Location

CA
United States
39° 3' 29.4876" N, 122° 49' 51.654" W
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Water Temp: 82-88

Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

Report: Took the family to Clear Lake for four days (Wed-Sat) July 12-15. The bite was very steady for fish in the 2 pound class, but the bigger fish were a little harder to come by. This trip was mostly for the kids and not so much for me, so I stuck with techniques that would get them numbers. We fished mainly from Henderson south concentrating on rock piles and rocky ledges. We caught close to 60 fish a day and only fished from sun up to about noon. The kids threw Texas rigged MM III and brown and purple 1/2 ounce jigs with oxblood sweet beavers as trailers. The worm seemed to get more bites and the slightly bigger fish. We did manage a few over 3 lbs and my daughter lost a six that got tangled up in the Talon brackets (dad's fault). On the last day I did pick up a buzz bait for about 30 minutes and managed a 5 plus, a 4 and several other fish in the 2 plus range. The buzz bait bite was very aggressive. I tried throwing a whopper plopper, but the fish were just swatting at the bait and the ones I did catch were foul hooked. I also managed a few frog fish as well out of isolated weed clumps along rocky banks. I'm guessing the top water bite and frog is really going to start heating up in next few weeks. Their was a big algae bloom going on which really affected the water clarity. All in all it was a great trip and I assume if there are two guys in the boat fishing all day they would easily catch a 100 fish a day.

Tips: Buzz baits and frogs around isolated weed clumps. Jigs and worms on rock piles and ledges.

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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 71-80 F Water Temp: 61-70 F Clarity: Cloudy
1 fish caught | Lunker: 20lb Channel Catfish using a Live Worm

Not sure I've ever seen a cat with a shovel head like this one..and the body was so thick! Caught right off the dock on 8lb test with 6lb leader. It was a very exciting fight that lasted a good twenty minutes. My Grandson already knows how to tell a fish story; he's been telling everyone: "It was bigger than I am!". For reference Nathan is 45 inches tall Im just guessing on size and weight of fish. 

 

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Channel CatfishLive Worm2036
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 71-80 F Water Temp: 61-70 F Clarity: Cloudy
1 fish caught | Lunker: 20lb Channel Catfish using a Live Worm

Not sure I've ever seen a cat with a shovel head like this one..and the body was so thick! Caught right off the dock on 8lb test with 6lb leader. It was a very exciting fight that lasted a good twenty minutes. My Grandson already knows how to tell a fish story; he's been telling everyone: "It was bigger than I am!". For reference Nathan is 45 inches tall Im just guessing on size and weight of fish. 

 

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Channel CatfishLive Worm2036

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