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Rain, Rain Go…

Well I would like to say we have had enough rain but that’s not the case! We need a lot more rain to get Clear Lake back up to were it needs to be. The fishing is still good even though the lake is low but more water would be great. The bass are starting to look at the bank and that means big fish in our short futures! There is a big tournament here this weekend but I will be at Lake Berryessa on Sunday taking out a couple teenagers for the high school tourney there. It should be a lot of fun as Berryessa is turning on really good right now. Next week I’ll be busy on Clear Lake with a couple trips so I should have a better report soon. My calendar, as well as most of the guides here is starting to fill fast as this is the busiest time of the year…also the best time to catch a real trophy bass so call soon to book your trip of a lifetime….

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Cold Front Blues

This time of the year fishing can go from 0 to 100 over night…or vise versa! This week for example I caught 2 fish on Monday. Then on Tuesday with a client we caught 30 plus bass up to 5.5 pounds followed by a 1 fish day on Wednesday. All three days we fished the same areas of the lake. This was on Clear Lake where we have shallow water with largemouth bass. Lake Berryessa on the other hand has much deeper water with largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass and the fish aren’t as affected by the cold weather. Both lakes are on the verge of pre spawn so the fish are in the areas that lead to spawning areas. With all that being said this is the time of the year to catch a true giant so if your will to take a chance with the weather give me a call and let’s get you a trophy bass!

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April Brings Crazy Weather to Clear Lake

While the fishing was incredible in March, April was completely different at Clearlake. The weather has the fish so messed up that they have backed off and are hard to figure out. The bass were ready to move to the bank and start the spawning process but cold front after cold front with high winds dropped the water temp and left the fish confused. Now the forecast is calling for stable, warm weather coming soon so the fish will move up and do their thing next week. If you like looking at big bass and catching them give me a call and let’s get you booked ASAP. As far Lake Berryessa the fishing there is really good right now. The water is clearing up so you can see the fish that are on the beds and they are aggressive. Put a drop shot in front of them and hang on!

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Full Lakes

The rains this year are doing wonders for NorCal lakes. Lake Berryessa is very likely to reach the Glory Hole this year as it is only 7 feet down now and rising fast. We got 3.5 inches of rain in Lake County last night and a lot of that water goes directly into Lake Berryessa. It has actually come up 2 feet in the last 24 hours and still rising. However the rising water and unstable weather are not helping the fishing. I fished there last weekend and caught fish on a spinner bait, the A-Rig, jigs and drop shot. The better fish were shallow but I caught bass down to 25 feet. The great thing about Berryessa is that there are Smallmouth, Largemouth, Spotted Bass, and Meanmouth Bass there so you can usually find something willing to eat! As far as Clear Lake goes, at this time there is a 5 mile per hour limit on boats because of flooding. That probably would have been lifted today but the rain last night has brought the lake back to 8.6 feet which is nearly at flood stage and she’s still rising. It could be a few weeks before that it lifted now. As soon as it is I will be out there looking for some Clear Lake Giants!!

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WWBT at Lake Oroville

Yesterday was the first Wild West team tournament of the year and the rising water made it tough for a lot of the fishermen. My partner and I caught about 20 keeper bass with the best 7 (7 fish limit with WWBT) weighing 12.38 which was good enough for 8th place. Not bad in a 167 boat field. Congrats to Kris Sisto and Tim Rhyme with the winning sack weighing 14.70 pounds and Zack Thompson with the big fish of 4.93. Now it’s time to focus on Clear Lake. The stable weather and clearing water should get the big bass biting here so if your ready for some late winter, early spring bass busting hit me up!

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Clear Lake is Filling Up

Clear Lake is currently at 6.35 which is about one foot from the full mark. The bad thing is they are starting to open the dam and let water out in order to prevent flooding. I think it is a little too soon as the lake has only come up about 5 feet all year and flood stage is at 9.5 feet. We are a long way from that mark at this point! Hopefully they won’t dump too much water. As far as the fishing goes, before the rains started the fishing had been really awesome but the water was getting supper clear which makes the fishing tough. The rains not only bring the lake level up but also stain the water so as soon as the rains slow down the fishing should be nothing short of great. Not only is the bass fishing good, so is the crappie fishing. The best way to catch these tasty fish is with small jigs or minnows. For the bass it’s time to start throwing swim baits over the grass flats. They can be caught with anything from Little Creepers Trash Fish to 12 inch Osprey swim baits and River2Sea S-Waver to 14 inch glide baits. While Clear Lake is nearly full and should be above the full mark by the time this rain is over, Lake Berryessa is still severely low. Only a few of the lake’s boat ramps are currently open dew to the low water level there. The fishing there is still good though with a few small mouth and large mouth moving up on their beds just before the rain started. Well if this weather is making you stir crazy, give me a call and let me guide you to some of the years best fishing!

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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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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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Lake County is on Fire

This time it’s not Clear Lake it’s Lake County. The fires here have caused complete devastion. Thousands of people have been evcuated and many, many have lost their homes. I personally have been evcuated from my home since Saturday and have no idea when I’ll be able to return. And to top it off the fishing is really good right now. I was looking forward to the upcoming FLW tournament and the Triton owners tourney which have or probably will be canceled or rescheduled. The bass are really eating good right now. You can catch fish on jigs, crank baits, swim baits, and drop shots. I should be able to get in and get my boat in the next few days then I’ll be able get back on the water. If you want to join me in one of these exciting fish catching outings now is the time to call!

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