Don Pedro fishing report
Don Pedro fishing report
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!
Lake Camanche report,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Don Pedro fishing report
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!
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!
Kevin Cornwell Dobyns Rods Staffer with a pair of Delta Studs!
Ron Howe Abu Garcia Ambassador with a Nice Toad!
Bob Tyler Dobyns Rods Staffer Sticking Piggs!
Rich Hale BBT Staffer Holding some Nice Ones!
Alex Sanchez Phenix Rods Pro Staffer Loads the Boat with nice ones!