Fishing Report

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Saturday, April 16th, 2022

    • Water Temp: 59-62

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched the kayak at Russo's at 8am. Intermittent rain at the start with a little breeze (picked up later). Stayed in Frank's Tract all day. Started off amazing with a 23.5" fish at 8:30 on a drop shot (6" Roboworm). Best guess around 8lbs. Slow pick rest of the day on 1-2lb fish. All on a drop shot or Senko. One chatter bait fish. Lots of very small (1/4-1/2") bait. Not sure what they were. Did not see anything chasing. Tried frog and punching for zero love. Ended the day with around 30 fish with all but one in the 1-2lb class.

      Tips: Lots of smaller males up shallow in the tules. Soft plastics (Senko or worm) should get you plenty of fish. Reaction bite was not happening for me. Should get better when the weather stabilizes.

    • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: The day was dark, strewn with black clouds with silver linings. I laid my worries to rest as I approached the shoreline and found a big rock, it spoke to me as if to say “come, sit on me and do nothing for awhile”, so I did.
      Spinner bait, booya my favorite.. attached to the almighty Skeet Reese jig/worm rod. Paired with a Lews bb1. 5:1-1. A few fan casts and I knew it wasn’t the right bait.
      Quickly, as if a tip from the gods entered my great anglers brain, I thought. It’s time for a drop shot. And it was..
      These godlike instincts aren’t for everyone. I tied my 1/0 EWG offset up the line and left a we little tag of about 8”.
      Then goofily, I tied on a half ounce bullet weight on the end like a pimple faced teenager with his tongue hanging out.. (I had no DS weights with me) and attached my O-Soo salty pro worm, purple death.
      They’re soft, like butta.. and when my line moved after an expertly placed cast to nowhere, that’s when I knew I had a bite. Reeled it in and sure enough, my pro worm was half gone. How? It was professional for Pete’s sake. Doubt washed over me, I fell into the depths of despair but to no end! .. I pressed on.
      I reached down into my bag-o-worms like a wizard, searching for another spell and placed another salty purple worm upon my pointy hooky thingy.
      Same cast, patience at the ready.. line moved, and kept moving.. as if it had come alive all on its own.. and knew there was a fish.. I just had to catch up with it on my 5:1. Reel reel reel reel reel.. It was at that moment, knowing that at any second I’ll be piercing a pig of unknown size, possibly a record.. that I did just that.
      The fight was on! And my anticipation wasn’t let down when I reeled in a 3.5# spotted bass.
      That’s it, made my day. Climbing barometer, wind break point and a good memory in the books.

      Tips: Be a wizard

Thursday, April 7th, 2022

    • Water Temp: 63-64

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Started early as usual from Paradise. Worked White Slough initially trying topwater (ploppers, buzz frog) with just a couple blow ups but no hookup. Tried crankin' and chatterbait but nada, zip, zero... nothing chasing but had a couple followers with no commit. Went to plastics and started catching on ned and t-rig stick baits with 1/8oz weight. Brother seemed to hook up more on wacky rig. Water seemed very still and very little movement. Went to 'Tater Slough to find some moving water. Tried crankin' again with lipless and brother got one...myself and other buddy zip. Went back to plastics and hooked up maybe 4-5 barely keepers. 2 heaviest for the day were 2.5lbs and 3lber. Decent day but sure wish the crank bite would come on. Maybe it's just us and where/how we're trying. Anyone doing better on cranks/reaction?

      Tips: Not good enough or qualified to give tips. Here's what worked for us: ned in both standard and big TRDs, junebug and green pumpkin/orange. 5" Berkley Maxscent General in junebug and watermelon copper/orange. I'm dyin' to get bit on crankin'! Anyone willing to give a clue on reaction? Not asking for location… I get it.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022

    • Water Temp: 64

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: You can find what ever water clarity you want. I was out last week and found a stellar bite on steep banks with wood. Most fish were at the mouths of cuts but not in the back. No fish over 3 pounds and no reaction bite to speak of. A 6 inch oxblood light red flake fat roboworm on a downshot hook with 1/8 sinker with about an 8 inch tag line for the sinker. Arron's madness and MMIII all worked.Constant bite on the bluff walls across from the marina in the wind(afternoon) but you need to move along as some spots are loaded and some just a few. I can't say if the bite is late or early but it seems all the SoCal lakes have this problem. I hope I was early and you get into the blade or chatterbait bite like last year. Good Luck

      Tips: we found the bite deeper than expected somewhere around 10 feet and while fishing in wood is best it can be surprisingly costly in tackle.

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022

    • Water Temp: 58

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched early at Paradise with high hopes; decided to try some new area and when daybreak came, started throwing a bone whopper plopper. About 10 casts in, nice solid blowup and when it jumped, it looked to be at least a heavy 2lber. About 10 ft from the boat, rod went straight and I had nothing but line. Had to be a bad knot I tied. About a minute later, I see my lure floating in the shallows ... at least I got my lure back! Thought the blowup might be a good sign but nope, tough morning from that point on. We were hoping the reaction bite was turning on but got nothing on reaction. We tried rockwalls, ledges, flats ... nothing on reaction (cranks, jerks, chatter, spinner). Moved to some familiar water and after still nothing on reaction, went to jigs, plastics/finesse. Finally managed a few keepers on neds, nothing else got bit. Quit at noon with a couple 2lbers and few 1 lbers.

      Tips: Not qualified to give tips and only thing that worked for us was ned rig. I'm sure there's others who have it dialed in, we don't, but we're gonna keep comin' out and trying til we get a good bite window.

Tuesday, March 8th, 2022

    • Water Temp: 52-55

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched early at 5:30am; pretty cold morning. Went to all of our usual haunts and when it got light, noticed all the vegetation was BROWN, like Roundup dead vegetation brown. Still worked the favorite areas ... fat goose egg. Looked for greener areas but only found sparse sections. Big fat goose egg. Partner got one shaker striper on a ned rig. That was it... and believe me, between 3 of us, we tried EVERYTHING that has ever worked for us including new stuff... reaction as in topwater, lipless and flat side cranks, chatterbaits, jerkbaits on a long pause/short pause, keitechs on underspins and swimbait heads, punchin whenever we found green mats, senkos, weightless and weighted, neko, ned... list goes on..... Big fat goose egg! Not one bite, not one tick, not one anything except that shaker striper.
      I only submitted this report in hopes someone will report something better and then we'll know it was just us (but we did chat with a couple guys and they experienced the same thing so we didn't feel so bad). Also submitted this so everyone doesn't have to keep seeing my long standing previous report.
      Anyways, gonna let a couple weeks go by and maybe try a weekend when we can stay into the afternoon. Weekdays we usually try to leave early around noon to beat the commute traffic. I can only surmise that the bite turns on later in the afternoon after we leave.

      Tips: Never qualified to offer a tip and especially after today, as you can tell from the report. Gonna prolly let a week or two go by and try again. Maybe Al Fong or Greg Blanchard will have some better recommendations based on current conditions, prolly so! They have insights I would trust. Also, we did see a press release notification "Division of Boating and Waterways Begins Control Efforts in the Delta for Aquatic Invasive Plants" so maybe that accounts for fish moving to better water? Or maybe it's just the cold snap we're experiencing. I wish I knew!
      Anyways, bent rods to everyone!

Sunday, March 6th, 2022

    • Water Temp: 57-59.5

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I had not been out in 2 months due to boat maintenance and the addition of a new trolling motor and battery charging system in my Champion. I started late at 10 in the morning there were already gusts of wind. After I got the trolling motor synced up and calibrated I went off for a look see in the deteriorating weather with light rain squalls. I just spent A week on Clear lake and tried as I might I could not force feed the fish on something that works so well there. I picked up a senko and stuck a very shallow fish on my third cast. It was difficult to see because of the wave action but beds are clearly visible in multiple areas. while the wind continued to howl. I fished until 4 trying to find the reaction bite but went home knowing my next trip will be with plastics and swimbaits. It appears the bite is not as tough as I was told and I will only know in a week.

      Tips: The next week will be straight 70's so the water temps and the fish will respond.

Saturday, February 26th, 2022

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      Water Temp: 50-53

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I haven't submitted a report in quite a while. The lake has still been fishing pretty tough but is finally showing signs of improving. Decided to try the north end. Started on the west side and creek area marked allot of fish in the 15 to 25 ft range only caught 2 on a jig for the first 3 hours. Nothing on reaction Water warmed to 53 moved to the east side pulled up on a staging area. Started throwing an underspin 2nd cast I get a 3 pounder the bite continued for a while and ended with a limit for 14.5lbs. The wind picked up, so I moved around tried reaction and non-reaction baits with nothing to show for it.

      Tips: They are starting to move up but only in small areas. You have to cover allot of water to find them but when you do they seem to be grouped up. Crawl the bait on the bottom as slow as you can stand, and the bite is very light.

Saturday, February 12th, 2022

    • Water Temp: 50-52

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I fished Folsom Lake yesterday with my Father-in-law on his Tracker, getting on the lake at about 10:30a. As another fishing report suggested, I tried small swimbaits (hard and soft), drop-shot and grubs off main lake points. I also tried a few different crankbaits in red or chartreuse, pulling them across points. My best (and only) fish was a beautiful 2-1/2 lb spotted bass off a point just passed the earth dam on the main lake, 20 yards off the bank. Setup was a Strike King 1/8oz Squadron Swimbait Jig Head, using a Yamamoto double-tailed hula grub in pumpkin seed (orange), on 12-lb line and a spinning rod. We also fished hazard buoys near launch and on east side of lake across from launch with no bites, but this was around 2:30p so timing may have been off.

      Tips: Too early for coves, stick to the points. Try orange or red colors.

Thursday, February 10th, 2022

    • Water Temp: 48-51

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched Paradise; waited til 7:30 to get my annual pass; headed to San Joaquin to familiar areas. Initially, water was 48 - almost 50. Tried swimbaits (Keitech 3.3 and 3.8), jerkbaits with long pause (up to 30 secs), dropshot, senko, punched weed mats with beavers and chigger & rage craws, basically junk fishin' ... all stuff we normally get bit on.... but just couldn't get one bite! Chatted with a couple other guys and they were tied with us... goose egg. One other guy said water temp really gotta be 60+, and I get that! We've caught before in 50 degree water but I get what he's sayin'. That's ok, we went out without any high expectations and just practiced and even experimented with various baits, plastics, finesse, reaction.
      Hopin' as the water and weather warms, the bite will get warmer too. Still good to be out on the water!

      Tips: Not qualified to give tips, especially in present conditions. I'm believing anything we throw, go slow.... dead stick, long pauses, etc. And maybe more finesse than reaction right now. Just my thoughts but I'm open for suggestion(s). I'm sure there are those who may have it dialed in. Also thinkin' early mornin' to noon isn't the greatest bite window, but that's our schedule. Maybe we'll just try the weekend and come later in the morning instead of zero dark thirty during the work week, but if during the week, gotta beat the commute traffic and just come in early. That may change.

Saturday, February 5th, 2022

    • Water Temp: 48-50

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished Whiskeytown on 2/3/22 with my son. We decided to try the mid-morning through the afternoon. Got on the water at approximately 10:30am and went to the big curtain to check water temp and water clarity. Clarity is 18-20' and water temp there was 50. Marked a few suspended fish on several chains at around 40' in 100' of water. We saw 3 big fish on bouys, backed off and gave em about 20 mins and then started fishing. Couldn't get them to bite. We threw senkos, drop shot rigs, keitechs, glide baits and jerk baits along the entire curtain with no bites. Saw one big spot in about 14' of water on a shoal.
      Moved to some other deep water, winter haunts and marked fish on the bottom in 30-40'. Was able to catch several, all about 14", drop shotting an easy shiner at around 40'. Threw the glide bait quite a bit but never had a follow. A week prior I had a 4+ lb spot in the same location come out of 60' of water and nose right up to the bait but she broke my heart and turned down that offering.

      Tips: Fish in 25-50' with finesse presentations. If you can find a school of 5 or more you can get a few reaction bites. We didn't throw any real big baits but you know those work on the right day, right time.

Friday, January 28th, 2022

    • Water Temp: 48-50

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at Centamudi because it's only 10 minutes from the house. Got on the water around 7:30 and fished until noon. Stayed near the dam, and found a lot of bait in one of the creek arms. Continued towards the back of that arm until we found the fish and I was surprised they were only in 14 to 20 ft of water, with some even shallower. My partner started off throwing a drop shot and boated a 3.19# spot on his first cast. I started off throwing a Neko rigged senko, which has never been my go-to bait anywhere really but I am trying to gain confidence in it. I missed a fish, and my buddy had two more in the boat very quickly on the drop shot. I switched to the drop shot, and we were both throwing keitech easy shiners. Immediately started getting bit and we had about an 8.5# limited within 20 minutes fishing.
      A light breeze came up out of the North causing enough chop for me to pick up my float and fly rod. I casted to the bluff wall opposite of the bank we were fishing, and immediately had to pull down with the hair jig running out about 12 ft deep. That fish was a solid 2 pounder. Continued with the float and fly and missed two lift bites, and then hooked several more on it before switching back to the drop shot.
      My partner started throwing a Ned rig as the sun peeked over the ridgeline. He caught two on the Ned rig. I started throwing a jig as the sun hit the water and the fish seemed to suck down into the guts of the creek channel and cuts. Caught a couple on a jig, and missed a few as well. We left at noon with a 10.5# limit on the scale. I was really surprised the bite was as good as it was after 3 days of heavy pressure from the Wild West Pro-Am tournament. We definitely hooked several fish that had been sore lipped three or four times.

      Tips: It seems to be the usual Shasta bite in January when we've had the storm door shut for over a month. Just find fish on the electronics and then don't leave unless you are not catching the quality you are looking for.

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

    • Report: Glory Hole Sports

      New Melones Brown Trout lake record tied.
      The photo of this Brown Trout just reinforces the fact that New Melones Reservoir remains one of the best fisheries for a multitude of species in the western United States....13.4 lbs, and 32.5". The stars lined up for angler Bobby Aperoch of Yuba City. He had a fight, nearly more than his 6 lb. line and fishing from a kayak could handle. Unfortunately this brown did not survive to be released. Bobby was fishing near the Glory Hole boat launch at 2:30 and was fishing Crappie with a Notorious Jig. He reported his bait was at 50 ft when the brown took his bait. Landing this fish ties the lake record of 13.4 lbs which was caught by Michael Olivera, December 2011.

Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

    • Water Temp: 47-50

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: First time fishing Bullards Bar for myself and my son. We arrived at the lake after our 3hr drive, about an hour after daylight. We were giddy with excitement of fishing a new lake to us that of course holds world record spotted bass.
      We launched at the dam and made our way out into the main body. We fished primary long points and deep cuts with running water after studying videos, contour maps and other reports for weeks prior to our trip.
      Started out throwing neko rigged senkos in 35-50' of water and tried to catch some big suspended bass that were at 45' in 80' of water. Also alternated between other neko rig and 3/4oz football jigs on brown and green pumpkin, as well as, dragging keitechs rigged on 1/2oz football heads. Had several good bites on both the jig and keitechs but couldn't connect.
      We made a move to running water and continued our offerings. Working out way into approx. 15-20' of water I switch to a #39 mother's finest 6" worm on a drop shot and stuck a 13" spot. My son caught several more that size and then I hooked and boated a 3.25# spot on the drop shot. We continue to catch fish the rest of the day on running water but no more collie fish besides the 3.25#. All in all we considered the day of success as it was our first time fishing the lake and we were there in January, which is usually an inevitable slower bite, but we managed to catch 9 fish. Can't wait to go back, because the lake is beautiful and the fish are there, we marked a lot of them using mega down imaging, we just couldn't get them to bite. I wish we could have fished for two or three consecutive days to see if there was a difference from one day to the next.

      Tips: Do your homework before going if you've never been to Bullards Bar.

Sunday, January 16th, 2022

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      Water Temp: 53-54

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: got 5 bites all day landed 3. all were near primary rocky points, drop shot, and split shot rigs. fished bama rig a bunch, no hits or followers. got 1 hit on a rattle trap.

Saturday, January 8th, 2022

    • Report: by Rmats » Sat Jan 08, 2022 4:54 pm
      First time fishing Lake Oroville. Found a decent jig bite and caught quite a few on a brown purple 1/2oz football jig with a green pumpkin rage chunk trailer!

Sunday, January 2nd, 2022

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      Water Temp: 45-46

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Went out on the northern delta. Foggy early morning and 30* outside temp. We fished till about 1:30pm without a bite. Started with jigs, texas rigs, bladed baits, lipless cranks and spinnerbaits then to wacky rigs, drop shot, even ned towards the end of day. Visibility was 1 foot at best. Tough winter conditions but did explore some new parts of the delta which is productive. Also on a side note we didn't see any signs of striper anywhere.

      Tips: We beat the bank all day. Wood, rip rap, tules and weeds. Maybe the fish are deeper somewhere.

Monday, December 27th, 2021

    • Report: From Lake Amador Resort
      Amazing what a few storms can do to our lake level! Currently we’re at 20’ from full and coming up fast. We’ve seen 10’ of rise just in the last 3 days looks like the blue dock will be connected to the pathway and we should have 2 launch docks in the water very soon if the rain keeps up Expect to see a large trout stock happen on the next clear day this week

Saturday, December 4th, 2021

    • Report: by Csuhchris » Sat Dec 04, 2021 4:49 pm

      Struck OUT Friday throwing the big bait at gooseneck and Henderson. Decided to actually tug on some fish and switched to small Keitechs with mega bass swimbait spinning heads. Also, swivel heads with a super fluke. Fish were actually super shallow (2 feet) and have heard anglers are actually having success with small crank baits in water as shallow as 6 inches! CRAZY and the amazing weather is pretty nice as well!

Sunday, November 28th, 2021

    • Water Temp: Cold

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Lake has been flat calm for the last week. Left the boat hooked up to the ball on the shore to void the crowds at the two ramps. Fished Henderson, Shag, Windflower, and Konocti Thursday-Saturday for a few hours. Hudd fish are starting to to be caught. Surprisingly a lot of pressure considering how slow it is… personally I’d go for the big bite considering you’ll get a handful of fish the entire day fishing finesse. Nights are getting colder!