There has been a lot of concern about the fires that have been burning around the area of Clear Lake. One of the fires has been totally contained and the other one will be contained within the next day or so. Both fires have burned 52 homes and numerous out buildings. The fires are quite a ways off from the lake and the lake access and all roads are open and things are normal as far as the lake is concerned. Most of the fisherman working the lake are fishing mid lake to the South Arms due to the upper end of the lake, West & North, experiencing a very ""off"" color water. Overall the algae blooms have not been all that bad this year and currently we have a higher water level than at this same time last year. The best bite on the lake seems to be for those people who are working jigs and crank baits. Jigs with crawdad type trailers worked over the rock piles and deeper ledges and drop off's along with crank baits both shallow running square bills and the deeper divers seem to be the best overall techniques. For those who want to target the top water bite, poppers such as Rico's, frog's, and buzzbaits are all working but require finding the right areas and moving around a lot to find them and staying committed to them. We are still catching a lot of six to ten inch fish and keeping them off the baits such as a drop shot is impossible. You have to wade through a lot of them to put a decent keeper in the boat but that did happen to one of my customers a week or so ago, an 11 year old girl landed a nine pounder on a drop shot baby brush hog, you just never know. Currently fishing pressure is very light but that will change as we go into the Labor Day weekend and the first major tournament of the new season will start with the annual Bob's Marine tournament starting on the 12th & 13th, followed by the FLW series on the 24th through the 26th. October will see a major tournament hitting the lake on almost every weekend. All ramps are open but the lake is still dropping so use caution when launching and keep the motor trimmed up until you get out into the deeper water. Be Safe., Be Courteous, Take Care Of The Fish, God Bless, Bob
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