Fishing Report


Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

    • Report: by On The Water Guide Service » Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:20 pm

      Winter is in full effect up here at Clear Lake. The days are shorter and the water is getting colder. The lake itself is in pretty decent shape though. The rain storms we have received so far have had little breaks in between so the lake level is slowly rising but the lake isn't blown out and muddy yet. The Rumsey gauge is at 3.81 and on an upward trend. All feeder creeks are running at about half capacity.

      I was only able to get out on the lake a handful of times this past month with the kids out of school and the holiday stuff going on, the warden had me on lockdown. :D The few times I was able to fish, I fished primarily the North end around Lakeport. The water temperature was at 44 degrees at 10am when I launched and only came up to 47 degrees by early afternoon. The water clarity was perfect with a slight stained look with about one foot visibility. I was unable to get down to the south end of the lake but I heard the water is pretty clear down there and the fish are holding in deep water with a slow bottom presentation working well. I did the best up north on the A-rig and I switched over to one with little chrome willow blades on the teaser wires. I was also using the Keitech swimbaits in the Sexy Shad color. The bass seemed to see that color a little better in the slightly stained water. I had to eliminate a lot of unproductive water before I started figuring them out. The fish were holding tight to the bottom and were in 8' and deeper out in front of the docks. I fished the A-rig super slow along the bottom parallel to the shoreline and it seemed like i was getting more bites by making the lure pulse occasionally on the retrieve by stopping and then starting the reel handle. Most of the time i was just covering a lot of water and catching very few fish but I did have one day where I located a small school of two pounders and caught several in a row. I did also catch a few on the LV500 with a painstakingly slow retrieve on the bottom in the same areas. I heard there is a bite going on a vertical jigging spoon down south and mid lake and I also heard of some recreational fisherman doing good on live jumbo minnows down there as well. There has been zero fishing pressure out on the lake. The past few times out, my truck and trailer where the only ones in the whole parking lot at the launch ramp. Winter fishing at Clear Lake can definitely be tough but it makes you a more well rounded fisherman to get out there and grind it out. Dress warm and fish slow.

      Happy New Years to everyone out there. May we all slay them in 2020
      See you on the water.

    • Report: by Chad Sweitzer » Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:44 am

      There is a swimbait bite, but it’s been slow. Spybaits have been getting solid limits for me, especially when the lake is busy.

    • Report: by THE DR » Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:31 am

      I was there Sunday. We had a dozen fish to 4lbs. Mostly fishing deep ledges and deep island tops. Best bite was from 20-55ft. Everything came on dropshot shad baits and shakey head shad color.

      I threw the mag and glides part of the time and never had a follower...

Monday, December 30th, 2019

    • Report: by Whoopbass » Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:27 pm

      I was there with my partner on Saturday for the first time in 6 months. We caught 28 fish all day with nothing over 2 1/2 pounds. The fish were scattered anywhere from 10' down to 60'. All we threw were nail weighted senkos.
      We fished the South end and half way up river. The entire lake fished about the same. Seemed like up river the fish liked the bait shook pretty good and the south end we had to dead stick it with an occasional shake. The fishing wasn't great. There were a couple times where we didn't get bit for an hour or so.

Monday, December 16th, 2019

    • Report: Lake Oroville 12-16-19
      Unread postby Joe daddy » Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:42 am

      Water has came up a tad bit. Bite was about the same maybe a little slower/colder. Got-eem, went 3-3, jitterbug 3-4. This spot like the gift that keeps on giving. Marry X-Mas.

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 53-55

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Got on the water around 9:30am Dec 11th and right away picked up schooled baitfish on the graph on rocky ledges and secondary points. Within 30 minutes I had 2 keepers in the boat dragging swimbaits on the bottom. Picked up another 4 keepers, biggest was 2.2lbs and got off the water just after 12:30pm since it started to rain and I had no rain gear. Tried dropshotting for a few minutes but put it down pretty quickly since I was picking up fish with swimbaits. Found a ledge that had access to 40+ foot of water super close and picked up all my fish in 15-20ft on the bottom.

      Tips: Fish on the bottom, fish slow. Most of my fish I didn't even feel the hit. Just felt some weight and set the hook. I only felt 1 hit that day and I missed that one. Find the baitfish. They were literally breaking the surface where I was at there were so many.

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

    • Report: by StanL » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:03 pm
      Fishing Lake Camanche Nov 29

      After Thanksgiving, my buddy Ryan and I went out to lake to fish the yearly Black Friday Shootout Camanche and it was challenging to say the least.

      First of all I would like to congratulate Bud and Kyle Porter for their win. They had a total weight of 16.95 with a beautiful 7.18 largemouth kicker they caught on an undisclosed swimbait.

      When we got on the water the surface temperature in the morning was 59. The water clarity was about 3 to 4 feet.

      We caught about 15 keepers for the day all in the 35’ to 50’ range on island tops. We threw a football head jig with a green pumpkin Berkley Power Bait Bearded Deuce.
      The bite was definitely better in the morning but the fish would just peck at it. We ended up changing from a ¾ ounce head to the ½ ounce head, which seemed to help.

      Rounding out the top three was

      1st Bud and Kyle with 16.95
      2nd Jerry and Dan with 14.12
      3rd Ryan and I with 12.80

      I have to give a big shout out to Steve and Crystal Dollard who put this on every Black Friday and New Year’s Day.

      I hope this helps. Good luck fishing

Friday, November 29th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 54-56

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Super cold so I didn't get out on the water until 8:30am today and had a Thanksgiving thing to get to so I was off the lake by 12:30pm but I still managed to locate tons of bait fish and picked up 3 spotted bass, biggest was 2.5lbs and missed 2. I tried LV500's, deep diving jerkbaits, ned rig, drop shotting but the only way I got fish was off slow rolling a small swimbait in about 35-40ft of water. A trout fisherman trolling a Rapala picked up about a 3lb bass aprox 50 yards from me in 50ft of water. I had a really nice bass follow up my swimbait but when he saw my boat darted back down.

      Tips: Make sure your bait is on the bottom and go slow. Picking up tons of baitfish on rocky points.

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

    • Water Temp: na

      Report: I remember growing up in San Francisco and going to Gus's on Balboa when it was just Stephanie and her dad, Gus Ernst. Deepest condolence to Stephanie and Family on Bill's passing.

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

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      Water Temp: 61

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: My friend Fred and I fished New Melones for 2 days Nov 21-22. I have only been here a few times and never at this time of year. The first day we struggled to locate fish while we looked for bait, hoping to find a spoon bite. We were fishing steeper areas in between the bridges. Expected the fish to be deep. We only manged 5 decent fish on a variety of baits. Next day we changed tactics and fished major creeks off the main body. Much better day. We found fish in the top 15 feet willing to take tubes and Ned rigs. We totaled 20+ decent fish, biggest was 3-12 plus a couple 3 pounders and several more in the mid 2 pound range. We figure the best 5 were 14 pounds. We were pretty happy with the end result. Really like this lake, it fishes a lot like Berryessa..

      Tips: Best areas were 45 degree banks and points with a mix of large rock and clay. Shade or a breeze seemed to help the bite. Hindsight, I might try an underspin or jerk bait along those banks with some wind. Watch for grebes, the birds were in all the areas we caught fish.

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

    • Report: To all club members

      mailbox service

      Thu 2019-11-21 15:15

      bac Peter Lancestremere
      It is with great sadness to let you all know of the death of BILL SCOTT husband of Stephanie Scott. Owner of:
      Gus’s Fishing Tackle
      3710-Balboa St.
      San Francisco, Ca

      Gus’ has been an institution in the fishing community forever.

      Sent from my iPhone

    • Report: To all club members
      Thu 2019-11-21 15:15

      ybac Peter Lancestremere

      It is with great sadness to let you all know of the death of BILL SCOTT husband of Stephanie Scott. Owner of:
      Gus’s Fishing Tackle
      3710-Balboa St.
      San Francisco, Ca

      Gus’ has been an institution in the fishing community forever.

      Sent from my iPhone

    • Report: To all club members
      Thu 2019-11-21 15:15
      It is with great sadness to let you all know of the death of BILL SCOTT husband of Stephanie Scott. Owner of:
      Gus’s Fishing Tackle
      3710-Balboa St.
      San Francisco, Ca
      Gus’ has been an institution in the fishing community forever.
      Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

    • Report: by Inland fisheries advocate » Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:03 pm

      Grest day on Oroville. It was gusty winds, but we found some protected coves up the middle fork. Fish were in 15 to 35. Nice fat healthy fish.
      Used minnows, but I'm sure they would take senkos. Lots of fidh in back of coves around rocks & downed trees

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 59

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Bite was not on for today, conditions seemed great the overcast, light breeze. Surface temp is lower than I prefer but was expecting to find more active fish feeding before it gets too cold, trout are very active fish chasing bait on the surface every spot I fished. One smallmouth on a jig and one spot on dropshot. Fished from 6-2 an called it

    • Water Temp: 58-61

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I fish Folsom almost every weekend and I've been doing pretty good. Last weekend (11/16/19) I caught 11 total, got out at safe light and left at 1pm. Been fishing the south fork for the last month looking for schooled up baitfish in small coves along ledges with access to deep water. Got my limit of keepers around 2lbs each by 9am. First couple came off a Ned rig around 25-30ft, next few came off a dropshot rig, picked up tons and tons of baitfish in the 30-50ft range and tried using a spoon but couldn't buy a hit off it but to be fair I'm awful at spooning. I wanted to try it though since I've heard people slammin the heck out of them spooning right now. Got the next 5 or 6 on a Keitech. Just trying to match the hatch with the baitfish swimming around so I went with the smaller impact Keitechs to match the baitfish size and did pretty well.

      Tips: Fish slow...dead stick the ned rigs and tiny twitches on the drop shot rigs. Couldn't even feel the hits, just felt weight on the line.
      Slow rolling a steady retrieve with the Keitechs just barely enough to move the tail. The smallest taps on the swimbait set the hook, several times I just felt a little tap and it was bass hitting them.

      Almost every fish I pulled up was spitting baitfish out so find the batifish!

    • Report: Lake Oroville bass by Inland fisheries advocate » Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:45 am

      Fished the the Big O Thursday. Middle fork rock piles & coves. Fished with minnows. Caught 12-15 fish. All really fat & spitting out pond smelt. Mostly in 15 to 30 feet. Going to try plastics next time, minnows were $20+/dozen... ouch.... time to enjoy this fishery

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 60.1

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Had to go check the house after the latest power outage & had a chance to hit the lake Tuesday night. After throwing everything but the kitchen sink ( thought about throwing that too! Lol), I figured out that they were hitting crankbaits! I threw the 6th Sense C15 & C20 in a shad pattern & when they hit it, they crushed it! They would not touch any of the other usual suspects, but this was a small sample size! Wish I had more info, but that’s all folks! Nothing really big, best 5 went around 18 lbs. I fished south in Konocti.

      Tips: They were deeper in the 15-23 ft range. I was cranking rocky structure and humps. I would reel down fast to get to he structure, then slow down to bump it along. Usually half way to the boat, wham! If you get bit in an area, fan cast around, there were multiple bites in an area. Have fun & be safe!

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

    • Water Temp: 61-64

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I guided two older gentlemen at Berryessa on Thursday. We found the fishing - "dead calm without a hint of a breeze." Normal for Berry lately! Finally some clouds the next day. I don't say much about my clients, respecting privacy. But one of them the most senior I have ever guided -- 90 +
      and could cast like he was mid 20's - no kidding!!! And he set the table, catching a keeper bass on his first cast!! I have now "seen it all" as a 36 yr guide!! We moved around the lake quite a bit and found the very clear water everywhere. Really couldn't find any big schools of bait fish, though we only went up to mid-lake. We wound up with several nice bass of all three species. Biggest was 2 3/4 lbs. We were drop-shotting Robo worms and dart heading Yamamoto grubs. Best 5 only about 10 pounds.

      Tips: Whatever tip I have, yours is probably better. We did find a lot of bass in the wood on the east side and did well in the afternoon. Maybe should have tried topwater there in the early morning!