Northern California Lake Fishing Report

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Saturday, March 21st, 2020

    • Report: by StanL » Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:06 am

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      Fishing Camanche 3/18/20

      My good friend Bud Porter and I decided to do some “Social distancing” on Camanche. So we headed over to the lake. When we got there we noticed that the water had been dropping and that usually means it’s going to be challenging fishing.

      We had overcast sky and the water temperature was in the high 50's and there was 6 to 10 ‘ visibility. With the conditions we knew the fish should be shallow so we started off by throwing some moving baits.

      On my second cast with a shad colored crankbait I got one about 3lb. Another 30 minutes past with no more bites for me. Bud got one on a Ned style bait with a Frenzy Nail.

      We decided to slowdown and fish down baits, We threw the same baits we had used at hogan .... a Senko type bait on a Frenzy Wack a Sack and Ned on a nail. We started fishing all the flats in les than 20’ of water and we ended up catching over 20 fish for the day.

      By the way I’ve recently discovered a tackle store in Ione ca. Called “HOOK’D “ I was pleasantly surprised how much bass tackle they had. I hope this helps.

      Good luck fishing
      StanL

Monday, March 16th, 2020

    • Report: by Larry Hemphill » Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:33 pm

      I have made this caution before about Bullards Bar and very cold weather.

      If you are going Monday or Tuesday early morning, take both ramp approaches slowly, especially Dark Day. if you lose traction with your bass boat behind you on possible slick ice, it's a long way down. Take it slow. Remember it is at 2000 feet and does ice up on occasion early in the morning.

      Should have done this earlier!

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

    • Water Temp: 52-54

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: A friend and I hit Berryessa on Friday for about 6 hours and found the bite to be slow, but ok. Several in the 2 1/4 to near 3 lbs - all three species - with some fat smallies! One of my 2 1/2 lb smallies looked like a trophy - tall as she was wide - gorgeous!!! Love this time of year - pre-spawn! We fish the narrows and the lower lake areas - both sides. No hot spots as they were scattered - one here and one there. Best 5 about 12 lbs. We found some on shallow flats near deep water and a few on points.

      Lake was about as gin clear as it gets with the lack of rain. I don't think this weekends rain will change that much as the ground soaks up most of the first rain after any kind of drought - even just a 2 month drought. I usually don't join the Putah Creek crowd, so don't offer info on that area. Gives me more fishing time.

      Tips: Ya might want to use lighter line if we don't get much rain in the future. The sun will be higher each day and water can get really clear in the spring if no runoff. If there is runoff - find the murk or the mudline!! I did try some crankbaits and usually do well this time of year, but not this trip. Water is warming - slowly.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

    • Water Temp: 56

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Got out to fish this nice weather, got on about 7:30am hooked up within 30 with a deep diving crank. Another next cast with a Little Dipper. Fish are definitely up, seems like there targeting beds looking for somewhere to spawn. Rest of fish on dropshot which made those first two bites a tease. I’m sure this cold front storm will throw them off but might be a tough tourney this weekend.

      Tips: Wear your sunblock

    • Water Temp: 62-64

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I was lucky enough to get out on the water this week while we had some nice weather, the fish were definitely up and moving around shallow, trying to get things done before more bad weather rolls in this weekend. I went to the same area as my last report and started sight fishing with a senko. I saw a lot of bucks and a few bigger fish cruising the shallows, nothing giant but some good 5-6 pound fish. I was able to pick off a few 2-3 pound fish on the senko but the big ones weren't having it, at least until I switched to a fluke. that subtle change made the big ones willing to eat. I was able to pick up 2 fish over 5 on the fluke, but just as I was starting to figure them out. slack tide hit and the cruisers disappeared and the ones I did see were not interested in anything but spawning. I found a couple of smaller fish on beds and was stoked to catch my first bed fish of 2020. I started punching the submerged hydrilla and it didn't take long for me to get bit. I was able to sack up a pretty decent bag over the next couple hours punching the inside grass line as the tide was rising. I ended the day with a little over 22 pounds for 5 fish. My big fish of the evening came punching weighing in at 5.98. I definitely saw some bigger fish cruising around but unfortunately they kicked my butt and wouldn't bite anything I was throwing at them. in conclusion, the first wave of fish are doing there thing right now. Water temps where I was fishing were between 62-64 degrees. the water is clear and makes it a lot easier for sight fishing but unfortunately if you can see them they can probably see you. your best bet is to back off and fan cast these spawning areas with something weightless and subtle to get those big bites. you may need to weed through the bucks but eventually you will get the bite your looking for. you can also come back to these areas at low light and try to pick off the bigger ones with top water frogs, wake baits, or swim baits. I hope everyone finds these beneficial, I really enjoy writing these reports and if anyone wants some more information feel free to hit me up on Instagram @livefastmovement or check out my website www.livefastmovementoutdoors.com Unfortunately my boat is still down due to some motor issues and i'm unable to book any trips till it is up and running. But if your looking for a guide in the mean time go check out by buddy Austin Barker at https://www.austinbarkkfishing.com/ he's a stick and will definitely get you on some fish. Till next time make today a good day, take someone new fishing and don't forget to live fast and catch bass.

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

    • Report: San Pablo Reservoir

      SAN PABLO RESERVOIR FISH REPORT
      3/8/2020
      Still much of the same the trout bite is very good. We are seeing a lot of trout being caught bait fishing on the shoreline as well as in boats. The troll has been slow. I have been told by numerous anglers. Bright color power-baits like chartreuse, spring green, lime twist all with a garlic scent is the best bet.
      Lake Conditions
      Lake Level 303.4
      Surface Temp 53 degrees
      Plants We Planted 1,200 lbs. of Mt. Lassen Trout on 3-5-20 at the Marina.

      Park Information
      Nelson, Jason and Jr. caught 3 trout fishing at Sandy Point no bait info given.
      Renato & Kirk of Vallejo caught 6 trout on Power-bait and Mice tails near Gazebo 1 and Gazebo 2 on 3-1-20.
      Pablo Lopez of Fairfield caught a nice one in scow canyon using Green Power-bait with garlic spray on 3-4-20.
      Stephen Gray caught a 4lb trout fishing on a kayak near Gazebo 1 on 3-7-20.
      Emet, Issac and Aris Espeleta caught a 7.8 lb. trout in scow canyon using Chartreuse power-bait on 3-8-20.

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

    • Report: by Fly'in V » Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:19 am

      Pardee can be a hell of a lot of fun, especially in the summer with the other lakes are crowded. This is a water supply lake for EBMUD so NO BODY CONTACT.

      Go online to check the DATE for opening day, time the gate opens and pull down the boat inspection form.
      Print it out and fill it in ahead of time. (the inspectors like that) If you intend to return ask the gate attendant to tag your boat, they wrap a colored ribbon through your bow-eye and wench. then you can skip inspection the next trip!

      Like said before, make sure you bilge plug is out and your live wells are also dry.
      If you get there early you not get inspected.

      Main body is super clear, the river arm is more stained, I recommend light line.
      The 5 MPH zone is a mile long(at least it seems so)

      Fishing....
      Brw/brw Football head jigs, my fav is a "Paca-craw" trailer.
      Arron's magic worms on a dart head.
      When the water warms a little try a Zell Rowland super pop-r with the hollow-graphic body.
      Trout color swim baits off deep points.
      4 inch senko's wacky rigged watermelon w/red/blk flake, just about every where.

      Bonus*** take some trout gear, if the Bass are being stubborn, catch dinner.

      Warning there is a buoy about 100 yards from the launch, by it's self. It says No fishing, so don't fish there. The rangers get real pissy about it! The location of the buoy is totally ambiguous and doesn't align with any other markers.

      Have Fun, The Fly'in V.

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

    • Report: by nivanov30 » Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:37 pm

      Quick report on CA Delta. Launched at Orwood around 9:15am. Fished central/south delta. Didn't get bit until around 11am. Had a decent ~15lbs bag by 1:30pm by which time it slowed down again. Biggest was ~5. All fish came on squarebills (just look for 60F+ water temp + some clarity). Plenty of cruisers and many bucks on beds.

    • Water Temp: 58-60

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished from 4:30 - 9 pm. Started out throwing chatterbait, senko, worm, crawfish, and small/medium sized Keitechs with no bites, then first cast with a jerk bait produced about a 1.5, then got 2 more on a crankbait. I stayed after dark a bit to sample the bite. It started out ok (2 fish on jig and worm, nothing on spinnerbait) then the bite shut down. 5 fish total, biggest was a 3.3.

    • Report: by Joe daddy » Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:02 am

      ...man guys it was beautiful out there. The hottest day or the year and a 12 mph northwest wind, sign me up. Had 3 bites, missed the first bite on point, based on poor knot tying, good hook set though. :roll: Just one of those days where everything just looked amazing. Could of lived in that moment forever, very special. I’m assuming the bite should just get better here on in. Some fish are up and aggressive.

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

    • Water Temp: 59-62

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: My boat is in the shop again, but that's not going to stop me from getting out there this time of year. So I dusted off the Kayak and dumped her in at one of my favorite spots. This area right next to highway 12 on the banks of the Sacramento river is where I first learned to fish the California Delta. I launched the kayak at the tail end of the falling tide around 1000-1030 am. I started out throwing a red craw colored lipless crank to see if I could get on a reaction bite with the last good hour of water movement. I had no luck except for one fish in the 3 pound range that followed it right up to the kayak. With the tide almost bottomed out and little to no current or wind I started punching. I caught my first fish on my second punch with a Cali Craw D bomb. a healthy 3 pound pre-spawn female. I let her go and preceded down the bank punching isolated grass patches. I got bit almost like clock work on the grass patches that had wood mixed in it, like a laydown, bush, or piece of drift wood. All my fish punching were decent quality, with the biggest weighing in at 4 pounds. As I worked the bank back to a spawning pocket. I began seeing multiple fish cruising the shallows looking for there best spawning locations and getting ready to do the deed. Seeing some fish in the 7-8 pound class swimming right by me and not wanting anything to do with my lure is extremely frustrating but I assure you these fish can be caught in a conventional way. I began throwing a weightless swimbait on the surface to see if I could draw a reaction bite from one of the big ones cruising the shallows, and that seemed to be the right move because I preceded to catch 20+ fish over the course of the next couple hours ranging from 1 pound to 3 pounds. Yes! Nothing giant but definitely a fun day of fishing. The tide began rising again around 230 pm which only seemed to help the bite. I ran out of swimbaits by 4 pm and had to switch to a rage toad which didn't really give me the same result. I fished until sun down cycling from top water to punching with some bites here and there but nothing big. I got off the water at 545 pm with a beautiful sunset and counted the day as a success. The last week we have had a 3 or 4 day warming trend which really helped the surface temps rise and get these fish to make a move for the shallows. The warmest water I found was 62 degrees in the back of a spawning pocket. The water has been much clearer this year compared to years past and it is definitely making it tougher to get a reaction bite on moving baits like a lipless crank and a squarebill. I am honestly a little surprised I was able to get so many bites on top, with the clear water and the water temps just barely getting over 60 degrees in most spots. We had a cold front move in this weekend bringing some wind and colder night time temps which should slow these fishes roll a little bit. One more thing before I finish up this report, I know this time of year can be tough for a lot of fisherman but please do not go around snagging fish in the shallows with treble hooks. First of all its illegal and will get you in big trouble with Fish and Game, but also its unsportsmanlike. Anyone can go around Mike Longin (aka snagging) fish and say they caught them using traditional methods but that would make you a liar and honestly an unethical person. Please do your best to take good care of the fish you catch. This means releasing the fish right away after you catch them. This helps the future bass populations and puts less stress on the fish. This time of year is notorious for poaching so keep an eye out and if you see any suspicious activity call California Fish and Games Tip line at 1800-541-4591. I hope everyone has the opportunity to get out this time of year and go bass fishing. It truly is one of the best times of the year to catch a lot of fish and your biggest fish ever. If you want to get in on the action feel free to contact me and book your trip. If you are a veteran, active military, or a first responder can enter the giveaway going on my Instagram page until Thursday March 5th. Until next time remember to Live Fast and Catch Bass!
      Website: livefastmovementoutdoors.com
      Instagram: @livefastmovementoutdoors
      Facebook: livefastmovementoutdoors

    • Report: by BIG DADDY BLUE RANGER » Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:48 am

      That fish ate a swimbait just below the surface and was up in the shallows. After two straight weeks of nice weather fish are really active. Fri I ran all over the central/west/north delta and saw fish everywhere sunning and cruising shallow grass at low tide but the bigger bites were hard to come by since it was flat calm. Water temps have climbed up to 58-61 and it’s really easy to catch numbers of 1-3lbrs. Sat brought the big winds and it was game on for the shallow reaction bite. Good luck

    • Water Temp: 55

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: My friends and I at the Wild West (Video) https://youtu.be/rqQ2halzI5E

    • Water Temp: 59-62

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: My boat is in the shop again, but that's not going to stop me from getting out there this time of year. So I dusted off the Kayak and dumped her in at one of my favorite spots. This area right next to highway 12 on the banks of the Sacramento river is where I first learned to fish the California Delta. I launched the kayak at the tail end of the falling tide around 1000-1030 am. I started out throwing a red craw colored lipless crank to see if I could get on a reaction bite with the last good hour of water movement. I had no luck except for one fish in the 3 pound range that followed it right up to the kayak. With the tide almost bottomed out and little to no current or wind I started punching. I caught my first fish on my second punch with a Cali Craw D bomb. a healthy 3 pound pre-spawn female. I let her go and preceded down the bank punching isolated grass patches. I got bit almost like clock work on the grass patches that had wood mixed in it, like a laydown, bush, or piece of drift wood. All my fish punching were decent quality, with the biggest weighing in at 4 pounds. As I worked the bank back to a spawning pocket. I began seeing multiple fish cruising the shallows looking for there best spawning locations and getting ready to do the deed. Seeing some fish in the 7-8 pound class swimming right by me and not wanting anything to do with my lure is extremely frustrating but I assure you these fish can be caught in a conventional way. I began throwing a weightless swimbait on the surface to see if I could draw a reaction bite from one of the big ones cruising the shallows, and that seemed to be the right move because I preceded to catch 20+ fish over the course of the next couple hours ranging from 1 pound to 3 pounds. Yes! Nothing giant but definitely a fun day of fishing. The tide began rising again around 230 pm which only seemed to help the bite. I ran out of swimbaits by 4 pm and had to switch to a rage toad which didn't really give me the same result. I fished until sun down cycling from top water to punching with some bites here and there but nothing big. I got off the water at 545 pm with a beautiful sunset and counted the day as a success. The last week we have had a 3 or 4 day warming trend which really helped the surface temps rise and get these fish to make a move for the shallows. The warmest water I found was 62 degrees in the back of a spawning pocket. The water has been much clearer this year compared to years past and it is definitely making it tougher to get a reaction bite on moving baits like a lipless crank and a squarebill. I am honestly a little surprised I was able to get so many bites on top, with the clear water and the water temps just barely getting over 60 degrees in most spots. We had a cold front move in this weekend bringing some wind and colder night time temps which should slow these fishes roll a little bit. One more thing before I finish up this report, I know this time of year can be tough for a lot of fisherman but please do not go around snagging fish in the shallows with treble hooks. First of all its illegal and will get you in big trouble with Fish and Game, but also its unsportsmanlike. Anyone can go around Mike Longin (aka snagging) fish and say they caught them using traditional methods but that would make you a liar and honestly an unethical person. Please do your best to take good care of the fish you catch. This means releasing the fish right away after you catch them. This helps the future bass populations and puts less stress on the fish. This time of year is notorious for poaching so keep an eye out and if you see any suspicious activity call California Fish and Games Tip line at 1800-541-4591. I hope everyone has the opportunity to get out this time of year and go bass fishing. It truly is one of the best times of the year to catch a lot of fish and your biggest fish ever. If you want to get in on the action feel free to contact me and book your trip. If you are a veteran, active military, or a first responder can enter the giveaway going on my Instagram page until Thursday March 5th. Until next time remember to Live Fast and Catch Bass!
      Website: livefastmovementoutdoors.com
      instagram: @livefastmovementoutdoors
      Facebook: livefastmovementoutdoors

Friday, February 28th, 2020

    • Water Temp: 53-57

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: First time at the lake turned out to be a tough one. Fished hard all day for 2 fish. 1 small smallmouth on a wacky senko and 1 decent largemouth on a texas trick work. Threw jerkbaits and spinnerbait quite a bit but nothing doing on the reaction bite. Nothing on the drop shot or ned rig. Fished from 5 ft to 40 ft. Both fish i did catch were in about 20 ft. Entry was $23 and boat inspection was easy. Drop motor, pull plug and open livewells. Trout guys looked like they were doing pretty good trolling. Couldn't tell you what they were using.

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

    • Water Temp: 52-58

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Went out on Monday the 24th and Tuesday the 25th.

      Monday ended up with 20 fish. The biggest going around 2.5 pounds. Caught 9 on a jerkbait, one on small swimbait and 10 on a jig. The jerkbait fish were suspended fish near brush and large submerged rocks. The jig fish were in 30-40 feet of water on points. Was a good constant wind all day from all directions.

      Tuesday got 25 fish. Nothing of size to note. 10 more on the jerkbait and 14 on a brown zoom trick work on a shakey head. Got one more on a crankbait early in the day. After exploring i went back to where the jig fish were mostly yesterday and they were gone. Overnight they disappeared. The warm weather may have moved them shallower. I found the fish on the shakey head between 10 and 25 feet. I did get a few tossing it in a few feet of water near trees which were leaning in the water. Wind today was non-existent.

      This lake is ahead of the other larger lakes in the area. Fish are mostly deep but seem to be heading shallow to feed. Caught 17 smallmouth total for both days. The smallies were all over the jerkbait.

      Tips: Jig fish liked a slow drag and pause 3-4 seconds every foot or so. Jerkbait fish liked erratic action and 5 second or so pause after a series of one, two and three jerks.

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

    • Report: by StanL » Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:24 am

      Fishing Hogan This Week Feb 22

      Today I had a chance to fish with one of my longtime fishing buddies, Bud Porter. We got a late start and finally hit the water at about 10 am. Right away we saw the water clarity was stained with about 10 feet of visibility. The surface temp was 54 degrees and the lake was at 48 percent.

      We started throwing a lot of moving baits with no luck. After trying a few different down baits we ended up catching all of our fish on a Frenzy Baits Nail and WackaSack. We used a Strike King Ocho in the MoonJuice color. We were throwing all the baits on 20 pound braided mainline with an 8 pound Gama fluorocarbon leader.

      We were surprised how shallow the fish were. We managed to catch a mixed bag of smallmouth and largemouth. We got nine fish total all in less than 10 feet of water.

      All the fish came on secondary points. We would throw up in to about 5 feet of water and let it set there. After about a 10 count there would be a slight tick on the line. That is how every fish bit.

      I hope this helps.
      Stan L

    • Report: By San Pablo Reservoir

      SAN PABLO RESERVOIR FISH REPORT
      2/23/2020
      Fishing for trout is still very good. We are seeing a lot of trout being caught bait fishing on the shoreline as well as in boats. The troll has been slow. I have been told by numerous anglers. Bright color power-baits like chartreuse, spring green, lime twist all with a garlic scent is the best bet.
      Lake Conditions
      Lake Level 303.4
      Surface Temp 53 degrees
      Plants We planted 1,200 lbs. of Mt Lassen Trout at the Marina on Thursday 2-20-20.

      Park Information
      Laurence Reyes of San Francisco caught a 6.75 lb. trout in front of Gazebo #2 using chartreuse power-bait on 2-13-20.
      Sierra Lee of El Cerrito caught 4 trout at the rock wall using worms on Monday 2-17-20 total weight of stringer 10.87 the largest weighing 4.77.
      Benson and Avery of Martinez caught a 1.75lb trout using power-bait on 2-17-20.
      Nick Jenkins of Hercules caught 3 trout at the oaks point using green power-bait on 2-20-20.
      Ron Abitia of Pinole caught 4 trout the largest weighing 7.4 lbs using Power-bait at the oaks point on 2-20-20.
      Mason Clinton of Alameda caught 2 trout no location or bait given on 2-20-20.
      Dave Hanis of San Pablo caught a 7.21 lb. trout fishing by the Gazebo’s using power-bait on 2-21-20.
      Paulo Abad of Pittsburg caught a 6.62lb trout by the gazebo’s using green pumpkin power-bait on 2-21-20.
      Mason and Dominic Cox from Pacifica caught a nice stringer of trout on 2-21-20.

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

    • Water Temp: 48 in am 54 at 2pm.

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fishing getting better , Fished yesterday and caught around 12 fish, Nothing over 3 pounds for the day. Theres been some big ones caught this week.Stayed north and caught fish on swimbaits, Arigs, squarebills, underspins and ned rigs. Theres clear water or stained to fish but we need some rain . Still 3 ft to full.

Friday, February 21st, 2020

    • Water Temp: 50-53

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched early out of Paradise with high outgoing tide. First outing for 2020 so didn't have any high hopes; glad we approached it that way because we had zip, zero, goose egg, and a boat that smelled like skunk! Tried long pause jerkbaits at different depths, then plastics including drop shot, ned, and neko (5" stick bait in usual fish-catching fav colors green pumpkin and junebug, blk/blue flk, natural shad.... zip, zero, goose egg. Noticed some of our favorite areas had little to no growth on smooth bottoms. Lots of dead hyacinth and in some areas, we got closer to islands than we'd ever been. In one slough, we saw lots of growth in sections with open pockets where you could see straight down to the mud; and a smooth lane of no vegetation straight down one side. We also tried moving out to drop offs and ledges... zip, zero, goose egg. Decided to call it early and beat the traffic home... off the water at noon. Chatted with a few bass boats launching late morning and they too had either low numbers or nothing since first of the year. I guess I didn't feel too bad but I know there are others "in the know" and are able to catch. I guess my fishing buds and I will just wait for things to heat up a bit.

      Tips: Have nothing to offer; I don't ever feel qualified to give any tips but I usually offer up what worked for us; today, nothing we tried worked. Zip, Zero, Goose Egg. I'm open for any meaningful suggestions to try during these present conditions. Gonna keep going out during the week and hoping at some point any kind of bite will turn on. Any helpful insights appreciated!