Air Temp: 62-92
Water Temp: 72-82
Wind: 5-15 from the N-NW
My friend Eric Taylor and I decided to head up to clear lake this week to get in on the summer time fun on the bass factory. We launched out of Lucerne around 7 am and headed north planning on trying to get on the early morning double buzzbait bite. We focused on grass flats outside of tules on the east bank hoping the shade would prolong the topwater action, we stuck it out with topwater for about an hour but gave up after only having a couple of blow ups from small fish that didn’t stick. We started flipping X-Zone True Center Sticks among the tules but were unable to find the quality of fish Clearlake is famous for.
We decided to make the move over to the Lakeport side but ran into the same luck, Eric did manage a nice one on a crank down Bullshad. Around 10 am we made the move to mid lake, with the sun being up high we switched to throwing jigs and finesse set ups on docks and tules focusing on shaded areas in particular. We found a ton of smaller fish in 10-15 feet in the shade but still not finding the quality fish we were looking for.
Around noon with the sun high and air and water temps rising we switched gears and brought out the big weights and heavy line and started punching. It didn’t take long before we started finding quality fish tucked in the grass and primrose patches. 1.5 oz River2Sea Trashbombs paired with 4/0 flipping hooks and X-Zone Adrenaline Bugs proved to be too much for the bass to handle. We found most of our punch fish shallow but were also able to locate some in off shore grass patches in 8-10’ of water. We decided to call it a day around 230 and ended our day with around 20lbs for our best 5 fish.