Fishing Report


Friday, July 20th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 82 degree range, elevation 789.32

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Got launched right at 5:30 am, stopped fishing at 9:am as is was getting hot!! Nothing special day, other then just about any structure holds fish, all smaller for me today. Made about 5 stops and picked up 27 fish, all mostly all 12-13" size, and a few 10" dinks, actually all dinks today. Best fish right at 13". Water hot now, 82 degree range and calm as can be, no winds!! Pat attention to where the stick weeds are growing, right above high water line this year. They grow to 3-4 feet tall, loose the leaves, leaving sticks. When they go under water next year, they will hold fish well, always caught quality fish in the stick weeds. Mark your maps, mental notes, as the lake has lots of them growing this year. Got a picture for those that don't know about them. Pictures in fishing forum.

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 84-92

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: No kiddin' - water temp at Markley at 6 pm Wed was 92 - on the surface! When we quit at 1 am it had dropped to 84. I guided another pro athlete
      for afternoon/night trip. Mr. Moody played for the Oakland Raiders during the Tom Flores era - early 80's. He wanted to learn more about fishing
      artificial lures. We mostly used Robo worms until dark and then 7" Power worms after dark. About an hour after dark, he hooked into a good one. I stood there with the net for several minutes, finally netting a bass that never seen to end. Couldn't believe what we saw in our headlights as she
      came out of the net. The longest spotted bass I think I have ever seen - but not skinny! She went 4 lbs. Pretty good for July! Don't think he will
      need minnows now as he had a good limit around 14+ lbs. We tried topwater, but just too hot.

      Tips: Besides seeing 2 eagles, I saw something I have never seen before in the summer at Berryessa. As we headed up past Big Island around 7 pm, I
      never saw or heard a single boat north of the island the whole time we were there. That was a first for me. The fire damaged trees was a sad thing to see in the narrows. I guess I could say that the slow night bite didn't surprise me. The bite died around midnight as the quarter moon set.

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 81

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fishing continues to be red hot at Lake Berryessa. My son and daughter-in-law landed some nice size bass this past weekend weighing up to 7.5 pounds (see photos of Sarah and her good luck charm Amelia). Friday night near sunset Kevin, Bob and I went out for a couple of hours. We went to the east side of the lake to one of my favorite sites and within moments of casting out the bite was on. Within a little over an hour we had limited out (see photos). I feel that the top water bite is ready to explode at any time and that is one of my favorite methods of catching fish. A few of my personal tips are I like to use P-line 6 lb. test green, Procure scents on all my hard baits and rubber worms and I like Speed Trap crank baits that sink down to 10 feet. These seem to work well for me continuously. '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: call me for any fishing tips related to lake berryessa 650 583 3333

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 84 day, 79 night

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Started the trip on Sunday night fishing south, mostly in Konocti Bay. Took a bit to figure out what they were on, and it turned out to be blades. We fished for only a few hours as we got a late start, but we targeted rocky structure and rolled it slowly to where you can just feel the thump of the blades. They clobbered it within 10’ of the shoreline. We got 9 fish ranging from 2 - 4 lbs. The plastics & jig bite was slow. On Monday, we got bites on Texas rigged beavers as we started at 10pm. Man, the wind was ferocious! Stayed with it for a couple of hours, then packed it in. Caught 5 on Texas using heavier weights with no size. It was like fishing in a washing machine! Lol. Tues, we tried it during the afternoon, the wind was brisk but doable. Once again Texas rig produced the most bite with the fish averaging around 2.5 lbs. Went back out in the later in the evening and the wind completely died! Started around 11 pm and started getting fish on the jig. As weird as it may seem, when the wind died, the bite took off and the size was better. We caught 8 jig fish ranging from 3 lbs to our largest which was 5.2. Started fishing docks with the Texas rig and put 12 more in the boat. Next thing we know it’s cracking dawn so we decide to see if there’s a top water bite since the night was so good. The lake was dead slack, eerily quiet and other than a few slaps at the Whopper Plopper, totally devoid of any semblance of a bite. We did, however, catch a darned good breakfast at Live Oak! Our best 5 went just shy of 21 lbs. Went out Weds at 6pm with the intention of tossing frogs. Instead we got into a vicious crank bait bite that lasted until dark. They were hitting the Luckycraft D20 and LV 500 and literally smashing it. They were anywhere 1.5 - 3.5 lbs and we had a ball! Best 5 was just south of 16lbs but we caught a plethora of them! We also managed one frog fish out of one blowup that went 3llbs. No top water at all! Since the night before was great, we thought the evening bite would be stellar, but we were wrong. Again, it was dead slack and we managed 8 but we had to work for them. We were off by 3am and that’s our story and we’re stickin’ To it!

      Tips: The jig really worked on Tuesday night and when they wanted it they hit it hard. We used beavers, kinky beavers, and double wides on the Texas rig, everything else produced minimal strikes. We pitched the cranks in clear areas behind docks.We rolled everything slow, go fast and we wouldn’t get bit. Everything that worked for us had red in it, the fish are very healthy and fought like crazy. They were fairly shallow, within the 10’ water column. We didn’t venture north so the frog bite may be better up there. Was surprised that the weeds weren’t all that bad and we caught many of our fish just outside the weed line. Ted and I were hoping for better sizes, but since Tues nite and Weds afternoon were so good, we figured it could have been a lot worse! I must say that it was unusual to see the wind pattern change so dramatically! The last two days were much better fishing than the first two. Anyway, sorry for the wordy post, have a great time and stay safe out there!

    • Water Temp: 79 degrees, elevation 796.54

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Good to be back on the lake, skipped last week due to the 4th crowds. Got launched about 5:30 am at Lime Saddle and found a decent bite at the end of the point, right under the gas dock, picking up 11 fish in about an hour. Best 2 fish of the day from this location, right at 14 1/2" and 14", all fish 28-35 feet of water. Moved on to the N. Fork and found schooling fish in 30 feet of water, with a giant boulder they were hanging on. This second stop gave up another 10-12 fish, one right after the other. Hit 2 more locations and ended up with 37 fish for the morning, before calling it a day at 9:15 am. About half the fish the 13-13 1/2" range, the other half the smaller 11-12" range runts. Overall, great trip and lots of action, even though no real big fish, so typical in the summer. Found a bear out for a swim on the way to N. Fork area. He or she was huffing and puffy while swimming, but made it to shore and off it went. Pictures in fishing forum.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

    • Water Temp: Water Temp 74 – 80

      Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:29 pm

      California Delta 7/11/2018
      Water Temp 74 – 80
      Visibility 2 – 4 feet
      Wind 3 – 9 mph

      Got the chance to fish with one of my best friends growing up. Some things never change.

      Put in at 6:30 this morning. The tide was steadily moving out, but the wind was oddly not present.

      Made a quick run to our first spot. A weed flat with heavy current moving adjacent to it. Initially, we opted for ploppers, but after a few casts in promising spots and no takers, I switched to the chatterbait. Almost immediately, I boated our first keeper, a healthy post-spawn three-pounder. After making an adjustment, my buddy started throwing crankbaits. We covered the bank with great results. The fish that I missed, he would pick up.

      By 9 in the morning, the sun was high and the tide was rapidly receding; the reaction bite slowed. We made another quick move to find some healthy weeds with slight current. Since the tide was dropping so fast, we backed off the bank and started targeting isolated weed clumps. Pitching Senkos paired with Tsuyoi Weedless Wacky Hooks proved very fruitful. Our average fish was going around 2.5 pounds. All very healthy post-spawn chunks.

      Around noon, the tide continued to drop and was going negative. Instead of causing issues, this actually helped our bite. With the tide so low, we could easily see the weeds. Again, we caught healthy fish in the weeds, but it was when you found a weed clump that was furthest out or isolated, the big ones were hiding in it. On my first pitch to a very isolated weed clump, I pulled a healthy four-pounder. Continuing down the bank, I spotted another weed clump that was very isolated, so I pitched to it. BAM! Another four-pounder. My buddy had caught on and made a pitch to a outlying weed clump. He swung for the fences and his rod doubled over. He fought her for about 20 seconds, but she dove directly into the weeds and came off. He was mad, but never lost his cool. This patience paid off when he set hook into another good fish. This time, the fish just pealed drag. After three blistering bursts, she tired out. She went just under six-pounds.

      We fished for a couple more hours with continued success following the same pattern. The tide was coming in now, and started to cover some of the weeds. This made it harder to find the weeds, so we called it a day at 4 in the afternoon. Overall, another great day on the river. Best 5 hovered around the 19 – 20 pound range.

      Tips: Notes
      The fish are full blown post-spawn right now.

      A good pair of polarized glasses greatly improved our ability to see the weeds as the tide was dropping. When the tide was almost bottomed, we could see the weed clumps, which made targeting them much easier.

      The fish were very aggressive when eating the Senko. Usually on the initial fall, the fish would hit it.

      Healthy Isolated Grass + Current = BASS!!

    • Water Temp: 76-80

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I guided a father and 2 sons (14 and 16) yesterday out of Red Bud. They were visiting from Tennessee, and of course, had to fish the famous Clear Lake. All three were good bass fishermen. Must have been wind warnings or something as there was no one out there. Only saw 2 bass boats all day. Rough seas, after 9 am - was like an ocean. We were able to fish some areas I like down south and found the bite to be great for about an hour. They caught many bass from 2 to 3 3/4 lbs - one after the other!! Major bite! The oldest bass, between 4 and 4 1/4 lbs, was caught by the youngest angler - the 14 yr old! This is how you do it - men!!! All their bigger bass were caught during the early morning as the lake became an ocean after 10 am. The wind blew in a strange direction which I haven't seen often, making areas to fish very limited. We continued to catch bass into the afternoon, but only up to 2 1/2 lbs. Docks, rocks, and weedlines were the key. Their best 5, caught within an hour, between 15-16 lbs.

      Tips: With 4 in the boat, we just fished Robo worms and Senkos. MM111 was the best worm color by far. The new "moondust" Senko color is working well. These baits. worked very well, even when the wind took over. It was hard for them to feel a bite, but drop-shotting was the way to go in the afternoon. Several of their bass were very tight to the tulles after the wind came up. Bass do try to avoid strong wind currents if they can. Lots of bass still quite shallow in spite of the warm water. The upcoming heat spells will probably send the bass deeper now.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

    • Report: by Jim Wilson » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:33 pm

      I was there 6th, 7th,and 8th and from 5-8:30 am Friday, the frog bite was excellent in the tullies up North. The rest of the weekend, couldn't get bit on frogs. Evening bite was non existent also. I'm guessing the weather had an affect on the bite. It was cloudy, windy and a bit cooler Friday and Windy mid lake south Sat and Sun. Topwater bite all but shut down for me the rest of the weekend. Jigs and dropshot picked up the slack fished mid lake around deepwater docks and out off the bank in the grass in 8-10ft. Water was the clearest mid lake. Good luck

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

    • Water Temp: Water Temp 72 - 74

      Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:52 am
      California Delta 7/6/2018
      Water Temp 72 - 74
      Visibility 2 – 3 feet
      Wind 9 - 15 mph

      Saw clouds in the forecast for the area, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

      Launched the boat around 6:30 in the morning. The tide was just bottoming out with a steady western wind blowing. Conditions called for topwater.

      I started on a large flat with sparse weeds. I pulled out the plopper and went to work. Covering water, I found a decent number of small fish feeding. That said, the bite was not as great as I thought. This soon changed when the tide stared to come in.

      Working the same bank, the water had come up about a foot. With the rising water, the fish started feeding. Burning the plopper produces the best results. I followed this pattern for another hour with great success. I had a solid limit of three-pounders, but then the wind calmed down. With no chop on the water, the plopper bite died. I switched to a Senko paired with a Tsuyoi Weedless Wacky Hook. The fish were more than willing to cooperate. The two’s and three’s were plentiful. Again, I followed this pattern when conditions allowed.

      Just as the delta always does, the wind picked back up. By this time, the cloud cover was sparse. The plopper bite was not as productive, so I switched to a crankbait. The first cast yielded as small bass, so I knew the fish were in the area. Making repeated casts down the weedline, I picked up a good number of fish up to three-pounds. Then it happened. I made a long cast and started my retrieve. About six cranks in, my rod jolted. Thinking it was a small fish, I didn’t think much of it. Then my line started to come up, and a goliath came lumbering out. I immediately ran to the back of the boat and stuck the rod in water. She attempted to come up three more times and then bolted under the boat (thankfully I have experience fighting fish around the boat from years of striper fishing haha). She had me running around the boat like a mad man. Finally, I got her next to the boat and netted her. She was a bug-eyed beast! She went 8.8 pounds.

      By noon,the sun came out and the reaction bite slowed. Switching back to the Senko again produced were the reaction baits left off. By 2 in the afternoon, I called it a day. Overall, I had about 20 pounds for the best five. An epic day to say the least!

      Tips: Notes

      The cloud cover and warm wind made the bite epic!
      Plopper in the chop and low light got chewed. Cranking outside weedlines and throwing Senkos also produced great results.
      Find clean weeds with current is a must.

Friday, July 6th, 2018

    • Report: Delta Report…Summer Pattern takes Hold! Smallmouth bite Solid.. Big Month ahead for Delta Anglers. This Weekend Free Fishing Day Saturday! Dan’s Delta Outdoors Last Pro Am July 21st and Ultimate Frog Challenge will be the months biggest event July 28th and 29th. Dan’s Delta Outdoors will host Frog Technique Seminar the 25th at 6pm.

      Isleton Catfish start to show in better numbers with Mackeral. Sardines and livers are the best bets for whisker fish. Striper Trolling and plug casting has been Improving the last few days. Trolling the Angry Eyes and Savage Preys is the best bet. Get Crankin’ Smallies are grabbing baits throughout the North Delta area. Craw patterns are key. Summer night pattern prevails for bait tossing anglers.

      Rio Vista- Warm seasonable weather ahead finally for anglers, and forecast to stay stable. Shore bound anglers are scoring cats and stripers . The best place to score a striped bass or Whisker fish remains Three Mile and the area of the Power Lines, use Sardines or Shad. Trolling is still scoring many limits stripers and occasionally, a 10-12 pounder caught. Yo-Zuri’s and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers.

      Walnut Grove North Delta sloughs Black and Smallmouth Bass in the area are a biting. Jigs and Swim jigs are working in the Hogback and Steamboat Areas. Bank anglers tossing Anchovies and Sardines prevail for an occasional Striper and nice catfish. Those looking for bigger bites try drifting live baits for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling.

      Central Delta Crankbaits are scoring bass on the main runway rock walls. Bass pushing the 4 to 6 mark are showing on occasion. While the winds have hampered there search a bit those targeting shaded current areas. Fatsack Tackle punch shirts and Strike King Plastics are great under utilized choices. With the wind Spinnerbaits and buzzbaits also are getting bit. Jig bite on points is also decent! A few anglers are starting to see small schoolie sized stripers chasing bait.

      Frank’s Tract Black bass bite is at a consistent yet, tougher than normal bite. While last week the talk was of Better summer staging fish starting to grab punch baits. Many are starting to stick with drop-shotting Robo Worms We are seeing a few big Black Bass with ¾ ounce Jigs. Others looking to score are starting to Toss ProZ Frogs.

      West Delta Anglers in search of stripers are finding the bite to be improving but still those who stick with it are getting small keepers on occasion from both boat and bank. From as far west as Honker Bay to the Broad Slough and Antioch pier persistent bait dunkers with Anchovies and Sardines ae finding fun action. Sturgeon success has come on the outgoing tide with Sardines, eel and roe. Broad Slough, Bouy 1 and Pittsburg PG&E are good bets. Not great by any means but a fun way to spend the Hot summer evenings.

      Contra Loma –Catfishing is reining supreme at Channel Point, Loma Island or from a boat with nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Trout are biting on nightcrawlers at Channel Point, near the swim area, or from a boat. Try fishing for crappie or bluegill with jigs or worms at the boat ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area.

      Los Vaqueros Recent Catfish plants have spurred the action along, although wind has been brutal at times hampering boat rentals. The Best bet is fishing with cut baits with all the hungry small stripers and catfish around. Trout are a bit slower but still caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Peninsula Cove. The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic scented PowerBaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty. With the continuing plants, trout fishing has been ok with some limits being caught from all around the reservoir.

      Del Valle The weather this week has been beautiful with average temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s. . The two best species of fish to try and target would be catfish or striped bass.The Catfish bite is picking up with many anglers catching them from 2-8 lbs. As the water warms up they are getting active. The best baits have been chicken livers, anchovies, mackerel and sardines. If you target the catfish, look for areas with cover, downed trees, and grassy areas with some place for them to hide. Most of the catfish that that are being caught have been in shallow water.The hot bite this week is Striped Bass. Most anglers have been catching them out towards the dam off of points, but also in the lower narrows along the beaches. Best baits to use would be Anchovies, Chicken Liver, or Sardines. If you like to throw lures, I would recommend jerk baits (Yo-Zuri, Lucky Craft, Etc.) or jigs (chatterbaits, hair raizers, etc.).

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Thursday, July 5th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 78-81

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Shout out to Larry Hemphill for the kind words. Before fishing Berryessa, I would read his reports for tips and inspiration. Hope to book a trip with you soon Larry!

      Took a friend who's never caught a bass before to Berryessa. Even though the lake is over an hour and half away, I told him, "I can't guarantee a fish, but this place is the best chance". We launched at around 10:30 on July 5th. Being on the weekday and the fires, we were one of three boats. We pretty much had the lake to ourselves. Conditions for most of the day were calm. Almost no wind. I was nervous about that, hoping it wouldn't complicate things.

      Thankfully the spots that I am slowly accumulating were still decent. With no wind, the water was crystal clear, and we could see everything. Schools of carp, bass, blue gill, it was awesome. That meant the fish could see us too, so we had to be stealthy, slow it down and downsize. Small jigs and drop shots were key. Tried top water but only one taker. Friend hooked a giant Smallmouth, but lost it right at the boat. I would guess 5lbs. Welcome to bass fishing I told him.

      Tips: -Surprisingly, most of the fish we caught were shallow. Even the larger ones. No giants, probably out in deep water.
      -Slow down and downsize.
      -I'm very particular with line visibility and I feel that makes a difference.
      -Don't spook the fish. Be quiet, lay off the t motor, watch hatches slamming, maintain distance etc.

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

    • Water Temp: Water Temp 71 - 74

      Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:36 pm

      California Delta 7/3/2018
      Water Temp 71 - 74
      Visibility 1 – 3 feet
      Wind 9 - 15 mph

      Got to the launch ramp at around 6:30 this morning. When we left the house, it was flat calm, but as soon as we hit the water, the wind showed up.

      On our first stop, a strong western wind blew. With conditions being less than ideal for the Senko, I opted for my trusty chatterbait. On the second cast, I hooked a healthy post spawn fatty. You could tell she was feeding by her extended belly and worn fins. Continuing down the bank, my father and I boated a few more good fish on the chatterbait and spinnerbait. With the wind getting stronger, we looked for more sheltered water.

      Switching between rip-rap, tullies, and flats, we fished the remainder of the morning with some success. Nothing spectacular, and lots of one and two-pound fish. Crankbaits on the rocks, Senko’s in the tullies, and punching in the mats. They all produced, but not the quality we were looking for.

      With a decent limit,we stopped at an area that had produced some good fish in the past. On my third cast, my crankbait totally stopped. I set hook, but instead of heading directly at me as most of the fish earlier, this one pulled back. I knew she was a better fish. After a short fight, my father netted her; a good five-pound fish. We continued to fish the area, but had nothing to add to our limit.

      By late morning, we were still looking to cull. We made a stop on a wind-blown flat. My father suggested I use the plopper. Almost instantly, I had a taker. Not big, but it was a good sign. About 20 yards down, another taker, and another. Then a three pounder thumped on the deck. The fish were chewing. My father on the other hand, stuck to his trusty Senko with the Tsuyoi Weedless Wacky Hook. Pitching to the outside of the weeds, he also started to get some good fish. It was perfect, I fished the inside, while he fished the outside. We followed this pattern into the afternoon with great success.

      By 3 in the afternoon, the jet skiers and mega yachts were out in droves. We called it a day. Overall, a pretty good day with about 15lbs for our best 5.

      Tips: Notes
      Current is key! Most fish have finally moved into there post-spawn patterns. They are tired from spawning, and want an easy meal. Current acts as there food delivery service.
      Covered a lot of water today.

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 77-81

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I was happy for the previous posted report about Berryessa. Sounds like they had a great trip! I did my first night guide trip Wed - late afternoon/night. One night before the full moon. Not the night I would have preferred, as we were greeted by another cool front with a fair amount of south wind. We fished the narrows and some of the main body. In spite of the weather, the bite was fairly good the whole trip - lots of very shallow bass. Pressure was off me right at dark as my father-son team became a team - hooked 2 bass at the SAME time - seconds apart! No way to treat a guide - LOL!!! Luckily, the black light was on. Wound up putting both largemouth in the net in back to back swipes!! Lifted them in the boat - barely!! About 9 1/2 lbs combined! Dad's went 6 lbs 2 oz and son's - 3 1/4 lbs. That's the way to start their first night trip!! The rest of the night was good except for a few more quality bass they lost. The wind let up some around midnight and the bite improved. Several bass right on the bank after that. Good trip, especially seeing two bass over 6 lbs for back to back guide trips. I guess they do bite day and night!!

      Tips: My clients gave the topwater bite a good shot, using buzzbaits. With the cold wind, it was slow for them. They did have one or two good blow-ups, one a good bass! Had it been a nice evening, I think they would have done well. After dark it was fun to do a night trip in my new Z521. Jeremy of C&C Marine did his usual excellent job getting my boat ready for night fishing. Fun to remember how big those bass sound at night!! We fished a few different baits, but the 7" Berkley Power worm again was the best bait.

    • Water Temp: 75

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Took a newbie out to Rollins today. He wanted to sleep in so we did not get on the water until after 7 AM. I was surprised the bite seemed tough in the morning. With a usual limit by 9 AM, I was lucky to have a keeper by 9 AM. We tossed drop shot worms in MMIII and pumpkinseed tubes. Fishing was slow and the fish were small so we tried something different. We got off the typical summer pattern of fishing deep and we went shallow. We went up the river a ways to find water that was 70 degrees down from the 75 we found on the main lake. Then we switched to whacky rig green worms and fished shallow water, 2 to 4 feet, up close to a shore that had any kind of shadow on it. It was like flipping, just quick pitch, couple shakes, then pick it up if no one is home. The fish started coming but were still small. As the day wore on and the shadows increased shallow fishing began to produce keepers and a few nice ones to 3 pounds. So it started out slow and then turned into a good day. Ski boat traffic was surprisingly light as well. The lake remains more stained than normal. By now it should be clear down to about 20 feet but its clear to about 6 feet.

      Tips: Working in that close, we turned off all electronics and turned the trolling motor down to about 20.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

    • Water Temp: Water Temp 73 - 76

      Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:17 am

      California Delta 6/27/2018
      Water Temp 73 - 76
      Visibility 2 – 3 feet
      Wind 5 – 18 mph

      Wasn’t summer just here? Man it was chilly.

      Put in at 6 in the morning. Met up with a buddy and his god son. They wanted numbers, so that’s what we did.

      On our first stop, the tide was ripping through the area. After a little while and no fish, it was clear the fish didn’t want to be in the direct current. Seeing this, we made a small adjustment and cranked down some side channels. We boated a good number of 10 – 15 inch bass.

      By mid-morning, they seemed like they were tuckered out from catching “monsters” haha. So we made another move to fish some shallow weed flats. The tide was still moving out, which left only about a foot of water above the weeds. Even though the sun was pretty high, I decided there was enough wind to create a good chop on the water. I tied on a whopper plopper for the god son, and he went to work. After a couple of casts, a mule came rocketing out of the water. It looked like something from shark week. He fought the beast for a little, but about halfway to the boat, she came unbuttoned after she jumped. That was the biggest bass he had hooked, but was a little bummed that she came off. That’s fishing for ya though, can’t catch all the big ones. We followed this pattern for a short while, but the wind laided down for a bit. With the chop gone, the plopper bite died off. We switched to Senkos paired with Tsuyoi Weedless Wacky Hooks and proceeded to put on a clinic. Fish were flying left and right! Overall, a good time.

      By noon, we looked for some more water, but stumbled upon a fellow boater in distress. His motor had no power after hitting an obstruction. We towed him for a while, and he told us to cut him loose after getting him most of the way there. A great guy, but unfortunate that had to happen to him.

      Owen, if you're reading this, hope you made it back safe and your motor is ok.

      After our little adventure, we cranked more walls and the bass were more than willing to eat. In the more protected areas, we found the Senko bite very fruitful and the god son even managed his personal best at just over 2.5 pounds. He was very happy.

      By late afternoon, the wind was howling and we called it a day. The ride back was a fun experience to say the least.

      Offshore weedlines with slight current held large amounts of fish. That said, heavy current or dead water was void of life.

      If you can't get bit on anything, go to a craw crankbait. You'll at least have a pull-down.

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      Water Temp: Unknown

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Full Moon + Outgoing Tide = Bad Day of Fishing.

      That's what we thought when we got on the water at 6:00A out of Paradise Marina. There was a slight breeze. We headed up to Frank's Tract and hit a lot of spots as we worked our way there. For 2 hours, we had only got a couple of bites between the two of us. No keeper size fish. It looked like we were going to have a bad day on the water.

      We got to Frank's Tract at 8:00A. I was still throwing a Chartruese/White chatterbait and my cousin was going through his arsenal of lures. In the next hour, I caught 5 keeper size bass (largest 2 pounds) and my cousin caught 1. Then, we headed down to Mildred. In the Mildred area, we caught a bunch of keeper size bass. Two of the bass that my cousin caught were 3-4+ pounds cranking a Megabass lure along the outside of the weedline. We got off the water at 11:00 after a good day on the water.

      Tips: I threw the chatterbait almost the entire day because of the slight breeze. A chatterbait is my "go to" lure. My cousin cranked a variety of lures along the outside edge of the weedline as the water level dropped.

      At times, both of us were cranking a Whopper Plopper over the weeds. Didn't catch any keeper size fish, but caught a bunch of little guys.

    • Water Temp: 77-78, elevation 806.80

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Got launched early right at 5:30 am, stopped fishing at 9 am. Headed to the N. Fork and found many fish, but dam, all small buggers. Fish were plentiful, but all small as they come. Could not find anything over 13" today out of 19 fish caught. Might be the warm water 77-78 degrees. Looked deep, still nothing worth a photo, so in the way in, picked up a typical fish at hwy 70 bridge pilings and took a picture of the basic fish today. Fishing and catching these small ones makes me want to not fish, but will fish anyway. Water has cleared up a lot, from some of the areas that had or still has algae bloom. Cleaner water had the better fishing. Picture in fishing forum.

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

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      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Shore fishing at cachuma lake near Borona Butte across from space 315 at around 530pm caught 3 small bass using yellow and red crank bait threw them back.

      Tips: They seemed to hit only when cranked fast, I tried green, orange and pink plastic work no bites

Monday, June 25th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 78

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Ill do my due diligence as an angler and report.. Killer day on the lake. I launched a bit late but the top water bite was still on.. Had a "bumper" come up and smack a hulla popper but apparently it was just a nose bump. My lure bounced about 5' in the air and landed back on the water. I stayed with that popper for awhile but ya really can't cover too much water with a popper so I switched to my buzzbait. Worked the shallow shade lines for awhile and finally got bit on a chatterbait. A nice 2#er. I landed another decent bass with the same chatterbait over some grass (1.5lb) Landed another bass with the same chatterbait in some laydowns and then my biggest catch of the day.
      I was working a laydown and checking out the water.. I seen bluegill sharing space with bass under a tree. This told me, the bass and bluegill need that space to survive so they're going to defend it. I rattled that cage awhile and.pulled some bass with a senko and chatterbait. Just about to leave when I tossed one more cast in the heart of the tree and a 3# took it. That's the best I got today. About a 10# bag, respectable but not all the great either. I had a few feeding bites but for the most part, a defensive bite in shade. Any day fishing is a great day though!

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 78-81

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Last week was our first time at berryessa and we caught 20, staying in just one arm of the lake. This time, with a little experience, we wanted to break that number.

      We launched at 12:30 pm. Given the extremely hot weather on Friday and Saturday, we were unsure how the day would go, especially since we were launching at a non-optimal time. Boy were we in for a treat.

      Without giving too much away, we fished the west part of the lake starting at school house island. We landed 49 fish on the boat, which should have been 60+ if we weren't screwing around. Most of the fish were smallmouth with a few largies and spots thrown in. It seemed like anytime we found likely underwater structure/ledges, a finesse jig or dropshot would kill it. Submerged humps, dropoffs, rocks, you name it. What an amazing lake. Too amazing really, now I'm spoiled.

      Most of the fish were caught with finesse. Around 2pm, after which we caught well past a limit, my partner decided to throw a topwater and only topwater for the rest of the day, because who doesn't like topwater? Some people will disregard the proven technique just for those few blowups. I can't say I disagree. Not expecting much, we were blessed to find a school of smallies munching on bait. Excited, he tied on a popper and lit them up.

      I would estimate our best five at about 13-14 lbs, all of them smallmouth. We did have a giant largemouth hit a zaraspook but we couldn't hook up. I'm hesitant on guessing weight but it would've definitely been the biggest of the day. I moved here from central North Carolina 4 years ago, and have not caught a smallmouth until 2 years ago. So catching this many smallies was truly heaven.

      Tips: If you're the type of fisherman who only throws reaction or senko close to the shore, you need to change your strategy. California reservoirs are not like the stained water reservoirs on the east coast. With frequently drawn down water levels removing shallow cover, you need to be comfortable fishing deep water. We literally threw everything just for fun. As stated before, a finesse jig or dropshot were the most effective for use, however we caught some on spinnerbaits, poppers, spooks, and cranks. Rocks and dropoffs were key, though flats were good if there were baitfish as well.