Fishing Report


Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

    • Report: by TravisH » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:58 am

      There’s a decent Topwater bite from sunrise till about 8:30am then the fished pushed out in the 30’ depth range an we caught them on points an island tops throwing the dropshot and Ned rig.. The finesse bite was wide open for average sized spots an I also had a 5lber on a River2sea Rover first thing in the morning along with a good jig fish around mid morning.. I fished the horseshoe bend area an up the river arm..Also while on the water I was recording Sonar logs for upcoming Updates for Navionics so look forward to some new info soon . Hope this helps some, best of Luck!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

    • Water Temp: Temp? never looked, elevation 706.52

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Got launched at Bidwell about 6:30, didn't leave the dock till about 6:45, seems a fuse blew and could not get electronics working, once fixed, on my way. Fished the main lake today, sure glad I did. Worst part was the trolling motor on the blink, so had to idle the motor the whole trip, revers, forward etc to hold in position and found it actually works ok if in a bind. Best trip in a long time, found a giant bait ball, and lots of fish under on my 4th stop. First stop, 2 basic 13" spots, second stop 1 nice 15", third stop a decent 14 1/2", Third stop, amazing fishing, like one hears about buy hardly ever has it happen to them. Spent nearly 2 hours fishing the last location, catching another 12 spots, with none under 14", really, nearly every cast a fish, like taking candy from a baby. Shallow fish too, all taken in 20-30 foot of water. Total 16 spots today, ending the fishing as the sun came over the hill and the bite died. Mostly fat looking fish today, so amazing to catch many fish like this. Trying the same location first next week!!! Funny, never even looked at water temps. Hard to remember but think it was 2 15", 2 14 1/2", many 14". Many picture in fishing forum.

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 67-69

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Hit Ballard's Bar for my first time this weekend. Talk about a gorgeous lake!! Caught a ton of small spots on ned rigs, drop shots, shakey heads, and a few on jerk baits and topwater. Wasn't able to hook up on anything larger than 1.25lbs but had a blast. Fished creek inlets, secondary, and main lake points and found the small guys everywhere. Marked a lot of schools in the 20-35ft range.

      Tips: Find the schools in the 20-40ft range and change up presentations to catch numbers. Main colors were white/shad like patterns.

Friday, October 5th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 70-74

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: September turned out to be yet another excellent month of fishing on New Melones. The summer heat faded and then return throughout the month and the bite seemed to change along with it. Some fish began to transition into fall-like patterns, while others remained in their hot summer haunts. With the fish being spread out we covered a lot of water and fished both deep and shallow. From the main lake into creek channels and rocky bluffs to flat humps and points, you name it, we fished it. The lake has a tremendous amount of forage and the fish were spitting shad, bluegill, crappie, baby bass and crawdads. The topwater bite seemed to slow down as the month progressed. Reaction baits fish deep in the water column proved to be a go-to method. Deep diving crankbaits, rip-baits and underspins produced some quality bites. We also fished plenty of bottom bouncing presentations. The jig bite really picked up and a shakeyhead was hard to beat. Going into fall we can expect some larger fish to move shallow and begin to bulk up for the cold winter months to come. This next few months are my favorite time to fish. The weather will be gorgeous and the fish are generally eager to bite.

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

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

    • Water Temp: 70 degrees, elevation 711.07

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at Bidwell about 6:30 am, even though Lime Saddle was still open as I drove by early. Breezy at launch time, but by 7 am, hardly any breeze. Looked like it was going to be a perfect fishing day, NOT. Tried just about every color I own, fished shallow, fished deep, points, steep points, rocky banks, clay banks, boulders, you name it, tried it all. Fish were not wanting to eat today for some reason, no idea why. Probably my worst day ever on Oroville. Picked up 4 spots, all the basic 13 13 1/2" variety. Probably made 10-15 moves trying to find fish, nothing but one about every hour, gave up at 10 am. All fish looked pretty much the same as the pictured one! Giving it a try next week.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

    • Water Temp: 71-75

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: This is two reports - last week and this week, a very rare Monday trip for me. Who would guide on a Monday?? It was very hard to figure out what was going on yesterday (Monday) - not a bite until noon. Was it the result of weekend boat traffic or the weather. Yesterday saw the lake totally covered over with clouds and a cool breeze - not fog but REAL clouds. I mention this because this was the first cloud cover in months! We even got about 20 to 25 drops of rain. About 10 am the breeze died and the lake went TOTALLY flat - even calmer than last week. Not a single fish was seen on the surface for hours! No birds in sight. As the clouds slowly broke up around noon and the sun came out - killed the bite - right? Since there was NO bite, the bass decided they were hungry and started to feed around 1 pm. A big school of medium size bass even started to bust shad on the surface for about 10 minutes. Bass started eating our Robo worms and Yamamoto Cowboys. Once again, the bite on my boat at Berryessa is around 2 pm - weird! We had to leave shortly after, but having caught several bass in the 2 to 3 lb range. I had a father/adult son team. The son ended the trip with 2 back to back bass in the 2 1/2 lb range. I guess patience is a good thing when bass fishing - you never know!!
      The previous week I had a guide trip and found the bite to be the slowest of the year. Wouldn't you know - a client from Australia! Bluebird bright skies and dead calm water as most of the fall has been. We did get a very nice topwater bite early in the morning, but very slow bite after that. He tried to lift one in the boat on his topwater before I could get the net ready. Naturally, he lost her. Of course, it was the biggest at maybe 3 1/2 lbs! Got a few drop-shotting Robo worms - not much else working.

      Tips: It seems that the only thing that will cool our lake water is the longer nights. It will happen soon and the bite should take off. Yesterday we saw some big schools of shad on my HDS-12, but very tightly bound together. Only saw one or two with bass in and around them and we did catch a few of those bass in the afternoon. Didn't see many bass on some of my favorite off-shore island tops - maybe because the lake isn't dropping much.

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

    • Water Temp: Water Temp 68 - 71

      Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:19 pm

      California Delta 9/30/2018
      Water Temp 68 - 71
      Visibility 1 – 6 feet
      Wind 2 - 12 mph

      Got a late start, launched the boat around 9:30 in the morning. The water was like glass.

      We made a run to our usual weed flat. I started with my good ol’ white swimbait and my father went with a topwater. The bite was very tough with conditions so calm. Lots of short strikes and fish bumping our baits, but not fully committing to them.

      Then our luck changed. Some of the clouds that had been off in the distance, traveled our way. With the sun now blocked, the fish started to feed. Throwing spooks, we found plenty of fish willing to eat. Once we got one to eat, the school would fire up. From there, it was just a matter of how fast you could take them off the hook. This lasted for as long as the clouds would allow. But, once the sun came out, the bite died down.

      With our fill of stripers, we switched tactics and targeted largemouth. It was a grind to be honest. I found a few willing to eat a jig, but the fish were few and far between. Then, the clouds made a grand reappearance. With the low light, I switched to a chatterbat. And just like that, the bite was on. Working the chatterbait along weedlines, adjacent to deep water, the fish were actively feeding. Lots of small fish, but a couple of better two’s and occational three-pounder mixed in.

      We followed the weedline pattern for a while, but the tide started to move too fast, which in turn killed our bite. Knowing the fish couldn’t have moved too far, we moved to the inside of the weedline. Sure enough, the fish had re-positioned themselves in the slower water. The bite turned back on. Lots of small fish and some two’s here and there. Then, I hooked a good one. I thought I hooked a striper by the size of the boil she made when I hooked her. She ran about like a train in the weeds. Fortunately, I was able to pull her out. It felt good to finally get a good bass, its been a while.

      Overall, slow start, but we finally found some fish in the end.

      Tips: Notes

      The cloud cover was key for our bite.

      The bass seemed to be relating to the 3 – 5ft drop-offs.

      If you find a good bite and then it dies on you, don’t be afraid to look around the area. A lot of times they just re-position themselves.

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 70 degrees, elevation 717.36

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: launched at Lime saddle at about 6:15 am, trailer back in the water at 9 am, probably my last launch at Lime Saddle, as water probably too low next week, so headed to Bidwell next trip. Fished the Lime saddle area, as the winds were blowing a fair amount. Started out great fishing, had 7 spots in the first hour, then, bite died, could not find the fish, or they just didn't want to eat. Ended up with 9 spots and a first for me, a sunfish ate a roboworm, and somehow got lip hooked. Just 10 fish today. Hate these windy days on the water, so left early. Forgot to check water temps, but kind of remember 70 degree range. Picture in fishing forum.

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 70.2

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished Weds - Sat in the south section around Konocti. I fished early evening to around 3AM all evenings and the bite was marginal at best until around midnight on Sat night. Threw a lot of techniques and the only two that produced were Texas rig and blades. Weds night I managed 4 fish, two on Texas, two on blades. They ranged from 2 lbs to 3.5 lbs. Thursday night was even slower as I managed two fish in the two lb range. Took Friday off to work on the house, got out Sat evening around 10pm and it was slow again! Up until midnight I had a 2 lber and one nice 4.9 lber and that was it! Decided to head in instead of beating my head against the wall but decided to try one more spot before hanging it up. The fishing went off into a crazy blade bite. Threw to any riprap rocks I could find and nailed them, but only with blades! They were stacked up and I got multiple strikes and fish from staying on spots! So I end up boating over 20 fish in two hours. Biggest went 7.2 lbs, best five a little over 27. It was a mind blower to say the least. At one time I made 4 casts and boated 4 fish, one was the 7 and the other 3 were around 3 lbs. I tried an experiment at one spot that I had several strikes, threw crank, Jig, Texas, senko & nothing. Picked up the blade rod and got nailed by another healthy 4+ lber! I’m glad I ran into them briefly and really wished I could fish Sunday evening but I had to head back to Visalia!

      Tips: I retrieved the spinnerbait slowly where you could just feel the thump. I was throwing a single Colorado blade with red and black. Look for rocky structure. One thing I noticed was the weather pattern changed a bit. Most of the time I fished the wind was dead slack. Sat evening has a brisk breeze which seemed to help open up the fishing. I think it was heading into a bite and wished I could have stayed a few more days!

Monday, September 24th, 2018

    • Report: by THE DR » Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:09 pm

      We made a couple exploratory trips this weekend to try and find some of the larger models. Focusing mainly on the Sac river side, we burned a ton of gas and made hundreds of casts for small bursts of action. When targeting the big girls we only throw 6-9" topwater plugs and 10-13" glidebaits. This does limit how many bites we actually get, but produces some heart pounding moments, when you do get one of the big fish show itself, by rolling on or bumping the bait. Over all it was pretty slow for us. We did manage a couple fish per trip to 10lbs on DeltaWoodBommber wood plugs. And, had a few 20-30lb fish follow the Deps 250 and TripleTrout, but none committed. It's still early for the fall run, so our hopes remain high for the coming months.

    • Water Temp: Water Temp 68 - 71

      Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:21 pm

      California Delta 9/24/2018
      Water Temp 68 - 71
      Visibility 1 – 6 feet
      Wind 5 - 10 mph

      With the new job, it’s been a challenge to find time to make it out on the river. That said, I found some time after work.

      We launched the boat around 5 in the afternoon. The tide was steadily moving out. It was nice to see our usual western wind had taken a day off.

      We made a brief run to an extensive sand bar. The birds were circling the area, which is always a great sign. I started with a white swimbait and my father threw a large towater. Three casts in, I hooked up on a undersized striper. I proceeded to catch three more small ones on consecutive casts. Then, out of nowhere, a fish sized missile slammed my father's topwater. His reel screamed as the fish head for deeper water. A couple minutes later, we managed to boat the fish. She went just over thirteen-pounds. Not bad for for only 30 minutes on the water.

      We played with the school of fish for a while, but then wore out our welcome. With the school gone, we moved to another large sandbar. The area seemed ideal, but the birds were not present. We fished it for about 20 minutes without a bite. Then, we saw some bird activity on the opposite shoreline. We made a V-line to them.

      Luckily, I had tied on a topwater. We ran straight for the diving birds, and killed the engine so we could drift into them. We both cast into the chaos, and immediately hooked up. We ran about the boat following our fish, the chaos of the moment was intense. We managed to get them in, both around six-pounds. We hastily took them off and looked for the school. Making long casts and working our topwater erratically, we doubled up again! It was a crazy 10 minute period on this school, that you couldn’t “NOT” get bit. These fish ranged from three to six-pounds.

      By the time we knew it, the sun was getting low, and our thumbs were raw. We called it a day. In about 2 hours, we boated around 25 stripers.

      Tips: Notes

      Work your topwater super erratically, once they rise on it, slow it down. This way, you can cover a lot of water.

      Finding birds is important, it doesn’t matter if they are just sitting there because they know the fish are there.

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

    • Report: Dan Mathisen
      Sep 21, 2018, 9:21 AM (1 day ago)
      to me,

      Delta Report….Great Weekend ahead for East County anglers!

      Bethel Island’s Russo’s Marina will Host FLW event this next week as Anglers from all over the country converge on East County to experience a pretty darn good Fall bite

      Isleton Capt. Stan Reports Salmon Anglers are seeing success, a few fishing finally started getting an occasional report of success from Salmon searching anglers. Water temperatures have dropped with the cooler evenings. Many anglers to the west are seeing more salmon daily… getting close. . Capt. Stans Spinners are the best bet for those who want to try. Catfish are the best target species this time of year that can help you beat the summer doldrums . Anchovies, Mackerel and Sardines are good choices here for the whiskerfish.

      Walnut Grove Salmon are increasing in numbers Capt. Stans Spinners and Mepp’s FC 78 getting mentioned Bank anglers Pile worms and cut baits prevail. Catfish action is getting the most praise, Few Stripes are in the area as anglers recover still around as temperatures return more seasonable in the Walnut Grove area as the trolling bite is OK mostly small fish. Best area has been Courtland to Walnut grove. The Sacramento Turning Basin continues to be decent with stripes caught there by lure tossers. Red Eye Shad and small shad patterned plastics are the top choices here as well.

      Discovery Bay Cooler evenings have the bite changing combined with the wind have Spinnerbaits and Buzzbaits doing better daily. Stay near main river current with Crankbaits Strike King XD 6 and 2.5 square bills. Top water stripes are showing in the deep water side. Punching Beavers and Craws getting the most better bites.

      West Delta More Anglers in search of stripers are finding a few keepers on occasion from both boat and bank. Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad. Antioch Pier scored stripers to 30 inches this week. The West as in Honker Bay to the Broad Slough plug casting is getting fish when wind cooperates. A few more Salmon success stories have come on the incoming tide with Mepp’s Flying C’s in Pittsburgh and Humphries areas . Bass Bite stays solid in the Break and surrounding cuts. Cranking and spinnerbaits is starting to improve daily. Punching get’s the bites the key is staying square to your target and setting hard.

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Thursday, September 20th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 72-75

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I was able to do a trip on Tuesday with Justin Wolff, owner of Angler West TV productions. With a camera everywhere and being recorded with all the pearls of wisdom - just a normal trip, right? And the bass recovered from all the weekend tournaments, right? Not sure. Clara Ricabal works with his company and was along for the trip. Thankfully, she caught the biggest bass! As it should be! Actually, it really was a fun day except for the weather conditions. The forecast was for a cool, breezy morning. Well, not so. We had bright sun with no breeze and the lake went totally flat by noon. Not a breath of wind. Very tough conditions! Thankfully, we did get a slight breeze in the early afternoon and the bass became active! What's new - the usual afternoon bite - at least in my boat. We didn't fish the early morning - started about 10:30 am at their request. Not sure how many we caught, but a pretty fair afternoon bite. It started with a really nice smallmouth, near 2 1/2 lbs, and then several quality largemouth. No 3 pounders this trip, but all over 2 lbs. We had our best action on a point I like around 2 pm. Some bass had actually moved shallow in the afternoon. They were hitting with authority! Couldn't get a bite there in the late morning!

      Tips: I really enjoyed the time with both of them in spite of a slow bite. It is weird to lip your bass as you bring it in the boat, lift it up, and a camera is next to your ear! That was way cool. Justin is a master of the camera! Then the angler (Clara or me) tries to say something intelligent. We did sound like pro anglers - I think?? We are looking forward to the finished product, or show, or something! I hope he has an enlarging app on his camera - LOL! While a few anglers did well on the major weekend tournament, September is really a slow month at Berryessa and Clear Lake (daytime). Night fishing is best. October will bring the colder and longer nights and the overall bite, day and night, will improve!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 71 degrees, elevation 725.08

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched about 6 am at Lime Saddle, funny, watch stopped, ended up back at the ramp at 10:30 am. Good old sun clock still works. Bite was a lot tougher today for some reason. About all I could catch were one, or two fish per location, fishing about 8-10 different locations for a total of 11 fish today. Funny, think I caught the same large mouth again. Best fish right at 14", all the rest basic 13-13 1/2" and no dinks. Water cooling, mostly 71 degree range. Water level now 925.08, 13 feet left before Lime saddle closes, about 2 more weeks. Pictures in fishing forum.

Monday, September 17th, 2018

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      Water Temp: 70-71

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished the Hook Tournament- first spot hit a point (incoming tide) on the main river and third cast boated a keeper, allot of stripers boiling in the area caught an undersized striper, left that area for another spot and it was windy which could have been a good thing but that area and others just produced tons of dinks, caught em on top water poppers, a rig, but the crank bait bite was not there, switched to a shakey head senko and it also caught dinks,
      on one slough caught what appeared to be a 4+ (on shakey Head) when it saw the boat it was having none of it, jumped about two feet of the water and was gone. That's the Delta. Bigger fish ae far and few between. allot of pleasure boat and jet ski traffic, be careful.
      Good Luck

      Tips: Hit allot of spots, Patience helps. When throwing whackey rigged senkos to a tule bank the boat was in 11 ft. of water about 15 ft. out, let the senko sink to bottom and while reeling back to the boat was when the strikes came.

Friday, September 14th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 71

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Right now the fishing is just so-so. The fish are scattered and roaming. You can find fish bunched up in certain areas but they're still not jumping on your bait but you can manage 2-3 fish before they quit biting or move on. Most of the fish are small. I did manage a 3# largemouth on a Pop-R. I should have gotten to the lake earlier and fished top water for the first 2-3 hours.
      I threw a lot of different baits but it seemed liked the fish liked the Ned rig with a 4" pumpkin senko the best. I caught around 20 fish but probably 15 of em were in the 12" class. Afternoon til around 6:00 was tough. Really had to work for the fish.

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 74-76

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I took two gentlemen from Arkansas - here with their families, visiting Lake Tahoe and later Yosemite. They know about Bullards and wanted to fish it. We had a very nice trip, warm beautiful day! One of the guys started off with two nice summer spots, around 1 1/2 and the other near 2 lbs. I think they caught 4 or 5 keeper spots, and then lots of dinks. Typical summer daytime bite. Waiting for water to cool down!

      Tips: We just drop-shotted most of the time with 6" Robo worms - morning dawn and MM111. Water wasn't real clear, probably because of weekend boat traffic. We fished points and shaded walls with stumps. The sun is lower on the horizon now, so more shadows available mid-day.

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

    • Water Temp: 75-78

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I enjoyed a really nice guide trip today with two excellent bass fishermen - one being from Utah. The bite was good - again better in the afternoon! We fished the narrows in the morning and the main body in the afternoon. Caught a few small ones on spoons, but drop-shotting was again the way to go. They each caught a largemouth and a spotted bass in the 3 lb range and several from 2 to 2 1/2 lbs. We did have some help with the first cloud cover in weeks which might have off-set the very cold, breezy morning. Most of our fish were still in the 40 ft range even though bait was all over the place. Small bass were chasing bait in the early morning, but no big ones were seen. Our best color Robo worm was the MM111. Don't understand - that is not a shad color!! We fished all over the west side of the main body.

      Tips: We found most of our bass on deep water flats - mostly off-shore types. They seemed to be roaming a lot. The bite would be on and off. As the afternoon cloud cover increased, the bites became "pressure" bites. Seemed like they were bothered by the clouds. I thought it would be the opposite. They really had to pay attention to hook their fish. Overall - very nice trip. Around 25 keeper bass, all 3 species, but only 12-13 lbs for our five best.

    • Water Temp: Water Temp 71 -74

      Report: by AKBASSFISHING » Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:23 pm

      California Delta 9/12/2018
      Water Temp 71 -74
      Visibility 1 – 5 feet
      Wind 10 - 18 mph

      Before getting into the report, I want to talk about some “jet skiers” we encountered. We were fishing an offshore flat, and we saw a group of around 10 jet skiers and a small cruiser coming towards us. We were obviously casting to the shoreline and even attempted to divert them away from us, but I guess that doesn’t matter, since two of them decided to cut between us and the shoreline. Not only did they blow the spot, but little did they know that they were in only about a foot of water. Its people like this, that kill or injure others. Be aware of your surroundings and be safe out there. Anyways, back to the report.

      We got a late start today, put the boat in around 8 in the morning. The tide had just switched, and a good wind blew from the West. A little front had also moved into the area, providing some welcome cloud cover.

      We ran to a large exposed weed flat, the wind was blowing against the current, which made our lives mush easier. Going with the wind, we cast to the outer weedline. On my second cast, my rod loaded. At first, I thought I was snagged, but then it pulled back hard. After a brief scuffle, my father netted her. She went 5.10 on the scale. We continued down the entire weedline and had decent success, but nothing like the first fish.

      Seeing the tide was now in full swing, we looked for some cover. Finding some sparse tullies, my father went with a spinnerbait, and went to town on the fish. I stuck with the crankbait on the outside, while he went for the heart of the tullies. This one-two combination yielded a good number of fish, the largest going around three-pounds. We followed this pattern for the remainder of the morning.

      By noon, the water had dropped substantially, so we backed off the shore. Targeting the drop, we worked the edge with Texas-rigs. Just like the other day, the fish had positioned themselves on the drop-off. We managed a good number of bass, again the biggest going around three-pounds.

      By 4 in the afternoon, we called it a day. Overall, we had maybe 15-pounds at max. With the day starting so well, I couldn’t help but think the day was going to be a pig fest, but it was an overall grind to get the bigger fish.

      Tips: Notes

      The fish are not in the direct current, find breaks or protected pockets with some movement.

      Fishing crayfish patterns was the ticket to getting bit.

    • Water Temp: 74 degrees, elevation 730.

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: ot launched about 5:45 am today at Lime Saddle, stopped fishing right at 10 am. Wow, glass like water most of the morning, due to the high clouds. Decent bite, picked up 17 spots, with nearly all 13 13 1/2" size, no big fish today. Got a rare surprise large mouth before heading out to the N. Fork. Most fish holding at about 30-35 foot mark today. Water cooling still, mostly 74 degree range. Lime Saddle is taking house boats off the water, as it looks like a couple more weeks before too low to launch. Water at 730 foot mark, ramp closes at about 712 foot mark. Picture is the small LM surprise. Picture in fishing forum.