Northern California Lake Fishing Report


Thursday, August 15th, 2019

    • Report: by ElGuapo » Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:32 pm

      Launched out of Russo's just after 7. Water at the ramp was 73 degrees. Caught a few on top water, frog and drop shot right off the bat at the north end of Franks but nothing to write home about.
      Got to punching around 10 and did that for the next 5 hours or so with some intermittent, unsuccessful froggin'. Had a lot of tentative bites that resulted in high velocity tungsten chipping the side of the boat in one case. :evil:
      DBW is definitely spraying a lot more fish holding weeds both submerged and floating unfortunately. Not sure why they're not spraying all the algae choked hydrilla.

      Highlights in vid here:

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

    • Report: by johnabsmith » Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:13 pm

      I was just talking to George at Bay Tackle about how much harder big fish have been able to come by and snuck out right after with my old man. Just before dusk we made casts on my favorite stretch of river, and we swing at the same exact time. On my swing I boat flip a striper on a sweet beaver, which doesn’t happen often. When he swung, something swung back. I PROMISE YOU a whole tullie clump lays over then I hear the braid start ripping off the spool. After what seems an eternity I reach down and grab a lip with both hands. didn’t have a scale but I caught one just shy of 12 on a previous trip and this was EASILY bigger (photo does not justice, almost didn’t want to show it!). It was just his day and as he said, “guess I just been living right.”

      only fished 5pm-dusk all on a 200yd stretch. super hot day, incoming tide, super big waxing gibby. 2nd best was 6# and caught multiple good fish all old school flipping breaking down tullies fishing fast with accuracy. easily one of the best days in life.

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 77

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Left Buckley Cove at 630 and headed west. Started on top water and fish were aggressive until 9 catching fish up to 5lbs. Fish started moving to different positions due to outgoing tide so we switch tactics to Crankbaits and chatterbaits in 6-10 feet of water that produced some bites up to 2 1/2lb fish. Again the bite started to slow so we broke out punching and swing headed jigs with crawfish and that produced a few in the heat the day on slack tide and 100 degree temps. The area was wide open. Only saw 3 other bass boats out cruising.

      Tips: Stay adaptable and move with the fish. Lots of busting bait in the morning take advantage of it by having frogs, buzzbaits and whopper ploppers on deck. Take lots of water and food to grind out the hot day, if you put the work in and go where the fish move it you shouldn’t have a problem.

Monday, August 12th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 78-80

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Went out this morning got to the first spot about 6:25 a.m. Fourth cast had my first fish in the boat. Caught on an isolated grass area just on the inside of a point. Second fish about 30 minutes later on a rock wall. Had one on a jig in some of that suspended weeds in a cove. Then once 10 a. m hit no other bites. Got off the water about 1 p.m.

      Tips: Fish slow and go back through with different baits

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 84

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I took a friend out for a short evening/night trip. Bite was very slow - probably because of the heat, We did catch a good largemouth about 8 pm that went 5 1/2 lbs. We caught a few in the 2 - 2 1/2 lb range. After dark a 3 lb spotted bass and another largemouth just under 6 lbs. The two night fish hit the usual 7 inch black Berkley Power worm. Our best five were close to 20 lbs. Quality bass fishing but not quantity this trip. Saw lots of fish on the meter from 20 to 40 feet, assuming many were bass. I think the sudden heat spell slowed the bite.

      Tips: Topwater didn't work with the sudden heat. I guess that was the problem. It was strange to catch one of the big largemouth during the first 10 minutes of the trip on a hot evening. We were fishing evening shadows on a deep wall. Overall, I really think the sudden hot days that were late this year might have the bass a little disoriented. Even after a few hours of dark, the fish were not active as they were on my night trip two week ago. Warmer water with dark of the moon probably the reasons. Yet, bigger bass were biting. So - that's bass fishing - something different every trip!! That's why we keep coming back ---right??

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

    • Water Temp: 80

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at Glory Hole ramp at 7:20 ran up the river and started fishing main points. The fish where at 20 ft plus for me using zoom worms. Ended the day about 1:30 it was getting to hot for me and the bite also was slowed way down after 12. Ended the day with about 11lbs. I had a 3lb spot and a 3.75 large mouth, 16 total fish a mix of large mouth and spots. I haven't fished New Malones in many years can't wait for the spring.

      Tips: This was my 3rd trip in 4 weeks. Same pattern working for me. The fish seem to like the 6" zoom worm, fish it down to 20 to 30 ft fish it slow, a little shaking helps and move the boat slow. Most fish I don't feel, when I go to move the worm they are just there.

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

    • Report: by ElGuapo » Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:19 pm

      Launched out of Russo's just after 6AM. Water temps in the low 70's, 2-4' visibility. Water temps topped out at 77 degrees, air temp 101. Ran up to the north end of Franks and through a sammy and plopper. Got bites and blow ups but no quality fish. At 10AM ran around and found a spot with healthy grass. With all the spraying the state has been doing this has become a rarity. Immediately started getting bites on the punch rig. Ran out to another spot further east where there had previously been healthy grass only to find it had been sprayed as well. Pulled a quality fish out a decaying clump of hydrilla, punched some floating vegetation for a while then ran back to the previous spot for another round. The fish had reloaded and we caught a few more punching the same spot. At that point I was starting to get dizzy from the heat and ran back to Russo's.

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

    • Report: by SAGISI » Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:08 pm

      I frequently fish Almaden Lake for Bass. Got a hit and knew immediately it wasn’t a bass on the end of my line. As the fish came closer to shore I couldn’t believe what I saw, hooked into a Rainbow Trout or maybe a steel head? Anyone else ever catch a trout at Almaden lake? Have they ever planted trout or is this wild species? Was only about 14 inches but fought harder than a farmed trout and had tons of energy when I safely released it.

    • Report: by Kyle46N » Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:24 am

      For any of you forum members looking to just put friends, family on numbers of fish right now, head to the Delta with drop shot in hand. Any 6 to 7 inch trick worm style/straight tail style worm will do. Make sure to cast into the water. And proceed to catching. Seriously, for highest numbers any inlets/outlets near flooded islands are awesome, but any tule edges on any island works also. I've had my wife and kids out there thd oast few weeks with 50 plus bass days and even hit 80 or so on one trip. Hope this helps someone have some fun.

    • 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 .

      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: 76-81

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Went early Tue 545am out of Paradise, low incoming tide. Decided to try and explore some different areas than usual so ran down Disappointment to just before the San Joaquin and Tinsley/St Francis. There seemed to be a lot of activity at the surface, coming and going. Threw jerkbaits and squarebills into them whenever encountered and would pick up some shaker stripers anywhere from 10 - 14 or 15 inches; fun fights as they were spunky and hit aggressively. Picked up a few almost-keeper bass but no real sizes there. There were some houseboats apparently with a lot of wakeboard and water skiers and they were starting pretty early too, so we got out of the area over to Columbia Cut. Wouldn't ya know it, we chose the route these boarders and skiers were going round and round. After about the 5th round and only a choice few hookups on neko and ned rig/dropshot combos, we ran to Little Connection/Little Potato Slough, and Little Venice areas and worked some flats as well as rock wall weedlines, picking up a few 1lb and 2lbers. Used neko/ned rigs/dropshot and then switched to slow-rolled swimbaits (Berkley Power Swimmer - Ayu) on 1/8 oz head and Flatlands Shimmer Spin (spinnerbait with just a paddletail). Caught 3 in a row on San Joaquin side of Little Venice... 1 lber and a couple 2lbers. Partner was hooking up with a lot of 10"-12"ers on his red craw squarebill so he went to a ned rig/drop shot (ned rig as the dropshot sinker) and started picking up 1 - 2lbers, not many, but enough to believe we were having fun. It was around 11:30am and high tide so we ran up to White Slough and picked up a couple more 1 and 2lbers and called it a day at 12:30pm.

      Tips: As I always say, I'm not really qualified to give any tips; but what worked for us was early mornin' jerkbait (LC Pointer Aurora Black, Megabass 110 GG Perch and Gill), 3.8" swimbait, neko rig / Berkley General 5", and drop shot using ned rig as sinker. 75% hits on drop shot and 25% hits on the ned rig (PB&J - MMIII on both).
      quick note:
      I'm not a tourney fisher so my fishin' buds and me aren't so much worried about total weight we caught or kicker fish; we just like hookups, no matter the size. Don't get me wrong, we love it when line peels out and we know it's got some size, but we're just as happy simply gettin' bit and settin' the hook, whether it's a dink or 1, 2, 3lbs, etc...and we go home feelin like we had a fun day. I get it when guys talk about totals, and I respect that. But not worrying about our total catch let's us reflect that we simply got hookups and that's why we went out. And that's also why I have no problem tellin' where we went and what we used. If someone else goes there and catches, great! Then they had fun too!

    • 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!

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

    • Water Temp: 80-83

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I fished Berryessa on Sunday at possibly the worst time of the day, 9:30am to 3pm. Busy with my imminent move to the east coast, I couldn't pick a more optimum time. Us weekend warriors have to make do with the time we have.

      It was a hard bite for me, I searched shallow along Putah Creek and Schoolhouse Island area with no luck. I picked up 4 keepers 30+ feet deep with a drop shot. All of them came from one point. One of them at least was a nice 3lb 18inch long spot. He hit hard and fought hard. After 12pm it was like the entire lake shut down. I couldn't find ANY fish up Putah. Berryessa is like that for me sometimes, as in all the fish seem to vanish. My graph was showing empty much of the day.

      In hindsight I should've run around more, graphed more areas, tried to locate schools of fish. But hey, sometimes you just want to lazily put a line in water, fish be damned.

      Another confounding factor was that the pleasure boats and the jet skiers were out in full force today. Driving by Capell it looked packed, and by the time I recovered the boat, Putah Creek Campground was also full. There was one jackass jet skier that rode way too close to my boat. He then peeled off and did the same to another boater fishing. Then he did it again to some shore fisherman. He was staring us all down and made a fist or something. Be safe out there guys, there's a lot of idiots on the water this time of the year. Interestingly enough I only saw 1 or 2 other bass boats. The rest were smarter than me and probably were waiting for the evening.

      Tips: Well for starters don't fish the time I fish. There's a reason why reports recently have been at night. If you must, you'll have to run around to try and find them. Generally speaking bass either go deep or REALLY shallow during the hot deep summer days. I haven't had any luck really shallow, but Greg Blanchard put out a youtube video and he got some shallow. If you fish deep most likely they'll be at least 30 feet deep. Again, this is middle of the day, at night they seem to move up shallower, chasing shad back into the coves or creeks.

      Once again, the googan baits drag n' drop did the trick. I used the morning dawn color. Don't get me wrong I love roboworms but it's good to switch it up every now and then. I've been using Gamakatsu finesse worm hooks to t rig my worms in my dropshot setup, but decided to try the Owner down shot offset worm hooks. Very impressive, sharp, slim profile, and all the fish were hooked well.

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      Water Temp: 78-79

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Got out yesterday morning 7-21 as well as today 7-22 from about 6am-9am both days. Little to know ski boat action both day that early which is nice. Water is WARM 78/79 I actually hit 80 in a few spots. Topwater bite is still not happening for me. Traditionally when that water temp get down to about 75/76 that topwater gets a lot better for me. Doesn't mean I still don't try and force it each morning haha. Had a couple smack a Jig on the main lake area near the south arm found a couple humps with fish stacked up on them. Also had some luck with a spoon. I had 3 fish I hooked into but came unhooked (most likely due to being a spoon newbie). All in all two great days on the water. Wish this lake would get some love. She can be tough but personally I love the challenge.

      Tips: Get out early before temps rise even hire both water and outside. Jigs and Spoons have what I've had luck catching some better fish one recently.

Saturday, July 20th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 75-low 80's

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Since hardly anyone posts:
      Friday the 19th. Showed up at around 1pm. Tail end of the outgoing tide. Incoming started at 4ish. Threw the typical topwaters and the fish were keyed on the buzzbait. The fish ignored the plopper, frog and vixen. Best bite was on low tide, sparse weeds. Once the incoming tide began moving in, the topwater bite died for all intensive purposes. I could barely get bit after that. Pitching, chatter, cranks, etc did not work for us. Ended with about 13lbs. Biggest fish on the grassburner. Total of 9 fish or so. Stayed in white slough. Small striper schools were busting all over but could not get any striper action?

      Tips: Buzzbait in shad color.

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 80 plus

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fishing with sid

      This past week I took Al and his son Jon out for the day. The first two hours of fishing were a little disappointing. We caught many fish but none were keepers. We fished the east side from the ranch house to the vineyards. After an hour of worming the bass were still small so we headed toward big island on the west side hoping to hit some bigger fish. Sure enough we started to hit bigger bass. At the end of the day we ended up with a couple of nice limits (see photos). The following day I went out with Patrick following the same routine as yesterday but the bite was better and the bass were bigger (see photo). The fishing is great at this time and the weather perfect. If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or are interested in booking a guided fishing trip please email me at or call me at 650-583-3333.

      Tips: looking to go out for a full day of fishing next week will try many ways to catch bass.

    • Water Temp: 81-84

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I finished a guide trip with a good angler that I had to postpone from May during one of the many heavy spring rain days. In 2 hours we were soaked thru and thru!! Glad we did as the night bite was pretty good last night and the full moon rise was stunning! Never get tired of that on Berryessa or Clear Lake!! Only hooked one real big one - right at total darkness (no moon yet). I thought he had her hooked good but she came off - big fish!! We fished until 1 am and found the bite to be steady most of the time. All smaller bass of all 3 species - maybe up to 2 3/4 lbs. Toads were fast asleep!! I was happy that the bite did hold up most of the trip - lots of action from 1 to 2 1/2 pounders. Most bites from 10 to 20 feet. Didn't hook any deeper bass. Drop-shotting worked best before dark - MM111 was strong.

      Tips: We did get a fair topwater bite at dusk. Best just before total dark! Could hardly see them for the net job. One doesn't lip them at dark with treble hooks!!! After dark the bite was consistent with the smaller bass, mostly 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 pounders. Interesting that all 3 species of bass were active - almost an equal number of all three. Black Power worms were the best bait last night. Nothing fancy, just Texas rigged.

      I noticed that the bait wasn't very deep - 15 to 25 feet. That was the depth of most of our bites. After dark, we only heard one loud power boat at the north end. Berryessa was our private lake!! AND!!! A shout out to the brand new navigation blinking light buoys all near points in the narrows. Not sure when they arrived, but will be a great help during the dark of the moon. Fantastic!!!!

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 78-79 degrees

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Wow, what a beautiful lake! This was my first time on the lake. Fished the full moon July 16th from 7:30 pm - 1:30 am. Because of a strong west/northwest wind right before sunset (whitecaps), I headed directly into the wind and fished the sheltered areas along the 1 mile of shoreline due west of the Glory Hole ramp. I also fished a main lake peninsula about a mile north of Glory Hole for about an hour. It didn't matter where I fished, steep or sloping banks, I always got the same results: over 30 bites, many very aggressive, but with only about 8 fish landed, all 9-13 inches - all tail biters! No quality. Fish were caught on spinnerbaits, black/blue jigs, and 5" thick ribbed power worms with a couple of blowups on a spook. Areas with large rocks on shore seemed a bit better. The grub trailer I used on jigs and spinnerbaits was a #177 5" Yamamoto grub. I think these small fish were after the grub tail. When I switched to a different grub color on the jig, no bites. The only worms which got bit were dark grape power worms. Senkos were not producing, I might have gotten one bite on a senko. There were enough insects out that I didn't bother turning on my black light (which attracts bugs at night). I hope to return here again with better (larger) results!

      Tips: Spook: twitch 3-4 times then stop, that's when the fish hit.
      Spinnerbaits: Cast parallel to bank over submerged rocks, let helicopter down once in a while. I was lazy and didn't use a stinger hook, this would have added about 8 more dinks to my fish count. At night, I use the Strike King Midnight Special black/blue with rattles, a very good night time spinnerbait with #177 5" Yamamoto grub trailer. During the day I used a Terminator silver willow-leaf with same grub. Both worked.
      Worms: Dead stick it once in a while. I used brass and glass but I doubt it mattered this trip.
      Jigs: Mostly black with big gap hook and rattles with 5" #177 grub and Smelly Jelly crawfish.