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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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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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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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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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Our Last Wednesday Night Shootout

This coming Wednesday (9/16) will be our last WNS of the year. It will be another moon light event which is a team event that runs from 6 pm til midnight. The entry is $150 per team. It’s a 3 fish tournament and the top 3 big bass and top 3 big bags will get paid. We will be launching from Redbud park. Everybody is welcome to to fish so bring your jigs, crank baits and top water baits and join the fun!

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Windy Wednesday Night

Wednesday evening was one of the windiest night I have ever seen on Clearlake. The fishing during the day was pretty good as my clients caught around 12 bass up to 5.5 pounds. Still not much of a top water bite even early in the morning but the crank bait bite is still good. They caught fish on lipless crank baits (Luckycraft LV500), deep crank baits and jigs. Most of the fish came from 8 to 15 feet. My wife fished the Wednesdat Nite Shootout with me and she caught a small 2.5 pound bass while I caught a 4.5 pounder that was good enough for second place. Mr. Kevin Hall caught the biggest bass of the night that weighed 4.9 pounds…that’s quiet a bit off of our normal wieght for the WNS. Fall is closing in and the fishing is still awesome now so it’s time to plan that fishing trip when the weather is comfortable and the fishing is at its best!!!

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