Fishing Report

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Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

    • Water Temp: Not sure

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Buddy Mike Sperbeck and I fished Clear Lake yesterday afternoon and up to midnight and found the bite to be quite good.
      Not sure how many we caught, around 40 I guess, but the quality was good with bass up to 6 1/2 lbs. No toads.
      The bite was tough around dusk with pretty heavy wind. Actually, the bite was good but they were hard to hook in the wind!!
      That's Clear Lake on a summer evening!!
      We used a variety of craw type baits as they out-produced the worms.
      The bite was on fire around midnight. Glad we didn't leave early!!!

      Larry Hemphill

Sunday, June 13th, 2021

    • Report: Postby HappyDogBassFishing » Sun Jun 13, 2021 1:22 pm

      Had a good bite last week on the bladed jig. Lots of 3 to 4 pound bass, plus one that almost went 8 pounds. I was fishing ledges where the shallow 2-3 foot flat drops off into 8 to 12 feet of water. Top-water action was decent for smaller keeper fish under 3 pounds. Tons of stripers (15 to 19 inch range) and smaller bass were up on the flats. Next week will be a cooker out there...stay hydrated and good luck.

Sunday, June 6th, 2021

    • Water Temp: 69-72

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Early opening light launch at Paradise with an outgoing tide so ran down to Little Venice/Little Connection. Started with topwater... zip, no blow-ups. Then tried squarebills and underspins keeping them just above the weed tops. Picked up some 1 - 2 lbers. Also got bit on T-rigged stick worms (5" General - junebug and swim senkos in junebug and green pumpkin) working the trough between rip-rap and weedline. Bite slowed there by 7:30 so ran across to Ward Island. Nothing at the docks but bait-stealers so ran across to the shallow area along the rock wall. Picked up a few more including a 3+lb on underspin and keitech 3.8". Moved around into the cut leading to Columbia Cut and continued working some shallow wakebaits and underspins for a few more 1 - 2 lbers but at least 3 came unbuttoned at the boat. Nice bent rods though. Went back to Little Connection thinkin' a bite window might open up from the morning run but only managed a couple more on t-rigged General. Ended the day early at 11:30. btw, found a pair of Booms split ring pliers near my truck parked along the roadside dirt parking just above the houseboats. I plan on fishing this Thur 6/10 so I'll leave them taped on a cardboard at the paybox.

      Tips: I never feel qualified to give tips but I always offer up what worked for us since we're just fishin' for fun, not weight. I'm happy as heck with gettin' hooked up whether it's under or barely 12", or over a pound or a few pounds... of course then again, nothin but dinks can sometimes be a little discouraging but that wasn't the case this time out.
      Squarebills and shallow cranks worked slow so they wouldn't head straight into weeds. Worked inside and outside weedline edges as well as random clumps on flats. Same slow roll speed for the underspins with 3.5 - 3.8" paddletail swimbaits (shad colors) and 4" swim senkos in green pumpkin and junebug. I worked a dropshot but instead of just a dropshot sinker, I rig a 3/16 - 1/4 oz owner ultra finesse ballhead with a texposed 5" stick worm or swim senko as the dropshot weight. This gives me a chance at bottom bites as well as dropshot. This time around, I never got bit on the dropshot hook, only the bottom plastic got bit. ... well, it works for me :) .
      So anyways, that's what worked ... tight lines, bent rods, later!

Sunday, May 30th, 2021

    • Report: by StanL » Sun May 30, 2021 4:05 am

      My buddy Casey and I had a chance to get on Camanche for a few hours before all the chaos started.

      We arrived at South Shore about 6:30am and noticed how far down the water level was. This is the first time I’ve had to use the low water ramp in a long time.

      When we put in the water we saw the surface temperature was 74 degrees and the water had a slight stain to it so we started throwing some reaction baits. On my first cast with a topwater popper I got a spot about 2 12 lbs and I told Casey it’s on!!!

      Well after about a hour or so and a few different topwater baits, we never got a another topwater bite .. how does that happen!? So we started throwing some down baits and I settled in on a Bass Union darthead with watermelon candy Trick Worm. Casey caught all his fish on a Ned rig with a green pumpkin big TRD. Both of us were throwing them on 8# Gamma fluorocarbon line.

      We fished on any kind of break that had 15‘ of water on top and deep water next to it. We fished until about 1:00 pm and caught 12 fish.

      if you go to camanche right now be extremely careful! There are a lot of underwater Islands that are not marked and remember to support your local tackle store.

      Hope this helps!
      Good luck fishing.
      StanL

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

    • Water Temp: 67.8

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: We fished Sun, Tues, & Weds nights & fishing has been outstanding! Didn’t go out on Mon due to the wind, but the other nights were on fire! We averaged over 50 fish each night with Sun & Tues limits being a shade over 23 lbs. Weds limit was higher at 31 lbs due to a nice 10 lber. They were concentrated on both docks & rocky structure with many strikes in the 15-20 ft range. We were south & had the best luck with Texas rig, jig, & blades. We rolled the blades really slowly, the Texas rig was most productive with Reaction’s Man Bear Pigs in dirty wizard & Ca 420. They were stacked up in spots with multiple strikes in each location. We’d position the boat in 20-24 ft & fan cast in all directions getting strikes parallel & perpendicular to the boat. We were using Rodstrainer jigs with sweet beaver trailers & anything with red was popular! We caught a bunch of fish in the 3-5 lb range & the action was pretty much non stop!

      Tips: I think that the post spawn bite is in full swing! The fish are aggressive & willing as they were very active! When you get bit, stay in the spot for a bit as we got multiple strikes as they seem to be schooled up! I also think the big fish are just starting to get active, I wish I could stay for a few more days! We caught a lot of fish in successive strikes & the fishing this trip was some of the best. If you get a chance fish this lake soon! Have fun & stay safe out there!

Friday, May 14th, 2021

    • Report: by WB Staff » Fri May 14, 2021 4:20 am

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      Report: Hit the water in the afternoon for some after work action. The wind was howling out of the west and there was a high incoming tide. Started off with reaction baits in the front of the boat and shaking worms in the back. Noticed the water color was getting dirtier as the water came up and the wind continued to blow. Needed to make a move to where there was less water flow and a more protected area, so went into the Central Delta.

      Stuck to reactions baits, but no go. Picked up a flippin' stick and went to work.Water color wasn't any better and what I thought was protected was blown out.

      Moved again to a south facing bank, again hoping for some wind protection. It was a little better. Flipped D-Bombs and threw a dropshot to get a few around the hydrilla. Nothing too big. They came out of 3ft.

      No matter how many years or decades you've spent on the Delta, if you're not in tune, it can be a new lesson every time... or maybe it's just me.

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

    • Report: by Csuhchris » Wed May 12, 2021 1:10 pm

      Went out this AM! The depth inside the launching area is approximately a foot deep. Using a trolling motor to exit while angled w/o being fully extended will only be possible a few more weeks. Was approximately two feet deep last week. Time to pull out your airboats!

Sunday, May 9th, 2021

    • Report: From Alan Fong at Fisherman's Warehouse Megastore Sacramento. If you want to talk fishing, you know where to go to find him!...

      Finally got out to the Delta on Thursday with Chris, a buddy of mine for years.

      It was blowing very hard so we stayed in Minor Slough but we caught some nice bass on blades and Senkos.

      Most of the bass are post spawn now so I'm finding them in little more current.

      Finally around 11 am I stuck this seven pounder on a Senko.

      Considering a windy day it was pretty good and lots fun fishing with Chris. Used to fish a lot with him until he moved to Oregon. Chris bought a ghost, 2 HDS 12 lives from FW so I took him out to set them up n teach him how they work.

      For those going out this week the bass in the North Delta are post spawn and are moving into current. When the wind blows throw blades in grass on flats and look for areas that are in 2 to 8 feet of water!

      There are also some bass under the mats so throw frogs and then turn around and punch the mats.

      For those of you that don't know Chris. He used to travel and fish the west coast. He is the 2010 WON Bass U.S. Open AAA chamption.

Friday, May 7th, 2021

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      Report: This week I was able to head over to New Melones with my buddy Earl Dalton for a day of fun fishing, and I have to say we had a blast!

      When we put the boat in the water, the surface temperature was 65.

      We started off with a variety of topwater baits. I settled in on a Rico popper and Earl went with a walking bait. I am not sure what brand he had on.

      For the first couple hours we played the shade, what I mean by that is we fished-any bank that had a shade line and it and it was on!

      When the sun got higher, we noticed the water was pretty clear. After that we started fishing the back of coves. We caught quite a few with a big TRD green pumpkin Ned rig and a brown 3/8 oz Bass Union jig with a Yamamoto Twin Tail trailer. We stopped by Hook'd tackle store in Ione for more big TRD’s and I’m glad we did. With that being said please support your local tackle stores.
      I hope this helps.
      Good luck fishing!
      stanL

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

    • Report: by BASNFAN » Fri Apr 23, 2021 5:55 pm

      Shasta fishing was crazy this year compared to most years . Between my partner and I, we boated 72 bass and one crappie in the 3 1/2 days. Usually we do that many for both of us in one day. Biggest was pushing 2 lbs. The crappie though was 14 1/2 inches and provided more meet and bigger filets than the bigger bass. We saw a few beds and little bucks swimming around. We kept 14 fish for the freezer and not one with eggs and only two that had red tails. Keitecks at about 3.8 in was a good bait but most fish came on Robos rigged Texas, darter headed, or Neko rigged. My umbrella rig never got a bite, nor did any cranks. It was still a good trip for us. Water temps were up and down but generally between 58 in the AM and 63 or 64 in the PM.

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

    • Report: by Mitch » Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:30 am

      Launch out of Red Bud and fish the whole Red Bud arm. Much deeper. Wacky Rig Senkos or Niko rig and work the "Scattered" tules and outside docks. The Bass up there like the darker colors. Junebug, Watermelon/red, Greenpumpkin etc.

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

    • Report: by farmboy9695 » Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:26 pm

      Came up Monday after the big tournament. Launched out of LakePort headed north the last two days. Water is low, caught a couple of bed fish, no real size. Fishing tomorrow and I’m thinking launching out of Lucerne. Any suggestions, I’m not a tournament fisher but would like to catch a few 4 or 5 lbs before heading home.
      I fished drop shot last two days and caught @6 total. About 2.5 lbs
      Any constructive help would be appreciated.

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

    • Water Temp: 62.2

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished this past Monday & Weds evening. There was a small cold front setting in plus the Won 3 day tournament. The fishing was ok with the majority of our fish coming on black 8” powerworms. Monday we caught 11 fish with the two biggest at 7 lbs 5 oz & 5 lbs 11 oz. They came late as the fish seemed to become active at 3 am. Weds we were only out for 2 1/2 hrs coming in at midnight. I fished with Don Iovino on Weds & we had a ball catching 12 in a little bit of time. Best fish was 7 lbs 2 oz that was the only crankbait fish of the evening. I think it would have gotten better later but we came in early. There were only a one jig fish but they were really on that black worm Texas rigged. Monday we had to hide from the wind but Weds was calm. They were very close to the bank & often just picked the bait up. Monday’s limit was a tad over 23 lbs & Weds limit was a tad over 21 lbs. The trip only yielded 1 blade fish, 1 jig fish & 1 crankbait fish. All of the rest were on the Texas rig. Hope this helps!

      Tips: I think spawn had started so you have to run into foraging fish. They were shallow but when you hooked them, the fight was on! We were south fishing in front of tules & back of docks. When the weather settles, I think the bite will improve! Have fun & stay safe!

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.

    • Water Temp: 69.8°F.

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I've been out fishing at Lake Mead the last couple of weeks and the bass are now on beds in the shallow coves. the water is clear and sight fishing is good. they are hitting jerk baits, crankbaits, and soft plastics including purple and craw colors. As well the striped bass bite is turning on now. we have not seen boils yet but the stripers are getting hungry and have been going for frozen anchovies, and jerk baits that resemble shad.

      Tips: they are hitting jerk baits, crankbaits, and soft plastics including purple and craw colors.

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.