Lake Berryessa Fishing Report by Mike Tremont

Berryessa Water temperature 53 to 56, stained Winds calm to about 10
Got a late start in the morning. I travel through Winters up 128 which was closed due mudslides. I got a lucky break and was allowed through. It’s amazing seeing the hillside on top of the road!
Got on the lake about 11am. With the lake just reaching full pool and still rising, my plan was to cover water looking for the more active fish. Bright noisy baits were tied on. I ran around a bit trying to locate either bait of fish with the graph. Not much of either. The birds were also scattered about trying to eat. They were having a tough time as well!
I slowed down a little bit and started throwing a baby brush hog on a darthead. Never felt the bite, but finally the tug at the end of the line was there! Poor fish was pale, but had a lot of fight in it! I’d love to tell you I had it dialed, but that was it on this day!

Cal Coast Clip N Cull

Being out on the water trying to figure out the puzzle in itself is a victory for me. Don’t get me wrong, I want to get, but some days the catching part of doesn’t happen. Next time I have a little bit better of a clue as to where and how to start if conditions don’t change much.
So I did little shopping at outdoorproshop.com To restock some necessities. They have much of what one needs for multiple species of fish, or for our comfort out on the water. Remember to enjoy the beauty of the chase, if it were always easy, it wouldn’t be the challenge.

Lake New Melones Fishing Report by Michael Coleman

Water temp 54-56

Air temp 45lows 59 highs 

Water clarity 4into 1ft

Wind 2-4 mph

Weather ūüƧ

With Bass Nation coming to¬†Lake New Melones¬† in just a few weeks¬† and the water temperatures warming rapidly the fishing should be good as a matter of fact it should be¬†a complete slug fest. With the water temperatures creeping into the high 50s the big spotted bass are starting to Rome the banks and taking full advantage of the rising water and all the small pray that is being¬† trapped by the quickly rising water. The largemouth are also taking full advantage of the rising water and easy meals before they Spawn. The largemouth are coming out of there winter haunts starting to migrate to pre Spawn staging areas. I saw a perfect opportunity for myself and my good friend Dave Romanus to do a little scouting for the tournament so keeping all the conditions in mind we¬† started on the West Bank’s facing east and long sloping points leading into spawning bays or flats.¬† We quickly picked up a fish and our first clue using the Blade Runner¬†A- rig and Bass Assassin Lures Die Dapper swim baits ¬†in¬† albino shad with all the recent rains and the muddy water we also decided to spray B.A.N.G sent in the shad flavor and the fish were just absolutely crushing the Bass Assasin¬†Die Dapper. As the sun got high we started targeting the flatter banks and boom our first largemouth bites,¬†so I continued throwing my Blade Runner¬†A-rig on my Phenix Maxim 711 H and we started to put together a good bag.

Just targeting long points that are located out in front of spawning bays and flats adjacent to Deep water. We started in around 20 feet in the morning and began working shallow as the day goes on. We kept moving around from spot to spot, make sure you watch carefully for floating debris as with all the heavy rains there could be some hazardous conditions. If there is any last minute gear you need stop at the Glory Hole they have ,Gas, Food , and a ton of tackle.

Report by Michael Coleman fishing

Lake Mohave Fishing Report by Dominik Mohameds

February 24-26 2017

Lake Mohave

Calm to 15/20mph winds

55-57 degree water temp

Water Clarity 25+ feet

So I headed down to fish the Wild West Bass Trail PRO/AM at Lake Mohave. I’m going to talk about what my pros did. On the first day we headed south for a 15min run to a south facing point. The bait of choice was a small 3/8th brown and purple jig matched with a Yamamoto Fat Baby Craw. My pro dropped the trolling motor and immediately started burning bank searching for the small mouth bass that started to move in shallow. When he came across some fish he would watch the direction they were swimming and determine where he would cast his jig to cut them off. This worked for him both days of fishing enough to cash a check.¬†

Day 2 Pro I was with had a decent limit the first day. My pro had a cove he wanted to fish all day. This particular cove had man made structure along with wood piles that were placed in 20ft of water. He was throwing a small jig, small keitech on a 1/4oz ballhead and a small crank bait. This cove was very popular amongst the tourney anglers. At one time there were 5 boats packed tight. I believe there was to much pressure on these fish to catch them and that’s exactly what happened. Day 2 Pro did not have any fish to weigh in.¬†

Day 3 I had a very unique opportunity to go as an observer with one of the top 10 pros. I was paired with a very good fisherman Justin Kerr. Very humble and great guy to be in a boat with. He was sitting with 30lbs going into day 3 and behind the leader 7lbs. We ran south to a big cove where he located a lot of active fish. As he rolled up to his first point the trolling motor was in the water burning bank and scanning for smallies. When he would find a cruiser he would cut him off by casting ahead with a drop shot and work the bait to entice the fish to bite. He explained to me it was crucial to find fish in Lake Mohave because there was a lot of dead water. He sacked 19lbs by doing this. He missed out on the win by a little over one pound. 

Lake Mohave is just weeks from turning wide open with the bite. My next lake will be Lake Havasu at the end of March. Be sure to follow RB Bass on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and sign up for the email list. 

Lake Okeechobee Elite Series Prediction

Well it’s that time of year and very rarely does the elite series make a stop at the Famous Lake Okeechobee. Okeechobee means big water in Seminole Language and trust me it’s a very big body of water and most of it is 4ft or less and averaging 9ft at full pool.¬†

¬† The lake isn’t what it usually is right now. This time of year we usually see 25+ to win a tournament and 18+ get a check. Lately 20lbs wins and 15lbs get a check and in a BFL 9-12lbs will take you home some money.¬†
¬† Why’s the lake fishing so horribly this year well it’s quite simple actually drawdowns and over spraying and way to much pressure. For a lake of such size this year it’s fishing incredibly small with 2-3 areas of the lake playing key factors in tournaments and to fish those 2-3 areas you’ll be accompanied by 50-100+ boats.¬†
¬† The spawn this year has been completely out of whack when you find a fish on a bed take advantage of it he won’t be there tomorrow they’ll pull up and pull right off.
¬† ¬†What’s going to be productive your typical baits are still going to be the key to Okeechobee. Alot of flipping, spinnerbaits, swimjigs, frogs and chatterbaits will be the big key to unlocking this tournament.¬†
My predictions for the tournament I believe it’s going to be won up north by harney pond area as its just fishing so good and I think a variety of baits will be used to win it as you just have to fish the moment and it’ll take between 60-80lbs to win just depends on the mood the lakes in it’s fishing good one day than horrible the next.
By Bryceson Wright

Lake Shasta Fishing Report by Ron Howe


Lake Shasta Fishing Report by Ron Howe

Post Front conditions 2 weeks in a row

Water stained to muddy

Water Temp 49-55 deg

I made 2 trips to Lake Shasta in 2 weeks, Practicing for the Wild West Bass Trail. The first weekend we launched at Bridgebay and stayed at the resort, it was nice to pull off the water after a 230 AM start and have the Hotel right there. They have a restaurant right there, a good place to fish, Lodge and eat.  

  The first weekend we started our day right at the ramp area just outside the five zone due to the late start. Quickly boating fish on the Blade Runner Alabama rig. I was using Optimum Baits Opti Shads and my rig had small blades for flash and vibration. I caught a fish on the second cast so I was off to a good start. I bounced from point to pocket checking where the fish were setting up at. Points were the key, they had to have small rocks or hard sand bottom and have a very flat slope. This was a little hard to find due to lack of time on Shasta and the lake higher than ive ever fished it. 

As I kept bouncing around the bites continued, several fish in the 2 pound range including Smallmouth and Spotted  Bass were crushing my rig. After hitting about 8 points and 5 pockets, I rolled up on a point and BOOM I got a good one over 5 lbs, a Spottapotamuss! Then it was like a light switch the bite shut off. I got a few more rig bites but they were just nipping it. The fish just went right to the bottom. I started getting fish to eat a tube or a beaver on the Frenzy Nail. All in all a great day. We had well over 16 lbs

The next day I had my guns loaded and I was eager to catch more A-rig fish-trying new points and pockets, I was a gun slinging, I think my Opti Shads were tired I made so many casts, but on day 2 the A-rig bite was dead- I could feel the change in the air, day 2 post front. I slowed way down and it was tough to get bites on much of anything. My team partner Zack Meeks began tossing the Float N FLy and he had action right away boating a nice 3lber. He had several bites and then it shut down-the fish went back to the bottom again. I started tossing Senkos and Boom stick a 3 plus. Then we caught another 3 fish around 3 pounds on the Senko and it was time to go home. We had over 14lbs on this day.

The next week is off limits for Wild West Bass Trail teams, so we prepped for the event and headed up.

Saturday morning came fast and I was battling the Cold and Flu pretty bad with next to no sleep, I knew I had to push myself. I went gun slinging with the A-rig again and quickly got a 2 lber. I had¬†just a few more bites on it and it was more than apparent that bite had shut off for me. My Team Partner had the Float N Fly ready, and I mixed up bottom baits trying to fill a bag. It was a good decision, we quickly caught fish in the same areas we found the weekend before. It was a grind , but it was getting better as it warmed up. I kept mixing in crankbaits and the A-rig along with the S-Waver looking for bigger bites, they just weren’t where I was at. We went back to a Point we found in practice and the flurry began, we caught several fish there on¬†the Float N Fly, Senkos and the Frenzy Nail. Fish were stacked up in pockets near creeks, they would move up on the point and feed and then pull back out. We managed just over 14lbs and placed 30th out of 181 Boat Field, not the finish we were looking for, but we got some Dough for our efforts and we learned a lot about a Lake that Ive spent very little time on. ¬†

New Melones Fishing Report by Josh Parris

New Melones fishing report 

Water temp
Clarity: 1-3 ft
Conditions: partially cloudy 
Lake level: rising daily 
I had a blast over weekend on New Melones lake fishing the Future Pro Tour with Nick Lynch. It was the opener for the central division and had been shaping up to be a slug fest. The week of the event when conditions were identical to tournament day I was able to get out and prefish. It started out slow, I picked up a few small fish early throwing soft plastics. I eventually found a small school of shallow fish I hammered on almost every cast with soft plastic. I decided to see if I could get them to eat one of my confidence baits the River2sea S Waver. The S Waver also typically pulls fish with a bit more quality to them. First cast at the school and it got blasted by a 2lb spotted bass. 2nd cast again and so on. I quickly left those 2lb fish alone and began running that pattern all over the lake. It was immediately successful, the next fish I caught on it was an 8.75 lb spotted bass. That gave me the confidence to throw it the rest of the day. I found the hand full of fish that were coming after it were giant spotted bass. I only had about 15 bites on it throughout the day but they were tournament winning bites. I end prefish with a giant bag of all spotted bass. So as game day arrived I was confident in that pattern. If I could get even five of those bites I would have a great shot at winning. Our first spot was taken so I moved on to our second spot and boom 4lb spot on the S Waver! 2nd stop 2lber! Third spot taken so we moved on. Our key was to run as much water as humanly possible in 8hrs. If the fish were there and ready to eat they would, if not no point wasting time casting at fish that won’t bite. 4th stop of the day was were I realized something was changing. In practice they were eating the bait without hesitation and very few short strikes. On our 4th stop about ten feet from the boat an absolutely giant spotted bass came up on the S Waver! It short struck, and hooked up briefly before it was gone. We talked about it and collected our selfs and got right back to it. We continued it get short strikes and catch smaller fish. I believe due to boat traffic and pressure the larger fish started to pull out and hesitated to eat. We eventually got 2 more good bites on the S Waver throughout the day to push us up to what we weighted in, 18.18lbs taking second place. I threw the River2sea S Waver 168 in a baby bass color, and targeted shallow points, humps, and lay downs. I prefer to throw it the Falcon Bucoo micro rig rod, this is hands down the best rod I’ve found fit this application. The rod has a slower action and really slows down your hook set, witch is important on the S Waver of all sizes. I use 15lb fluorocarbon and a 7:1 ratio reel. All of the used items can be purchased at¬†outdoorproshop.com.¬†I hope this helps and good luck out there.
 

Josh Parris with a Huge Spotted Bass

 

Delta Fishing Report by Charlie King

Report Date: Wednesday, Feb 15 
Launch: Orwood Resort
Weather: low pressure building with cloud cover and a chance of rain
Water: The tide was going out but the water was still very high, the water temperature was right at 55 degrees. 

Plan:¬† Fish towards Holland Cut, after fishing with chatterbaits this past Saturday and having a fair bait, and with the pressure moving in I started the day with the same technique used Saturday ‚Äď chatterbait.
For about 30 minutes I fished a big flat with the TNT BAITS Claymore Chatterbait, then I turned back around and fished the same flat with a red River2Sea Biggie square bill crankbait, not one bite!
I moved to another big flat with the hopes that some big-girls would be up cruising the shallows.¬† After another 45 minutes of throwing the Chatterbait and Crankbait still not one fish. Just the night before I read an article in Bass Angler Magazine called Late Winter Bass Migration and how fast the weather can make these fish move.¬† I decided to move away from a reaction bait and try some flipping, I stopped at a river bend with riprap to try some deeper tulles.¬† I flipped a ¬Ĺ oz. black and blue TNT Wadda Jig for another half hour without a bite.¬† I sat down to drink a bottle of water and thought about what I should do next.¬† Then it hit me: After fishing two of the spots where I thought the fish should have moved into, the only place left was deeper water.¬† So, I turned around and went back to the first flat I fished and tied on a ¬ĺ oz. TNT M80 football jig tipped with Savage Gear Reaction Crayfish.¬† I stayed back from the flat and casted up to about 6 ft. and worked the jig down to about 15 ft., on my third cast a healthy three pounder chocked the jig.¬† I got two more fish on that spot and at least one on every spot I stopped where there was a big flat that would roll off to at least 15 ft.¬†

Charlie King Testing the Clip N Cull

I didn’t get any big fish today but managed to catch 7 fish, with my best five weighing a little over 13 lbs.
¬†I think my best take away from this day on the water is it’s good to have a game plan; but keeping an open mind and making adjustments throughout the day can turn not catching fish into a fish catching day!
 
The Delta is getting ready for some great spring fishing, so get out there and try some of the different techniques I talked about and catch some fish! God bless and good fishing. Charlie King

River2sea Ruckus Product review by Michael Coleman


As the season changes ¬†from late winter to early spring and the cold water starts to warm the River2Sea Ruckus lipless crank bait is a bait you need in your arsenal!!!! With super loud tungsten bearings,¬†the Ruckus measures up at 3 inches and weighs in at¬†3/4¬†of an ounce. This¬†makes this bait a casting dream. Heavy winds are not a issue for the Ruckus with the tungsten weighting system and armed with River2sea hooks makes this bait ready to go right out of the package. The Ruckus retails at 12.99 it’s a must have bait. There are many ways to retrieve the Ruckus just simply cast it out an burn it back or try¬†the yoyo technique. A very effective way is to throw it around sparse cover and rip it off the grass or just simply let it sink to the bottom and drag it around. The Ruckus is available in a large verity of colors for more information about the Ruckus go to www.river2seausa.com

Article written by

Michael Coleman fishing

 

Camp Far West Fishing Report by Austin WIlson

Camp Far West Fishing Report
Feb. 18th 2017

I spent this past Saturday fishing Camp Far with a couple buddies. We figured the water clarity wouldn’t be great, but when we got there the water was extremely muddy with an average temp of 52 degrees. We decided to run up the rock creek arm to try and find cleaner water. While on our way up there we hit a few points and pockets with a spinner bait, had a few bites but didn’t land anything.

We made our way to he back of the rock creek arm where the water temp was a little warmer, around 56 degrees. This is where we started catching fish on the points leading back into the pocket. I caught a few in the pocket, but most of the fish were staging outside of it. All the fish were caught exclusively on a spinner bait, they didn’t seem to like anything else. They were shallow, anywhere from 6 in. to 5 foot of water. Our best five weighed in at a total of about 12.5lbs.

California B.A.S.S. Nation revises 2017 schedule

Because of damage to the Spillway / dam at Oroville Lake, the California B.A.S.S. Nation is postponing the Oroville tournament and moving up the New Melones event.

Oroville tournament moves to June; New Melones event is now in March

SACRAMENTO, Calif. ‚ÄĒ Damage to the dam at Oroville Lake has caused two major changes to the California B.A.S.S. Nation tournament schedule for 2017.

The Oroville Dam has made national headlines in recent days due to its impairment and, with rain still in the forecast, there is no guarantee of immediate improvement in the conditions at Oroville Lake. The first California B.A.S.S. Nation qualifier of the season, scheduled for March 18-19, has been rescheduled for June 3-4.”ENTRY FORM

New Melones Reservoir was scheduled to host the second qualifier of the season, May 20-21. Instead, it will be the first tournament, held on Oroville‚Äôs original dates, March 18-19. “ENTRY FORM

The other events on the schedule are not affected by the change.

‚ÄúIt‚Äôs about safety first,‚ÄĚ said Mark ‚ÄúChief‚ÄĚ Torrez, president of the California B.A.S.S. Nation. ‚ÄúWe do not take risks with the safety of our anglers. We also wanted to make a decision early so competitors could make a plan.‚ÄĚ

The revised schedule is as follows:

Date                                       Lake                                                       Location

March 18-19                       New Melones Reservoir                Angels Camp, CA

June 3-4                                Lake Oroville                                      Oroville, CA

July 8-9                                 California Delta                                 Oakley, CA

Oct. 14-15                            Lake Nacimiento                              Paso Robles, CA

 

The top boater and top nonboater at each event will qualify for the 2018 California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team. The rest of the team will be made up of the best anglers throughout the season, based on points. The State Team will represent California in the 2018 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional, at a location to be announced. California’s top boater and top nonboater from the regional will advance to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship to compete for a spot in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic and a berth in the Bassmaster Elite Series.

The points winner in each division, Boater and Nonboater, will earn the California B.A.S.S. Nation Angler of the Year award.

To be eligible to compete, each angler must be a member of a B.A.S.S. Nation-affiliated club. To find a club in your area, contact Mark Torrez, California B.A.S.S. Nation president, at (805) 233-0883, or visit www.calbn.com.

Keep up with future announcements by following California B.A.S.S. Nation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CaliforniaBassNation).