Wow, This month has flown by and I have been really busy. Clear Lake is back to normal, flood restrictions are no longer in effect, all launch ramps are open, normal speed controls are in place which is five mile per hour anywhere within 400 feet of the shoreline. Fishing has been great, catching numbers seems to be no problem and the recent tournament results have seen numerous fish over ten pounds being weighed in. Currently the water temperature is starting out around 53 to 54 degrees and with the predicted warmer daytime temperatures in this up coming week, should climb up to around the 60 degree mark. The fish are moving into the shallows and I would expect that we will see them on the beds within these next two upcoming weeks provided we do not have real cold spells that drops the water temperature. The lake has been really busy with fisherman, even on weekdays we are finding quite a few boats out on the lake. All of the guides are really busy and if you plan on hiring a guide, book early, at least a month out is recommended. A whole variety of baits are now working, jerk or rip baits, swim baits in all kinds and sizes are being thrown but the kitech brand seems to be the most popular. Shakey head jigs, drop shot worms, under spins with a small swim trailer, and with the fish moving shallow, the senko will be a sure bet to use. Keep in mind that all the big fish this time of the year are probably females and they have eggs in them and they need to spawn. Practice catch and release and don't stress the fish out by carrying them around in the livewell, weigh, picture, and release. It's a busy lake, be courteous, don't cut your fellow fisherman off, and watch your own boat wake around other fisherman. God Bless, Bob
In my last report I said the lake would not be opened until it dropped below the 9foot flood stage level. """That"" has changed, they have re opened the lake even though it is now at 9.66 feet. All boats must maintain a idle speed only with no wake within 400 feet of the shoreline. All of the public ramps are still closed as of this writing but that can change daily as the lake drops. The casino ramp at the Konocti Vista Casino is where everyone is currently launching. We do have two big tournaments hitting the lake on the 11th and on the 18th and 19th. All fisherman need to exercise caution and wear life jackets due to the debris in the lake and be ""VERY MINDFUL and follow the IDLE ONLY rule within 400 feet of the shoreline. Be sure to check in with the local tackle stores for any ramps that may be open or any changes due to pending storms, etc. God Bless, Bob
3/9/16 UPDATE TO MY POST, The idle only no wake zone is actually 1/4 mile off shore, be sure to follow this.