Don Pedro Fishing Report by Josh Parris

Lake Don Pedro Map

Don Pedro fishing report

Water temp – 51-58
Water clarity – muddy to 1-4 ft
Conditions- sunny post frontal 
Winds – light
Over the weekend I fished the Sonora bass anglers tournament at lake Don Pedro with my buddy. I hadn’t been out there in a while and in light of all the recent rain and rising water I was expecting tuff post front conditions. Water temp and clarity really just depended on location. We launched out of Moccasin, it was 53 degrees and muddy with 3-6 inches of water clarity and a lot of floating debris. I like fishing that area but decided to make a run in search of cleaner water. On our initial run when ran out past middle bay and found clear water. We found early success on jigs and tubes for a hand full of short fish in the 20 foot range. After that we jumped out to submerged lake island tops with little success. At 8am and an empty box we turned our attention finding running water. I immediately realized that almost every decent tributary had a few boats on them. We opted for some of the smaller feeder creeks and quickly found success with a half oz River2sea Papa Mur jig. My partner then turned to throwing reaction baits like cranks, a rigs and quickly got a 3lber on the a rig. The a rig quickly became the dominant factor for us. My Falcon Bucoo rig rod got a work out! On my a rig I was throwing River2sea rig walkers in silverside color. If your not familiar with the River2sea rig walkers check them out! They are pre rigged swim baits that can save you a ton of time on the water.
After the bite slowed down I started throwing single rig walker and managed to get 3lb spotted bass. With our fish exhausting we moved on. We had little to no success on the next 5 or 6 small tributaries we ran. Towards the end of the day I decided to go back up to the dirty water. We found a long creek arm and went to work. After about an hour we had caught a hand full of fish but nothing to help us. As we worked our way out we stoped on another small feeder creek for the last twenty minutes of the day. It did take long and I grabbed our best fish of the day on the a rig, a just under 4lbs large mouth. We ended the day with 14.85 witch was enough for the win. With changing conditions keep an open mind and adapt.

Josh Parris Don Pedro Bass

 

Lake Oroville Fishing Report

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Oroville is getting some much needed rain! With the recent rain improving lake conditions it has also improved fishing conditions for the bigger spots. Currently Lake Oroville is at 736.02 feet and the lake has remained at 736′ for about 15 days, this has made fishing stable and the rain has already got some of the creeks flowing. Last weekend the Future pro tournament was held out of Bidwell Marina and it took less than 9.5lbs to win that event, for this weekends North Valley Tackle open i do predict the weights will go up some.  Bigger spots are showing up on reaction baits such as shad pattern spinnerbaits and mid range crankbaits like the IMA Pinjack, also topwater baits like the Rover are producing quality bites. Try targeting the running creeks with a spinnerbait and the flatter main points with topwater, this is a tough pattern to fish all day but it will produce better than average results. As of right now the spillway ramp is open and in good shape with 8 lanes in the water, water clarity will vary from 12′ in the main body and middle fork to less than 2′ in the running creeks up and down the slot. Good luck everybody!

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Breaking Down Oroville by Charlie King

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It’s been a long hard year that started right here in March on Lake Oroville. Last weekend marked the ending of the 2016 FPT season in beautiful Oroville California. 
I set aside Thursday and Friday to get some pre fishing in because I have not had a chance to get back to the lake sent the Classic. 
Both Thursday and Friday fishing was pretty good you could catch them on top water all the way down to 50 feet of water. 
Thursday I went south in the hopes of find some lagermouth, I never did. I ended up catching about 7 to 8 pounds of spotted bass in 20 to 25 feet on a drop shot, I was using a bait by Savage Gear that I’m pretty sure the fish are not seeing everyday, the bait is called Sandeels Slugs, this is a floating bait that is 4 inches long and when nose hooked it has incredible action. I used Okuma TCS 7′ drop shot rod paired with Okuma Helios Hx 25 high speed spinning reel, this is a super light and sensitive rod. I use Fins 40G 45lb test Composite Superline, I know why such a heavy Pound test for dropshotting, well friends let me tell you this line only has a 6lb Mono Diameter and I like to use a 6lb test fluorocarbon tag so with the line size being the same the double uni knot I use is extremely strong. 
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Friday I started on the main lake and the fish were just going crazy for the River2Sea Rover in Ghost Minnow color. I throw the Rover with Okuma TCS 7′ 3″ casting rod paired with the TCS Helios and Fins 40lb test Wind tamer braided line. As long as the wind was blowing the fish would eat the Rover but if it stopped so did the bite. I  found that a deep diving crank bait would catch fish for about a half hour after the wind died down, but after that I was not very happy with what I was seeing, I spent the rest of the day running around the lake check here and there but was still a little worried about the afternoon bite, now what I’m about to say is a very important lesson to pay attention to, the sun was bright and the wind was dead calm it was hot and getting late in the day so I was headed to the ramp, I noticed a cove that had some trees in the water and turn to go look and see if I could get a fish or two. I know everyone was throwing a Senko so to give the fish are different look I chose to fish the Savage Gear Watermelon Red 3D Armor Crawler. This bait is great when using a nail weight because of the armor mesh that is infused throughout the head of the worm there is no need to glue the weigh so it doesn’t get thrown out every time you catch a fish. The first pitch into the tree I was rewarded with a 2lb spot, the biggest fish of my pre fish. I got a  couple more bites that I shook off and pulled up to go look for more trees, I  pulling into the next cove and pitch the Armor Crawler into the tree and my line jumped I set the hook on a big fish that did not like it and took off, I  never got to see it because it broke my 10lb test fluorocarbon line. The good news is I  was pretty happy with what I had found for my afternoon pattern when the wind died down and the hot sun came up, there are  those two key words again. I had my game plan for the tournament now I need to get  some heavier line because I was not going to have a fish break me off on tournament day, so off I go to North Valley Tackle in Oroville, which by the way I would like to say thanks to, they kept the store open until 8pm on Friday for us guys fishing the Future Pro Tour and opened up at 4am Saturday morning even had coffee and donuts for the fisherman, that my friends is pretty cool, so make sure to stop in on your way to the lake.
Finally tournament day is here and I am feeling pretty good with what I found in pre fish. Now that lesson I told you to pay a attention to, I am starting to notice as we blast off the wind is blowing a little bit more and the sky’s a bit darker at first I thought it was going to really help the top water bite, as I  pull up to the first main lake point and make a cast with the Rover I noticed something right away, the wind was blowing from a different direction, I fished for about 20 minutes without a bite and told my team partner we are in trouble, today is completely different from my two pre fishing days and the top water fish are gone! Now I just couldn’t except that a little cloud cover would hurt a top water bite right, so I made a couple of judgments and went to the windblown side of Lake and got a couple to eat a Rico Popper but it was still no where near as good as it was yesterday. I pulled out my Okuma drop shot rod and put 3 keeper’s in the boat to feel our limit, but all the fish are barely 13″ fish, I told my partner with this cloudy conditions to keep with the top water bait and I will try to get a bigger fish deep while we wait for the  sun to come out. Here it is 12 noon and we have 5.5 to 6 pounds and the sun is no where in sight, I still have to go check out the trees so we make the run from the main body to the middle river and pull into the cover with the trees, not one boat is in there and I tell Chase this might be ok. As I idle up to the trees I noticed on my Humminbird the bait is gone, I new then in my heart that we would get no fish in the trees but I still had to check after about a hour without a bite we gave up and headed back to the main lake to throw top water the rest of the day, with a hour left to fish the wind gods looked down on us and we culled two fish with 1.75lbs spots that smashed the Rover with less then a hour to fish. We now had a 7.00lb limit. I new it was a tough day and the weights would be low and I was right. Little less then 10lbs won the event and we missed a check by less then half 
a pound.
I want to thank RBBASS for giving me the opportunity to share my fishing adventures with you all a I look forward to writing more about the equipment and techniques I use in my Tournament Fishing.
So if you enjoyed reading my story please let me know, Thanks and God Bless.
Charlie King
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Lake Camanche fishing report by Josh Parris

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Lake Camanche report,

Last Saturday my partner Jeremiah Payne and I got out to fish a Sonora bass tournament on lake Comanche. I was able to get out a few days prior to pre fish. Water clarity was 3-5 feet and temps were still in the low 70’s. I had heard that the lake was full of fingerling Largemouth but had no idea what I was in for. I started my pre fish throwing big baits like punkers and River2sea S-wavers trying to imitate the small bass. With in the first 20 minutes I had landed over 10 fish between the two baits. None of the fish were over 12 inches. I quickly realized if I was going to catch any thing bigger I had to get it threw the schools of smaller fish that were all over the lake. I switch my approach to targeting deeper water in the 20-30ft range with a 3/4 oz under spin. I was quickly rewarded with a solid spotted bass. I continued to run that pattern and also dropped a 3/4 oz spoon when there were a few larger arches in the 20+ depth. I always left a spot after catching a keeper to be sure I didn’t exhaust the fish I was finding. I was able to put together a limit for around 11lbs. image1.JPG

Game day didn’t go quite as well! Our first spot were I had got my best bites in prefish was occupied so we decide to just go get a limit of of one of the island tops I’d had some success on days prior. Sure enough we put a small limit in the boat on the spoons paired with the Falcon BMC-66MH. The medium heavy rod is always crucial when fishing spoons to keep fish from throwing the spoon. We then shifted gears and went out looking for those couple of better bites. Unfortunately we never found them. We made two small culls throughout the day ending up with 9.50 lbs. I figured it was going to take 13-15lbs to win but at weigh in it was obvious that it was just a tuff day out there. 1st place had 10.28, 2nd and 3rd were tied with 9.55 and 4th and 5th were tied with 9.50. There were two other tournaments out the that day and the heaviest bag I heard of went just over 12lbs that came on jigs. It’s a great time to take a kid out to get them interested in fishing, you can literally throw anything and catch 8-12 in bass all day! Good luck out there and I hope this helps.

Josh Parris 

Folsom Lake 2/16

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water clarity 3-6 feet

water temp 53-56

 

I got on the water at about 1:30 with Sheldon Bisbee. We launched out of Granite Bay, there is still a good amount of floating debris so you have to be careful. We headed north and found fish around visible rocks that were leading into spawning areas. Most of our fish were in the 8-14 ft range. I caught fish on a drop shot with a zoom tiny fluke in the baitfish color and a 1/4 brown football jig. Sheldon got them on a drop shot and a 1/2 ounce jig. The fish are starting to get active out there but still are not chasing very well. I threw an IMA Flit rip bait for a while with no luck. Sheldon managed a little one on a Strike King 5XD. Other than that I had one pretty good fish grab my A-rig and take the tail off of the Kietech. The bite should get good pretty soon. Good luck, Nick Lynch

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Lake Berryessa Fishing Report

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Started the day launching out of Markley Cove at safe light. We began heading towards the main body and was hit with heavy fog. We pulled over in the narrows and decided to fish until it was safer to make the run into the main lake. We stared throwing reaction baits with no takers. I wasn’t going to give up on the reaction bite that easy. My knowledge of Berryessa has showed me in the past that these fish don’t like the fog either. With water temperatures rising over the course of the week I knew a population of fished have moved up. These early fish don’t usually get going until the sun starts hitting bank, so I knew it was just a matter of time. As soon as we could make the run we did. We only fished for 30 min in the fog. The main lake is generally clear once the sun rises. Once in the main body we ran to slow tapering banks which were getting the most sun. We got bit right away on a white River2Sea Bling spinnerbait. We caught multiple fish off our first point.

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We spent the rest of the day running points with sun and scored multiple fish of all bass species over 4lbs. Water temps started around 52 and ended the day around 56. We fished multiple baits all day with the top performers being the River2Sea Bling, River2Sea Biggie in craw color, Single Keitech in shad colors and a D&M chatterbait white on white w/fluke trailer. Just remember this time a year the bite gets better as the day goes on.

 

Clear Lake Fishing Report

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Clearlake Report January 30th 2016

By James “Big Ed” Everhart

Water temp …….49 degrees 

Water color …….Stained

Weather…….Cloudy and 54 degrees 

Wind ……….5 to 8 mph

Launched from the Lucerne ramp, headed straight to Soda Bay looking to get in to some protected water. Started in eight feet of water with a drop shot Margarita Mutilator on the second cast my wife Tina caught her first Bass. Then she proceeded to catch one or get a bite on the next ten casts or so. Very slow presentation inching the bait along the bottom then dead sticking it, thats when she would get bit (on the pause). I started with a Spoon and landed a small keeper on the second cast I made, dropping to the bottom then raising the rod tip slowly the bites where coming on the second or third drop. Then I switched to an IMA Flit and started making long casts over ten to twelve feet of water then making long strokes and letting the bait sit for ten to twelve seconds before making another long stroke. The bites I got on the Flit were all just load up bites or swirling on it but not eating it. After fishing Soda Bay for about 45 min we headed to Henderson point, graphed lots of baitfish but never got a bite on our presentations moved to Horseshoe which was back in the sun and started catching fish on the dropshot and the Flit again. We fished for about another 30 minutes caught some more dinks then headed back. we only fished for about 3 hours today since we were mostly just testing the boat (epic fail) back in the shop. So, there will probably be another report next week.  

Lake Don Pedro Fishing Report

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Don Pedro fishing report
2/6/2016

Fished Sonora bass anglers tournament on Don Pedro Saturday. Water temps were 51-54 and water was stained. With lake level still on the the rise the bite remains tuff but is improving with the warming trend. My partner and I started in middle bay fishing island tops with tubes and jigs. We pulled a quick limit in 10-20 foot range by 7:30 for 7lbs of all spots. By 8 o’clock we made a run up river towards moccasin and worked vertical walls. Around 10:30 the bite picked up on the drop shot and we boated two 3lbers. We continued to grind it out working main lake points back towards main lake focussing on throwing swim baits. With 15 minutes before weigh in I finally stuck one. Unfortunately it wasn’t giant, weighing in at 3.88 it was still a welcomed cull. When all was said and done 1st place went to the team of Taylor/Taylor with 14.14. They reported catching their fish on jigs and tubes. My partner and I, team Parris/Payne took 2nd at an even 14lbs. 3rd place team Freeman/Freeman had 11.30, hope this helps and good luck out there!

Josh Parris

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Destination Delta RB BASS

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April on the California Delta is a great place to be. RB BASS Anglers are tearing it up on the river right now.

“Its What we do!”

With over 1000 miles of water to fish and every cast could be another Giant, how can you not get excited to fish the Delta right now?

Reaction,Flipping,Top Water,Drop Shotting,Swim baits are all catching fish right now. You need to move around and find the areas the fish are in and they will bite! Make sure to change tactics each day with the weather and tide changes this is affecting the fish hourly! With fish in all three stages of the spawn you just cant go wrong, just go Delta RB BASS does!

Bob Miller with a Delta Mule!

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Kevin Cornwell Dobyns Rods Staffer with a pair of Delta Studs!

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Ron Howe Abu Garcia Ambassador with a Nice Toad!

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Bob Tyler Dobyns Rods Staffer Sticking Piggs!

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Rich Hale BBT Staffer Holding some Nice Ones!

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Alex Sanchez Phenix Rods Pro Staffer Loads the Boat with nice ones!

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