Northern California Lake Fishing Report

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

    • Report: While I was bass fishing yesterday with Charles and Bob I caught a couple nice stripers.

      The stripers are chasing fish in the shallows like in 2 to 4 feet water.

      Stripers are starting to move into the Delta system for the next few months feeding heavily getting ready for the spring spawn.

      If you're going out this week, try topwater River2Sea S-Waver and Megabass Megadog.
      Any more questions, come on in to Fisherman's Warehouse and we will get you taken care of.

      Alan Fong
      Fisherman's Warehouse Sacramento
      (916) 362-1200

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

    • Water Temp: 72-73

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at low tide from Paradise with no high expectations whatsoever due to the low tide. Ran down to Little Connection and threw Choppo's and flukes; managed only one keeper size but plenty of juveniles to 11". Still fun on BFS light and med-light tackle; we don't tourney fish so we don't worry about giants or big ones (yup, I said it, big ones, not big'ns...jk), though of course, it's always a bonus to get a 4, 5, or 6+ lber largie, esp on the light tackle. Ran up to Mildred and Little Mandeville as tide started coming in but still low. Threw inito 1-3 ft water and picked up a few 1-2 lbers on white/chart shallow to mid diving cranks, one squarebill, one roundbill. Also threw 1/8 oz ned heads with 3" roboworm ned worms (MMIII and Aaron's Magic). My dropshot has a 1/4 oz ned head as a sinker and I got bit on that more than the dropshot hook. Also picked up some almost keepers on white chatterbait w/white zako trailer. Around 1030am, ran back up to Disappointment just outside of Paradise and decided to fish rock wall before we trailered up. Picked up bonus 21" and 23" stripers (kept and cooked :) ) on the white jackhammer.

      Tips: As always, I'm not really qualified to give tips, but what worked for us is listed above.

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

    • Report: Couple of the bass I caught yesterday fishing with Warren and Sterling.

      It was a very good day fishing for stripers in the morning until 8am then we started catching lots bass on chatterbaits, Senkos and a few punching.

      Sterling was in the back boat behind Warren and I and was using an underspin with a Keitech and was catching some big bass! Water is pretty clear and the underspin was catching fish behind us!

      Alan Fong

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

    • Report: rom Alan Fong at Fisherman's Warehouse Sacramento

      Yesterday I took out Sterling striper and bass fishing.

      He works for Fisherman's Warehouse repairing reels.

      Tomorrow is his last day at work because he is moving back East with his mom.

      I took him to one of my good areas in the Delta and he caught his PB bass and striper. What a happy guy when we were done! As the weather cools the stripers are moving into the Delta for the winter. It will bust wide open here real shortly!

      We caught limits of stripers and over thirty bass releasing lots of bass in the 3-4.5# Warren was also with us but didn't catch any photo class fish lol

      Alan Fong

Thursday, September 9th, 2021

    • Report: by monte300 » Thu Sep 09, 2021 6:15 am

      Hey guys and gals, my brother and I fished the Delta yesterday and I managed to catch this fish cranking. It's not my PB, but it is the biggest fish I've ever caught on a squarebill. Overall the bite was tough. Murphy's law my scales failed to work and I couldn't find anyone with good scales. One guy had a deliar that showed 6 1/2 pounds, but that fish was at least a pound bigger than that. I checked the length and girth online and it says at 22.5" long and 18" in girth the fish should weight about 7.8 pounds, which sounds about right.

      Tips: https://www.westernbass.com/forum/post657244.html#p657241

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

    • Water Temp: 76.5

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I apologize, forgot to post this! I fished Monday & Wednesday evenings 8/23 & 8/25. Launching & loading the boat was a challenge but I was able to get in both evenings. Monday was fairly active with fish coming on blades, jigs, Texas, & cranks. They seemed to be fairly shallow in 10-12 ft. Fished rocky structure & docks with good success fishing slowly. The smoke was pretty bad as the moonlight was more amber in color! Largest was 4 lb 7 oz with the limit a tad under 20 lbs. Weds night was a different story! Got on the lake around midnight & didn’t get bit until 2 AM! Was about to pack it in with the skunkeroo when I finally picked up a 2 lb Senko fish! I rode a 26 mile bike ride that afternoon & quitting was starting to sound pretty good! Decided to give it 30 more minutes & if it didn’t pick up, I was going home. After about 30 minutes, it was as if the switch flipped & I caught several in succession. They would only hit a Texas rigged red,black beaver, not the jigs reaction or any other plastic, just this one! Ended up with 14 more between 2 - 4.7 lbs & then it was over! Mon I landed 23 fish, Weds 15 with a limit at 16 1/2 lbs & the largest again at 4 lb 7 oz. I was by myself this time & fished behind Buckingham down to Frazier. Not as wild as it has been for me but still caught some fish!

      Tips: I would try using all kinds of techniques until one works for you. I threw everything on the boat Weds until I finally hit a bait they would bite. What amazed me was the total lack of a reaction bite when they were on it on Monday night! I fished fairly slowly & dark colors seemed to be best! Close, rock structure got the most strikes! Hope this helps, I don’t know how long we can put our boats in, but I’ll give it another try soon! Stay safe, be vigilant when you launch, & have fun out there!

Monday, August 30th, 2021

    • Report: Good news, Lake Don Pedro boaters! All of our launch ramps are anticipated to remain open over Labor Day Weekend! Closures are projected later in September based on new lake elevation projections, but current lake levels will allow us to keep all launch ramps open over the holiday weekend.

    • Report: by ash » Mon Aug 30, 2021 9:03 am

      Browns Ravine is closed, the only ramp i know of is the Granite Bay low water ramp. Lake is at 180 not a lot of options. Berryessa or the Delta would be other viable options.

Sunday, August 29th, 2021

    • Report: by MT » Sun Aug 29, 2021 7:33 pm

      No launch.
      No dock
      No water.

    • Report: LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Clear Lake’s dropping water level isn’t just presenting challenges to boaters and causing ramp closures, it’s now making it harder for the Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol to keep its boats on the water, and county officials are asking for help in identifying hazards on the lake.

      Clear Lake’s level was -1.54 feet Rumsey, the special measure for the lake, early Friday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey, or USGS, gauge.

      For context, a mean of daily mean values for water years of record for 1913 to 2021 based on USGS data, puts the daily mean lake level for Aug. 27 at 2.31 feet Rumsey.

      In 2014, the last serious drought year the state experienced, the lowest recorded lake level was -0.83 feet Rumsey.

      The lowest level for Clear Lake in the 1977 drought year was -3.39 feet Rumsey, but the lowest lake depth recorded, -3.50 feet Rumsey, was in September 1920, the USGS reported.

      FULL STORY: https://www.lakeconews.com/news/70146-marine-patrol-moves-its-boats-due-to-low-water-water-resources-looks-at-ramp-extensions-seeks-help-identifying-lake-hazards

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

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      Report: I finally got a chance to get out on Lake Camanche with my buddies Derik Dalton and Casey Cabral from team Jackson Rancheria. I haven’t been out for a while, but the last time I was out a few weeks ago I caught a 12.12. It was my biggest fish at Camanche so far. There is a picture of that below. That fish came on an island top in 20 feet of water with a dropshot.

      Today we started throwing reaction baits first thing in the morning. Derik caught the first fish, A SMALLMOUTH, on a Bass Union double buzzbait! First smallmouth I’ve seen in a few years!

      I caught a few spots on a popper, and Casey started getting a few on a Ned Bait Big TRD on A Frenzy Baits Nail.

      After the first few hours fishing became very challenging, but we did end up with a trifecta; a smallmouth,a spot, and a largemouth!

      It seems like fishing is better the first few hours in the morning, after that we got one here and there, but no good pattern.

      The surface water temperature was 76°.

      The water clarity was about 8 feet in most areas.

      The South Shore ramp is a little rough, but not as long as a walk as the North Shore ramp.

      Remember the lake is very low and there’s still a few obstructions that are not marked. Be careful!

      And a big shout out to my good buddy Earl Dalton for making the APEX!!

      I Hope this helps!
      Good luck fishing!
      stanL

    • Report: Prefish day 1
      ML – I fished the southern side of the lake and found fish on a decent pattern but it was pretty nasty down there.

      Prefish day 2
      ML - I then went back to my old stomping grounds where I did pretty well a few years ago in a YAB tournament launching mid lake. During prefish I got about a dozen bites and didn’t set the hook on the fish except for the 2 jerkbait fish.

      Competition day 1
      ML - It was really routine, I didn’t get a bite for the first hour and a half. There wasn’t anything happening in the dark. I fished deep since I couldn’t see the shore but no bites. Once the light started coming up I started throwing a frog. Once I started getting bit on a frog, I switched up to a 5.5” glide bait. Once I had my limit, I switched to a 7.5” glide and started culling. Once the glide bait bite stopped, I started flipping around some really huge submerged boulders with adjacent grass. The wind picked up and started pushing more bait into my area and I stayed within a 100-yard zone cycling different baits. Number one bait for really good fish was a Bobby D’s swim jig that I would pitch, bounce and then swim back to the boat.

      Competition day 2
      ML – I started off in one area close to my initial spot on day one. Again, no bites in the early morning. I only got one bite on the frog and missed it. I switched up to the swim jig and a chatterbait. The wind was blowing and it was cooler so the topwater bite wasn’t happening. Went down the bank with both and was flipping the swim jig and was fishing it like a regular jig. The chatterbait was taking care of a lot, I had back to 22 inch plus fish back to back on the chatterbait. They were pulled off the bank a little bit and were deeper. As the sun came up and things began to warm up, the fish moved back up and I started throwing some topwater and caught a few more. 103 inches that day and I didn’t even know it. I never look at the leaderboard while fishing.

      Competition day 3
      ML - I really didn’t know if the fish were going to be there. I beat them up pretty good the prior two days. I was planning on moving on to another spot located on the opposite side of the lake about 2.25 miles away. The shad school that I found on days 1 and 2 reappeared which was a blessing. They came through and I was able to capitalize on the active feeding fish. I chased the school up the bank. I broke my rod on the third fish and had to switch out. I came back and there were a few fish still hanging out feeding on the shad. I went back with the swim jig and went back to flipping, caught 1 more and I left. All the other fish I caught for the rest of the day didn’t help.

      Weekend wrap up
      ML - Leading up to this weekend (outside of the WWBT at McClure where I finished 5th.), my season has been challenging. I had lots of opportunities to do well but just a bunch of different mistakes. With this competition, you can’t afford to make bad decisions or have bad tournaments. Going into this tournament I told myself I was going to fish the conditions, not force anything and Use baits that I have confidence in. Doing well this weekend really took a lot of pressure off my shoulders. I felt like I stuck to my game plan, didn’t get distracted and it paid off

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

    • Water Temp: 70-72

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Usual early launch; high tide so decided to head to Frank's. On the way, Little Mandeville looked inviting so we stopped and threw lipless cranks on the grass flats in 3-5 ft water as well as small ledges that dropped to 6-7 ft max. We were getting 1 to 3 lbers, mostly 1's and 2's and each of us got one 3lber. I was using Red Eye shad in sexy shad color. Brother was using Rat-L-Trap in shad pattern as well as a white chatterbait; and buddy was using Live Target Pumpkinseed (Matte). I changed to a Keitech Fat on 1/8 oz swimbait head which got bit every couple casts. Bite lasted two 500 meter stretch passes and then slowed down, but they were bitin' pretty good. Continued heading to Frank's but once we got there, the wind and white caps changed our minds about Frank's so we headed back to Mildred; wind was still howlin', so we tried Columbia Cut / Tinsley and Ward Island. We also threw jerkbaits and hooked up a few more barely keepers and 1lbers but nothing larger. Ran up Disappointment and fished the rock wall tules and weedline with the lipless and Keitechs...the swimbait got most of the hits inside the weedline. All three of us were getting hookups so we all had a pretty decent and fun morning,

      Tips: As always, I'm not that good to give tips but here's what worked for us: lipless cranks in sexy shad, pumpkinseed; Keitech 3.8" electric shad and pro blue. Chatterbaits in white with white trailer, tail tipped with chartreuse or just all white trailer. Trailers: Keitech and Fat Albert single tail grub.

Thursday, August 12th, 2021

    • Water Temp: 73-76

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched early from Paradise incoming tide so ran down to Little Connection; threw a dark colored PH Plopper first thing and caught a 1lber; simultaneously my buddy hooked up a 2lber on sexy shad LV500. Thought it was the start.... NOT... managed only a bunch of 12" and under on swimbaits, jerkbaits, and plastics. Moved to St Francis/Tinsley entrance and caught a few more 1lbers on lipless cranks in sexy shad color.. LV500 for my buds and Bagley for me. Also managed a few on spinnerbaits and 4" keitechs, pearl and white ice or whatever they call it. Moved to cut between Tinsley and Columbia and caught a few more 1lbers til my brother looked away for a split second while about to pull the crankbait out of his fish...fish wiggled and bam, hooked down to the J. The loop line method was difficult and it too 2 painful tries to get the barb close to extraction. 3rd time was painless but those first 2...Ouuuuch!!! Soaked a bandage with anticeptic and drove on. Ran back up to Disappointment closer to Paradise and caught just a few more almost keepers to some 1lbers, nothing bigger than that. Overcast pretty much the whole morning and wind was gettin' on our nerves. Called it at that point....decent day for hookups but nothing over 2lbs.

      Tips: As always, I'm not qualified to give tips but I'll share what worked for us. Lipless cranks in sexy shad patterns... I tried with my fav red craw patterns and zip... threw to same areas with sexy shad and got bit. I guess I'm a believer that in some situations/conditions, color matters.

      Oh almost forgot, this was our first outting in a month due to my trailer wheel hub just separating itself from the trailer 2 miles from the eight mile road exit. Luckily I was already in the right lane and immediately got on the shoulder while my brother says, "there goes your wheel down the center divide (of the freeway). Luckily it didn't hit anyone else or cause an accident. I was able to retrieve my wheel as it was still early enough with deadspace in the traffic.
      My point is, after close inspection, my wheel bearing was toast and though I've always thought I've kept up with grease maintenance with my Bearing Buddy method, the guy who rebuilt my axle and another shop as well, emphasized don't rely on Bearing Buddies. They recommend to pull the hubs and grease/pack your bearings by hand or with a bearing packer, then pack some in the Bearing Buddy and re-assemble. Per Bass Pro, my axle is no longer available. So after I pulled my axle at home, the trailer repair shop rebuilt it with a new spindle and 2 new wheel hubs and I re-installed with no other issues (had to get new u-bolts and lock nuts though).
      This is not to tell all you guys that are confident in your Bearing Buddies and have been for decades that Bearing Buddies don't work. I'm just sayin' it happened to me and these guys fix em all the time. They said the reason THEY recommend not relying on Bearing Buddies is because applying through the zerk fitting doesn't always fill and pack uniformly and often will eventually cause damage to seals and not truly pack the bearings, hence my situation, bearing blew and the whole hub eventually worked its way over and off the spindle. But they both said Bearing Buddies are good in that they maintain a good seal on the hub.
      So just thought I'd share my experience and I guess I'll go back to packing my bearings bi-annually/annually using the old fashioned way ... big glob in the palm of my hand or I may invest in a bearing packer tool.
      Tight lines and bent rods everyone!

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

    • Water Temp: 79.2

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Made it back to fish the moon cycle & found that the bite is still good! Rufino & I fished Monday night thru Wednesday night & averaged 50 fish each night. It was pretty much the same as last time but each night was more lure specific. Monday night was active with jigs & Texas rig, Tuesday night was a torrid blade bite & Wednesday night was Senkos, cranks, & a little of everything else. They seemed to be on rocky structure & with the water being so low, the terrain was a little different than usual. The blade bite worked when we retrieved the blades super slow & the fish just hammered it! All the plastics were fished slowly as well & the Senkos were the 5” wacky rigged. Color seemed to lean towards purple & blue & we were really successful with the color “ junebug”! Our limits averaged in the low to mid 20’s with our biggest being 6 lbs 3 oz with a lot of 5+‘s also being caught. They’re still really strong & full of juice right now & are really fun to catch. We stayed south again hitting rocky points & structure. They were up close to the bank so don’t let shallow water deter you from fishing some areas. The water is pretty clear of slimy weeds for the most part so we were able to throw blades & cranks just about anywhere! We fished from 11pm to daybreak each night & the bite was real steady after moonrise.

      Tips: Fish slowly & once again, if you get bit, stay for awhile as they seem to be schooled up. They are actively feeding & once you find the right target lure, they will nail it! There were a few places that I thought would be great, but we got skunked on those so if there’s no activity, leave for another spot! Be careful as the water is low & pay attention to your depth. Stay safe & have fun out there!

Monday, July 26th, 2021

    • Report: by Jboutfishn » Mon Jul 26, 2021 12:07 pm

      Launched at Sugarloaf, 6:00 am, what a pit. the dock (for what it's worth) is at an angle to the ramp which is Old Hwy 99. Left side of road is deeper that the right, always fun loading. If I did not have an annual pass I would launch at Bridge Bay. Rant over.

      Lost several Sencos to what I perceived to be small fish on the Sac. Tried a shaky head with 7 inch Robo worm. All small. Ran over to the Pit/McCloud area picked up a 2lb 9 oz spot, had another on felt about the same, lost it. Both on green pumpkin Senco.

      11:00 am, getting hot, Headed home.

Monday, July 12th, 2021

    • Report: by Pat » Mon Jul 12, 2021 5:58 am

      I was at Redbud and the Oaks on Tuesday and Wednesday July 6 & 7. Both are usable, but be cautious. I recommend using your trolling motor anytime you are inside the buoys/channel markers. A few weeks ago I tagged a rock coming into Redbud when the wind pushed me to the left a little ways. Stay inside the channel markers, those are the Red and Green buoys. You want the red on your right coming in (Red, Right, Returning) and on your left going out. It was still safe to use your big motor to power onto the trailer. As the picture shows, the algae at the Oaks is BAD, and it stinks. I attribute this to the fairly consistent wind from the NW blowing it in and then it just stays there and continues to grow.. At one point Clearlake Tackle was saying they were going to close after 4th of July, last week they were still open and indicated they are no longer planning to close, at least for the near term.

Friday, July 9th, 2021

    • Report: by jiggin4bass » Fri Jul 09, 2021 6:49 pm

      The docks are out of the water
      They are still releasing water down about 25 feet
      It very low and alot of hazards
      Surface temp 85° today
      Be careful if your planning on fishing there.

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

    • Water Temp: 76.8

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Rufino & I fished the last 4 nights & the fishing was very active! We would get on the water at 10 pm & fish all the way until the sun came out. We averaged 50 fish each night with our limits varying from a low of 20 lbs 4 oz to a high of 26 lbs 9 oz. We didn’t get any really big fish, but we caught a plethora of 4 - 5 lber’s with a bunch of 3+ lber’s too! We fished the Konocti Bay Area as we really didn’t have to move very much as the fish were stacked! They were pretty much non selective with technique. We caught them on Texas rigged, blades, cranks, jigs, underspins & even nailed them on senkos! They were in the rocks & docks in the 6 - 15 ft depth range. On Tues night we did some nostalgia fishing throwing 20 year old chartreuse blades, Norman D22’s, Bomber Waterdogs, jigs with Uncle Josh pork, & plastics that we haven’t thrown in years & were nailing them with Rufino pulling in one fish after another with a Bright chartreuse/blue Norman he found floating in the water! Last night, one of the first fish we caught had a large crawdad halfway down its throat that was bright red, so we keyed on those types of baits & really slayed them. Our biggest fish for the trip were a 6lb 7oz caught last night & a 5lb 15oz caught on Sunday night. The lake is very active right now but it’s the lowest I’ve seen for this time of year so if you can make it up here, it should be worth your while!

      Tips: Other than our tues night nostalgia fishing, they seemed to be keying in on red. If you get bit, stay & fan cast as there were multiple hits in each spot we fished. The reaction bite was stellar but we were rolling both the cranks, underspins & blades very slowly. Be vigilant when throwing jigs & plastics as we had a lot of instances where we would cast, engage the bail & a fish would already be swimming away with the bait! We hit the water last night behind the Weds Night shootout & the fishing was still insanely active so they’re on the chew! They may seem to be targeting crawdad’s & baitfish so choose your baits accordingly! Stay safe out there & have fun!

Monday, June 21st, 2021

    • Report: by HappyDogBassFishing » Mon Jun 21, 2021 2:23 pm

      Here is my latest delta fishing report and video. When the conditions call for a more subtle approach, work the topwater baits with a little more finesse. Also try a swim jig instead of a bladed jig. Here are the highlights and patterns that worked for me last week. Hopefully I will have my new motor by the end of the month.