Clear Lake summer bite
Clearlake bite is a little tricky right now with all the on & offshore weed growth having the fish spread out in vast areas. There doesn't seem to be a lot of baitfish present right now, so the primary forage seems to be crawdads & sculpin. You will occasionaly see the bass chasing & busting on fry from this years spawn in the weed mats. The trick to being sucsessful right now is finding the weed mats that are holding the fish. I have recently caught some nice fish in the mats both close to shore, and some about a quarter mile offshore, so you have to do your homework to find them. Some of the more productive methods in the north end have been double & single bladed buzzbaits ( black skirt & blades at dusk & dawn, white blades & skirts during the day). There has been some nice fish caught on super spooks & the 6" G2 Lunker Punker in open water areas between the mats. The frog bite seems spotty at best, one day they are choking it, and the next day they won't touch it (should get better as the summer progresses) It seems like some days they are eating a solid body frog better than a hollow body, and some days, visa versa. The jig, Senko, and dropshot bite seems to be holding pretty consistent with craw like colors working the best. Some of the bigger fish have been caught on the 6" Trash Fish in the LC Hitch color being fished offshore where the the weed growth is more sporadic. I feel the best bite going right now (in my opinoin) is the punch bite. We have been punching the mats using a 3/4oz to 1 1/4oz tungsten weight pegged down with a Paycheck punch skirt and a beaver or D Bomb on a 3/0 or 4/0 punch hook. Mid day the fish are holding under the thickest, nastiest mats you can find.
Troy Bellah (Clearlake Outdoors)
Clear Lake Outdoors
96 Soda Bay Road, Lakeport CA
Owners Troy Bellah & Dave Brabec