Located 2 hours North of Sacramento Clear Lake is California’s oldest natural lake. This lake has great Bass fishing year round and yeilds more Bass between 3-7 lbs than any other lake in the state. This lake is a old volcanic crater and has over 1 million crawdads supplying the Bass with great protein year round. Hitch,shad,bluegill,crappie and silverside minnows are other primary forages for bass at Clear lake!
CLEAR LAKE INFORMATION
Size and Depth
At 43,663 acres Clear Lake is the largest body of water lying entirely within the borders of California. Clear Lake is shallow with an average depth of 21 feet and a maximum of 59 feet. The lake is about 18 miles long and 7 miles wide. Water levels fluctuate about 5 to 6 feet per year.
This natural lake contains numerous inlets. A dam was constructed at the base of the lake in 1915 to help stabilize water levels. The dam is maintained by the Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.
There are 100 miles of shoreline, much of which is privately owned. There are many docks, retaining walls, pilings and rock rip-rapped areas.
Extremely fertile with clarity varying from a normal of less than 2 feet to as much as 15 feet on occasion. Heavy blooms of blue-green algae, particularly during summer, combined with suspended sediments cloud the water and limit transparency.
Most of the shore is lined with docks, pilings, piers and other man-made, fish-attracting structures. Tules, large boulders, submerged brush, hydrilla and other vegetation also provide cover.
Clear Lake supports an excellent largemouth bass fishery that boasts one of the highest catch rates in California. Stocking of both Florida and northern strains has produced a population characterized by quality as well as quantity. The lake record largemouth was caught in 1990 and weighed 171/2 pounds. Several fish over 10 pounds are caught each year, and fish in the 2- to 4-pound range are considered average. An excellent crappie fishery with good-size fish can also be caught.
Sacramento hitch, carp, Sacramento perch, threadfin shad, Mississippi silversides,juvenile panfish,crappie,and crawfish a few trout do end up in the lake from the lake that feeds inot clear lake but they are rare.
State Park is great for Camping fishing and lauching your boat for more info call 707-279-4293
Clearlake Bait & Tackle location:
14699 Lakeshore Dr
Clearlake Outdoors Location:
96 Soda Bay Rd
Lakeport, CA 95453
Clear Lake Hot Spots
Clear Lake State Park
Off Soda Bay Road. More than 2 miles of shoreline plus the outlet area of Cole Creek.
Clearlake Oaks Keys Area
At Hwy 20 on the east shore.
Soda Bay Road, between Soda bay and Buckingham Park outside of Kelseyville.
At the mouth where it empties into Clearlake off Soda Bay Road, near Clear Lake State Park.
Lakeside County Park
Off Soda Bay Road outside of Kelseyville.
Foot of First and Third Streets in Lakeport.
Off Sulphur Bank Point (east of Clearlake Oaks).
Redbud Park Lakeshore Drive in the City of CLearlake.
Both above and below the bridge of the Nice-Lucerne Cutoff between Hwy 20 and 29 on the Northshore.
At Nice, Lucerne, Clearlake Oaks on Hwy 20, Kelseyville, Clearlake, and Lakeport off Hwy 29 and 53.
Clear Lake seasonal Bass Locations
Rodman Slough, Rocky Point in winter
Long Tule in summer and spring
Clear Lake State Park in winter and spring
Corinthian Bay in winter
Soda Bay, Konocti Bay to Luebow Point all year
Monitor Point all year, Kono Tayee in summer
Nice-Lucerne in summer and fallores