This is the month that lake Berryessa, Clear lake and the Delta start to come alive. We are already getting big Bass out of the Delta and starting to see fish moving up at Berryessa. This could be your best time to get that big fish on swim baits and rip baits worked over staging areas as these fish migrate into the shallows. If the water you are working is off color try slow rolled spinner baits or chatter baits. Crank baits could also be a good pattern.
Started of the year at Clearlake with great friends on our annual fishing trip. After 3 days of dragging jumbo minnows in the extreme cold we caught over 100 Bass up to 8 pounds. We also got into a great Crappie bite using small jigs rigged on a drop shot. Most of them were keeper size with the biggest going almost 2.5 pounds. The lake is in good shape and I see this bite continuing for a while. If you are looking for having a lot of fun just catching fish this is the time and place for it.
Lake Berryessa bass bite has been fair with the winter pattern in full gear. the spoon bite has been the best when you find those bait schools. Look for them in the deepest part of the creek channels leading into coves in the Narrows, and in the Main Body working off shore structure. Try the north end major creeks like Pope and Putah. We are also bringing up Crappie working the same spots for Bass using 1 3/4 oz. Blade Runner spoon in Morning Dawn UV and Shad UV colors. The drop shot and Jig bite has been slow but the fish seem to be bigger. Crawdad patterns seem to work the best and fish them very very slow with maybe your favorite scent. Work these baits on outside points and off shore structure for best results. Most of the fish are deep from 25 to 50 feet.
Delta stripers are starting to pick up again using swim baits in shallow water around the Liberty Island area. The water has started to clear up a bit and this will get that bite rolling again. The spoon bite is also picking up with fish up to 10 pounds and a lot of schoolie size.
That’s it for this year my next report will be 2016. Going up to Clearlake this weekend so I will write about it next week.
Happy New Year! and may all your lines be tight in 2016.
Striper fishing in the Delta still remains steady for both the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. We are starting to see fish moving up into the upper areas like Hog and Beaver sloughs as well as Steamboat and Miner. As the water gets colder the spoon bite will get better which is what I found this week fishing around Prisoner Point on the San Joaquin river. Top water bite using pencil poppers around Big Break and Franks Tract on the out going tide and swim baits has been good.
Lake Berryessa bite is still good working spoons and drop shot rigs. This cold snap will have most lakes turned over and the shad will start to ball up and move deeper. I have been working the main body looking for fish along sharp drops next to points. When I find fish holding in these areas they are usually easy to catch. Robo worms in either dark or shad patterns and 1 3/4oz Blade Runner spoons in Morning dawn, Chrome green or shad have been my best colors. Going up tomorrow so I will post a new report after.
I have Gift Certificates for that special someone that can be used at any time to book a great Bass fishing trip on any of the home waters I fish. I do take special request for other lakes.
Thank you and have a great holiday season.
Stripers in the Delta are still on the bite. Wednesday was good with fish up to 15 pounds. The out going tide has been the best but this could change at anytime. Liberty island area has been great for me so far using River 2 Sea S waver swim baits 160 in the bone color and fish traps in pearl on 1/2 oz. jig head. the spoon bite will get better as the water gets colder and the bait starts to relate deeper. These fish have been moving a lot as the bait is pushed through the system. Most of the water I am fishing is 8 to 5 feet at High tide and as the water moves out the bait is pushed out and the fish start biting. Look for this bite to get better as the winter rolls on.