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 ?

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.

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Lake Camanche Fishing Report by Michael Coleman

Air temp 36
Water temp 48
Water clarity 3 ft in main body and up the river 0 clarity

With one of the biggest storms in recent years just coming to a halt I saw an opportunity to fish my home lake Camanche . In the morning it was socked in with fog and had a very cold north wind. Air temps were in the mid 30’s and the lake was on the rise in a big way. I was not to sure What I was in for since the lake had came up 20 ft or so in the past few weeks, I wasn’t sure if the fish would move up with the cold weather and dropping water temps. I started on south shore bluff wall in 30 ft or so and not even a nibble. The bluff wall came to a point and a shallow cove so I tossed a River2sea jig with the Bass Assassin pure craw trailer in about 12 ft of water and Booooom a nice fat 4 pound largemouth was in the boat . I then started targeting the new cover that hasn’t been in water for years  and the bigger largemouth were there! The fish were shallow in the 12ft to 17ft range and the dropshot began to play a huge part and caught the big fish! I was dragging the jig every now and then and I would use my lowrance see a arch and drop my Bass Assasin lit’l Tapper in watermelon red down on them with about a 1ft leader and 1/4 ounce weight. I was targeting the spine of the points, but it seemed the fish were on the side of the points farther back. There is still a ton of good fish on the south shore islands they are getting heavily pressured and are a little harder to catch. All in all it was a great winter day. Staying to the north will find you the cleaner water and some better fish .
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Lake New Melones Fishing Report by Michael Coleman

Water temp 52 to 54
Air temp 32
Wind 2 mph
Weather pre front ?
Water clarity 4ft
Location new Melones

                With freezing temperatures  what better place to be than on Lake New Melones with my good friend Josh Parris. With the current conditions and Josh’s knowledge of this great fishery we started on off shore islands. I started with a 1/2 slickhead jig in pb&j trailered with a Bass Assassin pure craw in watermelon red flk and Josh with a Optimum swimbait. We positioned our self on the top of the island and made long casts and we were dragging our baits uphill and in no time I had our first fish on the jig catching a few more in the 2 pound range and Josh catching one in the 4 pound range we decided to make a move to a steep bluff on the main lake.

 Josh was still fishing the big swimbait and I picked up the A-rig and started to really put a hurting on em!!!! I started to put together a solid pattern with the G-rig letting it sink to a 9 count and slow retrieve was the ticket on the bluffs. We also found a shallow largemouth bite on long sloping points as the day went on that bite seem to get better dead sticking the fat job worm and slow rolling the G-rig with Bass Assasin swimbaits at about 2 o’clock we had 15 pounds or so for our best five so josh decided to go back to were we started on the submerged islands so I picked back up the jig and make a few casts and feel tick tick and  KAKABOOOOOOOM a true giant largemouth comes to the surface josh nets her she topped the scales at 9.7 pounds!

A 9.7lb Giant!

We started to notice big bass chasing trout all around us josh quickly picks up the new Balam 300 swim bait by Optimum baits and boom another big fish hammers it this fish in the 7 pound range. With all the activity I pick up the G-rig and a 4 pound spot just crushes it putting our total bag just under 30 pounds. All in all it was a great day. Remember it’s winter slow down and fish adjacent to deep water access bring your baits uphill, and good luck !!!!

Lake Camanche Fishing Report by Michael Coleman

Water temp 55
Air temp 35
Water clarity 3ft
Weather blue bird post front
Wind 2to4 mph
Location lake Camanche

                  With winter now in full swing the spotted bass are on fire at lake Camanche but there is a largemouth bite going real good as well. One of the main keys for myself is fishing the off shore humps or tailing piles or even the steep bluffs were ever the river channel swings up against them this is key as well as  retrieving  my baits up hill is key to winter time fishing in my opinion.

The key baits for myself have been a fat job worm rigged whacky and nail weighted also the boss shiner swim bait and the A rig, I personally have been using the G-funk baits A-Rig and the Bass Assassin  die dapper in albino shad. Fishing slow is also a huge part to my success. There are a good population of largemouth on the south shore humps and a few in houseboat cove and the river is holding a good population of spotted bass. Keep in mind it’s winter the fish are living together when there’s one the is usually more and slow down!!!!!!!

Lake Amador Fishing Report by Michael Coleman

Lake Amador Fishing Report by Michael Coleman

Water temp 55
Air temp 39
Weather/ bluebird
Water clarity 1ft
Wind 4mph east
Location lake Amador

        Living in the mother lode I am fortunate to be able to fish these great fisheries !!!! This time I picked lake Amador, it is no doubt one of the most under rated largemouth fisheries in Northern California. With our first real cold snap coming in after a big storm and a 28 degree start in the morning I decided to pull up on a point that I have caught them on for years in the winter months. This point is near Jackson creek  I was using a Bass Assassin rail  worm in red bug color with a 3/8 ounce pegged weight and made six casts or so and BOOM  got my first bite and it was a good one!

I went back and forth over the point a few more times with the rail worm  and picked up a couple more fish, knowing the way fish stack up on this point in the winter I picked up the jig in brown and purple and quickly picked up two close to 5 pounds after making a few more passes I switched baits again to a fat job worm witch is also made by Bass Assassin in green pumpkin color rigged whacky style with a 3/8 nail weight and picked up 3 more good ones. One of the biggest keys was to slow way down, I was counting rocks…. I mean slow !!!!!!! I started to think about my next move and made a short run to another point were the creek channel swing comes right over the point and I’m getting right up on the bank and casting out to 40 ft  and dragging my baits up hill , I feel this time of the year it very important to do this for plenty of reasons and I quickly started picking up fish rotating 3 baits and I stayed in the Jackson arm and absolutely hammered 4 pounders! As soon as I got off the points and back in the pockets the fish seem to get smaller . Things to remember it’s winter slow down also stay close to river or creek channels points are a good place to start especially when the channel swings over the point and last but not least when you find one there’s almost always more .

Lake Amador is FanBasstic in Winter!


New Product from Cal Coast Fishing the Clip N CULL


With the 2017 tournament season quickly approaching there is a new product coming that’s going to change the culling game forever!!!!!

Cal Coast Fishing has been working on a new product with anglers from the weekend warrior up to the Touring Pro level to perfect the Clip N Cull. Cal Coast has spent countless hours testing and working with top engineers to produce a reliable fish care culling system. Fish care is takin very seriously at Cal Coast Fishing so we spent a lot of time focusing on a product that would help reduce stress on fish and bring Value to the Tournament Bass Angler.  Cal Coast Fishing is launching their new no puncture ratchet clip culling system. Coming with six buoys to a pack and retail pricing around 40 Bucks the new Clip N Cull is a great Value. The clip n cull is equipped with a durable e.v.a foam buoy. Connecting the e.v.a foam to the no puncture ratchet clip is surgical tubing incased with 200-pound mono to insure there is no rusting. This new system is easy to use and is non-tangling, as you lift that Big Ol Pig out of the live well the complex ratchet system will tighten to ensure max grip but not puncture or scar the fish.  The clip n cull will be set hit the market January 2017 the product is a must have for your next tournament this product will be available at

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Arizona Suguaro lake

Water temp 69 to 71
Water clarity 2 to 4 ft
Wind 8 to 12 mph
Lake level 5 ft low


 Arizona  Suguaro lake
While traveling to lake Conroe Texas myself and Okuma pro Mark Lassange we saw an opportunity to fish some lakes on the way so we picked lake Suguaro. As we pulled into the launch ramp the locals were quick to let us know the bite was tough we got a late start . With only 4 hours or so to fish on a lake that we have no knowledge we knew it was gonna be a challenge. Going 2 hours or so with no action I tied up the drop shot switching around colors. Finally I had our first fish and my first Arizona bass.


With us running out of time we found another bank that looked similar and we picked up two more fish, it seemed to me that the fish wanted to be on the bigger round rock, there was only a few banks with that type cover and the Aaron’s magic color was key. Lake suguaro is one of the most beautiful desert lakes I’ve ever had the pleasure to fish .


2016 River2Sea open wrap up

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River2Sea held another Big Party on the California Delta with 118 boats in attendance. Anglers could only fish with River2Sea Products leveling the playing field for all. River2Sea makes Crank baits, Spinner Baits, Poppers, Frogs, Tungsten Flipping weights, Tungsten Nail weights, Punch Hooks, The Rover, The Whopper Plopper, The New Ruckus and the New Double Whopper Plopper. This gave Anglers several choices on how they could fish and chase those Big Delta Bass. To get your River2Sea product at please click here.

River2Sea Open

Stormy weather rolled thru the Delta region for the weekend, there was wind-sun-clouds, rain, the bottom line is the weather was crazy over the weekend with a 25 Degree Temperature drop! None of this would distract the Anglers fishing for the 2016 River2Sea Crown. Boats scattered in every direction chasing the win. The Team of Venkus and Haley would take home the 2016 River2Sea Title. They were awarded with $5350.00 for their efforts. To see Results Click Here.



The Big Bass of the River2Sea Open was a Stud 9.44 Delta Donkey caught by the Team of Patton and Patton! Big Smiles with a Big Bass Payout and a pair of Nice Trophies! The Big Bass paid out $1020.00 in this event! 


The River2Sea Open Big Bass Party would not be complete without a Huge Raffle! Top prizes included a set of Tires from Hercules Tires in the new Terra Trac M/T , Terra Trac T/G or Terra Trac At2, all these Hercules Tires offer a Industry leading 2 year 50% Road Hazard Warranty with 100% Free replacement in the allotted time and tread wear.


The grand prize would be a fully Rigged Hunting set up with a Quad-Shotguns and more, this prize would be given to the lucky Team holding the Golden Ticket! This was done bye Boat Draw and the Lucky Team in attendance was Dee Thomas and Mr Ryan.


On Display was Ranger Boats,Trigger Happy Comfort Grips, Big ol Pig and Cal Coast fishing was in attendance throwing out the Bait Sack product samples to the crowd! Also Bait Sack was a big supporter of the huge Raffle!  

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Huge Crowds were gathered around Trade booths waiting for the Final Results and Raffle Prizes! All the Anglers were eager at their shot for huge Raffle prizes about to be drawn. 






Cal Coast Fishing Tackle Management with Michael Coleman

Cal Coast Fishing Tackle Management with Michael Coleman

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