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Rain at the Bass Factory

Saturday was the New Jenn tournament at Clear Lake and the results were pretty amazing. My partner and I had 21.85 pounds with a 6.58 pound kicker and ended up in 13th place out of 78 teams. The winners had almost 33 pounds and the big fish of the tournament was just over 11 pounds. That’s on a cold day in January! Where else can this happen? Now we have rain coming down and more in the forecast for the next few days. The lake level is really low right now so this is much needed. After the weather settles the Bass should get even more active as it’s time for them to start staging for Spring. So if you’re ready for some of the years best fishing give me a call and let’s set up your trip of a life time on the best big bass producing lake in the country! 707-543-6677.

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Reaction Bite at Clear Lake

I was out Tuesday and chose to try reaction baits most of the day. The bite was much slower with lures than with the live minnows a couple days earlier. I caught about a dozen bass on the lipless crank baits, A-Rigs, and swim baits. Also caught a couple on jigs. The Lucky Craft LV500 seemed to be my best bet that day. The forecast is calling for some rain this week which is badly need as Clear Lake is very low right now. Hopefully the rain will help the bite as well. We are having our annual New Years Day tournament again next week so if any of you are interested in fishing a fun tourney this is a great way to start the new year. Also it’s time to start planning for the up coming spring fishing season and getting you trip on the books so call as soon as possible to choose the dates that work for you before the calendar fills.

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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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Clear Lake is Rising and Muddy

Well Clear Lake is on the rise again. By the end of this storm Clear Lake will be over 5 feet which is a good start to the rainy season. Possibly full by the end of the month. So far today we have 4.25 inches and still come down. I live in Hidden Valley on Putah creek which flow into Lake Berryessa. It’s a river now so Berryessa will come up a lot also. Looking forward to some good fishing once this storm move out.

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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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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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