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Clear Lake report, March 26: Crappie are BAAACK!

 
By Bob Rider, Lakeshore Bait & Tackle, 707.994.FISH (3474)
 
The spring season is here and the fishing on Clear Lake is swinging into gear. Winter, like a house guest that's worn out its welcome, lingers for a bit longer than we would like. A fresh blast of cold air and rain took away our glimpse of spring but only for a short time. There's big news for our crappie anglers, the bass fishing is good on live bait, and the catfish action has turned on quite well.
 
Bass anglers are working deep-running crankbaits and finesse rigs over rock piles and ledges for only mediocre action.  The best action is on live jumbo minnows. Bait anglers are having a great time with good numbers of fish and quality sized bass being claimed. A brief glimpse of warm weather had the north end of the lake warming and some action improving on swim baits but the weather has turned cool again and a cold front has set the shallow water action back another week or two.
 
Crappie have now made an appearance here in the south end of the Redbud Arm. Notable locations for crappie are the mouth of Cache Creek and the end of the Clearlake pipeline that runs through Beakban Island. Other areas are getting attention as well. For now the best hours for good crappie action are between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. and the hot bait is live medium minnows - of course. We're hearing good things, seeing some nice fish come through the shop, and hanging some pictures on our brag board. They're BAAACK!
 
Catfish action has kicked into gear with anglers finding success from the banks of Clearlake. Mackerel, crawlers, and live minnows have been accounting for much of the success. Sizes range from two pounds (good fryers) to 12 pounds. I haven't heard tell of any real monsters yet this season, but our season is young. Stay tuned!
 
Derby Time is right around the corner. The annual Catfish Derby is taking place May 14, 15 & 16th this year. This event draws over 500 adult anglers and more than 100 youth fishermen. What a great time, too! Applications are available in the store or online at the ClearlakeOaks.org site. With action heating up on the whiskerfish, the Derby should turn out some great fish!
 
The annual Lake Friends of NRA banquet is now just two weeks away! Tickets are going quickly and this event sells out every year. So mark your calendars for Saturday, April 10 at the Lions Hall in Middletown and swing by Lakeshore Bait & Tackle in Clearlake to buy your tickets or tables. This is our flagship event for the year! Be sure to preview some of the nearly 40 guns we'll have at the event, get your tickets, and show your support for the Lake Friends of NRA.
 
And lastly, I'm extremely happy to announce that April 1st is our fifth anniversaryhere at Lakeshore Bait & Tackle. To celebrate we're offering two great anniversary specials. First, for the entire month of April we'll be offering our Jumbo Minnows at  $10 per dozen. (That's the 2005 price!) Second, we're giving away a Front Sight Firearms Training Institute certificate good for a Four Day Defensive Handgun Class. Come in and enter the drawing by visiting the store and filling out an entry any time during the month of April. The drawing will be held on April 30th at 5:00 p.m.

Fishing Reports

Its time for Whiskeytown Kokanee salmon!
Lady in Red holding up a limit of Kokanee salmon, by Jeff Goodwin
By Jeff Goodwin 
05/03/16 -- After a long, wet winter of bass fishing, I had to hang up the bass rods yesterday for a trip to Whiskeytown Lake for some spring Kokanee fishing. I fished it a few weeks ago out of the AC Guide Service...Full Story
Dungeness crab fishing area update 05/03/16 -- Except for one area within Humboldt County, the California coast is open for recreational Dungeness crab fishing. The commercial crab fishery will follow in the same areas, opening May 12. The recreational Dungeness crab ... Full Story
Hatchery cancels Kids Fishing Days 05/01/16 -- Due to an outbreak of Whirling Disease last year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be canceling the popular “Kids’ Fishing Days” at the Mt. Shasta Hatchery indefinitely. The hatchery typically...Full Story
A new world record?
On Oregon Waters, Larry Ellis, myoutdoorbuddy.com
04/30/16 -- When Ranse Fife of Brookings hopped aboard the recreational charter vessel Super Star on Tuesday, he was just hoping to catch a limit of garden-variety rockfish and lingcod that the vessel’s clients frequently bring...Full Story
Collins Lake trout explosion
Boy on boat holding fish, by Collins Lake
By Kathy Hess, Collins Lake Reporter
04/30/16 -- Another fantastic week of trout catches galore!! Milan Rapo started the week off with his huge 6 lb. trout he hooked on a Flatfish lure. Following close behind was the biggest trout caught this week by Steve Bohlman...Full Story
​It’s no different at Lake Oroville By Chuck Giles
04/29/16 -- Right now bass fishing at Lake Oroville is no different than any other Northern California body of water. Simply put, it is good. This is the time of year whenwe can all feel like we are great bass anglers. Oroville is less than...Full Story
OR tagged trout may be worth $50 04/28/16 -- This spring ODFW will “sweeten the pot” for anglers at Phillips Reservoir by stocking 4,000 trophy-sized rainbow trout, some of which will be marked with tags good for $50. Phillips Reservoir is one of five locations... Full Story
Pacific Halibut Fishery Opens May 1 04/27/16 -- California’s recreational Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) fishery season will open May 1. This year the fishery will be held to a federally established quota of 29,640 pounds. The open season dates...Full Story
Recreational Salmon Seasons Set
Boy with fish, photo courtesy of CDFW
04/27/16 -- The California Fish and Game Commission adopted recreational ocean and inland salmon season regulations as presented by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) on April 18. Ocean salmon season...Full Story
Salmon dump opposed by fishermen 04/26/16 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is abandoning a highly successful program that greatly increases salmon survival and is instead dumping valuable Feather River hatchery baby fall run...Full Story
Salmon, Halibut, bird hunting regulations 04/25/16 -- The Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted bird hunting and fishing regulations today at its meeting in Bandon, Ore. Ocean salmon seasons: The Commission set ocean salmon fishing seasons in state waters based on...Full Story
CDFW: Dungeness, Rock Crab schedule
Crab in pot, photo courtesy of CDFW
 04/23/16 -- Commercial and recreational rock crab fisheries are open along the mainland coast south of 36° 58.72′ N Latitude at Sand Hill Bluff, Santa Cruz County (approximately 9 miles north of Santa Cruz Harbor entrance) to...Full Story
Humboldt, Del Norte razor clam advisory 04/21/16 -- Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) re-issued a health advisory reminding individuals to avoid eating recreationally harvested razor clams along Humboldt and Del Norte county beaches due to...Full Story
Tagged Empire Lakes trout worth reporting
This tagged rainbow trout will be released into Empire Lakes, helping biologists understand harvest data. ODFW photo.
04/20/16 -- Empire Lakes anglers have a chance of taking home a $50 VISA gift card if they land a specially tagged rainbow trout. Empire Lakes is a popular coastal rainbow trout fishery, and ODFW biologists need anglers...Full Story
Introduction to Fishing 101 By Gary Heffley 
04/18/16 -- With the North State general stream/ trout opener less than a couple of weeks away, and with greater water levels seen in the lakes than in recent years, there has been a large influx of new anglers seeking advice on...Full Story
​Family Style Trout Opener By Gary Heffley
04/14/16 -- While many avid trout anglers head to the fabled Northern California fly waters of the McCloud, Pit, Lower Hat Creek, Upper Sac and Fall River for the traditional opening of Northern California stream season, many families...Full Story
Nor Cal Kokanee Power Tournaments set By Gary Heffley
02/18/16 -- Dates for the popular series of Kokanee Power's Trout and Salmon Tournaments are set for 2016 with three of the events taking place in Northern California. Kokanee Power is one of the top organizations promoting not only the...Full Story
Brownie’s Choice
Art work by Isabella Langaman
By Don Webster
Disregard the story’s title. I don’t really have a “first” name. If I did, it would probably be something like Leviathan or Behemoth or maybe Lunker. Officially, I’m a trout. A brown trout. A giant, brown trout. Possibly the biggest, fattest...Full Story
Columbia spring Chinook seasons set 01/29/16 -- Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington set spring Chinook salmon seasons for the Columbia River today during a joint state hearing in Vancouver, Wash. The recreational springer season on the Columbia...Full Story
Keddie Ridge
Scouting Deerheart Lake, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
11/14/15 -- Adjacent to both Lake Almanor and Mountain Meadows, between the towns of Westwood and Greenville, is a seemingly forgotten piece of backcountry; Keddie Ridge – aka Ridge World – where ancient rocks... Full Story
Let’s check out the Upper Sac
Lake Siskiyou with Mt. Shasta standing sentinel. photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
09/06/15 -- The Upper Sacramento River – The Upper Sac – begins at Lake Siskiyou’s Box Canyon Dam and continues ~37 miles downstream to Lake Shasta. It is a classic freestone river born from the Mt. Shasta and Mt. Eddy... Full Story
Finding Fish from Discarded DNA
Bluegill, photo by FISHBIO
By Erin Loury
06/22/15 -- To round out our series on environmental DNA (eDNA), in which we've described the basic concepts of this technique* in aquatic research, as well as its challenges and limitations**, here we highlight... Full Story
How to make Tuscan Tuna Salad with Fennel By Frank Galusha
05/04/15 -- OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not... Full Story
Agencies halt commercial sardine fishing
Commercial fishing boats dragging their fishing nets, CADFW
04/30/15 -- All large-volume commercial sardine fishing in state and federal waters off California has been prohibited as of Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The closing will remain in effect until at least July 2016. “This may be an end of... Full Story
Fishing the Klamath below JC Boyle Dam
 Brian Buckingham with one of the larger fish from this section. This trout, estimated at 2 lbs., was caught near the BLM campground on the west shore six miles down the JC Boyle Dam on the Klamath River in Southern Oregon. Photo by author
By Trouteagle
03/02/15 -- Year round trout action can be found on the Klamath River within the 20 or so miles of free flow within Oregon and California. While fishing below the flumes at the JC Boyle powerhouse, it can be difficult to know just when...Full Story
The Mystery of the Middle Fork, Part IV
Jim Broshears, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
By Jim Broshears
11/10/14 -- This trip was to be the final chapter in the saga that began three years ago but is actually over 20 years in the making. As Bruce, Tuck and I journeyed back to the Middle Fork of the Feather River we made...Full Story
Climbing Terms for the Fisherman
Trailhead Tales by Jim Broshears
10/14/14 -- For those of us who prefer to fish the rugged and remote streams and rivers for the elusive wild trout, rock climbing is a skill that is required to reach the special places where catching the big one is a “sure thing.” The skills...Full Story
German brown trout afternoon in Modoc
german brown trout in Modoc creek. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Lea Huetteman
09/04/14 -- Catching a German Brown Trout from the creeks in Modoc County is a fine way to spend an afternoon. There are many creeks in this part of California that drain the Warner Mountains. Stream trout fishing in this region opens...Full Story
Throw the kitchen sink at them
Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers, myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article and photos by Phil Akers
08/20/14 -- Our wilderness areas are special, where Mother Nature is landlord and natural forces operate freely. Within the wilderness you will find no roads, shelters, picnic tables, toilets, or other conveniences. You enter at...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
03/06/04 -- Humboldt Bay, a busy commercial harbor and home port to many charter and private offshore fishing boats, is also popular with shore-based anglers and small boaters seeking bottomfish, sharks, crabs and clams...Full Story
Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story
Fishing with Phideaux
By Phil “Flip” Akers
01/26/14 -- Meet Phideaux, a 110-pound neurotic chocolate Lab. His name is pronounced “Fido” but it is spelled “Phideaux” because he is a Cajun dog. Anyway, last summer Phideaux took his human (that’s me) on a trout hunt up into...Full Story

 

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