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High North Wind Slow Clear Lake Bite

We have had supper high winds at Clear Lake this week and the bass here don’t like cold north wind! Even with the wind Clear Lake is still better than most. I had clients catch fish up to 9 pounds and I caught a 9.5 pounder. They are still eating rip and jerk baits, Lucky Craft LV500 and other lipless crank baits, Little Creepers Trash Fish and other swim baits including glide baits. Lake Berryessa is also kicking out some giant bass like the 14 pounder caught by a team in the American Bass Ass. tournament Saturday. Back at Clear Lake the water temp is climbing to 65 in the day so the bite will change from prespawn to spawning bass really soon. So if you like looking at bed fish get ready it almost here!

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Clear Lake is the Best Lake in the Country

That’s right, Clear Lake is the number one lake in the world right now!!! I have personally caught 8 fish over 10 pounds in the last 3 weeks with the best three weighing in at 11.54(in the Wild West Bass Trail tourney), 12 pounds 2 ounce, and 13 pounds 13 ounce. Also had a client last week catch a 10.2 pounder and 4 more over 8 pounds. These are not fish caught on minnow but lures. The better bass are being caught on lures with the bigger numbers of bass coming on minnows. I have also seen pictures of many many other bass over ten pounds in the last couple weeks. The best baits right now are rip baits, Lucky Craft LV500, A-rig, and swim baits. With the weather that’s coming this week the fish will be hitting the shores and spawning soon so if you are looking to get in on some of this prespawn fishing you better call ASAP!!! If bed fishing is your thing, then call me and let’s get a date set before my calendar fills.

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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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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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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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