Folsom lake was doing great before these last storms brought in enough water to rise 20 feet in one week. Most of the fish I caught last week were on a drop shot rig, the week before I caught them all on tubes and small swim baits and grubs. with all this change in the lake jigs may be the best way to target the Bass now.
Lake Berryessa has been on the rise to but only get rain runoff so these storms made a come impact. This adds a little color to the water and gets those fish moving up. The Smallmouth and Spotted bass will be on a good bite as they spawn before the largemouth. Some very nice Largemouth can be caught as the start to move up and feed getting ready to spawn.
Delta largemouth have been on a great bite with some nice fish pushing 8 to 10 pounds starting to show as the feed getting ready to spawn. This can be a great time to get that once in a lifetime fish. Spinner Baits, Rip Baits, Chatter baits and Jigs have been good along with shallow crank baits.
Lake Berryessa is full and the fish are biting. This lake has a lot to offer when it comes to fishing and the Bass fishing now is GREAT! We have been getting a lot of quality smallmouth bass and some nice largemouth to. This will only get better with warmer days coming.
Folsom Lake is holding steady for the first time this year and the bite has improved because of it. Now could be a good time to get some quality fish moving up to spawn.
Should be a great fishing year all around.
Hopefully we have seen the worst of the rain storms and we will have a great spring with some rain showers here and there. The lakes are looking great for the first time in a few years, and the Delta is getting a well deserved flushing. Folsom lake will start to come back up after the next few months when they feel most of our rain has past. That is the reason they have let it drop to make room for any remaining storms we might get. Lake Berryessa looks great with the water up on the main ramp at Markley Cove resort, they are saying that even if we don’t get any more rain the main ramp will stay open. The lake has to go some to clear up with visibility in the main body at 1 foot and the Narrows about 2 feet. the temp was 48 in the morning and 52 at the end of the day yesterday 1/29/17.
We caught 1 fish on a tube in the narrows with some bites on a drop shot rig in 25 feet. not a great day but nice to drive around and check out the high water. we saw many new downed trees and rock slides along the shore line making new structure. Carp are moving into the shallows as we could see many jumping in the backs of coves. The delta should start to clear up as well with hopefully some nice stripers moving in and the black bass bite getting ready to take off with fish starting to move into pre-spawn mode.
Looking forward to many great trips this year.
All the lakes in Northern California are now in full gear with Bass moving up in the Motherload lakes and the Delta, Lake Berryessa and Clearlake in spawn and post spawn mode. Spotted bass have spawned in Folsom and the largemouth are into beds with all the fresh flooded coves providing great habitat. Top water bite has started in the Delta and Lake Berryessa, but these spring storms are turning them off for a few days. We need the water so don’t complain.
Fished the Delta this weekend with some good results. The areas we fished had some stained water due to the run off but working spinner baits and chatter baits and a little flipping we managed to catch about 15 fish up to 3 pounds. We did not find any of the bigger females starting to move up but this bite will only get better. A lot of boat traffic with tournaments and other fisherman trying to get in on the good bite. Don’t let that dirty water stop you from trying to get in on this great fishery.
Folsom Lake has been putting out some good limits of bass. The main body has been the most consistent area. The north and South forks are better fished later in the afternoon giving the back waters of the cove a chance to warm up with all the cold water running into the lake. Working off shore humps and deep brakes close to shallow spawning areas has been good for staging fish. Tubes, grubs and small swim baits are all working to get bites. always check some of the shallow flats for early spawners cruising by.
Folsom lake is coming on fast as the water looks better than ever for this time of year. Water temps are in the mid 50’s and we are catching fish from the bank down to 25 feet. Most of the fish are spotted bass with some small mouth mixed in. Look for the Large Mouth to start to show as this lake warms a little more. This would be a good time to break out your best swim baits to try for early staging fish. This week we gat on a great bite with fish up to 3 pounds moving up to feed in mid day. We lost count but had a good 30 fish day.