Wednesday, 20 January 2021

The Rider Report: Bass and crappie fishing look good

Good fishing and weather have combined this week to leave most anglers tired and content when they’re done for the day. Last weekend’s CatFest, held here out of Lakeshore Bait & Tackle, was a lot of fun with 10 anglers enjoying a steady bite. Deer season is just around the corner. And man, I saw a whole mess of wild pigs along Highway 29 near Hidden Valley Lake the other night …


Bass fishing has remained good. One angler reported today, “It isn’t as good as it was three days ago. I only caught 18 fish for half a day fishing instead of 30.” High teens in a few hours? That qualifies as a pretty good bite in my book.


The bass bite has fluctuated a bit from hour to hour and day to day, but overall there are plenty of fish being caught. Jigs, deep cranks, Senkos and live minnows have all played a strong role this week. Look for water from 15 to 25 feet deep. Find yourself some structure down there and you’re in business for sure.


Crappie fishing is going strong. Find the spot over at Konocti Harbor Resort or catch the school when they’re in a Four Poles. We are hearing of more schooling behavior which means that the crappie are in for a while then they’re out. If you’re willing to chase ‘em around in a boat you’ll catch a boat load of 'em. Live minnows are the first choice. Jigs with a live wax worm or a Crappie Gem will also do the trick if fished deep. A few lucky anglers have had success catching slabs early in the morning or late at night down at Redbud Park, too.


Catfishing has turned on nicely for us here. We enjoyed a beautiful (albeit a bit windy) evening last Saturday with our CatFest event. Ten of us fished for about six hours. Nearly everyone in the group enjoyed a constant bite. We didn’t see any real size to the fish – a plump 7-pounder was the big fish for the night. Everyone, however, had a good time.


Our hands-down best bait was mackerel. The most productive spots were at Monitor Island, Pirates Cove and Austin Park. All of the fish caught were caught while on anchor as the wind was too swift to catch a good slow drift.


Our next event is slated for Saturday, Aug. 25. Plan ahead and come join the fun!


Bob Rider owns Lakeshore Bait & Tackle in Clearlake. Visit his Web site at www.994fish.com or call him at 994-FISH (3474).


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