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Wild West Bass Trail (cont.)

Well it seems as though all of my post didn’t make so here’s the rest…I don’t normally guide on Lake Shasta but since I’m going to be up there this week or anytime for that matter I’d be happy to take someone out if you’d like to check out this beautiful lake. The fishing is really good now and there are some absolute giant spotted bass just waiting to try to jerk the rod out of your hand. When one of these fish grab your lure, hang on! Also the scenery is incredible with bald eagles everywhere. So if you are tired of Clear Lake and Lake Berryessa hit me up and let’s hit Shasta county!

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Massive 16.3 Pound Bass

That’s right, yesterday a behemoth largemouth bass was caught out of Clear Lake that weighed 16.3 pounds! She was the largest bass I’ve heard of in the last few years but I know there are fish that are a lot bigger than her still swimming in Clear Lake and Lake Berryessa. The lake has almost reached the full mark and its still rising slowly so it should be full within the next couple days. Lake Berryessa has also come up some in the last couple days and is looking much better. It is actually about 5 feet down from the highest point last year and still rising so it should at least reach the mark. However it is still 32 feet from full so lots more rain is needed! As far as the fishing goes, I haven’t been on Lake Berryessa since this last rain started but it was good just before the storms rolled in. I was catching fish on top water lures in the main lake, jigs in the narrows and a few bed fish in the creeks. Clear Lake on the other hand is still fishing quite well even with this nasty weather. The water has gotten muddy in all the creeks so finding cleaner water is the key. I’ll be back out tomorrow looking to beat that 16 pounder and getting ready for a couple guide trips later this week. The best baits will be swim baits and glide baits but also jigs in the old tules will be key for the next few weeks. I still have a few days open this week so if you would like a chance at the years biggest bass call me and let’s book your day!

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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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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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Stable Warm Weather and Rising Water Temperature

Well the days are getting longer and the extra sunshine along with the warm days are helping the water temp to rise slowly. The bass are already in their staging areas and eating pretty good. Last week I caught a 10.2, a 9.13, and a 9.1 pound bass all on jigs. Also caught several 5 to 8 pounders. I also had two guide trips that yielded fish up to 8 pounds plus a few catfish up to 20 pounds. The top lures have been jigs, senkos, and rip baits. Of course the minnow bite is crazy good. I still have a few days open for the spring fishing so if you are interested in some of this awesome fishing it’s time to give me a call!

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The Bite is on at Clear Lake

The past week has been really good on Clear Lake. Saturday my partner and I had 35+ pounds for our five best bass with a total of somewhere around 30 fish caught. Most of those fish were caught on a rip bait. Sunday in the tournament we only had 25 pounds and need 35 to win. That day our rip bite didn’t work so we had to change plans and go to other baits. Our best fish was 8.15 pounds and was caught on a swim bait. I had two guide trips this week and both resulted in great catches of up to 30 fish each day. The best fish of the two trips was caught by Franz and weighed 8 pounds. Most of those bass were caught on shallow crank baits, rip baits and live minnows. I fished alone on Wednesday and it was super foggy in the morning and the bite was slow, but after noon the fog cleared and the fishing was awesome. I caught several fish up to 6 pounds with Luckycraft LV 500, Stacyee, and ended the day with a 9.85 pond largemouth. Obviously the bite is getting better so if you are ready for some early spring action on Clear Lake or Lake Berryessa give me a call.

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Two Ten Pound Bass in One Week

I guess it’s safe to say the fishing is great at Clear Lake now. I had three trips this week that were awesome. Saturday Angela caught a 10 pound largemouth bass and then Thursday Mark caught a 10 pound pig. Both fish were caught on minnows but Mark also caught fish on the A rig, jigs, Senkos, rip baits, and big swim baits. Beside these two giants, a lot more fish were caught up 7.5 pounds. Wednesday I had Ramon and Manny with me again, but the east wind blew extremely hard making it really tough to find a place calm enough to fish. They did manage to catch about ten bass up to 5 pounds, just no big ones. Well if you are ready for some of the best bass fishing on the planet give me a call and let’s book your guide trip ASAP!

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Lake Berryessa

Well after three wins in a row on Lake Berryessa in Anglers Choice tournaments I have decided to add this beautiful lake to my guiding area. While Clear Lake is my home lake and preferred lake to fish and guide, Lake Berryessa is also a very fun lake to fish. The great thing about this lake is that you can catch largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass all in the same day. Also there is always a good chance to see a bald eagle or a golden eagle on any trip to Lake Berryessa. So if you are looking for a guide for Clear Lake or Lake Berryessa give me a call and lets set up a trip soon as the calendar is beginning to fill up.

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High Winds, Rain, and Sleet…and Big Bass!

The weather on Wednesday could not have been worse. We had extreme high winds, rain and sleet but the bass didn’t seen to mind. My client, Ryan managed to catch about 12 bass up to 6 pounds. All of the fish were caught on the Alabama Rig. We also threw swim baits and chatter baits, and I caught one fish on the chatter bait. At the end of the day Ryan was please with the results as he caught his two best bass ever, a 5 pounder and a 6 pounder. Ryan had to leave early to head back to the air port and I guess I just hadn’t had enough punishment for the day. I went back out and fished until dark and caught another dozen or so bass, but nothing over 6 pounds. I did manage to catch a few with the Senko and an Osprey swim bait. But the A-Rig was still the first choice of the bass. If you’re ready for some of this call Clear Lake’s best bass guide (that’s me)!

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Country Boy in the City, I Missed My Clear Lake!!

For the last few days I have been in San Francisco for my stepson’s birthday. That is no place for a country boy! But it made my wife happy. Tomorrow I going to make me happy. i’m heading to the north end of Clear Lake to throw some big baits (swim baits, jigs, rip baits, and made the A-Rig). Hopefully I will catch some big bass. Will update tomorrow on how your favorite guide caught em.

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