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Clear Lake goes into flood stage causing restrictions and damage

By BILLY DRIESSEN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Mar 06, 2019

LAKEPORT — Due to recent rains the residents and travelers around Clear Lake have been plagued by flooding, mud slides, road closures, and mandatory speed restrictions for boaters on the lake.

speedrestrictionsSPEED RESTRICTIONS ARE in effect up to 1/4-mile offshore of Clear Lake, and Sandy Aguayo of Lakeport Bait and Tackle sent WON this map that shows the speed restrictions for boaters.


“Flooding is the biggest issue around the lake right now,” said Sandy Aguayo of Lakeport Bait and Tackle. “The water level around the lake has gone beyond the high water mark into what they call the flood stage level which has left waterfront properties damaged and fixed docks are being forced underwater which can also cause extensive damage around the lake. Due to the water levels being so high they have imposed a 5 MPH restriction until you make it a quarter mile offshore, then you can get your boat on plane and go but the debris is so bad out there right now even that is hard to do.


“Warmer waters have the big girls moving up shallower,” Aguayo said. “Anglers have been catching bass at State, County, and Library Parks, this past week and have been bringing in fish from 3-pounds up to 5-pounds on reaction baits like spinnerbaits and chatterbaits in white and chartreuse color patterns. The rock piles off of Rocky Point and out from Long Tule Point have been great for fishing an LV500, Rat-L-Trap, or even a simple drop-shot rig are great ways to put fish in the boat on a tough day. Down at the southern end of the lake you can work your way from the narrows to Rattlesnake Island. Be on the lookout for birds working schools of bait fish or areas that have better visibility and water clarity that can make a big difference when you are struggling to find the bit.


“The crappie fishing is still great,” Aguayo said. “The fish are moving in in for pre spawn and there are a lot of 2 to 3 pounders being caught in the same areas as the bass. Between Jones Bay and Oak Cove has been producing great numbers in the middle of the day. March 30th is the 3rd crappie derby being held by the Clear Lake Crappie Association and have been putting on some great events already for 2019. There haven’t been too many catfish reports lately but the ones that have come in said the fish are getting more aggressive especially for anglers using anchovies and chicken livers. Several quality fish up to 20-pounds were caught from the Rodman Slough area down to Anderson Marsh,” Aguayo said.


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