Fishing Report


Sunday, May 6th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 65 to 70 F

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Headed out to New Melones Lake today with Moo Lee from MooMoo Outdoors and Josh Parris. Josh is a well-known stick on the Motherlode Lakes and he decided to accept the challenge to swap out his Nitro for a Hobie and fish out of a kayak today on his home lake. The fish were shallow in about 15 feet of water. We found a ton of fish on beds and got a ton of bites! We focused our efforts in the Glory Hole Marina and Carson Creek areas.
      On the water: 7:00 AM
      Off the water: 3:00 PM
      Air Temp:
      High: 79
      Low: 47
      Water Temp: 65 to 70 F
      Wind: Weather report said NW at 5 mph (It was blowing at least 15 mph when we launched, it settled dow mid-day and then picked up again in the afternoon)
      Water Clarity: Clear (10 plus feet visibility)
      Sky: Partly cloudy
      Barometric Pressure: 30.0 inHg
      Fish Activity: High

      Tips: The shaky head and ned rig were the ticket today. Fishing them slow in the 10 to 20 foot range yielded the best results. Main lake pockets with sun at our back was the best bite.

      Report submitted by Motherlode Kayak Angler Kayak Bass Guide Service (209) 230-3159

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 68.5

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: This past weekend was great fishing! We caught two and three pound bass all over the lake. I was fishing with my buddy Albert. We were using crank baits in about fifteen to twenty-two feet of water when I got a big bite and I asked Albert to reel it in for me. It was a 5.5 lbs largemouth bass (see photo). We were happy thinking that was our big one for the day boy were we wrong. We continued fishing and again I got a huge hit and Albert started to reel it in and at some point he said he was stuck so I took over and knew as soon as I started reeling that this was going to be a big fish. Sure enough it was a whopper weighing in at just over 12 lbs (see photo). The day ended on a high note with two very happy fisherman. The following morning I took out Marcus and Hognoon. I showed them the pictures of the bass we caught the day before. They were all hyped up and raring to get started. They asked for a tour of the spots l felt were most productive so we did that for awhile and caught a lot of two and three pounders hoping to repeat yesterday's catch. We fished in shallow water with shrubs all over able to see the fish cruising. At the end of the day they had a nice limit of bass (see photo).
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      '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: knowing where the fish should be is a good way to start, a very few fish still on beds ,the water is still a little high to find my stumps in the vinyards, the next spawn should be may 25 to june 3rd full moon may if you have any fishing related questions.

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      Water Temp: 64-67

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Not to many days where the breeze never picks up, but this was one of them. Overcast most of day. Excellent bite till about 1:30. Then it slowed down considerably. Most fish came out of around 15 feet. 4 pounder off a big boulder in about 5 feet. 44 fish in the 12-15 inch range. At least that many smaller than 12. Wife put around 20 in the boat. A nice 3 pounder was her reward for sight fishing a huge hollowed out stump that had a bed in it.

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      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: My son wanted to go fishing but he just had knee surgery so I didn't trust him on a boat. Took my two teenage sons fishing from shore for about 3 hours in the afternoon, keeping company with the folks fishing for trout. Caught 7-8 fish each, mostly spots, one largemouth and a few smallies. Most were smaller, largest around 2 lbs but the kids had fun. Only had bites on dropshot with roboworm. Didn't see anyone catch any trout.

Friday, May 4th, 2018

    • Report: Caught lots of small bass! Caught one 3 pounder and a NICE 5.49 pounder!!!

    • Water Temp: ??

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: I launched at Tracy Oasis and fished grant line canal all day. Looking for that honey hole no one knows about, because no one usually fishes the long stretch of this canal from the bridge to old river. Why I never see anglers pitching the banks here? I'm beginning to realize. I've fished this canal for a few years and have only pulled a few fish out of it. Today though, the water was like chocolate milk. I left my ff at home so I don't know the temp. I mixed up my techniques trying to find what worked with the only clue being a buzz-bait swell-up @ the edges of hydrilla. I stuck with the buzzer for a good long while and no more takers. The hydrilla was green, which is a good sign of filtration and oxygen. Threw a black and tan frog over some snot and hydrilla patches, nothing. Bluegill pattern chatter bait on the inside weed-line/rip rap at high tide, nothing. Deep chartreuse crank-bait down the middle of the canal for awhile, nothing. This is a long stretch canal with (4) banks, I primarily fished from the launch ramp and went west until I hit the second switchback. My experiences on the delta this Spring has been a heavier stained clarity level than usual. I'm wondering if bass move further than I once thought they did (+-30 yards a day) to completely relocate when spawning or the clarity chokes them out. I don't know. I tried!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

    • Water Temp: 61

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished the area near the houseboats ---walls, inside and outside the bridge and then across the lake towards the dam where there are floating camp sites --looking for a place out of the wind. Caught 15, all small running about 12". Talked with a park ranger and he said people were reporting small fish. Tom Growall did much better but I notice the water temperature on the part of the lake he fishes was a little warmer...but Tom is a good fisherman and he knows this lake. It was my first outing at Oroville this year. Caught mine away from the bank on a chartreuse grub and drop shotting. It is such a magnificent lake but how the wind can seemingly blow from 360 degrees!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

    • Report: by Joe daddy » Wed May 02, 2018 2:46 pm

      Found 66 degrees by 2:00pm. Over 20 fish a piece. Broke my old nasty line,(hook tie) on possible lunky.

    • Water Temp: 63.8, elevation 821.87

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Got an early launch at 5.50 am, stopped fishing right at 9:50 am as the breeze began to pick up. Windy city on the water today, calmed about 9am for about an hour, then back breezy at 10 am. Water 63.8 as a high, and fish willing to bite. Picked up 28 spots, 3-4 dinks 10-11", but managed to get a nice 15 3/4" and 2 14", with all the rest basic 13-13 1/2" About 1/3 of the fish taken on the fall, rest finesse Carolina rig. Fish are schooling a little, so catch one, work the same location as more then likely more fishing waiting to bite. Water beginning to clear up a tad, much better then last week. Released all fish to grow bigger and catch again one day. Pictures in fishing forum.

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

    • Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished this morning for 3 hours with a friend who is a good companion but a novice to bass fishing. Caught 8 smallish bass and noticed no particular pattern. Had three others come loose. Did not fish the trees because of my friend. All were caught dart heading/grub or on a Rapala SR5 Shad. Pretty morning till the wind came up. Not much boat traffic up the North Arm.

      Folsom gets so much pressure...

Monday, April 30th, 2018

    • Report: 2nd Basshole » Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:28 am

      Launched out of rivers end, around 6:15, headed towards Victoria slough to get to the backside of Coney Island to a big flat. Started on the outside edge around the opening into the flat with a Plopper Flopper. With no takers picked up my Snag proof root beer brown frog, and on the 3rd cast, had a taker 2.5 lbs. That was it as the tide slacked! Did have an otter come out to play with my frog, and I had to jerk it away multiple times. Someone must have been feeding it, for it seemed friendly or over curious. I played around the area and found fish on the graph but nothing could entice. I headed over to where Italian slough hits old river, a big flat area (Widdows Isalnd). Started on the outside, near the opening, threw all my typical plastics with no takers. I decided to switch to a crank bait (Storm wiggle wart V37 craw color) and threw into the opening, bam 4 fish in 4 cast, biggest two around 2lbs. I knew I was on to something, then a boat wanted to pass through the opening, so I waived him by. I stepped back on the trolling motor pedal and nothing. After checking fuses and breakers, I realized my day was done at 10:00 and headed back to the marina. I felt good that I was able to find something they would bite on and to get a frog fish in April was my highlight of the morning.
      Thanks Western Bass for I found a killer deal on a replacement trolling motor in the classifieds, and am ready to go on my next adventure.

    • Water Temp: Water Temp 65 – 68 Degrees

      Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:11 pm

      California Delta 4/30/2018

      Visibility 1 – 4 Feet
      Wind 6 – 15 mph

      Got a late start this morning. Managed to get out around 9:30 this morning. The tide was falling fast so we decided to follow it.

      We had no game plan for the day, so more or less just a relaxed day on the river. Overcast skies with a good breeze coming from the south; the reaction bite should be good. Sure enough, the chatterbait got most of the bites, along with some buzzbait fish. The two’s and three’s bit pretty good for a couple of hours, but with the tide falling, the bite shut down.

      With most of our cover in only inches of water, we switched to weedlines. The bite was not as consistent as it was earlier, but we managed to catch a few on drop-shots, swimbaits, chatterbaits, and light punching.

      By the afternoon, we ground out another handful of bass, but it was a challenge. Crankbaits and Senkos got the majority of our fish. I even caught a three inch bass on a 6 inch Senko; just goes to show you how aggressive the little ones are, and how effective the Tsuyoi Weedless Wacky Hook is at catching fish of all sizes.

      With the occasional cloud moving in front of the sun, throwing a buzzbait in shallow water yielded some good bass for my father.

      In the end, I started with two rods, but by the afternoon, I had six rods on the deck. All six rods got fish, but that tells you how inconsistent the fish were today. The only good bite we found was in the morning fishing reaction with the tide up. Once the tide fell, the bites got few and far between.

      Tips: Caught quite a few pre-spawners today. I’m thinking a batch moved up with the full moon, but with the cooler temps, the majority are still waiting for the weather to stabilize.

      I threw six rods today, all six got fish. There was no “go to bait” for today. That said, chatterbaits and drop-shots got the better fish for the day.

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 59-64

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Went out with bed fishing and monster bass in mind but the weather had other plans for me! The crappie spawn is done and gone and there are millions of fry in the shallow flats on the south side of the lake! The wind ruined any chance to find beds for me. Also, it was blowing about 15 the entire time (Friday and Saturday) Well I managed to get a really good bite out of a Vision 110 in black shad and bladed A rigs! Totaled out at 25 bass through the 2 days and that felt like a tough bite because of the front! This fishery is unreal and there are so many talented and kind anglers on it! Biggest bass came on a white on silver double willow Dobyns spinner bait with a single tail grub trailer on the edge of the toolies, but that was my only bite on it and i wasted hours throwing a hammer chatter bait with a zeko in a grayish white color! Have fun fish on I hope this helps!

      Tips: Find the large flats isolated from the wind, then find the bait that are in the toolies and throw an a rig, underspin, jerkbait or a spinner bait for the big ones.

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 62-68

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I had a really nice guide trip with 3 fun guys who were also great bass anglers! We spent most of our time in the narrows as the bite was good, especially in the afternoon. We hit one spot that produced some good spotted bass and the only smallie we caught. It has always amazed me at Berryessa how one species doesn't show up on a particular day or night. Had been catching lots of smallies on recent trips and only one this trip! Drop-shotting is always the best technique with 4 in the boat and it was good this trip. We had spots up to nearly 3 1/2 lbs and largemouth up to 2 /12. Five best around 15 1/2 - 16 lbs. Good bite!!! Various color Robo worms were the top fish-getters!

      Tips: We saw a large school of shad in the back of one of the coves. Fun to see that with largemouth bass chasing them!! It is great to see but not easy to catch! They know what they want and are not interested in hitting lures. Bass generally seemed to be bunched up on walls - moving in and out of the coves. If you found a small flat next to a wall - bingo!! Lots of bass there. Weeds are beginning to grow with the somewhat clear water at the backs of coves. Topwater - soon!!! Most of our big spots came on off-shore structure, probably areas they can spawn one with little fishing pressure. That is where we got the 2 biggest spotted bass. Tried to get a photo of the three of them with the biggest 5 before releasing them, but just hard to get those bigger spotted bass to pose. Man, they are strong!!!

    • Water Temp: 57-62

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I had a nice guide trip yesterday (Fri) with a very good lady bass angler who I have guide before. She is a talented bass fisherwoman!! She comes self-contained and ready for bear - er, bass!! Fishing had really changed in the last week with a move to the shallows. We caught them as shallow as 2 feet!! Average depth was around 10 to 15 feet in the morning and down to 25 feet in the afternoon. I can't seem to time Bullards well this year. Lots of cold wind yesterday - again! When I left Yuba City in the morning, howling wind. When we left the ramp at Bullards, sunny and calm - until about 11 am. The wind found us - imagine that! This time is was a Clear Lake pattern - wind switching directions all the time. Didn't seem to slow the bite however, except may for the bigger bass. We did catch lots of keepers up to near 2 lbs, but didn't get any toad bites. Still a lot of shadows in spite of the higher sun now. We did find some of the bigger bass in the shadows. She came prepared with some of her favorite baits and they worked well. That will be her secret! Drop-shotting MM111 Robos worked well for me. Maybe because of the winds, big bass seemed hard to find.

      Tips: Hard to give any tips because the smaller bass bite was wide open. Flats with a drop-off produced well yesterday. The bigger bass were always a little deeper, 20-25 feet. Senko bite in the trees was pretty good.

    • Report: Delta Report…. Wild West Anglers here this week at Big Break Marina Friday Through Sunday. Striper Fishing Goes Again Off This week! A great Time to remember to Join California Striped Bass Association! Need More Members that Love to Fish and Support this Great fishery! Join Here!

      Isleton Striper Trolling and plug casting has toughened the last few days. Water temps raised a bit this week and a few more stripers in the Cache Slough area responded. Trolling the Angry Eyes and Savage Preys is the best bet. Sturgeon anglers moved west .

      Rio Vista- Trolling is scoring many limits stripers and occasionally, a 12-15 pounder caught. Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers. Red White Classic Shimmer jigs around pumps getting stripers. Shore bound anglers are scoring both species. The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains Sherman Island in the area of the Power Lines, use Sardines or Red’s Bloody Eel.

      Walnut Grove . Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional sturgeon or Striper those looking for bigger bites. Drifting live baits for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling. Trolling Savage Prey baits colors 8 to 10 foot deep is key as the spring push starts up. The Dirty “D” is earning its name and conditions are lets say turbulent. Stay in the Wimpys area for best conditions. Best bet, Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures.

      Discovery Bay The Bite is On! The black bass bite has continued rolling. River2Sea in Shad and Crankbait patterns rocking the Bed fish are around. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with Senkos and Strike King Rage Swimmers swim baits paired with Fatsack Swim Jigs, clouds forecast this weekend slow Fatsack Tackle blades and Rat-LTrap Stutter Steps searching ledges near sparse tulle flats.

      Frank’s Tract Black bass bite is at a consistent pace warm days only helps the Big Girls bite. Hematoma Beavers on over cast days also working well. We found a few Stripers and Black Bass with top water and Chili Craw Red Eye Shad. Others looking to score are starting to crank Chartreuse Shad 6th Sense baits and Big Poppa’s are solid options. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Bubba Shad a bit more this week and trolled Angry Eye baits.

      West Delta The stripers are here anchovies and sardines in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd. Stripes to 18 pounds have grabbed Red/White Classic shimmer jigs. Trollers it’s getting started on both sides with Red Barn being the top choice, if they aren’t there move to the Eddo’s Side. Chartreuse patterns are the best bet.

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    • Water Temp: 66

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: My buddy Ryan Cook headed out to Lake McClure on 4/28 and shared what he found:
      "Decided to head out McClure for an afternoon session and the bite was on fire. We fished about 6 hours and caught over 40 fish. We targeted wind-blown flats where we found bass pushing bait into the shallows. They were busting bait on the surface for over 4 hours in a couple different key areas. We threw underspins and a variety of topwater baits. Nothing big, but we did find a couple in the 3 pound range."

      Tips: Head out to McClure for some steady action. McClure is a beautiful lake with a great mix of spots and largies.

      Report submitted by Motherlode Kayak Angler Kayak Bass Guide Service (209) 230-3159

Friday, April 27th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 63

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: My buddy Ryan Cook headed out to New Melones on 4/27 and shared what he found:
      On the water: 6:00 AM
      Water Temp: 63
      Wind: 6-17mph
      "Fished the lower end of the lake, the bite was good, but the bigger fish were few and far between. We threw Wacky Heads with 5 inch Senkos shallow while searching for bed fish. We located lots of small bucks and several big females, but the big females are not quite locked on the beds. After several hours of getting frustrated trying to catch the bed fish, we started slow-rolling underspins with a 3.75" swimbait trailer. We caught several more small fish and then found some good ones in about 15 feet of water on secondary points leading into spawning pockets. Our big fish of the day weighed in at just under 7 pounds with our second big fish pushing 5. Our best 5 fish limit went almost 20 pounds. We had a great day on the water."

      Tips: Do what Ryan does, the guy catches big fish!

      Report submitted by Motherlode Kayak Angler Kayak Bass Guide Service (209) 230-3159.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 63.4 degrees, elevation 816.44

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at Lime Saddle, about 6:20 am, stopped fishing right at 10 am. Sure is nice launching now that the ramp owners clean wood on a regular basis. No issues now days, nothing like when they used to just let it stack up. Decent bite today, not quite killer bite but darn good. Picked up 31 fish today, but did work hard for them. Some fish as shallow as 10 foot and down to 35 feet. Most 20-30 foot. Water warmed lots over the last few days, found a high of 63.4 degrees, darn near hot. Water still a tad cloudy, but clearing lots since last week. Best fish today right at 15", 2 14 3/4", 3 14" and the rest decent 13-13 1/2" fish. Nothing less then 13" today. Should be great fishing from mow till next Dec. 4 -5 fish taken on the fall, so going to break out senko's next trip. Pictures in fishing forum.

Monday, April 23rd, 2018