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Wild West Bass Trail at Shasta

As bad as I hate to leave Lake and Napa counties, it’s time to head to Lake Shasta for the WWBT pro/am tournament. I am looking forward to that tourney though as it have done well there the last couple years. This year I’m going to add the floating fly to my arsenal. Past years my top techinics have been senkos, tubes, swimbaits, and the A-rig. After that it’s back to Clear Lake to prepare to the Leukemia fundraiser tournament along with a couple trips to Lake Berryessa. The 2018 season is underway…

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Hawg Heaven

The last couple weeks have been incredible for me! The fishing at Clear Lake has been phenomenal for me and my clients. We have had multiple days with 30 plus pounds of bass and one day with 41.6 pounds. Each day saw more than 20 fish being caught. Not only bass but the crappie are chewing as well. We haven’t seen the huge 3 to 5 pound crappie that Clear Lake is know for but 50 to 100 per day is not uncommon with fish to 2 pounds. As for Lake Berryessa the bass are eat there as well. 18 to 25 pound limits are the norm and I have had several bass over 5 pounds there. Back to Clear Lake, ABA held its 4th tournament of the season here yesterday and my partner and I won with 36.42 pounds backed up with a 10.52 kicker that was caught on a swimbait and the rest were caught on rip baits and lipless crank baits. It looks like the weather is going to change next week so the fishing may change a little but we need the water in both Clear Lake and Lake Berryessa so…bring on the rain!

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Hawgs(big bass) are Brawling at Clear Lake

I haven’t been out in the last two days but a couple of friends have sent me pictures of their catch and it looks like I missed a couple great days on the water. I saw pictures of a 43 pound 5 bass sack and a 38 pounds sack. Mean while I just got a German short hair pointer so I have been on puppy duty! Tomorrow I’m taking Remington(my pup) to Lake Berryessa to get ready for the 4th Berryessa Bass Trail tournament which is Sunday 2/21. The bite on Clear Lake is still good with Lucky Craft LV500 lipless crank baits, Pointer 128 rip baits, and A-Rig. Also some fish are starting to eat jigs and swimbaits. Next week the weather is going to be awesome again so if you are itching to get on some of the best bass of the year give me a call and let’s do it!

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Warmer Weather Means Warmer Water and Hungry Bass

Clear Lake is still coming up and the forecast calls for a warm weekend. This is going to get the fish moving up into th shallow waters and make them want to eat! I’ll be out this week getting ready for the ABA tournament on Sunday. While most people are home getting ready for the super bowl, I’ll be out there trying to win another American Bass tournament. If you are interested in going out this week give me a call, I’ll be fishing the rest of the week. Should be able to catch fish using rip baits such as the Lucky Craft Stacey 90, also swimbaits, jigs, and A-rigs.
The fishing at Lake Berryessa is also starting to pick up. The fish are still deep there but they are feeding up so they’ll be moving up soon. Jigs and Senkos are key lures there along with the A-rig. If you are look for a guide for either of these lake give me a call and let’s go get em.

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Rising Water

The latest rains have brought Clear Lake up almost 3 feet from its lowest point. And it looks like we should get another 2+ inches before the end of the week. On top of that the fish are eating pretty good. Almost 26 pounds was needed in the American Bass tournament held here this weekend for the win. There were several bass over 6 pounds caught mostly on jigs in the Henderson area. Also some good fish have been caught on swimbaits, Lucky Craft Vl500s, and spoons. Fishing will be geting better and better as we near spring. It’s time for the big bass to start moving into the staging areas so they will be much eazier to catch. If you are like me and this rain is making you stir crazy, give me a call and let’s go fishing! Also don’t forget the ISE starts Thursday. You can find me at the Dobyns Rod booth on Saturday and Sunday.

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Winter Time Blues

Well it’s the time of the year that the fishing gets really tough. You may go out and catch only one or two fish, but they will probably be big bass! The best lures right now on Clear Lake are jigs and swimbaits…and of course live minnows. They are eating minnows pretty good so if you the need to catch fish that’s the way to go. At Berryessa the bite is a little better because of the spotted bass population. They can be caught on jigs, worms and spoons in the narrows now. The rains are going to help the water level at both lake and the bite should get better when stable weather returns.

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Fall Fishing at Clearlake

It seems that fall is upon us here in Northern California…the days are shorter , the nights are cooler and the bass are eating! This is the time of the year that Clearlake gets hit hard with big tournaments like the Bob’s Marine tourney, ABA TOC, Triton Owners Tourney and the FLW tournament. With all this pressure every year you would think that Clearlake could not continue to produce…but it does! The fishing is awesome right now and only gets better though the next couple months. The bite now is wide open with fish being caught on crank baits (shallow, deep and jigs, lipless), jigs, and some swimbaits. If you are up for some of the country’s best fall fishing give me a call.

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Rising Muddy Water at Clear Lake

I had a couple of trips this week and both days resulted in really good fish but not a lot of them. Tuesday my clients and I caught bass up to 9 pounds 11 ounces and Wednesday we caught bass up to 7 pounds. Also on Wednesday we found that the catfish are still eating big time! Just look for the Grebes diving and the catfish are there. As far as the bass the go, we caught fish on the Luckycracft Stacyee, Luckycract LV500, Huddleston swimbaits, Gann’s jigs, and a couple on minnows.
With all the rain we’ve gotten lately the water is muddy in places and clear in others. I’ve had the best luck in the cleaner water. After a few more days the water should clear up and the whole lake will be great! Looking forward to a great couple of weeks on Clear Lake and Lake Berryessa. If you want to join me call and let’s go get em!

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Spawn and Post Spawn

There are still lots of bass on beds here at Clear Lake, but most of the fish spawned over the last couple weeks. The next couple of weeks the focus will be on the post spawn fish. That means throwing Senkos and swim baits around dock and other post spawn areas. This week I had 3 trips that had clients catching 30 to 40 fish a day on beds mostly using Senkos, swimbaits, jigs, and tubes. Yesterday I had a old client and a friend of his and they caught fish using minnows until they used all four dozen in about 3 hours. Then they started bed fishing and caught another 15 or so bass. Well if you want to get in on the last of the bed fishing here give me a call and lets schedule your trip soon or it will be over and I know you don’t want to have to wait until next year to see these big fish setting in their beds….and feel them pulling on your line!

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Big Baits and Bed Fishing

I had a couple of my oldest clients with me last week and they brought along a friend, Jim for his first trip on Clearlake. They all caught lots of fish. The best bass of the day fell to Brad and weighed in at 6.7 pounds. This was his personal best. Jim also caught his personal best that weighed just over 5 pounds. We caught fish on jigs, Senkos, big swimbaits, and the A-rig, however most of the fish fell for live minnows. Now it’s time to get ready for the Chamber tournament where I expect to find big bass eating big swimbaits. I will also be looking for fish on beds as the water is warming up so the fish should be moving up to the shore. So if you are interested in catching your personal best bass and throwing big swimbaits and bed fishing is your thing, give me a call and lets book your trip.

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