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Orovill and Clear Lake Fishing Report

    • Water Temp: 70.8-74.2

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Ted & I were At Clear Lake 9/24 - 9/27. We fished primarily at night with a few afternoon jaunts as well. I was suprised at the lack of weeds around the areas we fish. We actually fished areas that normally at this time of year, are all mucked & weed choked. We fish south to midlake this trip, mostly in Konocti & Buckingham. We did get a fair amount of bites, but the size was lacking! We boated several that went from 1.0 - 3.0. We did get two big fish hits & I broke them both off. One took me into a dock anchor cable & the other one grazed me off a rock. Got a good look at both, but they still don't count! We caught them primarily on Texas rigged Yamamoto lg flappin hogs & creature baits with green pumpkin being the most productive color. The afternoon trips were more of the same, we just tried it to see if there was a difference in pattern. We only managed one jig fish, two blade fish & a few more on senkos. No swimbait or crank strikes at all which was weird given the water temp. Did graph quite a bit of baitfish & there was a lot of activity with fish rolling. Other than that, nothing else outstanding to report. We'll give it a try in a few more weeks.

      Tips: We lightened up the weight to 1/4 oz on the Texas rig as they hit it the creature on the fall. We fished very slowly, basically crawling it along the bottom. Many times they just picked it up & swam with it. Tried using a lighter rig with 8 lb line & finesse fish, but broke too many off on the hookset. Guess I'm too used to 20lb line & hard sets! Lol. Anyway , gave up on that after too many breakoffs. So, I guess fish slow & give the lake some more time. Seems the weather pattern is getting better. The other thing is during the night, the wind was totally slack. Usually it's brisk this time of year. I figure the bigs ones have to eat sometime & hope I'm there when they decide to start!

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

    • Water Temp: 67

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Launched at Bidwell this morning at about 6:50 am, stopped fishing about 10:30 am, as Lime saddle is closed due to low water. It's been a couple two or three years since launching here. I had forgotten about the winds coming off the lake early, can be brutal at times. Headed to middle fork trying to remember those locations that hold fish, but didn't really connect with any real hot locations, the ones I do remember were at much lower water levels and had no fish hanging out. Frustrated, only got 12 spots, and largest about 13 1/2" and left the camera in the car too. Almost makes me want to head to Lime Saddle area from bidwell, almost!! Most fish taken at about the 30 foot level, wind in the middle fork gave my tiny boat a hard time holding position, but really didn't matter, since no hot locations found.

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