Lake Berryessa fishing report by Ryan Hall

I spent the last 2 weekends fishing Lake Berryessa in preparation for the 3rd BBT Northern Region event of 2017. Last Friday morning, May 5th, I put my boat in the water at Markley Cove and to my surprise my Humminbird was showing 72.2 degree water temps. I ran through the narrows up to the North end of the lake and started fishing near spawning areas. I pulled up to a point leading to a major cove and started throwing a Reaction Innovations Vixen. No more than 3 cast later I had already gotten my first bite. I kept throwing my spook as I fished further in to the cove and was rewarded with a handful of bites. I was also able to pick up a few more on a 3.8″ Keitech swimbait. I left this cove with about 8 fish but none larger than 2.5lbs. I continued to fish points and coves with success on every stop. My top water pattern continued throughout the entire day. Towards the end of the day I could find a point that had a few better fish on it. I landed a 3.25lb smallie that had another clone with it and I was also able to get a 2lb spot that had a herd with it and a 6lb largie following them. I later checked some deeper water with a jig and a Shwanger baits 6″ whiptail on a drop shot. This lead to a few more bites but nothing over 2lbs. I got of the water around 2 o’clock with a small limit for about 12lbs.

               The following Friday, May 12th, I was able to get out again. I launched out of Pleasure Cove at around 10 o’clock. This day would fish a little different being that earlier in the week some wintry weather had come through and dropped the water temps to the low/mid 60’s. This day there was 15-20mph winds from the northwest and the entire lake had white caps on it. With that being said I chose to focus in the narrows and near the dam. I started fishing coves that were protected from the wind in an effort to maybe find some bed fish but that was a bust. It wa s an issue the previous weekend where I also did not see a single bed fish. While looking for bed fish I blind casted a spook and tubes. I only had one small bite on the spook but caught a handful of 1.5-2.5lb spots on the tube and a 3lb post spawn smallie. After a few hours of looking for beds without success and catching a ton of rats I decided to fish some wind-blown banks and get on a reaction bite. I threw a small Keitech swimbait without success, then switched to a spinnerbait and started getting a few bites. Later in the evening I pulled up to a windy bank near the dam and was rewarded with a 4.8lb spot and 2.3lb spot both on the same Nichols Lures Pulsator Spinnerbait (1/2oz double willow in bombshell shad).

               The next day was tournament day. That morning I hopped aboard my partner Bob Tyler’s RB Bass/B3 Solutions wrapped Ranger 520 and got ready for our day ahead. We started the day near Big Island throwing top water and nail weighted Senkos. We got on the fish very quickly and had our limit within about 30 minutes. We had a small limit of smallies for about 10lbs. We continued to fish around the island and we picked up 3.5lb Largemouth on a weightless senko then another 2.5lb largie shortly after. We then left and headed up to Putah Creek where we were unable to upgrade. After leaving Putah we stopped near the mouth of Pope Creek and found a bunch a smallies on beds. We looked through this whole flat full of beds but only saw 2 that would have helped our limit but were unable to get them to go in a timely manner. We then headed back down near Big Island and made 1 or 2 very small culls then had to head back in to weigh in.

               Ultimately, we caught a ton of fish. Catching them was not the issue but finding the big bites was. Our best Baits for the weekend were a Reaction Innovations Vixen, Nichols Lures Pulsator Spinnerbait, Yamamoto Senko, & a Shwanger Baits Whiptail. The links to each of these baits are listed below.

Thanks for Reading,

Ryan Hall

Top Picks:

Reaction Innovations Vixen:

Nichols Lures Pulsator Spinnerbait:

Yamamoto Senko:

Shwanger Baits Whiptail:

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

RB BASS Angler Steve Wilson with the whats hot weekly video at Monster fishing Tackle .


RB BASS Angler Steve Wilson with the whats hot weekly video at Monster fishing Tackle .

This week Steve talks about Exclusive products only available at

Both in Yamamoto made baits and Robo worms, these are products Steve just used in the Bass Nation State qualifier.




Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge on the California Delta

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Wild West Bass Trail Crowns a Champion at Lake Shasta

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Wild West Bass Trail Crowns a Champion at Lake Shasta

Zach Elrite wins the Shootout at Lake Shasta! Zach came to the scales with over 23lbs of Lake Shasta Spotted Bass and earns a Big Pro win at the first ever Wild West Pro/Am held in California. The win was worth $19,500 with the 100% plus payback. This wasn’t easy Zach had to beat out 129 other Pro Anglers all with impressive Angler resumes. Make no Mistake Zach has been working hard for years in the Fishing Industry with many companies in his promotional efforts. This Angler has put in his time and it has paid off Big! Congrats to Zach Elrite on your Big Win! Zachs sponsors include D&M Custom Baits, Coyote Tackle, Freedom Tackle, Dobyns Rods, Lews Reels, Undercover Sportsman, Dude Wipes and River2Sea.


Zach Elrite Champion

Craig Gotwalls, Zach Elrite and Gary Dobyns

Wild West Bass Trail Co-Angler Champion

Lets not forget this is a Pro-Am and without Co-Anglers we cant have this kind of event. Tim Wells caught over 21Lbs of Lake Shasta Spotted Bass from the back of the boat and took home a check for  $6500 for his efforts. Co-Anglers fish each day with a different Pro in this 2 day event. They must catch their own fish in this non shared weight style of event. Lets not forget this was all done with no NET! Congrats Tim on your big Co-Angler win!

Co-Angler Results

Shasta Rainbow

Wild West Bass Trail has a 10 day off limits rule. The first official day of practice started off with Partly Clouds Skies and a Rainbow with a Pot of Gold at the end of it. Wild West Bass Trail would payout over $135,000.00 at this event and not even the next 2 days of Rain could put a Damper on that!

Payouts Totals


Red Lion of Redding California was the Host Hotel of this Big Event. Anglers had special room rates and Extra Security to make sure Anglers Trucks and Boats were safe at Night. The rooms had plenty of space , easy access for power and if you had a downstairs room you could walk out of your patio right to your truck and boat. With easy access to Food, Fuel, and other amenities. 

Red Lion Hotel

The event all Started with the Pre-Event Meeting at the Red lion. Tournament Director Jason Bubier presented the Anglers will very detailed information and Rules about the event. The Red Lion Served Dinner to over 240 Tournament Bass Anglers. The food was good and the Anglers were all eager to get it on!


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Anglers Would cross the stage with Hopes to Cash in on this big Purse!

Wild West Bass Trail Trailer Stage

Ranger Boats and Evinrude were in the West at Lake Shasta!

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Bob Tyler Evinrude

Champion Zach Elrite Pictured with Keith Trip of Ranger Boats. Ranger Boats stepped up big and paid all late fees for any Co-Anglers in this event! What a creative Idea and a Fantastic way for a leading Boat maker to support our Sport!

Zach and Keith

By the time weigh ins started there was quite a crowd starting to form at the top of the hill ay Bridge Bay Resort.

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Anglers were shuttled up the Hill from the folks at Redding Yamaha.

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RB BASS CO-Angler Michael Coleman Sporting his Big Ol Pig Hoodie at weigh ins.


Jason and Tara Borofka Wild West Bass Trail Pro and Co-Anglers, Photo Credit Potter Portraits


Lucas Oil gave Anglers a Gallon of Oil for their participation. This was in addition to the Raffle money they gave to Dan Wells of Chico Ca, for providing his Receipt copy of $50 of Lucas Oil Products. Dan was the Lucky winner of $1000.00!

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Anglers rush to get their boats wrapped in time for this Big event.

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Ken Mah talks to the Camera man on his way to go for the Win!

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Jim Vretzos Co-Angler of Greater Bay Protective services weighs in on day-1

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Anglers stack up eager for a chance at Big Money at the Wild West Bass Trail.


Richard Dobyns Tips his hat at the Scales.

Richard Dobyns

Wild West Bass Trail Champion Zach Elrite

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RB BASS Angler Crushes Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge!

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RB BASS Angler Crushes Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge!

Congrats to VJ Malhotra of RB BASS for Dominating the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge!

VJ cashed 6 checks in this Special Big Bass event on the California Delta. “Confidence was the key said VJ”

After a solid Practice the week before with a 30lb sack, he new he would catch them in the event and he did.

Good job VJ! to see the full story click here.