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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 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

Fall Trout Planting at Collins Lake
Cecil Grimm with Bass, by Kathy Hess Collins Lake
By Kathy Hess, Collins Lake Reporter
10/26/16 -- Fall Trout Planting began last week and we will be planted every week from now until Thanksgiving. Some of those are private plants with the bigger trout and some are from Fish & Game, usually more pan sized on those...Full Story
​Early Season Trinity Steelie
Gary Heffley with Steelhead
By Gary Heffley
10/21/16 -- They say your first is always special and yesterday's experience catching my first adult steelhead on the Trinity River with Todd LeBoeuf, Tiger T's Guide Service, was not only special, but a trip for the memory books. And what a...Full Story
Klamath Salmon Fishing Quota Nearly Met
Klamath River, CDFW photo
10/20/16 -- North coast anglers are about to meet their seasonal salmon quota in another popular spot, triggering new restrictions on the Trinity River fishery. Monitoring efforts show that anglers above Cedar Flat on the Trinity River will...Full Story
​Coastal rivers full of kings
salmon, by Mike Coopman
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
10/20/16 -- Last week’s deluge was just what our rivers — and our salmon — badly needed. From the Chetco to the Eel, all of the rivers saw huge flow increases, allowing the late run of fall kings to make their way from the estuaries...Full Story
ODFW: ‘Environmental DNA’ to track fish
Dr. Shaun Clements, research scientist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, tests the waters of the upper Deschutes River for environmental DNA. Scientists are now able to use eDNA to tell what species are present in aquatic populations. This technology will help reduce the cost of fish monitoring and provide an early warning if invasive species are present. (ODFW photo)
10/11/16 -- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is moving into the next generation of monitoring fish populations — one of the toughest challenges in fish management — by using new environmental DNA (eDNA) science to quickly...Full Story
OR: Wild Coho salmon bag limit regulations 09/30/16 -- Fishery managers issued a temporary rule earlier this week to clarify bag limit regulations for the wild coho salmon fisheries in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch Lakes. The action was taken because the bag-limit portions of the...Full Story
​Kokanee in Shasta?
Kokanee salmon, by goodwin guide service
By Gary Heffley
9/28/16 -- Kokanee fishing is becoming more and more popular for anglers throughout the state. Reports abound of great fishing in many lakes, and tournaments provided by organizations such as Kokanee Power continue to grow...Full Story
​Getting out of the North Valley heat By Gary Heffley 
9/13/16 -- The Redding area has been hot both in temperature and the fishing. Nothing can beat the outstanding trout fishing on the Sacramento River in Redding, the Kokanee fishing of Whiskeytown or the trout trolling successes enjoyed by...Full Story
Poachers fined for illegal abalone
CDFW patrol boat Thresher, courtesy of CDFW
09/13/16 -- Two Southern California men have been convicted and fined for abalone poaching and other resource crimes, stemming from a September 2015 California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) enforcement case...Full Story
CDFW Makes Buying a License Easier
Location map, by CDFW
09/03/16 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is making life easier for anglers when it comes to purchasing a license and checking your local fishing regulations. CDFW has made the online license...Full Story
Buoy 10 Chinook season goes to Sept. 14 09/01/16 -- Recreational anglers will get an additional nine days to harvest Chinook salmon at the mouth of the Columbia River under a season extension approved today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington...Full Story
A Hot Summer’s Day on Chico Creek
A Hot Summer's Day on Chico Creek, Steven T. Callan
On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
07/25/16 -- I’ve been exploring Northern California’s streams -- above and below the surface -- for most of my life. One of my most memorable adventures took place on a hot summer’s day in 1964, not long after my sixteenth...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
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
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
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,
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.
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,
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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