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Clear Lake Fishing Report

By Bob Rider, Lakeshore Bait & Tackle 

Clear Lake -- Wow it’s hot! The weather that is! There’s hope for a cooler weekend in the forecast. The bassin’ is a bit tough – although not bad in the early morning hours, bluegills are finally making a good appearance, and the catfish action remains good. Here’s what to expect…

 

Bassers are finding top water action first thing in the morning to be pretty good. Mid-day action is downright slow. Most folks are switching to minnows or finesse rigs and moving to deeper water to find fish during the hottest hours of the day. We have heard a couple of things with consistency lately. 1) Avoid areas with heavy baitfish populations during the day – you won’t get bit. 2) Avoid areas where weeds are in decay – the oxygen level drops substantially in these areas and the bass find it uncomfortable so the move out and away. 3) You’ll find areas marked with red buoys – these are marking locations where they’ve found Hydrilla. Stay away from these marked areas for a couple of reasons. Reason #1 – your prop chops Hydrilla and it’ll spread. That’s bad news. Reason #2 – the Hydrilla project folks have been poisoning the Hydrilla. The fish don’t like it and they leave. Keep these issues in mind as you’re moving around our phenomenal lake and you’ll do better than most.

 

Crappie anglers are still plugging away. They’re not finding much action, but the hopes of finding a few nice slabs keeps ‘em trying. We’ve heard of a few nice fish being caught in deep water areas during the hours of darkness. The biggest development on the lake this week is the return of the bluegill to the local docks. Our local bluegill fishermen have been having a ball with mini-crawlers, red worms, and night crawlers all day long.

 

Catfish action has continued to be pretty good. Shore anglers and boaters are enjoying a steady bite on a variety of common baits – the marshmallow/shrimp combination, mackerel, anchovies, livers, clams, etc. Jago Bay, Rattlesnake Island, Cache Creek, and Henderson Point have all seen action this last week. 

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend. Play safe & have fun. Drop on by the shop when you have a chance and let me know you read our report. -Bob Rider, Owner, Lakeshore Bait & Tackle, 14913-D Lakeshore Drive, Clearlake, CA 95422 707.994.FISH (3474)


Fishing Reports

Dunsmuir plants Upper Sac with $100 fish By Phil “Flip” Akers
08/30/14 -- For the fourth consecutive year the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Dunsmuir Big Fish Program on the Upper Sacramento River. This year, in addition to normal DFW trout plants...Full Story
Klamath River to get more cold water 08/29/14 -- Cold water is now flowing down the Trinity River in an attempt to stave off a potential salmon die-off the Lower Klamath where the water is too warm, according to Steve Cannata, Environmental Scientist... Full Story
Klamath River Spit Fishery closes 08/28/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announces the closure of the Klamath River Spit fishery as of Sept. 1. By sundown on Sunday, Aug. 31, Klamath River anglers will have caught their sub-quota...Full Story
Big kings continue to pour into Klamath
Santa Rosa residents Brianna Walton, left, and Cat Kaiser holding Klamath River kings.  Photo courtesy of Redwood Coast Fishing/Mike Stratman
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
08/27/14 -- The North Coast continues to be the king salmon capital of the coast — though the crown is now sitting proudly atop the Klamath River instead of the Eureka coastline. For several weeks now, large king salmon...Full Story
Winners and Losers in Warm, Dry Times
close up of fingers holding up a very small fish by the dorsal fin, Erin Loury, FISHBIO
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
08/26/14 -- This third, continuous dry year in California highlights that droughts are not only stressful for people, they are also concerning for fish and wildlife - at least, for the native species. However, one group poised...Full Story
Fish Fry Lake: Cycling nutrients into fish
By Bruce Kania, Floating Islands International 
08/24/14 -- [Abstract: The following article describes why cyanobacteria (a form of algae) and green algae (another form of algae) occur when they do. Their occurence very much relates to the nutrient ratio present in a waterway... Full Story
FPT season finale at Oroville to re-locate By Vince Harris, Future Pro Tour 
08/23/14 -- We have been notified by the water agencies at Lake Oroville, that all ramps will be closed on Aug 20th due to rapidly falling water levels. Therefore, the FPT tournament competition committee has decided...Full Story
King salmon moving up the Sacramento
Sacramento River salmon fishing guide Dave Jacobs and Sylvia Farkas from Newhall, Ca. with one of her two salmon she hooked, myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article and photo by Dave Jacobs 
08/22/14 -- As many of us already know, the salmon fishing on the Sacramento River has been pretty tough since July 16th. You go out and get three or four kings one day, and you struggle all day to get one in the box...Full Story
PFMC announces 2015 harvest levels By Tom Marking
08/22/14 -- Back in March we got our hopes up that we would see an increase in time on the water for all the CA coastline. We all got excited and sent in letters of the proposed three options as presented at the April Council...Full Story
New owner of Tight Lines Guide Service By Rick and Tresa Kennedy 
08/22/4 -- Well it’s time for the big news! We have sold Tight Lines Guide Service! With very mixed emotions we decided after 19 years, we were ready to retire. Even as I type this letter I'm having second thoughts...it's too late now... Full Story
Hat Creek fishing and camping
brookebridge, Mike Mogler, Hat Creek, myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article and photo by Mike Mogler
08/21/14 -- After the devastating fires in Shasta County, some friends and I spent a few days camping along Hat Creek. We arrived at Bridge Campground Monday, August 19 at 9:30 a.m. and set-up camp. Bridge Campground... 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
Eagle Lake worth the trip
Boats tied to dock at Eagle lake, photo by Val Aubrey
Article and photos by Val Aubrey 
08/19/14 -- Some days we work a little longer or harder, but overall, fishing continues to be quite good with some nice fat trout running two to three pounds. Several lures and locations are providing the action...Full Story
​Mackerel for dinner…but where?
A load of Mackerel, photo by Frank Galusha for myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article and photos by Frank Galusha
08/18/14 -- Most ocean anglers have caught greenback mackerel using all types of gear. Normally these fish can be found near the surface so it is best have your presentation near the top. When the mackerel...  Full Story
Paradise Lake down but not out By Chuck Giles
08/17/14 -- Fishing at Paradise Lake, in spite of the low water level, has been fair. Shore anglers need to get there early for any success and bring lures that can be casted a mile. The water is warm and therefore, the trout...Full Story
Creating healthier wetlands, water & fish
Floating Island West used plastic bottle created bio friendly islands floating in small lake, myoutdoorbuddy.com, Frank Galusha
By Frank Galusha
08/15/14 -- Last month a post at Maven’s Notebook (mavensnotebook.com) caught my eye. It was about algae in Clear Lake. “A small water agency that pumps water from Clear Lake expects to declare a water shortage emergency...Full Story
Grace Lake to remain open as PG&E works
PG&E  powerhouse intake structure at the deep end of Grace Lake. PG&E
08/15/14 -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will replace a control device housed inside a structure on the deep end of Grace Lake, PG&E announced on Tuesday. The lake in eastern Shasta County will remain...Full Story
Myskey says Clear Lake clear
Nick Nazak and dad Matt with Clear Lake trophy,
By Chuck Giles
08/14/14 -- Despite rumors, Bob Myskey, Clear Lake bass guide, reports the overall condition of the lake is good for water clarity. “The algae bloom did not materialize this year and the weeds have died off,” he says...Full Story
Vintage Fish Story
Painting by Gustave Courbet - 1873, Don Webster, myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article by Don E. Webster; painting by Gustave Courbet - 1873
08/14/13 -- It's the early Sixties. I'm barely twenty years old, preparing to enter military service, but I've got a couple weeks remaining before I'm signed up. The phone rings. It's Don Kraft, my hunting and fishing buddy...Full Story
Future Pro Tour aims at Delta
Colton Boykin holds large bass, Future Pro Tours
By Vince Harris 
08/10/14 -- Rollin on the River with the Future Pro Tour, the final event of the FPT’s “Delta Swing" series is fast approaching. It’s “Crunch Time” and you can best believe all Future Pro Tour anglers are preparing in earnest... Full Story
Is a Floating Island in your future?
Is a Floating Island in your future?, myoutdoorbuddy.com, frank galusha, outdoor news, microbes, ponds, water quality, algae, sustainability, filtration, filters, pond filters, wetlands habitat, bait fish, pathogens, New Zealand, Singapore, Lake Rotorua, Biofilm Engineering, Montana State, bio-mimicking
By Frank Galusha
08/06/14 --- Most anglers are acutely aware of what can happen to their favorite relatively shallow lake or private fishing pond as spring turns to summer and the water warms. The quality of the water declines rapidly and that... Full Story
Fly Rod Bass
This spunky 1-1/2 pound bass was one of many landed with the fiberglas Fenwick fly rod Higley used 40 years ago. John Higley
By John Higley
08/06/14 -- The other day I had to make a tough choice. Go fishing or stay home and try to organize my office so I could at least see the floor. Before you jump to conclusions as to my decision, lets get something straight... Full Story
Trinidad Rockfish Wars set for Sept. 13
Kayakers fish along the shore for rockfish from the Trinidad Head to Patrick’s Point. Photo courtesy of Pacific Outfitters
By Frank Galusha 
08/03/14 -- Pacific Outfitters of Eureka will be hosting the 4th annual Trinidad Rockfish Wars kayak fishing tournament on September 13th at Trinidad Harbor. This year Pacific Outfitters has opened up the tournament...Full Story
A Hot Summer’s Day on Chico Creek
A Hot Summer's Day on Chico Creek, Steven T. Callan
Article and photos by Steven T. Callan
08/02/14 -- 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
​Pacific Halibut – The North Coast Dilemma
Beyond the Breakers, Tom Marking author Badge, Myoutdoorbuddy.com
07/29/14 -- Introduction: Two days from now, on July 31, the California Recreational Season will be shut down on Pacific Halibut for a month, not to reopen until September 1. This will have serious economic effects on...Full Story
Weather/variety saves “Fishing Trip to Hell’
MyOutdoorBuddy.com Duck Boat, Frank Galusha, Eureka, Bechhold & Sons Rotary Bait Holder and Flasher with pulsing green LED lights
By Frank Galusha
07/27/14 – What seemed to be the ‘Fishing Trip to Hell’ turned out to be a freezer-filling delight when those 101 things finally came together off the Humboldt Coast last Tuesday and Wednesday. Trust me! Many things can go bump...Full Story
Predators on the chew
10 pound bull trout, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
07/26/14 --Targeting inland lake predators is challenging and sometimes sends you home with a vile, black-and-white kitty rather than a fish. But with arduous challenges come handsome rewards. “Go big or go home” is a...Full Story
Pacific halibut season closes in August
CDFW, woman fisherman holding up large Pacific Halibut
07/22/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wants to remind anglers that recreational fishing for Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) is closed for the month of August. The season will reopen...Full Story
Eureka/Trinidad: Summer fishing roundup
Trinidad Harbor, Tom Marking, Eureka-Trinidad Summer Fishing roundup
By Tom Marking
07/20/14 -- The fishing has been good lately in all the coastal areas. Wind has been a problem with a high pressure ridge offshore causing some lump and large swell, but that is now coming down. Smaller boats struggle...Full Story
Statewide free fishing days By Gary Heffley
07/03/14 -- The CADFW selected July 5 and September 6 as California Free Fishing Days. There will be “No License” required to fish within the state of California or offshore where California fishing licenses apply...Full Story
Pacific Halibut season closes in August 06/10/14 -- As expected and pursuant to the requirements of Government Code section 11346.1(a)(1), the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) is providing notice of proposed emergency regulatory action... Full Story
The Myths and Realities of El Niño
Ocean Nino Index - ONI
By Jan Null, Certified Consulting Meteorologist
06/01/14 -- [Posted with permission of the author and Golden Gate Weather Services] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues their El Niño Watch for the possible return of El Niño later this summer or fall...Full Story
CA free fishing days are Jul. 5 and Sept. 6 05/28/14 -- Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feeling the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line? Or having a salmon practically tear... Full Story
Crossing the Bar at Humboldt Bay
Furuno Chart Plotter, Humboldt Bay Bar, tides and current chart, Tom Marking
By Tom Marking
05/22/14 -- The Humboldt Bay Bar is the stuff of legends. There are harrowing tales of mariners having to cross the Bar at night or during storm conditions, leading to loss of life, with many a ship foundering and capsizing... Full Story
I’m your life jacket, but you don’t know me
Life jackets stored below cushion boat seat, BoatUS, Photo is courtesy of BoatUS
04/30/14 --  I’m your life jacket, but you don’t know me. I’m here to help you, maybe even safe your life – but only if you’re willing to take the help. Maybe National Safe Boating Week (May 17 – 23) will help remind everyone... Full Story
Saving Yelloweyes
Yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus). Photo by Retired Fish and Game Warden Larry Bruckenstein
By Steven T. Callan
04/24/14 -- Imagine you’re fishing somewhere off the California coast and you hook into a big one. You finally hoist the monster to the deck and discover it’s nearly three feet long, brilliant red-orange in color, with bright yellow... Full Story
Video: Why boaters don’t like ethanol
NOn Ethanol sold here for boats  sign posted along the street
By Frank Galusha
04/04/14 -- Fishing buddies, take my word for it, don’t burn ethanol-laden fuel in your outboard engines if you don’t want to ruin them or even place yourself in danger if your engine fails to run properly especially...Full Story
North Coast Spring Groundfish Report
Pacific halibut and Chinook salmon, Tom Marking and spouse
By Tom Marking, GAP and CA Sports Representative
03/22/14 -- The 2014 fishing season is upon us and shore anglers and divers are already busy searching for fish when the weather and waves allow. Spring can be very productive for shore anglers for rockfish, cabezon...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
First Light
Boats in the harbor alight at night with a soft wake from a departing boat
Article by Matt Goldsworthy
03/04/14 -- Reprinted with permission of HASA (Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers) – Light is one of the most important factors to consider when fishing deep water. Over the years while fishing for Pacific halibut, we have always... 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
Kokanee Power 2014 Event Schedule By Gary Heffley
02/15/14 -- Kokanee Power, a great organization involved with education, research, support and promotion of the fantastic Kokanee and Inland Chinook fisheries in the state has posted their 2014 calendar of tournaments and... 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
Oregon’s Lost Creek Lake is open all winter
By Cindy Broadwater
01/11/14 – Many outdoor enthusiasts may not be aware that Lost Creek Lake, Marina & Café near Trail, Oregon is open year ‘round. Not only is it the best bet for winter fishing and boating, but it may be the only game in town at times...Full Story
Sturgeon tagging requirements changed
DFW photo Harry Morse
01/01/14 -- California sturgeon anglers will see a small change to sturgeon tags issued beginning today. Sturgeon anglers have been required to tag all retained legal sized sturgeon for many years. In the past, the date, location and length... Full Story
Bechhold Bait Holder is fish-catching marvel
Larry Ellis, 37-lb Chetco King taken with Bechhold Rotary Bullet Bait Holder
By Larry Ellis
12/23/13 -- Hello, my name is Larry Ellis, and I have enjoyed the life of being a writer/photographer for numerous outdoors magazines for over a decade. I am truly living the dream. I began writing for Oregon Fishing & Hunting News...Full Story
A primer on fishing Lake Shasta By Gary Heffley
01/01/12 -- Shasta Lake draws more visitors to Shasta County than any other single attraction. While it is often a challenge to fish, it is more likely to produce stringers of fat trout or spotted bass. Trout to four and five pounds are caught here routinely...Full Story
Lake Oroville; 'tis the season By Chuck Giles
01/11/12 – Lake Oroville is probably one of the best lakes for sheer numbers of Spotted Bass in Northern California. This is not just on a seasonal basis, but year round. To start, I have a list of baits that produce decent results... Full Story

 

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