 2-15 feet. When? My best bite has been daybreak until 10 am or so with it then picking back up around 1pm. Isn’t there a topwater bite? Answer, at times, but from what I’ve seen, no a lot of big ones on a regular basis. The jig and crank on the other hand produced an 11, two right at 10, and a mess of 5-8 pounders. Yes, you will have to weed through the 2 pounders but the big girls are in there with them, just keep fishing.

    This weekend is the BBT event Saturday out of Red Bud, and I will curious to see how this holds up for them. I suspect it may take a bag to win it, but catching fish sure shouldn’t be a problem, then next week the weather is supposed to heat way up and the topwater should really begin to heat up along with it… least one can hope!

    Oh, watch what it takes to win the WNS Moonlight event this evening.....3 fish prediction, 25 lbs!
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Friday, July 15th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 7/15/2016

    Lake level is down to 4.4 Rumsey or so, and the water temperature are hovering in the mid to high 70’s, and yes there is a daily algae bloom.

    This week there is more than just an information report to share. While the fishing continues to improve overall, there is word of a major “fish kill” in the south end, and Cache Creek.

    While the direct cause of this “fish kill”, or “die off” is un-clear at this time, the fact that there was a lot of air boat activity in and around the affected areas all this week may just be a coincidence, but that is doubtful. Hopefully someone will look into this, even the crawdads are headed for the hills!

    Weed spraying activity seems to be at a heightened level of late, and the disappearance of massive weed lines is not encouraging, especially mid-lake south. The bite has gone along with it as well; brown water equals “no bites”.

    Moving around and looking for cleaner or green water will pay off with a jig, deep crank, chatterbait, or topwater (1st thing). We spent Wednesday doing just that and were rewarded with a 32 lb. bag on deep cranks and jigs.

    Last week I mis-reported that BBT was here last weekend, that was in-correct and I apologize, too many irons in the fire lately. However, BBT is here on the 23rd and 30th of July and the bite should be pretty good. A good time to jump in one for sure!

    Red Bud and Clear Lake Bait and Tackle will be hosting these two events which is a change so don’t be late!

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Friday, July 8th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 7/8/2016

    Down we go! Air temps, and water temps are dropping as is the lake level.
    This week the lake is at 4.77 Rumsey, and water temps are in the low 70’s to 80 degrees in the afternoon.

    As a result, this past week the deep diving crankbait bite has turned on and a Strike King 10XD in a Perch pattern will load the boat, as will the Megabass Deep Six in a Crawdad pattern.

    Targeting areas in the southern extremities of the lake in 10-25 feet of water has been the pattern I have been running, and all of the likely areas are producing good numbers. Lubo, No Name, Jensen Point, Wheeler, and Bayshore points are all holding some nice fish, as is Monitor Island.

    The cooler temps have apparently triggered the fish and they are chasing, and while the topwater bite for me has been erratic at best, the jig bite remains extremely strong. Fish can be found in 2-25 feet of water, and don’t be afraid to move your jig fairly quickly, and or toss a swim jig. Both can be yo yo'd back to the boat with impressive results.

    This weekend has a number of smaller events up north as well as BBT out of Red Bud so be aware and be careful running around the lake.

    Dr. appointments and “reels” kept me off the water all but one day this week, so I thank those who are so open and willing to share info for me to pass along in these reports. Too many to name but you know who you are. Thank you!
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Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

  • Water Temp: 82

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: If you're coming to fish Clear Lake you might want to pack a couple of frogs and spinner baits. I'm just sayin.

    Tips: Morning and late evening frog bite has been strong. Spinner baits fished over rock piles helped us put 20 in the boat.

Friday, July 1st, 2016

  • Report: July 4th Weekend at the Clearest of Lakes!

    Well, while it might not actually be the clearest of lakes, it is beginning to fish like the lake we all know and love!

    The projections for the weekend are GOOD to VERY GOOD! Yes, while it may be a busy weekend on the water, the fishing is really, really good right now, and it doesn’t take much imagination to catch em’, even in the heat of the day.

    How you ask? Jigs, jigs, and more jigs, that’s how! Personally, one of my favorite bites of the year, whether a football head or vibrating model, right now they are on the chew and snapping both, HARD!

    When it comes to Mr. Football Head, 3/8 and ½oz Brown with a blue, purple, smoke or cinnamon double tail trailer will get ya bit, as will the same tipped with a PBJ Beaver, or I believe they actually call it Oxblood. Either way fish em’ in 2-20 feet of water adjacent to rock and hang on, or check out one of the many rock piles as they are beginning to kick out some nice fish as well.

    Want to chase em’ and find a reaction bite, then tie on a vibrating jig. My preference is a Ladies Man Custom Bait, either 3/8 or ½ oz version in green pumpkin, or ghost minnow. Tip it with a matching Keitech, or one of the new Strike King swimmers and go fish the flats and or tule lines early and late. Hit the right spot and you can load the boat, and while they are usually 2-4 lbers, a 5-8 lber is not uncommon.

    So, with this extremely hot weather, the bite has really begun to heat up, and I suspect it is only going to get better. Caution though, be smart and hydrate or this heat will get ya!

    Here's wishing you all a safe and happy 4th!
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Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 6/28/2016

    Lake level is 5.24 Rumsey and water temps are 70-85 degrees depending on time of day.

    Finally, a more consistent bite is beginning to greet anglers this week, and one will be rewarded for weeding through the shorts. Trust me, stick with it and you will be rewarded.

    Whether you choose to power fish, or finesse em’, one has to be willing to wade through the smaller fish in order to put a good sack together. Basically, for the first time this year one say the pattern is about normal for the time of year. Yep, “summertime” pattern.
    Chase em’ on top early, cover water mid-morning, and hit the shade in the afternoons.

    Early morning a buzz bait, spook, or whopper plopper should raise some interest, and mid-mornings the chatterbait, crankbait bite is now going pretty good, as is a Carolina rigged brush hog. Once the sun gets up and there are shade lines, the drop-shop, nail rig, and senko begin to takeover.

    Whereas up to now it’s been hit and miss depending on the day, the bite is really beginning to improve as was expected. Just be prepared for the heat, it can be quite stifling.

    Top colors this past week? Watermelon candy, MMIII, Aarons Madness, Yamamoto’s 330, 301, 926, and PBJ. Oh, minnows are back in stock at Clear Lake Bait & Tackle. I suggest you call ahead and reserve yours as they will go fast over the holiday.

    In closing, again please wear your PFD at all times. We unfortunately lost yet another angler this past week. Even one drowning is too many. This one unfortunately makes four in the past month alone here on Clear Lake.
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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 6/22/2016

    Interesting, this week we find the lake level has come up a bit and now rests at 5.50 Rumsey.

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    Water conditions continue to decline and yes, most of the lake is now green. However, as most anglers let this phenomena stop them from coming to Clear Lake in the summer, some realize it has little to nothing to do with catching fish, and in most cases can actually help the bite. This is actually the case as of this writing. The bite continues to improve despite the algae bloom.

    This week it appears that the fish are actually beginning to chase in earnest, and as this full moon decreases, that will most likely continue to be the case, and should actually continue to improve.

    Buzzbaits, Ploppers, Frogs, Chatterbaits, Dropshots, and Jigs topped the list this week.

    Where? Most any of the flats, or deeper set of docks is holding good numbers of fish coming out of post spawn, as is most if not all of the tule lines.

    How? The topwater bite up north can be stellar if you can find the fish that are on the shad. Same with the Whopper Plopper and Chatterbait. As for the Frog, I have been focusing on the shaded tule lines once the sun is up, and there are definitely more than a few fish willing. The Dropshot is working under and around deeper docks, and the jig is cleaning up on the deeper ledges.

    Get out early and chase em’ till noon, take break and hit em’ again in the evening. There are some good ones starting to show themselves. Be patient and weed through the lil guys and most will eventually get a shot at a good one.

    Please remember, unless you’re in a tournament now is not the time to be holding fish in a livewell. With the low oxygen content, and high water temps, it is imperative that we practice Catch, Photo, and Release, and if you do happen to be in a tourney, even a six hour club event, please use ice and leave your livewells on for the duration, it can make all the difference....;)
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Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 6/15/2016

    Current conditions find flows out of Cache Creek Dam have increased and the lake level with the accompanied high winds have dropped the lake level to 5.74 Rumsey. Water condition continues to be better than average and surface temps have dropped to the low to mid 70’s.

    We currently have a rising moon and as it reaches full moon status the bite has slowed in the early morning with mid-morning beginning to share the primetime title. That said, there is a bit of a first light topwater bite, here and there. As the sun rises early and into the afternoon, the chatterbait bite is beginning to kick in in earnest, as is the jig bite (finally).

    Now is the time of year that holds a ton of potential with post spawners beginning to get on the shad, and when you find em’ it’s on!

    Buzzbaits, Whopper Ploppers, Spooks, and Frogs will get em on top, and the chatterbait-jig bite will fill your afternoons. Move around and watch closely. Target submerged weed areas and hard edges, anywhere the fish can pin the bait and you’ll usually find them.

    I would concentrate my morning efforts up north, and move to the mid-south end as the day progresses.

    For those who have inquired about the minnow bite. Well, there aren’t any minnows, and the tackle shops say they will not have another delivery until after the 1st of July. That may also be why the crappie bite has been reported as slow as well?

    Either way, the fishing is still better than average so take advantage of the cooler temps and get after em’!

    On a side note, be aware that Limit Out Tackle in the Oaks is now CLOSED Monday thru Wednesday, so plan accordingly.
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Thursday, June 9th, 2016

  • Report: DanIsaac » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:28 am

    This week finds the lake level at 6.02 Rumsey, and with the water temp reaching nearly 85 degrees by mid-day, this bite is fickle at best, including the crappie...

    We were hoping with some cooler overnight temperatures we just might see a topwater bite develop. Not! Well,
    at least not anything to jump up and down about...Still if a guy doesn't mind flipping a slow falling plastic, he can still boat a decent limit.

    For me the key has been finding cleaner water with tules....find tule lines with cleaner water and work em' extremely slow with a 5" Senko or Zoom swamp crawler wacky rigged. Yes, you will have to weed through the 12-13" lil buggers, but stick with it and the better bites will come, and don't be surprised by a really good bite here and there as there are some really big cruisers working those tule edges.

    This past week we worked this very pattern, and it produced a 26, and 29 lb limit on back to back days, so while it's not a glamorous technique, it is continuing to produce this week as well from all reports.

    Personally, I use 12-14 fluorocarbon, a 2/0 Mustad J-Hook, and a 926 Yamamoto 5" senko. When tossing a finesse worm
    I use a Zoom Swap Crawler, with a small nail, wacky rigged with the same set-up. Does the color really make a difference? Actually, yes, right now they are biting the darker shades over lighter shades. Why? I have no idea, but I'm certainly not going to argue! We must have thrown 30 different colors at em' the other day, and the darker laminate shades out produced lighter shades 2 to 1......go figure.....

    Have fun and be aware Wild West is here with their Team TOC so you will have company. Lights on early and have fun!
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Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

  • Report: Well, I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately here there was a tragic accident this past weekend, one which should remind us all the importance of wearing one’s floatation device.

    Saturday three individuals went in the water off of Anderson Island and only two came out. The body of third individual was retrieved Monday from amongst the wreckage of the boat on the bottom of the lake. So please, put your vest on, our families deserve at least that much from us while we’re out playing.

    Ok, now for the report. Crappie, Crappie, Crappie! I must have had a dozen inquiries regarding the Crappie bite this past weekend; unfortunately I just don’t have the time. Rarely do I check my PM’s and my emails are blown up with reel questions most weekends, so here ya go. I apologize if I disappointed anyone....

    Crappie can be found all around the lake with the Jago, Jensen, Rattlesnake, and County Park areas topping the list. Tulie lines, docks, and shady areas are all holding fish in the 1-3lb range. Crappie jigs, 2.8 Keitechs, and small underspins are all catching fish. Seriously, they are everywhere, and one hundred fish days are not uncommon for two anglers most outings.

    Bass on the other hand are a little more difficult to find, at least quality fish. Yes, there are still some bedding fish but you obviously have to find clearer water, which may not be all that easy after this past weekend. Chatterbait, and underspin fish can be found on most flats, with most running two-three pounds. Fish a jig deep and you just might come across a couple better bites, and as usual, Kermit is beginning to put fish in the boat in a big way, still average is 2-4lbs, mostly fry guarders.

    Lake level continues in the sixes, at 6.45 Rumsey, and the forecast is for HOT weather all through the week and into the weekend. My suggestion, chase the topwater bite in the AM, then cover some water with a chatterbait or underspin, then go play with the crappie, and end your day tossing Kermit! See ya out there!
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Monday, May 30th, 2016

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

    Report: Took the kids out for a crappie trip today. I've never been had a successful day catching crappie and I've not fished Clear Lake in years. I heard the bite was good, so we took a chance. Boy was it worth it! We caught and released more than 300 crappie (did keep a few as well) in 5 hours. The kids were spoiled rotten and had a blast catching fish non-stop. Nothing big, maxed out at just under a pound.

    Tips: Try crappie jigs in white, red or yellow below a slip bobber. The fish in the mid-morning started off biting in 8 feet or so of water out in the deeper weeds. As things warmed up, they eventually came up tight to the tules in 3-4 feet of water. To cover all depths, try throwing small plastic minnow imitations on a 1/8 ounce head, very slowly. Throw it near the tules and slowly reel it back letting it drop deeper as it pulls off the bank. This will help you locate the depth. I did this while my kids used the bobber. As we found the fishing moving depths, I adjusted their bobbers. Move along the bank until you start getting bit. Once we found a school, we caught 300+ fish in a 50 foot stretch of bank, working back and forth. We were told that the south end of the lake was producing better, and we were not disappointed. Try near Clear Lake Oaks in the rattlesnake arm, but they are literally everywhere. Have fun, and practice catch and release so we can experience this world class fishing for years to come!

Friday, May 27th, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this Holiday Weekend

    Lake level is 6.57 Rumsey, and with the weather stabilizing and the warmer temperatures, the bit is improving daily.
    Top water frogs, hollow as well as solid along with jigs are all beginning to produce better numbers, as well as quality, as does the drop-shot.

    Rattlesnake, the south Keys, and Rocky Point areas of the lake are all kicking out fish.
    Another encouraging sign the post-spawn may be winding down, at least for the majority of the fish that have already done their thing, is that the crank bite is also beginning to take hold.

    Water conditions have improved immensely as well. Algae at this time is at a minimum, and with the decreased winds, one can get around without too much trouble.

    The crappie bite is on fire in the Rattlesnake arm so if you want to get the kids on an afternoon bite they are there for the taking. Any of the usually set ups will work on these lil battlers, bobber or non-bobber, both are working equally well.

    Overall, with the forecast for nice weather this would be the weekend to get up here and run around.
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Thursday, May 26th, 2016

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    Water Temp: 68

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Started today at 10am out at rattlesnake island then moved into the keys at 1pm. The fishing was very slow. The fish where chewing very softly. Started off in 15 feet of water looking for a jig bite for nothing and moved to drop shot. Started to catch straight away with small fish. I did catch a 16 lb 10 oz catfish on the dropshot. By mid day the fish moved to the back of the reeds. The fish seemed to be chasing Bluegils and Shad. The fish that I caught seemed to be around the gil beds. I did not catch any big fish though. Once we moved into the Keys we caught fish under docks but no size all 2-3 lb fish.

    Tips: Drop shot early in open water around the weeds in 15 feet water with shallow weed beds.

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

  • Report: Clear Lake this week 5/23/2016

    Well, June is nearly upon us and this has to be one the most unusual Springs we’ve seen in a long time. If it’s not the wind, it’s the lack of water clarity, or grey skies, or rising water etc. etc. etc. One way or the other you’ve had to be versatile to say the least in order to be successful to this point, and yes, if you haven’t had a spinning rod on your deck, at some point during the day you wish you had.

    Now approaching the Summer, it will be interesting to see how things develop as our lil green friends begin to come out of their post spawn blues, which from the looks of things just might be happening now as witnessed by this weekend’s BBT event on Saturday. Eighty boats participated and it took 33lbs. to take the victory, and nearly 21 lbs to crack the top 10. Looking closer, the number of 5 lb plus fish weighed in was much higher than the past couple events held here, twenty teams weighed in at least one 5 lb plus fish. Not bad!

    Meanwhile, while the water level continues to drop, and is now 6.2 or so Rumsey, I would suspect the rock piles should begin to hold some more numbers of fish willing to eat, and the flats will definitely start kicking out some top water fish if this past weekend is any indication.

    North, South, East, or West? Well, that would be the question of the week, but considering the North end went first, it should also be the first area the fish begin to start chasing in earnest. Finding schooling fish chasing bait would be my early morning hope, and I’d start focusing on docks and top water weed areas as the afternoon progresses.

    Underspins, Dropshots, Frogs, Buzzbaits, and smaller Jerkbaits have all been catching fish. Move around and cover water to find the more productive areas, don’t grind it out, move around and cover water and you should be able to find the more productive areas. Hint, it can change on a daily basis, so look around!

    Weather forecasts for this week are for milder temps, lighter winds and some cloud cover so top water would be my first choice, and a drop shot around docks would be my second pick, but that's me!
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Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

  • Report: lear Lake this week 5/18/2016

    Water Conditions

    This week we find the lake level at 6.88 Rumsey and falling.

    Water clarity is poor to very poor, with a very bad algae bloom covering most of the lake by noon, especially up north.

    Water temperatures are 68-76 degrees.


    Reports have the lake fishing extremely tough as witnessed by the lower weights than normal at both the BBT and ABA events held here last weekend.

    We are definitely feeling the effects of post spawm, and when it will end is anyone’s guess.

    Giant crappie still biting bass baits BEWARE!


    Buzzbaits, spooks, frogs and underspins lead the pack, with dropshots and senkos around docks filling out the reports.


    Having just driven down Highway 5 this week, I’d seriously consider taking a trip to Lake Shasta. The bite is good and the water conditions are the best they’ve been in 7 years. This bite here will bounce back but it will probably take a couple weeks. Something about clear blue water! I couldn’t resist and stopped for a couple of hours.
    Glad I did.

    I have to apologize for missing last weeks report as I was out of the country and forgot to publish it before I left.

    Photo courtesy of Clearlake Family Guide Service
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Saturday, May 14th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 64-65

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: One often hears, and rightfully so, how well smallies and spots fight compared to largemouth. Of course, largemouth can make up some of the with a weight advantage. I have written in articles before that hooking a female largemouth a month or two after they have spawned, will often give you a fight that will amaze - IF - you are skilled enough to land her. I experienced that yesterday at Clear Lake with a slimmed-down 6-1 female bass. I did have a medium action rod, but it took forever to get her in the net. Both big bass would not quit!! Some of my clients and I have experienced that several times, as well as some of you! My clients yesterday were a great father/daughter team. We worked with her during the day making her a pretty good caster at the end of the trip. They got into a good bite right away (she was wide awake when I met them at 6:30 am!) and she started catching bass right away. Unfortunately, unlike the last cloudy-all-day trip, the good bite didn't last too long at the bright sun took over. The early bite was good on Robo worms while the 2 big bass were caught around noon, on Senkos. Maybe the cold-front wind that started around 11 am might have triggered a bigger bass bite. Who knows. Dad got a nice bass a little over 3 1/2 lbs, and our best 5 was near 16 lbs.

    Tips: The 2 biggest bass were very shallow. The bigger one was on the edge of a tulle line - in the middle of nowhere! We just stayed in the Clearlake arm - fishing mostly rock and tulles.

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

  • Water Temp: 63-65

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I did a 2 boat guide trip yesterday - I guess I was the lead boat - we took turns!! We just fished the Clearlake arm in a very dark, cloudy, but rain-free day. Fishing for dinks was lively all day with quality bites early. My crew (two 20 year olds) caught a ton of bass up to 2 1/4 lbs, but lost 3 good ones. The biggest one that was lost was not his fault - she hit right at the boat. When I grabbed the net I wasn't confident she would stay on - and she didn't. Their dad and 2 other men took the prize with an 8 1/2 pounder, but was the only big one they caught. We all watched them release her - always a cool sight. The lake was dead calm most of the day - and calm boat-wise. No tourneys I guess.

    Tips: We caught some on worms, but the 5" Senkos were our top bait for sure. Didn't matter what color we used - they wanted them!! Interesting - #222 was the best color. I don't usually use that until summer. Maybe the bright color on a dark day was a key. All our bass were in the top 15 feet, and some very shallow. That will probably change with bright sunny days coming up.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

  • Report: Water conditions

    Lake level is at 7.30 Rumsey, with flows at Cache Creek Dam at approximately
    500 cfps. The lake is beginning to see some effects from the high winds and the water draws, as one can begin to see the difference from one week to another now.

    Surface temps 58-64 degrees.

    Water clarity is poor to fair, and I would average at approximately 2-3 feet in most areas around the lake.


    Fishing continues to be on and off for most with the minnow dunkers really out performing most, as there’s obviously all three stages of the spawn going now. Fry can be seen almost everywhere around the lake, and most of the fish we have been catching are indeed post-spawn.

    However, as I mentioned we’ve experienced all three spring phases this past week.
    One, there’s been a bit of a rip bait bite here and there for what appeared to be all pre-spawn fish. Second, crawl up and behind the tules and trees and one can also find some bedding fish as well, at least where the water clarity allows. Yes they’re shallow, in 1-2 feet or water. Third, it’s time to pull out the frog and buzz bait. Cover enough water with either or both, and you will not be disappointed.

    The Bite

    Overall, I’d rate the bite at fair to good, and yes, north still continues to dominate conversations. Personally, I think we’re in a post spawn phase with the majority of the bigger fish having already gone, tough I still think there’s a big wave yet to come this month as we’re just not seeing a ton of cruising, or sunning fish anywhere.

    This has indeed been a strange spring, and I think it’s really shuffled the fish around timing wise. So I guess time will tell. Personally, I suspect the reaction bite will begin to really come on strong in the coming week(s) as the second wave should be about ready to start chewing.

    I believe most of the FLW fish were first phasers, and I suspect phase two should really start chasing anytime now if I’m correct. If so, that would mean we could probably see spawn fish through June like the ole days, with a big time crank bite to come thereafter.
    I sure hope that’s the case.


    With the weather turmoil of late and the forecast for much of the same, I’d come prepared to “junk fish”.


    Underspins, drop shots, carolina rigs, senkos, wake baits, jerk baits, buzz baits or frogs!
    One of em’ will get ya bit. So, get out there and get after them, and good luck!
    watch out for these fellas, they're everywhere
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Monday, April 25th, 2016

  • Report: Well, another big tourney come and gone, and with it, our stable weather! While the lake is at 7.46 Rumsey, just below full pool, the wind and rain continue to muddle up what was once a promising spring bite. Water clarity has suffered immensely, as has the day time water temps, now hovering in the low 60 degree range.

    FLW anglers got to experience a little bit of everything last week and through the finals Saturday, and as expected, the post spawn fish looked to have made the difference. One could hope for a big bed fish and there were a few caught, but from the looks of it, post spawners were not all that hard to find, and most were willing if the right offering was made.

    The fish being bait related the birds and the dark colored bait schools would show most the way to some decent bags. I know the eventual winner stated he was throwing a combination of a-rigs and underspins, and that seemed to be the pattern at least half of the top ten was chasing, and I know for certain what third place finisher Wade Curtiss was chasing as well, underspin Keitechs and stand up jigs with Lil Creeper Sunfish. Underspin jigs with a 3.8 Keitech for the bait chasers, and stand up jigs tipped with a Lil Creeper Sunfish for the bed fish. I also know he’s now missing a few he thought he had. Just kidding, he was nice enough though to leave a few before heading home. Wade has his own line of jigs and swimming baits, and he can be reached on the internet @ Ladies Man Custom Baits, or by text at 949-735-2943. Check his baits out, quality made custom, according to your specifications; color, size, hook etc. etc.

    Now for the forecast; already winds have taken their toll on anglers both yesterday as
    well as today. Extremely high winds and big water took this boat and it’s anglers by
    surprise and they were lucky to be able to walk away. Their boat, not quite so lucky, and
    these kind of occurrences happen all of the time up here. When this water does get big
    up here it is usually extremely hard to get up on top of, so my advice is DO NOT try.
    Stick your bow up in the air and take your time. Better to get back in one piece than risk
    this here. That said, I’m sure this happened so fast they didn’t have much of a chance.
    One more tip, should something like this happen to you, try and stay calm, do not panic,
    and check you kill switch if you’re motor will not re-fire. Trust me, I’ve been there!
    Hopefully the remainder of the week will go as forecast and we will begin to see some
    warmer, more stable weather come our way. Once it does, I suspect the bite is gonna pick
    up, especially down south, or at least we can hope!

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