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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California sweeps the Western Regional

California sweeps the Western Regional

Nick Wood of Yreka won the 2017 B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional on Lake Shasta, and he was a driving force in the win for the State Team.

Nick Wood won overall, and California won the state competition

REDDING, Calif. — The California B.A.S.S. Nation was the clear winner on Lake Shasta this past weekend, when California angler Nick Wood won the overall event, the California team won the state competition, and a team from Chico State won the coinciding College B.A.S.S. tournament.

Wood led wire-to-wire in the April 19-21 event, which was made up of 210 anglers from Western states. He weighed in 13 pounds, 14 ounces on Day 1, and he followed it up with 13-11 on the second day and 9-8 on the final day.

“My strategy going into the tournament was throwing big swimbaits,” said Wood. “I was catching fish up on big spawning flats, and I was also catching suspending fish on logs.”

Wood’s main swimbaits were an 8-inch Huddleston in holdover color and a 7-inch Osprey, but he caught his biggest on a 4-inch Keitech swimbait with a 1/8-ounce darter head jig.

Wood’s final weight of 37-1 contributed to the California B.A.S.S. Nation’s total weight of 293 pounds, 12 ounces. The cumulative weight was only 7 ounces higher than Idaho’s, putting California at the top of the 11 state teams in competition. The win earned the California B.A.S.S. Nation a Triton 189 TrX boat with a Mercury 150 Pro XS.

The teammates met every night to discuss their best techniques to help the whole team.

“Everybody was open about how they were catching bass,” said Mark “Chief” Torrez, president of the California B.A.S.S. Nation. “Everybody knew they had to catch fish for the team to win, and they did it.”

Brian Cogburn of Oakdale was the top nonboater on the California team. Cogburn will join Wood at the 2017 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell in October. The two will vie for a spot in the 2018 Bassmaster Classic.

One of the college teams from Chico State won the 2017 Bassmaster College Series Western Regional, also April 19-21 on Shasta. Tyler Firebaugh and Chad Sweitzer bested the field with 36 pounds, 5 ounces. Firebaugh and Sweitzer also surprised the crowd with a 9-pound, 10-ounce spotted bass they brought to the scales. The pair advances to the 2017 Bassmaster College Series National Championship later this year.

Anglers are still working to qualify for the 2018 California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team. The remaining qualifying events are as follows:

Date                                       Lake                                                       Location

June 3-4                                Lake Oroville                                      Oroville, CA

July 8-9                                 California Delta                                 Oakley, CA

Oct. 14-15                            Lake Nacimiento                              Paso Robles, CA

To register to compete at Oroville, contact us at or call Mark Torrez at (805) 233-0883.

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B.A.S.S adds Western High School Open to 2017 schedule

B.A.S.S. adds Western High School Open to 2017 schedule

 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — High school anglers on the Western side of the country now have another way to qualify for the 2017 Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

 On April 29 on Lake Oroville in Oroville, Calif., high school anglers from all the Western States can compete in a one-day tournament, the 2017 Costa Bassmaster High School Western Open presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, for a chance to compete for the national title.

 “We are pleased to offer a Western Open for our high school series,” said Hank Weldon, B.A.S.S. High School manager. “Partnering with the California and Arizona B.A.S.S. Nations has been a very smooth and professional experience. I have no doubt this will be a fantastic event.”

 High school anglers from Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming are eligible to compete. One two-person team for every 10 teams that participate will be offered a berth in the national championship.

 The tournament was previously scheduled to host California clubs, but B.A.S.S. sanctioned it as a High School Western Open as an opportunity to get more high school anglers involved.

 “We are proud to get to host this event,” said Mike Landy, California B.A.S.S. Nation youth director and tournament director for this Open. “We are also excited to see what the young anglers catch out on Oroville. It’s a great fishery.”

 Lake Oroville made national headlines earlier this year when heavy rains in California threatened to destroy the dam.

 Previously scheduled High School Opens are the Central Open in Louisiana that took place in March, the Midwest Open in April in Missouri, and the Southern Open in Tennessee. The Southern Open and the Western Open will take place on the same day, filling the last Open spots in the championship. Other berths are filled by state championships across the country.

 “We want to get more of our Western high school anglers involved,” said Weldon, “and I definitely don’t think this will be our last Open out there.”

 Takeoffs and weigh-ins will be held at Bidwell Marina in Oroville. The registration deadline is April 15. A tournament briefing will be held April 28 at 6 p.m. at North Valley Tackle in Oroville.

 To register, contact Mike Landy, tournament director, at 916-233-7797 or

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





Jim Graddy wins Bass Nation Event on New Melones with 35 pounds

Jim Graddy with a Nice New Melones Bass

Jim Graddy won the California B.A.S.S. Nation qualifier with the help of this 8.93-pounder.

The 74-year-old also caught the biggest bass, almost a 9-pounder

ANGELS CAMP, Calif. — Jim Graddy of Shafter, Calif., won the 2017 California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team Qualifier 1 on New Melones Reservoir, March 18-19, and no one was more surprised than he was. “I am shocked that I won,” said the 74-year-old real estate broker. “The first time I had ever been to New Melones was on Thursday.”  At his ripe age, Graddy said he’s not only proud to have won: “I’m proud to still be alive.”  Graddy jokes about his age, adding that after this many years of fishing, he should really be better than he is. But based on his 24.64-pound bag on Day 2, most of his fellow competitors would argue that he’s doing just fine. Graddy finished with 35.35 pounds, eclipsing second place by almost 2 pounds. But he won another honor as well — biggest bass overall. He caught an 8.93-pounder on Sunday, the biggest bass of the tournament by a nearly 2-pound margin. It was mid-morning when the big fish took his Senko and started swimming toward him. “I didn’t even know it was big at first,” Graddy said. His nonboater partner, Louie Marques, asked if he needed help with the net and Graddy declined, saying it didn’t feel like much. “But then I got a little pressure, and it got bigger,” said Graddy, laughing about his rapid change of mind. “I said to Louie, ‘Maybe I do need a little help.’”  The fish was near the dam in 2 to 3 feet of water.

 Graddy had used Texas-rigged Zoom Brush Hogs in green pumpkin all day Saturday, when he brought in a limit of 10.71 pounds fishing laydowns. But on Sunday, he wasn’t having much success, and he took a cue from Marques to pick up a Senko instead. He settled on shad and green pumpkin colors and fished the rest of the day with Senkos, targeting shallow grass on the banks. Areas with heavier grass seemed more productive to Graddy than areas with less of it. He would start at a point, work into a cove, then work the other side as he made his way to the next one. “It’s fun to beat these young guys,” said Graddy. “It doesn’t happen often. They usually kick your butt.” Graddy is a member of the Valley Bass Club in Bakersfield. As the top boater at New Melones, he is the first angler to qualify for the 2018 California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team. 

Jared Harris of Oakdale is the only other angler to qualify for the State Team alongside Graddy. Harris won the nonboater side on New Melones. Harris, 23, spent his pre-fishing time determining what lures would work best across the lake. As the nonboater, he wouldn’t have the final say in where he could fish each day, but he could at least pick the best tackle that would work anywhere. He settled on a swimbait made by Johnny C’s California Reservoir Lures in casper color, in 3 or 5 inches for the first day, when he weighed in three fish for 7.18 pounds. On the second day, he used Senkos in brown with black and purple flake to bring in 6.97 pounds. “I found that rocky areas with nice grass growing nearby were the most productive spots,” said Harris, who works for Local 1245 Electrical IBEW. “I don’t regret one cast I made,” Harris added. “I felt like I was on my game.” Harris ended with 14.15 pounds, edging second place by ounces.

 On the boater side, Graddy was flanked by first-day leader Randy Pierson with 33.39 pounds and Michael Coleman in third place with 31.48 pounds. On the nonboater side, Jay Williams finished behind Harris with 14.01 pounds, followed by Louie Marques with 13.66 pounds.

 The next qualifier takes place June 3-4 on Lake Oroville in Oroville, Calif.

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Camp Far West fishing report by Bob Pietruszka 3-9-17

My buddy David and I launched the boat about 10 am.. Water temp was 57 at the dock.  The water clarity was about 6 in. before you’re lure disappeared. Cold and muddy, not looking good. We fished all of my favorite spots and searched for new ones. We used brown Jigs with plastic trailers, spinner baits and both square bill and medium diving crank baits. All fished as slow as possible. Still nothing. The graph showed fish spread out and not schooling at all. No bait fish balls and diving birds were spread out searching. Caught my first fish on a jig on the edge of the drop in front of the spillway. Caught my last fish on the square bill in the Rock Creek arm in about 3ft. of water. Two fish total for the day. We did not get up into the Bear River arm so I don’t know what the water temp or clarity is up there. As always, thank you for checking in with RBBass and please visit our sponsors on our home page for great deals.   

Bob Pietruszka

Nate Boomhower joins RB BASS Group of Anglers

Age 35
Born Sacramento
Lives Citrus Heights

Fishing runs deep in my family from generations to Generations. As far as I can remember I always had a fishing pole in my hand every chance I had. From fishing small farm ponds when I was little to fishing bigger bodies of water As I Grew Older . I always just loved to fish. Bass fishing trumped all fishing for me though. It became a part of my life more then I could ever imagine. Through out the years I became a better angler, absorbing knowledge like a sponge. Now, I’m loving the sport even more. I started competitive bass tournaments in 2006 fishing several different local circuits in northern California. I currently am a Tournament Angler fishing the BBT northern region and FPT Northern Region. I’m also a writer for Westernbass. I write reports, online featured articles and articles for the magazine. I’m blessed to have the sport I love so much be such a big part of my life and to share and enjoy it with my 2 beautiful boys is amazing.

The path to the Classic begins on New Melones

The path to the Classic begins on New Melones

 Darrell Ocamica of Idaho, Tim Klinger of Nevada and Ryan Lavigne of Louisiana all started by competing in B.A.S.S. Nation events in their respective state, and now they’re heading to the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic later this month. Anglers in California have the opportunity to climb the same ladder beginning March 18.

 California B.A.S.S. Nation competition begins this month

 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The path to competing in the Bassmaster Classic begins in California on New Melones Reservoir, March 18-19.

 Any angler in California — boater or nonboater — has a chance at competing against the best bass anglers in the world at the 2019 Bassmaster Classic. The road to qualify begins at any of the four California B.A.S.S. Nation tournaments scheduled for 2017, moves on to the Western Regional next spring and culminates in the 2018 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, in which three of the nation’s best anglers earn a berth in the 2019 Classic.


“No angler from the California B.A.S.S. Nation has ever made it all the way to the Classic before,” said Mark “Chief” Torrez, president of the California B.A.S.S. Nation. “Our state has the best anglers in the country, and there’s no reason one of our members can’t end our streak this year and get one of our guys onto the biggest stage in bass fishing.”


The first tournament of the season is on New Melones Reservoir in Angels Camp, March 18-19. The top boater and top nonboater at New Melones automatically advance to the 2018 State Team, becoming the first to qualify. The rest of the 20-person State Team will qualify either by winning one of the other three tournaments this year (Oroville, Delta or Nacimiento) or by finishing in the top of the points bracket (best three out of four tournaments).

 The 2017 State Team, which qualified last year, will put their skills to the test beginning in April at Lake Shasta. The 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regional presented by Magellan will be held in our home state, April 19-21. The Western Regional is held at a different Western lake every year.

 The best boater and best nonboater from California’s 2017 State Team will qualify for the 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan this fall at a location to be determined. The Top 3 anglers at the championship advance to the 2018 Classic.

 In just a few weeks, you can watch three of last year’s top Nation anglers compete in the 2017 Classic, including two from the West. From March 24 to 26, on Lake Conroe in Houston, Texas, Darrell Ocamica of Idaho, Tim Klinger of Nevada and Ryan Lavigne of Louisiana will represent their states on the world stage.

 To be on track to make the 2019 Bassmaster Classic, competitors must either win a California B.A.S.S. Nation event or finish in the top of the points by the end of the season. Points are determined on a 100-point scale at each tournament, with the winner receiving 100 points, second-place receiving 99, etc. The top points winners, based on their three best tournaments, will qualify for the 2018 State Team.

 The full 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


To register to compete at New Melones, download the entry form here: and submit it by March 8. You must be a member of a California B.A.S.S. Nation club to be eligible to compete.

 If you have questions about tournaments or about joining a club, contact Mark Torrez at (805) 233-0883 or

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Delta Fishing report by Alex Sanchez

Water Temperature-54-58

Water Clarity Mud – 5 Feet

Weather Condition- Party Cloudy/Rain

Wind- 10 to 20MPH


I had the chance to fish the California Delta this past Sunday with long time friend and sponsor Vince Borges of Phenix Rods. Vince and I got on the water about 7:30, due to high water conditions we launched out of Paradise Point Marina. We started fishing fairly close to Paradise Point Marina jumping around through Disappointment and 14 Mile Slough. We managed to boat a couple nice fish tossing Spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits on some isolated tulle berms nothing really special to try and duplicate. So we started working our way to the West Delta looking for some cleaner / warmer water. It took quite a bit of gas to do so but we found 58 degree water with 5 foot visibility and the fish were chewing! Immediately, Vince and I double hook up with a 5 and 3 pounder both on Chatterbaits..

We continue further back into the pocket and not a bite! I change things up and toss a deep diving Crankbait and boat another solid fish. We reached the end of the pocket, Vince tosses his Chatterbait against the edge of some isolated Hyacinth and gets CRUSHED…two head shakes and comes unbuttoned. Vince was heartbroken knowing that could have been a today’s kicker fish. Being pressed for time with a bad weather system coming in we decided to fish up to little patch of tulles adjacent to hyacinth then leave. I fired cast into the patch and got hammered! A beautiful 6 pound pre-spawn bass boated on a Spinnerbait! Vince and I ended up with 17 pounds for our best five. Our key to success was clear water, you won’t catch a lot of fish but you will boat the right ones.

Todays Gear

River2Sea Goon Crankbait

River2Sea Bling Spinnerbait



Christopher Evola joins RB BASS Group of Anglers

Hometown: Tracy, California

Birthday: February 19

Favorite Music: Country

Home Lake: California Delta

Favorite Lake: California Delta

Favorite Technique: Punching and throwing a frog

Primary Fishing Strength: Optimism

Boat: Ranger 520 DVX with 225 Mercury Optimax

Tow Vehicle: F250 – Ford King Ranch

From a young age, I was introduced to fishing and I now have the opportunity to pursue my dreams in the fishing industry with the goal of fishing the entire FLW circuit and winning an FLW event. Besides being an up and coming professional angler I’m a Police Officer with Bay Area Rapid Transit in California. As a Police Officer, I have the responsibilities that involves the protection of life and property, providing information and assistance to the public, enforcement of laws and ordinances, criminal investigation and crime prevention and suppression. When I’m not fishing, or working I enjoy spending time with my family and hunting. My wife, Melissa, my 5-year-old son, Vincent, and 2-year-old daughter, Raelynn all love the outdoors. I believe it’s important to challenge myself and follow my passion as I want to lead by example and teach my son and daughter to challenge them selves and follow their passion one day. Some of my fishing tournaments and accomplishments consist of:

  • 2016 Ultimate Frog Challenge – Pro – 3rd Place
  • 2016 Police, Fire and Corrections Badge Packer Tournament – 5th Place
  • 2015 California Delta Future Pro Tournament – 13th Place
  • 2016 River2Sea Open – 14th Place
  • 2016 FLW California Delta – 45th Place
  • Tracy Bass Turkey Shoots – Several 1st Place Wins

My passion for this sport is great and I love being challenged and adapting to multiple new situations.