Clear Lake Fish Report

Clear Lake - Clearlake, CA (Lake County)

by Bob Rider
(707) 994-3474

Our good cold and drizzly weather continues this week. The mornings have been mid-30's and foggy. The water temp is around 55 degrees. We've got strong reports this week of some good solid bass fishing, the crappie bite remains about the same as it has been the last couple weeks, and the catfish are still in predator mode. Here's what we're getting:

Bass anglers are enjoying a lively bite on jumbo minnows. The morning hours are still producing the best bite, but anglers are having success into the early part of the afternoon hours. Fish shallow water in the morning, move to the cover of docks as the sun comes overhead, then out to the deeper water and rock piles later in the day. Look for shelves and drop offs, too. Angler Ross Christensen made an astute observation this week - he noticed that the hundreds (perhaps thousands) of baby bass that were in shallow water lately have done a disappearing act. I believe that signals another change as we get further into our fall bite. Be it part of the maturing process or due to the colder weather, they've gone deeper like the larger of their kind. Artificial lures are still a tough sell for largemouth bass. Typical lures and techniques this year are lipless cranks, jerk baits both hard & soft, drop shot rigs, and jigs. Look also to some of your smaller hand-poured swim baits.

Crappie hunters have found some nice fish at Kono Tayee & Shag Rock. Action is on-again, off-again as the schools move through the area. Find the school and you'll find the bite. For best results go with a live minnow on four pound test under a slip bobber. Pay attention to what other anglers are doing, often the school is so concentrated that one angler on the boat is on it while others, just a few feet away, are not.

Catfish are taking jumbo minnows, shad, and mackerel readily these days. Drifting live bait at night has been the trick for several of my dedicated anglers. Bass Alley and Rattlesnake Island have been good producers for us.

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