Fishing Report


Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

    • Report: by clearlakeoutdoors » Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:21 pm

      The bite has been good if fishing shallow up north 2'-6' of water. Lucky craft LV 500, Jerkbaits, small shad colored Keitechs have been best around the schools of shad. Heard of people struggling down south and deep water bite wasn't has good as a few weeks ago. There was a 25lb and 30lb bag brought in Saturday for the American Bass tournament. I've been told fish from 2.5lbs to 8.5lb have been caught in the last couple of Days. Start fishing early take a long lunch break and get back out for the afternoon bite.

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 59-62

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I took a father/adult son team to Berryessa on Saturday - mid-morning to the twilight hour. Dad was a former client who had caught a 7 1/2 pounder with me. Started off good with the son drop/shotting a 2 3/4 lb largemouth on a MM111 Robo worm. That was the best fish on a weird, smoky day on the lake. Dead flat again with not a hint of a breeze. Dead flat surface fish activity and the birds weren't diving. Dad caught 2 nice crappie on the drop-shot rig. They had 3 or 4 more bass and that was it. I had the HDS 12 on most of the day, showing small groups of bass from 60 to 80 feet. Several areas had no fish on the meter from the 30 to 60 foot zone. The bait balls we did see were mostly tight with no bass nearby. The father/son team went again today (Sun) in their own boat and had a better day. They told me birds were everywhere and bass were somewhat active. They had several bass from 2 1/4 to 3 lbs. What a difference a day makes!

      Tips: The weather has to change and some storms are finally predicted for this week. If we do get quality amounts of rain, the incoming streams and creeks will have incoming fresh water and will attract feeding bass, especially if the rains have warmer water. This may not be a bigger deal than normal since the lake water is not cold yet. Fresh water is always welcome for bass as long as it isn't from hail or snow melt. Soon it will be time to watch your temperature gauge!

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

    • Water Temp: Water temp- 64-66*

      Report: Lake McClure Fishing Report
      On the water - 6:30 am
      Off the water- 12:30 pm
      Water clarity- clear

      Today I took a couple of clients (Henry and Naz) out on beautiful Lake McClure for a half day trip. We started off on the south end of the lake fishing main lake points and creek channels between 25 and 50 foot of water, drop shotting 4” shad pattern worms. We caught a lot of fish between 12 inches and 2 1/2 pounds, the bite was fast and furious for the first couple of hours!
      After about 9:30 am we decided to start bouncing main lake points and steep rock bluff style banks throwing some more drop shot baits, tube style baits, and jigs. We caught several more fish, with the biggest still going right around the 2.5 to 3 pound range.
      We ended the day with well over 75 fish, not bad for a couple who has never been bass fishing a day in their life! The fish seem to be following the shad, so when you find the bait, you find the fish, simple as that.

Monday, November 12th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 60-64

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: The fishing on New Melones and most of the Motherlode lakes has been a little bit tough. But the weather has been absolutely gorgeous. The fish are in transition from summer to fall and the weather has been so nice they are stuck in limbo. This has spread out the baitfish and the bass. We have been successfully catching fish in shallow water and deep water from 5’ to 70’. The most difficult part has been they are there one day and gone the next, leaving us searching and starting with a clean slate each trip. Regardless of the tough bite we are still have a great time on the lake and finding plenty fish on each outing, we are just having to work a little harder to locate them. Using a variety of search baits and finesse presentations has been key. Along with using our fish finders to locate balls of bait. Umbrella rigs, underspins and rip-baits can be fished at various depths and used to cover water. Dropshots, jigs, Ned rigs and shakeyheads work best when slowing down to comb and area. With a little bit of cloud cover and rain we should start to see the epic fall bite we have all been waiting for.

      Tips: Xperience Fishing Guide Service
      John Liechty (209)743-9932

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

    • Report: From AZGFD
      Alamo Lake
      Mark Knapp of Alamo Lake State Park reported the lake is at 1,184 feet with releases of 10 cfs. Cholla Ramp is still open with about 4 feet of usable water over asphault. The main ramp has been high and dry all summer. The dirt ramp is still usable. Crappie fishing is fair to good and some anglers have been averaging 5-10 crappie a day using Roadrunners and minnows slow-trolling 15 feet deep in 30 feet of water. There’s a bit of a night bite by the dam but crappie will be moving up soon.

    • Report: From AZGFD
      Roosevelt and Apache lakes
      Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods reported, “Crappie anglers are reporting the best fishing in the past several years on Roosevelt and Apache lakes. Limits of crappie are being caught in just a few hours of fishing in the morning. Large crappie schools can be found in 25-30 foot depths and always in brush, trees or the artificial habitat structures deployed by the AZGFD. A vertical fishing technique is the most popular technique. November is traditionally considered one of the best months for crappie fishing due to the stable weather pattern.”

    • Report: AZGF

      Here’s a quick update on the AZ crappie scene:

      Bartlett Lake
      The water temperature has dropped from 88 to 69 during the past 3 weeks. Better reports have been coming in from Bartlett that indicate crappie have been moving from deep water to about 10 feet. Some anglers were having success with small crankbaits by the power lines by the dam. Try small jigs or live minnows for crappie in 10 to 20 feet of water during the day. Most crappie have been in the 8- to 10-inch range but some anglers reportedly were catching crappie up to 2 pounds.

    • Water Temp: Water temp- 64/67*

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: by RCook » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:47 pm

      Fishing report for Lake McClure Sunday 11-4-18

      On the water at 6:00 am.
      Off the water at 5:00 pm.
      Water clarity- very clear.
      Water temp- 64/67*

      Today I took a couple of new friends Darren and Lizzie out to Lake McClure for a day of fun fishing.

      We started off in one of the creek channels throwing top water, as there were a lot of smaller fish busting bait on the surface. We had a fun time for the first couple of hours and caught several on top water, as well as a few others on plastics out deeper.

      When we had had enough of the smaller fish we decided to go look for the bigger ones, which I have been noticing are moving quite a bit deeper.

      We fished main lake points near steep drop off’s with tube baits rugged on 1/4 oz dartheads, made by Fattys Worms, And drop shotted six-inch morning dawn worms.

      Once we moved out deeper (50-80’) we did not get nearly as many bites but we found the quality.

      We ended the day with around 14lbs for our best 5, with a beautiful spotted bass kicker weighing just over 4 lbs (caught by Lizzie of course!)

      Both Lizzie and Darren caught their personal best spotted bass, so it was a great day with great friend.

      There is great fishing to be had at all of our Motherlode lakes right now, time to get out there!

    • Report: From AZGFD
      Roosevelt and Apache lakes
      Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods reported, “Crappie anglers are reporting the best fishing in the past several years on Roosevelt and Apache lakes. Limits of crappie are being caught in just a few hours of fishing in the morning. Large crappie schools can be found in 25-30 foot depths and always in brush, trees or the artificial habitat structures deployed by the AZGFD. A vertical fishing technique is the most popular technique. November is traditionally considered one of the best months for crappie fishing due to the stable weather pattern.”

    • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Mark you calendars for the annual Redwood Empire Bass Club open tournament to be held on December 8th at Lake Sonoma. Blast off at safe light and weigh in begins at 3:00. Entry fee is $100 per team which includes big fish option. Sign up in advance by downloading the entry form at or enter the day of the event. See you there.

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

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      Water Temp: 63

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: On the water at 7AM out of Frank's Tract. Water temperature around 63 degrees, no wind, low tide, fished until 1PM. Caught 3-4 striped bass in the main channel, biggest around 4 pounds (two keepers). All were caught on jerk baits against the rip rap. Switched to fishing for large mouth bass outside of Little Frank's and caught one on top water, then a few more on wacky worm, biggest to 2 pounds. Beautiful day on the water.

    • Water Temp: 63

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fishing was still slow but the bites were bigger. My best 5 went 18 lbs. Most caught off a shaky head. Heard they're eating jigs but I never threw any. Evening time I caught a few on a jerkbait and missed one on a Pop-R.

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

    • Water Temp: 67-70

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Spoonmeister Rick Tietz (Blade Runner Tackle) and I finally got to Berryessa yesterday for a great day of spooning for bass. That's all you are allowed to do when you fish with him - LOL!! I did drop-shot a bit, but most mostly spooned all day. I still have feeling in my fishing arm after 7 hours of spooning!! You don't count the number of spoon fish when you fish with Rick - he will catch a million and I am only in the thousands!! What a day! We covered the whole lake - even into Putah Creek some. There were a few slow areas, but when you found the feeding schools of bass - WOW! One doesn't keep count on a day like that - but at least 80 plus. AND - my 9 lb catfish hooked at 50 feet which took several minutes out of my day. Who knew they would take a spoon! As Rick would say - we saw massive schools of bait in the main body - and the bass were eatin'!! Our best five - about 16+ pounds. Since we were in short sleeves on a November 1st day, I guess the bass felt a need to feed as winter is in doubt! By the way, the 7th out of 8 trips at Berryessa with totally flat water - not a HINT of a breeze all day - even into evening. This on the main body - there was some breeze in the narrows.

      Tips: Some days when a spoon bite like that is on, it seems any color will work. Rick and I do have our favorites - he was using his UV Morning Dawn most of the day and I went with my favorite Black Shad. He even makes a UV Black Shad, but I was using the old fashioned plain Black Shad. He tells me after the trip - "Oh, I have a UV Black Shad!" He tells me that after he is assured that he caught the most - LOL!!! We only use the 1 3/4 oz size as one wants to get down to the "eatin zone" quickly - where the action is!! The bait balls were always near the bottom but later in the afternoon moved up to the 25-30 foot depth. Remember, don't spoon below their feeding depth because fish can't see down, only level and up. Fishing for suspended bass is always a little more tricky. That is why you always see fish in an aquarium feeding on the bottom at a 45 degree angle. If their food source is at their level or above, fish will always be horizontal or head raised. That is why they spook so easy when you approach them from above - on a bank or on a dock. The vibration will do it too - why do our boats have carpet? Anyway - great day with a great and talented friend. If I could just get him out of the shop more often.....!

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

    • Water Temp: 67

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Got in a little late this morning and the fall bite is here! Millions of bait fish right at the doc at Merkley Cove. Used rattle trap, deep dive swim bait, Ned rig, drop shot and Senko. Cought some nice fish.

      Tips: Always keep your eyes open... lots of birds usually means bait fish which equals big bass

    • Water Temp: Never looked!!

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Another rough launch at Bidwell at 6:30 am, but no water into the boat this time. Decent bite, found a place that kept me out of the winds, fishing about 75-100 foot of shoreline the entire trip. Caught 14 spots, a couple 15", couple 14 1/2, couple 14" and none less then 13". Most fish caught at 30-35 foot mark, none deeper today. Every time the sun pokes through the clouds, the bite picked up, then slowed as clouds came back. Anything with chartreuse worked best today, mixed with browns. Gave up fishing at 9:45 am, as the winds seemed to pick up again. Steep rubble rock like banks did the trick today. Sure has been good fishing the last three or more weeks, always better sized fish end of Sept, through Oct. like most years. Pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

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      Water Temp: 66-68

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Glad to be back in a bass boat. Purchased a new to me Champion last week and finally got to take her out. Got on the water at 7am launched out of Barrett Cove south ramp. Weather was clear w/about 5 mph wind. Stopped at a point on the main lake working my way back into a cove. Fished a little of everything poppers,spinner bait, jigs, and crankbait. Caught fish on all of them. Got a lot of action on topwater but the fish were not committing to biting only landed 3 out of the 15+ strikes I had on the popper. Fish were caught from 3 ft of water to 30ft. Bigger fish came on jigs several close to 3lbs. Moved to several different areas and caught fish at all of them. Fished until about 1pm(had to leave early) all and all caught over 20 total(stopped counting at 15).

      Tips: Bass fishing is wide open. Have fun and rip some lips.

Monday, October 29th, 2018

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      Water Temp: 64.3-65.3

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished the HL&S tournament yesterday, morning started off gorgeous, hit our first spot and started with top water popper ( silver and black) caught one keeper, Tried chatter baits in white but no luck with that, tried creature baits and the bite felt like they were just playing with the tails,
      fished the main channels with he popper and it continued to produce bites boated another fish, went to fishing boat slips in the marinas and boated 2 more keepers top water, a 12.5 " fish hammered the popper and had the whole thing in its mouth sideways, they were really crushing it,
      the wind played havoc trying to keep the boat in position in the afternoon, tried trowing a small A rig but no bites.
      Good Luck

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 65

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Tough bite. Slower then it was a month ago. My fish came in 1'-15' of water. Boated around 10 and lost or missed a half dozen more. Most fish were about 12". I did get lucky and caught a largemouth right at 10 lbs. Caught all of my fish on a shaky head.
      Fish are scattered from shallow water out to 40+ deep. You will catch 2-3 real quick in an area and then it shuts down and then you have to find a new spot but when you hit the right spot you will catch another 2-3 in a row and then you have to find another area where they're biting. Lots of dead time in between. I presume a guy could work an area real slow and catch around the same amount of fish as running around but I don't have the patience for that.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

    • Water Temp: 65 degrees, elevation 698

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at 6:30 and for the first time, 2 other boats launching too, normally just me! Headed to potters cove and fished for 1 1/2 hours, nothing, no bait ball, no nothing. This area seems to be a waste of time, tried 6-8 locations, not a nibble. So headed to the main lake est side and found fish first cast. All decent fish, but not large as we all like. ended up catching three 14 1/2", 2 14" and 6 13 1/2 to just under 14", calling it quits at 10 am with 11 spots. Decent bite for just 1 1/2 hours. Fish were deeper, all caught between 30 and 40 foot mark, one at 45 foot. Fish showing great color, one a deep, deep green, almost looked like a LM. Again, hate that launch time winds!! Pictures in fishing forum.

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

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      Water Temp: 62-65

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished 10/19 through 10/21. Beautiful weather, cool mornings, very comfortable afternoons. Unfortunately the fall bite did not seem to materialize. We came loaded with swimbaits, underspins, squarebills, crankbaits etc. We fished north and south. A rarity at CL, almost no wind!! Slack water. Fished shallow, deep and rock piles. Only producer was Ned rigs, Drop shot, and did get a few fish on blades and the Damiki Axe Blade tail spinner which was a perfect match to the Shad in the water. Bait was everywhere. More luck when we found areas that had less bait. Only ended up with a few fish per day, 3.1lb being big fish. Fish were super healthy looking and fought well above their weight class.