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Lakeport: Clear Lake bass anglers are working for their bites

By BILLY DRIESSEN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jan 14, 2020

LAKEPORT — Reports from Clear Lake have varied between anglers and whether or not they were using artificial lures or enjoying the renowned winter jumbo minnow bite. There has been solid action for both, so long as anglers are willing to put in the time to locate cooperative fish.

DROP-SHOT BASS — David Wurzburg of San Francisco fished the north end of Clear Lake with guide Bob Myskey of Bassin’ With Bob Guide Service and used a 4-inch drop-shot worm for this 7-pound largemouth. Myskey said there’s been some topwater action available.

“We have had some cold morning weather to start our trips,” said Bob Myskey of Bassin’ With Bob Guide Service. “I had the same group for two days and each morning it was in the low 30’s when we launched the boat and although it was very brisk, the water temperatures have been holding between 47 and 49 degrees. My anglers opted for a live bait trip and did very well both days and caught enough fish to burn through 9 dozen minnows before it was said and done. What made it really fun was most of the fish were 3 pounds or bigger with the largest coming in at just under 7 pounds.

“The fish were not biting aggressively,” Myskey said. “’Bite’ is hardly the word for it, most of the time you never felt the bass take the minnow, they were being so soft mouthed. The concept of fishing live bait seems like it would be easy all the time, but sometimes you have to really pay attention and having the proper rod with a good sensitive action can make all of the difference. We found all of our fish in 20 to 30 feet of water and at that depth that soft bite was hard for my guys to feel, so they missed a lot, too. The crappie bite continues to improve around the lake, but many of the massive schools are made up of smaller fish, while the larger ones are much harder to come by. The annual crappie tournament will be coming up on February 22nd and has had a great turnout in recent years,” Myskey said.

“Yesterday was my first trip out after the holidays,” said Austin Barker of Austin Barkers Guide Service. “The wind really picked up and limited how far I could run with the elder gentleman I had onboard, so we kept it safe and simple. The Alabama rig has been one of the top producers among the artificial guys this past week, but it seems like where you fish is more important than what you fish at the moment. The bait explosion has reached epic proportions and certain areas are so inundated your sonar screen will be blacked out like its malfunctioning. When it’s like that, the best thing you can do is abandon that location and search for an area known to hold fish that isn’t socked in with over abundant food source,” Barker said.


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