Northern California Lake Fishing Report

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Thursday, September 20th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 72-75

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I was able to do a trip on Tuesday with Justin Wolff, owner of Angler West TV productions. With a camera everywhere and being recorded with all the pearls of wisdom - just a normal trip, right? And the bass recovered from all the weekend tournaments, right? Not sure. Clara Ricabal works with his company and was along for the trip. Thankfully, she caught the biggest bass! As it should be! Actually, it really was a fun day except for the weather conditions. The forecast was for a cool, breezy morning. Well, not so. We had bright sun with no breeze and the lake went totally flat by noon. Not a breath of wind. Very tough conditions! Thankfully, we did get a slight breeze in the early afternoon and the bass became active! What's new - the usual afternoon bite - at least in my boat. We didn't fish the early morning - started about 10:30 am at their request. Not sure how many we caught, but a pretty fair afternoon bite. It started with a really nice smallmouth, near 2 1/2 lbs, and then several quality largemouth. No 3 pounders this trip, but all over 2 lbs. We had our best action on a point I like around 2 pm. Some bass had actually moved shallow in the afternoon. They were hitting with authority! Couldn't get a bite there in the late morning!

      Tips: I really enjoyed the time with both of them in spite of a slow bite. It is weird to lip your bass as you bring it in the boat, lift it up, and a camera is next to your ear! That was way cool. Justin is a master of the camera! Then the angler (Clara or me) tries to say something intelligent. We did sound like pro anglers - I think?? We are looking forward to the finished product, or show, or something! I hope he has an enlarging app on his camera - LOL! While a few anglers did well on the major weekend tournament, September is really a slow month at Berryessa and Clear Lake (daytime). Night fishing is best. October will bring the colder and longer nights and the overall bite, day and night, will improve!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 71 degrees, elevation 725.08

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched about 6 am at Lime Saddle, funny, watch stopped, ended up back at the ramp at 10:30 am. Good old sun clock still works. Bite was a lot tougher today for some reason. About all I could catch were one, or two fish per location, fishing about 8-10 different locations for a total of 11 fish today. Funny, think I caught the same large mouth again. Best fish right at 14", all the rest basic 13-13 1/2" and no dinks. Water cooling, mostly 71 degree range. Water level now 925.08, 13 feet left before Lime saddle closes, about 2 more weeks. Pictures in fishing forum.

Monday, September 17th, 2018

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      Water Temp: 70-71

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished the Hook Tournament- first spot hit a point (incoming tide) on the main river and third cast boated a keeper, allot of stripers boiling in the area caught an undersized striper, left that area for another spot and it was windy which could have been a good thing but that area and others just produced tons of dinks, caught em on top water poppers, a rig, but the crank bait bite was not there, switched to a shakey head senko and it also caught dinks,
      on one slough caught what appeared to be a 4+ (on shakey Head) when it saw the boat it was having none of it, jumped about two feet of the water and was gone. That's the Delta. Bigger fish ae far and few between. allot of pleasure boat and jet ski traffic, be careful.
      Good Luck

      Tips: Hit allot of spots, Patience helps. When throwing whackey rigged senkos to a tule bank the boat was in 11 ft. of water about 15 ft. out, let the senko sink to bottom and while reeling back to the boat was when the strikes came.

Friday, September 14th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 71

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Right now the fishing is just so-so. The fish are scattered and roaming. You can find fish bunched up in certain areas but they're still not jumping on your bait but you can manage 2-3 fish before they quit biting or move on. Most of the fish are small. I did manage a 3# largemouth on a Pop-R. I should have gotten to the lake earlier and fished top water for the first 2-3 hours.
      I threw a lot of different baits but it seemed liked the fish liked the Ned rig with a 4" pumpkin senko the best. I caught around 20 fish but probably 15 of em were in the 12" class. Afternoon til around 6:00 was tough. Really had to work for the fish.

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 74-76

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I took two gentlemen from Arkansas - here with their families, visiting Lake Tahoe and later Yosemite. They know about Bullards and wanted to fish it. We had a very nice trip, warm beautiful day! One of the guys started off with two nice summer spots, around 1 1/2 and the other near 2 lbs. I think they caught 4 or 5 keeper spots, and then lots of dinks. Typical summer daytime bite. Waiting for water to cool down!

      Tips: We just drop-shotted most of the time with 6" Robo worms - morning dawn and MM111. Water wasn't real clear, probably because of weekend boat traffic. We fished points and shaded walls with stumps. The sun is lower on the horizon now, so more shadows available mid-day.

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 75-78

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I enjoyed a really nice guide trip today with two excellent bass fishermen - one being from Utah. The bite was good - again better in the afternoon! We fished the narrows in the morning and the main body in the afternoon. Caught a few small ones on spoons, but drop-shotting was again the way to go. They each caught a largemouth and a spotted bass in the 3 lb range and several from 2 to 2 1/2 lbs. We did have some help with the first cloud cover in weeks which might have off-set the very cold, breezy morning. Most of our fish were still in the 40 ft range even though bait was all over the place. Small bass were chasing bait in the early morning, but no big ones were seen. Our best color Robo worm was the MM111. Don't understand - that is not a shad color!! We fished all over the west side of the main body.

      Tips: We found most of our bass on deep water flats - mostly off-shore types. They seemed to be roaming a lot. The bite would be on and off. As the afternoon cloud cover increased, the bites became "pressure" bites. Seemed like they were bothered by the clouds. I thought it would be the opposite. They really had to pay attention to hook their fish. Overall - very nice trip. Around 25 keeper bass, all 3 species, but only 12-13 lbs for our five best.

    • Water Temp: Water Temp 71 -74

      Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:23 pm

      California Delta 9/12/2018
      Water Temp 71 -74
      Visibility 1 – 5 feet
      Wind 10 - 18 mph

      Before getting into the report, I want to talk about some “jet skiers” we encountered. We were fishing an offshore flat, and we saw a group of around 10 jet skiers and a small cruiser coming towards us. We were obviously casting to the shoreline and even attempted to divert them away from us, but I guess that doesn’t matter, since two of them decided to cut between us and the shoreline. Not only did they blow the spot, but little did they know that they were in only about a foot of water. Its people like this, that kill or injure others. Be aware of your surroundings and be safe out there. Anyways, back to the report.

      We got a late start today, put the boat in around 8 in the morning. The tide had just switched, and a good wind blew from the West. A little front had also moved into the area, providing some welcome cloud cover.

      We ran to a large exposed weed flat, the wind was blowing against the current, which made our lives mush easier. Going with the wind, we cast to the outer weedline. On my second cast, my rod loaded. At first, I thought I was snagged, but then it pulled back hard. After a brief scuffle, my father netted her. She went 5.10 on the scale. We continued down the entire weedline and had decent success, but nothing like the first fish.

      Seeing the tide was now in full swing, we looked for some cover. Finding some sparse tullies, my father went with a spinnerbait, and went to town on the fish. I stuck with the crankbait on the outside, while he went for the heart of the tullies. This one-two combination yielded a good number of fish, the largest going around three-pounds. We followed this pattern for the remainder of the morning.

      By noon, the water had dropped substantially, so we backed off the shore. Targeting the drop, we worked the edge with Texas-rigs. Just like the other day, the fish had positioned themselves on the drop-off. We managed a good number of bass, again the biggest going around three-pounds.

      By 4 in the afternoon, we called it a day. Overall, we had maybe 15-pounds at max. With the day starting so well, I couldn’t help but think the day was going to be a pig fest, but it was an overall grind to get the bigger fish.

      Tips: Notes

      The fish are not in the direct current, find breaks or protected pockets with some movement.

      Fishing crayfish patterns was the ticket to getting bit.

    • Water Temp: 74 degrees, elevation 730.

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: ot launched about 5:45 am today at Lime Saddle, stopped fishing right at 10 am. Wow, glass like water most of the morning, due to the high clouds. Decent bite, picked up 17 spots, with nearly all 13 13 1/2" size, no big fish today. Got a rare surprise large mouth before heading out to the N. Fork. Most fish holding at about 30-35 foot mark today. Water cooling still, mostly 74 degree range. Lime Saddle is taking house boats off the water, as it looks like a couple more weeks before too low to launch. Water at 730 foot mark, ramp closes at about 712 foot mark. Picture is the small LM surprise. Picture in fishing forum.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 71-72

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Started at just before first light so decided to let it get lighter and started at first set of tules on Disappointment throwing cranks; picked up a couple of 13inchers before heading down to St Francis/Tinsley.

      Started at Tinsley/St Francis throwing Livetarget squarebills and KVD jerkbaits in Ayu. Big brother immediately hooked into a just short of 18" striper and a 2.55 largie. I followed with a couple more, 1 and 2 lbers. We moved beyond St Francis to the cut leading to Columbia and spent most of the morning there throwing squarebills, jerkbaits, and brother likes his Neds. Nothing sizeable but had at least 4 more heavy 2lbers and a few 1lbers...and a mess of dinks.... all reaction catches were on the pause, whether pausing to let the squarebill float up once it contacted vegetation or long pause on the jerkbait. Since we haven't ventured beyond this cut for a while, decided to run through Mildred and Frank's. Wind was whippin' pretty good and we worked the east rock wall at Frank's for another 4-5 barely keepers on jerkbaits. Decided we had enough wind and ran back to the cut between Columbia and St Francis. Ended the day there with a few dinks and got out.

      Tips: I never feel qualified to give tips, just offer up what worked for my big bro and me....last week, squarebills worked slow bumpin through grass flats and weedbed clumps (what few there are); our other buddy was killin' em on his Livetarget matte bluegill squarebill (looks kinda pale yellow) but my brother and I don't have that lure so we through Ayu jerkbaits and my bro through a Livetarget squarebill baitball. We would slowly run the squarebill into the weeds, then pause to let it float free, then on the slow roll to get it moving again, we'd get bit. Similar on the jerkbait, jerk jerk and long pause til it hit weeds; sometimes bit on the pause before the weeds, sometimes jerkin'/rippin' through the weeds. My bro hit quite a few on his finesse Ned rig but i had no patience for plastics today.

Monday, September 10th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 79

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fishing with Sid


      The month of August was full of family and friends visiting and wonderful weekends at the lake. The fishing was outstanding and the best part was teaching my nephews and my friends children how to fish. A few highlights were taking my new friend James out and he caught his personal best bass with me. Another weekend I took Max (age 7), his brother Dylan (age 4) and Jose (age 9) out for a couple of hours (see photos). They were so excited when they caught fish I think three new fisherman were born. Every time they tell the story of how big the fish they caught were it gets bigger and bigger. I want to thank Ranger Products rubber nets which made it easy to land the fish which I bought at Dick's Sporting Goods. As the summer comes to an end and the chill will soon be in the air I hope the fishing will continue to be as enjoyable as it was for the last few months. 'til next time........................................good fishing!!!
      https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.fishingconnection.net&data=02%7C01%7C%7C4a69033ac01e4b3c043308d615b3ec9e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636720259838595819&sdata=1cRdI6lH8Qw8mS5Nx6KRQWENjBS%2FfEqPu9v%2FTzjb0U8%3D&reserved=0 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 bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.

      Tips: for pictures please email me I will be happy to send the photos with every story,Happy new years today I hope what ever you want comes to you.why I like the rubber net the hooks come out so easy,more time for fishing.on some of the days top water bite where ok we are about 16 feet down from the glory hole.my email bestguide@hotmail.com

    • Report: by Csuhchris » Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:58 pm

      Took the family to Bullards Sat AM. Fished the points from 7-9:30 in 50-90 feet of water. Lost many shakeyheads so decided to Drop Shot Robo Worms. Ended up hooking one that decided to pull drag. Ended up landing a 7.89 LBR after a brief scare from the wifey’s netting skills! Hahaha
      Another large fish was landed the weekend before! This lake is absolutely beautiful and will surely pump out a World Record Bass of 12 LBS this winter! Why not get started now learning this amazing fishery? Hope to see ya guys up there, as Clear Lake’s topwater has ended!

    • Water Temp: Water Temp 68 - 71

      Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:13 pm

      California Delta 9/10/2018
      Water Temp 68 - 71
      Visibility 1 – 6 feet
      Wind 5 - 10 mph

      Launched the boat around 7 in the morning. The tide was rushing out, and our ever present western wind was blowing. The tide was ripping, so we decided to get into more protected areas.

      We ran to a large flat that was protected from the ripping tide, but still had some movement. We went in different directions with baits, to see what the stripers wanted. I opted for a crankbait, while my father went with topwater. I had a couple small ones take the crankbait and a couple decent stripers eat my fathers spook, but other than that, we struggled.

      This went on for the majority of our morning, a few fish here and there, but no consistency. Then, out of nowhere, the water went crystal clear. This killed our bite even more. I kid you not, there was at least 6 foot of visibility. With the water so clear, we searched for dirtier water. Finding water that was slightly dirtier (still about 4 foot visibility), I tossed around a fluke. Sure enough, the small stripers and bass were all over it. I messed with the small fish while my father went for bigger game with the spook. Sure enough, he caught all the better stripers of the trip.

      After playing with the stripers, we switched tactics and targeted largemouth. Curious to see if the bass had moved to their Fall pattern, I tied on a Texas rig. Flipping to the edge of large weed lines, I worked the bait until it fell of the ledge. As soon as my bait started to drop off the ledge, I had a huge thump. I swung and felt powerful headshakes. I knew this couldn’t be a bass, but maybe a striper. Then a good-sized channel cat came flying at the boat. I can definitely say that was a first for me on the Delta. I continued to work my Texas rig along this ledge and picked off a few good bass. It surprised me, but I guess we are heading into Fall now.

      Around 5 in the afternoon, we called. It was a grind for sure, but we managed a few decent fish.

      Tips: Notes

      The bass are transitioning from their Summer to Fall pattern. They are not fully committed to the Fall pattern at the moment, but I’m gonna give it about two more weeks and we should see the majority of the fish transitioned.

      We covered a ton of water today, but that’s what it takes to find the fish.

      Lastly, there was no magic bait today, it was pretty inconsistent. Swimbaits, cranks, flukes, Texas rigs, and topwater all got bit.

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

    • Report: Delta Report…. East County Fishing rolls as Salmon Stripers surge

      BassFest Gets Underway tomorrow Out at Russo’s Marina Saturday AM with Cast For Kids and manufactures booths and concludes Sunday with team event. Weigh- in Awards, Raffle and Fun starts at 11 am.

      Hook Series is just a week away and promises to be a fun series! More Next Week!.

      Isleton Windy Conditions salmon a bit. Still salmon anglers are seeing success, a few fishing finally started getting an occasional report of success from Salmon searching anglers. Water temperatures have dropped with the cooler evenings. Many anglers to the west are seeing more salmon daily… getting close. Capt Stans spinners are the best bet for those who want to try. Smallies are getting more attention now as 2 to 4 pound fish show more often now… Jigs and flukes are getting them!

      Walnut Grove Salmon are increasing in numbers Capt Stans spinners and K-14 getting mentioned Bank anglers Pile worms and cut baits prevail. Catfish action is getting the most praise, Few Stripes are in the area as anglers recover still around as temperatures return more seasonable in the Walnut Grove area as the trolling bite is OK mostly small fish. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove. Red Eye Shad and small shad patterned plastics are the top choices here as well. Small swimbaits are scoring Largemouth and Smallmouth in the Meadows.

      Discovery Bay Stay near main river current with Crankbaits Strike King XD 6 and 2.5 square bills. Swim Jigs and Spinner baits getting mentioned often. Jig bite on points is also good, the Switch Blade is a great replica of Delta Craws come by and check them out ! Top water stripes are showing in the deep water side. Topwater scoring striped bass on the main river topwater look for birds.

      West Delta WOW! More Anglers in search of stripers are finding solid numbers of keeper stripers from both boat and bank. Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad. Antioch Pier scored stripers to 38 inches this week. Shad is top offering. The West as in Honker Bay to the Broad Slough plug casting is getting fish when wind cooperates.. A few more Salmon success stories have come on the incoming tide with Mepp’s Flying C’s in Pittsburgh and Humphries areas . Bass Bite stays solid in the Break and surrounding cuts. Cranking and spinnerbaits is starting to improve daily.

      Provided by Dan’s Delta Outdoors, 1625 Main St Oakley CA 925/234-4694 Follow us on Facebook

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 74.5, elevation 735.73

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Got launched at Lime Saddle about 6:45, still a tad early to launch. Water seemed like it dropped an extra amount since last week. Water way around the corner now. Perfect weather, barely a breeze due to the high cloud cover. Bite seemed off a tad today, and super soft bite at that. Began on the point on the left of the docks, and got 4-5 fish, as the rocks are now above water. Second stop, nothing. Third stop a nice 16" spot and a 14". 4th stop, just a couple fish, 5 stop, just a couple. All other fish basic 12-13 1/2" size. Anyway, picked up 12 spots today and called it quits at 9:00 am. Pictures in fishing forum.

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

    • Water Temp: Water Temp 69 - 71

      Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:18 pm

      California Delta 9/2/2018
      Water Temp 69 - 71
      Visibility 1 – 4 feet
      Wind 3 - 8 mph

      We finally got our motor back! As for today, it was epic!

      We got on the water around 7 in the morning. The tide was still coming in, but was scheduled to change soon. A perfect breeze blew on the water.

      We made a run to an exposed sandbar. Going with the current, we threw our white swimbaits. After roughly, an hour of no bites, it was clear the stripers were not in the area. We made a move to another flat with birds circling the area. This is always a good sign. Sure enough, we hooked up on a couple decent stripers. Nothing big, but enough to put a bend in the rod. Then, the bigger fish started to feed. Casting to the ledge, I hooked into a good one. She slammed the swimbait! She ripped some drag, but I was able to turn her. Got her in the boat and continued. About ten minutes later, my father hooks into another beast. His reel was screaming, and his rod was doubled over. After a tense battle, we had another brute in the boat.

      With the fishing so good, we decided to go back through the area. We had some luck, but nothing like the ones we had landed earlier. Then I started to miss a ton of fish. For some reason, the fish were just slapping my swimbait. I pulled out my chatterbait rod and put on a large crankbait. I was hoping to land those short strikers, but had a shred of doubt in the back of my head. I was a little tense about throwing lighter line for these fish. Sure enough, I hook a giant, and I MEAN GIANT! The fish rose and shook her head violently. This was by far the biggest striper I have hooked on a lure. I attempted to move her to deeper water, but when fish is that big, they don’t listen to commands so well. She made a beeline to a weed patch, but I was fortunate enough to get her to swim through the trough. This is where my luck ended. As I gained some line on her, she took off into a large weedline. I barked at my father to clear the line, but I could see the fish was already a good 10 feet into the weedline. Then the line went slack, the fish broke 16-pound floro. My heart sank, this fish was easily over 25-pounds.

      We continued fishing, finding more good stripers, but nothing huge. We even stumbled upon a school of bass. With repeated casts to a weed point, we pulled out a limit of fish within 10 minutes. They are far from big fish, but they were all fat and healthy fish.

      By 3 in the afternoon, we called it a day. It was pretty epic today. I just wish I could have landed that brute, but that’s fishing for ya, can’t win every battle.

      Tips: Notes

      Finding the birds was key to finding the fish.

      The fish are schooled, both bass and stripers. Don't be afraid to cast in the same area if you caught a fish. You may surprise yourself.

      White swimbaits did all of our damage today

Friday, August 31st, 2018

    • Report: Delta Report….Stripers and Salmon are starting to show in better numbers. Wind and blustery conditions have kept many anglers off the water yet for those who venture out there are a few to be caught.

      This Weekend- Be Safe Boat Smart Wear your Life Jackets! Free Fishing Saturday!

      Isleton More Salmon Anglers are seeing success, a few fishing finally started getting an occasional report of success from Salmon searching anglers. Water temperatures have dropped with the cooler evenings. Many anglers to the west are seeing more salmon daily… getting close. . Capt Stan’s Spinners are the best bet for those who want to try. Catfish are the best target species this time of year that can help you beat the summer doldrums’ . Anchovies, Mackerel and Sardines are good choices here for the whiskerfish.

      Walnut Grove Salmon are increasing in numbers Capt Stan’s Spinners and K-14 getting mentioned Bank anglers Pile worms and cut baits prevail. Catfish action is getting the most praise, Few Stripes are in the area as anglers recover still around as temperatures return more seasonable in the Walnut Grove area as the trolling bite is OK mostly small fish. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove. The Sacramento Turning Basin continues to be decent with stripes caught there by lure tossers. Red Eye Shad and small shad patterned plastics are the top choices here as well.

      Discovery Bay Cooler evenings have the bite changing combined with the wind have Spinnerbaits and crankbaits doing better daily. Stay near main river current with Crankbaits Strike King XD 6 and 2.5 square bills. Top water stripes are showing in the deep water side. Topwater Spook Type baits scoring bass on the main river topwater look for birds. Jig bite on points is also good!

      West Delta More Anglers in search of stripers are finding a few keepers on occasion from both boat and bank. Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad. Antioch Pier scored stripers to 30 inches this week. The West as in Honker Bay to the Broad Slough plug casting is getting fish when wind cooperates. A few more Salmon success stories have come on the incoming tide with Mepp’s Flying C’s in Pittsburgh and Humphries areas . Bass Bite stays solid in the Break and surrounding cuts. Cranking and spinnerbaits is starting to improve daily. Punching get’s the bites the key is staying square to your target and setting hard.

      Provided by Dan’s Delta Outdoors, 1625 Main St Oakley CA 925/234-4694 Follow us on Facebook

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 76-79

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: What is with the 3 PM afternoon bite?? That is supposed to be the dead period in August. Mike Sperbeck got 2 nice bass last week about the same time after we had just started. I took "Cover Girl" Clara Ricabal to Berryessa on Tuesday, (Last week - Western Outdoor News - holding two foreign fish - salmon!) I confess - I fished for them many year in my backyard Feather River. She wanted to learn about spoon fishing, summer areas for bass, etc. We were using Blade Runner spoons in the 1 1/4 and 1 3/4 oz size, Again, the bite was fair, not as good as normal. She is a talented angler and picked the technique up pretty quickly. She even caught the biggest bass, a nice 3 1/2 + pound largemouth. She always does! Good summer bass, again, caught around 3 pm! Who needs to get up early anymore!! She did some drop-shotting also, and that technique was still good. She has her own collection of worm colors, so not sure what was best. We had to deal with a fair amount of wind on the main body but still were able to fish ok. Our best five only about 12 lbs, but we had a short day because of her work schedule. Caught all 3 species again - one 2 1/4 lb smallie and several good spotted bass.

      Tips: One needs to look for the bait if possible as summer bass will follow it around. There are lots of bait balls but not as many bass around them as in normal years. There are bass roaming that are not tied to the bait. We found a big school or bait in the morning, caught a few and then left. Came back in the afternoon - the bait was nowhere to be found. Water level at Berryessa is excellent - only dropping very slowly. We found a lot of worm fish as shallow as 30 feet, but 40 to 50 feet was the prime zone.

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 75.3 degrees, elevation 744.22

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Slept in a tad and got launched about 5:50 am, still a tad too soon. Stopped fishing right at 10 am. Water going around the corner at the bottom of the ramp as expected. Fished the same point at the end of the boat docks as first stop, picked up 8 spots again. That point has been consistent for 3-4 weeks now. Second stop no fish, third stop at the point right side past hyw 70, got 2-3, got to N. Fork and found fish, but no real size to any of them. Mostly 13-13 1/2" and 1/4 of them under 13". Headed back in and finally found a couple decent fish at the hwy 70 bridge pilings. Picked up 22 spots today, best 15", second best 14". Water cooling fast, high 75.3 degrees, Couple more weeks if no hot spells, should be back under 70 degrees and fishing get better. Pictures in fishing forum.

Monday, August 27th, 2018

    • Water Temp: Water Temp 67 -71

      Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:40 pm

      California Delta 8/27/2018
      Water Temp 67 -71
      Visibility 1 – 4 feet
      Wind 10 - 18 mph

      Had the opportunity to fish with my buddy today. Hopes were high for a good striper bite. Conditions were right, western wind with an outgoing tide.

      We put in around 6 in the morning. We ran to a large flat with sparse weeds. I started with a Punker, hoping to get big mama, but she wasn’t around. My buddy opted for a spook and managed a couple small bass. Seeing that the big stripers were not in the area, I switched to the trusty white swimbait. After a few casts, I got a good thump. To my surprise, it was a healthy bass. Thinking it was a fluke, I didn’t think much of it. On my following cast, I hooked another healthy bass.

      Thinking we were on a possible pattern, we moved to another flat. Sure enough, the white swimbait produced more bass. We followed this pattern with mixed results, but found bass were we normally find stripers. A nice surprise.

      By 10, our bite fizzled out on the swimbaits, but switching to crankbaits picked up where we left off. Fishing the same areas, we found bumping the crankbait into the weeds produced the best fish, while fishing open water yielded smaller fish. The bite was very consistent, but the wind forced us to seek cover.

      After seeking shelter, our bite slowed, but we found another pattern. By this time, the tide was bottoming. This actually helped us, targeting the weed pockets, we bumped swimbaits, cranks, chatterbaits, and glide-baits into the grass. Once the bait contacted the grass, a sharp rip and pause seemed to be what the fish wanted. A lot of small fish were caught, with a few decent ones in the mix.

      By 3 in the afternoon, we called it a day. Not how we expected the day to go, especially since we wanted to target stripers, but I’ll take what we were handed. Overall, we had maybe twelve-pounds for best 5. Not a huge sack, but a fun day.

      Tips: Notes

      The bass are still offshore. Even though the stripers are here, the bass don’t seem to mind.

      Paying attention to the small details is very important. Running the crankbait into the weeds, ripping it out, and then pausing it produced a good amount of fish. Just see what the fish want.

      The fish are definitely eating shad.

Friday, August 24th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 79-83

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Had a nice trip yesterday with LONG time fishing buddy and owner/creator of Blade Runner Tackle, Rick Tietz! Most of you know he created the now famous Blade Runner spoon, with the most natural colors ever seen on a spoon. When I fish spoons with Rick, I do my best not to be embarrassed. He is the best! The bite was slower then expected in spite of bait everywhere now! Yesterday was cooler and windy which might have slowed the bite. Yea, we only caught around 50 and lost 15-20 more. It wasn't a search and destroy trip, just covered about 2/3's of the lake, checking out locations of bait, etc. Wow, Berryessa is one healthy lake!! In one section of the narrow, we saw an amazing feeding period of about 45 minutes, bass chasing bait all over the place. Makes one realize how many bass are in the lake - that don't BITE!! We did catch a few of them. I caught a few drop-shotting a MM111 Robo worm in 40 feet of water. We didn't catch any big bass, but several in the 2 1/2 to a little over 3 lbs. All three species were biting - and the smallmouth were back!!

      Tips: We didn't fish much on the bank, just tried to find off-shore structure with ledges, rock piles, and creek channels. These are the new homes of summer bass, following the bait! We use the 1 3/4 ounce spoons. Don't waste time with a light spoon! As in drop-shotting, get down to where the summer bass are.