Northern California Lake Fishing Report


Saturday, October 1st, 2022

    • Water Temp: 73

      Report: Pardee is a challenge any time in October but this year might be the worst I have seen. We launched at daylight. Due to the light chop on timber filled water in the river we went to topwater, poppers and spooks, nothing. Then we went to jigs, got first fish, one nice keeper. Then another keeper popped on the jig and a small one grabbed one too. We stayed with the jigs another 3 hours in different parts of the river, from 4 to 40 feet, nothing. After that we went back to the main lake, south end, where we threw rip baits, jigs, drop shots, senkos, and Carolina rigs, in 3 to 30 feet, nothing. Then we went back to the river and fished a couple submerged rock piles and islands, 20 feet under the boat, where we picked up a rat keeper smallmouth. From there we fished steep sunny banks from 3 to 50 feet, with jigs, drop shots, carolina rigs, nothing. Throughout the day we saw no evidence of bait fish, no birds, no turtles, no signs of life on the water at all. WE quit after 8 hours of fishing with a nice 3 pounder and two rat keepers. Other anglers we talked to did find some baitfish and had a better day.

Saturday, September 24th, 2022

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      Water Temp: 70-73

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Been out almost everyday this month. The stripers are showing up in huge schools. Mostly undersized but I have caught a few up to 5 pounds. The large mouth bite has been really steady since last weekends storm. I am getting them on 6 inch Senkos, chopos, jigs,crawdad colored crank baits, punching, flukes, spinner baits and chatter baits. Pretty much everything is catching fish at this point. Only problem is you have to catch 5 undersized to get one keeper. The large fish are being caught on punching and top waters. 615 to 8am best time to hook up with a five plus. I am catching most my good fish at dawn or dusk. Low in coming tide has been good to me lately.
      If your new to the delta or just looking to go out and catch fish Direct message me for pricing. I have the cheapest rates any where on the delta. Eric.

Sunday, September 11th, 2022

    • Water Temp: 77-83

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished primarily he north end of the lake and found a few fish in the 15'-25' range on the main lake areas. Lots of grass along the shallow areas of the lake down to 10'. We marked a lot of bait on the Garmins schooled up at the mouths of cuts. Once you get out past 10' the grass disappears. We found fish on the steeper banks where there was no grass. Caught a nice spot on a popper in the morning, then we stuck to plastics such as worms, hula grubs and jigs. Water temp was the highest on the northern most end of the lake. Water should start cooling down soon and the grass will disappear as the bass move into the creek arms chasing bait.

      Tips: Get the bait down on the bottom and feel the rocks. Color didn't seem to matter. Green pumpkin, brown, prism shad.

Wednesday, September 7th, 2022

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      Water Temp: 75-81

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Went out yesterday morning for a couple hours out of discovery bay. I got a late start 8am. Wanted to try some new water. Seeing how the weather was going to be 115 I was surprised to see as many bass boats out. Anyways I found a large vast flat and 5 minutes into my morning throwing a chopo I hook up with 7 pounder that absolutely crushed my bait. Got her in. Lost several larger fish a few weeks back. Continued fishing same bait in same area and proceeded to catch 3 more up to 3 pounds. By 10 am it's feeling really hot head in call it a day. Top water bite has really picked up for quality fish lately.
      I will be offering early morning trips and late evening night trips all month long. Beat the heat and ask me about my rates. Eric.

      Tips: Get out during the light change from either light to dark or dark to light. Don't be afraid to try deep right now during mid day. I have caught them down as deep as 36 feet.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2022

    • Water Temp: 80 ish

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished lake solo what a stink, Smelled like Veit Naum the day after. What a stink. Fished my ass off where I could find an opening in the carp on top of the water, that was a chore by itself. Anyway caught 6 fish on top-water from 21/2 to 41/2 lb.
      than by 9 am the lake went dead nothing I mean o- nada I might as well have gone bowling i'd of caught just as many fish

      I fished my ass off and only caught 6 fish and boy were they in sad shape, you had to feel sorry for them. All beat up and sores all over them. Poor fish way too many tournaments to close together. Give them a break

      If we don't get lots and lots of rain this winter this lake is done plain and simple. What do you think.????

      Just saying Mike Pellagrini

      Tips: Wait till it rains about 25" before you come back. That's what I'm saying.

Sunday, August 21st, 2022

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      Water Temp: 73-79

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Sunday morning I picked up John once again and he had his buddy Brian with him. First spot of the day before the sun was even up Brian's second cast produced a near 4 pounder. Went on to catch 4 or 5 more on top. Ripped a couple but the Day was all about the drop shot. Caught 70 to 80 fish with best 5 going 15+.
      I have most of this week open. Direct message me for booking rates. I have the cheapest rates any where on the Delta. Eric

      Tips: Move around find active fish. Especially in the first 2 hours of a incoming or outgoing tide. If you not getting bit try changing colors.

    • Water Temp: 81-82

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I am not consistent but I run into fish running banks using a 1/2 or a 3/8 ounce shad colored chatterbait. It's a bunch of casts for little reward but I have tossed it right into a fish's mouth the last 3 trips. Otherwise I am dropshotting wacky 1/8th oz. on 8 fluorocarbon 12" to the sinker or a nose hooked "purple" worm. A few jig fish and ika fish on shear walls...color? ...Think watermelon black/red. I caught a 6lb. last week on a gizzard shad strike king 10xd crank on 20 fluorocarbon with a Shimano 300 and a light musky rod. They are showing on the whopper plopper just 1 in 10 actually eat the thing in the afternoon. Keep moving as they can be found in numbers boiling all around you but you have to be ready for them when this happens....Tight lines.

      Tips: I am straining the water with multiple rods with different baits at different angles and depths,speeds as I move down the bank. The shear walls have a lot of bait on them. The bait is at 20-25 but also in the shallows in 5 mostly suspended bass which are harder to pick off. Some days are just better than others right now but from 1 until 5 or 6 in the afternoon the reaction bite is at it's best. It is a wind driven bite and the fish become more predictable and vulnerable. The blue stone treatment is finally about gone from the fish's faces and now it's on to the early fall puzzle.

    • Water Temp: 82

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Hit the water at 06:00 AM. Top water produced nothing. Caught 5, all less than 1 lb. 3 on Sencos, 2 on Shakey head, 7-inch worm. Off the water by 10:00 AM. Looking forward to some cooler weather.

      Tips: All caught at 25 feet +/-

Monday, August 15th, 2022

    • Water Temp: 80+

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: On the water at 6AM, First cast 2lb+ Shakey head. Lost 2 more in the next 3 hrs before heading home. Air temp approaching 100. Dropped green pumkin senco on top of school, not interested. Few rising, not interested in Sexy Shad. Friend was out day before, No results.

      Tips: Fish seen on graph 25 feet. Waiting for cooler weather.

Saturday, August 13th, 2022

    • Report: by LookoutRanch » Fri Aug 12, 2022 1:09 pm

      Catching fish won’t be an issue. Most finesse the techniques are easy to have 30+ fish days. Graph before dropping lines, bait is everywhere.

Friday, August 12th, 2022

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      Water Temp: 78-80

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Launch updates: we tried Redbud but it was socked in with days of hardened slime..and OMG the smell. I would not recommend launching there. Very shallow unless you have a thin draft. Spoke with Launch coordinator and felt it would close soon. Most all other launches outside 5th street are closed. Clearlake Oakes has a deep hole off left side of ramp. 2-axel will get you in quick trouble. We did launch from shore at Clearlake Oakes 4x4 required due to gravel there.

      Fishin: We had the full moon. Fished Thurs-Sun morning. Net net.. we had a tough go. Caught ~3-5 fish per day. Fish 16 hours to 2 am Friday. Early morning bite and late evening bite. But very few. Like was noted after 9am..go do something else. What we did catch were stuffed with silvers. Found massive bait schools at Frazier and Henderson.
      We junked fished alot of the lake and threw the boat at them. Seemed completely keyed in on small..I mean small bait fish. We power fished inside grass along 20 and got a few. Henderson, Frazier, Shag, Soda, Rattle,Anderson, windflower Baylis Jago produced little to zero. We did not go skinny in upper lake and maybe that’s where they were.

      We have a home here and like has been commented the tournaments and pressure seem irresponsible. This fishery has changed so much in the past 5 years and not in a positive way. We need water or we are in trouble.

      Tips: Fish early and Late. Late is 11-2am. Fish small. We seem to be more successful on BFS kit.

Saturday, August 6th, 2022

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      Water Temp: 75-81

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I picked up 2 of my regular clients Ivan and Al at 6am. We tried top water with no catches entire day. Top water has died down for me however I here they are catching them on frogs in the tournament.
      My area had recently been sprayed and the mats are no longer green. We got off to a quick start once we picked up the jerk baits. Probably 25 fish caught in the 6 hours while fishing jerk baits. Pointer 100 and vision 110 in shad colors. We also caught a few on a senko,drop shot, and a chatter bait. 35+ fish caught in all and our best 5 went 15 pounds. If your looking to get out and catch fish Direct message me for booking availability. Eric

      Tips: Tie on a jerk bait they are fish catchers.

    • Report: by Jwbassin505 » Sat Aug 06, 2022 6:48 am

      Went to Tuttle Town yesterday the camp grounds are closed ramps are out of the water but why are they locking the gates at the top ramp it is closing the area to bank fisherman we should still have access to the lake

Monday, August 1st, 2022

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      Water Temp: 75-81

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Met my clients Al and Jamon at Orwood Resort at 530am. Once again headed North. 15 minutes into the morning Jamon hooked up with a solid keeper on a Chapo. Moving further North and striking out on top water we continued North. Cloudy cooler weather conditions I thought we should be throwing top water. With next to no results, I told the guys to start ripping em with rip baits(pointer 100 and vision 110). We proceeded to catch 15 to 18 fish up to 3lbs. We made a move and started fishing plastics at docks and pilings. Quickly Al hooked up with a solid 3lb and goes on to catch 2 more solid fish on the Wacky Senko. Same bait, Jamon catches big fish of the day.....nearly 4lbs! We caught several more keepers with plastics. We ended the day with best 5 fish weighting 14+ lbs.
      I felt like we had a solid day. Lots of action and great company. The feedback from the guys made my day. Everyone was happy! If your looking to hire a guide and get the best possible rate on the delta....look no further than me Direct
      Message me for booking and and availability.

      Tips: If top water strikes out, go out and rip em'.

Sunday, July 31st, 2022

    • Report: by Mitch » Sun Jul 31, 2022 10:43 am

      Headed out to Eastman on Friday knowing it was low, but never expected it to be THAT low !! The day use ramp was closed and the camping use side was still open but not "Advised" !! So, we headed over to Hensley. The West side ramp was open but didn't look good. There was a guy that was just getting off the water after 30 min and said it was "UGLY" out there. Both lakes are mere "Puddles" with many hazards and terrible stinking Algae bloom !! I've fished these lakes since 1988 and had seen them Low, but NEVER this low. We ended up launching at Millierton, plenty of water there, using the #2 ramp, but #3 is starting to show so it won't be long until it'll be open. Fished for 5 hrs, ONE measly 1#'r by my Grandson !! The "Dead Sea" still living up to it's name !!!

Saturday, July 30th, 2022

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      Water Temp: 77-81

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: My client David Lee joined me in discovery bay this morning. We left the house at 540am. David has fished with the Delta elite guides likes of Bobby, Cooch, Randy, Christian and others. I was feeling the pressure to deliver a good outing. Our second stop David with a vixen tied on hooks up and I ask if he needs the net. Reassuring me it's a small one I see it flash beside the boat it's anything but small. To late to get the net he swings in a solid 5 pounder to start the day.
      We continue on picking up a keeper on a spinner bait. Next area my main area we try top water but no takers. I tie on a pointer 100 and pick up several two pound class fish. David gets another on a spinner bait and later punches one. We went on and caught several other keepers on a drop shot and a senko. The bite has slowed down from last week. However there are still quality fish to be had. Out best 5 went 14+ and met a really great guy. I have the best rates any where on the the Delta direct message for booking availability.

      Tips: Don't get stuck on any one bait. Mix it up find something that they are hitting. And if all else fails bust out the drop shot.

Sunday, July 24th, 2022

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      Water Temp: 77-83

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Picked up my client John at 530 am at orwood. We headed north and I promised John a top water fish and a 3 pound minimum before we headed out. Second cast John hooked up on the chopo. We continued further north and both catching 2 pound chopo fish. I realized the top water had slowed down from last trip. It's now 830 and only 3 fish caught. I tie on a spinner bait white chartuse and as I am about to leave the area hook up with 4 pound 8 ounce fish. The fish was on a edge of some floating penny wart. I tell John I know there here. We go back threw the same area just fished on top and slow down. Realizing the fish are using the floating mats to shade themselves I fire in a drop shot and proceed to hook several 2 to 3 pound class fish. John continues to ds and I start punching but no takers.
      We continue north and told John I lost a good one in this area few days back. About my 3rd or 4th cast with the ds I pull in a 5 pounder. Now I tell John it's your turn. We make another move now the low slack tide has changed and we have a strong incoming tide. Usually this is a great time to get bit. Moving back towards orwood I stop in a corner with floating mats and John tells me to get the net. After a long fight he pulls in his new Delta pb. 4pounds 6 ounces. I now tell him I have 1 last spot before calling it a day. With my promise delivered he goes on and catches to more 3 pound fish to end the day. 20 pounds and some change for our best 5.
      Right now is a great time to be on the water. The bigger fish are now willing to bite and they are thick. Never have I seen so many fat fish with the exception of the spawn. Direct message me for booking availability.

      Tips: Shade is key right now especially mid day.

Friday, July 22nd, 2022

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      Water Temp: 80-84

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Bite has really picked up past 2 weeks. My clients and I have been getting most our action with reaction baits. Top water baits have been best for Numbers and quality especially before 8am. Jerk baits have been the go to bait when that morning top water bites cools down. We had a 50+ fish day Thursday with best 5 going 17pounds. Plastics always get fish. Right now you can throw just about anything and get bit. It's a great time to be out on the water especially weeks days. I have the cheapest rates around direct message me for prices. Eric.

      Tips: Fish early morning late evening for best results. Bring plenty of water it will be 100 for the next coming week.

Sunday, July 17th, 2022

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      Water Temp: 80 - 83

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Gates opened a little early Sunday and got on the water by 6am. Main lake had 4-6ft visibility. Up the river was very stained and pretty much gone past the wake/ski boat area. Water is really low. Air temp was hot at 103 when we got off the water around 1pm. 8 keeper size fish caught today with the best fish coming from topwater Berkley J Walker and Choppo. Other bites on Jigs, Dropshot and Shakey head worms in 5-15ft of water. Got our last bite around 1130am. Small stiper boils for the most part that didnt last long. Saw the best boils on the west banks main lake across from boat launch around noon.

Saturday, July 9th, 2022

    • Water Temp: 79

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I had a good day figuring out the fish on Thursday. In the gate at 5:30,2nd boat out I went straight across from the marina and started fishing my buzzbait down the bank. I caught a nice fish ( 3 ) and then fished half a mile for nothing. I picked up and moved to the next main lake point and caught a 4.
      I kept trying different baits looking for something to work with that wasn't a worm. I finally caught an ugly 4 pounder on a crank about 10. I picked up my dropshot and threw out onto a suspected ledge on a small cut. It swam off like a senko bite before it reached bottom. The blackwidow rod told what was up and I reeled in a 3. I fished frogs and punched for one missed fish. It's the same missed fish 3 times now. See him next week....I was totally ready and still wiffed. I caught a 3 on a crank basically offshore.
      I turned my attention to the dropshot around 12:30 and started immediately catching fish on small wacky worms in 25 – 30 off shore. I'd catch a fish and then move 50 feet...catch a fish move 100 feet catch a fish...It went on for 7 fish total and finally stopped for ten minutes so I moved back to the starting spot and caught another. I moved to a shear wall with drastic drop offs and was able to spot lock and drop the bait straight down in 25-35 feet and hold on and lightly shake it. There is so much bait ( 10 foot layer on the bottom ) that what happens is your bait drops through the shad which scatter and stay away from it. Now your bait is alone....Alone usually spells death for a shad. I even caught a 3 pound rainbow ( released ) So that was the good part off my day..............
      I pulled the boat out of the lake at 3:00 with the new truck in 4x4 high and the minute I got off the metal strips and to the rocks the truck started losing traction like I'm hauling 20 tons up the hill???? I know I'm not dragging my lower unit WTF? I get the boat out of both launch ramps way throwing rocks etc.into my boat and get out. The edge of the metal plates at the launch ramp on the far out side has a great big spike holding it in place... except it had lost it's purchase so when you went straight along that seam the outside edge is 4 inches higher so it punched a hole in the sidewall when I backed it in and I never heard a thing. Longer story short I will be spending $340 for a new set of matched tires and spent $70 to have a tow truck driver swap the spare for me as the new truck doesn't have anything but a scissor jack and the crank but no wrench....How happy I was to get home at 6:00. Tuesday new tires and then I fill out a claim form and see if I get one tire out of the Casitas water board.
      Still it was a good day..............

      Tips: I fish reaction until I am flogging a dead horse. That worm bite might even be better at first light but I want my morning reaction fish..........