Fishing Report


Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

    • Water Temp: 55 deg F

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Left Bethel Island around sunrise and took a cold (39 deg F) ride over to Tinsley Island, mostly to avoid getting shot at by duck hunters at Frank's Tract. Only caught one small LM at Tinsley on a white/silver spinnerbait. Nothing on the swimjigs or crankbaits. Back on the north, inner-side of Franks kept the bite continually going with the spinnerbait (probably about 6 LMs) but nothing sizeable.

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 54

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Don Iovino and I got out on the lake for an opportunity to get to know each other. Don taught me his reaper rig, or what he calls "Split Shotting". I threw the rig all day with the intent to step out of my comfort zone. Don hooked into a small keeper on the first stop before I could get my line wet. We picked up 6 fish with 5 keepers. Don taught me a lot. I tried to shortcut the rig and it didn't work too well. Don knows his stuff. He also updated my graphs. You can see it all here:

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

    • Report: Guys, low water like these days always had some of the best fishing days I have ever had in past years. Get out and get those spots. I'm getting close to closing on a home up here in Washington, with luck in the next 2-3 weeks. After getting moved in will work at a small boat and begin fishing bass, and will have to learn trout, since most have nice ones available to catch. Nearest lake is 4 minutes from home, so will be posting lots when I get going again, camera last purchase. Get out and catch those spots, low lake levels are good for them, better then high levels.

Friday, December 14th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 52-55

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: It is no big secret that New Bullards Bar holds some of the biggest spotted bass in the world, but it can be one of the most difficult places to catch a bass at times. The tendencies of these bass to hold on deep stumps or rock piles make them hard to locate even with the all mighty Lowrance HDS 12. Subsequently, these incredibly intelligent and lock jawed giants will at times suspend at depths of 30-80 feet over 150 feet! When targeting them this is the best time of year to break that personal best or seek a world record.

      Why is this? Well yesterday, I finally discovered why! The Salmon... We all talk about bait and how it dictates the bass and their behavior, but at Bullards there is no shad. So, this can throw a newcomer for a spin and I am here to attempt to assist you in at least catching one of them. At this time of year, the Land locked salmon have been spawning which means they find a nice area at the backs of creeks or bluffs to lay their eggs. As I discovered yesterday the bass follow and eat their eggs and the dark red and black dying post spawners. To my surprise, I slung out a bright pink ned rig and roboworm around all the streaks of Salmon in the shallows of the "creeks" and left and right I opened pandoras box. Cast after cast my co angler and I boated spotted bass in the range of 1-3 Pounds. I guess the bigger ones would be eating the salmon but were already full. In conclusion my live well is full of salmon eggs and I have the need to inform all of you on my success in hopes to aid the community.

      Nathan Gardner

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Thursday, December 13th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 53-55

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I did a 6 hr day trip with buddy Mike to check out conditions at Bullards Bar. Conditions were not so good. Dark Day ramp is out of the water - no launch possible. The ramp at the dam is at the curve - it is ok, but awkward. Good to have a buddy help with the launch. The bite was very slow - did not hook any quality spots, 7 or 8 with only 2 keepers. Only saw two other boats on the lake. Very cold mornings - temps around freezing or below. Water is clear.

      Tips: I tried several different styles of winter fishing. Drop-shotting and small types of beaver baits worked the best. Did seem some bait on the meter, but not much. No creeks running. Weekend rain may help some if storms hold together.

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

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      Water Temp: 56

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Bite was tough all day. I’ve been fishing this lake for 10+ years and haven’t seen it this tough during this time of year ever. I fished last month and it was extremely tough too. I tried big baits for 3 days in the rain and only yielded a big catfish. Finesse only yielded small spots. Lots of fishing pressure has definitely had an affect on these lakes. Saw over 30 bass boats on Sunday.

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 56

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Got on the water around 9am after another awesome breakfast at the cafe at the marina. Best part of the day. We trolled for trout using copper colored fly's for a while, Had no luck so changed to Shad colored crank baits, got nothing. We stopped for a while and tried Bass fishing. I used a jig with a white trailer, my son used a crank bait. Again got nothing. We decided to go back to trout and drove all over the lake dragging fly's using lead line. Focusing on between 15 and 30 foot deep. Had one bite but lost it on the way to the boat. After talking to a friend last night, he said the best option on Amador is Night Crawlers with a Flasher.
      Weather was in the high 40's with grey skies. Just one of those days.

    • Report: by Larry Hemphill » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:02 am

      Winter fishing at Clear Lake is not like other lakes that have spots and smallies which are more active in the winter. And Clear Lake water is very warm in the summer and can be VERY COLD in the winter. The cold air sinks into the "bowl" where the lake is - and can even have some snow in the winter. The feeding window is very short - maybe an hour or two, day or night, maybe every 2 or 3 days for each bass. I have been told, and have read, that a bass can digest a crawdad in about 18 hours during the summer, but it takes around 3 days in the winter. Answer - they don't need to feed much. I remember a sudden trip I made to Clear Lake a few years ago on January 4th. Very cold weather as you would expect, but dead flat water as much of the winter is there, except for storms. No bites before dark and nothing for the next 5 hours. About 11 pm I heard a carp roll, then another, and another until they were making merry on a winter night. I was fishing jigs with a big Yamamoto grub tail. Suddenly a good bite and a 4 pounder in the boat! For the next hour I had 5 bites - aggressive bites!! In about an hour and a half I had 5 bites and 5 bass in the boat for 20 + pounds, including a 7 pounder. And these were feeding bites - how could they hit this hard in 44 degree water? The window may be short, but it could be the favorite window of your career. Obviously, they are not bothered by fishing pressure in January, especially at night. Winter fishing is about location and timing. Other than the spawning period, winter is the time to catch the bass of a lifetime - day or night!! Where was I that night? Near Rattlesnake Island - really!!!!

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

    • Water Temp: 57

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Horrible day of fishing ... launched in Markley and started fishing east side up from Dam. Worked my way out to the main lake... started in 20 ft and worked my way up to 50ft... tried crank baits, drop shot, Ned rig, swim baits and could not locate the active fish... I heard it was slow but my performance was pathetic!

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

    • Report: by Kyle46N » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:55 am

      This was our second trip this week to the Delta, the first was slooooowwww, but we found them chewing good Friday. On the water by 9, and fished till dark. Tossed the IMA Flit 120 and Strike King KVD jerkbaits all day. Boated 30 bass between my son and I, highlighted by a 6 lb, 12 oz fish. Also had a 4 lber, and a 3.5er. Best 5 went 17 lbs. The fish were in the 3-8 foot range, located on grass and points. They were definitely feeding, albeit sluggishly. If the bait was moving, they wouldn't touch it. We started out in a pond type set up, and it was loaded. So, next stop was going to be the back of a slough to duplicate the setting, but we never made it, as every island point seemed to have fish on it in the front of the slough. Obviously it was great to catch fish all day, but I'm pretty psyched to get an idea of how these fish will position in the winter when they feed. Water temps were 53-55 and visibility about 3 ft.

Friday, November 30th, 2018

    • Report: Delta Report…Stripers Sturgeon Solid Bass action settling in

      ABA Kicks off Out Of Russo’s Marina Saturday morning promises to be a good tight Tournament as Fall winter conditions settle in.

      Isleton Looks good as anglers take advantage of cooler water temperatures with Stripers and Smallmouth leading the way. Water temperatures have dropped with the cooler storms. VBO Vince Borges has been putting on a clinic and for huge Stripers in the shallows as we fin ally got some weather!

      Walnut Grove . Fair for the trolling anglers, but fish cracking the 15 pound plus keeps anglers hopes up. Savage Prey series and Angry Eyes are the top choices here as well, there seems to bit more call for chartreuse patterns here. Bank anglers livers and cut baits prevail for plenty 2 to 4 pound catfish evenings are top for those looking for a few bites. Bass anglers try some smallie fishing, crankbaits and brown blue jigs and getting the Smallmouth.

      Discovery Bay Some nice fish coming out of Discovery Bay this week. Bigger fish have been falling for a 8" Savage Gear 3D SHINE GLIDE. Dropshot will put more fish in the boat but the size is just not there. A-rigs and Rip Baits starting to work well now. Dress warm and enjoy the your time in Discovery Bay. Some Nice fish are coming Cranking Square bills like the DDO custom KP used to land several like the one pictured this week.

      Frank’s Tract Stripers and bass bite both OK but ya gotta Slow down with the cold temperatures. It’s no secret what a little fall weather can do. Ripbaits are great options while small swim baits and swim jigs get the mention. We found plenty of Stripers and Black Bass with A-rigs, Swim Baits, like the Bone Colored Shine Glides getting grabbed. Lot of Stripers in main River and Mildred areas.

      West Delta The West as in Honker Bay to the Bait tossers are getting fish when wind cooperates. Sturgeon quietly is slipping into the spotlight. Eel is the best bait over all, but night crawlers, roe and shad also scoring diamondbacks Broad slough and surrounding cuts. There were many shaker sturgeon reports in double power lines in Decker Island and Sherman Island. There were few shaker sturgeons also reports from Light 42 to Light 49 in the deep channel Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad, anchovies and sardines .

      Las Vaqueros Fishing for trout continues to be good even with the increased water temperature. They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Peninsula Cove. The baits of choice for shore anglers are garlic-scented PowerBaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmaster lures. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. There was a 1000 pound Lassen plant. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty. Trout fishing is good especially in the morning, with limits being caught from around the reservoir and more fish being caught overall. Several large trout were brought into the Marina this week. These included an 8 pound fish caught on a Kastmaster in South Cove, a 7.1 pounder caught in Cowboy Cove on powerbait and a 7.2 pound trout caught on a nightcrawler in South Cove. More limits are starting to show up from South Cove and from boats around the lake.

      Contra Loma 500 Pounds of trout planted this week have anglers smiling. While there are very few anglers taking advantage of the put and take trout fishery here that action is solid. Kastmasters and floating baits are the keys. Marshmallows and crawlers are working for Loma regulars.

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    • Report: by steve black » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:46 pm

      My opinion, New Melones, only because I've had better success in winter months fishing for large spotted bass. The R2S s-waver that you asked about in you previous post is the next best thing than the A-rig on that lake for me. The Spots don't seem to be effected by weather on Melones than on Pedro IMO. Maybe because of all the near by cover in that lake or more food chain for them. Either one can produce big limits if fished correctly, but I lean more to New Melones. Don't forget Glory Hole Sports, always a great excuse to stop in if you think you might have forgotten something. If you ever get the chance go look at their trophy wall of whats come out of that lake, very impressive. Great info from the staff their if you've never fished the lake. Good luck, try both lakes , you cant go wrong with either one. :D

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

    • Water Temp: 52-54

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: We decided to fish a little turkey shoot out of Tracy Oasis. Fished south past the Grant Line Bridge for the day. We began the day throwing a jerkbait and a drop shot. Had decent one 3lb+ come off on jerkbait. Alot of small fish on the drop shot 12-14"; not the ones you want on derby day. We started out fishing some dead end sloughs with minimal current with not much activity. We made a move out to the main river channel where the current was flowing heavier. I decided since always we were catching on the drop shot was mainly shorts to start dragging around a lipless crankbait on the steeper rock banks. Boom about 3 casts after making the switch we had a 5.5lber in the boat. A little bit further down another 3lber then i couldn't get another bite on the lipless. Switched to a chatterbait and start ripping out of the grass on a similar steeper rocky bank with good current and another 5lber in the boat. Chatterbait caught another 3lber to make a cull before weigh in as well. Best 5 bass went 17.19.

      Tips: The bite seemed to pick up during the incoming tide when current picked up. On a side note after the weigh-in we went back out and found stripers running shad right at the Grant Line bridge and about 45 minutes of non-stop action with stripers up to 27" caught.

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.

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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.