Sunday, 28 November 2021

The Rider Report: Cooler temperatures ahead

Slightly cooler temperatures have offered some relief for anglers fishing through mid-day. Early morning bass anglers are having the most success while catfishermen are catching fish throughout the day.


The coming week promises to be cooler still – a welcome trend for those of us growing weary of the century plus mark on the thermometer.


The algae bloom (and decay) that we’ve experienced this summer here in the south end continues to be problematic. Some folks are simply dealing with it, while others are using it as an excuse (OK, maybe a good excuse) to stay out of the blazing hot sun. Cooler temperatures and some wind could go a long way in getting this stuff out of here …


Bass are holding tight to cooler, deeper water where the oxygen level is richer. Most of our anglers fishing minnows, crawdads, and finesse rigs are doing well in the 20 to 30 foot range. Look for deep water structure such as rocks, dock pilings, or walls for best results.


Live bait anglers are producing the most numbers, but our dedicated bassers using artificials have done well for themselves when they apply the tried and true hot weather formula mentioned above (cool, deep, well oxygenated water).


The top water action we usually see this time of year hasn’t really happened yet – perhaps before August runs out we’ll see something happen on that front.


Crappie fishermen have taken a clue from our Crappie Fishing Rule Book and acknowledged that we usually see a sharp drop off in action this time of year. The bite lasted far longer this year than in recent years past, but alas the bite has dropped off for now. Here’s looking forward to the fall …


Catfish hunters are still enjoying a good bite on mackerel. Several of our regulars have been using our live crawdads with fabulous success. A couple have even complained that they’ve had trouble keeping the bass off the ‘dads while they’re stalking the whiskerfish … Now that’s funny!


Deer hunting season is right around the corner now. If you’ve had trouble finding ammo (everyone has) you’ll be glad to know that we’re stocking up on all your favorite ammo … We’ve got a constant stream of rifle and handgun ammo arriving each week now.


Our next “Introduction to Handguns” class in coming up on Aug. 13. There’s still room in the class. Come enjoy professional instruction in a clean and comfortable environment here at Lakeshore Bait & Tackle in Clearlake. Register in advance for class here in the store.


Bob Rider is owner of Lakeshore Bait & Tackle, 14913-D Lakeshore Drive, Clearlake, telephone 707-994-FISH (3474). Visit the store online at www.994Fish.com .

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