Clear Lake – Won Bass California Open report by Sean Wayman

Clear Lake - Clearlake, CA (Lake County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of RB Bass

by RB Bass

April 4 2019 -April 12 2019
Water Temps range 54-62 deg
Winds 5 mph to 25mph on different days

Sun and over cast.

So as you can see I spent a few days on Clearlake prepping for and fishing the Won Bass California Open. My weights were just as inconsistent as the weather. I had located several really good areas in practice and felt like I had a good shot to win the event. As it turned out another angler also found one of those locations. So on with the fishing report.

The bite is changing daily and on the improve as we speak. It can be tricky depending on what you like to doing for techniques. Although I am pretty comfortable in saying that you can catch em just about however you like other then top water. Me personally I chose to target pre-spawn fish outside of spawning flats in the mid-lake area. The Carolina Rig and the Shakey Head were most consistent for me. However the drop shot and senko also accounted for plenty of fish.

My bigger fish all came on a swim jig. I had many fish over 6 throughout the week and they all but 1 came on the swim jig. That other one was on a shaky head with a Strike King Desert Craw colored worm. The swim jig was excellent in practice as it allowed me to cover lots of water. On day 1 I weighed a 9 lb female and on day 3 i lost one even bigger.

Fishing the shakey head and drop shot were about fishing slow. To me they were not for covering water at all but being patient and waiting em out. Because of this I did not use them in practice. The Carolina Rig also needed to be fished slowly but it was working to cover some water as well. If I was not feeling rock I moved on. For the Carolina Rig I was using a Strike King Rage Bug in Green Pumpkin.

For me I had to cover water because I could not catch em all over the lake. So by game day I had a decent amount of productive water. The fishing is improving daily at this point. The fish want to spawn and are moving to the bank with the full moon coming.

 My gear for these techniques is as follows.
    •    Swim Jig- Daiwa Tatula Elite Ish Monroe 7’6 flipping stick and 20 lb test tied to a Tatula 150 in  the 8.1-1 gear Ratio
    •    Carolina Rig- Same exact set up only with a 16lb leaded
    •    Drop shot- Daiwa Tatula Elite Brent Ehrler Drop Shot with 15lb J Braid to 8lb leader
    •    Shakey Head – Daiwa Tatula Elite Cody Meyer Drop Shot with 20lb J Braid and 12 lb leader

Thanks to Monster Fishing Tackle for your continued support and exceptional service. All gear and baits used are available at

RBBass Angler

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