Fishing Report


Saturday, July 20th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 75-low 80's

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Since hardly anyone posts:
      Friday the 19th. Showed up at around 1pm. Tail end of the outgoing tide. Incoming started at 4ish. Threw the typical topwaters and the fish were keyed on the buzzbait. The fish ignored the plopper, frog and vixen. Best bite was on low tide, sparse weeds. Once the incoming tide began moving in, the topwater bite died for all intensive purposes. I could barely get bit after that. Pitching, chatter, cranks, etc did not work for us. Ended with about 13lbs. Biggest fish on the grassburner. Total of 9 fish or so. Stayed in white slough. Small striper schools were busting all over but could not get any striper action?

      Tips: Buzzbait in shad color.

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 81-84

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I finished a guide trip with a good angler that I had to postpone from May during one of the many heavy spring rain days. In 2 hours we were soaked thru and thru!! Glad we did as the night bite was pretty good last night and the full moon rise was stunning! Never get tired of that on Berryessa or Clear Lake!! Only hooked one real big one - right at total darkness (no moon yet). I thought he had her hooked good but she came off - big fish!! We fished until 1 am and found the bite to be steady most of the time. All smaller bass of all 3 species - maybe up to 2 3/4 lbs. Toads were fast asleep!! I was happy that the bite did hold up most of the trip - lots of action from 1 to 2 1/2 pounders. Most bites from 10 to 20 feet. Didn't hook any deeper bass. Drop-shotting worked best before dark - MM111 was strong.

      Tips: We did get a fair topwater bite at dusk. Best just before total dark! Could hardly see them for the net job. One doesn't lip them at dark with treble hooks!!! After dark the bite was consistent with the smaller bass, mostly 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 pounders. Interesting that all 3 species of bass were active - almost an equal number of all three. Black Power worms were the best bait last night. Nothing fancy, just Texas rigged.

      I noticed that the bait wasn't very deep - 15 to 25 feet. That was the depth of most of our bites. After dark, we only heard one loud power boat at the north end. Berryessa was our private lake!! AND!!! A shout out to the brand new navigation blinking light buoys all near points in the narrows. Not sure when they arrived, but will be a great help during the dark of the moon. Fantastic!!!!

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 78-79 degrees

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Wow, what a beautiful lake! This was my first time on the lake. Fished the full moon July 16th from 7:30 pm - 1:30 am. Because of a strong west/northwest wind right before sunset (whitecaps), I headed directly into the wind and fished the sheltered areas along the 1 mile of shoreline due west of the Glory Hole ramp. I also fished a main lake peninsula about a mile north of Glory Hole for about an hour. It didn't matter where I fished, steep or sloping banks, I always got the same results: over 30 bites, many very aggressive, but with only about 8 fish landed, all 9-13 inches - all tail biters! No quality. Fish were caught on spinnerbaits, black/blue jigs, and 5" thick ribbed power worms with a couple of blowups on a spook. Areas with large rocks on shore seemed a bit better. The grub trailer I used on jigs and spinnerbaits was a #177 5" Yamamoto grub. I think these small fish were after the grub tail. When I switched to a different grub color on the jig, no bites. The only worms which got bit were dark grape power worms. Senkos were not producing, I might have gotten one bite on a senko. There were enough insects out that I didn't bother turning on my black light (which attracts bugs at night). I hope to return here again with better (larger) results!

      Tips: Spook: twitch 3-4 times then stop, that's when the fish hit.
      Spinnerbaits: Cast parallel to bank over submerged rocks, let helicopter down once in a while. I was lazy and didn't use a stinger hook, this would have added about 8 more dinks to my fish count. At night, I use the Strike King Midnight Special black/blue with rattles, a very good night time spinnerbait with #177 5" Yamamoto grub trailer. During the day I used a Terminator silver willow-leaf with same grub. Both worked.
      Worms: Dead stick it once in a while. I used brass and glass but I doubt it mattered this trip.
      Jigs: Mostly black with big gap hook and rattles with 5" #177 grub and Smelly Jelly crawfish.

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 75

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished Clearlake the last week from July 7th- 12th. The algae is still not nearly as bad as it usually is for this time a year, there is a little bit of a bloom starting in the south end. The weeds are still not matted either like they usually are this time of year. Fished mainly the north end of the lake. Top water (frogs and whopper ploppers) worked great early in the morning and late In the evening. I was throwing whopper ploppers over submerged grass and along the edge of the tules. Caught a couple squarebill fish but nothing too crazy. Once the sun came up I flipped senkos and jigs under all of the cover ( docks, tules, and brush). Deeper water was also working midday using drop shots and jigs on offshore rock piles. Overall it was a good trip. Get out before the sun comes up and when the sun starts to go down to catch the best fish. I will be posting more reports because I go up to Clearlake almost every weekend. Thanks, Nate. If you get the chance check out my YouTube video, I will be posting more as my camera skills improve. Thank you guys and good luck!

      Tips: Fish early, don’t be afraid to throw the frog deep in the tules/weeds.

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 76-80

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished the weekend in Berryessa with a friend. Water was super calm in the morning and the lake was fairly clear. There were a ton of bait fish everywhere and we saw multiple bait balls throughout the entire lake. Started the morning at Markley cove and worked our way from the south side of the lake and later in the morning moved up towards Putah creek. We practically fished the entire Putah creek area where it was much calmer from all the boat traffic happening on the main lake area.

      I caught a few smallmouth on a ned rig with 1/5oz weighted shroom and Missile baits ned bombs using green pumpkin and black and blue flake colors. Also caught a nice 2lb 14oz bass on a megabass vision 110 jerkbait and another 2lbr on the same jerkbait. Most of the fish we caught were around 1lb or so. My friend caught all of his fish on a dropshot rig with a morning dawn roboworm.

      There was a lot of action on top of the water with a few bass chasing bait but we just couldn't get anything to bite with topwater. We missed a few blowups as we saw swirls behind out biats, but they just wouldn't commit. All in all, it was a decent day with both of us limiting out. We took pictures and released the fish back in the lake.

      Tips: Ned rigs and dropshot seems to be the ticket. I'm sure slow rolling a jig could also work. Most of the fish we caught were closer to the bank in about 10-15ft of water and various points are a great place to catch the larger fish.

Monday, July 8th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 78 to 80

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fishing over the Fourth of July holiday was great!!! On Wednesday I took out Josh and his son Luke. We fished the shoreline on the east side and west side with fair results the largest bass weighing in at 3 1/2 pounds and the second largest weighing in at 3 pounds (see photo). The following day I went out with Lonny and his sons Max and Dylan. We trolled around the big island catching and releasing bass and the largest one weighed in at over five pounds (see photos). The next day I went out with my fishing buddy Albert and we did very well catching and releasing over twenty-seven fish mostly small mouth bass. We ended the day with two nice limits. All in all it was great weather, great fishing and a very enjoyable holiday with friends and family.
      ‘til next time..............................................good fishing!!!!! 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 or call me at 650-583-3333.

      Tips: try and fish early so you don't get wakes from the boats water skiers and tubers call for reservations early don't forget your fishing license and plenty of fluids.

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

    • Report: by Joe daddy » Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:46 am

      It’s been a tough week for me on the lake. Oh, I been fishing just not catching. So I got my sorry butt off the couch to utilize the last 2 hours of daylight. Glad I did. Fished the main body point before the bridge on the left (hobo-spot). With all the boats on the water banks finally looked like they had the right color stain to my eye. So the more the merrier. Had 3 bites, caught 2 that would keep. Felt like lunkers :lol:
      Notes: post spawn, find structure, cooler water, evening bite has been good. This is what I noticed in the past week. *happy 4th*

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 70-80

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I finally fished Clearlake this Saturday. I'm moving out of California and I needed to make this trip and fish it once. Some friendly members here gave me some advice. I thought it might be interesting to post what I did and how I went at it as a newcomer. I had only one day to learn and fish the lake, thus I had to split my valuable time graphing and fishing.

      First what a lake, compared to what we get near San Jose. The defining feature of the lake to me is how abundantly diverse the cover is. There's tules, submerged vegetation, rocks, docks, mats, laydowns, dropoffs, rock walls, seawalls. I don't know if I just came at a certain time, but if there's a type of fishing you like, you can do it. Most lakes have a handful of techniques that work at a particular time of the year. My impression at Clearlake was you could do whatever you wanted and still have some success. You wanna spend all day flipping tules? Go ahead. Drop shot rocks and docks? Sure why not. Crank all day? The world's your oyster. I could go on but I digress.....

      I wanted to fish Friday night but it was too windy and dangerous. Saturday 6:30am I launched out of Clear Lake State Park. I immediately started flipping tules. It's the first obvious thing you see and very tempting. However, you can waste a lot of time and get trapped doing so. Plus everyone and their grandmother flips tules. It's the basic bitch pumpkin spice latte technique of fishing. I saw at least 8 boats at Quercus Point. There is submerged vegetation now and the fish are dispersed. I saw some people pick off fish here and there flipping shallow but I quickly changed strategies. Remembering the advice about rocks, I looked at my navionics and tried to find some. This is where having a good map card really helps. This particular one had good contour lines and lots of labels of potential spots. Shag Rock really stood out to me. I made the run there from Quercus point and quickly graphed rocks. I tied a dropshot with a googan baits drag n drop, and quickly caught a few 2-3 lbers. I then tied on a Keitech football jig with a Keitech crazy flapper and caught a few more. All healthy 2-3 lbers. The drop shot and finesse jig would be my primary weapons.

      Having caught all the fish I could around Shag Rock, I consulted the map again. There are just so many viable spots, it was hard to choose. I decided to keep my radius short and made my way to Soda Bay, which seemed to have docks near deep water. Again, having a map card really really helps. I picked off more fish at the docks. Saw a guide and his 3 clients on a boat. All 3 clients were fishing dropshots. Saw them catch some. Caught a few more at the docks then I then graphed around a little more to try and eliminate water. Ate lunch, then went back out, alternating between Shag Rock, Soda Bay, and near launch. Biggest was a nice 3, pushing 4 on the dropshot. Lost one of similar size. Came back out in the evening, the water was white capping and it was dangerous to venture out, so I stayed near the tules near launch. I got a new flipping stick and I was determined to catch some flipping. Managed to hook 3, land 2. Thus ended my trip. I didn't catch an enormous amount, or anything huge, but I learned a lot and made the most of my time. I saw people power fishing, dropshotting, jigging, flipping, all with varying degrees of success.

      Tips: I don't have any other meaningful tips. Just fish the way you want, you'll probably catch something lol. The only thing that I didn't do much of was fish reaction. If you're at a new lake, use maps, online or a map card. Get good at reading contour lines, have the patience to spend time graphing, have some faith, and just go for it. It's easy to do what you're comfortable with, but what you're comfortable with won't work all the time. Another thing I noticed at at each spot there were a ton of boats. Usually that's a bad sign, but this lake is so loaded with fish, I would catch them side by side with other anglers. I can only imagine what I can do with a small crowd and more familiarity with the lake.

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

    • Report: by Kyle46N » Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:40 pm

      Took my kids to Berryessa yesterday, started out on main lake points. We caught some good fish, 3.5 lb smallie, some 3lb largemouth, and about a 3.5lb spot. About 15 fish in all but a pretty good best five. We fished in to some coves in the narrows, caught only one largemouth, but lost what I guesstimate a 5 lb spot on a neko rig. She made one too many runs under the boat and pulled the hook. Kind of stung for a while. Otherwise, nothing in the coves. Fish were anywhere from 10 to 30 ft along the points, shallower in the morning, moving deeper later. Always on the downwind side, nose to the slope. We couldn't get them to eat anything but TRDs....3 and 4 inch. Had to really crawl it on the bottom. I threw alot of jigs, swingheads, and shakyheads in the same areas the kids were NEDing, but couldn't get bit. Hope someone can use this to get you or your family on some fun.

Friday, June 28th, 2019

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      Water Temp: 69 to74

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I have not posted here in years but saw deepvbasser's report and said why not. We started late at the bottom of the tide (9AM), and went into False River where it was rather windy. Fished the rock banks on the North side and got two dinks and two dink stripers as well. Moved up by Fisherman's Cut and started back on the south side picking up a fish here and there, mostly all dinks. Later ran over to the San Joaquin and headed South and found just a few more fish and again mostly all Dinks. I did not report it but last week, in that same area, I got a nice 5 1/2 pounder. Anyway, I ended the day today with 27 bass and the two stripers and my buddy got 14. Two of his were big fish for the day - one right at 2 lbs and one at just under 2 pounds. By noon, the winds had died to almost nothing plus I noted very little fluctuation of water levels after the incoming tide. I tried cranks, blades, drop shot, and chatterbait as well as a wopper plopper for nada. All fish on soft plastics and mostly senkos. Overall a real fun day for us just no size.

    • Water Temp: 68-74

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Ok, no one wants to pist, I mean post a report. I guess I will.
      Expected another windy day as the wind has been in double digits (12-20mph) last few weeks. Weather forecast said 13mph this morning but just before i left my house, it said 6mph til about 4pm and would then go into double digits. So we launched around 6am from Paradise; already a few boats and kayakers ahead of us. Wind wasn't that bad but we went to our fav protected area at White Slough. First two fish: 1. 1lber on a neko rig; 2. 7lb 5oz on a crankbait. Decided to just stay outta the wind as much as possible so we worked this protected section with a moderate-light wind. Neko and weightless senko/plastic stick worm (berkley general) using junebug and green pumpkin got lots of bites and brought in several 1lb - 2lbers and a few just barely keepers. One fish on a jerkbait on the long pause (20secs) .. LC flash pointer / aurora black. Crankbait hits were on LiveTarget pumpkinseed squarebills.... around 5-6 shaker stripers along with the several 1 -2 lbers. Decided to just stay in this area from 630am til about 12:15pm, just working the line, going back to the start point, and working it again, each time picking up a few fish on both neko rig and crankbait. Around 12:15pm, moved out into a main slough and caught a few barely keepers and decided to call it a day and get an early start back (and beat the Fri traffic). Off the water by 1pm.

      Tips: Not really qualified to offer "tips" but here's what we did: Started the morning with jerk/crank baits... after the 7lber, continued crankin and rippin but it slowed down so rotated through ned, neko, and weightless (both t-rigged and wacky).... also dropshot, then crankin' (by the way, i use a ned rig as my dropshot weight and caught 2 at the same time this way... have done this at Clear and Folsom Lakes as well).
      Anyways, everything looked good in our fav go-to spot and weed patches are cropping back up, so I believe the bass are moving back in. A few months back, It went dormant when they were spraying and hopefully won't do it again for a while as the weed beds disappeared, and so did the fish..... we noticed many months ago our fav hitters died out. Well, seems to be coming back and a 7lb 5oz kicker sure put a big exclamation point on it. On a crank no less. Hopin' it only gets better.
      Hope new reports start coming through. We don't fish tournaments so any fish on the hook is a good and fun thing for us. kickers are simply a bonus.

    • Report: by BassinWithChoffel » Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:33 pm

      Got this girl on a drop shot level 4 hook on a yum finesse worm black and silver at lake McClure. Lakes about full lots of floating logs and waters murky and muddy in some spots but the big girls are biting.

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

    • Report: by ash » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:18 am

      Word on the street is wide open bites, docks with deeper water and rock piles are seeing more action. The Brown Jig like Canopy Grenades CA Craw or Brown Purple are always good on Clear Lake. Match it up with a Berkley Max Scent Meaty Chunk in Watermelon Red and hold on. If they want less action that Berkley Max Scent Creature Hog in Watermelon Red fits the crawdads up there. Bluegil brown purple with a purple trailer that MaxScent Chunk in Black and Blue has been great for me up there earlier this year.

      You really cant go wrong right now drop shot a Max Scent Hit Worm Grande in bluegill or check out Texas Johns 10lber he caught on Monday on the Grande Lures Rattlesnack

    • Water Temp: 71.4

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Wow, what a difference a day makes! We started at 10 pm Weds night & it was chilly! The wind blew most of the night, the water temp went down 4 degrees in 24 hrs & the bite caught the last train outta town & went south! We boated only 7 fish and they were substantially smaller than last night. The wind restricted where we could fish so we hit the areas where we did really well last night. Once again they were hitting jigs & Texas rigged double wide beavers. We threw blades & crank a lot and were rewarded with a few short strikes. Ted did nail a nice 5lb 1 oz lean and mean post spawn fish & we managed a pair of treys with a few 2 1/2’ers. Best five went 16 lbs 1 oz & we felt fortunate to get them! Once again we fished Konocti & still feel they’re on a crawdad pattern. I think when the weather stabilizes & warms up, it will be off to the races once again! Have a great 4th!

      Tips: Throw jigs & double wide beavers or similar baits with red in them. We tried a few other color patterns with no success. Tonight they preferred a slower presentation barely crawling over the rocks. Look for rocky structure off of points and rockpiles. It was a great four days of fishing, we caught some numbers and a few nice fish! Glad to be back on the water and will be back in a few weeks!

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 75.2

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Ted & I started out on Sunday night and got into them right off the bat. We were fishing south in Konocti and were getting bit on wacky rigged senkos, Texas, blades & cranks. They were fairly tight and were plentiful ranging in the 2 1/2 - 4 lb range. Our biggest went 4lb 9 oz and our best 5 was around 19 lbs. Great starting night!

      Monday saw us start around 6pm with the pattern being pretty much the same. The wind was very brisk, but the fish were a little bigger with our biggest going 4lb 12 oz and our best 5 a little over 22 lbs. The wind died down a little and we picked up a few jig fish with the other previous techniques. Wind stayed brisk all night and they were on rocky structure. Reaction bite was really good early but dwindled as it got later.

      Tuesday, we started at 11 pm waiting on the wind to ease up. It didn’t so we went out anyway & I’m glad we did! The reaction bite disappeared but the jig & Texas bite went nuts! We were limited on fishing area ducking the wind, but we found them on rocky structure off points & on rock piles! They were fairly deep, wanted a slower presentation, but when they hit, they plowed into the bait! Our best 5 went 28 lbs, 11 oz with our biggest at 7 lbs even. We tried like anything to cull our bottom fish to get to 30 lbs but the wind eventually blew us off of the water. We going out tomorrow night & I hope this pattern will stay the same! It was interesting to see the pattern shift in just one day! We couldn’t buy a blade or crank fish when the two days prior, they were attacking it! Tonight they just went into full blown crayfish eating as the fish were puking up crawdad parts & their mouths were all red. Kind of like a kid with chocolate all over their face & the chocolate chip cookie jar’s lid is off!

      Tips: Everything we threw had some red in it. We threw double wide beavers or 1/2 oz jigs and never changed. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Look for any rocky structure & work the bait slowly. When they hit it, it was with conviction! We got bit on every spot we fished to so they were definitely on the chew. We averaged around 20-25 fish per outing. We tried other creature or worm profiles but got no takers. Like I said earlier, they seemed to prefer baits with red in them & a slower presentation. Be safe, I’ll post later for Weds night’s action.

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

    • Water Temp: 75

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: This past Saturday I took Jessica and Andrew out for the day. As we headed out of Steele Park the wind seemed to pick up and we saw we were heading into good size white caps. I had planned to go to the Narrows first but the large waves prevented me from doing so. I headed west towards the Big Island and was able to cross over to the Ranch house cove where the water was calm and we were able to fish. I decided that worming would be the most productive method and it rewarded us with a nice 3 1/2 pound largemouth bass brought in by Jessica (see photo). I wanted to take them to the vineyards so we headed in that direction fighting the waves and trolling the shoreline. They had a few hits and hooked a few fish but the rough water worked against us and managed to knock the fish of the hook. It was a rough ride to the vineyards but we made it only to encounter the same conditions and the same problems. We tried worming but the wind and the waves pushed the boat to fast. We started heading back towards Steele Park which was a lot easier because we were working with waves and not against them. Andrew hooked a nice bass along the way (see photo). As we neared Steele Park I decided to go into what used to be Willie’s Ski School and the water was calm and there was a nice breeze and we ended the day there. With all the difficulties they told me it had been a great day and they would definitely do it again.
      ‘Til next time.............................................good fishing!!!!!!

      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 or call me at 650-583-3333.
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      Tips: looking forward to the holiday see you on the water

    • Water Temp: 80-83

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Yes, the lake was very murky Thursday. I tried to do this report yesterday, but didn't go thru. This will be short! Had an excellent trip Thursday with a wonderful client - fun and a good stick. I guess the guide is happy to say that when the client landed a beautiful 4 1/2 lb largemouth early in the trip and follows that with his first-ever spotted bass at 3 lbs 5 oz. Hey, this client is a keeper - LOL!! And the client is from big bass Texas, so he needs to be impressed. He land his two big 'uns and I lost my two toads - one a big smallie that I saw for a second or two. I showed him a big part of the lake and we fished some of the main body. Most of our action was in the narrows however. The new #980 Senko continues to work well and produced several bass. So - what does he catch his two nice bass on? What else - a morning dawn-chartreuse tail Robo worm - drop-shotted. Yea, a lot of thought went into that set-up!! Best 5 at 16 lbs. Should have - could have been better!

      Tips: It was hard to figure out the conditions as a very cool early morning breeze greeted us and the water was quite dingy. That surprised me! We tried topwater but only had one blowup. Figured the cool breeze shut that bite off. Caught a few on Keitech swimbaits. A good early summer pattern worked for us, finding every last east shore tree shadow we could find. Bass were there until shadows were no more!!

    • Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: The water at McClure is Full and with all the stained water, trees and sticks being washed up from the high inflows. It can be a hard grind I caught a couple good ones throwing crankbaits on steep ledges. But head towards the dam and theres a couple shallow hill tops and flats out off all the coves far out from the dirtier water. Finesse fish these areas in 30 feet all the way to the 2 feet of water all my biggest fish came like this and my big fish 8 pounds 2 ounces cames from about 4 feet deep only I actually sight fished her in June talk about a post spawn sight fish..

      Tips: Finesse fish points island tops flats and flooded roadbeds in about 20 feet of water.

    • Report: by Wrknap » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:09 am

      We had a great trip to New Melonies this past week. We fished three days and every day was fantastic, 50+ fish days and we were off the water by 1pm. I found the better areas were above the 49 bridge. Early mornings were beautiful but slow, the bite didn’t really get going until the sun hit the water. SpiderJigs with twin tails seemed to work best although we caught fish on just about whatever we threw. My brother-in-law even caught a big cat on a spinner bait, crazy!
      Looking forward to the next trip!

Friday, June 14th, 2019

    • Report: by Andrew5414 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:09 pm

      Bite has been great, top water has been solid and kitechs In sexy shad on a underspin has been working really well win suns up and bite shuts down sometime us have to throw the ol stinks but it will produce numbers and every once in a while quality. Top water and underspin have been pretty solid fish. I have been fishing 49 bridge and up