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Lakeport: Clear Lake’s mixed-bag bite continues to shine

By BILLY DRIESSEN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 27, 2019

LAKEPORT — Clear Lake continues to offer stellar fishing for those willing to work for it and with incoming weather it should only get better. Bass anglers are chasing big swimbait bites, crappie anglers are flying through minnows, and anyone with a fishing rod in their hands has decent odds of hooking a monster catfish, whether by design or not.

LIVE BAIT CORRALLED a bunch of nice largemouth for Kaden Fox, Kolby Eledge and Geoff Fox while fishing with guide Bob Myskey of Bassin’ With Bob at Clear Lake. They caught and released 41 fish on a very foggy morning, and the largest was 8.5 pounds. They also caught 7 catfish, all in 5 hours with live bait.

“Considering the great action, there haven’t been a lot of anglers,” said Bob Myskey of Bassin’ with Bob Guide Service. “I am sure it will get busy quick as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, but fortunately there is plenty to go around right now. The big fish trend continues, with the last two tournaments being dominated by anglers with over 30 pounds of bass for 5 fish brought to the scales for the win. There have been events held recently with 10-pound bass being weighed, along with more than 6 others just over the 8-pound mark.

“Deep water structure has been the name of the game for most anglers,” Myskey said. “My past couple of trips with clients focused on fishing with live jumbo minnows and we found some great fishing in those deep structured areas with lots of bass ranging from 3 to 7 pounds. We have been fortunate to have such mild November weather and yet still such great fishing. The crappie fishing continues to improve and more anglers show up daily searching the community haunts for eager biters.

Tim Boggs of Elkhorn Outdoors in Rio Linda said many of his customers had been talking about the crappie bite and in the past two days they sold more than 650 medium-sized minnows with another 1000 set to arrive directly. The crappie action will only continue to get better as fish continue to move up into the shallows,” Myskey said.

“It has been another spectacular week of bass fishing for us,” said Austin Barker of Austin Barker’s Guide Service. “The bite hasn’t really evolved from what we have been seeing the past couple of weeks. We are finding good numbers of fish working deep structured areas with deep diving crankbaits, lipless LV-500 crankbaits, big swimbaits, and jigs. There are times when you come across a dry spell and have to resort to finesse style baits to pass some time mid-day before it starts to ramp back up for the evening bite.

We are finding a bunch of healthy and hard fighting 2- to 3-pound bass with an occasional 4 to 7 pounder in between. This weekend my clients best 5 fish gave him a 21- pound bag for the day with his big fish coming in at 6 pounds. With this highly anticipated weather I am gearing up along with everyone else in hopes of an epic bite exploding,” Barker said.

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