Northern California Lake Fishing Report

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Saturday, April 10th, 2021

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

      Fished the north delta yesterday with Ryan Peterson good friend of mine. Started off slow as we only caught a couple in the morning. Water was over 60* but the fish were not cooperating. I decided to start fishing very slowly with a 6" senko
      and started to catch fish. We quit at 1 pm which is early for me with a 18# limit! So it ended up being an ok day! Some of these fish were spawned out!

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

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      Water Temp: 68 to 72

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: My friend Pete and I fished Berryessa today and finally I can say the action was not too bad at all. We never left the narrows and ended the day with 17 fish. I had 15 and Pete got two. Nothing on small swimbaits, the umbrella rig, square bills, and even the rip bait. All our fish came on Texas rigged Robo worms. I didn't even try a Senko. I had my 1st limit by 9 AM and then moved around and found some good spots. We saw some beds in the back of coves but only small bucks sitting on them but did not catch any. Big fish was 2 1/2 to 3/4 pounds. Most fish were 14 to 17 inches.

Friday, March 26th, 2021

    • Water Temp: 50-53

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Early launch at Paradise; breeze was about 8-10mph so went straight to Little Connection and threw Keitech 3.8s, spinnerbaits (chart/white with 3" paddletail trailer), neds and senkos. Picked up a few 12" to 1 lbers, some in 2'-4' water, some at 6'-10' dropoffs. Wind started to pick up a bit and we moved to Tinsley/St Francis... threw all the same plus crankin' but only managed 3 barely keepers and one nice 2lber. All came on drop shot. Moved out across to Columbia Cut area and threw mainly the Keitech and some 4" swim senkos through the weed and grass patches. Picked up one 3lber, one 2lber, and three 1lbers. Hardly any juvenile bites. Nothing on cranks. Seemed to be a paddletail and dropshot day for us.

      Tips: Not qualified to give tips but what worked for us was the paddletails & swim senkos, slow rolling through the weed clumps, sometimes letting it fall, then ripping out of the weeds and then back to slow roll. Dropshot rigs had the hook about 2 - 2-1/2 foot above the sinker so when we shook it, the worm would be dancin' midway to the top of the weed clumbs. Oh yeah, 6" Margarita Mutilator. Shad colors on the paddletails. Again, not a tip, just worked for us.

    • Water Temp: 54.8

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Came up for a quick trip as fishing has been really good. We fished a few hours late Wednesday afternoon, couldn’t get on the water Wednesday night as the wind was howling, & fished Thursday night. We ended up with four fish Weds in the 4-5 lb range. They were scattered in what they would hit, 2 were on the jig, 1 on a crankbait, & 1 on the Texas rig. (I’m not the best daytime fisherman!) Thursday night was much better. It was a shame that Rufino & I were suffering from “I can’t buy a hook set” issues, but we still managed to boat 19 fish. They were biting in spurts but really became active around 4 AM. They were hard on the Texas rigged Brushhogs & Beavers with a few blade & crank bites thrown in. The jig bite was slower with just a few fish. We were throwing baits with green & red & they were deep in the 20-22 ft range. We were fishing Konocti bay & didn’t venture further as we only had one night. Our biggest was 7 lbs 9 oz & our best five went 27 lbs 15 oz’s. I think we may have improved on that if we didn’t have two left hands last night!

      Tips: Slow presentation was key as was deep water access. They would be active for a bit, go dormant for a bit & repeat until we got to 4AM, then they got after it so you may have to wait them out. We also caught quite a few males but the females were still healthy, big bellied, & full of fight! Hope this helps, stay safe, & have fun out there!

Saturday, March 20th, 2021

    • Report: My buddy Ed Austin and I made the trip to camanche last week and put the smackdown on them!!

      When we got to the lake we noticed the surface temperature was 54° and water clarity was about 8’. the lake had dropped which usually means tough fishing but I think the bass' instinct to come shallow is overwhelming this time of year so we started on flats adjacent to deep water.

      Ed started with his homemade underspin that we call the Super Hornet and I started with a Bass Union A-rig.

      Ed caught 3 and I caught 2 but after the sun came out and the wind died down the reaction bite really slowed down.

      That's when I started throwing a Green Pumpkin Yamamoto Senko and Ed threw a Ned rig with the big TRD. We were fishing in less than 15’ of water and we ended up catching 12 fish in the 3 to 5 lb class.

      I know the high school fishing teams have a tournament tomorrow and my best advice is to fish the day, if it’s cloudy and or windy try some reaction baits. If it is calm and sunny stick with your bottom baits.

      I hope this helps.
      Good luck fishing
      stanl

Sunday, March 14th, 2021

    • Water Temp: 52.3

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Went out Friday & Saturday night for the first trip of the season for us. The fish are very active & healthy right now. Friday was the better of the two evenings as a weather system came in Saturday night. We fished Konocti exclusively as we didn’t have any reason to move. They were hitting the jig, blade & cranks with gusto! Found them in 10-15 ft around structure. Texas rigged plastics were working well too. Docks were very productive around the likings. The fish are macking on crawdads right now. Their lips are so red it’s as if they’re wearing lipstick! Lol. So, red jigs & trailers were really working for us. What was surprising was the reaction bite as they were hammering the cranks & the blades! I managed to nail a 11.0 on the blades & she was fat & sassy! Friday our limit went 37 lbs even while Saturday went 26lbs 5 oz. Friday fish total was 31 fish while Saturday slowed to 9 fish. The overall average size was big through both days with a lot of fish caught in the 5-7 lb range! I think when the weather stabilizes, the bite is going to be very consistent! I had heard it was really good before we arrived!

      Tips: Red is the color! For plastics anything that resembled a crawdad worked. The single wide beaver was productive for us. Jigs were worked over rocky structure, Texas rig & reaction baits were worked around the docks. Slow presentation was key. Some times when you made a cast, then you lifted your rod tip, the fish would be swimming away with it, so be vigilant. They seemed stacked so work areas slowly. There were big limits caught during the tournaments this past weekend, so the fish are really active! They’re also really healthy & fighting very hard! Stay safe & have fun out there! I’ll post a few pics on the forum.

Friday, March 5th, 2021

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      Water Temp: 52 to 56 degrees

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I took my young friend from Church today for his second time ever fishing. He is just 10 years old and he is going to be a pretty good stick in just a few more years. We fished from about 7 AM to 2:45 PM, put on 26 miles before finding the right area. Together we caught 5 bass between us, 3 spots and 2 smallies. Biggest went about 3 Lbs. Needless to say the kid was quite happy! All five fish caught in shallow bays on the main body and in 10 feet or less. Small swimbaits and Texas rigged worms did the trick. I would attach a couple of photos but I don't see where I can do that here.

Sunday, February 28th, 2021

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      Water Temp: 55

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished for about five hours and only got hooked up bouncing texas rigged worms in about 15 feet of water. Caught two in total with nothing big. I spoke to another angler who said they caught some fish on a crank bait in deep water.

Friday, February 26th, 2021

    • Report: by StanL » Fri Feb 26, 2021

      For the first time this year, my buddy Earl Dalton and I made our way down to the river to start looking around for some up coming tournaments we will be fishing in.

      We put in at Ladd’s and the first thing we noticed was the tanic water color. The surface temperature was 54° degrees.

      With that being said, we started hitting some spots off the main channel with reaction baits, but after about 2 hours and 4 spots later we still had no bites. We decided to slow way down and Earl finally got a bite on a Yamamoto Senko, pitching it on some scattered tules. After that, we decided to run that pattern for around Mildred and ended up catching 7 fish for the day. They all came from scattered tules on flats.

      I talked to Lorenzo Rossetti that was out with his son, Lucca the same day and he said they caught a few nice fish ones. I hope this helps.

      Good luck fishing
      StanL

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

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      Water Temp: 53

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Short story - early prespawn fish on the move. 2 bites, 2 fish 4#, 4.5#. Channel swing banks adjacent to spawning areas 5’ deep on 6” STC swimbaits.

      Long story - headed up mid-morning to test out my new Lowrance Active Target system and expanded network. Spent an hour fussing with settings and learning that I need to download a software update to the transducer/module.

      Focused on 3 steep points and banks with deep access and adjacent to spawning areas. Rotated through LV500’s, A-rigs/swimbaits and suspending jerkbaits fished 5’-20’ deep. Steep point in Whiskey yielded the first fish on a 6” STC swimbait on the initial drop. 2nd fish came 50 yards later on channel swing bank on the drop.

      Water in the back of the major creeks was clear with 3* warmer water compared to main lake. Several big spots of fish deep off of primary points and in the bottom of breaks that would not bite anything. A little bit of stable weather and it could bust wide open.

      Tips: Don’t let the cold weather fool you. There are some shallow active fish staging for the initial prespawn movements

Saturday, February 13th, 2021

    • Report: by StanL » Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:36 am

      Fishing Camanche Feb 12

      Today I got a chance to get out with my buddy Ed Austin.

      Before we left I checked out the Daily WaterResource on the WesternBass forums and seen that there was 225cfs going out and 161 CFS coming in and whenever Camanche is falling it always makes for some challenging fishing. But when we got to the lake, the water temperature was 53° and I noticed the water had a little bit of stain to it and hat usually means there should be some shallow fish.

      After a couple hours of fishing less than 20 feet with no bites, I ran into a friend Tre Dodd and he said he had gotten bit earlier on a Jig in deeper water, so we decided to move out and check some Island tops in 40’. We got some action right away using the same old 3/4 oz bass Union jig I’ve been using all year.

      At the end of the day we had caught 12 fish all on jigs, just running points and island tops. Not sure how many Tre caught, but it was a supper nice day. I hope this helps good luck fishing.

      P. S I have to give a shout out to Russell Marine, one of the WesternBass sponsors. On Monday before the Wild West Shasta Pro-Am, I ordered a new graph and needed it before the weekend. I received it on Wednesday with no tax and with no shipping.

      Thanks!

      StanL

Sunday, February 7th, 2021

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      Water Temp: 49 to 50

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Slow day out on the lake fished senkos and drop shots. only managed 2 fish in 5 hours. fished main dam with only 1 bite and fished north lake end with the last remaining bite. no fish up in the Bear river stretch. We only marked a few fish all day. Look for bite to pick up when water temps in spring reach 57 degrees.

      Tips: Keep an eye out on your depth as to current low water conditions especially if you are unfamiliar with this lake,most hazards are not marked here.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

    • Report: 3 Days of Fishing Melones
      Postby StanL » Wed Feb 03, 2021 3:55 am

      I fished 3 days at New Melones. I started off fishing Monday with Earl Dalton and Casey Cabral. On the way up to the lake, there was about 6” of snow on the ground. The surface temp dropped to 50°with about 10’ of visibility.

      We started with jigs and dropshoting in 30 to 50 feet and the bite was slow. Until we started moving deeper and found the fish in 50’ to 60’ on rock and caught around 20 fish.

      The next trip was on Saturday, I fished with George West. The sun was out and the air temperature got to the high 60s. surface temperature was 63". We both fished 3/4 oz jig’s in 30 ‘to 40 and that seemed to be the best depth for that day.

      On Sunday I fished with my buddy John House and 30” to 40”seemed to be good findings. The rock seemed to be the key, but we also caught a few on a Frenzy Nail with a Zoom Trick Worm throwing up on some windy banks in less than 20 feet of water. Each trip we caught over 20 fish per day not bad for January. most of my fish came on a bass union 3/4 oz brown jig and Yamamoto Twin Tail trailer .I hope this helps.

      Good luck fishing!
      StanL

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

    • Report: by StanL » Wed Jan 27, 2021 4:57 am


      I just got home from 5 days of fishing the Wild West Pro Am at Lake Shasta. and decided to just go have some fun so I headed over to Lake Camanche.

      When I put the boat in the water, I wanted to work on some other techniques besides dragging a Jig or a dropshot so I went for a float and fly, a kick I've been on lately, \Last week Joe sent me some of the new Bass Unions fly’s that he had been working on and told me to give them a try so that was my plan. I hit the water about 9:0 0am and ran into Earl and Casey from the Jackson Rancheria. When I pulled up to talk to them, coincidentally they where already throwing a float and fly, so I told them that’s what I planned on doing also and after about15 minutes of shooting the breeze, we decided to meet up later and share notes.

      I headed to a steep bluff bank to give it a try. I wasn’t there five minutes when Earl called and said he had boat issues and they were going to go home. I told him to put his boat on the trailer and I would pick him and Casey up, so after it’s all said and done here we are all three of us looking at bobbers. I have to say it always surprises me how in the wintertime you can catch them with a jig in 50 feet of water, but also you can catch them with a float and fly in 20 feet of water. So with that being said, the water temp was 53 with about 7 to 10 feet of visibility. We caught 7 fish on the fly. All the fish came on bluff banks. The Bass Union fly’s did the job.

      By the way, I wish I could’ve had a couple of those fish at Shasta ...
      I hope this helps good luck fishing
      StanL

Friday, January 15th, 2021

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      Water Temp: 54

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Went to Berryessa today after having a tough past few days at the mother lode lakes. I caught about 40 fish today on rip baits, jigs, and swimbaits.

      All the fish were in 5-15 feet of water. Biggest 3 were a 6lber on the swaver, 4lber on the rip bait, 4lb spot on the jig, 3lb smallmouth on the rip bait
      Lots of fish in the 2-2.5lb range.

      Tight lines!

      Tips: Have fun!

    • Water Temp: 48-51

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Comanche was a tougher bite today. Water dropped over 6 feet from last week scattering fish. Fished ledges and tapering points, moved around quite a bit to find the fish that wanted to bite. Early morning the fish we caught came on RockCrawlers on 10-14 ledges near deep water then the bite died, got a few takers yo-yoing traps, then died again. Drop shotting swimbaits and small finesse worms dipped in dye got them biting after 10 AM in deeper water. Nothing of real size, enough keepers to make it fun. Might be a grind for the guys fishing the derby Saturday. Big fish of the day was a 4lb trout caught on an LV-500 in 45ft of water.

      Tips: Move around to find the aggressive fish, lots of birds chasing bait today. Be sure to check the deeper water after 10-11AM. We caught them in 50-60ft on several colors.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

    • Water Temp: 53

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Started the day running lake points . First stop me and my buddy fishing 35 ‘ of water he sets the hook on 3 lb largemouth using a Carolina rig . Couple minutes later I hook up a nice spot 2 3/4 lb on a drop shot . Needless to say we duplicated this around lake with great results .

      Tips: Slow down dead stick you’re bait . Also if you can’t see fish on you’r electronics move on .

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      Water Temp: 48

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Went to my new Melones and fished for 8 hours. Got on the water by 9 and roads were very icy coming in. Not sure why they were icy but I saw two accidents. Tried a lot of patterns and they all didn’t work, jigs deep, jigs shallow, swimbaits, drop shot, Ned, none produced bites.

      Fished a float and fly and let my bait soak for 10 minutes per cast to get bites. Only had a handful of keepers, none of them were big.

      I went on Wednesday the 13th and there were probably 70 boats on the water, mostly bass boats. Couldn’t fish half of my spots and people were less than courteous when I was fishing and rolling up very close to me.

      Not worth it. Berryessa is fishing too good right now to drive that icy road in.

      Tips: Don’t go.

Sunday, January 10th, 2021

    • Water Temp: 50-51 degrees

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished the Pit Arm near Jones Valley Marina. Caught about a dozen keepers, nothing over 2lbs. Most fish were caught on the Ned Rig or a 1/2 ounce football head jig with a watermelon with red flake Hula Grub. Marked a lot of fish in the trees with the Humminbird 360 with little success in getting the fish to bite. Overall great time on beautiful Shasta Lake. Side note be careful out there with the lowering lake levels trees are everywhere!!

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

    • Report: by StanL » Thu Dec 31, 2020 4:51 am

      Last week my buddy Ed Austin and I made trip over to New Melones to get out of the fog.

      When we started fishing we noticed the water was pretty clear with about 10‘ of visibility and the surface temp was at 54*. It looked like the water had been falling so we hit the points first and started getting bit right away!

      Remember, when the water is falling, yhr points are always a good starting spot. There’s an old saying I heard from Rick Clunn..... “falling lakes point’s fish out“. Well it is true and The fish are on points big time. We found them scattered from 20’ to 65‘.

      Ed started with a dropshot with a 4” worm and I used a Bass Union 3/4 oz jig because that’s what I have been using at every reservoir for the past month Shasta, Camanche,and Hogan. It didn’t take long to start catching them, so take your favorite bait, get on some points and don’t be afraid to fish out to 70‘.

      We had such a good time that we decided to go back on Tuesday and had a another awesome day with over 30 fish, but while we where fishing Ed got a text from his son Jason that was fishing at Camanche. Jason was fishing with his son Cole and HOLY MOLY !! It was a picture of a 13.88. Jason had just caught it on a swimbait.

      Congratulations to Jason.Tthat is a fish of a life time for most people! This is my favorite time of year to fish!

      So put on some warm clothes and get out and enjoy some of the best fishing of the year!

      I hope this helps! Good luck fishing!
      stanL