Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Clear Lake settling down

BY ROBIN WADE/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jan 17, 2013

KELESYVILLE — Water conditions on Clear Lake are beginning to stabilize with cold, clearing water levels holding steady at about 2 feet higher than the historical average for January. The mornings are cold, but the sunny afternoons are awesome when the wind does not blow and a few good fish can be found by cabin fever anglers.

CLEAR LAKE QUALITY — The bites “isn’t easy” at Clear Lake according to guide Ross England of Clear Lake Guide Service, but he managed his first swimbait fish of the new year when this 5.75 pounder ate a top hook Osprey in 20 feet of water in the Rattlesnake Arm. They also caught a 4 and a 5 on a shakey-head worm, and 2 3 pounders on minnows.

“I fished one day this past week for a few hours just to keep an eye on things,” Clear Lake Guide Service owner Ross England said. “I landed a 5.75 pounder on a swimbait, another 5 pounder on a shaky head worm and three other fish on a worm and live minnows. They were all caught in the mid-lake area where the water was moderately clear in 15 to 20 feet of water.”

“Overall, the reports are of slow catching, which is typical of a cold water winter on Clear Lake,” England said. “But the clearest water on the lake is the Rattlesnake arm and a few reports indicate some fish are being caught around the island.”

Bassin with Bob (Myskey) said January is always tough here but currently it seems tougher than normal. “The fish are here and the bite will definitely get better as the water warms and the fish start staging in preparation for the spawn,” he said. “A local caught a 13-pound, 12-ounce bass a week ago and that would have been one of the largest caught if not the largest for 2012 and now may be the mark to beat in 2013.”

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