Northern California Lake Fishing Report


Saturday, October 17th, 2020

    • Report: by coyote268 » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:55 am

      Daughter and I fished last weekend. Normally we fish jigs but the hot bite for numbers was a drop shot although our biggest came on jigs (Marks Puff Ball). Up north fifth street is a good launch, Konocti is iffy and be careful of not going off the ramp at county park. Don't know about the south end but skip Lucerne. Oaks and Redbud should be OK. State park had to go out on the trolling motor. Trick is to kep moving until you find them. Crappie bit seems good. You might want to pull up the Record Bee site and read Terry Knights article.

Friday, October 9th, 2020

    • Report: by Fryle » Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:10 pm

      I was out yesterday as well 7-12pm and caught them on walking baits and senkos. Tried chatter, spinner, flipping the grass on low tide, and frogging but nothing on that. Walking bait seemed to be the only thing working, the smaller baits as well as 3lb on the larger strike king mega dawg.

    • Report: by Dan Dunsford » Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:16 am

      We fished the Delta yesterday (10/8). The reaction baits didn't work for us except for a couple small ones. We did our best on 6" senkos. However it was still a tough bite. Water temp was 71 degrees, still warm for a fall bite. Just my two cents.

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

    • Water Temp: 72.8

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Just a quick follow up, fished the last few evenings with pretty much the same results as Mr Brabec. The only difference is we fish at night! We caught them on blades slow rolled over structure & almost no action on plastics or jigs. I did get a few pick ups on the jig, but they dropped it before I could set up on them. It was almost as if the fish we’re thinking, “wait, we aren’t supposed be biting jigs right now!” We caught 7 the night before & 5 last night. The largest went 5lb 2 oz and the rest were 2-4 lbs. I threw 7” swimbaits & large deep cranks until my arm almost fell off but had no takers. There’s green surface algae & the smoke is terrible, so plan accordingly. Sorry to say, that’s it folks!

      Tips: We were south, north might be better. We moved around a lot as we would get fish in some areas & blank on others. We fished wearing kn95 masks to help mitigate the smoke. They were available at Kelseyville Lumber a few days ago. Stay safe, have fun, & good luck out there!

    • Water Temp: 70

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished Midlake on Tuesday. Then Fished Lakeport Thursday.Smoke was bad both days and only stayed on the water till 11 am.Algae is blooming midlake but water is clear under it. Lakeport has clear spots but for the most part alot of suspended algae and some spots are stagnant and stink.Caught 8 fish to 4 pounds on Tuesday. All reaction. Wouldnt touch my jig.Thursday fished with a friend and we blanked on the first 2 spots.Found fish in 1 foot of water and caught around 15 fish to 4 pounds in about an hour. All reaction bites. Smoke got so bad you couldnt see across lake and could feel it in my throat. Hope the rain comes next week as predicted.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

    • Water Temp: 70.4

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: We’ve been out for the last few evenings & the fishing has been pretty marginal. Sunday night we managed to boat 14 fish with our best 5 going a little over 20 lbs. They seemed to be fairly deep in the 12-15 ft range & were caught on the jig, crankbait, & Texas rig. The colors seemed to revert back to red & browns. When they hit, they’re decisive about it & they’re fighting really hard right now, but they were scattered about & didn’t seem schooled up. The wind was pretty bad (some areas were like fishing in a washing machine) & really limited our spot choice as the wind came from the SE & blew us off some of our choice spots. We also encountered smoke & heat blasts from the Glass fire that was very concerning. Thoughts to those that live up there. Monday night was dead calm & what bite we had the night before caught the same train the wind took as strikes were hard to come by! To make a short story shorter, we caught 5, the largest was 4 lbs & our limit was just under 15 lbs.We’re gonna try it again tonite, hope It improves & I’ll post a follow up report.

      Tips: Well, what little success we had were with shad pattern deep cranks rolled slowly over rocky structure. The jig bites were the same Rocky structure, we also caught a few on Texas rigged Double Wide Beavers with red flake in them. I probably should have moved more last night, but I just kept thinking the bite would turn on at any time. I got paid for my stubbornness with a 5 fish night but it could have been worse & we got skunked! Lol. Anyway I’d move around, fish slowly & try to run into them. Have fun & be safe out there!

Saturday, September 26th, 2020

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      Report: Here's a Delta report... after a couple tough weeks on the Motherlode lakes, my son and I decided to take a trip down to the Delta.
      We put in at Paradise point on Friday and noticed the surface temperature was 71° and the water was slightly stained. I started throwing a topwater bait with no luck, but my son, Brian immediately started catching a lot of small fish. He was throwing a Yamamoto Senko on a Frenzy Baits Wack-a-Sack.
      We made our way to the middle Delta and we figured out the bigger fish came on current points with water pushing on them, when I say bigger I mean 2lb + fish, so we decided to fish the River Rat tournament out of B&W on  Saturday.
      On Saturday, we stayed in the middle Delta concentrating on any kind of points that had current pushing on them... weed  points ,tule points, rock points ,etc. We caught fish on all of them. It just had to have moving water on them.
      On Saturday we cought 9 keepers on 5” green pumpkin Senkos with the wack-a-sack and 3 fish pitching a 1/2 oz Bass Union heavy cover flipping Jig with a craw trailer. For both techniques we used Gamma braid with a Gamma fluorocarbon leader.
      We finished in 4th place and I had a great time fishing with my son.
      I hope this helps.
      Good luck fishing.
      Stan L

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

    • Report: by Whoopbass » Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:17 pm

      Myself and a buddy fished Hogan 3-4 weeks ago. We rarely fish the lake so we targeted Stripers right at sunrise. My buddy being hard headed wouldn't listen to me where to fish, he wanted to fish up the lake in a some cove he had action in last year. The guy is always fishing old patterns no matter if it was spring when he caught em and now its winter. To me it was obvious where to fish being that all the boats stayed out in the main lake and didn't follow us up river.
      No stripers in our first two spots but I did hang a nice largemouth on a crankbait that came off. I talked him into going back into the main lake and the stripers were boiling. There were some nice ones in the mix. It was a solid hour or more since the sun came up and those stripers didn't want anything to do with any lure we threw at them. Out of all the boats around us I only witnessed one guy catch a 10" striper.
      I presume that if we were on them at sunup we may have caught a few but those stripers were focused on tiny baitfish.
      I would like to know what bait the locals use in that type of conditions or do they just go home. The smallest bait we had in the boat were 4" flukes and some small skinny fluke that Berkley makes.
      We ended up going bass fishing for a few hours and caught around 8 bass with nothing bigger then 1.5 lbs.
      He kept whining so we went to Salt Springs and it was fairly tough. Only about a dozen fish to 3lbs.

Friday, September 11th, 2020

    • Report: Fishing Hogan Sept 11

      So, both my kids are in their 30’s and can remember what happened 19 years ago on 9/11.

      We decided the best way for us to reflect on the day is to spend some family time together. I decided to take them fishing and wanted to do a little something different so we headed to Hogan.

      When we got there I was surprised how many trucks were in the parking lot which usually means one thing, the stripers are boiling!

      And they were!

      Even so, we decided to concentrate on catching largemouth and smallmouth. We started fishing about 7:30 am. The lake was at 46% of capacity. The surface temperature was in the mid 70’s and the water had about 6’ to 10' visibility. There was a good breeze. The smoke in the air made low light conditions.

      We started throwing moving baits. It didn't take long before we had some action on topwater baits. By the end of the day my daughter and I caught 8 on Berkley Choppos. My son stuck with a Ned rig in the 15’ to 20' range. He mostly caught smallmouth. The fish seemed to be in the last deep water in the back of coves.

      One other thing I always thought was cool about Hogan is that they offer free use of life jacket program. If you need one, check it out.

      Hope this helps. Good Luck Fishing

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

    • Water Temp: *74

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: The Delta has been fair but steady if you'te willing to work. Been fishing the central Delta-worms and punch bite is fair to good on the high out going tide-first 2 hours after ebb high has been my best action-T/rig worms and punching beavers has been the ticket. Top water has been tough with mostly small fish responding. No takers on Chatterbaits or other reaction baits. If you need action take out the spinning rod and tie on a white fluke for lots of dinks.

      Tips: Keep your baits in the shade and be persistent. 6in. kut tail worms in standard colors should do the trick.

Monday, September 7th, 2020

    • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Postby StanL » Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:46 am

      Fishing Lake Camanche This Week Sept 6

      My friend Bud and I hit the water about 6:30 in the morning. We started by running through a lot of moving baits over island tops and main lake points. We had no luck. Then we decided to head up river. We saw a lot of bait and a lot of fish suspended on vertical banks.

      After trying several different techniques, the baits that worked the best for me was a Cool Baits underspin with a Keitech. Bud used a Bass Unon 3/4 oz jig with a Yamamoto Twin Tail on vertical walls.

      All of our bites were just a slight tick. That’s why it was crucial to use braid with a fluoroleader. I used Gamma for both. The fish where at about 15’ over 30’ of water. The surface temp was at 80 degrees and had about 6’ of water visabilaty.

      The daily reservoir water storage is 238 CFS coming in and 291 CFS going out. When there is more water going out then coming in, the fishing is always going to be challenging. We cought 7 fish for the day and Bud big fished me again!

      Hope this helps. Good luck fishing.
      Stan L

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

    • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: postby StanL » Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:25 pm

      Me and my buddy Jon finally had a chance to get out and do some fun fishing, so we went out to Camanche to see what was going on.

      As you all know, the heat has been terrible so we decided to hit the water early and fish until about 11:00. You will see from the pictures the sky was smoke filled and the sun was a red dot through the smoke if you looked at the one with the motor. It made everything feel overcast.

      With the clarity at about 6’ and the surface temperature at 83 degrees, we decided to start on some rock piles in about 10’ of water. After about 30 minutes with we hadn't gotten a bite. So we started running main lake points with a Berkeley Cane Walker top water bait and a Frenzy Nail with a Zoom green pumpkin Trick Worm for a bottom bait. We used Straight Gamma Gamma torque braid on the topwater becase we were making long casts and braid is better for that. We used Braid with Gamma fluorocarbon leader on the Nail. When I fish a Nail I like a leader so I can feel the bites better and also when I use a leader I can change line size more quickly if the bite gets more finicky.

      It didn’t take long before we started catching fish. We would catch 1 or 2 fish per spot. It seemed like the key was to stay on the move.

      I hope this helps. Good luck fishing,

      Stan Lafever

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

    • Water Temp: 78-79

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at Paradise about 6am (high tide) and waited for the sun to rise. Worked the inside rockwall that parallels Disappointment heading toward King's... picked up a lot of dinks and almost-keepers working plastics (Ned, Neko, dropshot, wacky senko). Was curious about the crank bite so threw a chrome/blue floating rat-l-trap and immediately was bit by a 1.5lber. Wondered if this was just a fluke so kept throwing it and caught 2 more along the rip rap wall. Then it stopped. Decided to go back to plastics and decided to try some Yamamoto Mermaids I thought I'd take a chance on. I got bit on every cast but was a mixture of 8-10"ers and a couple of 1lbers, but they were likin' the mermaid (I was using Okeechobee Craw and Wtrmln/Lt Wtrmln Blk Red Lami) ... they like em both. But I gotta say they are fragile baits and as with most Yamamoto baits, 'spensive as heck!! The bait stealers would hack off the claws and even chomp em in half. I didn't care at the time because I just wanted fish on the hook and they were working. Made a run to White Slough and continued with the neds and t-rigged mermaids, catching better keepers but nothing over 2.5lbs. Decent day but can't wait for the lipless crank bite. Maybe Oct/Nov? I don't actually know but that's what most of the tourney guys tell me.

      Tips: Not qualified to give tips but I'll tell you what put fish on the hook for us this day... I looked for pockets in the weed and veggie mats and also threw to the tules and worked em outward into the weed mats. Depth was 3-12 feet. Neds worked early on using Junebug, PB&J, and MMIII then I switched to the mermaids. Started with the Wtrmln/Lt Wtrmln Blk Red Lami color and ran out after catching and bait stealers tearing em up. Switched to Okeechobee Craw color and the bite frequency increased...maybe just got lucky in the area we tried on White Slough. Anyways, they're fish catchers but not sure i wanna spend Yamamoto $$$s ... gonna try the Cowboy next and will have another bag of Mermaids, but likely will stick with SK Rage and Menace.... they work too! Maybe concentrate on punching next time out.

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

    • Water Temp: 78.8-81.2

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Ted & I fished the last 6 evenings with mostly good results. We fished south as usual (what can I say, my dock’s by Konocti! Lol.) We keyed on rock structure starting at 11 pm til dawn. The bite for the most part was good. Not like earlier this spring when we were crushing it, but still a solid bite. The only exception was last night where the mini storm earlier in the day suppressed the bite, in my opinion. We caught 10, but the rest of the trips averaged 25. No monsters, our largest were mid 6’s but the average size was nice in the mid 4’s to heavy 5’s. Our limits were 19 lbs to 26.5 lbs averaging 24lbs. They are exceptionally strong right now & catching & fighting them was a blast! Blue & baits with blue flake were the color of choice, we threw some red but they were much less effective. Texas rig, jigs worked the best, cranks & blades were spotty, they’d nail it one night & wouldn’t touch it on another. We caught a few Senko fish deadsticking it but became bored with it so really didn’t dedicate to it. Swim bait was nonexistent as well. There were some popular spots that weren’t producing so move if you don’t get strikes in a reasonable amount of time. We ran into pretty much dead calm conditions most evenings so were able to detect the slightest hits. All in all a good trip!

      Tips: A slow presentation was working for us. Just barely bumping the plastics & jigs, moving them just enough to not get stuck. Even the crank & blade strikes were from moving them slowly. It was pretty humid so take a lot of water & stay hydrated. Throwing to the edges of weed lines off of rocky structure garnered a bunch of strikes. Don’t be afraid to try 20’ & deeper too, we caught some of our larger fish doing just that. I can’t report for the north or day fishing, but there’s a short but brisk frog bite right at dawn. With this heat wave warming the water quickly, adjust your speed accordingly & try different techniques. Stay safe & have fun out there!


Friday, August 7th, 2020

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

    • Water Temp: 81 avg

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished Angel's arm from 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm. Bite was dead until dusk when I picked up a 1.5-2.0 lb fish on a jig. After dark, got 2 more on a jig.1-1.5 lbs. I got no bites on any other lure. Bite died about 2 hours after dark. Maybe Mondays are a bad day to go since a guide (drives ChampioN) said there was maybe 500 boats on the lake the day before (Sunday). Or, maybe the fishing is just lousy or maybe I'm not fishing in the right places.

      Tips: Maybe dont fish Angel's arm;)

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

    • Water Temp: 78 to 80

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fishing with Sid
      Mon 2020-07-27 22:38
      The Lake Berryessa News
      This past week NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement honored Alfonso and his family at Steele Park. Alfonso's wish was a day spent fishing at the lake and enjoying time with his family. I was honored to take members of his family out fishing and to spend the day with them (see photos). I went out with Bob and he landed some nice bass (see photo). The fishing was off during the day with no signs of activity at all till late evening when the sun started to set and the surface water started to cool down and then the action started. We did much better then the day time. Hopefully the day bite will pick up.
      'til next time...……………………………………..good fishing!!!
      If you have any questions or stories yo 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: it was an honor on my part to grant a mans last wishes died 2 days later they told me he was happy to his last breath and never stopped talking about his fish,

Saturday, July 25th, 2020

    • Water Temp: 74-76

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Hit Henny with my buddy Bruce for early am top h2o bite with poppers, frog and buzz baits for a few good blow ups. Spinner baits and a few honey holes caught a couple more. Bruce caught the better fish all day and I had the numbers. Switched to jigs and had lots of hits, but they were tough to catch. Bruce got more in the boat than me, including the bass of the day 5.11lb. It was overcast for the first 3 1/2 hours on the lake with a slight breeze. Made for good fishing.

Monday, July 20th, 2020

    • Water Temp: 80-84

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: We got on the water right at dawn and fished until about 1 PM. Went with topwater right away and got a few dinks on a popper. The zara spook and whopper popper did not produce. Then we ran crank baits some and got nothing. Drop shots with oxblood roboworms produced small ones. We finally got into a few keepers to 2 points with jigs worked slowly around wood. Overall a very slow day.

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

    • Water Temp: 78

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Catching spots on various drop shot worms fishing the heat of the day. Fishing underwater shade, off of island tops on the other side of the sun, shaded side. Been taking large mouths on a buzz bait as soon as I can find some decent shade lines in the backs of creeks at the end of the day. just put the Minkota on 30 keep the pedal down and burn the shade line. Most of the largemouths are coming out of the pockets small spots are on the points.

      Tips: In the heat fish whatever shade you can find.