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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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Warming Weather Equals Warming Water Equals Big Bed Fish

It looks like summer has arrived at Clear Lake. High temps and calm wind; great weather for bed fishing. Time to break out the Dobyns flipping sticks and bed fishing baits and hit the shores of this beautiful lake. My boat is down for a while, but I have a great friend who is willing to let me use his 21 foot Triton for the next couple of weeks so I won’t miss a beat. Thank You Bob (Crabman) Transano. My lures of choice for bed fishing are Senkos, jigs, trash fish, tubes, and crawfish imitating baits. Some fisherman are against bed fishing but I know that if the bass are caught from a bed and released they will go right back to the bed and do their thing. As long as you take care of them they will spawn again year after year. They will also get smarter each time they are caught so they are harder to catch by the meat hunters that take advantage of bed fish and take them out of the lake for dinner. I’m not against eating bass occasionally but taking them off beds to eat them is killing way to many fish at one time. Well now you know where I stand on the subject of bed fishing, so if you want a chance to catch a really big bass and you are willing to release her to do it again call me and lets book your trip of a life time.

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Rising water

Last week the bass moved up and were starting to make their beds but the weather this week has pushed them back out. This week we caught fish in the staging area again which is much easier  for most clients than bed fishing.  The baits that were most successful were Lucky Craft LV500s, trash fish swim baits, the A-Rig, rip baits, big swim baits, and of course live minnows.  The best news is that the lake has come up about 6 inches already and should rise a little more.  Once the weather stabilizes and it starts to warm up again the bass will be back on the shore and bed fishing will be the way to catch the big girls again.  So if you are looking to hit the shores of Clearlake in search of that giant bass call me and let’s get it done!

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