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Lakeport: Clear Lake anglers are working for their bites

By BILLY DRIESSEN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 05, 2020

LAKEPORT— Clear Lake bass, cat, and crappie anglers have seen a week of inconsistent weather patterns along with an increase of boat traffic that have left many working for their fish.

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“The bass have been schooling up at Clear Lake,” said tournament angler Matt Atkins of Redding. “The lake saw some warmer than average temperatures last week followed by a big temperature drop that came with the big north wind and with a 51-degree surface temperature the fish seem to be lethargic. Most of the fish I located were schooling in deep water between 30 and 40 feet deep while relating to large rocky structure. Covering water in between proved to be all but a waste of time. If you have locations in mind that you know should be holding bass, your best option is to run and gun to each spot in search of bites. It got to the point I pretty much wouldn’t waste the time or energy casting unless I could mark them on the sonar and know they are sitting there. I found my fish while throwing Alabama Rigs, LV-500 Ghost Minnow, 3/8 ounce Bass Union jigs, and ABT Wagtails,” Atkins said.

“The north wind has been brutal but apart from that the lake conditions couldn’t be more perfect this winter,” said Sandy Aguayo of Lakeport Bait and Tackle. “The water clarity has started turning muddy and the wind has created substantial whitecaps today (Sunday) making for unsafe boating conditions and it will undoubtedly take a couple days for the lake to return to normal next week. Bass anglers have been coming through the store with photos of fish they caught recently ranging between 4 and 9 pounds and even a couple that have broken the double digit mark. The crappie action has been decent around docks, submerged structure, and steep walls, but the minnow bite has dominated in comparison to artificial gear. There have been a few anglers finding success throwing small underspin lures rigged with a small swimbait and a gold blade. February 22nd will be the annual crappie tournament hosted by Clear Lake Crappie Association that has gained much popularity in recent years, more info can be found on CLCA Facebook page or on the Lakeport Bait and Tackle webpage,” Aguayo said.

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