Clear Lake Fishing Report by Danny Cross

Clear Lake fishing report 4/8-4/23

                I was able to spend quite a few days up at Clear Lake these last few weeks. Considering the time of year the lake was actually fishing pretty tough. The weather has been changing daily and been very inconsistent, really putting the fish in a “funk”.  The weights that came to the scales at the WWBT event were proof that it wasn’t just me having a difficult time getting them to go.

                I found some pretty good fish on practice days and the week prior to the event but just couldn’t really execute my plan come game day.   As the weather  warmed up and water clarity improved I did find a handful of fish on beds.  ( I expect them to be in full spawn mode within this week.)  Water temps ranged from 55 to 62.  Clarity is anywhere from 1ft to 5ft dependent on the part of the lake.

                Fishing shallow yielded alot more bites but they were clearly the small bucks and not the big females I was looking for.  With that, I pulled back and fished anywhere from 6ft to 20ft deep water in search of the bigger bites.   My bait of choice was primarily the Heavy limits 5wire arig.   The bites were fewer out deeper but the quality of the fish improved.   The Arig bite was also much better when I could find areas that the wind was blowing into.   A few fish did come on a drop shot when the water was calmer and I didn’t have the wind I needed.   When the bigger fish were found, they seemed to be schooled up.  There was typically more to be had there at that spot, so spend some time there when you get a bigger bite and fish it thoroughly.  It was a run and gun type fishing as I would get into pockets of 1-2 lb fish and had to move around to where I could locate a pocket of bigger ones.

                Hope this helps and puts some big ones in your boat! By now I would also spend some time looking for some beds. It amazes me the quality of fish we have here that you can just cruise around plucking off beds at this awesome fishery.

                I also want to thank WWBT for bringing such a great series to us here on the west coast. If you havn’t had an opportunity to fish one of the events I would highly recommend checking one out.


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Lake Berryessa Fishing Report by Ron Howe

Water Temps 57-61 deg

Water Stained

Weather variable-Clouds-Wind-Showers

Fishing has been up and down, the warm days get Better Bites and the cold fronts have made it tough. Just go and fish when you can and be open minded about your tactics. I found fish in Coves and Guts. I started aggressive , but quickly ended up using Reins Tungsten weights and began to dropshot Bass up to 3.5 Lbs, Morning Dawn was the key. Fish were very fickle, the lake has had a lot of pressure and the weather has been unstable. This Produced fish from Markley Cove out to the Main Body up to 3.5 Lbs.

As it warmed up and the wind started to blow, I took out the new IMA Suspending Vibe 70 to give it a try. I was quickly rewarded with a Spotted Bass around 4lbs. This quickly opened my mind on how this new bait could be used. Just imagine a Rattle Bait that you can cast to a target and dead stick it! The bait will slowly sink to 3-5 feet and just Suspend, then I would slowly work the bait with downward rod tip motions with pauses in-between and the fish were knocking slack in the line. It was a blast and they were choking it.  I was using a 7-3″ ABU Garcia Vendetta Rod with a ABU Garcia Revo SX Reel in a 7-1 Gear Ratio. My line was 50lb Spider wire with 15 lb Trilene Fluorocarbon Spliced in.  With this bait you can work over shallow flats, cast at targets such as Rock or Wood and just kill it, let it sink slowly and activate the bait, the IMA Suspending Vibe 70 has a powerful rattle making plenty of noise.


It warmed up a bit so I headed North to the flats, Here I found Bass chasing shad in 1-5 Ft of water. Here I caught fish up to 4.5 Lbs in the warmer water near the flooded brush. Both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass were up shallow, I was pitching and flipping into 1ft of water with a 1/4oz Reins Sliding Tungsten Football head and a Berkley Havoc Pit Boss in Big Texan. The fish were running away with it!


All in all it was a good day with a solid bag of fish on Lake Berryessa.




Folsom Fishing Report by Charlie King

2nd stop on the Future Pro Tour Season was at Folsom lake April 22, the lake has been on the raise for a month now and is just about full. The amount of wood and debris that is floating around is flat out dangerous,
the water is clear with about 10 foot of visibility on the main body, it gets a little less the further you go up the river arms.

Folsom lake has always been a place I just can’t seem to catch them at, so I was very happy to come to the scales with 10.38lbs. Not enough to get a check but for me and Folsom, I will take it!
With water temp in the sixties some fish are on beds but the weather just will not stay stable long enough for a big move to the beds.

Friday during pre fish, it was bright and sunny with very little wind and I  found a good number of fish in the willow trees that would eat a Savage Gear Armor Crawler and planned on starting the tournament fishing the trees. The weather called for temps in the high seventies and sunny sky’s, but as normal the weatherman was completely wrong, it was windy, cloudy and colder then it had been all week.

The wood had blown into the cove so bad we couldn’t even get back to the trees we wanted to fish, so we had to make some adjustments right away.

I started with a darthead and a Pro Point Lure JR Bug and my partner Chase used a small swimbait on a ball head and we had a limit of small fish in about hour just fishing the edge of the wood that had blown into our cove.

Folsom Lake Bass

Needing to up grade our weight we started looking for trees we could pitch that Armor Crawler into and found enough trees to cull up to 10.38lbs.
I actually had a good time on the lake and caught 30 to 40 fish, just couldn’t get a big fish to put our total weight into the teens.

As usual Future Pro Tour had a great tournament and a awesome drive up weigh in that was a lot of fun.
So hope you enjoyed the recap of our day on Folsom lake and we are off to the next stop on the incredible Clear Lake.

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Delta Fishing Report by Sean Wayman

Well after two consecutive days of fishing on the Delta I still have no clue. Friday the 21st was a bit chilly and breezy  with predicted highs around 78 degrees. It took a while but about 1pm it really warmed up. The bite was on, fish were moving shallow and eating. I caught them punching, frogs, flipping beaver style baits and chatter baits. The chatter fish were on rock walls with wind blowing into them. When they hit it there was no doubt. The frog fish were very aggressive and quick. Throwing the frog in the troughs produced quick bites for fish from 2 to 4 lbs. The punch fish were a little more fickle but the quality was much better with fish to 8 lbs for me on Friday. Flipping beaver baits into tule pockets in protected areas is an old standby and also produced fish to 8 lbs for me on Friday. I fished south to middle Delta and just bounced around trying to find some areas with numbers of fish. Water temps started out at 60 deg and got up to 67 in some protected areas by afternoon . 

 I headed home to prepare for our tournament the next morning. I arrived at Russo’s and launched the boat. Much to my surprise the water was almost 64 deg at launch time. Wow it really warmed up. I thought the bite was gonna be on. But way, mother nature had other ideas. Another front was coming through and it seemed to really push the fish back. We fished 4 hours trying what I had found on Friday to the tune of one keeper fish. We decided to run back to Franks and fish the tules on the incoming tide. We caught about 12 fish in the closing hours of the tournament and culled a few time by pitching a beaver bait in watermelon red to tule pockets. We had to keep the bait sitting in place to get bit. We ended up with 13.4 lbs or there about. Good enough for mid pack, and not what we were hoping for but a salvage none the less. Some of the guys caught them really well and it just goes to show that some one or somewhere there is a bite to be had. Congrats to Mike Birch and Lori on a great adjustment and getting the win. 
 Remember its spring and the fish change quickly. Sure they want to spawn but sometimes the weather, specially this year, has other plans. Keep looking and trying different approaches until you figure something out. 
 Clear Lake is next and I really look forward to those hard fighting monsters. 
Fish On and Tight Lines.
Sean Wayman

Don Pedro fishing report by Josh Parris

Over the weekend, I fished the FPT central region on Don Padro. It was a great event with crazy weather. I was only able to get out once to pre-fish, the Wednesday before the tournament. The week before the event the weather had been stable with warm sunny days reaching 70 degrees. The weather was forecasting a storm to arrive on Friday and continue threw Saturday. My game plan for pre-fish was to find as many spawning areas as possible to come back to tournament day and blind cast on, I thought sight fishing would be out with the storm and high winds predicted. After finding a few good bedding areas I employed to other great techniques to find fish. First is the River2sea S Waver 200, this is a great bait to not only get big bites on but will get a lot of followers

The key there is to watch where the fish are coming from and how aggressive they are. Most of the fish I found following the S Waver and bites I had came on the first points out side of the spawning areas. Very few fish seemed to be aggressive but more so following the bait out of interest or instinct but still showing me areas with higher concentrations of fish. The second bait I threw to quickly find fish was the River2sea whopper plopper 90, which is a great search bait that can also help eliminate water quickly. I ended up finding a few post spawn fish on the plopper in the backs of coves and on steep banks.

So tournament day was here, I immediately ran to the first spawning cove were I had seen the most cruisers. I started the morning out with reaction but quickly realized the fish weren’t having it. So I opted for a senko with a small Reins tungsten nail weight.

Within a few casts, I picked up a 3lber! After a few more dinks I got the kicker bite I needed! Unfortunately, she didn’t make it to the boat. After a few minutes of sulking I was back at it! The fish were still on beds and cruising for the most part, you had to make a tone of cast in the small areas to get the better bites. Later in the day the sun came out and I was able to get up shallow and sight fish. A crucial part of sight fishing is polarized glass, I use Edge eye wears Brazeau in copper.

I typically stick to copper and amber colors for sight fishing. The fish on beds seemed a bit skittish when you got close to them so I backed out and continued blind casting senkos the remainder of the day, make a few small culls. We ended the day with 16.19 lbs good enough for 9th place. Hope this helps and good luck out there!

Hope this helps and good luck out there!

Thank you,

Josh Parris

Lake Oroville Fishing Report by Sheldon Bisbee

CTT @ Lake Oroville

Day 1 of CTT (California Tournament Trail), water temps were anywhere from 49- 52 degrees, water was dirty with about a 2ft visibility. My pro for day 1 was Scott Head, we started off in the South fork fishing island tops in about 5-15ft of water. With no luck we moved to a waterfall and caught a limit on ¼ darterheads rigged with 2.8 Keitech rainbow shad. About noon the wind started to pick up so we fished rock walls with white on white spinnerbaits and a underspin with a 2.8 kKitech rainbow shad, caught about 10 fish with a couple good 2 pound spots. Towards the end of the day we started fishing shallow sand banks with spinnerbaits and caught better fish. We weighed 9.98 for the first day.

Day 2 of CTT, water temps and water clarity were the same but the wind was blowing a little more. My pro for day 2 was Mark Lassagne, owner of BAM (Bass Angler Magazine)  we fished main body points and coves throwing a-rigs and a underspin with a 2.8 Keitech. Around 1pm we headed up north and found a crankbait bite, I was throwing a Ima Pinjack in Hot Craw color in about 3-9ft of water. We ended the day with 9.95, overall it was a decent tournament. Finished 13th on the am side, Bill Cook and the CTT staff run a amazing circuit and I do recommend it for anyone that is just starting out fishing Pro-Ams. I learned a lot from my pros.

You can find the baits I used this weekend at Monster Tackles website

Mark Lassagne (Bass Angler Magazine)

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Lake Sonoma Fishing Report by Steve Wilson

I headed up to lake Sonoma with my son. Got a late start but he wanted to get on the water. We got on the lake about 9am and headed for cherry creek on the north end of the lake. It was a nice warm day already in the high 60’s. I Dumped the trolling motor in the water and noticed the water temp was in the low 60’s and stained, so i pulled out my new Dobyns 765 cb glass rod, with 40# Vicious no fade braid and a 15# Vicious pro fluorocarbon leader, Awesome new rod for chatterbaits. A Dobyns Fury 733 with a wacky rigged 6″ Yamamoto senko on a weedless 3/0 Moto hook with 40# Vicious no fade braid and a 15# leader of Vicious pro fluorocarbon and a 2 Dobyns 703’s, 1 with 8# Vicious pro fluorocarbon with a 3.8 Keitech on it and the other had a 5″ Yamamoto wacky rigged senko on a weedless 1/0 Moto hook and 20# Vicious no fade braid with no leader for my son. We started on a nice flat with no luck. We fished to a small point going into a small finger. My son Pitched the senko up to the bank into a shadow and a 5#er crushed it off the surface and the fight was on. Fish #1 was in the boat. I pitched to the next shadow and another good fished crushed it. I fought him to the boat but he came off. The very next cast into a shadow yielded a junky 3#er, I put it in the well and while fixing my senko i heard a splash ahead me so i fired the senko to the center of the boil and another 5# almost ripped the rod out of my hands. We fished for another hour before we had to leave, landing 15-20 fish with a limit weighing 18-20lbs. It was a awesome trip and cant wait to get back up there !! Tell next time. STICK EM !!!  

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Delta Fishing Report by Mark Lassagne

Delta Report April 1st

 By Mark Lassagne

 After a couple weeks of fishing New Melones and Oroville I got back on the Delta and found fishing to be good (not great) with good quality.

 Day one – Friday March 31st Launched out of River’s End and fished way south. The water had cooled off to 55 deg and wind was blowing 30 plus all day making it hard to present anything slow.

 We first ran to a dead-end slough where we got a few on Chartreuse Revenge Baits​ spinnerbaits with gold blades including a 5+. The only way we could fish was to put the power poles in the mud and drag along – but it worked. I think if we could have flipped or tossed a Senko we would have got some more fish.

 Leaving the slough, we searched for spawning areas, flats with good bottom composition and spares tules in protected areas. Then using the power poles we flipped to suspected bedding areas. Though I wasn’t fishing the Delta weeks prior I know the water warmed up into the 60’s meaning the fish should be spawning.

Delta Bass

 First spot we got three to about 3lbs flipping Beavers and Flappin hogs with a ¾ oz. weight (the big weight because the wind was blowing so hard) Again if we could have slowed down I think we would have gotten more fish. We continued this pattern all day in the same type areas landing another eight bass to 7.5lbs.

 The tide didn’t matter as long as you had water over the bedding areas. 

 That day ended with about a dozen bass and a limit a little over 22lbs but…we missed and lost another 10 fish due to the conditions.

 Day two – Saturday April 1st Launching from Orowood and fishing around there. The water was 56 degrees and there was no wind – a big relief from the previous day. Assuming the bite would be different as now it’s a post front day.

 Beginning close by tossing a R2S Biggie crank in red and black we hooked up with a 1.5lb bass as soon as we hit a spare tule area. Then we starting flippin again like the previous day and got bit right away but missed the fish, proceeding down the bank we got six bites and only landing one fish about 2lbs. Missing fish is common for bed fish and post front so adding both in together it was expected.

 Moving from there to a big flat we cranked for 30 minutes with nothing, the flat changed from last year – the weeds were gone and so were the bass. Moving from there to a sparse tule point I hooked a monster on the crank but as it came up the crank came out – looking at it as it came up I could see it was way over 5 but it came off so we’ll never know.

 Next in to Woodward fishing both sides for ½ mile, no bites – seems this slough is just not good this year.

 We then bounced around Old River to Holland stopping on sparse tule flats looking for spawners. Doing this resulted in eight bass with one about 4lbs on Senko’s and Flippin.

 Now the tide is low and we’re searching for places where the water is still a foot or two over the tules – its more difficult but you can find these spots with a little effort. From noon to 3PM we fished islands with tule flats landing a 5+ punching a Flaping Hog and a 6+ on Revenge Vibrator with a 5.5 swimming Senko.

A nice Delta Bass

 All in all, similar to the prior day we landed about a dozen bass with a limit going 21lbs not counting the big one we lost.

 Even with the cooler water the bass are on beds and more moving up as it warms.

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 Equipment Used

Okuma Products

 Okuma TCS 7.11 Matt Daddy Rod – Punching

Okuma TCS 7.3 Heavy – Revenge Vibrator

Okuma EVX 7.2 Medium Spinning Rod – Senko

Okuma EVX 7.11 Heavy – Flippin

Okuma Helios 7.3 to 1 Punching and Vibrator

Okuma Cerros 7.3 to 1 Flippin

Okuma Inspira spinning reel


Revenge Vibrator 1/2oz Sprayed Grass

Yamamoto 5.5 Swimming Senko green pumpkin

 Yamamoto 5” Senko green pumpkin / watermelon laminate

 Reaction Innovation Beaver in Delicious

 Yamamoto Flappin Hog green pumpkin red

 Revenge ½ oz spinnerbait Chartreuse with gold / gold willow blades





CA Delta report by Christopher Evola

Comprehensive California delta fishing report and techniques for pre-spawn, post frontal Florida strain largemouth bass. 

Date: March 27, 2017 

Location: California Delta

Water temperature: 55-59 degrees 

Water visibility: 0-1′ 

Tide: outgoing 

Air temperature: 49-62 degrees 

Wind: 7-15 mph gusting to 25 mph out of the Northwest 

Moon phase: 🌑 New moon 

Conditions: POST FRONTAL 

The month of March was starting out to be exceptional for bass fishing on the California delta. Large stringers in the thirty-pound range were rewarding local tournament anglers. Several local tournaments required a minimum of twenty-five pounds to even have an opportunity at a paycheck. Water temperatures were warming nicely into upper fifties and in some areas into the upper sixties. The first wave of pre-spawn buck bass along with a few big females transitioned from their secondary breaks outside their wintering holes on up into the shallows to begin looking for a bedroom. 

Florida strain largemouth bass being the predator fish they are become extremely easy to catch when in this state. They don’t share their spawning areas with any other fish and the buck bass will do anything and everything to protect their spawning areas. The big female bass will hang back and wait for the bucks to do their thing, and if I forage such as a crawfish, tule perch, or bluegill presents itself, the big female will take the opportunity and feed. Once the buck bass has made a bed he will wait in that area to be chosen by a female bass. The female bass will choose a bed with a buck bass present and courtship will begin between the two. 

Everything was setting up nicely and anglers were reportedly seeing large females on beds in all the flooded ponds. I too partook in some of the pre-spawn activities, catching nice size hens on the Optimum baits Furbit popping frog, and the River2sea Whopper Plopper. Just when everything seemed as if it was going as planned here comes the spring rain storms. A double header set of storms hit the California delta dropping three quarters of an inch of rain in some areas. The overnight low dropped down to the low forties and an artic wind began to blow from the north. Water temperatures plummeted down into the low fifties, and water clarity due to the recent storms was nearly nonexistent. Anglers began to struggle and several tournaments were won with weights ranging from seventeen to twenty-one pounds which is way below average for this time of year. 

With the bite being as tuff as it was due to the post frontal conditions, I knew it was going to be a long tedious grind to catch a good bag.  Most anglers I know see this as a hindrance, but I see this an opportunity to go out and learn. 

I launched my boat in the central delta and blasted south. My plan was to target dead end slough where there was thick healthy submerged grass such as egeria densa otherwise known as Brazilian pond weed present. More specific to these areas I was also looking for banks that were east facing and adjacent to spawning flats. The reason why I chose to target these areas is simple. With the bass setting up the way they were prior to the recent storms, I knew the bass would be positive feeding fish. The bass that were still transitioning from their wintering patterns would become neutral feeding or in a negative feeding state, which would make the bass extremely difficult to catch. The reason I chose east facing banks, which many of you already know, is because the water warms up faster on those banks due to more sun exposure. I’ve found this is extremely important when you’ve had a recent dramatic drop in water temperature. I’ve found that even a half degree increase in water temperature during post frontal conditions can be the key to getting more bites. 

The first bank I pulled up to had scattered grass, rip rap rock, and with the high tide it had a five-foot-wide trough. My bait of choice was a River2sea biggie series crankbait in delta craw color. I made the longest casts I could trying to cover the maximum amount of water targeting the center of the trough. I caught several buck bass within the first thirty minutes of fishing but the largest was maybe two pounds. I knew I was on a good bank because in the past I’ve seen and caught several fish in the six to eight-pound range in that area. I had zero visibility in that area so I was unable to see if there were any spawners present. I hopscotched up the slough to banks which were nearly identical in habitat. I caught a couple smaller bass on my crankbait. The tide continued to fall and my trough dwindled down to nearly nonexistence. I knew in the back of my mind the big ones weren’t on those spawning flats, but I needed to prove it to myself so I could focus on my primary technique which would be flipping. 

I put my Dobyns Champion Series 736 cranking rod back in my rod locker, and took out my Dobyns Champion Series 805 Flip/Punch, and my Dobyns Champion Extreme XP 745 Heavy Jig Rod. Both rods were paired with Abu Garcia Revo Rockets for maximum efficiency and power. 

My punch set up consisted of, 70 pound Fitzgerald braid, paycheck baits punch stop, 1 ounce River2sea tungsten trash bomb, 4/0 Gamakatzu extra heavy cover flipping hook which was tied using a snell knot. My bait of choice was a Nemesis baits bullet craw in a black/blue color. 

My jig set up consisted of, 25-pound test Berkley Trilene 100% fluorocarbon. My jig of choice was a TNT Baits Wada Jig, which is a custom hand tied jig designed and manufactured by master guide and delta legend Andy Cuccia. Due to nonexistent water clarity, I chose the larger profile Wada Bomb Jig which was all black in color.

With two rods on the deck negating from any further distractions, I went back to the section of bank where I first started fishing first thing in the morning. The tide was about half way out exposing a more defined grass line. There were also large holes in the grass which were present along with some scattered hyacinth which was in its decomposing state. 

I started off by pitching my jig on the edge of the grass line and in the holes in the grass. Both areas were productive and I boated two fish over four pounds in the first fifty yard stretch of bank. The bass struck the bait on the fall which gave me the intuition to speed up my presentation allowing me to cover even more water. 

I came to a section of bank where no holes were present in the grass and the grass appeared to be more congregated. I set down my jig rod and picked up my big stick. I began flipping my bait into the grass mats in various distances from the edge. I knew the bass were buried in the grass but it wasn’t clear exactly where. Approximately thirty minutes went by without a bite. 

With the tide, almost completely out I started up the big motor and ran down the slough to an area adjacent to a big spawning flat. The area I pulled up on was a classic forty-five-degree angle delta bank which was substantially deeper, however the same well defined grass line was present. I began flipping my one ounce River2sea trash bomb weight into the heart of the matted grass. My rod immediately doubled over. I set the hook and landed a beautiful six-pound bass. I continue down the bank which was set up the same. I preceded to catch several more bass in the four and five-pound class. Bites were steady but lots of water needed to be covered. 

All in all, it was a productive day but I never got the big kicker I was after. Catching bass in heavy cover using big heavy duty equipment is one of my favorite ways to catch them. Hopefully this fishing reports helps you catch more fish next time you’re out on the water. 

RB Bass Angler,

Christopher Anthony Evola 


Delta Fishing Report by Nate Boomhower

Water temp 56-60*

Wind 5-10 mph
Air Temp 55-65
Water visibility  1-4 feet
I Decided to take my boat on a test run and quick fishing trip after doing a motor swap at C&C Marine. What a difference it is going from a EFI to a Optimax! I am beyond excited. 
Michael Coleman and I launched out of Paradise Point in the California delta. We got on the water around 8am. We made a quick run in the morning and fished dead-end sloughs and arms off the main body. Hoping that the topwater and the reaction bite would still be strong after the recent storm and cold front, we came fully prepared for a action packed day. Unfortunately that was not the case, the bite was slow and the water was dirty.  We did manage to get a fish on a frog and a few fish on Senko’s first thing in the morning. Once that bite slowed down we struggled to find a pattern during low tide. We caught a few random fish on a River2Sea Biggie in the Tackle Warehouse color and a few more on Senko’s. After a few hours of junk fishing we started to jump from stop to spot searching for some sort of pattern., As the tide started to come in,  we finally found a consistent pattern flipping buggy whips off the Stockton deep water Channel. Almost every other cast we were hooking up fish.  The most successful structure was buggy whips and pennywort that entered into small spawning Flats. That bite Stayed consistent for a few hours which was nice! Once we got into the later afternoon hours we went back to where we started, hoping for a better outcome then this morning, we tried to repeat the pattern that we found mid day, but the fish were not having it.. Even though the water temperature was a few degrees warmer than this morning, the visibility was pretty bad compared to the deep water channel clarity. We managed to get a few more fish flipping lay downs and isolated islands. All in all it was a fun day. The warmer weather coming this next week should really help turn the bite on! It’s about to get good!